Chapel Chat

Chapel Chat is a weekly publication of the Squaw Valley Chapel, United Church of Christ

To comment or to ask to be added or removed from the e-mail list, please contact Dave and Rita Holtebeck at holtebeck@sbcglobal.net or call 530-587-5086.  OR Pastor James Kosko: revjames121@gmail.com.

July 11, 2019

FROM PASTOR JAMES     Sunday was a big and busy day in the life of our church.  We finished our “retreat in small bites” with a session on faith development and learning.  More great ideas were shared and we imagined some wonderful things for our congregation in the future.  To read more about this in detail, check out our website at http://squawvalleychapel.org/sermons/

Our potluck lunch was very tasty with delicious salads and desserts and great burgers hot off the grill.  Many thanks to everyone who helped make this a great lunch!

Our business meeting was quite productive, hearing reports on the life of our congregation and our plans for moving forward.  We finalized our new By-Laws and with a unanimous vote the church voted to call me as your “settled pastor”.  If you remember, my original agreement was for two years and that term expires on July 16th.  Now, as settled pastor, I will be with you all for the imaginable future and I look forward to seeing what we can do together!  I am grateful and happy to see where the Holy Spirit leads us.  We’ll have an installation service on August 25th so ‘stay tuned’ for details!

Have a wonderful week, enjoy these beautiful summer days, and we’ll see you on Sunday!

PLEASE REMEMBER to bring donations for Project MANA!  These are the kinds of donations they seek:

  • Healthy, non-perishable foods
  • Items with intact, unopened, consumer or commercial packaging
  • Items with non-breakable packaging (no glass, please)
  • Food within the expiration date on the packaging
  • Food from your community or backyard garden         Thank You!

LEADERS AMONG US:

Many thanks to these people for helping with worship on Sunday, July 14:

Scripture Reading: Open

Refreshments: Lee Pease

Greeters: Everyone!

PARKING LOT PAVING UPDATE:  Our intrepid head of Sacred Space, Paul Arthur, gives this update: “Because of my long relationship with the paving company, they paved 1000 sq. ft. more than originally bid.  They also widened and smoothed the walkway so a regular snow plow can do the job.  He had rock left over from another job and donated it.

A little more work is needed on the shed/propane tank side of the church and it sure would be good to get a trailer load or two of wood chips to spread about on that side to finish it off. (Any connections out there?)

Also, Many thanks to Kris Scholz for spending hours cleaning up the side of the church!

PRAYERS: Please continue your prayers for; Bill and Susie Steele, Emily Miller, Sharon Poland, Diane Morrison, Gail and Bob Okano, Marie Clukey, Gisela Steiner, Diane and Brad Harris, Jim and Jan Brougher, Peggy Wiseman, Pat Castellucci, and Beth Wiseman.

IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES:

Sunday Worship, July 14, 10 am

(AA Meetings are on hiatus until November)

A Prayer Just for This Week:  Now that we are well into summer with Independence Day behind us and the BBQs busy, it’s a good time for a prayer acknowledging the beauty of this season.  It’s adapted from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2009, © 2008 Abingdon Press.

Creating God,

you are the source of summer’s splendor—

the beauty and fragrance of delicate flowers,

and sweet sound of birdsong.

We come to you each day

with delight and gladness,

grateful for all of your wonders.

As the fields produce their harvest,

may your love grow within us, too,

that we may produce a harvest of love, hope, and joy. Amen.

Chapel Chat is a weekly publication of the Squaw Valley Chapel, United Church of Christ.  The Chapel is located at 444 Squaw Peak Road, Olympic Valley, CA  96146.  To comment or to ask to be added or removed from the e-mail list, please contact Dave and Rita Holtebeck at holtebeck@sbcglobal.net or call 530-587-5086.  OR……….Pastor James Kosko: revjames121@gmail.com