Chapel Chat

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

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September 13, 2018 

FROM PASTOR JAMES: How are you doing?

In all my years I don’t remember seeing news like we’re having these days.  I’m just wondering how we’re all coping?  Are you doing anything special to alleviate the constant thrum of natural and human-made disasters?

I have to imagine that for our mental and spiritual health, we need to take seriously our self-care.  Prayer, exercise, gardening, art, gathering with friends, singing, days at the beach…whatever renews and restores you are all good ways to de-stress and re-frame.  If you find youself eating, sleeping, drinking, or worrying more-these are not good ways to cope.

Here are a couple links with information about the importance of self-care and tips on how to make it part of living your life in grace and harmony:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/payout/2017/09/19/practicing-self-care-is-important-10-easy-habits-to-get-you-started/#192ddb9c283a

https://tinybuddha.com/blog/45-simple-self-care-practices-for-a-healthy-mind-body-and-soul/

I hope you’ll treat yourself to some “comfort and joy” with these practices and build up your mental and spiritual health!

This coming Sunday we’ll take a look at the Call of Abraham from Genesis 12.  I’ll bet each of you has sensed a call of some kind from God in your life!  What did that feel like?  What did it lead you to do?  I hope we can share some of these stories when we gather for worship.  I look forward to seeing you!

Stay safe and we’ll see you Sunday!

LEADERS AMONG US:

Many thanks to these people for helping with worship this Sunday:  

Scripture: Jo Scott

Refreshments: Jim and Peggy Wiseman

Greeters:  (available)

Flowers:  (available)

 

PRAYERS: Please continue your prayers for Art and Joanne Domingue, Bill and Susie Steele, Emily Miller, Sharon Poland, Diane Morrison, Gail and Bob Okano, Marie Clukey, Gisela Steiner, Diane and Brad Harris, Peggy Wiseman, and Earl Hagadorn’s family.

PROJECT MANA: We are continuing our Sunday donations for MANA (Making Adequate Nutrition Available) which are distributed daily to the surrounding communities of Incline Villages, Kings Beach, Truckee, Tahoe City and to folks in need who are homebound.  There is a basket under the sign-in table and Karen Kimball or the Holtebecks will pick up weekly, but we’re making it way too easy for them!   Let’s fill it up!  THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS!

We will continue to sort the donations each week to deliver what is appropriate to the Family Resource Center and to MANA as well.  The Family Resource Center appreciates warm socks, T-shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, etc. for the homeless.

IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES:

September 16– Worship begins at 10:00 a.m.

October 7 – Potluck Lunch and Congregational Meeting  after worship

October 20 – Memorial Service for Earl Hagadorn at 10:30 a.m.

 A PRAYER FOR THIS WEEK: Anger can rise up in us very unexpectedly; when we hear some bad news, when we see an injustice, after an insult.  Here is a prayer to help keep our anger in perspective (written by John A. Nelson, Pastor of Church on the Hill, UCC, in Lenox, Massachusetts)

God, grant me the courage to listen to another’s anger deeply and respectfully. Grant that my own anger may come from the same place as yours: outrage when your creation or one of your creatures is damaged. Let the heat in my heart be a testimony that what you have made, matters: that the hurt of one is a hurt to us all. Amen.

 

September 6, 2018 

FROM PASTOR JAMES: We had two weddings at SVC last week!  Each was beautiful in their own way and reflected the personalities of the couples being wed.  These were the first ones I’ve officiated at SVC so there was a lot of learning on how to make a special service like that happen.  It was great to learn a lot from Tuck and Bev and to work with them on the Saturday wedding.  Thank you, both!

Some changes are afoot at my chaplaincy position.  My schedule is changing so I no longer have to work there on Sundays which means that after worship we can go home and take a nap or enjoy our time at lunch or even change into our play clothes and have fun up in the Truckee/Tahoe area (since we’re in the neighborhood!).  I’m looking forward to this change and the deeper appreciation I will have for our Sabbath Day!

This coming Sunday is the first day of our new Narrative Lectionary cycle and I am planning some changes to how how I preach this series of readings.  I still think it’s important to study the scriptures in this beautifully designed pattern, but I’ll be working to make more connections to our time and our lives, and the challenges we all face now.  I hope you’ll enjoy these sermons and let me know what you think!

Stay safe and we’ll see you Sunday!

LEADERS AMONG US:

Many thanks to these people for helping with worship this Sunday:  

Scripture: Diane Morrison

Refreshments: Jim and Diane Morrison

Greeters:  Jim and Diane Morrison

Flowers:  (available)

EARL HAGEDORN passed into his eternal rest on August 23 with his family by his side.  Our prayers go out to his family and friends.  May he rest in his power and may his memory live for generations.  His memorial service will be Saturday, October 20th at a time still to be announced.

PRAYERS: Please continue your prayers for Art and Joanne Domingue, Bill and Susie Steele, Emily Miller, Sharon Poland, Diane Morrison, Gail and Bob Okano, Marie Clukey, Gisela Steiner, Marilyn Sunnergren, Diane and Brad Harris, Peggy Wiseman and Earl Hagadorn’s family.

PROJECT MANA: We are continuing our Sunday donations for MANA (Making Adequate Nutrition Available) which are distributed daily to the surrounding communities of Incline Villages, Kings Beach, Truckee, Tahoe City and to folks in need who are homebound.  There is a basket under the sign-in table and Karen Kimball or the Holtebecks will pick up weekly, but we’re making it way too easy for them!   Let’s fill it up!  THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS!

We will continue to sort the donations each week to deliver what is appropriate to the Family Resource Center and to MANA as well.  The Family Resource Center appreciates warm socks, T-shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, etc. for the homeless.

IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES:

September 9– Worship begins at 10:00 a.m.

October 20 – Memorial Service for Earl Hagedorn, time TBA

 

A PRAYER FOR THIS WEEK:

From deep within us we know of your loving presence, Creator God.

All around us we see glory, beauty, life and light.

We have no words for what we experience so we cry out, “God!”.

In this moment of worship may your loving presence grow deeper,

may our awareness of your divine presence around us grow more intense.

May we, who are blessed to live in this place, learn to pay more attention to you, God,

who loves us at all times and in all places.  Amen.

 

August 30, 2018 

FROM PASTOR JAMES: Last Sunday we spent time thinking, praying, listening, and singing on our thoughts and feelings about death and dying.  As I related in the sermon time, too many people are unprepared for the eventuality we all face.  We haven’t made any formal plans and we’ve even neglected to speak with our loved ones about our wishes.

With this in mind, I have ordered several copies of “5 Wishes”; an easy-to-use legal advance directive document written in everyday language.  It helps all adults, regardless of age or health, to consider and document how they want to be cared for at the end of life.  It is a very popular living will and is accepted for use in most states – including both California and Nevada.

Five Wishes is unique among all other living will and health agent forms because it speaks to all of a person’s needs: medical, personal, emotional and spiritual.  Five Wishes also helps to guide and structure discussions with your family and physician, making conversations easier.

When I receive these copies, we’ll schedule a meeting to review the forms, answer any questions, and get us all started on living fully…knowing our final wishes are recorded and known to our caregivers.

 

This coming Sunday is the day before Labor Day and we’ll explore the divine aspects of work as we worship…and as we all know “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” So we’ll also explore the relationship between work/labor and rest/Sabbath.  I look forward to seeing you!

Stay safe and we’ll see you Sunday!

LEADERS AMONG US:

Many thanks to these people for helping with worship this Sunday:  

Scripture: Denise Cordova

Refreshments: Tuck and Bev Wilson

Greeters and Flowers: (available)

 

EARL HAGEDORN passed into his eternal rest on August 23 with his family by his side.  Our prayers go out to his family and friends.  May he rest in his power and may his memory live for generations.  Pastor James is working on being in touch with the family to discuss any memorial services.  We will post any news on that here in Chapel Chat when it is available.

 

FROM OUR MODERATOR, MARILYN SUNNERGREN:  Our website www.squawvalleychapel.org now has the Sunday Worship and Chapel Chat on it. You can click on the tabs to view them. We are grateful for how Burke Pease has been diligently improving the website and I would encourage everyone to look at it.  Burke continues to add content that should encourage wedding and retreat rentals.  We have had some issues with the sermon/worship video but the one recorded Sunday August 19 is good.  Take a peek.  – Marilyn

 

PRAYERS: Please continue your prayers for Art and Joanne Domingue, Bill and Susie Steele, Emily Miller, Sharon Poland, Diane Morrison, Gail and Bob Okano, Marie Clukey, Gisela Steiner, Marilyn Sunnergren, Diane and Brad Harris, Peggy Wiseman and Earl Hagadorn’s family.

 

PROJECT MANA: We are continuing our Sunday donations for MANA (Making Adequate Nutrition Available) which are distributed daily to the surrounding communities of Incline Villages, Kings Beach, Truckee, Tahoe City and to folks in need who are homebound.  There is a basket under the sign-in table and Karen Kimball or the Holtebecks will pick up weekly, but we’re making it way too easy for them!   Let’s fill it up!  THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS!

We will continue to sort the donations each week to deliver what is appropriate to the Family Resource Center and to MANA as well.  The Family Resource Center appreciates warm socks, T-shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, etc. for the homeless.

 

IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES:

September 1 – Shishido/Ramirez Wedding 5:00 p.m.

September 2 – Worship begins at 10:00 a.m.

 

A PRAYER FOR THIS WEEK:

O Creator of of the sky’s lights, from whose Word of truth we have been born as firstfruits of your creatures: make us quick to listen and slow to speak, so that the Word implanted in us may take root to nourish all our living, that we may be blessed in all our doing, and fruitful in all our actions.  Amen.

August 23, 2018 

FROM PASTOR JAMES: It has occurred to me after thinking about marriage for the last week or two that you may not know I am certified to deliver and facilitate a marriage assessment called PREPARE/ENRICH.  The “prepare” side is for couples approaching marriage and the “enrich” side is for already married couples.  Every time I use this instrument, I am impressed with it’s accuracy and insight and how useful it is for working with coupes to make their relationship as strong as possible.  I’d be happy to work with anyone from our congregation who is interested in this and if you’d like more information on what it’s all about, check out this website: https://www.prepare-enrich.com/webapp/pecv/home/template/DisplaySecureContent.vm;pc=1534998973622?id=pecv*home*homepage.html&xlat=Y&emb_org_id=0&emb_sch_id=0&emb_lng_code=ENGLISH

Many of you shared your appreciation for last Sunday’s sermon, “On Marriage”.  It was another rewarding experience for me to prepare and deliver this topical sermon.  We all certainly went away with lots to think about in terms of our own marriages and the idea of marriage in general.  This Sunday I’ll be preaching “On Death and Dying”.  This sounds like a sad and morbid topic but I promise I’ll do my best to keep it interesting and inspiring!

Stay safe and we’ll see you Sunday!

LEADERS AMONG US:

Many thanks to these people for helping with worship this Sunday:  

Scripture: Diane Morrison

Refreshments: Kris Scholz

Greeters and Flowers: (available)

FROM OUR MODERATOR, MARILYN SUNNERGREN:  Our website www.squawvalleychapel.org now has the Sunday Worship and Chapel Chat on it. You can click on the tabs to view them. Burke Pease has been diligently improving the website and I would encourage everyone to look at it.  Burke continues to add content that should encourage wedding and retreat rentals.  We have had some issues with the sermon/worship video but the one recorded Sunday August 19 is good.  Take a peek.  – Marilyn

 

PRAYERS: Please continue your prayers for Art and Joanne Domingue, Bill and Susie Steele, Emily Miller, Sharon Poland, Diane Morrison, Gail and Bob Okano, Marie Clukey, Gisela Steiner, Marilyn Sunnergren, Diane and Brad Harris, Mary Koons, and Peggy Wiseman.

 

PROJECT MANA: We are continuing our Sunday donations for MANA (Making Adequate Nutrition Available) which are distributed daily to the surrounding communities of Incline Villages, Kings Beach, Truckee, Tahoe City and to folks in need who are homebound.  There is a basket under the sign-in table and Karen Kimball or the Holtebecks will pick up weekly, but we’re making it way too easy for them!   Let’s fill it up!  THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS!

We will continue to sort the donations each week to deliver what is appropriate to the Family Resource Center and to MANA as well.  The Family Resource Center appreciates warm socks, T-shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, etc. for the homeless.

August 9, 2018

 FROM PASTOR JAMES: Ugh!  We’re all getting so tired of all this smoke from the many wildfires burning in California.  The air quality makes it difficult to do much out of doors and it’s unhealthy for many people to do work or exercise outside.  Our hearts and prayers are with those who have lost property or been evacuated from their homes.  Of course, the firefighters who are working so hard to contain these fires are amazing and deserve all our support!

Thankfully, our sister UCC Church in Redding (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright) has been spared from the Carr Fire.  Some of the members there have suffered the loss of their homes, however.  Once again, we are able to help the many fire victims in California through our donations to the UCC “Emergency USA Fund” that helps out in disasters like the Carr and Mendocino Complex Fires.  The easiest and quickest way to donate is through the website: https://transactions.ucc.org/CampaignForm/UCChrist/emergency_usa and if you prefer to donate by mail, make checks payable to United Church of Christ, with “Emergency USA Fund” in the memo.   Mail to: United Church of Christ c/o Financial Services office, 700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland OH 44115

Stay safe and we’ll see you Sunday!

LEADERS AMONG US:

Many thanks to these people for helping with worship this Sunday:

Scripture: Jo Scott

Refreshments: Jim and Jan Brougher

Greeters and Flowers: (available)

FROM OUR MODERATOR, MARILYN SUNNERGREN:  Our website www.squawvalleychapel.org now has the Sunday Worship and Chapel Chat on it. You can click on the tabs to view them. Burke Pease has been diligently improving the website and I would encourage everyone to look at it.

PRAYERS: Please continue your prayers for Art and Joanne Domingue, Bill and Susie Steele, daughter-in-law Emily Miller, Sharon Poland, Diane Morrison, Gail and Bob Okano, Marie Clukey, Gisela Steiner, Marilyn Sunnergren, Diane and Brad Harris, Mary Koons, and Peggy Wiseman.

WELCOME BACK FROM HAWAII TO SQUAW VALLEY CHAPEL Jim Black and Mike Kukulski.  We are so happy to  have you “Home!”

 PROJECT MANA: We are continuing our Sunday donations for MANA (Making Adequate Nutrition Available) which are distributed daily to the surrounding communities of Incline Villages, Kings Beach, Truckee, Tahoe City and to folks in need who are homebound.  There is a basket under the sign-in table and Karen Kimball or the Holtebecks will pick up weekly, but we’re making it way too easy for them!   Let’s fill it up!  THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS!

We will continue to sort the donations each week to deliver what is appropriate to the Family Resource Center and to MANA as well.  The Family Resource Center appreciates warm socks, T-shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, etc. for the homeless.

IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES:

August 12 – Worship Service Begins at 10:00 a.m.

August 30 – Weiland/Marguerite Wedding 5:00 p.m.

September 1 – Shishido/Ramirez Wedding 4:00 p.m.

 

August 2, 2018

 FROM PASTOR JAMES: Weeeeere baaaaack!  It was a brief time away but we certainly made the best of it.  We were thankful for a few days at the coast with very fresh cool air; we got to see our son (from Oregon) and shared a fabulous lunch of Mexican food; and had a great seafood dinner for my birthday.  Vacations remind us how important it is to break up our routines once in a while and do something that gives us fresh perspectives and experiences.  Vacations are also very much a privilege and a luxury; many people currently and most people historically couldn’t afford the time and expense of leaving their livlihoods.  I am grateful for this time we had and look forward to the weeks and months ahead as this summer winds down and so many other things pick up.  We’ll see you Sunday!

REVEREND DENISE CORDOVA served our congregation while Pastor James was away for vacation.  Although we missed Pastor James the last 2 weeks, we didn’t miss out on excellent, inspirational sermons.  On her first Sunday with us, Rev. Denise Cordova shared a very personal and insightful sermon of her experiences growing up in a prejudicial society.  Last Sunday she presented a new take on the familiar “Feeding the 5000”.  She explained the Jewish significance of collecting the remains of the food after everyone had eaten and related that to picking up the pieces in our everyday lives.  “Bring them to church, share them, and expect blessings.”  We all thank Denise for bringing wonderful messages given with great enthusiasm and understanding.   AND WELCOME BACK, PASTOR JAMES!!

LEADERS AMONG US:

Many thanks to these people for helping with worship this Sunday:

Scripture:  Marilyn Sunnergren

Refreshments:  Dave and Barbara Patterson

Greeters and Flowers:  To be determined

FROM OUR MODERATOR, MARILYN SUNNERGREN:  Our website www.squawvalleychapel.org now has the Sunday Worship and Chapel Chat on it. You can click on the tabs to view them. Burke Pease has been diligently improving the website and I would encourage everyone to look at it.

PRAYERS: Please continue your prayers for Art and Joanne Domingue, Bill and Susie Steele, daughter-in-law Emily Miller, Sharon Poland, Diane Morrison, Gail and Bob Okano, Marie Clukey, Gisela Steiner, and Peggy Wiseman.

FROM BEV WILSON: My parents, Diane and Brad Harris, living close to Orlando, Florida need prayers.  Brad will be going into permanent memory care in their care facility, and Diane will need prayers as she has been taking care of Brad for a long time, and this will be a HUGE change for her.  Thanks, Bev

WELCOME BACK FROM HAWAII TO SQUAW VALLEY CHAPEL Jim Black and Mike Kukulski.  We are so happy to  have you “Home!”

 BREAKFAST BRUNCH this Sunday, August 5, at the Senior Center, Truckee. This is MORE than pancakes.  A breakfast feast for $10 to benefit Meals on Wheels.  Starts at 8 a.m.  Come join us.

PROJECT MANA: We are continuing our Sunday donations for MANA (Making Adequate Nutrition Available) which are distributed daily to the surrounding communities of Incline Villages, Kings Beach, Truckee, Tahoe City and to folks in need who are homebound.  There is a basket under the sign-in table and Karen Kimball or the Holtebecks will pick up weekly, but we’re making it way too easy for them!   Let’s fill it up!  THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS!

We will continue to sort the donations each week to deliver what is appropriate to the Family Resource Center and to MANA as well.  The Family Resource Center appreciates warm socks, T-shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, etc. for the homeless.

 

July 26, 2018

Pastor James and Mary are on their second week of vacation.  Reverend Denise Cordosa will join us again this Sunday.  We appreciated her very   Reverend Denise joined the Squaw Valley Chapel with her membership on July 15.  Dave and Rita are limping along with the Chapel Chat for a second week and will be very happy to have Pastor James return with his inspiring and informative messages!

LEADERS AMONG US:

Many thanks to these people for helping with worship this Sunday with refreshments, readings, greeting, and flowerBe sure to check the signup sheet on Sundays.

From the Moderator, Marilyn Sunnergren:  Our webpage www.squawvalleychapel.org now has the Sunday Worship and Chapel Chat on it. You can click on the tabs to view them. Burke Pease has been diligently improving the website and I would encourage everyone to look at it.

PRAYERS: Please continue your prayers for Art and Joanne Domingue, Bill and Susie Steele, daughter-in-law Emily Miller, Sharon Poland, Diane Morrison, Gail and Bob Okano, Marie Clukey, Gisela Steiner, Marilyn Sunnergren, and Peggy Wiseman.

PROJECT MANA: We are continuing our Sunday donations for MANA (Making Adequate Nutrition Available) which are distributed daily to the surrounding communities of Incline Villages, Kings Beach, Truckee, Tahoe City and to folks in need who are homebound.  There is a basket under the sign-in table and Karen Kimball or the Holtebecks will pick up weekly, but we’re making it way too easy for them!   Let’s fill it up!  THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS!

We will continue to sort the donations each week to deliver what is appropriate to the Family Resource Center and to MANA as well.  The Family Resource Center appreciates warm socks, T-shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, etc. for the homeless.

 

July 19, 2018

Pastor James and Mary are on a well-deserved two-week vacation.  We celebrated their first year anniversary with SVC last Sunday with a beautiful quilt made by Mary Koons for the church sanctuary.  Thank you, Mary.

Reverend Denise Cordova will be serving us as pastor for the next two Sundays.  Church was followed by a potluck and the quarterly business meeting.

LEADERS AMONG US:

Many thanks to these people for helping with worship this Sunday:

Refreshments:  Diane Morrison

Greeter: Ralph and Lynne Bauer

Scripture:  Diane Morrison

SQUAW VALLEY CHAPEL IS AN OPEN AND AFFIRMING CHURCH.  This is the TENTH anniversary of this gift to our surrounding communities and to all who worship with us.  Check this link to learn more about what this means and where our other ONA congregations are: http://www.ucc.org/lgbt_ona

 PRAYERS: Please continue your prayers for Art and Joanne Domingue, Bill and Susie Steele, daughter-in-law Emily Miller, Sharon Poland, Diane Morrison, Gail and Bob Okano, Marie Clukey, Gisela Steiner, Burke Pease, Marilyn Sunnergren, and Peggy Wiseman.

PROJECT MANA: We are continuing our Sunday donations for MANA (Making Adequate Nutrition Available) which are distributed daily to the surrounding communities of Incline Villages, Kings Beach, Truckee, Tahoe City and to folks in need who are homebound.  There is a basket under the sign-in table and Karen Kimball or the Holtebecks will pick up weekly, but we’re making it way too easy for them!   Let’s fill it up!  THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS!

We will continue to sort the donations each week to deliver what is appropriate to the Family Resource Center and to MANA as well.  The Family Resource Center appreciates warm socks, T-shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, etc. for the homeless.

IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES:

July 22 Worship Service Begins at 10:00 a.m.

AA MEETINGS ON THURSDAYS FROM 6:00 TO 7:30 IN THE FELLOWSHIP ROOM.

 

July 12, 2018

FROM PASTOR JAMES: Several things are happening over the next few weeks so we’ll be taking a break from our sermon series on Ruth.  This Sunday we’ll take a look at Psalm 24; it’s a favorite of mine and it will be fun to preach on for the first time.  “The earth is the LORD’s and all that is in it…”  This is the nugget of the whole Psalm – everything else is ‘frosting on the cake’.  Can you imagine anything or anyone in the earth that is not the Lord’s?  (Me, either!)

I also want to remind you that I’m planning two weeks of vacation this month.  The actual dates of this vacation are July 16-29 and I’ll even be taking a week off from St. Mary’s as well!  We will only be out of town in Sonoma County from the 19th through the 24th so please do call me if any pastoral emergencies arise.  Otherwise, we will be blessed to have our good friend Rev. Denise Cordova preach for us on July 22nd and 29th.  You will remember Denise as the preacher for my installation last fall and she will be joining as a member this Sunday.  We’ll resume Ruth on August 5th…this looks to be a great summer!

 Have a great week, friends!!!

LEADERS AMONG US:

Many thanks to these people for helping with worship this Sunday:

Refreshments: Pot Luck (be sure to bring your appetite, too!)

Scripture: Mary Koons

Greeter: Diane Morrison

Flowers:  Alice Arthur

DISASTER HELP UPDATES:

We have been encouraging help for those affected by the volcano and lava flows in Hawaii for the last several weeks.  We also want to keep the needs of those in Puerto Rick alive as they continue their recovery efforts and brace themselves for the 2018 Hurricane Season.

If you wish to donate to our recovery efforts in Puerto Rico by mail, make checks payable to United Church of Christ, with “Emergency USA Fund” in the memo.   Mail to: United Church of Christ c/o Financial Services office, 700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland OH 44115

Un-designated giving allows the United Church of Christ to respond where resources are needed most but if you prefer to designate your gift you may do so by noting the disaster or refugee/immigration emergency (i.e “Puerto Rico” or “Hawaii”) in the designated box on the on-line form or in the memo line of the check.

100% of funds to the United Church of Christ designated for U.S. disaster relief are used for disaster relief and rehabilitation programming within the United States.  100% of funds to the United Church of Christ for U.S. refugee resettlement/immigration emergencies are used for providing humanitarian assistance in these situations within the United States.

FROM MARILYN SUNNERGREN, MODERATER OF SVC:  Thanks to everyone who submitted their thoughts regarding Pastor James’ performance this last (and his first) year. Pastor and I will be going thru them Thursday after the finance meeting. I will still accept your thoughts whether by index card or email (sunnemare@gmail.com) if you wish to submit something this week.  – Marilyn

SQUAW VALLEY CHAPEL IS AN OPEN AND AFFIRMING CHURCH.  This is the TENTH anniversary of this gift to our surrounding communities and to all who worship with us.  Check this link to learn more about what this means and where our other ONA congregations are: http://www.ucc.org/lgbt_ona

 PRAYERS: Please continue your prayers for Art and Joanne Domingue, Bill and Susie Steele, daughter-in-law Emily Miller, Sharon Poland, Diane Morrison, Gail and Bob Okano, Marie Clukey, Gisela Steiner, Burke Pease, Marilyn Sunnergren, and Peggy Wiseman.

PROJECT MANA: We are continuing our Sunday donations for MANA (Making Adequate Nutrition Available) which are distributed daily to the surrounding communities of Incline Villages, Kings Beach, Truckee, Tahoe City and to folks in need who are homebound.  There is a basket under the sign-in table and Karen Kimball or the Holtebecks will pick up weekly, but we’re making it way too easy for them!   Let’s fill it up!  THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS!

We will continue to sort the donations each week to deliver what is appropriate to the Family Resource Center and to MANA as well.  The Family Resource Center appreciates warm socks, T-shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, etc. for the homeless.