Come join us for an evening of glamour and glitz at our 10th Anniversary "Hooray for Hollywood" Celebration! Click here for more details and registration information.
Why not Wear Red?
Rev. Terri J. Echelbarger
Thursday, 21 May 2015
In one of the Ten Utterances that come from Sinai, the Holy Voice insists that we not "take My Name in emptiness." I do not think that means never to say "Oh My God!" etc. I think it means to keep fully in mind that the Name YyyyHhhhWwwwHhhh is a Breath; that we should always be aware that every breath we take is the Name of God; and that the Breathing of our Mother Earth is the Name of God. "Do not breathe empty-minded, empty-hearted!" says the Voice. Make a Shavuot practice of following your breath as it enters your body, is carried by your blood to every limb and organ, then leaves as you breathe out the CO2 to enter a tree, a field of grass -- and there to be transmuted into oxygen and breathed out, for us to breathe in. As you breathe, let your breath carry these words: "We breathe in what the trees breathe out, the trees breathe in what we breathe out."
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Dear Peninsula MCC Friend:

It is Pentecost this week, a celebration of the Holy Spirit, breath, wind ... that indwells and animates each of us. A silent force that we can hear, that which underpins every word in every language. It's a week to remember, God is indeed as close as our every breath. It's traditional (and optional!) to wear red.

Pentecost is built on the foundation of Sukkot (May 23-25) in the Jewish faith, the Festival of Weeks. It is, in part, a celebration of the commandments revealed on Mt. Sinai and given to the people. Rabbi Arthur Wasko explains it is, in many ways, another celebration of God, who is named in breath.

This is a great time to support community financially as we near the end of a fiscal year, just click here to make a fiscal year end gift. Thank you! We need your ongoing support.

We are excited about the summer and the wide range of preachers who will be sharing with us during Terri's Sabbatical (July-Sept.). This is a good time, if you've been away, to check back into community. Join us for a summer adventure in worship. Irene has accepted the role of Lay Pastoral Leader during Rev. Terri's absence.

If you are interested in voting at the Congregational Meeting (June 14) or running for the Board of Directors, this is the week to let any Board Member know.

Blessings,

Sunday, May 24th: Pentecost! Come for lots of music in many languages.

Sunday, May 31st: Trinity Sunday: It's all about relationship.

Saturday, June 6: 5:30-10:30pm: Peninsula MCC's 10th Anniversary Party! The theme is Hollywood and there's plenty of time to shop for Red Carpet attire. We hope many people from the past 10 years will celebrate with us. For tickets click here.

Sunday, June 7: Peter leaves for the AIDS Ride, David Dupart will join us again as the guest musician. Pledge here.

Saturday, June 13: San Mateo Pride.

Sunday, June 14: Annual Congregational Meeting follows Worship.

Sunday, June 21: Transfer of Pastoral Leadership as Rev. Terri leaves for Sabbatical.

Sunday, June 28: San Francisco Pride, the fabulous Manny Chargualaf is leading worship!