Upcoming Events
Sun, Dec 21 12:30pm Worship
Sun, Dec 24 7:00pm Christmas Eve Service
Sun, Dec 25 10:00am Christmas Day Service
Sun, Dec 28 12:30pm Worship
Dios Encarnado: Embodied Love
Rev. Terri J. Echelbarger
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
I have a little dreidel. I made it out of clay.
And when it's dry and ready, then dreidel I shall play.
Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made it out of clay.
Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, then dreidel I shall play.

It has a lovely body, with legs so short and thin.
When it gets all tired, it drops and then I win!
Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, with leg so short and thin.
Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, it drops and then I win!

My dreidel's always playful. It loves to dance and spin.
A happy game of dreidel, come play now let's begin.
Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, it loves to dance and spin.
Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel. Come play now let's begin.

Dear Peninsula MCC Friend:

This week we celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent, Dios Encarnado: Embodied Love.

Mary and Joseph embodied love in their YES to parenting Jesus — and Jesus will come to embody love in his ministry to the powerless. In Judaism the table plays a central role. Families gather round to eat traditional foods and tell traditional stories, playing time-honored games. This Sunday will be the 6th night of Hanukkah, and I have to wonder, how old was Jesus before he began to play with a dreidel?

My prayers are with all who are traveling over this holiday season. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, don’t forget to make plans to attend our Christmas Eve Service at 7:00pm. There is an abundance of special music this year, and I'm really looking forward to the celebration!

We also gather on Christmas Day at 10:00am, for a contemplative service of song and story.


Rev. Terri J. Echelbarger
Senior Pastor, Peninsula MCC

Upcoming Events:

Dec. 21, 12:30pm: Dios Encarnado: Embodied Love

Dec. 24, 7:00pm (Wednesday): Christmas Eve Service — Dios Encarnado: In a Baby

Dec. 25, 10:00am (Thursday): Christmas Day Service, informal and intimate

Dec. 28, 12:30: It’s the 4th Day of Christmas! Join us for the last service of 2014

January 4th, 12:30pm: What about that Star anyway? On this day we celebrate the journey of the wise ones. Join us for the first service of the New Year!

January 7th, 7:00pm (Wednesday): Kickoff: Join us as we read the Bible in 90 Days. Read Genesis 1 – Exodus 40 to prepare for this kickoff. We'll read the whole Bible by Easter.

Jan. 11th, 12:30pm: We begin a new sermon series: Let your Light Shine! This Sunday it's "Listening to Your Inner Voice" (It's There for a Reason). Meditation in the Zen Tradition follows at 3:00pm.

Jan. 11, 4:00pm (Sunday): Modern Day Slavery in San Mateo County, at CCSM, 225 Tilton. Peninsula MCC is a co-sponsor of this event, hope to see a lot of representation!

Jan. 17, 4:00pm sharp: Celebrating Rev. Terri's 15th year of Ordination, Hele mai ho'olu komo la kaua. Rev. Terri was sent from Church of the Crossroads on Oahu, Hawaii to seminary. Put on your grass skirt and join us from 4:00-7:00pm at 1150 W. Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo, for a program and celebration. Lots of great surprises in store, don't be late! RSVP to: angelicavillasenor08@yahoo.com. In lieu of gifts please make a donation to PMCC (the suggested donation is $25 or more).

Feb. 20, All Day: Dementia Awareness and Care giving for LGBT Older Adults. This all day workshop (CEU's Offered) will be held in San Francisco. Call 650-721-1023 for more info.

May 30, TBD: Peninsula MCC's 10th Anniversary Party! The theme is Hollywood, and there's plenty of time to shop! Lots of surprises are being prepared for a great celebration. We hope many people from the past 10 years will celebrate with us. More details to come.