Magnificat Vespers 2016

Sign up for summer day camp, August 1-5

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For whom: children ages 5-12 – all are welcome, you don’t have to be a church member.

How to register: fill out the following two forms and get back to the church office: DayCamp2016RegistrationDayCamp2016HealthForm.  We also ask $100 per child to cover costs for the week.

What we do: in partnership with summer staff from Mt. Cross Camp, we provide a week of fun, including group games, arts & crafts, worship, community building activities and Bible encounters based on our theme.

sum11-6466f3e233Theme for 2016: “The Jesus Way.” We are called to follow Jesus and live like him – which is not always easy.  We must be activedisciples, watching Jesus, listening, learning, and of course, doing.  Jesus tells us that we must take up our cross and be followers of him through love and service.  In 2016, campers will learn to trust in God’s promise as we feed, forgive, love, serve and pray… The Jesus Way.

Daily themes:

Monday: Feeding
Tuesday: Forgiving
Wednesday: Loving the Neighbor
Thursday: Serving Humbly
Friday: Prayer

Schedule: Monday – Thursday, August 1-4 9am-3pm.  Friday, August 5 9am – Noon. IMG_4961

Worship 101 – Sunday mornings in May

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Sundays in May, 9:15 – 10:15am, with Pastor Bernt

Why worship, and what does worship have to do with our spirituality and life in the world?  How did the practices of liturgical worship develop?  What’s a stole, a kyrie, a lectionary and why do these things matter?  How do we feel more engaged in what’s going on from the pew?

Join newcomers and members of FLC in open conversation centered around our questions and experiences of worship, more loosely based on our denominational publisher’s latest resource introducing Lutheran worship.  A few copies of the book will be available at church for $8, but let us know if you’re planning to attend so we can be sure and have enough copies.  Learn more about the book and order your own here.

May 1: Why do we worship?

May 8:  The Bible is the Word of God?

May 15: What’s a Sacrament?  Baptism, Communion.

May 22:  How does worship teach prayer?  Involve bodies?

May 29:  Worship and the word: culture, mission, daily life, creation.

Thursday Art with Jill

Men: join us for breakfast April 16, 2016

8:30-10am in the fellowship hall

Our traditional fare of amaretto pancakes, thumb sausage, information pills fruit, Casserole de San Mauricio, juice and coffee will be served.

Newcomers and friends are most welcome – a First Lutheran tradition going back over half a century.  We enjoy a meal and hear a brief and interesting presentation.

Please RSVP to John at johnwadeking@gmail.com.

Mark your calendars: the next one is May 21st.

Adult Forums for April into May: how do we do ‘church’ in this context?

Christ, risen from the dead, found his disciples worried and afraid. He breathed his Spirit into them and said, “as the Father has sent me, so I send you.” (John 20) Many of the scripture readings we hear between Easter and Pentecost, like this one, have to do with the origin, purpose and hope of church (in Greek – ekklesia or “assembly.”) So, as a theme for Lent was “grace in our context,” a theme for Easter adult forums will be “church in our context.”

April 3 – Are there different ways of being Christian within the New Testament? Mark Bertelsen leads a discussion on the epistle of James and possible disagreement with Paul.

April 10 – Christianity and California. Dr. Madeleine Forell Marshall will share some of the insights and challenges she presented at the Founders Day Lecture at our local seminary, coming out of her experience as a religion professor and in the mission field. How do we as Lutherans present this gospel in the cultures of California? She maintains that when we neglect “locality” in favor of some idea of “universal” Christian meaning we devalue religious experience and ruin essential metaphors. The incarnation insists that we take the physical world, our bodies and our localized experience seriously. The forum will also be the occasion for the launch of the new SunsetChristianity.com website, a place for sharing resources and stories.

April 17 – Christianity in America: a historic view. FLC member Kyle Erickson, as part of his graduate work, recently read the 19th century de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America and found the observations of this French writer on American Christianity fascinating. Kyle shares some of these insights and leads us in discussion.

April 24 – First Lutheran Church – goals for ministry. At our semi-annual meeting our council distributed vision and draft goals, which were also posted on the walls so folks could add their own sticky note comments. We’ll discuss these goals, the comments, progress and direction of FLC in the Silicon Valley context.

May 1 and 8 – “A different Christianity: Eastern Orthodoxy.”  Jose’ Macias (partner to Mark Bertelsen) leads a discussion of the Eastern Orthodox Church: it’s historic lineage and where it stands today.