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Update on Worship and Church Activities

We continue to be thankful that our church family members have taken the important step of being safe and loving their neighbors, by being fully up-to-date with their vaccines against the Covid-19 virus (including at least one booster shot). 

We are very happy to see many of you coming to worship, spreading out in the sanctuary and wearing upgraded masks which provide better protection.  This past month, we resumed congregational singing as well as participating in the spoken prayers and responses during worship.  We will continue to wear masks in worship, in accordance with the CDC recommendation for indoor gatherings.

We have resumed Coffee Fellowship, following our worship service each Sunday morning.  As we enjoy fellowship with one another in the Fellowship Hall, everyone is encouraged to wear their mask except when eating or drinking.  This way we can keep our more vulnerable members safe from any accidental exposure to Covid.

Because the Alameda County case count and hospitalization rates have stayed low, we were able to resume our Young at Heart Luncheon this past month.  And we are happy to have the Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study, and the Women’s Fellowship Breakfast, resume in early May.

For those of you who prefer to not attend worship in-person at this time, you will continue to find our weekly worship recording on our church website: www.firstpresbyterianchurchsl.org   Also, you will find the order of worship posted, if you wish to follow along. 

The Cross on our Church Bell Tower

You may have noticed that the cross on top of our church Bell Tower is standing straight and tall these days! Yes, it had been leaning at times, and then would get straightened back up by one of our church members (!), but alas, it would begin to lean again a few months later.

We are so grateful to Alma Drown’s children, who generously funded the repairs needed to secure the cross once and for all! Years ago, Alma’s first husband, Donald Lenters (who was an elder and deacon at our church) worked for the Ditzler Paint Company. Sometime in the 1960’s, Alma and Donald’s children remember the cross from the church steeple sitting in their driveway, on some newspapers, as their dad painted it and got it ready to be placed up on the steeple. Upon noticing that the cross was leaning during these past couple of years, the children recently reached out to the church to fund whatever repairs necessary so that it could be safely secured.

Our Building and Grounds Committee contacted our roof contractor (Kevin Reed), and he was able to come up with a plan for considerable reconstruction up in the bell tower, removing a portion of the roof, replacing rotten wood as well as refabricating the base on the metal cross, so that it could be secure and remain that way, hopefully forever!

The work has been completed, and if you would like to see photographs of the work in progress, just stop by the church office and we’ll be happy to share the notebook that chronicles the project. Again, our sincere thanks to the Lenters’ children (Derk, John, Susan and Jim)!!

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Feeding the Hungry with Manna Bags

Have you seen people sitting in front of the grocery store, or standing on the street corner, asking for help? We encourage you give them a Manna Meal, which contains food that will feed them for the day, along with water bottles and a Christian note of encouragement.

Gil DeHoyos will be in the parking lot on Sunday, September 6  between 2 and 3 pm, so that when you bring foods to contribute to our “Greet and Give” event, you may also buy a Manna Meal or two, to have handy in your car for the next time you need it.  The cost for each Manna Meal is $5 – please bring cash (correct change is helpful), or you may write a check payable to FPCSL to cover the cost of your Manna Meal(s).

There are other food ministries in our community that are equipped to help people with their needs, including food, medical referrals, job training, and more. Here are a few of these resources:

Also, please DO NOT give people money who come to the church on Sunday mornings and ask for a hand out. Again, this is not helpful and only en- courages further such requests. Often money given goes to sup- port an alcohol or drug addiction, so your “help” turns out to be counter-productive. Instead, find them a brochure about available community resources (which is available in the church narthex by the usher station). Thank you.

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