Worship with Us In Person
In-person worship services are being held each Sunday morning at 9:30 am. Attendance is taken upon entering the narthex (or the handicap-accessible entrance from the parking lot). Masks are required throughout the worship service, and we encourage that everyone spread out a bit in the sanctuary when selecting their seats. We are enjoying weekly anthems sung by the Chancel Choir, occasional Chancel Bells performances, and all of us are participating in singing the hymns throughout worship. We hope you will join us!
Looking Ahead to 2023
On Sunday, November 13, we will be having a brief presentation during Coffee Fellowship about our plans for the upcoming year. Stewardship packets will be available in Fellowship Hall for each of our church family members to take home and read through, prior to completing a pledge card for 2023. Each packet will contain a booklet that includes information and photographs from our church activities, as well as a prayer calendar to use as you determine your support for God’s ministry in the coming year here at First Presbyterian Church of San Leandro.
For those who are not able to attend in-person worship on November 13, your packets will be sent to you by mail on Tuesday, November 15. You will receive them in plenty of time to pray about your pledge for 2023.
What is a steward? A Christian steward is one who manages the affairs of God on earth, and that includes each one of us! We have been given unique abilities and talents, and we are called to use them to serve God. Surely this year we can look back on some trying times and be thankful for God’s many blessings as we have navigated the uncertain times of this pandemic. We are called to be good stewards and respond to God’s blessings as we make commitments for the coming year.
We will be dedicating our pledges during worship on Sunday, December 4. If you are not currently attending worship in person, please mail your pledge card prior to December 4 so that we can include it in our time of dedication during the worship service.
The Session will then begin working on the 2023 budget. We thank you in advance, for your continued support of our church’s ministry.
Worship in the Woods
Westminster Woods - All Church Retreat Worship Service - September 11, 2022
Photo by Art Walton
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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