Oakland church

Sunday, 10-26, Events; and Trees

Dear Ones,

October 26th is a busy Sunday as we join together in worship to hear what it’s like for a family working full time and living on the current minimum wage.

Children are invited of course, to wear their Halloween costumes the next 2 Sundays!  Our curriculum will focus on the masks that we all wear.   (Please remember that on Sunday, November 2nd, as part of All Saints and All Soul’s Day the children will have a Halloween costume procession with music like “Because I’m Happy”! )

On Sunday, October 26th, we are also joining  together to support one of our local food pantries of Alameda County by preparing and serving a meal at St Mary’s Center between 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM. Contact Catherine  or Michael.

Some of the younger families are off to the Oakland Museum to celebrate the Dias de las Muertes exhibit.

Later that evening of the 26th some of us are attending the annual fundraiser for the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant group. (Contact Mirtha )

So I leave you with a poem by the poet Mary Oliver whom I consider a saint, that is fitting for this season of fall, and of the peace and quietude that our souls yearn for:

When I Am Among the Trees

When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness,
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”

~ Mary Oliver ~

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