Sing to the Lord a new song,
for God has done marvelous things.
Psalm 98:1

Sleeping in the Forest
by Mary Oliver

I thought the earth remembered me,
She took me back so tenderly
Arranging her skirts
Her pockets full of lichens and seeds.
I slept as never before
A stone on the riverbed,
Nothing between me and the white fire of the stars,
But my thoughts.
And they floated light as moths
Among the branches of the perfect trees.
All night I heard the small kingdoms
Breathing around me.
The insects and the birds
Who do their work in darkness.
All night I rose and fell,
As if water, grappling with luminous doom.
By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times.

The office will be closed tomorrow, Friday, November 8.
This Sunday
  • Celebrating Our Veterans:  Our 10:15 a.m. service and coffee hour will feature a salute to our veterans.
  • Worship: 8:00 a.m. Spoken Eucharist and 10:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist in the Church; Creative Holy Play for preschool through pre-teen during the 10:15 a.m. service. Lessons can be found here (Track 1).
  • Choir Rehearsal:  9:00 a.m. in the Church
  • The Forum:  9:00 a.m. in the Fireside Room. This Sunday we begin a series using a tool called Living Room Conversations (LRC). LRC was developed by "dialogue experts in order to facilitate connection between people despite their differences, and even identify areas of common ground and shared understanding." We used LRC to guide our final stewardship session last Sunday and had a wonderfully engaging discussion. Our first LRC this Sunday, will focus on Forgiveness. We hope you'll come and explore having a different kind of conversation. All are welcome! 
  • Youth Group:  meets after the 10:15 a.m. service
  • Coffee Hour:  in the Parish Hall following the 10:15 service
  • Convivium Rehearsal:  5:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall
  • Monthly CSA Food Drive:  Donations can be dropped off at either service. CSA is in need of healthy and nutritious non-perishable items, including boxes of cereal, oatmeal, pop-top canned food items, flour, oil, condiments, salad dressings, etc. CSA no longer wants bulk packaged items that they have to divide out into individual packages. Please keep items to individual family sized packaging.
Upcoming Events

Campus Work Day - Building the Project List
The Christ Church and Ventana Communities will come together on Saturday, November 16, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. for a fall campus work day. A range of projects have been identified by church and school staff. We hope that you'll come out for an hour and help that morning.

Remembering Laurie Millis
Many have been saddened by the sudden loss of Laurie Millis, a longtime member of Christ Church, earlier this fall. Laurie's family has decided to hold a small remembrance for her near Christmas, when they will all be together, at their local Golf Club. Recognizing the grief still present in our community, they have given us their blessing to remember Laurie in some other way more fitting for her parish family. As such, we plan to slightly adapt our 10:15 a.m. service on Sunday, November 17, to include a commendation for Laurie and some additional prayers for the repose of her soul. All are welcome. 

Living Harmony Concert Series Presents
From Earth to Sky: Choral Landscapes

Sunday, November 17, 2019
4:00 p.m. with reception to follow
Free admission.

Under the direction of founding director Eric Tuan, the Silicon Valley chamber choir Convivium has become known for its innovative programming, vibrant sound, and expansive approach to the concert experience. The ensemble's fall program explores choral depictions of the natural world from Estonia, Iceland, Germany, Ireland, and India. Revel in Veljo Tormis's haunting Autumn Landscapes, which portray the beauty of the Estonian countryside in fall. We also will explore the mystery of the German forest in partsongs by Fanny Hensel; meditate on the beauty of water in Eleanor Daley's The Lake Isle of Innisfree; and journey far and near in the music of Melissa Dunphy, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Gustav Holst, Meredith Monk, and A.R. Rahman. If you are interested in bringing finger foods or a dessert for the reception following the concert, please contact Tristana Ferreyra (

Living Harmony Concert Series Presents
The American Harp Society: A Harp Extravaganza
Saturday, November 23, 2019
3:00 p.m.

Suggested Donation: $25 adults; $10 youth (donations go to the Silicon Valley Adult and Youth Harp Ensembles)
Please join us for an enchanting and entertaining afternoon as we ring in the holidays with a concert with more than 20 harps featuring the Silicon Valley Adult and Youth Harp Ensembles. Music from Tchaikovsky to Bizet, with guest dance performers and an opportunity for you to try the harp. All ages welcome!

Giving Thanks
In the Episcopal Liturgical Calendar, the last Sunday of November is the Feast Day of Christ the King, Christ Church's name sake. Join us on Sunday, November 24, as we give thanks, celebrate our feast day, and prepare for Advent. Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit of Congregation Beth Am will be preaching at both services that morning. Then following the 10:15 a.m. service, we will come together over a potluck meal. We plan to get our annual Giving Tree up and decorated that Sunday, as well as prepare our Christmas Tree for decorating on the following Sundays. We hope you'll join us on the 24th to celebrate and give thanks for our many blessings, and prepare for the Christmas season. Please bring an entree, side dish, salad or dessert to share at the potluck meal. All are welcome!

Advent Wreath Workshop
We’re reviving an old Christ Church custom of making Advent Wreaths! You can order an 11-inch brass candle ring and a set of 10-inch Advent candles (3 purple and 1 pink) for $13.00; or, if you already have a candle ring, you can order a set of 10-inch Advent candles for $7.00. Contact Patti White ( by November 20 to place your order. Then, join us on Sunday, December 1, during coffee hour after the 10:15 a.m. service. Bring some greens from your garden, and we’ll make Advent wreaths.

Wednesday Noonday Eucharist in Advent
Throughout the season of Advent, Christ Church will offer a contemplative mid-day Eucharist on Wednesdays, December 4, 11, and 18. You are warmly invited to make this a part of your observance of this most hopeful season. The service will be held in the Church from 12:00-12:30 p.m. 
Save The Date - Upcoming Events
Sunday, November 24, 12:00 p.m.:  Vestry Meeting
Sunday, December 8, 10:15 a.m.: Living Harmony Concert Series presents A Service of Lessons & Carols
Thursday, December 12:  Women's Christmas Tea
Sunday, December 22, 12:00 p.m.:  Vestry Meeting
Sunday, January 5: 12th Night Celebration


Next Week at Christ Church
See full church calendar here.
Office Hours:  Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
The office will be closed on Monday, November 11, for the Veterans Day holiday.
Missed Church Last Sunday? You can read recent service bulletins here, and read and/or watch the sermon here. 
Parish Hall Adult Restroom
We have begun the work to do some updating to the adult restroom in the Parish Hall. The metal stall pieces have been removed, and the small divider wall/shelf/hanging rod will be removed as well. Paint, new lighting, new mirror and some sort of cabinet are what we hope to complete.The bathroom is fully functional, toilet paper is sitting on top of the toilet back for the short-term. The hope is to have this work completed on the Nov. 16 work day or shortly thereafter. Thank you to Scout Troop 30 for taking on much of this work!

Update on Bishop Marc
Bishop Marc's recovery continues to go well. He has returned to a part-time work schedule at the diocese offices.

Diocesan Convention Recap
Last weekend, clergy and lay delegates from across the Diocese gathered at Grace Cathedral to take council on behalf of the Church. It was an exciting and encouraging time. Of the resolutions passed this year (available online here), two are of particular interest to our parish and Ventana School. These both fall in line with environmental discussions and practices already in place at Christ Church and Ventana. The first resolved that we all learn more about our carbon footprint and the impact of air travel on that footprint, how to offset air travel carbon emissions through the purchase of carbon offsets, and directs that all congregations and institutions purchase offsets when air travel is deemed necessary for the conduct of church business. Both the church and school will be discussing the purchase of offsets when necessary. The second recognizes that widespread use of single-use non-biodegradable plastic bags, utensils, containers and packaging materials results in large scale pollution and waste of resources; and, resolved that all of the diocese's institutions and congregations whenever appropriate purchase and use alternatives to single-use non-biodegradable plastic bags, utensils, containers and packaging, and shall urge their members to purchase and use such alternatives instead of single-use plastics. Both the church and school have shifted to the purchase of compostable materials and will continue exploring how to eliminate use of other single-use non-biodegradable materials. Many thanks to Melisa Buie, Mark Zdeblick, and Val Reed for serving as the delegates for Christ Church to the Deanery and Diocese throughout the year. 

Spiritual Practice Retreat
John Phillip Newell is a poet, peacemaker, minister and scholar, internationally acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic spirituality. On Februrary 18-20, 2020, Newell be leading a spiritual practice retreat at Bishop's Ranch.  Several parishioners are considering attending, and we thought there may be others interested in this opportunity. For more information about the retreat and to register, click here

Needed - 2020 Calendars and Hotel Toiletries - no Christmas Cards
The Rev. Vern Jones has been the chaplain at Cordilleras Mental Health Facility for more than 40 years. As part of his ministry, Rev. Jones collects and distributes calendars and toiletries at this time of year. If you have 2020 calendars or hotel toiletries (this is the size needed), please bring them on an upcoming Sunday. No Christmas cards this year. You can either give them to Rev. Jones at the 10:15 service or leave them in a paper bag with his name on it on the top of the credenza in the Parish Hall lobby. Please note what is asked for and do not drop off other items to the church.

Lost and Found
There is now a lost and found section on one of the coat racks in the back of the church.

Have an Announcement for the Thursday Newsletter or Sunday Herald?
Please submit items to Deanne ( by Tuesday, 12 noon, for that week's newsletter and Herald. Depending on timing of an event and content already submitted, we may decide to wait a week and would notify you if that were the case. We usually start publicizing events three weeks prior to the event.
Follow Up       

Halloween Candy Donations
Parish families, and Ventana students and families, donated more than 130 pounds of Halloween candy - thank you! We are delivering the candy to a local drop-off location for shipment to Operation Gratitude where a handful of candy will be added to every care package they send to deployed Troops, Veterans and First Responders.
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