"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you."
Jeremiah 1:5

From For the Time Being
by W.H. Auden

He is the Way.
Follow Him through the Land of Unlikeness;
You will see rare beasts, and have unique adventures.

He is the Truth.
Seek Him in the Kingdom of Anxiety;
You will come to a great city that has expected your return for years.

He is the Life.
Love Him in the World of the Flesh;
And at your marriage all its occasions shall dance for joy.

This Sunday
  • 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).
  • The Forum:  9:00 a.m. in the Fireside Room. This week The Forum continues a four-week series exploring the history and structure of our liturgy. Director of Music, Eric Tuan, will offer an engaging presentation on the history of Church music and the anglican tradition. All are welcome to come with your questions and your curiosity!   
    September 1: Worship is constantly changing. Just last summer the General Convention approved the drafting of a new Book of Common Prayer. Where do we go from here?
  • Youth Group:  meets after the 10:15 a.m. service
  • Coffee Hour:  in the Fireside Room following the 10:15 service. The labyrinth will be out in the Parish Hall. All are welcome to enjoy a meditative walk following worship or coffee hour!
  • Vestry Meeting:  12:00 p.m. in the Conference Room
A New Welcome for the Parish Hall

A HUGE thank you to Ventana teachers Jenny Bishop (art) and Rick Murphy (STEM) for their work on the new Welcome message in the Parish Hall lobby. Last school year, Jenny worked with Ventana students to create the Dove. From the 3s on up through the 5th grade, every student painted a feather in their favorite color(s). Jenny assembled the Dove and worked with Rev. Claire and Karen Gordon of the Ventana Leadership team to design the layout. Rick spent a day's worth of time calculating the precise arc needed for placement and spacing of the letters, ensuring room for the Dove at the bottom, and then placing everything on the wall. THANK YOU!! 

Upcoming Events

Saturday Yoga Class - this weekend!
On Saturday join Aska Yoshizu, our Monday morning Yoga Instructor, for a special morning of Yoga on the Labyrinth, 10:00-11:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Bring a yoga mat and wear light, comfortable clothing that allows for freedom of movement (we'll have some extra mats on hand if you don't have your own). A blanket and/or cushion are optional. All are welcome! Sacred Heart Yoga has been cancelled for this Saturday and will return on September 28.

Holy Hikes at Angel Island
Each month, Holy Hikes leads a Eucharistic hike through one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s beautiful green spaces. The hikes draw a diverse demographic from young children to seniors. All are welcome to attend. The next gathering will be at Angel Island on Saturday, August 24. People can either take ferries from San Francisco (Pier 41) or Tiburon. We will meet on the island outside the concession area at 10:30 a.m. See here for ferry schedule and prices:
From Tiburon:
From San Francisco:
Contact: the Rev. Justin Cannon,


Music for Mindfulness - Sunday!
Sunday, August 25, 4:00 p.m.
Parish Hall

Experience an ancient contemplative practice, the Labyrinth, through the lenses of meditation and music. As we move through a guided sequence of seated and walking meditations led by Rev. Claire and parishioner Alice Landis, enjoy a program of reflective music offered by Director of Music and pianist Eric Tuan and the vocal artists of Convivium. Nourish your ears and soul with the sinuous melodies of Gregorian chant and the mesmerizing harmonies of Arvo Pärt, John Cage, and Meredith Monk.

Men's Group Fellowship and Dinner
The Christ Church Men's Group will be having their next dinner on Tuesday, September 3, at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for dinner, fellowship and to hear our guest speaker, parishioner Alice Landis, talk about “The Promise and the Pitfalls of Genetic Testing.” Meal donations of $10 are suggested. All are welcome! For planning purposes, please RSVP to Bob Stanfield ( 

Opening Ceremony for Ventana
All are welcome to participate in the third annual Opening Ceremony for our parish school, Ventana, on Wednesday, September 4, in the Church. This will be a joyful morning as the school comes together to sing, pray, explore our beautiful windows, and connect with the Ventana Values, which form the core of the school's Wondering Time curriculum. This is a lovely opportunity to meet some of the school families and learn more about the spiritual life of this vital ministry. Elementary grades will gather 8:30-9:00 a.m. and the Preschool classes will gather 9:15-9:45 a.m.

Sister Act Sing Along
In 1992's film Sister Act, Whoopi Goldberg plays a worldly singer who witnesses a mob crime. When a contract is put out on her life, the police hide her as a nun in a San Francisco convent where she has trouble fitting in. Upon learning of her music background, the choir nuns elect her to take over as choir director. Let's just say hilarity ensues! Even if you're not familiar with all the songs in the film, we'll run it with subtitles so that everyone can sing along. And who knows, maybe one of these songs will make it into Sunday's 10:15 a.m. service! Bring a dessert, bottle of wine, or non-alcoholic drink to share, and join us on Saturday, September 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Screening of the movie and singing will start at 7:30 p.m. Sister Act is rated PG for mild violence and language

Beloved Community Training
The Diocese is offering an amazing day of workshops on Saturday, September 21, 9:00 a.m.-2:45 p.m., at St. Paul’s, Oakland. You can pick and choose from 18 different workshops - including "Tracking Your Carbon Footprint, You and Your Church Together," "Intercultural Conversations," and "Individual Discernment Practices" - or follow a specific track. Anyone is welcome to attend, the cost is only $10 for the day (to cover lunch). Learn new skills, get resources, and connect with others in the Episcopal Church in the Bay Area. You can read about all the workshops and register here. Advance registration is requested.

Compassion Week Los Altos: September 30-October 6
Mark your calendars for Christ Church's participation in Los Altos' annual Compassion Week, a week-long series of service and social justice opportunities that enable individuals and families to build a stronger and more empathetic community. Parishioners Marcene Van Dierendonck, Alice Larse, and members of the Outreach Committee have been participating in regular planning meetings with partner institutions, including the Los Altos Community Foundation and other communities of faith, and working with Rev. Claire to determine which activities might be hosted here on our campus. More details will be provided in the coming weeks. For now, save the dates! All are encouraged to participate in at least one service event as part of this effort, and hopefully more.

Faith In Action: Supporting Immigrants

The Episcopal Church continues to respond to the complex array of challenges facing immigrants across the United States, including support for children and other people seeking asylum at the U.S. southern border, assisting immigrants who are undocumented, advocating for comprehensive immigration reform, and resettling refugees through Episcopal Migration Ministries.

In a new video, The Episcopal Church: Walking with Immigrants, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry introduces five bishops whose dioceses are actively engaged in immigrant welcome. Each bishop shares ways individuals or groups can support this work. Their intent is to inspire action and to highlight the many ways people can engage with and deepen their understanding of immigration issues.

“Many Episcopalians have asked, ‘what is The Episcopal Church doing?’ And maybe the deeper question behind that has been the question, ‘what can I do?’” said Curry. “This video is intended to address those questions and to provide some ways that we, as followers of Jesus of Nazareth, can respond to this humanitarian crisis.”

You can watch the video here.

Save The Date - Upcoming Events
Sunday, September 8:  Rally Sunday
Thursday, September 12, 5:00 p.m.:  Meditation Group Resumes

Sunday, September 22, 12:00 p.m.:  Vestry Meeting
Sunday, September 29, 7:30 p.m.:  Living Harmony Concert Series presents Red Priest
Monday, September 30-Sunday, October 6:  Compassion Week Los Altos
Saturday, October 19:  Ventana Fall Fest
Saturday, November 16:  Fall Campus Work Day


Next Week at Christ Church
See full church calendar here.
Office Hours:  Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Missed Church Last Sunday? You can read recent service bulletins here, and read and/or watch the sermon here. 

Why Are There Chairs and a Desk in the Lower Parking Lot?
The Boy Scout Troop was doing some cleaning and had a number of chairs and a desk they wanted to offer for free pickup via various neighborhood online sites. Whatever is left will be hauled away by August 31. 

Reminder - Stop When Exiting Onto Border Road
We received a call from a neighbor that cars are regularly exiting our driveway onto Border Road without stopping and checking for cars coming from either direction. There is a Stop Sign at the end of our driveway. Please remember to stop and check both directions for cars before turning onto Border Road. We want to keep our neighbors happy!

Homestays for Red Priest - Two Still Needed
To launch the 2019-2020 season of the Living Harmony Concert Series, the British Baroque quartet Red Priest will be performing at Christ Church on Sunday, September 29, at 7:30 p.m., and engaging in an outreach event with Ventana School on Monday, September 30. We are still looking for homestays for two of their instrumentalists for the nights of September 28, 29, and 30. Would you be willing to host one of the instrumentalists for these three nights? Your hospitality makes it possible for Christ Church to host these world-renowned artists and share their music with our community. Please email Director of Music, Eric Tuan (, if you are able to host. Many thanks for considering!

Parish Kitchen
At its July meeting, the Vestry discussed the parish kitchen. The kitchen was fully permitted through 2011, and the Vestry is starting the process to understand what needs to happen for our kitchen to be fully permitted again. Deanne has begun that research. We will continue using the kitchen as we have been, but will not be adding additional types of events until we have a better understanding of what is needed. Rev. Claire and Deanne are interested in hearing from you if you feel called to help lead this project or participate in doing some of the research. 

2019 Christ Church Parish Survey
Thank you to all who completed the recent survey. Rev. Claire will be sharing the results with the Vestry on Sunday. Look for a summary in an upcoming newsletter. 

Look What We've Uncovered!
In further cleaning out of closets and boxes in the offices, we've found a few things that you may want to have. There is an assorted collection of old (or should we say vintage?) Christ Church t-shirts on a table in the Parish Hall. Help yourself when you are here on Sunday! This is the last Sunday to grab a t-shirt; they will be donated to Goodwill on Monday. We have two copies of A Dictionary for Episcopalians on the table in the church office. And finally a Pentax 8.0 Megapixels point and shoot digital camera with battery charger (contact Deanne in the office, or 650-948-2151). All items are first come, first served.

Lost and Found
Another pair of sunglasses was found in the Parish Hall on Monday morning. It is in Deanne's office.

Lids from Plastic Bottles Can Be Art Instead of Landfill
Ventana is collecting plastic bottle lids of different sizes, shapes and colors to use as raw material for crafts and making murals. There is a basket on the cabinet in the Parish Hall lobby where you can drop off donated plastic bottle caps

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.
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