I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
Revelation 22:13

blessing the boats
by Lucille Clifton

may the tide
that is entering even now
the lip of our understanding
carry you out
beyond the face of fear
may you kiss
the wind then turn from it
certain that it
love your back     
may you
open your eyes to water
water waving forever
and may you in your innocence
sail through this to that

The Church office will be closed tomorrow, Friday, June 28.
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 (change for this week - using lessons from Seventh Sunday of Easter).
  • Happy 4th of July Breakfast: Please join us for breakfast in the Parish Hall 8:30-10:00 a.m. The menu includes: Scrambled Eggs, Praline French Toast, Biscuits & Gravy, Pineappled Ham, Vegetable Breakfast Hash, Red/White/Blue Granola Yogurt Cups, Assorted Fruit, and Red/White/Blue Misu Tiramisu.
  • Choir Rehearsal:  No choir rehearsal this week.
  • The Forum:  9:00 a.m. in the Fireside Room. The Forum continues with Reading Between the Lines. Join us as we engage in and explore Bible stories using our imagination and intellect, intuition and reason. With Reading Between the Lines, the biblical text and story is not about you, it is you. This week's Guide can be found here. All are welcome!
  • Youth Group:  meets after the 10:15 a.m. service
  • Coffee Hour:  in the Parish Hall following the 10:15 service
Upcoming Events

Summer BBQ Season is Here!
Our next BBQ is Wednesday, July 10, at 5:30 p.m. The church will supply burgers, garden burgers, hot dogs, buns and the fixins, and beverages. What do you bring if you come -- a salad, side dish or dessert to share with the community. All are welcome - take a night off from cooking to catch up with parishioners, Ventana families and staff! See "Save the Date" below for additional BBQ dates. 

Save The Date - Upcoming Events
Saturday, July 20, 5:00 p.m.:  Family Movie & Pizza Night
Sunday, July 28, 12:00 p.m.:  Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, July 31, 5:30 p.m.:  Summer BBQ
Wednesday, August 14, 5:00 p.m.:  Summer BBQ - welcome back Ventana staff 
Saturday, August 17, timing TBC:  Yoga on the Labyrinth in the Parish Hall
Sunday, August 25, 12:00 p.m.:  Vestry Meeting


Next Week at Christ Church
See full church calendar here.
Office Hours:  Monday and Tuesday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
The office will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, July 3-5, for the 4th of July holiday.
Missed Church Last Sunday? You can read recent service bulletins here, and watch and/or read the sermon here. 

Rector's Summer Travel
Rev. Claire is on vacation as she and her family celebrate her mom's 65th birthday in New Mexico, returning Tuesday, July 9. She will miss services this Sunday - Rev. Sheldon will celebrate and parishioner Alice Landis will preach - but will be back for Church on Sunday, July 7. Please feel free to contact Deanne in the office for any administrative questions during this time, or Senior Warden Bob Stanfield with anything for the vestry. There is a priest on call for pastoral emergencies whom you can reach by contacting the Church office ( or 650-948-2151). 

Come Sing with Us!
Raise your voice with the Christ Church Summer Choir - no experience required! Drop by the sanctuary on Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m., July 14-August 18, to see what the fun is all about. In addition to singing hymns and service music, we'll learn one choral anthem each Sunday and learn about vocal technique from music minister Eric Tuan. No choral experience or long-term commitment is required, just a willingness to learn - we would love to welcome you on any or all of these summer Sundays! 

Altar Guild Looking for New Members
Our Altar Guild is looking for new members! The commitment is once a month to set up the altar for Sunday services with another team member. No previous experience required, we will set up training sessions. Please let us know if you are called to this ministry. Your once-a-month duties will introduce you to fabulous new friends, and give you a deep sense of satisfaction and love for your church! Please contact Carol Codding, Sheila DeLisle (650-961-9536), or Rev. Claire ( if you are interested.

Coffee Hour Committee: Looking for Signups for Summer Coffee Hour
We serve approximately 35 parishioners each week during the summer coffee hour after the 10:15 service and we are looking for additional people to help through the summer. Coffer hour offerings can be as simple as a dozen bagels/cream cheese, pastries, cheese/sausage/cracker platter, fruit, OR, if you feel emboldened, a casserole or platter of 20 sandwiches (then cut in half), OR, you tell us what you would like to bring and we can do the rest: water, juice, cookies, etc.  Ask to see our prior menus for ideas and quantities. The Committee will set up the coffee and tea service, assist with setup/breakdown and help with the dishes. The sign-up sheet is posted in the Parish Hall outside of the kitchen. All contributions are most welcome. See you there!

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 there weeks prior to the event.
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