May 9, 2018

Dear LABC,

Last weekend was a busy weekend for Lakeshore. The PAUSE alternative worship service lifted up the theme of community, and I went away reflecting on the following quotes:

  • Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.  – Howard Zinn
  • …How could we tire of hope? — so much is in the bud. How can desire fail?  — we have only begun to imagine justice and mercy, only begun to envision how it might be to live as siblings with beast and flower, not as oppressors… – Denise Levertov
  • Bahai’ Prayer for Peace – Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be fair in thy judgement, and guarded in thy speech. Be a lamp unto those who walk in darkness, and a home to the stranger. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring. Be a breath of life to the body of humankind, a dew to the soil of the human heart, and a fruit upon the tree of humility.

Thank you to all who came out on Saturday to the West County Detention Facility for the ICE on Trial tribunal. We learned more about the plight of the undocumented in our midst and how our congregation can be a voice for justice and humanity.

Sunday was abuzz with worship, communion, welcoming new members and celebrating new life, both literally and metaphorically. I’m grateful to be part of an engaged and growing congregation!

This Sunday, we will honor mothers and those who do the work of mothering in our community. Pastor Jim will preach on “Sister Jean: Some Things are Beyond Biology,” with a Scripture text of John 12: 1-8. I hope you can join us as we continue to worship, work and witness together.

Peace,

Allison

Prayers of the Congregation

  • Irene Jennings
  • Dave Gattey – recuperating at home
  • Jesse Lucas – recuperating at home
  • Emma Gordon for her daughter
  • Doris Evans
  • All our homebound members
  • Justice for all immigrants, refugees and displaced persons
  • Michael Hammer as she moves to Stockton
  • All who are in need of housing
  • Ann Fields for her family and those in need of food and housing
  • Alice Edmondson (health)
  • Sandra Dunn (health)
  • Kathleen Donson Soots for her brothers
  • Alice Singh (health)
  • George Lee (health)
  • Kay Baxter for Jamie and Stacey
  • Thanksgiving with Geetha, Darshan and baby Emmanuel
  • Alice Butler for her nephew Raul
  • Thanksgiving for our observance of Asian-American Heritage Month during May
  • All who carry loads of grief
  • Thanksgiving for all the musicians and music that grace our life at Lakeshore
  • Dave Robinson for his mom and dad (health)
  • Sheila Sims for her mom (changing apartments)
  • Joel Reyes for his aunt Florence (health)

Announcements

Forever Young:

Please join us on Saturday, May 12 for our annual luau themed luncheon. We are pleased to welcome back special musical guests, AHAmele, a ukulele group affiliated with Academy of Hawaiian Arts based in Oakland. Please feel free to invite your friends and neighbors! You won’t want to miss their beautiful music and sweet aloha spirit! Lunch is 12:30 in the Family Room. Please RSVP so we can make lunch plans. Suggested lunch donation of $7 per person.  A free-will offering will be taken for the musicians. Contacts are Alodia Corpuz 510.530.5473, George Lee 510.832.2408 and Sandra Lee at Sandra.Lee12@gmail.com.