First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael
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This Sunday

Sunday, April 3, 2022 
Fifth Sunday of Lent

Preacher; Cynthia Cochran-Carney 
Lenten series:  Our Cup of Life and Vessels We Hold   
Sermon: Our Cup of Tears and Chalice of Love 
Donations for Marin Food Barrel

Worship Services at 8:30 am and 10:00 am
Livestreaming at 10:00 am

Current Covid-19 Protocols 
April 2022 Mask Guidelines

Masks are optional in worship services and church events for people who are vaccinated.
Masks are required for people who are unvaccinated 
and those who are immunocompromised.

8:30 am  Service 
Anne Lerner, cello 
John Steiner, piano 

10:00 am  Service 
Anne Lerner, cello 
Patricia Diaz, piano 

11:00 am 
Congregational Meeting following the service 

Refreshments on the patio following the meeting 

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YouTube Live Stream worship link – Sundays at 9:55 am
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Worship service videos from previous weeks
FPCSR YouTube Channel

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This Week

March 31, Thursday 
7:00 pm – Choir rehearsal in the Sanctuary 

April 3, Sunday 
Fifth Sunday of Lent 

8:30 am – Contemplative Worship in Chapel 
10:00 am – Worship Celebration in Sanctuary 
11:00 am – Congregational Meeting 
Refreshments on the patio 

April 4, Monday 
7:00 pm Session meeting on Zoom 

April 5, Tuesday 
4:00 pm – Street Chaplaincy Dinner in Canoles 
6:30 pm – Bell Choir Rehearsal in Sanctuary 

April 6, Wednesday 
10:00 am – Centering Prayer in Chapel 
11:15 am – Bible Study in Chapel 
2:00 pm - After School Program at San Pedro School  
5:30 pm SoulSong service in the Chapel 

April 7, Thursday 
7:00 pm – Choir rehearsal in the Sanctuary 

April 10, Sunday 
Palm Sunday 
NO 8:30 am service 
10:00 am – Worship in Sanctuary  
11:00 am Brunch in Canoles Hall 
1:00 Walking Group Outing

In this Enews

•  Lenten Series: Our Cup of Life and Vessels We Hold  
•  Congregational Meeting on April 3 – electing Elders, Deacons, Officers &  
   Nominating Committee at-large members 
•  SoulSong Service – Wed. April 6 at 5:30 pm 
•  Holy Week and Easter Services details  
            April 10  Palm Sunday – one service and brunch 
            April 13  REQUEIM – Collective grief and drawing event with MIC 
            April 14  Maundy Thursday service  
            April 17  Easter Sunday services  
•  Order Easter flowers 
•  Walking Group Outing on April 10  
•  From the Mission & Social Justice Committee   
          Food Donations – April 3
          One Great Hour of Sharing Offering – April 10 
          Help for Ukrainian Refugees through PCUSA 
          Opportunity to buy painted wooden eggs in Ukrainian style 
• Celebrate opening of Old Firehouse Preschool on April 15 
• Cookies and helpers needed for reception following memorial service 
  for Gary Truex on April 23 
• Outing to see Broadway musical “Come From Away” on Sat. July 16 matinee 
               In San Jose 
•  Centering Prayer 
•  Bible Study   
•  Women's and Men's Book Groups 
•  Community Events 
         Welcoming Home April 9th
         Tomato Sale at Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church on April 2 
•  Supporting our church’s ministry and mission   


The session has called for a congregational meeting and a meeting of the corporation immediately after the 10:00 service on Sunday, April 3 for the purpose of electing officers.  

The slate of nominees presented by the nominating committee is 

Deacon: Class of 2023: Laurel Stevenson; Class of 2024: Dori Crawford, Ginny Pabst, Sue Rostoni; Class of 2025: Mary Breeze, Elaine Reichert 

Session: Class of 2025: Susan Isler, Ralph Purdy, Barbara Royall, Lorna Wuertz 

At-large members of the 2022–2023 nominating committee: Penn Mullin, Jim Redpath, Marj Robinson, and one more person to be named 

Corporation officers are specified by the bylaws: president (moderator of deacons) Dinah McClure; treasurer (chair of finance committee) Susan Bryant; secretary (clerk of session) Michael Stone 

As always, additional nominees from the “floor” are permitted, if the person nominated has agreed in advance.  

Holy Week and Easter Services 

Link to register for Requiem

Order Easter Flowers

You are invited to purchase Easter flowers in memory of or in honor of someone. Cost is $10 each.  Please print the form and send in.  Or there will be paper forms available on Sunday.  Checks made out to the church with note Easter Flowers.  Flowers will be displayed as part of Easter Sunday services.  You are welcome to take the flowers home after the service if you choose.

Orders may also be sent to
All orders must be sent by April 12.


Walking Group
April 10

FPCSR Walkers, mark your calendars now for our next Second Sunday Stroll. We will walk the approximately 1 mile Santa Venetia levee loop, following our Palm Sunday brunch. Details to follow. 
Photo from our March stroll at Hamilton Wetlands. Come join the fun!

For more info, please contact 
Barbara Tjernell –
From Mission and Social Justice Commitee

First Sunday Food Barrel

Here it is again, the first Sunday of the month! Time to focus on donations to the food bank. Please bring in whatever you are able donate to add to our food barrel. Its empty now and ready for you to add what you can. It is all appreciated.

Last month Ralph Purdy took in our churches donation from Pedal for Protein to the Food bank. It was $5, 250!! Every 1 dollar provides 4 meals!  Yes, you can donate money by writing a check to the church and marking it for the food bank. You can also give directly to the SF-Marin Food bank at 2550 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael, Ca. 94901. Thank you,  Linda Adams and the Mission committee

Thank you,  Linda Adams and the Mission committee

One Great Hour of Sharing offering  - April 10 

In a world of disaster, hunger, and oppression millions of people lack access to sustainable food sources, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity.

The three programs supported by One Great Hour of Sharing - Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People - all work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. From initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope.  FPCSR has  supported this important program of the PCUSA every year. 

This year this special offering will be collected on Sunday, April 10 (Palm Sunday).  Checks can be made out to FPCSR with OGHS in  the memo line, or go to the church website and select OGHS in the Donations section.

Help for Ukrainian Refugees through PCUSA

The Presbyterian Church is providing assistance to refugees directly as well as working with other aid organizations who are providing basic survival supplies, food and hygiene items.  To support the Presbyterian Church's efforts directly, click here 

If you want your contribution to go through our church, please make your check payable to FPCSR with note "Ukraine" or go to the online church donations page of the website and click on box designated for "Ukrainian Relief." 

As of March 31, $6,535.00 has been collected and sent to the special PDA account set up for this work.

Another Opportunity to Support Ukraine – Purchase Decorated Painted Eggs

Thanks to a donation from Judy Lundquist, we will be offering a few of these Ukrainian-style decorated eggs for sale on Sunday, April 10 (Palm Sunday) during the brunch.  She has been collecting these hand painted eggs for many years and would like proceeds from the sale to be directed to Ukrainian relief efforts of PDA. The Mission Committee will have small bags of three eggs per bag for $10 or three bags for $25.  Checks can be made out to the church with "Ukraine" in the memo line.    

Open House for Old Firehouse Preschool 
Friday, April 15, 5 - 7 pm
The congregation is invited to the opening of the new preschool in our building –Old Firehouse School.  Enter through the gates on 5th Ave.  See the beautifully redecorated classrooms, murals and play areas for young children.  Tours begin every 15 minutes starting at 5 pm.  There will be a reception on the church patio at 6:00 pm.  RSVP to the site Program Director Lizz Nolasco

Click here for flyer

Cookies and Helpers Needed for Gary Truex Memorial Reception April 23


The memorial service for Gary Truex will be on Saturday, April 23, at 11:00 am.  The Deacons are asking for donations of cookies and bars for the reception.  Also additional helpers are needed for welcoming people to the service and serving at the reception.  Please let reception coordinator Sandee Muirhead know if you can bring cookies and/or help with the reception. 

Bus Trip to see “Come from Away” – Save the date!
San Jose Performing Arts Center
Saturday, July 16,  2:00 pm  
Bus Trip and Ticket $110 (Partial scholarships available)  
12:00 pm Leave San Rafael on chartered Marin Airporter bus    
2:00 pm Matinee Performance  
6:00 pm Arrive back in San Rafael  

To make reservations, email the church office -
or call 415-456-6760.

Ongoing FPCSR Groups 

Centering Prayer
All Are Welcome!
Wednesdays, 10:00 am in the Chapel

Each Wednesday at 10 a.m. you are invited to gather in the chapel to learn about and experience the Christian meditation practice of Centering Prayer. We begin with a short body meditation practice similar to chair yoga to move us into silence. Following our silence we practice Lectio Divina, a prayerful reading of a passage of scripture, poem or a reading. After we contemplate, then reflect on the reading shared, we sit quietly with it.  If moved, we may share our thoughts with the group.

The first Wednesday of each month Centering Prayer is held in the style of a Quaker meeting. After our body meditation we sit in extended silence. As our silence deepens we become less aware of external noise, more aware of one another, and more able to tune in and listen to the movement of Spirit. If a thought arises that will enrich the silence we are invited to share it with the group.

For more information, contact Lorna Wuertz

Bible Study with Bob Hirni
Wednesday, 11:15 am in the chapel
We are studying the Gospel of Matthew. We will meet in the chapel.  All are welcome.

Book Groups

Women’s Book Group

Meets the last Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm.  After two years of meeting on Zoom I hope we will be able to resume our in person conversations in the Chapel, and share personal warmth and refreshments.

At our April 27 gathering we will discuss Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
All women are welcome to join our conversation.  Please come and share the ideas that came up for you reading the book, or come and decide if the book being discussed is something you might like to read.

For more information, contact Susan Isler

Men’s Book Group
8:30 am Men's Book group on Zoom
Meets second and fourth Thursdays 

Our next book is Killer of the Flower Moon by David Grann; The murders of the Osage Tribe and the birth of the FBI.  

Our reading schedule is
14 April Chronicle two;
28 April Chronicle three.

For more information, contact John Robinson –


Community Events

Help Our Formerly Homeless Neighbors 

Welcoming Home is a local non-profit that fully furnishes and outfits the homes of the formerly homeless in our community. Once again, they will be fully furnishing and outfitting four homes in Marin on April 9th - with your help, of course. Check the sign-up list here: to read about the individuals, see the list of items needed and donate what you can. 

Cash donations are also very welcomed to pay for new mattresses, box frames, bed frames, extra moving truck and movers and items that aren't donated. Go to our website and click on "donate" to have donations go directly to serving these neighbors in Marin. 

Many thanks in advance for helping to make this happen!

Check the sign-up list here: to read about the individuals, see the list of items needed and donate what you can. 

Tomato Sale at Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church on April 2


Zoom Info for all gatherings

Click on link (includes password)
or Click on link
Password for the FPCSR Zoom room. 996359
Meeting ID: 738 258 079
Call in number 1-669-900-9128

Financial Support

1) Send a check to the church
     First Presbyterian Church, 1510 5th Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901
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