First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael
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This Sunday

Sunday, Oct. 10
Worship Services at 8:30 am and 10:00 am
Everyone is required to wear masks during indoor worship services.
Preacher - Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney
Faith and Science Series #4
Sermon:  Science and Being Mortal
Psalm 90

Questions for reflection:  The poet Wallace Steven wrote, 
“Death is the mother of beauty.” What might he mean? Do you agree? 

8:30 am Service

Piano - John Steiner

10:00 am  Service
Guest Singer - Cooper Burdick
Piano – Alan Choy

11:15 am  Adult Education Class
Faith and Science – Part 4

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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

This Week

October 7, Thursday 
7:00 pm - Choir rehearsal in sanctuary 

October 10, Sunday 
8:30 am - Contemplative Worship in chapel 
10:00 am - Worship Celebration in sanctuary 
11:15 am –Adult Ed Class – Faith & Science 

October 11, Monday 
7:00 pm Session meeting at church – Geneva Room 

October 12, Tuesday 
6:30 pm - Bell Choir Rehearsal 
October 13,  Wednesday 
10:00 am - Centering Prayer in sanctuary 
11:10 am-  Bible Study in sanctuary 
2:00 pm After School Program at San Pedro School  

Church Calendar

Church Office Hours   Monday - Thursday   10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Faith and Science Series
Invite your friends!

The series continues and includes both weekly sermons on Sundays and adult education classes immediately following the services at 11:15 am. The primary resource is from the Episcopal Church, "Faith and Science in the 21st Century," edited by Peter M. Wallace and staff from the Day1 podcast and website ministry. Each week our Pastor, Cynthia Cochran-Carney, will explore a topic of faith and science in her sermon. Then following the worship service, members of the Adult Education Committee will facilitate a discussion of the topic using supplemental audio and videos of scientists and faith leaders.  The adult ed classes will meet in the sanctuary until 12 noon.

This series is open to the public.  Invite friends and neighbors!

Click here for link to complete article on San Rafael Patch.

The weekly topics in sermons and adult ed classes are:
September 19: God and the Cosmos
September 26: Quantum Physics and Eternity
October 3: Imago Dei and Science (The Image of God in All People)
October 10: Science and Being Mortal

Photos from World Communion Sunday, October 3
Thank you to Sandra Fisk, Steve Sarhad and Georgia Otterson for photos. 

Getting Acquainted and New Member Exploration Gathering

Date to be scheduled

Have you started coming to worship services at FPCSR and want to know more? Have you been thinking more about your spiritual life? Are you feeling at home in this church and want to become a member? Would you like to get to know other people better in the church?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then please come to a Getting Acquainted and New Member Exploration Gathering. We have not set a date yet. Please contact Membership Elder Susan Isler (, Pastor Cynthia ( or the church office (415-456-6760) and let us know you are interested and possible dates and times to meet in October.

Children's Worship
An Invitation to be with our children on Sunday mornings

Our fall Children's Worship program officially begins Oct. 17th. We want to thank Diana Cauich for her leadership with the children over the summer. As our program begins, we invite members of the congregation to help provide leadership this fall. Curriculum and coaching are available, and, actually, the stories tell themselves! Please let Barbara Tjernell ( or Lorna Wuertz ( know if you are willing to be with the children downstairs in their lovely room on an occasional Sunday morning.

Something to think about – from the Green Team
What happens to the plastic that we recycle?   

Have you wondered what happens to the plastic that we recycle from our homes and offices?  We would all like to believe that all or most of it is recycled and used again and again.  Unfortunately, that is not the case.  The October 2021 issue of Consumer Reports  provides information on plastic recycling practices in the U.S.  A couple of the findings:  in 2018, the U.S. generated more than 35 million tons of plastic waste.  Less than 10% of that was recycled.  What happens to the rest?  Over 15% is incinerated and 75% goes to landfill. This is an important environmental issue because  the plastic trash pollutes our oceans and lands.  Equally important:  plastics are mostly made from fossil fuels, in an energy-intensive process that emits greenhouse gasses contributing to global warming and often creates hazardous chemicals.  There are many reasons plastic recycling is not more widely practiced, and the article goes on to provide information about the plastic industry and efforts to increase re-use and recycling of plastic.  The Green Team encourages you to pick up a copy of the article on the Mission materials display in the narthex and try to purchase as little single-use plastic as possible. In the meantime, please keep recycling all possible household waste, including plastics.  It sends a message to the plastic industry and local waste management agencies that we care!   

Bread for the World - Action on Upcoming Legislation

"Bread for the World" encourages support for the Hunger Reduction Legislation.  Bread for the World, an ecumenical organization working to address the challenge of hunger around the world, is supporting new federal legislation called the"Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act of 2021."   The bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support.  World hunger and malnutrition around the world has exploded as a result of the pandemic, climate change, and regional conflicts.  Malnutrition is responsible for nearly half of all preventable deaths among children under 5.  By next year, nearly 14 million more children are likely to be severely malnourished.  Child malnutrition is preventable, and this legislation will deepen U.S. leadership and strengthen strategic focus.  A one-page description of the bill is available on the Mission cart this Sunday., or from the Bread for the World website:

Ongoing FPCSR Groups 

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

Every Wednesday people gather in the chapel to learn about and experience the meditation practice of Centering Prayer.  This includes silence, meditation practice, and reflections on a brief poem or reading.  We often begin with chair yoga.  For more information, contact Lorna Wuertz

Bible Study with Bob Hirni
All are welcome on Wednesdays at 11:10 in the sanctuary
for our study of the book of Hebrews.  

Book Groups

Women's Book Group

Meets the last Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm. 
Meeting in person or on Zoom has not yet been decided.

At our October 27th gathering we will discuss Paradise: One Town's Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire  by Lizzie Johnson.  Our mid October PDA mission trip is to this town to help to rebuild homes burned during the 2018 fire. We can look forward to a conversation of the book including first-hand reports of the progress to rebuild lives and community.

All women are welcome to join the conversation. Please come and share the ideas that came up for you reading the book or come and decide if the book is something you might like to read.

If you have questions 
please contact 

Men’s Book Group
We are meeting via Zoom at 8:30 am.

For September and October, we will be reading
Control of Nature by John McPhee: 
14 Oct pages 183-277


Sermons on the Phone


Zoom Info for all gatherings

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Password for the FPCSR Zoom room. 996359
Meeting ID: 738 258 079
Call in number 1-669-900-9128

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