First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael
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November 1, 2020 – Worship Experience,
Video, and Announcements

First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael 

In this Enews – Remember to turn your clocks back on Saturday Night!

• Worship Service with prayers, sermon, and Moment for Stewardship
  Special music by the FPCSR Chancel Virtual Choir
  Online Communion videos
• Stewardship Reminder
• Adult Education Class on Nov. 1 11:00 am  – Ruah Bull – Contemplative Life
• Adult Education Class on Nov. 15 11:00 am – Doug Huneke – Called to Active Faith
• Wednesday Zoom Conversations –  Lisa Olson shares her journey
• MIC Post-Election Interfaith Online Prayer Service  Wed. Nov. 4  6:00 pm
• Roofless Church
• Pastoral Care – Nancy Shehi 
• Memorial Service Links Updates – Binny Fischer and Darlene Nickel
• Loving Our Neighbors – Thanksgiving food collection for Ritter Center
• Women’s and Men’s Book Groups
• Zoom gathering instructions - Sundays 11 am, Wed 11 am, Thurs 10 am
• Supporting our church’s ministry and mission
• Information about election polling site in Canoles Hall
• Prayer for this week of the election

Church Calendar

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Opening Hymn      For the Beauty of the Earth arrangement by John Rutter
                                Click here for video

Service Video – Welcome, Reading, Special Music, Sermon & Moment
                            for Stewardship

                            Click here for video on YouTube
                            Click here for video on Vimeo

Welcome     Pastor Cynthia Cochran-Carney

Reading       The Gates of Hope read by Linda Adams

Our mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of Hope—
Not the prudent gates of Optimism,
Which are somewhat narrower.
Not the stalwart, boring gates of Common Sense;
Nor the strident gates of Self-Righteousness,
Which creak on shrill and angry hinges
(People cannot hear us there; they cannot pass through)
Nor the cheerful, flimsy garden gate of “Everything is gonna’ be all right.”
But a different, sometimes lonely place,
The place of truth-telling,
About your own soul first of all and its condition.
The place of resistance and defiance,
The piece of ground from which you see the world
Both as it is and as it could be
As it will be;
The place from which you glimpse not only struggle,
But the joy of the struggle.
And we stand there, beckoning and calling,
Telling people what we are seeing
Asking people what they see.

                          - by Victoria Safford

Special Music      Great God of Every Blessing
Text – David Gambrell, Music by Samuel Wesley
Recording - First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael Chancel Choir
Martha Wall, directing      Martin Stevenson, audio editing

Scripture Reading      Deuteronomy 30:19

Sermon      Stewardship Means…. A Cycle of Blessings,
                   Gifts and Holy Currencies

                   Cynthia Cochran-Carney
                   Click here for pdf of sermon

Hymn     God Whose Giving Knows No Ending
               Text by R. Edwards, Tune: Beach Spring
               Singers – Martha Wall and Sandra Fisk

Moment for Stewardship     Dinah McClure

Communion     Click here for 8:30 liturgy video
                          Click here for 10:00 liturgy video
                          You are invited to have bread or something to eat and juice/wine
                          or something to drink prepared so you can participate

Closing Song   All Good Gifts      from Godspell
                          Click here for video

Closing Words
Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief.
Do justice now.
Love mercy now.
Walk humbly now.
You are not obligated to complete the work but neither are you free to abandon it.
Go in peace knowing you are beloved.
                         - from the Talmud

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Online Service Production Team
Martha Wall, John Steiner, Alan Choy and Cynthia Cochran-Carney
Filming & Video Production – Karyn Kleinman

Songs included in this service are covered by streaming copyright license
One License #A-706502

Stewardship Reminder
If you have not received your Stewardship Campaign letter, narrative budget and pledge card, please let the church office know.

Pledges are due back to the church office by November 11.
Pledge Dedication Sunday is November 15.

If you have questions or would like to get copies of any of the materials, including the Adult Education session on Stewardship and Church Finances, please call or contact the church office or any member of the Stewardship Committee.

You can now access the Stewardship Campaign materials on the FPCSR home page. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.

From the Stewardship Committee:  Steve Astle, Susan Bryant, Ralph and Leslie Purdy, and Cynthia Cochran-Carney

Sunday Adult Ed Class
November 1
11:00 on Zoom
Be Still and Know That I Am God (Ps. 46:10):
An Introduction to Contemplative Life
Presenter: Ruah Bull

For many folks, the terms 'contemplation' and 'contemplative living' conjure up images of Eastern and Western monks and nuns living strictly disciplined lives tucked away in monasteries. But in fact, everyone on a spiritual journey is being invited into a deepening capacity for awareness, savoring, being. Christians call this 'practicing the presence of God', Jews call it Sabbath, Buddhists 'waking up'.

In this introduction, we'll look at ways to understand how Spirit might be calling you personally and uniquely to a more contemplative life. And we will discuss many practices that help us to cultivate the capacity for presence that attunes us to the intimate Presence of The Holy.

Bio: Ruah Bull is a spiritual director in Petaluma who has offered several retreats here. She focuses on supporting people from a wide variety of spiritual traditions called to contemplative life. Her own path could be called 'the spirituality of imperfection' and she is grateful that she is so often invited to teach what she needs to remember.

Sunday Adult Ed Class
Nov. 15
11:00 am on Zoom
Our Calling to Social Justice and Action

Presenter: Rev. Doug Huneke

Responding to God's call of justice and shalom, we are called to act in ways to bring about lasting social change.  Doug will share some of his work on social justice issues in Marin and beyond and how he has integrated his activism with a deep spiritual life.

Bio:  Doug Huneke served as the senior pastor for 30 years at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Tiburon, retiring in 2012. Prior to his installation at Westminster, he served at the University of Oregon as the Presbyterian University Pastor (campus ministry).  Committed to interfaith work, he co-founded the Marin Interfaith Council in 1982. He is committed to constructive community activism and human and civil rights particularly with the LGBT communities.

Wednesday Community Conversations Nov. 4
11:00 am on Zoom 
Speaker:  Lisa Olson
Log in below

FPCSR church member Lisa Olson will share about her journey from addiction to recovery and the role the faith has played in her healing.

Roofless Church
November 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29

(weather permitting)
9:00 am – 9:40 am • Front patio of FPCSR
Reservations required
To reserve a space each week for upcoming Sunday worship service, please email or call Susan Isler by Friday afternoon • 415-272-2526

The format of Roofless Church will be slightly different in November. I have invited our Parish Associates to offer readings, poems and teachings on topics and themes that are on their hearts.The services may compliment themes in the online worship service or be completely different. Special musicians will still be featured along with John Steiner. There are discussions regarding moving indoors for services - how, when, etc. More news in upcoming weeks.


Prayers for Nancy Shehi
Nancy fell two weeks ago and then had hip surgery. She is gaining some strength and is able to take a few steps with a walker and an aide holding on to her belt. Prayers for continued healing and recovery are appreciated. If you'd like to send Nancy a card here is her address:

Nancy Shehi
c/o Villa Marin Skilled Nursing
100 Thorndale Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903

Memorial Services

Memorial Service – Binny Fischer
On October 24, a memorial service for Binny was held on Zoom. Cynthia Cochran-Carney and Kay Collette led the service for over 125 people. Below are links to the videos (YouTube and Vimeo) of the service and a pdf of the bulletin.
Order of Service bulletin for Binny Fischer memorial service

Memorial Service – Darlene Nickel
This past week our pastor Cynthia Cochran-Carney along with Darlene’s husband Mike and Darlene’s son Alex, his family, and close friends filmed a special memorial service video celebrating Darlene in our sanctuary. Once the video is edited and completed, a link to the video will be sent out.

Interfaith Community Gathering
Wednesday, November 4th 6:00 pm

Our interfaith community will gather from throughout Marin to share music, reflections, and prayers for our country.

Join with Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Bahá'í, and Hindu faith leaders for words of solidarity, unity, and peace. Regardless of the election results, we know we will need a space the day afterwards to be together. 

The gathering will be hosted by Rev. Scott Quinn (MIC) and Rabbi-Cantor Elana Rosen-Brown & Cantor David Margules (Congregation Rodef Sholom). 

Register in advance for this event HERE
After registration, you will receive the link.

Loving Our Neighbors – The Mission Committee


Thanksgiving Food for Needy Families

Every Thanksgiving, the Ritter Center in downtown San Rafael provides the food necessary for a full Thanksgiving meal to around 150 individuals and families who are homeless or precariously housed. FPCSR partners with Ritter Center by collecting and packing 50 bags of food, plus a gift card for Safeway. Ritter Center staff has told us that the donations from FPCSR provide a significant percentage of the food that they give out at Thanksgiving, and that our contribution is especially appreciated because of its completeness and quality.

We plan to pack the bags of food after church on Sunday, Nov. 15 in Canoles Hall. Please bring your donations of food items to the church any day starting October 25. If you come on a weekday, you can leave the food in one corner of the Chapel. (If you don’t know the backdoor combination, call Ann or any member of the Mission Committee.)

Needed Food Items:
Whole kernel corn (canned) OR Green beans (canned)
Stuffing mix
Cranberry sauce
Gravy mix
Yams (canned)
Onions (fresh)
Potatoes (10 lb. bags)
Fruit (canned)
Olives (canned)
Cake mixes & frosting

No glass please.

Financial contributions are also needed and should be identified as being for the Thanksgiving food. We will get 50 $10 gift cards to include in the bags. We also need large, heavy-duty paper shopping bags. Questions? Call Barbara Royall or Leslie Purdy. Close to packing day, we’ll ask for volunteers to help with the actual packing which we will do following safety procedures for distance and masks.

Book Groups

Women’s Book Group
The next gathering of the Women’s Book Group will be the last Wednesday in December. We will meet on zoom, 12/30 at 3:00. The book to be discussed will be announced soon. If you have questions please contact

Men’s Book Group
We are meeting via Zoom at 8:30 am in November.
Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World  by Fareed Zakaria:
November 12: Introduction to Lesson 5
December 10: Lesson 6 to Conclusion

A Crack in Creation by Jennifer A. Doudna & Samuel H. Sternberg
January 14: Prologue to Command and Control
January 28:  The Task to Epilogue

All men are welcome.
For info contact Alan Pabst


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

Zoom Sundays  Today 11:00 am – 11:45   Adult Ed Speakers and Conversations

Wednesday Conversations  11:00 am
Church members lead discussions on topics they are interested in. All are welcome. 

Centering Prayer Thursdays 10:00 am
Contact Kay Collette for information

Financial Support

1) Send a check to the church
    First Presbyterian Church, 1510 5th Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901
2) Set up automatic payments through your bank
3) Give on line through our secure link -

Remember to Vote!  

It is our responsibility to be active citizens. For information about checking your voter status, click here

Our church is a polling place. The voting booths and drop off boxes are set up in Canoles Hall. The polling site will be open Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Prayer for the Election
At a moment in our country’s history when we seem more divided than ever:
We gather to worship the God who unites us all.
As the nation votes for leaders and issues at the national, state, and local levels
and awaits the election results,
knowing that millions of lives will be affected by the outcome,
we remember what we are called to do and be as followers of Jesus:
To do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God Micah 6:8
and one another, to seek welfare, peace, justice, and equity for the poor,
the oppressed, and the marginalized, to be a neighbor to all.
May we gather our voices together in word and song.
May we unite our hearts to praise the One who makes all things new:
And may our voting be the beginning and not the end of our engagement
with the systems of power in our world,
joining with God in the work of creation and re-creation. Amen.

By Rev. Maxwell Muska, Associate Pastor
First Presbyterian Church, Shelbyville, Indiana
from "Liturgical Resources for Election Season"

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