First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael
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This Sunday

Sunday, Oct. 3
World Communion Sunday
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 #3
Sermon:  Imago Dei (Image of God) and Science
Genesis 1:26-27

Questions for reflection:  What does it mean to you to be created in the
“image and likeness of God”?

8:30 am Service

Piano - John Steiner
Guest musician – Jaimeo Brown, drum/percussion

10:00 am  Service
Chancel Choir
Guest musician – Jaimeo Brown, drummer
Piano – Alan Choy

11:15 am  Adult Education Class
Faith and Science – part 3

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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

The Clarion

Click here for Fall 2021 Clarion Newsletter

This Week

 September 30, Thursday
7:00 pm - Choir rehearsal in sanctuary

October 3, Sunday
World Communion Sunday
Peace and Global Witness Offering
Food donations for SF/Marin Food Bank

8:30 am - Contemplative Worship in chapel
10:00 am - Worship Celebration in sanctuary
11:15 am –Adult Ed Class – Faith & Science
1:00 pm Worship Committee meeting on Zoom

October 5, Tuesday
6:30 pm - Bell Choir Rehearsal

October 6,  Wednesday
10:00 am - Centering Prayer in sanctuary
11:10 am-  NO BIBLE STUDY ON OCT. 6 
2:00 pm After School Program at San Pedro School
5:30 SoulSong contemplative service outside on front patio

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

Peace & Global Witness Special Offering 

Sunday, Oct. 3rd we will recognize World Communion Sunday and accept contributions to the Presbyterian Peace & Global Witness Special Offering.  Using the text from 2 Thessalonians 3:16 "Peace at all times in all ways," this offering supports many important and impactful programs locally, nationally and internationally.  25% of the Offering stays with local congregations, and 25% goes to mid-councils to unite congregations to support peacemaking in their regions.  Then, 50%  will support the work for peace and reconciliations being done by Presbyterians across the globe.  Examples of activities supported by this offering include working to eliminate all forms of human trafficking, sending groups on mission trips to overseas work projects, supporting the work of a mission co-worker, and contributing to a program working with people living with HIV/AIDS.  Other programs offer peace education and training for children and programs helping women in correctional facilities.  Locally, our Mission Committee has directed some of these funds to Project Avery which helps children of incarcerated parents with counseling, summer camp and school resources and to the Interfaith Street Chaplaincy.  Please make your contribution to this special offering on Sunday, Oct. 3rd or contribute on-line with the designation of Peace & Global Witness.

World Communion Sunday
Guest Musician – Jaimeo Brown



Join us in person and on line for a very special World Communion Sunday.  It is a time to celebrate being connected with people around the world who follow the ways of Jesus and seek to be instruments of peace and justice in the world.  At the 10:00 service, our children will bring special breads to the table and our choir is singing an exciting song about coming to the table.  Covid protocols are following in both services for communion.

Our guest musician is Jaimeo Brown. A world renown drummer and band leader, Jaimeo has recently moved back to Marin from New York City.  He is the son of Marcia Miget, jazz saxophonist and music teacher in our building at the Miraflores Music School. Jaimeo (pronounced jah-mayo) began his drum career at age 16 with his father bassist Dartanyan Brown, mother Marcia Miget, and drum teacher, Sly Randolph. In the last 20 years, he has worked with a range of musicians including Stevie Wonder and Carlos Santana.  He gained extensive experience performing and educating various audiences around the world as an ambassador for the US State Department. In addition to onstage work, Jaimeo contributed program material for the Oscar and Grammy award winning documentary 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' and the PBS original production of Ralph Ellison's 'King of the Bingo Game.' He regularly played at the Jazz Vespers services at St. Peter's Church in New York City. Jaimeo is a passionate educator. He taught in New York, New Jersey and now teaches at The Branson School.

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.  On October 3rd when we recognize World Communion Sunday and collect the Peace and Global Witness Offering, consider sending a letter of support for this bill to our state Senators and Representative.  A one-page description of the bill is available on the Mission cart this Sunday., or from the Bread for the World website:

First Sunday of the month Food barrel

Please bring non-perishable items for the food bank this Sunday. Proteins of all types are especially needed. No glass.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) Mission Trip
Donations needed to cover costs of the trip
Repairing homes in Paradise, CA
October 17–22, 2021

The FPCSR PDA mission team of 12 people will travel to Oroville, California to help
rebuild houses damaged or destroyed by the Camp Fire in November 2018. Paradise, a foothill town in Butte County, was completely destroyed by the Camp Fire. Our work will focus on home rebuilding in the town of Paradise or other smaller communities. We will stay at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Oroville. Our work will involve such activities as framing, drywall, painting, siding, flooring, etc.
Donations needed!  Thank you to those who have donated.  Please consider making a donation to support the PDA mission trip to help pay for our food and van rental. Checks may be mailed to the church or go to the church website and click on “Give Online.” Enter amount in “other” category and write in “2021 PDA mission trip.” The team estimates that we need about $1,000 to cover trip expenses.

Pedal for Protein Riders

Our Pedal for Protein bikers on Sept. 19. Go Team!  
Amy Benjamin, Ralph and Leslie Purdy, Lorna Wuertz, Georgia Otterson and Dan Crawford.  

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

Bible Study class for Oct. 6 is cancelled as a number of the class members have to be out of town.  We will resume our study of the book of Hebrews on Oct 13.


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.
Taking a summer break in August. 

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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