First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael
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September 27, 2020 – Worship Experience,
Video and Announcements
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First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael 

In this Enews

  • Worship Service with prayers, special music, and service video
  • Roofless Church October 4 and 11
  • Patio Shower for Nicole and Joel Cuzzi and baby Isla – Oct. 11  9:45 am
  • Memorial Service for Binny Fischer – Oct. 24, 11:00 am on Zoom
  • Adult Education News - Sunday Adult Ed Classes and New Wed. Zoom Plans
  • World Communion Sunday October 4 - Peace and Global Witness Offering
  • Doing the Work: Confronting and Addressing Our Role in Systemic Racism 
  • Loving Our Neighbors –  Pedal for Protein fundraiser (new video)
  • Wednesday Zoom Study  – Bible Study on Revelation with Bob Hirni
  • Women’s and Men’s Book Groups
  • Zoom gathering instructions - Sundays 11 am, Wed 12 pm, Thurs 10 am
  • Supporting our church’s ministry and mission 
  • Remember to Vote!  Information about checking voter status
For church calendar with scheduled meetings on Zoom and in person, click here to see calendar on church website.  To add or make changes, contact Ann Pope.

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Opening  Song     God of The Sparrow  (instrumental)  
                                Note – music starts at 0.15                               
                                Click here for video
                                Click here for PDF

Service Video – Welcome, Reading, Song, Scripture, Sermon
                            Click here for video on Vimeo
                            Click here for video on YouTube

Welcome     Pastor Cynthia Cochran-Carney

You      read by Jeffrey Cochran-Carney

Greater than all we can think of
Smaller than all we can imagine
Farther than the universe and beyond
Near than the secret of our hearts
Breath of being
Before us and behind us

Force of life
Above us and beneath us
Speaking in many human tongues
Whispering in the depth of our souls
Inviting us into beloved community
Encircling all people with love 

We come into your presence to praise you
Because you are
And we are
Through you and together with
Now and forever

                  By Reinhild Traitler, Switzerland,  50 New Prayers from the Iona

Scripture Reading    Acts 2:42

Sermon     Spiritual Redwoods Series #4

                  Family Tree Circles, Tribes and Community  
                  Cynthia Cochran-Carney
                  Click here for PDF of sermon
                  (video link listed at top of service)

Song      Let Us Build A House, All Are Welcome     Glory to God #301
               Martha Wall and Cynthia Cochran-Carney
               Click here for PDF

Closing Words 

May your day be blessed
by moments of quietness,
light in your darkness,
strength in your weakness,
grace in your challenges,
joy in your gladness,
peace in your stillness.

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

Roofless Church in September

Roofless Church
Under the Redwoods
Sundays September 27, and October 4 and 11
9:00 am – 9:45 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 • 415-272-2526

Baby Shower for Isla
Sunday, Oct. 11, 9:45 – 10:15 on the patio

All are welcome to a joyous but brief shower
for baby Isla (pronounced eye-la) following
the Roofless Church service on Oct. 11. 
She is 4 months old and becoming more active, keeping her parents Nicole and Joel on their toes. Gifts and cards may be brought to church that day or dropped off at the church office in advance. Suggested gifts: clothing 5 – 9 months, diapers, gift cards, books, age appropriate toys & manipulatives. 

Online Memorial Service for Binny Fischer, 
Saturday, Oct. 24, 11:00 am
We are grateful for our friend Binny Fischer.  A live online Zoom memorial service will be held at Saturday, October 24 at 11:00 am (Pacific Standard Time). A link for the special Zoom meeting and instructions will be sent out closer to the date of the service. The service will also be recorded and can be viewed anytime. 

Click here to read the beautiful obituary about Binny’s amazing life

Sunday Adult Education Classes News

The Adult Education Committee is very pleased to announce that we are re-establishing a bit of normalcy back into our church life! Adult Ed programs will be starting at 11:00 am on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month beginning in October via Zoom, YouTube links and electronic videos. The other Sundays at 11 will remain as Zoom Coffee Hours, and the sermon topic will be the starting point of our conversations.

Join us on October 4 at 11:00 when Marty Tracy, the new Chaplain with the Street Chaplaincy, will share with us (via video) what it’s been like serving our unhoused neighbors during the Pandemic. Since Marty works at the Marin Medical Center on Sundays, Nick Morris, Administrator of the Street Chaplaincy, will be with us in the Zoom Room to answer our questions.

On October 18 at 11:00, Professor Kerrin Meis, will give a presentation on The Saints in Western Art. Professor Meis is a native Californian educated at Dominican University of San Rafael where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and the University of California Berkeley where she completed her graduate studies.  After teaching Art History at San Francisco State University for twelve years she taught at the College of Marin for ten years in addition to lecturing for OLLI programs at Dominican and Berkeley. In addition she has become the resident Art Historian at Book Passage in Corte Madera where she offers art history classes on a wide range of subjects.

We look forward to resuming our rich Adult Education offerings via Zoom until we can meet safely together again. (If you are not yet on Zoom and would like to be, please let Lorna Wuertz know and she will put you in touch with someone who can help you.)

New Wednesday Zoom Experience   
Zoom  @ 11:00 a.m.
(new time) Starting Oct. 7

Beginning in October our Zoom time together will take place from 11 a.m. to Noon, rather than Noon to 1 p.m. as has been our practice to accommodate people's needs/desires during the lunch hour.  Our program will involve YOU.  You are invited to share a link to a video or documentary you've enjoyed, a poem or book or reading that is meaningful, a trip that stands out to you, or tell a personal story about something that has left an impression on your life. This will be a time of open conversation and exploration of ideas. When you come across something you'd like to share, schedule a Wednesday Zoom time to share it and facilitate the conversation with 415-272-2526.  What has fascinated you recently or in the past and still resonates?  You all have so many diverse interests and life experiences, we'd like to hear about them!  

Susan Isler, Elder for Adult Education

October  7 @11:00 
October 14 @11:00   Kay Collette  - What I've learned about True Self and False 
(or Small) Self – An Unfinished Journey

October 21 @ 11:00  Purdys – Hunger and Climate Change documentary with Rick Steves Part 1

October 28 @11:00   Purdys – Hunger and Climate Change film with Rick Steves Part 2

Next Sunday, Oct. 4

World Communion Sunday 
Peace and Global Witness Offering, October 4

Presbyterians help transform lives through our work for peace.  Together, in the Spirit of God, we work to break the power of hate and heal the wounds of violence and division in the United States and around the world.  We join with other congregations in the Peace and Global Witness Offering because God offers us boundless peace.  

25% of the offering remains with FPCSR for local peacemaking work.
25% goes to Redwoods Presbytery and Synod of the Pacific for regional peacemaking projects.
50% goes to the national Presbyterian Mission Agency for peacemaking work around the world.

Please give generously today or any time during October.  Checks are made to "FPCSR" with note - peace offering.  Or donations may be made with credit or debit card.

Doing the Work: Confronting and Addressing Our Role in Systemic Racism - Resources

Statement from PCUSA leaders regarding ruling on police officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor – PCUSA
Click here for statement


Racial Injustice: From Complicity to Commitment" on October 2-4.
First Presbyterian Church in Berkeley hosting virtual conference

“We invite you to join us for a weekend conference of listening to voices of Christians of color who are on the front lines of combating racial injustice. We’ve asked our exceptional conference speakers to speak to those of us in predominantly white churches with loving candor and honesty about the church’s complicity in racial injustice. We hope they will help us move from that complicity to overcome racial injustice in our own hearts and minds, so we may be able to commit, with energy and compassion, to the collective work of change in the church and in our communities. Our desire for this conference is that it will be a time of honest discovery, deepened understanding, calls to action, and hope."
Here is a link to the website if you would like more information:

Dated List of our Enews Anti-Racism resources from previous weeks. 
Click here for list.

Loving Our Neighbors – The Mission Committee


Pedal for Protein – P4P

Help Support Local Food Banks and Pop-Up Pantries in Northern CA in this time of great need  
Enjoy a fun video made by the Pam and Homer of Redwoods Presbytery – 
On the Road Again

Click here for video

Click here to learn about the food pantries Pedal for Protein supports.  

Click here to donate 

Wednesday Book Reflections on Zoom  
September Bible Study on Revelation with Rev. Bob Hirni

Although brimming with mysterious symbolism, Revelation is a book of hope that has sustained the oppressed through the ages and offers hope for us today.

Send your questions to Bob Hirni -

Zoom Weekly Discussion – Wednesdays, 12:00 – 1:00 pm Pacific Time
Wednesday, September 30

Revelation 21-22

Book Groups

Women’s Book Group
Our book for September is Astoria by Peter Stark. We will be meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, September 30 at 3:00 pm. All are welcome to join in the discussion. For more information contact Susan Isler

Men’s Book Group
We are meeting via Zoom at 8:30 am. October book - The Big Nine: How The Tech Titans and Their Thinking Could Warp Humanity by Amy Webb
October 8, Part I
October 22, Part II and III

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  Coffee Hour and Conversation
+ Share responses to the sermon and service based on your personal experiences.

Wednesday Book Study 12:00 noon
Wednesday Reflections Bible study. 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 mailing address is:
First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael
1510 Fifth Ave. San Rafael, CA 94901

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