First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael
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November 5, 2020 Enews

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First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael 

Worship Services Nov. 8
Online worship on YouTube and Vimeo - sent Sat. 4 pm & Sun. 8 am
Roofless Church on the Patio  Sunday 9 am - need reservations

Guest musician this week:  Isabella O’Brien, flute
(online and Roofless Church)

Online preacher:  Cynthia Cochran-Carney
Roofless Church preacher: Nancy Wiens

Sunday Conversation 11:00 am on Zoom

In This Enews

• Stewardship Reminder
• Adult Education Class Nov. 15 11:00 am – Doug Huneke – Called to Active Faith
• Thanksgiving Food Collection and Packing for Ritter Center
• Wednesday Zoom Conversations   
• Roofless Church
• Info about Project Homekey
• MOC workshops
• Memorial Service Links Updates – Binny Fischer and Darlene Nickel
• 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

Church Calendar

Please submit items for the Thursday Enews to Nicole Cuzzi by Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am to be included in upcoming week.  


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

Adult Education

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.


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.

A small group of us will pack the bags of food on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. in Canoles Hall. 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. If you can help pack or shop, email Barbara Royall – or Leslie Purdy –

Wednesday Community Conversations
11:00 am on Zoom
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First and third Wednesdays of the month – Sharing Something that Moves 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. Schedule a Wednesday Zoom time to share it with 415-272-2526.  

Second and Fourth Wednesdays – Topics and conversation around a theme
Cynthia, Lorna and others will facilitate more open conversations around a reading or theme for the day

Roofless Church
November 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.


Project Homekey

Through the State of California’s Project Homekey program, the County of Marin is on the verge of potentially approving the redevelopment of three new housing sites in Marin (Inn Marin in Novato, America’s Best Value in Corte Madera, and 3301 Kerner in San Rafael). Together, these projects would create almost 140 new units of permanent supportive housing and bring in upwards of $20 million in State funding to our community. The State of California has imposed extremely fast timelines on this process, which are far from ideal.

The FPCSR session voted to send a letter of support for these projects to the San Rafael City Council and to the Marin County Board of Supervisors.  You are encouraged to learn about these projects and voice your opinion.  You might also consider speaking at an upcoming city council meeting or supervisors meeting. 

There is significant false information being circulated about these projects on social media, Next Door and other platforms.  Please be informed.  The county has created an excellent website with facts about this project.  

These projects will be a giant step forward in our goal of ending chronic and veteran homelessness in Marin.

• Tuesday, November 10th – Final Approval of 3301 Kerner and America’s Best Value
• Tuesday, November 17th – Final Approval of Inn Marin

Marin Organizing Committee (MOC) leadership training sessions

Marin Organizing Committee (MOC) is offering leadership training sessions by Zoom, one in November and three in December. The Mission Committee highly recommends that you attend some or all of these.  You will find them empowering!  What's more, they will demystify MOC for you. MOC is a powerful organization helping to rebuild the common good.  Right now they are working to support the Marin County purchase of motels for use as housing for the homeless and to provide them with social safety net services. 

Click here to learn more

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.

Ongoing FPCSR Groups

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

Financial Support

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    First Presbyterian Church, 1510 5th Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901
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