General Announcements
For Sunday, April 22, 2018

 The May/June Upper Room devotional books are in the Narthex.  We are asking a $1.00 donation to help defray expenses.

 Coffee, Tea, Chocolate, Olive Oil = MISSION
As a part of our ongoing Fair Trade mission project, there is a sales table in Heritage Hall after the worship service every Sunday with olive oil and a variety of coffees, teas and chocolate products available for purchase. For more information about how the fair trade mission project helps ensure small farmers around the globe earn a living wage, visit

The Thursday morning Bible Study Class has resumed. Course subject matter this time is Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs.. Please bring a Bible too! Class will start at 10:30 and last an hour and a half. We frequently meet for lunch afterwards. All are welcome!

The women of Heritage church will be meeting for lunch on Saturday, April 28th at 11:30 at Sprankle’s Village Deli (old KFC building).   It’ll be a wonderful time to get together and learn more about each other outside of the church.   A sign-up sheet is available in Heritage Hall after church so we may get an idea of how many would like to attend, in case we need to reserve a large table. If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Perotti or Cheryl Toth.

Sunday, April 29, is Service as Worship Sunday! Instead of our regular worship we will have a brief gathering in the sanctuary at 10:00 before splitting off to participate in various service projects to benefit our community. Projects to choose from include packing nonperishable lunches for the homeless; knitting cancer caps, prayer shawls, and other items; packing up homemade cookies for homebound church members; participating in a letter-writing campaign on behalf of the Food Bank; and working on the Community Garden on First Street. Please join us! For more details contact Karen Stierwalt, Susan Watkins, or Laura Fentress.

The next time we provide the meal at St. Paul’s is Wednesday, May 9th. There are various times that you can help throughout the afternoon.  Please contact Nora Bergman or Ed Won.

“Peace and how to get it: Personal, Interpersonal, Neighborhood, Country and World-wide “Wednesday, April 25th, 7 p.m. at HPC
Guest Speaker: The Rev. Sandhya Jha , Director Oakland Peace Center
With the possibility of nuclear war on the horizon and the reality of ongoing wars halfway into their second decades, it can be hard for us to imagine what peace can look like. Join community organizer, pastor, author and peace activist Sandhya Jha, founder and director of the Oakland Peace Center, for an evening of connecting inner peace, community efforts to create equity, and national youth efforts to reduce street violence, gun violence in our streets and state sanctioned violence. This looks to be an inspiring and hope-filled evening with some concrete next steps for community members to consider.
Sandhya will have copies of her two most recent books (“Transforming Communities: How people are healing their Neighborhoods,” and “Pre-Post Racial America: Spiritual Stories from the Front Lines”) available for purchase and autograph after the program.

Better World’s next presentation is Wednesday, May 30th, 7 p.m. – “Homelessness and Affordable Housing – Hope and help for the growing homeless population in the Bay Area.”

Taize worship for Pentecost! Pentecost Sunday is coming on May 20th.  This is the Sunday when we remember and welcome the coming of the Holy Spirit.  We will be having a special Taize worship, which includes prayer, readings and chant-like singing.  Please plan to come and invite a friend!  More information to come.

Joan’s office hours are Monday-Thursday from 1-4pm.