The spring of 2017 has been busy, hopeful and full. We shared a remarkable week of music, worship and celebration leading up to Easter. We also celebrated the lives of Jacques Naviaux, Barbara Rauch and Bill Biddle, lifting up their memories in the light of God’s grace. We give thanks for their spirits and examples among us.
Some of us journeyed to Weed, CA, to lay the foundation for a family’s new home, three years after a devastating fire in that community. We welcomed John August Swanson, who spoke about his experience of creativity and discovery in visual arts. Speaking of discovery, nine of our youth have taken part in the process of Confirmation over the past three months. They will be received as full members of the Church on Pentecost Sunday (June 4!). But a lifetime of learning and growing awaits them.
Of course there’s more to come! Our junior and senior high youth can hardly wait for their turn to make a difference, giving a week of their summer to help people they’ve never met. Through the Sierra Service Project they will learn about themselves, their faith, and the wider world, all at the same time. Our junior high will travel to Chiloquin, OR and our senior high to Tsaile, AZ, to work in Native American communities far from the South Bay. Here at home, Kid Zone Summer Camp is about to begin, serving around a hundred K-8th grade students and finishing with a joyful week of Vacation Bible Camp!
And if that weren’t enough, I also want you to know that we expect to begin construction on Phase Two of our new education facilities before the end of the summer. There is still much to do, but we plan to break ground around Labor Day. We expect the project to take about a year and I know it will turn our lives upside-down in the meantime. We have been working toward this for many years now. Our original classroom buildings are nearly worn out, and our new facilities will strengthen our mission for the next fifty years. It is exciting (and slightly terrifying!) finally to be getting started. We’ll let you know more as we get closer!
Grace and peace,