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MODERATOR'S MESSAGE
FROM SUSAN KELCHNER
Dear Friends,

I want to be sure you know that the Spirit is alive and working through our beloved church. If you have not yet visited the Pray Their Names display in FCC’s front yard, I encourage you to take the time to walk through the rows of named hearts whose hearts have been stilled by racism. The walk will hurt your heart and perhaps embolden it to work for equality.

We are tired, so tired of isolation, so tired of racism, so tired of idling in place while COVID-19 rushes through our world stealing life and livelihood. Oh how we need one another to hug, to laugh, to cry together. Through all of this our devoted church staff offers multiple opportunities every week to “see” one another, to partake of sermon and sacred pause, to engage in meaningful conversation. I know we are tired of Zooming and being on-line. However, in lieu of physical gathering I am grateful that these tools exist. Please show-up as you are able. It will make a difference to you and to your FCC friends.

With prayers of peace and courage for the days ahead,

Susan Kelchner, moderator
HAPPY HOUR 
Wednesday, July 29
4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

At the start time, choose one of two ways to access Zoom video:

1) Click or copy-and-paste this link to your browser: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7146202914?pwd=TWRPU1FTcE14N2tEaDNCVGpyZzVLUT09

2) Click the button below.
Happy Hour
WISDOM CIRCLE
Thursday, July 30
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.


This week's Wisdom Circle will be led by Virginia Bertelsen and Kathy Jewel. Each session includes a form of body prayer and a chance to engage in personal reflection, closing with group prayer and shared intention.

Click this Zoom link at the start time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7146202914?pwd=TWRPU1FTcE14N2tEaDNCVGpyZzVLUT09
P R A Y  T H E I R  N A M E S
A recent newscast from local station KRON 4 News included a piece on the Pray Their Names art installation in which creator, Katie Morrison, was interviewed. You can view the segment by clicking here.
An additional Reading of the Names will be held at 7 p.m., this Friday, July 31. All are welcome to attend and participate. The reading of names on Wednesday, July 22, was beautiful and moving. Patricia Henley (patriciasonoma@gmail.com, 707-227-8203) is organizing the July 31 gathering, Ellen LaBruce (elabruce@sonic.net, 707-938-1993) is coordinating the folks reading the names, and Kathy Aanestad (aanestad@sonic.net, 707-935-6690) will coordinate the folks laying down flowers.

We'll need 160 flowers - almost fourteen dozen - for each heart marker to receive one flower. If you can donate any from your yard, that would be much appreciated
HAPPY AUGUST BIRTHDAY!
2 - Kathy Aanestad
4 - Susan Meeter
4 - Quin Chen Steuer
6 - Pat Larson
10 - Kim Pack
13 - Kay Hand
14 - Joan Howarth
19 - Ellis Jane Reichert-Morrison
21 - Sara Donnelly
22 - Lorelai Ladd
23 - Virginia Bertelsen
Click below to view the congregational liturgy that was shared during last Sunday's Gathering.
Liturgy ~ July 26
Thank you to those who have let us know how much you are enjoying both the sermons and the Sacred Pauses.

Sacred Pauses will be taking a break during the month of August.
First Congregational Church of Sonoma appreciates your support.
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