August birthdays and anniversaries

August Birthdays and Anniversaries

Each month we recognize the birthdays and anniversaries of our church members. Here are the ones for the month of August:


9 — Helmut Kloos, John Moseley

11 — Landry Reynolds

12 — Devon Wright

17 — Samantha Earl

18 — Ivan Rowe

20 — Tess Hayden

23 — Noah Mendoza

24 — DayJu Ramirez

25 — Arville Earl

29 — Sally Garcia


14 — Sue and Spence Hipp

26 — Eileen and Sib White

Women’s Book group will discuss ‘On the Brink of Everything’ beginning Aug. 28

Women's Book Club Discussion

A new Women’s Book Discussion Group will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28. 

The book is “On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity and Getting Old” by Parker J. Palmer, author of “Let Your Life Speak,” “The Courage to Teach,” “Healing the Heart of Democracy.”  It is available on Amazon.

Robin Carlson, our commissioned minister of Christian education, will guide this discussion, which will go through Sept. 18.

Drawing on eight decades of life — and his career as a writer, teacher, and activist — Palmer explores the questions age raises and the promises it holds. “Old,” he writes, “is just another word for nothing left to lose, a time to dive deep into life, not withdraw to the shallows.”

But this book is not for elders only. It was written to encourage adults of all ages to explore the way their lives are unfolding. It’s not a how-to-do-it book on aging, but a set of meditations in prose and poetry that turn the prism on the meaning(s) of one’s life, refracting new light at every turn.

Reading Assignment is:

  • Aug 28 – Prelude and Chapter 1
  • Sept 4 – Chapters 2 & 3
  • Sept 11 – Chapters 4 & 5
  • Sept 18 – Chapter 7 & Postlude

Words of Gratitude from Robin

Cliffs of Moher in Northern Ireland

Photo above:  Cliffs of Moher in Northern Ireland, breathtakingly beautiful!

I am grateful to this congregation for my time away. The sabbatical was amazing.  I am spiritually filled and open to God in new and exciting ways.

Robin CarlsonI traveled to Ireland with my son, Sean, and we walked on the land of our ancestors as well as drove all over the island (on the ‘other’ side of the road).

I met so many wonderful, kind, and generous people in Ireland and experienced amazing moments of grace.

I want to express my thanks to this church, and to Rev. Dr. Norman Broadbent, Julia Penner-Zook, EJ Hinojosa, Marilyn Wall, Nancy Pressley and all of the VBS volunteers for their gifts so freely shared.

I am excited to be back and look forward to our time together.


July birthdays and anniversaries

Each month we recognize the birthdays and anniversaries of our church members. Here are the ones for the month of July:


1 — Kyrie Oneal

3 — Carli Morgan

7 — Joanne Cox

9 — Erin Hinojosa, Mike Powers-Smith

10 — Janice Shorgo

11 — Kristen White-Barrett

16 — Marge Kelly

19 — Bobbie Vivian

21 — Amy Richardson

22 — Bryan Clark

23 — Maggie Dutton

28 — Jack Jackson, Devin & Deshawn Ruffin

29 — June Supersad

30 — Susan Chavez, Carolyn Evans

31 — Al Evans   


6  — Bobbie & Jack Wolfe

8 — Tony & Stacy Fazio

21 — Bobbie & Ron Vivian

31 — Thomas Russell & Elizabeth Davis-Russell