Earth Day Message: God's Earth is Sacred

The church’s table at the Earth Day Farmer’s Market event was full of things to give away: magnets, brochures, literature, and more. The event was held on April 23rd in downtown Vallejo and was coordinated by VALCORE, Vallejo's nonprofit recycling center. Among the other groups represented at the event was the Vallejo Freecycle group which our church joined recently.

Many people stopped by our table to chat, gather material, and find out what our church does to aid the environment. The highlight for quite a few of them was checking out our display showing the biodegradable alternative “paper” goods which we used at last December’s Holiday Faire - the utensils and cups, bowls, and plates made from wheat and sugar cane fiber, respectively. One woman even took some samples to share with her own church’s environmental group. The rain in the afternoon thinned out the crowd, but all in all it was a good day, spreading the message that “God’s Earth is Sacred” and that there are churchgoing folks who are ready to help in the cause to protect the environment.

April Peace Service focused on poetry

The April installment of our monthly Peace Prayer Service was a little different, as we gathered to pray and share in the poetry of peace. Although we didn't have anyone bring their own original poetry to share, we still had plenty of peace poems to mull over and everyone went home with several pages of poetry to read and reflect on in their own time. This month's collection will support the organization Witness for Peace.

Our Peace Prayer Service is held the first Monday of every month, and is meant to be inclusive of all people who wish to gather to pray for peace, no matter their religious background. The specific style of each service tends to vary from month to month, but we typically pray together and individually, engage in quiet or guided meditation, listen to music, hear testimonies from peacemakers, and share our thoughts on the need for peace. Come and join us!