Welcome to New Community of Faith!

Worship Time: Sundays 11:15 a.m.

We are an Open, Welcoming and Affirming family church believing that Christ calls everyone without prejudice or distinction to love and worship God. Whoever you are; wherever you are on the journey; whomever you call family— you are welcome in our Community of Faith!

New Community of Faith
6350 Rainbow Drive, San Jose, CA 95129
Telephone: 408-253-1408
E-mail: revyarbrough@gmail.com

New Community of Faith is affiliated with
the American Baptist Churches, USA and
the United Church of Christ.
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At Silicon Valley Pride 2014

New Community of Faith was there at Discovery Meadow in San Jose for this year’s Silicon Valley Pride Celebration.  Here are a couple of photos:

New Community of Faith at Silicon Valley

Logan Piper

Logan Piper, Church Moderator

Logan Piper, Richard Urbanek, Rev. Donna Smith-Power

Logan Piper, Richard Urbanek, Rev. Dona Smith-Power

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Sunday, August 17th Service

On the 17th, New Community of Faith will be celebrating the Christ among us at Silicon Valley Pride at Discovery Meadow in San Jose.  Come join us! We will have a table set up, and we would love to meet you!

We will be back to our usual schedule and location the following Sunday.

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Myths and Realities About the Holy Land

shalom - salaam - peaceMYTHS AND REALITIES ABOUT THE HOLY LAND
a Palestinian-American Christian Perspective

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Thursday, June 26, 2014
First Baptist Church
305 N. California Avenue, Palo Alto

Special guests Tarek Abuata and Ghassan J. Tarazi will share their first-hand assessments of the situation in Palestine. Both are founding members of the Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace, a non-sectarian, ecumenical alliance of Palestinian-American Christians that seeks to provide a clear voice and presence in faith-based communities in the United States. They believe that achieving peace requires ensuring justice and human rights for Palestinians. American churches can and must play a leading role in advocating for a just peace among all people in the region.

For More Information: donamaysp@sbcglobal.net; marthameyer@sbcglobal.net; jeanettecool@sbcglobal.net

Sponsored by Bright Stars of Bethlehem | Church Council of First Baptist Church, Palo Alto | First Lutheran Church, Palo Alto | Grace Lutheran Church, Palo Alto | Board of Trustees of New Community of Faith, San Jose | Social Justice Ministry of First Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto | St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Palo Alto | University Lutheran Church, Palo Alto | Valley Presbyterian Church, Portola Valley

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Uniting for Justice Conference June 5-8, 2014

unitingforjusticeFellowship of Affirming Ministries
UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns

Oakland Coalition Gathering Flyer Schedule

Oakland, CA, June 5-8
Come for all or part!

THURSDAY NIGHT • FREE
Meet Andy Lang, Executive Director of the Coalition
Reception • Thursday, June 5 • 7 pm
First Church Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

All other events at
City of Refuge, UCC, 8400 Enterprise Way, Oakland, CA 94621
(very near the Oakland airport)

FRIDAY MORNING & AFTERNOON • $10
Pre-Conference: “Story, Connection, Power”
Friday, June 6 • 10 am to 4 pm
In the morning, come for a time of connecting our personal stories with the bigger stories of orientation, gender identity, race, class, ability, justice and more. In the afternoon, we’ll find ways to work together toward a new vision. To know each other is to increase our power! Lunch will be at local restaurants.

FRIDAY EVENING – SUNDAY AFTERNOON • $25 OR $10/DAY
Fellowship/Coalition Gathering
Friday evening through Sunday afternoon • June 6–8, 2014
Gathering, worship, workshops, panels, resources, play, connection, performance and celebration on Saturday night. We will end with the City of Refuge’s regular Sunday service beginning at 1:30 pm. Meals will be at local restaurants, except for dinner on Saturday which is an additional $15. No charge for attending only worship on Friday night and/or Sunday afternoon.

SATURDAY NIGHT • $15
Dinner & Celebration
Saturday, June 7, 2014 • 6:30 pm
Food, music and celebration!

Register for all events or just single events or single days at:
ucccoalition.org/news/gatherings/oakland/
Hotels within walking distance to City of Refuge.
Public transportation nearby (BART trains to Berkeley or San Francisco.)
Meals are not included in registration prices.

Organized by Bishop Yvette Flunder, founding pastor of City of Refuge and Presiding Bishop of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries and Phil Porter, Coalition Moderator and Minister of Art & Communication at First Church Berkeley.

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Rev. Geoffrey Black, UCC President, on landmark marriage law case

A Message from The United Church of Christ General Minister and President

The UCC Files Landmark Lawsuit in North Carolina

The General Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC) filed a lawsuit, Monday, April 28, 2014 in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, arguing that North Carolina marriage laws limit ministers’ choices, violate the principle of “free exercise of religion” upon which the church is built, and restricts the freedoms of religion and expressive association guaranteed in the First Amendment. Hear a word from the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, on the denomination’s decision to join this landmark case.

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Why Are You Weeping?

But Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one by the head and one at the feet where the body of Jesus had been.  And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”    She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.”  John 20:11-13   

Easter is an excellent time to ask ourselves this very question.  Why are we weeping?   Is it because we are trying to hold on to an outdated idea the midst of change?   Are we so focused on an empty tomb that we are not seeing the life that is all around us?    Are we really letting ourselves experience God’s transcending love, or are we clinging to some outdated notion of how our lives should be?   Like Mary, we may have more questions than answers, but also like Mary, we will eventually see.  This is the promise of Easter.       

Mary discovered that Jesus was standing right next to her.  However, this was not the Jesus that she so yearned to see, and he was not going to resume his former role.  He was on the move, and whether we like it or not, so are we.  God is calling us all to new life, and new vistas.  Christ is among us.  Let us rise up and go.

Rev. Sue Ann    

 

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Who Is in Our Midst

The beautiful post-resurrection stories are integral in helping us to begin to understand the living body of Christ today, of which we are all a part.  Most of the time when Christ appears among his disciples, he is appears to be very ordinary.  However, in Luke 24:36, Jesus startles, and even frightens the disciples because he appears right in their midst – in the middle of their conversation.  As we continue our Lenten journeys, let us contemplate that we are not making room in our hearts and lives for a second coming.  We are making room for the Christ that appears in all our ordinariness – the one who is not a ghost but who has flesh and bones.  The one who tries to come in peace; the one who asks, “Have you anything to eat? ”     

The questions for all of us are how is God calling us to be present in the living body of Christ today?  How are we being called to serve?  What is our deepest hunger and thirst? While we humans think we are looking for a quick, one size fits all answer so we can “get on with things,”  what we may really be yearning for is not so much an answer, but a way of living with, and responding to those who are already in our midst.  Those we can readily love and those we are tempted to cast out.  No, it is not always easy, but together we just might find the way to the Christ among us today.  

Come journey with us when you can.   We have The Guide, but your light would be helpful indeed.   

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Spring Rainbow Music Festival

Spring Music Festival

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The Journey Continues

The first Sunday of Lent is March 9.   We will begin the service with ashes, and then a blessing.  Jesus’ ministry had deep roots in the forty days he spent in the desert.  Despite his hunger and thirst which probably set in rather quickly, he calmly rejected the temptation of food, power, even magic that would enable him to fly. However, Jesus knew that, no matter how enticing the temptations were, they would never make him invincible. Such omnipotence is for God alone.  Therefore, he faced each temptation with a heart resolute in the simplicity of faith.

Lent is a time to recognize where our own resolutions may be falling short.  A time to recognize where the distractions and temptations of these times are proving to be incredibly disappointing.    A time to seek refuge in the stillness of God rather than the whirlwind of our habits.

Come join us during this season.  As Rumi said so eloquently in the prayer below, we do not journey in despair. We know that no matter how many times we fail to keep our good resolutions, God is with us.  We are not a lost cause.

Blessed be.

Rev. Sue Ann

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Your Invitation

Come, come, whoever you are,
Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving—
It doesn’t matter.
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vows
A hundred times
Come, come again, come.
–Rumi   

Because God never turns away from us, we do our best to not turn away from one another. Come join us this Sunday for worship, communion, and a potluck afterwards. Take part as you feel called.  Come join us as we turn towards one another and to God once again.

Rev. Sue Ann

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