A Light in the Darkness

Light in the Darkness_street lampA Light in The Darkness
Cultivating Compassion & Community

A time for reflection, conversation, and healing


On Thursday nights, (February 23 – April 6), gather with us from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall.  Amidst the change, and uncertainty of our current time, we will gather as a unified light in the darkness, a hope for the hopeless, and as a community seeking compassion and togetherness.  We invite you to join us weekly and to invite friends and neighbors.  Come demonstrate your commitment to living a life of love, unity, and inclusiveness.

“…do justice…
…love kindness…
…walk humbly…”
                 (- Micah 6:8)

Concert tickets available!

If you joined us in October, you know that the next concert in the series is sure to be a unique musical performance!  These concerts welcome the community, and we encourage everyone to come enjoy the lively cultural music with your friends, family and neighbors.  Tickets are available through the church office.  Make sure to mark your calendars for the End of Season Gala Extravaganza by the Albany Consort too!

        Saturday, March 25 – 7:00 p.m.
        Tres Culturas, Sonia Sadot and Friends
        bluegrass, modern latin, mariachi concert

        Sunday, May 283:00 p.m.
        End of Season Gala Extravaganza, Albany Consort
        black box baroque, informal atmosphere, refreshments

Concert and season tickets are available through the church office (650-948-3012, or soon from the Albany Consort website

*Did you hear the Albany Consort performers accompanying our Christmas Eve worship service? Fantastic!


pic-2ABOUT THE ALBANY CONSORT: “Husband and wife team Jonathan Salzedo and Marion Rubinstein started The Albany Consort in 1974, straight out of college and university in London. Startup groups like ours fill a need for artistic expression. When you find the status quo unacceptable, the only thing to do is to line up a group of like-minded musicians and find your own way. Most of these groups fade out after a couple of years, because they are inherently unsustainable. But somehow we found a formula that works, and even after forty years we are not ready to stop! This is our experimental platform, where we can shun recording because we don’t like the idea, where we can try out ideas because they just come to us, and where we can avoid the perils of perfectionism which are so endemic in our culture. We run on a shoestring, so only other enthusiasts will work with us.  

We started out with a short series at Christ Church, Albany Street, London – hence the group’s name, which seems to have stuck, despite the (delightful) confusion it can cause. When Jonathan moved to California in 1981, the name just wanted to come too. We are firmly rooted in the 17th and 18th centuries, and have tackled repertoire from the smallest to the largest groupings, duos to opera. Somehow the 19th century escaped our notice, but excursions into music written quite recently have been a lot of fun and provide a very different and equally valuable challenge.

Jonathan Salzedo (harpsichord), Marion Rubinstein (recorder and harpsichord) and Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo (violin) run the group. Other musicians are invited to join them, depending on the needs of the music.”

Prayer & Poetry in December

Prayer & Poetry in December

Wednesday evenings
6:30 PM – 7:15 PM

December 7, 14, 21

Are you feeling overwhelmed?  Do you need a safe place to pray and hear some words of love, hope, joy and  peace?    You  are  invited  to  come  for  a  simple time  of  prayer  and  poetry  around  some  candles.  Prayer  for  our  world,  our  country,  for  your  homes and  for  your  families. Come  when  you  can,  leave when you need.

Looking for a Christmas Pageant?

pageant-postcard-image-2Christmas Pageant 2016

Sunday, December 11th
during 10 am worship

There are parts for everyone!
from preschool to high school

This year, we are specifically asking each youth to invite a friend to participate in the pageant.  This is a wonderful opportunity – come learn the Christmas Story and hear the traditional Christmas songs, whether or not they regularly attend a church.  And, how well do our own children know the story and songs?!

There are reading, acting, and dancing roles, as well as “backstage” help needed.  The play is written to accommodate as many or as few participants as we have, and there is just one rehearsal on Saturday, December 10th, at 3:00 p.m.

Let the church office know if you can participate and if you have a friend to bring to the Christmas Party after the pageant.

Christmas Season concludes January 8

Christmas candle imageCHRISTMAS EVE
5:00 pm Worship
with prelude concert starting at 4:45 by The Albany Consort

Our traditional festival service!
Candle-lighting, Carols, Children’s Message


10:00 am
with hot cider and cookies at 9:30
A sweet wonderful celebration of the day

January 1, 10:00 am
Singing carols & the Nativity Story

January 8, 10:00 am
Concluding the season with the visit of the Magi


Advent Festival 2016

advent-wreathAdvent Festival 2016!
November 27
December 4, 11, 18

SUNDAYS 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Refreshments from our coffee hosts, an Advent activity,
and weekly themes to carry you through this season.
~ Everyone is invited to join us ~

November 27The Promise of Peace
Create an Advent wreath, take home prayer cards, make paper cranes

December 4The Promise of the Spirit
Preparing for the season, outdoor decorations to hang around the property’s trees

December 11The Promise of Joy

  • Children’s Christmas Program in worship – invite a friend to be in the pageant with you! Contact Kate or the office if your youth can participate.  ALL ages of youth requested!
  • Christmas Party Luncheon after worship (Main Street Singers performing) Italian themed meal ~ antipasto, lasagne, insalata, pane, e dolci
    RSVPs REQUIRED for planning purposes, contact Natalie in the church office
  • Bring a toy or clothing item (infant to teen) for the Support Network.
  • Display your home crèches in Luther Hall that morning for all to enjoy during the party. (Remember to take it home with you after.)

December 18The Promise of “God with us”
Packing the stockings for children at VA’s Fisher House.

Reformation Celebration 500

reformation-pixAcross the globe people are beginning celebrations of this historic year!  From now through October 2017, we will be preparing for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  Martin Luther’s work extends far beyond our spiritual beliefs, opening the door to a social movement that changed the world.

Watch for upcoming opportunities to bring this celebration into your own life!

Pick up a “Reformation Celebration 500 in a bag” from the church office or after worship on a Sunday.  The “in a bag” option is our way to give individuals and families resources, materials, and a launching spot to celebrate this year.

Join us on Reformation Sunday, October 30th, for a festival worship service at 10:00 AM.  Coffee and refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall after with Reformation stations to visit.

Rally Day! (9/11)

sunday-school-1Rally Day & fall programs kick-off!

Sunday, September 11

Following worship, we will celebrate the beginning of our fall season and the many activities it will bring.  Rally Day traditionally is a festive occasion to kick-off the Sunday School Program.  It also serves as an opportunity to become engaged in our bible study classes, programs, choirs, events, and community as a whole.

Stay for a barbecue lunch in the picnic area
and activities and a bouncy house for the kids!