This month’s Sunday school lessons began with Jesus returning to the synagogue in Nazareth where he grew up and preaching that God’s love is for everyone. This makes the Jewish people angry. The next story is about Jesus calling ordinary people to be his disciples. This can be full-time or part-time work and be done by children too. Stories of blessings come next, offered to those having an especially difficult time and February ends with discussion about who your enemy is and how you can live God’s way, loving, giving and forgiving.

Chuck Roth was the Sunday school teacher for January and we are grateful to him.

Isla Vista Youth Projects sent us a lovely purple poster expressing their thanks for the generous gift cards and filled bags delivered to them for Christmas. Don’t miss the poster in the narthex.

The New Year, and decade, brings us the beginning of Mommy and Me, a program for young children under the capable leadership of Katie Joiner. The emphasis is on parent/grandparent/caregiver and child interaction and activities and space are provided. If you know of anyone who might like to attend, just let us know. It is on Thursdays starting at 9:30 am. Bring a snack. You don’t need to belong to GPC; this is a community service. Please spread the word. Day 1 was wonderful!

​The annual cookie decorating and card-making Valentine’s Day activity will take place on Sunday, February 9, in the Common Room. The cards, and some of the cookies, will be delivered to people who are unable to attend our services. I know this coincides with the last day of the Rummage Sale, but we’ve managed together for the last few years so please mark your calendars for this special activity and come and help us out. You will feel good about doing it and there will be extra cookies!

Remember to take some Sabbath time during your busy week. The weather has been lovely.
Blessings to all,