Go Tell It on the Mountain
Skyland Community Church
June 2014
10:30 Sunday Service
Rev Stephen Glauz-Todrank
Church phone: 408-353-1310

Ellie's pesto plus marmalade equals

cash for Church


Ellie Lavender will lead a unique pesto and marmalade making class (as always, with a hint of lavender) on June 21, at Whitaker Hall. 


In this hands-on session, limited to five people, she will teach the principles of using culinary lavender in savory and sweet creations. 



Participants will make make two kinds of pesto and two of marmalade to take home, along with the recipes. Pesto and marmalade jars, ribbon, raffia and labels will be provided to package the results suitably for gifts.


The cost is $50 per person. All proceeds will go to Skyland Church.




Date/Time:Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m. to noon.

Location: Whitaker Hall, Skyland Community Church, 25100 Skyland Road, Los Gatos, CA 95033. 


Pre-registration is required. Email ellie@lavenderdesign.net or call (408) 858-8947 by June 9.




Altar Flowers


Open Sundays for flower donations are June 15, 22, and 29: July 6, 13, and 20. Please sign up in Whitaker Hall.


'Don't touch my plum tree!'

said my friend and, saying so,

broke the branch for me.


-- Tan Taigi (d. 1771)

-- John Heyes


Meditation Moment 


Search me, O God, and know my heart;

Test me and know my 

anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me,
And lead me in the way


-- Psalm 139:23-24


Moving on from the Skyland Run
                                   run picnic
Contestants enjoy picnic on the grass following 
the 2014 annual run
Minister's Column

Dear Skyland Friends,


This is the first year in over two decades that we haven't been in the last minute preparations for the Skyland Run. I am excited that the Mission Board is working on alternative ways to highlight our volunteering and fundraising efforts. In May, I shared sermon time with John Heyes, who spoke very meaningfully about his weekly work during two summers as a volunteer tutor at San Quentin State Prison. In July we will do some fundraising to ship the latest collection of books for African Library Project. Anne Evans has been working on a video to showcase the work of our local volunteer fire and rescue crew. 


You can expect more information and projects in the future. Thank you for all your volunteer work, generosity with your finances and your emotional and prayer support for the work we do together. God is still creating a world of peace and justice partly through moving us to action. May God's spirit continue to flow in and through us to do this work.


On a sad note, many of you probably already know that Geneva Foster-Ward, who grew up at Skyland Church, recently experienced the death of her husband and the birth of her second child within a few days of each other. Our hearts and prayers go out to her and her family. I had the honor of officiating at the marriage of Geneva and Aaron Ward ten years ago; and I represented our church and community at his memorial service recently, at which I suggested that the empty places in the pews of their church in McMinnville, Oregon were filled in spirit with mountain and church community friends. 


If you would like to contact Geneva, please let me know and I will share her address with you. Meanwhile, let us keep Geneva, her mom, Gina, her children, Liam and Israel, and the rest of their family in our prayers.


Wishing you and all blessings for the end of the school year and moving into summer,

-- Stephen


BBQ supports water tender

   Photo by David Fullagar
Larry Lopp, standing, and Betsy Fullagar, seated, helped collect funds for a new water tender at the LPVFR barbecue June 1. 

Loma Prieta Volunteer Fire & Rescue asks donations to replace 22-year-old 


The Mission Board has supported Loma Prieta Volunteer Fire and Rescue with money from the Skyland Mountain Run for many years. In this season of a hundred-year drought, the local firefighters need our support more than ever. 


At the well-attended Firemen's BBQ on June 1, a group of community volunteers staffed a booth to begin the drive to get a new water tender. The current one is 22 years old, is leaking and "in the shop for repairs." Our community has been without a water tender for over 100 days in 2014. 


To make a donation, volunteer your time, or learn more about this essential piece of fire-fighting equipment, contact Anne Evans or Larry or Nancy Jo Lopp.


Many thanks to all of you from Skyland Church who attended and gave very generously at the Firemen's BBQ. 


-- Anne Evans for the Mission Board



Library project needs books
Veteran warehouse worker in New Orleans moves books bound for Africa
Skyland's 8th African Library
will go to South Africa
"For everyone everywhere, literacy is...a basic human right," wrote former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.


 And yet, in South Africa the literacy rate is about 30%.


Our Skyland community has shown that it wants to make a difference through the African Library Project. Therefore, the Mission Board is directing the collection of a thousand books for another library, our eighth, which is to ship in early August. This one will go to South Africa, via a transshipping center in New Orleans (see photo above); and we are already working with local schoolchildren to recycle their books into the hands of South African children.


This will be a community library, so children, teenagers, and adults will all be using it. However we have been asked to collect books with a maximum reading level of 8th grade.


Bring your books to Skyland Church and leave them in the room next to Stephen's office. If you need to have books collected or have questions, contact


Angela Patterson at angelapatt@gmail.com, 408-353-5364; or


Shannon Edwards at shannonedwards14@gmail.com


Children are the future stewards of our planet!



Financial Report for May 2014 


NOTE from your treasurer:


Our Heifer Project quarter tube overflowed this month. Total $133.61 has been sent to Heifer Project Intl. Some peculiar quarters in the tube!


Stewardship Pledge drive for 2014-2015 fiscal year is proceeding nicely thanks to your generosity. Not as many responses as last year, only 34 compared to 41, but due to increased pledge commitments the amount is $990 more than last year. Your total planned support is $121,930 which should result in a balanced financial plan for this coming year.


This year ends with a surplus of $6,683 which needs to be put in the Facility Maintenance Fund to cover painting the Sanctuary and planned trimming of large Oak overhanging our hall and restroom buildings. This transfer of surplus funds will be discussed at our next Trustees meeting.


Here are the operating finances for May 2014 as of May 31.


               Summary of Operating Finances                  

 May 2014     |Jun 1,2013 to May 31,2014
                  May 2014      |Jun 1,2013 to May 31,2014
           Actual     Planned |    Actual      Planned
Income    $  8,974   $  8,625 |   $174,303    $169,000
Expenses  $ 10,628   $  9,530 |   $167,620    $167,001
  Net       $(-1,654)  $(  -905)|   $  6,683    $  1,999  

 -- Gerald J. Alonzo


Skyland Community Church

Web: http://www.skylandchurch.com 

Mail: P.O. Box 245, Los Gatos, CA  95031-0245