news & update


Celebrant: Rev. Michael Barham

Organist: Lauren Wittine

Altar Guild: Betsy Alexander

Usher: Danny Alegria

Acolyte: Louise Delafield

The Lesson: Sarah Halsey

The Epistle: Mary Hufty

Intercessions: Andy Pflaum

Flowers: Mary Paine

Coffee Hour: Sarah Halsey

Sunday Bulletin June 9th 2024


Sunday June 9th, 10:00 a.m.

Church Service followed by Coffee Hour

Sunday June 9th, 11:30 a.m.

Vestry Meeting

Tuesday June 11th, 9:30 a.m.

Outreach Meeting on Zoom

Wednesday June 12th, 10 a.m.

Women's Spirituality on Zoom

Wednesday June 12th, 6 p.m.

Community Dinner



Sandy Patterson


Andy Pflaum & Courtney Kingston, Chris & Barbara Creed


Please join as a community in lifting up the following people to God in prayer:

Remembrance -- Charlotte Anderson, Ferris Beekley

Healing -- Dede Jamison, Nicole Sprague, Catherine Aragon, Carl Cheney, George Mallinckrodt, Robert Redfern-West, Peggy Dubes

For pastoral care, you are invited to reach out to:

The Reverend Claire Dietrich Ranna

Tel: 650-948-2151 x 203

Cell: 415-305-0593



Please join us at Christ Church Portola Valley & Woodside for a Community Dinner on Wednesday, June 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is no charge for this event and all are welcome! Please RSVP to Carol by clicking here or calling (650) 854-6750.



The discernment stage of the Vital and Thriving Community process revealed that our outreach program is exceptional and one of our church’s greatest strengths. It also pointed to the need for a stronger “in-reach” program, providing pastoral care for our members and offering more opportunities for members to connect with each other. The degree of vitality and thriving in a community is directly related to the quality and strength of the relationships among its members. In the past we have primarily offered opportunities to socialize at coffee hour and gather around meals. We recognize that some, but not all, have developed friendships that extend beyond church and thus receive support from their fellow members in times of joy and sorrow. We are working on a plan to develop and strengthen the bonds among all our church members through a systematic program for lay pastoral care that will show our genuine love and care for all in our church community.


At present, we have a core of volunteers interested and willing to serve this in-reach ministry and have been researching the ways in which other churches have designed their pastoral care programs. It is our intent to develop our program over the summer and to offer training for the volunteers so that we might begin implementation in the fall.


Please bring any questions, suggestions or concerns you may have to the attention of Lenore Lovoi at


Thank you to all who have pledged or contributed to our 2024 Stewardship Campaign. These funds are the lifeblood of our parish and are vital to our existence.

We greatly appreciate everyone’s collective generosity! 

To date, we have raised $280,000 from 42 donors. Our goal (and our need) is $375K from 70 donors so we still have a ways to go!  

Please consider how you can support Christ Church in 2024 and let us know via this form  or by email or by returning your pledge card.  


Aaron Tan Organ Recital

On June 28th at 8:00pm, Aaron Tan will give a recital at Christ Church Portola Valley & Woodside as part of a "Beyond the Convention" event for the American Guild of Organists National Convention. Winner of the 2021 Canadian International Organ competition and the 2018 American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance, Aaron Tan is one of North America's leading young artists.


Outreach Zoom Planning Meeting Next Tuesday

Join us for our monthly Outreach planning meeting on Tuesday June 11th at 9:30 a.m. Click here to join or use Meeting ID: 850 2720 8792. with Passcode: 476789. If you have agenda items please send them to Kathy Kennedy at by Monday, June 10th at 2:00PM.

SpiritCare Visits On Sunday June 16th

Join us on Father's Day. We need singers and readers to bring joy to older adults. Our program features hymns about God the Father and a talk on “Our Father(s),” the genealogy, art and archaeology of the Old Testament patriarch Abraham, who is revered in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We will also show photos from The Church of the Pater Noster, the site on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem where Jesus taught his disciples how to pray The Lord’s Prayer, which begins “Our Father…”

1:30 p.m. Silver Oaks Memory Care, Coleman Place, Menlo Park - to volunteer email Angela Hey or call 650-796-2377.

4:00 p.m. The Sequoias, Portola Valley - email Pam Kaufmann or call 619-885-0885.

If you live at The Sequoias and need transportation to Christ Church on the other Sundays, contact Barbara Creed at


Leaders Needed to Help Fill Snack Bags for Homeless Kids Camp From June 20th to July 28th.

During coffee hour, help us assemble 100 snack bags for the Life Moves Summer Adventure camp program. Can you help gather the needed snacks each week and get the assembly line ready to go? Leads are needed on Sunday(s) 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21 and 7/28.  Contact Kathy Kennedy to volunteer and let her know which date works for you.

Drop Off Toiletries for Life Moves Veterans

Drop off hotel-sized toiletries in the green box in the church breezeway and Outreach will transport them to HopTel a Life Moves shelter for low income veterans in East Palo Alto who are visiting the VA Hospital. Shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes and deodorant are needed.


Women’s Spirituality meets on Wednesday morning from 10:00 - 11:30 remotely, on Zoom. Contact Mary Jennings at for more information.  

We are reading Troubling the Water: the Urgent Work of Radical Belonging by Ben McBride. 

This week we are reading Chapter 8. Activist Ben McBride first waded in when he moved into the Oakland Kill Zone with his young family. The book takes you from the uprising in Ferguson to the moral impoverishment of the white evangelical church. The book combines provocation with good humor. It is the story of the transformation process described by Richard Rohr played out in a remarkable individual’s life in today’s violent and unjust world. It also relates directly to the work of the Vital and Thriving program and Bishop Curry’s call to create Beloved Community. 

Intrigued? Join us. Weekly readings are assigned, then the the group discusses them during the meeting.    

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