September 16th News and Notes


The Children, Youth and Family Committee is looking for adult volunteers to be buddies to the children in our church family by checking in on them once or twice a month with a card or note. We hope this will build and strengthen relationships between our children and adults. With the events of the past eighteen months, we think it is more important now than before that our children know we love them, are there for them, and they are an important part of our church family.

Last year, buddies changed every month. However, this year, in order to build better relationships, everyone will have the same buddy for three months before getting a new one: October-December, January-March, and April-June.

If you are interested in being a buddy, please let Sue Kennedy know by Tuesday, September 21. In addition, if you have any questions or concerns, talk to Sue –

Weekly Prayer Meeting

Join us for the weekly Prayer Meeting on Tuesdays at 7:30PM via Zoom. Look out for the weekly email with the Zoom link.

Electronic Sign

An anonymous donor has made a donation towards an electronic sign at the street.  We are putting together a team to explore what this might entail, how much it cost, and how to best utilize the donation.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Diane Eades.

Tech team

Ever dream of being a producer or a director?  Now is your chance!  We are looking for people to learn how to work the livestreaming camera during worship.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Russ Doughty.

Food Pantry Collection

The Mission and Service Committee will return to in church food donations for the Bowie Food Pantry. Please leave food either in the hall by the side door closest to the Pastor’s office or in the basket in the Narthex.

Chris is on sabbatical until October 18th. 
During his absence,  contact Jim McDonald – or 415-747-1663 – for emergency pastoral care. 
If you have anything to send out via UPBannounce, please contact Mike Mehl –  
Dina Bickel – will be sending out the News and Notes every other week, or as needed.   
You can contact any of the board members with any other concerns.  Herb Sheppard – will be the point person for the board.   
For more information, you can read this letter from Chris and this introduction letter from Jim.

Covid Protocols

The board reviews the Covid protocols every month.  Beginning this Sunday, we will have hymnals available again.  They will be on a cart as you enter the sanctuary and ask that you be sure to return them after worship.

The following protocols are still in place:

  • If you are not feeling well or have come into contact someone who has tested positive for Covid that you stay home and join us via livestream.
  • We are not printing bulletins.  They will be sent out Saturday evening and Sunday morning.  You can print them or use the screens.
  • Masks will be required of everyone regardless of vaccination status.
  • We will have hand sanitizer available at the door.
  • We will not pass the peace or pass the collection plate.
  • We will not have coffee before worship or chat & chew after worship for the time being.
  • We will be limiting singing to two hymns, as well as the offertory.

Worship Livestream

Now that our worship is back in the sanctuary, we are also livestreaming every Sunday on our YouTube channel –


If you are unable to join us in person, but would like to continue to make your tithe or offering, there are several ways to do so.  You can mail a check to the church.  You can give online through paypal   You can also set up a payment through your banks online bill pay feature.  Paypal charges the church approximately 3%, so please consider either consider giving through one of the other two ways or adding 3% to your offering to offset the fee.


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