Late News/Announcements/Upcoming Events


 A few years ago, some women from Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church got together with women from Temple Isaiah in Lafayette and the San Ramon Valley Islamic Center and formed small groups calling them Interfaith Circles. Two of the women panelists from our 2016 Lenten Series, Maram and Maimoona, are members. These groups meet regularly for sharing and support.  Because of more interest, including from some members of our the Christian Formation Commission, they are now looking to start more groups. There will be an informational meeting on Wed., April 26th, at 7: 00 p.m. at Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Road, Lafayette.   If you are interested, you can talk to me, Anne Brown and I will forward the invitation to you.

MAY 5-7, 2017: THE WOMEN’S RETREAT – Finding God in Poetry

This year’s retreat will be at Mercy Center in Burlingame. Katie McGovern will be leading the retreat. Come for the entire weekend (Friday afternoon – Sunday) or just Saturday. The cost is $300 for the weekend and $65-Saturday only (scholarships available). This is a great opportunity to reconnect with friends and make new ones. Questions: contact Anne Brown.


Winter Nights, which stayed here last October, is still going strong.  There are now nine families, 24 persons.  Two families found housing last month.  They are urgently in need of the following items:  AA batteries, flashlights, pillows, high chairs, and a laptop.

Also needed, but not urgently:  10-ft x 10-ft tents, new or lightly used BART and bus cards, packing or duct tape, Target/Walmart cards, movie gift certificates, 24″ x 21″ x 48″ wardrobe boxes, sanitary wipes, sleeping bags, umbrella strollers (both single and double), twin-sized non-zippered plastic mattress covers, single-bed sheets, automobiles, and gas.

If you can donate any of these items, please e-mail Anne Brown at or phone her at 925-788-0664.


We are trying something new in the Canterbury Tales. On a monthly basis we will publish what we are calling the “Recipe of the Month”.  Where do the recipes come from?  Anyone in the Parish is welcome and encouraged to submit as many recipes as they desire. Here are some guide lines:  Recipes must be easy to prepare for anyone with basic cooking skills, must not take too long to prepare (say 20 minutes or less), be aimed at the diner meal, be such that left overs for 1-2 nights will be available, and of course  must be nutritious and good tasting. Thanks in advance for your participation.  Please submit your recipes to Dick Orear at or by mail to Dick at 237 Overhill Road, Orinda, CA 94563.


The Trinity Center’s 3rd annual gala will be on Thursday, May 18 at the Boundary Oaks Club in Walnut Creek.  Tickets will be available in early spring.  Proceeds will benefit the Trinity Center, whose mission is to help those without a home.


The Interfaith Council of Contra Costa, the organization that sponsors and runs Winter Nights, is also stepping up to promote interfaith solidarity.  In February they organized a Circle of Solidarity around the Islamic Center in Walnut Creek.  Gail Clarke and Anne Brown attended.  There were several speakers and lots of very positive, peaceful energy.  On Sunday, June 4, another such event will be held at the Baha’i Center, 4100 Clayton Road, Concord.   If you’re interested or want more information, please e-mail Anne Brown at or phone her at 925-788-0664.


Once again, a big thank you to all who have hosted the 10 o’clockers’ coffee hour throughout the past months.   There are some great opportunities for resourceful bakers and/or TJ’s shoppers in the coming weeks/months and the sign-up sheets are in the kitchen awaiting your name[s].   Please take a moment to find a date that suits your schedule at any time during 2017.   It would be appreciated by all.If you have any questions contact Sara Swimmer, who has offered to manage this part of our Parish Life program.   She can be reached at or 925-216-9890    Thank you for your support.


Have you ever wanted to go sailing on the bay? Join us on Saturdays this summer. The cost is about $75 per person with six people in a party. Interested? Dates to be announced. Sign-up in Jackson Hall. Questions?? Contact Jim Morrison or Foster Lipscomb. Come have some fun! (There’s a video posted on St. Anselm’s website from a couple of years ago of  the Vestry trip)


Established in 1976, the Contra Costa Child Care Council is a nonprofit organization that is the only child care resource and referral agency serving all of Contra Costa.   Our mission is to provide leadership to promote and advance quality care and early education. Innovative programs, free or low cost services and child development expertise help parents work and children grow, learn and fulfill their potential.  Contact us for assistance and/or support our work for children and families (925)676-5442;


Michael Lane Preschool needs a laptop and a wireless color laser printer. Computer specifications required:

  • Windows 10
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Microsoft Office

If interested or have questions contact Peg Matson.

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