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Ash Wednesday and Lent

Ash Wednesday is a day that has been traditionally set aside for the contemplation of our own life’s brief nature, of our lack, and of our need for God’s grace and loving kindness.  At the application of ashes (which is not considered a sacrament, although good practice),  the priest or minister will often say “remember you are […]

March 1, 2017 in Celebrations and Holidays by

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Seas the Day – June 9th

June 9th is World Oceans Day, a day you can, as they suggest, “Seas the Day,” for the good of the planet.  The folks at The Ocean Project have all sorts of fun ideas for how you can be involved, including: Festivals and Fairs Lectures and Readings Tours and Cleanups Art Exhibits Murals Photo Contest http://theoceanproject.org/action/

May 9, 2016 in Celebrations and Holidays, Stewardship by

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Blessings On Followers’ Day, April 17th

Happy Followers’ Day! Who ever said that greeting card companies are the only ones who can start up celebrations? In 2011 we proposed Followers’ Day… and this April 17th will mark five years of celebration. Time flies, when you’re having fun, and it’s always a blessing to reflect on our various walks of faith with […]

April 17, 2016 in Celebrations and Holidays by

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A Lenten Journey

Welcome, all new visitors who found us through the “Lenten Journey” put on by the American Baptist Church – a creative “photo-journal” adventure that has been so enjoyable to us, and surely other participants feel the same way. What a great concept by the American Baptist Church!  We joined the journey a few days into the season of Lent, after […]

March 25, 2016 in Celebrations and Holidays by

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Mariner’s Sunday

The annual “Mariner’s Sunday” tradition honors “they that go down to the sea in ships.” In 2016, the event takes place on March 6th. Congregations around the world – as well as nautical-related organizations – participate in various ways. For example, in the Bay Area, according to sailSFbay.org, there is a service at St. Luke’s […]

March 4, 2016 in Celebrations and Holidays by

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Happy St. Valentine’s Day

Hey valentines… we wish you love and joy and peace today. And we thought it might be fun to think back a moment to the reason this holiday began. St. Valentine lived in the 3rd century, an era of persecution under emperor Claudius II (Claudius Gothicus). This alone is reason to celebrate him.  But there’s […]

February 14, 2016 in Celebrations and Holidays by

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How Halloween Fits In

Because Halloween has roots predating Christianity, many folks fear and shun it. In doing so, they lose out on a rich and storied tradition within the church itself.

November 1, 2015 in Celebrations and Holidays by

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Happy Children’s Day

November 14th is Children’s Day in India. Children’s day, or in Hindi Bal Diwas, is celebrated on Pandit Nehru’s birthday, because he’s known to have loved children. It’s a day of fun and frolic, a celebration of childhood, children and perhaps even the young at heart.

November 14, 2014 in Celebrations and Holidays by

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Happy Net Neutrality Day

September 10th is Net Neutrality Day – Communities are joining together to keep the internet interesting… with an #internetslowdown for #netneutrality. A symbolic slowdown seems entirely nonharming. What a lovely, creative way to voice an interest in an open internet.

September 10, 2014 in Celebrations and Holidays by

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WebDef: Pentecost

Pen·te·cost /pentəˌkôst/ – Noun: The Sunday marking the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after His Ascension.  Pentecost Sunday is observed ten days after Ascension Thursday, and seven weeks after Easter, concluding the Easter Season.  The word hails from the Greek, Πεντηκοστή (literally fiftieth), referring to the fiftieth day after Easter. It coincides with the […]

June 8, 2014 in Celebrations and Holidays, WebDefs by

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Happy Easter Season

We hope you have wonderful, restorative Easter season!   Below, dancer Rena Jones-Guidry of the Providence Baptist Church provides an original interpretation of a song that speaks to the promise of a resurrection, within our own life experience. Find out more about Praise Dance, including how to choreograph the song “Resurrection” right here on our site. […]

April 21, 2014 in Celebrations and Holidays, Featured Articles by

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WebDef: Chanukah

Cha·nu·kah /ˈhɑː.nə.kə/ – Noun: A lesser Jewish holiday that begins on the 25th day of Kislev and runs for eight days. Also known as the Jewish festival of lights.  Chanukah, or the festival of lights, celebrates a miraculous occurrence at the rededication of the temple in Israel. The second temple had been looted, and Judaism outlawed. An altar to Zeus was placed […]

December 1, 2013 in Celebrations and Holidays, WebDefs by

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A Christmas Creche Tradition

Many church communities, and even households, have a long tradition of lovingly arranging nativity scenes for contemplation at Christmastime. This year, one such tradition is celebrating it’s twenty-fifth anniversary, and the organizers have really gone to town, creating a show that rivals any we’ve ever seen. Between December 1st and 5th, Bay Area residents are treated […]

December 1, 2012 in Celebrations and Holidays by

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Lammas Day

Break out your bread pans and start grinding your wheat! August 1st marks the feast of bread on the Christian calendar. This traditional festival day, also known as Lammas Day, or the feast of St. Peter in Chains, was established to commemorate the Apostle Peter’s miraculous deliverance from prison. The reason it is commonly known […]

July 28, 2011 in Celebrations and Holidays by

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What’s This About Christmas? ! ?

Did you know that Christmas wasn’t always celebrated in winter? Before the monk Dionysius set Christmas at December 25th in 533 AD, some Christians had celebrated Christmas in springtime. That older tradition is supported by the biblical account of shepherds being out watching their sheep by night, as happened in springtime, not in the bitter winter months. Does this fact make Christmas any less valid? We don’t think so…

August 17, 2010 in Celebrations and Holidays, Featured Articles by

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