As 2019 starts, a quick reminder that the 12 Days of Christmas run into Epiphany (January 6).  So the Hope PanTree will remain up through Sunday, January 6, to collect non-perishable food for the Sunnyvale Community Services.  And thanks to everyone who has donated food so far.


Thanks also to those who contributed to the toy drive, last month.  Special thanks to Bente, who transported Hope’s collection to Gloria Dei for distribution on San Jose’s East Side.


In past years, we think there have been people interested in what Social Ministries does, but unable to make it to meetings on Tuesday nights.  So as an experiment, this year, we will try meeting on various Sundays, after worship.  Our first meeting for 2019 will be at 11am, at the back of Knutsen Hall, on Sunday, January 20.  All are welcome.


Mark Greiner, Chair






Thanks for your Letter Writing!


Thanks to your prayers and advocacy, we have yet to see any substantial cuts to low-income domestic programs. Congress provided an extra $1 billion to help countries that are on the verge of famine. Congress passed, and the president signed, the Global Food Security Reauthorization Act to eradicate hunger worldwide. Last week, Congress approved a farm bill that protects SNAP and improves international food aid programs. And just this week, Congress approved the First Step Act, a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill addressing mass incarceration, a major cause of hunger in the U.S.


From David Beakmann,

Pres. Bread for the World







Bread for the World

Benevolence Sunday


January 27, 2019


Toiletries Needed!



Mark your calendars that the third Sunday of each month will be “Toiletry Sunday”   Toiletries can be brought to church at any time, but we are designating the third Sunday especially as a reminder that they are needed on a regular basis.  When you are shopping or when you are staying at hotels, remember this important ministry. 


Our former food barrel will now be designated “Toiletry Barrel” and you may place your donations of toiletries in the barrel or you can always drop them off at the church office during office hours.


Suggested items:


Shampoo, conditioner, hand soap, individually wrapped toothbrushes, Toothpaste

Deodorant (male and female), Razors, Q-tips, feminine or male hygiene products, socks, underwear for men and women.

Accessories for women such as; perfume, nail polish, makeup, hair ties, hand wipes,small bottles of hand sanitizer, Diapers, Toilet Paper, Granola Bars, Bottled Water, shoe laces, band aids, combs, brushes, non-alcoholic mouth wash, lotion, hand soap tampons, pads, sanitation wipes.


January Toiletry Sunday is January 20th.


Our thanks to all those for their donations. Keep them coming!