Icky, Messy

Scripture can be quite perverse.  On Sunday we heard two texts of treachery – the story of David and Bathsheba, and the betrayal of Jesus leading to his arrest and crucifixion.  Where is God in stories like these, when it seems the righteous are not spared, and the connivers get away with murder?  This is, of course, where we learn that the Bible is not full of pious, well-behaved people and happy endings.  It’s not a behavior manual on how to get right with God.  It is a reminder to seek God’s eternal presence in the complicated business of being human.  Our lives are messy, and mistake-filled.  It is our work to find ourselves in those stories, and also to create a church community where messy people can come and have their messy lives blessed.

We have all experienced betrayal and pain, and needed strength to get through.  We are all changed by such experiences.  The day does come when we can look back and thank God that we are transformed, stronger, deeper, more forgiving and loving.

Shane Chan and I offered a musical reminder of God’s promises:  “I will lift you from all your fear …I am hope for all who are hopeless…I am strength for all the despairing, healing for the ones who dwell in shame…Come and follow me; I will bring you home.  I love you and you are mine.”   (David Haas © 1991)

Peace and grace be with you, even in the icky times

Pastor Carol 

Homecoming Weekend

Big Plans, Big Doings, Big Fun

Please circle Sunday, September 13 on your calendars NOW. This is an important day for IUC. It will be the day of Pastor Carol’s official installation by the Golden Gate Association of the Northern California Nevada Conference of the UCC, and we want to turn it into a real neighborhood homecoming party.

Our worship celebration will be at 3pm that day, rather than 10am. We will remind you every week because it takes a lot of repetition when we change a familiar pattern – even for one day! So, you will see this repeatedly in the e-news and the Sunday worship bulletin …

Sunday, September 13 – IUC Homecoming Day

Worship with special guests and pastor’s installation at 3:00 PM (no 10am service!)

Community Reception to follow



We will have visitors from throughout the Conference and our sister churches in the Association. There will be special music, plus food and drink afterwards. We want this to be a homecoming for folks who have been away from IUC for any period of time, for any reason, for our AAF preschool families, and also for our surrounding community. Our communications team will have a big part in “getting the word out,” but we need others on a small committee to plan and extend hospitality for this great day. This is a short-term commitment for a great event. Please let Pastor Carol, or President Alexis Lewis know if you can help.

August & September Calendar

August Calendar

2nd (Sun) – Worship Service – 10:00 am, Communion

2nd (Sun) - Audit Committee Meeting- 11:30 am ~ 3:00 pm

7th (Fri) – AAF Preschool Summer Break Ends

9th (Sun) – Worship Service – 10:00 am

10th (Mon) – Finance Committee Meeting – 7:00 pm

10th (Mon), 11th (Tue) -  AAF Preschool Teachers in Service

12th (Wed) – First day of AAF School

16th (Sun) – Worship Service – 10:00 am, Executive Board Meeting

23rd (Sun) – Worship Service – 10:00 am
23rd (Sun) – Movie Night Stanford Theater – Time TBD

30th (Sun)- Worship Service – 10:00 am


September Calendar

6th (Sun) – Worship Service – 10:00 am, Communion

13th (Sun) - IUC Homecoming Day, Choir Begins
Worship Service3:00 pm, Installation of Pastor Carol by Golden Gate Assoc.

15th (Mon) – Finance Committee Meeting 7:00 pm

20th (Sun) – Worship Service – 10:00 am, Executive Board Meeting

27th (Sun) – Worship Service – 10:00 am, Annual Congregational Meeting