THE LITTLE BROWN CHURCH of Sunol is a hive of
activity these days. There are the traditional Sunday morning
services, Sunday school, youth group, the wedding ministry,
as well as groups for men, women, a spiritual book discussion
group, and more. But Pastor Tom Thresher would still like to
offer more. One of his goals is to have LBC be a place of spiritual
comfort and camaraderie for the Sunol community as a whole.
For starters, he's offering non-denominational activities and
inviting all interested folks to join in. There have already
been parenting and communication workshops, "drive-in"
movies, and a monthly Community Drumming night. After meeting
with a teacher three times, the group is going to try to get
the rhythm going on their own and would really like more drummers.
"Drumming is a way to experience joy and freedom and connect
with others," Pastor Tom said, "in a sacred, non-judgmental
No drumming experience or musical talent is necessary. "I'm
hoping the group will develop naturally over time, and reflect
the personalities, desires, and values of the participants,"
he said. "We have some drums to share, but please bring
your own if you have them, and any you'd like to share."
There will be drumming in the LBC sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. on
February 10, March 10 and April 7.
If quiet meditation is something you'd like to try, Pastor
Tom has invited a wonderful teacher, Yvonne Ginsberg, to lead
an all-day meditation event on February 16, with a two-hour
preparation workshop on February 8 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.
The type of meditation Yvonne teaches is called Vipassana, and
is also known as mindfulness meditation, or insight practice.
According to Yvonne, the simple practice of sitting in a relaxed
posture - in this case a specific yoga position - calms the
mind and releases mind and body tensions through attention to
Yvonne has been studying and practicing meditation since 1972
with esteemed teachers in several countries. She began teaching
in 1978 and currently leads Vipassana sitting groups in San
Francisco, Marin and Santa Barbara. Yvonne also researched and
taught group relations at Yale University, and works as a psychologist
and coach/facilitator in the Bay area.
There will be a nominal charge to cover costs for these activities.
Please contact Pastor Tom at the church (925-862-2004) or at
his home office (209-825-8059) for more information and to let
him know if you'll be attending the drumming or meditation events.
TEEN VOLUNTEER ALERT: The Volunteer Center of Alameda County
is offering a Tri-Valley Teen Volunteers Academy to help teens
become effective volunteers. The Academy will inform youth volunteers
about service opportunities in the Tri-Valley, and provide a
workshop format that takes students through a series of team
building, self-evaluation and community-mapping exercises. The
program culminates in actual community service projects developed
by the students in the workshop.
Students can also expect to hear from other non-profit agencies
and teen leaders that will co-facilitate the workshops. The
program includes a celebration at the annual VCAC Community
Service Awards and an optional camping and river-rafting trip
in July. The Academy, which is made possible by a grant from
the City of Pleasanton Youth Commission, will be held at Foothill
High School in Pleasanton every Wednesday from 3:30 to 5:30
p.m., from February 20 to May 8.
The workshops focus on students, grades 8-11; however, high
school seniors are not discouraged from signing up. It's free
to all students attending Pleasanton schools, which, of course,
includes all of our great Sunol young people in schools there.
Tri-Valley Teen Volunteers is a youth service group that plans
and implements community service projects based on community
need and in conjunction with national days of service. TVTV
meets every Monday (except school holidays) from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
at the Volunteer Center, 333 Division Street, Pleasanton. Students
from Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and Sunol are welcome.
For more information or to sign-up for Academy, please call
Mark Duncanson, Tri-Valley Youth and Teen Director at the Volunteer
Center, at 925-417-7094. The Volunteer Center requests that
you don't call Foothill High for info on this workshop.