November 1, 2004

As they gathered at the church's alter singing the old favorite hymn "Ye Ole Rugged Cross", members and friends of the Little Brown Church of Sunol paid respect to their own old cross.

When you have a building as old as the Little Brown Church of Sunol, the maintenance is an on-going chore. Several weeks ago during another painting project at the church, the very old white cross that sat upon the steeple of the church was removed for a little sprucing up. But church members immediately realized that the old cross was way beyond repair. The faded white cross which is made of redwood is covered with multicolored moss and is not only worn by the elements but it looks as if many woodpeckers has sat upon it.

Unfortunately most the older members of the church who would have known the historical background of the old cross have passed on but I did speak to their children and grandchildren. After much investigation I discovered that the cross is probably the original, which means it has sat at the top of the church for nearly 120 years!

Many thanks to church member John Robertson who has made an exact replica of the old cross to stand in its place. John said, "I made it with the finest clear heart redwood so it will last as long as the original". The sparkling white new cross was placed back on top of the church last Friday.

Church members plan to encase the old cross in a box and display it in their Fellowship Hall. A big thanks goes to Katherine Kloverstrom, Joyce Ysit and Joan Hall for providing me with lots of information and thanks also to former Sunolians Sharon Heinz, Lonnie Larson and his mother Gweneth Larson for all of the wonderful stories they shared with me regarding the church and other historical information about Sunol.

The flyer says "Calling all Moms, Grandma's, Sisters, Aunts, Friends…" it's the first annual "Ladies Night Out". Organized by the Community Club, this events gives us ladies the opportunity to socialize and shop all in one place, Sunol Glen School, without the distraction of our kids and significant others or the holiday hustle and bustle of the Mall.

Ladies mark your calendar for November 12 and bring your appetite and wallet because social hour is from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the schools cafeteria and shopping is from 7:00 to 9:00 in the schools auditorium.

There will be many vendors on hand for lots of gift buying, such as Princess House, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Pampered Chef, Cookie Lee Jewelry, Scholastic Books, Southern Living, Discovery Toys, Longaberger Baskets, Designs by Deana jewelry, Partylite, At Home America, Creative Memories and many, many more homemade artwork, crafts, jewelry and glass and wire works.
Each merchant is donating an item to be raffled off at 8:00 p.m. and best of all, there is no charge to attend, this event is free.

I'm still getting wonderful news from the several fundraisers we had the past month. "The 8th grade class at Sunol Glen School would like to thank all those that supported our Washington D.C. fund raising efforts at the Sunol Country Festival on September 25. We sold coffee & donuts in the morning and ice cream in the afternoon. We thoroughly enjoyed this effort and want to thank the SOS organizers and all of you that supported our booth and certainly those that put in a little extra donation. A big thank you also goes to Dahl Construction for donating a generator to keep our booth powered. It is truly appreciated!!!" said 8th grader Megan Capilla's Mom, Kelly.

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