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Tuesday, November 21, 2023

with information for Sunday, November 26

The 34th Sunday of Ordinary Time

It is often referred to as metta, which in the Pali language refers to an inclusive, wise, and compassionate love, or the Loving Kindness Meditation.

From a place of meditation one chooses to practice love in their minds because one recognizes that love is more healing than judgment, hatred or fear. One repeats this phrase over and over and over and over until its wisdom infuses one’s being.

How about extending love beyond ourselves to those around us? Replace the “I” with a friends name, “May Dennis be filled with loving kindness. May Dennis be well…” Continue doing this as different people pop into your mind.

Then when you feel ready, invite yourself to think of people who trigger you---people you’re having a hard time forgiving, people who have hurt you, people who annoy you.

To end, visualize God’s love as ribbons going out from your heart to surround the world. For one moment feel what it feels like to simply put love out there—to everyone, to anyone. And pray that as you go about your day that love, joy, appreciation would be the gifts you convey.

See you in church where we’ll gather to celebrate friendship!!
The Reverend Ken Feske image plus signature
It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year, when we share our gifts with the ones we love, and also take time to look into the community and help those in need. Last year, Church in the Forest adopted families selected by the Boys and Girls Club of Monterey County to receive our gifts of love. We will do it again this year.

The Adopt-a-Family program is a Boys and Girls Club initiative to support the most vulnerable children and families during the holidays. Each child receives 2 pairs of pants; 2 shirts; pajamas; sweatshirt; socks and shoes; books and a special gift.

Unwrapped gifts will be collected THIS SUNDAY after Church.

To have your gifts picked up from your home, please contact:
Carle Mowell, 860-712-0774

Boys and Girls Club

Jubal Joslyn, tenor


Sophia Gonzalez, mezzo soprano

Amalia Diaz, violin

Janneke Hoogland, cello

Cathryn Wilkinson, piano

Sunday, December 17

3 p.m.

Church in the Forest

Campus of Stevenson School
3152 Forest Lake Road, Pebble Beach

Back by popular demand, enjoy songs of the Christmas season from classics to contemporary in the enchanting candle-lit atmosphere of Del Monte Forest.

Tickets: $35 at
(Free for Students)
or by cash or check at Church in the Forest

For more information: 831-624-1374 or

Advent 2023

December 3, 2023
HOPE: “Be Alert”
Isaiah 64: 4-5a, 8-9; Psalm 80: 3, 7, 17-19; Mark 13: 32-37
Music Prelude, 9:45 a.m. Jubal Joslyn, Tenor
Selections on Advent themes

December 10, 2023
PEACE: “Prepare”
Isaiah 40: 1-5; Psalm 85: 8-12; Mark 1: 1-8
Music Prelude, 9:45 a.m.
Wild Coast Brass with Organ

December 17, 2023
JOY: “Jubilation”
Isaiah 61: 1-3; Psalm 126; Luke 1: 47-55
Music Prelude, 9:45 a.m.
Teruyo Petrocelli and Cathryn Wilkinson
Four-hand Piano Music for the Season

December 24, 2023
LOVE: “Like Mary”
2 Samuel 7: 8-10, 16; Psalm 89: 1-2, 15-16; Luke 1: 26-38
Music Prelude, 9:45 a.m.
Lisa Parente, Soprano and Cathryn Wilkinson, Organ and Piano
Songs for Christmas Eve

4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
A service of carols and celebration
Music Prelude, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Karen Neal, Mezzo Soprano
Brian Neal, Trumpet
Cathryn Wilkinson, Organ and Piano

10 a.m.
Christmas Communion
Music Prelude, 9:45 a.m.
Lisa Parente, Soprano and Cathryn Wilkinson, Organ and Piano

Songs for Christmas Day

December 31, 2023
10 a.m.
Music Prelude, 9;45 a.m.
Christmas Carol Sing-Along
Cathryn Wilkinson, Organ and Piano

Small Groups

Women's insight on Faith

Women's insight on Faith meets on the
Third Thursday of each month at 4:00 pm
at Mia Jarick's home

Anyone interested in joining can contact Mia Jarick at

Men's Bible Study

The Men’s Bible Study continues the study of Isaiah with assistance from
Professor Walter Brueggemann’s book Isaiah.
Men’s Bible Study meets
Thursdays at 10:30 am on Zoom.

For more information or zoom link contact Bob Axley.

This Sunday

"Giving Thanks: Friendship"
Rev. Ken Feske will preach on John 15: 12-17 (NRSVUE)


I Cantori di Carmel
Daniel Henriks, conductor
Teruyo Petrocelli, accompanist


Psalm 42......Felix Mendelssohn
No 1: Wie der Hirsch schreit nach frischem Wasser (As longs the hart for streams of water, so longs my soul after God.)
No 7: Was betrübst du dich, meine Seele (Why are you cast down, oh my soul, and are so restless in me? Wait on God; for I shall yet thank him.)

Vom Himmel hoch (From heaven above to earth I come.)......Mendelssohn
No 1: Chorus


Der Stern von Bethlehem (The Star of Bethlehem).................Josef Rheinberger
No 5: Die Hirten an der Krippe (The shepherds at the manger)

Directed by Daniel Henriks, I Cantori di Carmel is an auditioned volunteer chorus that seeks excellence in choral performance. Their programs include masterworks of the symphonic choral repertoire as well as lesser-known jewels for chorus. I Cantori di Carmel (Italian for The Singers of Carmel) has been bringing choral classics to the Monterey Peninsula since 1981. They perform concerts twice annually, in the spring and fall, at the Carmel Mission Basilica and other venues on the Central Coast.
I Cantori di Carmel performs December 2 and 3 at the Carmel Mission at 8:00 pm. Additional performances are December 9, 2023, 8:00 pm at Five Wounds Portuguese National Church, San Jose, and December 10, 2023, 8:00 pm at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Santa Cruz. The concert features romantic music of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Max Bruch, Joseph Gabriel Rheinberger and Engelbert Humperdinck. Tickets are available at
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The Altar Quilt

The colorful altar quilt and lectern scarf adorning the Church in the Forest sanctuary is a tapestry of some of the members and friends of Church in the Forest. In 2014, a 9x9 inch square was offered to anyone who was inspired to contribute, it could be painted, embroidered, stamped, a piece of fabric or object, anything that represented your thankfulness. The creativity was astonishing and 94 pieces stitched together created a mosaic of individuals united in Thanks.

The following were individual prayers of thanks:

Our Pets
Loved Ones
History - Over 100 years old-Embroidered French tapestry
Skills and Artistry - English 100 year old Handmade lace
Our Faith - Amazing Grace
Marriage - 50 years of marriage
Family - Lace Tray Doily c.1950
Marriage - Son's marriage
Family - 100 year-old blouse of Grandmother
Travel - Material from Scotland
Dance - Asian silk-dance dress
Family - Great-grandmother's lace off a petticoat
Our Home - Home furnishings fabrics
Seasons - Seasonal tapestry - First Thanksgiving in Pebble Beach
Memories - Thanksgiving Tablecloth, complete with gravy stains!
Security of a Loving Home - Construction work shirts
Military Service - "We are grateful for our living relatives who fought in past wars
and the children who serve in modern wars

November 26

Giving Thanks: FRIENDS
Ecclesiastes 4: 8-10
Psalm 133
John 15: 12-17

Red Kettle Kickoff

Thank you to Ken and his team helping to raise money for the Monterey Peninsula Corps of the Salvation Army.

We need your help!

Please take note of the slots available for Sunday morning volunteers.

No experience necessary!

Sign up on the sandwich board next Sunday

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