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Sunday, September 25th, 2022

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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United We Sit!

Psalm 133 focuses on unity. Nowhere has unity been more exemplified in recent times than with the aftermath of the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Thousands lined the streets to pay tribute to her and her amazing reign. Commentators acknowledged her remarkable dedication to her duties as Queen. Perhaps most significant of all was the sight of her grandsons, William and Harry with their wives, greeting mourners outside Windsor Castle.

In the aftermath of her death, news coverage focused on the Royal Family, the crowds, the world’s reaction and the transfer of the Crown to King Charles the Third. And interspersed were daily church of meditation and reflection attended by the members of the Royal Family as well as members of Parliament, Labor Party and Conservatives sitting side by side.

The end of one reign and the beginning of another: United in worship. Regardless of your political party or where you are on your journey in life, know this: There is always a place for you at our church in the forest.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
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This Sunday

Melanie will be preaching on Psalm 133

Music by
Chris Fenstermaker, piano
Jubal Joslyn, tenor
Cathryn Wilkinson, organ
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Small Groups

Men's Bible Study
The Men’s Bible Study is studying The Gospel According to Luke with study guide Luke for Everyone by N. T. Wright.

Men’s Bible Study meets Thursdays at 10:30am, in the Multi-Purpose room & ZOOM

For more information or zoom link contact Bob Axley.
Women's Insights on Faith
Women's Insight on Faith meets
first and third Thursday's.
Next meeting is:
October 6th, 4:00pm.

Hosted by Mia Jarick at her home in Pacific Grove.

For more information contact
Mia Jarick
Bible Study
Bible Study is held each Sunday at 9:00 am in the
Multipurpose Room where the topic is the sermon
Bible lesson of the day.

Welcoming Cathryn Wilkinson

As the New CITF Music Director

At a young age, Cathryn Wilkinson showed a strong interest in music and was encouraged by the organist at her church to study piano and organ. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in music from The College of William and Mary, where she frequently performed as soloist in the Candlelight Concert series at historic Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Virginia. She continued with graduate study, earning a Master of Fine Arts in organ performance and Ph.D. in music theory from The University of Iowa School of Music. She began her college teaching career in the Chicago area as an assistant professor on the faculty of Concordia University where she taught music history, organ, piano, and interdisciplinary arts. She later became Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Aurora University in suburban Chicago, and oversaw the design and installation of a 2-manual tracker organ built by the LéTourneau Company of Montréal.

Cathryn has performed professionally in a wide variety of repertoire on organ and piano, including recitals at numerous venues in eastern Iowa, Chicago, northern California, and Monterey County. Highlights include performances with the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest in Mahler’s “Symphony of A Thousand” at Symphony Center in Chicago, and solo recitals at Holy Name Cathedral and Fourth Presbyterian Church on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. She has been featured in performances at national conventions of the Organ Historical Society and the American Guild of Organists in Washington, D.C.

Cathryn holds the Associateship (AAGO) and Colleague (CAGO) certificates of the American Guild of Organists and is a member of the Guild’s national committee on chapter development. She has served on the faculty of Pipe Organ Encounters, the guild’s education program for young organists, and as an examiner for guild certifications. She was the only American organist selected to perform in the Organ Days of Jozef Grešák in Bardejov, Slovakia, with the support of a Fulbright scholarship.
Cathryn has been invited to play for the guild of organists in Santa Rosa, in the weekly recital series at St. Paul’s Episcopal in Salinas, and at Church in the Forest in Pebble Beach. In 2019, she was the featured piano soloist in Ernst Bloch’s Concerto Grosso with the Monterey Peninsula College Orchestra in Monterey.

In addition to her musical career, Dr. Wilkinson has been a full-time community college administrator for 12 years. She has served as Dean of Liberal Arts at Monterey Peninsula College and Dean of Arts and Humanities at Napa Valley College. Her current position is Vice President of Academic Affairs at Hartnell Community College District in Salinas.

The Reverend Dr. William Rolland Scholarship

Church In The Forest has partnered with Stevenson School to endow a scholarship fund in memory of The Reverend Dr. William (Bill) Rolland. Bill served as Church In The Forest’s Senior Pastor and Chaplain of Stevenson School from 1998 until his retirement in 2017. This endowment fund will be a memorial in perpetuity for our friend and a life-changing opportunity for deserving students who otherwise would not be able to afford the benefits of a Stevenson education.
As a teacher, coach and pastoral counselor, Bill took particular delight in supporting students whose families, like his, had been underestimated by those around them owing to their limited financial means. His parishioners, students and faculty colleagues saw in him the embodiment of the School’s Latin motto, Suaviter in modo, fortiter in re (“Gentle in manner, resolute in action”), which emphasizes humility and perseverance.

Over the summer we reached out to some of Bill’s dearest friends to begin funding the endowment. Thanks to many individual’s generosity, and an amazing dollar-for-dollar match from Church in the Forest member George Records—who has pledged to match ALL donations from CITF, we have raised over $250,000 to date. Will you please join us as we help bright youths achieve an excellent education, the very foundation that launched Bill Rolland’s exemplary life?

Please make your contribution to “Stevenson School” and send to the school, 3152 Forest Lake Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953 Attn: Rolland Scholarship. Or place your gift in the offering plate on Sunday morning identified in the same manner.

Thank you for helping remember and honor Bill in the best way possible.

The Bill Rolland Scholarship Committee
Save the Date
Blessing of the Animals

October 9th
10am Worship - St. Francis of Assisi Sunday - Blessing of the Animals
October 9-23
Ecotheology mini-sermon series. Ecotheology focuses on the interrelationships of religion and nature, particularly in the light of environmental concerns. We will examine God’s gift of and our responsibility for animals (Oct. 9), earth (Oct. 16) and water (Oct. 23).

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October 9th
4pm Concert pianist Mark Neiwirth will play a solo piano recital of works by Beethoven, Debussy, Liszt and more.
Tickets will be available from Eventbrite and at the door for $25.

“Neiwirth plays with poised precision, utmost sensitivity, and high feeling for drama. Resembling ...Van Cliburn, he looks like a star and plays like one.” The New York Times. Although Mark makes his home in Idaho he is a frequent visitor to Carmel. How lucky we are!

Steinway Artist Mark Neiwirth performs at

Church in the Forest
October 9, 4 pm

Mark Neiwirth will play a solo piano recital of works by Beethoven,
Debussy, Liszt and more.
Tickets will be available from Eventbrite and at the door for $25.
Pianist Mark Neiwirth received the 2018 Idaho Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts and has gained an international reputation as soloist, chamber musician, teacher, adjudicator, composer and arranger. He was Chairman of the Piano Department at the Sun Valley School of Music for seven years and has been an Adjunct Professor of Piano at Idaho State University since 2005. Sporting a repertoire of 31 piano concerti, he has been soloist with major orchestras in New York and the Northwest, and was a featured soloist with the Sun Valley Symphony for sixteen years.
He is the founder of Musicians West, Inc., a non- profit corporation that sponsors musical events and provides scholarships and composer commissions in the state of Idaho. Founded in 1998, the Musicians West Piano Festival & Competition presents Idaho’s finest students and has become one of the most prestigious musical events in the region. Through Musicians West, he also authors and administers the statewide Certificate of Achievement, a comprehensive year-end exam for piano students held in April and May each year. Mr. Neiwirth is a Steinway Artist. Mark enjoys attending the Carmel Bach Festival and visiting Carmel two or three times each year. He has also been a friend of Church in the Forest and a performer at Sunday services since 2014. Check out his website at for more information. EnJOY!

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November 6th
Fall Party 3:30-5:30pm
at the Verska home
2817 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach.
$25 Per person-pay at the door.
Please sign up on the bulletin board.
Fall Party

Unusual Emails

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A common email scam involves someone creating an email address with a name
found on the church website. They then send emails to people and ask to send gift
cards or money.

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and report the email address to your email provider.
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