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Tapestry, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation

November, 2019

(Vol 26, #11)

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We have a number of regular contributors to the newsletter, but if you have input about activities we've missed, please contact me directly with your news.  Any activity, event or participation in a cause is appropriate for the newsletter if it is consistent with our mission and vision.  Tapestry strives to be a liberal voice and a caring, compassionate presence in Orange County.

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Connie Pursell, Editor

Worship Services at Tapestry for November 2019 

Worship services are held at our new permanent home in Lake Forest: located at 23676 Birtcher Dr., Lake Forest, CA 92630 (near the corner of Rockfield and Lake Forest). 

The theme for November is Vision.  Helen Keller said “The most pathetic person in the world is some one who has sight but no vision.”

One of the hallmarks of UUism is the freedom and encouragement to craft an individual spiritual path. One of the tools in so doing is Vision.  One of our often sung hymns says:
     Wake, now, my vision of ministry clear;
     Brighten my pathway with radiance here;
     Mingle my calling with all who will share;
     Work toward a planet transformed by our care.

Our Vision can be transformative - personally and for the wider world. 

November 3 - Readers Theater - “Guns and Poets”
Using poetry, literary prose, music, and visuals, the Tapestry Readers Theater group will explore some of the motivations for and effects of war and offer a Unitarian Universalist perspective on the possibilities for a peaceful world.  Participants will include David Dearing, Mickey Jackson, Susan Jagielko, John Kaufman, Ryan Lenney, Wendy Washington, and the Tapestry Choir.

November 10 - Rev. Kent Doss - “Re-Imagining the World”

We know that we should be kind and create justice, but to what end? This Sunday we consider how we might construct a compelling vision for the future of our world. Amidst the pessimism and constant distraction of our modern lives, a vision of a better world can be a guiding light. 

November 17 - Rev. Kent Doss “The Chalice and Beyond”

Worship should be a multi-sensory experience, including inspiration from what we see around us. This Sunday we will discuss some of the symbols that are significant to Unitarian Universalism and to Tapestry in particular. 

November 24 - Rev. Mark Kiyimba “Uganda is Calling”

Rev. Mark Kiyimba, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Uganda and activist for LGBT rights in Uganda will share with us some of his story and the importance of Unitarian Universalism around the world. 

Ministerial Musings


Slow down. Yes you. No, I don’t mean your driving; I mean slow down your headlong tumble into the thing just around the corner. 

Last weekend I had an amazing time hiking through the mountains in Arkansas. It was actually a three-day backpacking trip. We usually think of hiking as a physical exercise. It is also a mental exercise. Your mind goes to some funny places when you are on the trail for more than an hour. A few different times on this trip I noticed that my mind drifted off into future adventures. Even while I was hiking through the woods, a trip that took at least a month to plan and quite a lot of travel to get to, even surrounded by lush green forests and perfect weather my mind drifted beyond that good time to future adventures. Of course this isn’t a terrible shortness of character or sin. It just cheats the moment out of the good that it can be. So I did my best to come back to the moment and squeeze out every last drop of enjoyment. Tomorrow will get here without my help. 

Slow down and breathe. I realized something else about myself over the past few weeks. I realized I occasionally forget to breathe. If I am focusing on something, or stressed out, I just stop breathing. I suspect I am not alone in this. Of course eventually you start breathing again, at least I hope you do. But this is the trick, see if you can notice when you are holding your breath before your body does. Notice holding your breath, notice what has so pre-occupied your mind that you have momentarily abandoned sustaining your own body. Notice, take a deep breath and come back to the present moment. 

I am writing this newsletter column in mid October. Already I can feel the holidays sucking us forward into a warp speed of costumes, shopping, meal preparation, and planning. In the frenetic speed of news coverage this year, I fear that our holidays are going to  rocket past in fast-forward if we are not careful. Let’s do what we can to slow down, breathe and enjoy the time we have. Next year will get here without our help. 
Rev. Kent
Reverend Rayna Hamre Reports 
A Few Words from Our Affiliated Community Minister

Those who experience homelessness can face complex issues, both in their personal lives, and with navigating the services available to them. One of the rationalizations we, as advocates, often hear for those who oppose helping these folks,  is that 'they' don't really want help, and 'they' won't to go to available shelter spaces when they are offered. While wanting to remain on the street might be true for a small fraction of those experiencing homelessness, this is not true for many of these folks. We need to look at the deeper reasons around why someone would not go to a shelter when it is cold and raining outside, or anytime.

I delivered dry socks, clothes and coffee weekly to a small encampment in Fullerton during the rainy weather last winter. They told me that the conditions inside the shelters were unbearable. They would go in physically clean, and they would be assigned a bed next to someone with lice or bed bugs. Everyone said they went in well, and usually became very sick because of the people with flu and colds inside the shelters and the lack of basic sanitation. These are people living in harsh conditions and who usually have no health insurance. One illness can be catastrophic for them. Partners who aren't married often can not stay together, even if one of them has a special need and can't navigate their own care alone. Those who have irregular work hours are locked out of shelters when they work late shifts.

A study by the American Civil Liberties Union confirmed these stories and more. Here is an excerpt from their report: 

"A year-long investigation by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California uncovered toxic and unsafe conditions inside three shelters, including too few toilets for the number of residents and broken toilets that went unrepaired for months; raw sewage flowing from porta potties; showers with no temperature control if they work at all; infestations of rodents, maggots, and other insects; an acute shortage of soap and cleaning products; a lack of heat on cold winter nights; and flooding during rainstorms.  Women residents were targets of sexual harassment by male staff members, including incessant, demeaning comments about their bodies and appearance, voyeurism while using bathroom facilities, and offers of special treatment in exchange for sex." 

As Unitarian Universalists, we have a responsibility to speak the truth for those who can not speak for themselves, in the name of justice. I invite you to do more research and to share this information with your neighbors. The best response to these problems is to advocate for supportive and affordable housing. Good news! Lake Forest will have the opportunity to create this housing in the months ahead. What an opportunity to step up and to the right thing. 

Go Lake Forest!

In Our Faith,

Rev. Rayna

Greeters Needed

Greeters are those friendly folks at the table outside on Sunday mornings. Each Sunday two greeters help newcomers find their way and welcome our returning Tapestry friends. If you are interested in coming a little early to offer a warm welcome one Sunday each month, please contact Amanda Wainwright at / 412-334-2003.
Notable Quotables

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”
            -- Henry Ford

Minister's Seminar

Wed., Nov. 6, 6:30-8:00 pm  
"All Systems Red" by Martha Wells
This is a tense science fiction adventure that interrogates the roots of consciousness through Artificial Intelligence. This short novella is one part of a trilogy. Please read the book in advance of our gathering to fully participate in the discussion.

Wed., Dec. 4, 6:30 pm  
"Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage"
How did we end up with this much rubbish, and where does it all go? Journalist and filmmaker Heather Rogers answers these questions by taking readers on a grisly, oddly fascinating tour through the underworld of garbage. Please read the book before our meeting to participate fully in the discussion. 

Covenant Group - First Mondays 2:30-4:30 pm at Tapestry 

Covenant Groups are small groups who meet on a monthly basis to discuss topics of UU values and spirituality. The groups have 7-10 participants and meet for around nine months. Covenant Groups are a great way to explore your own beliefs and to get to know other Tapestry members personally. A new group will begin meeting on the first Monday of each month at 2:30 as soon as we have enough participants. Please email / 949-310-9385 for questions or to sign up. Additional Covenant Groups will open in the Fall.

Immigration Detention is over in Orange County as of August 1.  What does this mean for the future of Friends of Orange County Detainees, the social justice program started at Tapestry in 2012?  FOCD is a widely recognized name in the detention visitation community and so, with no detained immigrants in our backyards, we will now be known as FOCD, formerly Friends of Orange County Detainees, A Visitation Program for Those in Immigration Detention.  

The men and women we visited have not been released but have been transferred to Adelanto, a private detention center owned by the for-profit GEO group.  The need for visitors to meet with and affirm their dignity and worth is as important as ever. FOCD volunteers are continuing to make the trip to Adelanto to visit and the list of people asking for visits is growing.  If visiting or supporting people in immigration detention is something you would like to find out more about, please contact the Leadership Team Chair, Peggy Thompson, at for more information about how you might become a part of this life-affirming program.

Laguna Beach Fellowship Discussion Group
Note change of meeting time and of location.

First Fridays @ the Fellowship   Noon to Two. Everyone is welcome!  Bring your lunch if you like.  Check-in followed by discussion of a topic. Snacks and beverages provided. Just show up.  Now, not only for Laguna Woods people; we happily welcomed younger Members and some returning Members who joined us last month.

Address: 429 Cypress, Laguna Beach, CA  92651

Questions?  Call Rev. Lee Marie Sanchez 714-336-3337 (cell). Please leave a message.

Next meeting: November 1, Noon to Two

This is a collaborative venture by UU Fellowship of Laguna Beach and Tapestry UU.

Women’s Rights Action Group (WRAG) News

It’s almost time! Spread the News and introduce a friend to Tapestry!

Tapestry's Women’s Rights Action Group is proud to present our next community event: the feature length documentary “The IF Project” with special guest speakers.

The event will be held at Tapestry on Saturday, November 2nd. Doors open at 5:30 pm, and program starts at 6 pm.

“The IF Project” follows an extraordinary police officer and four women in the “IF” writing project through their journeys as they are released from prison, reunited with their families, and as they face life on the outside after release. Kathlyn Horan is the director/producer/writer.

We’re also excited to have special guest speakers Stephanie Hammerwold, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Pacific Reentry Career Services and two of her clients. They will discuss the challenges of formerly incarcerated women returning to the work force. This local non-profit organization’s mission is “Advocating for fair chance hiring policies and supporting formerly incarcerated people in finding meaningful employment.”

Attendance is Free. Donations will be gratefully accepted to support the cost of the documentary film screening and future Women’s Rights Action Group community events.

FaceBook User?  Check out a preview of the documentary

“The IF Project” film screening and speaker
Nov. 2, 6:00 p.m.
The 90-minute documentary follows an extraordinary police officer and four women in the “IF” writing project through their journeys as they are released from prison, reunited with their families, and as they face life on the outside after release. Special guest speakers Stephanie Hammerwold, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Pacific Reentry Career Services and two of her clients will share the challenges of formerly incarcerated women returning to the work force. This event is hosted by Tapestry's Women's Rights Action Group. Attendance is Free. 
Vernie Gallagher Memorial
Sat. Nov. 9, 2:00 pm
Tapestry members and friends are invited to join the Gallagher family in the celebration of Vernie Gallagher’s life. Vernie was a champion of Unitarian Universalism and a teacher in our religious education classrooms for years. The service will be at Tapestry.
Tapestry’s Got Talent
Sat. Nov. 16, 6:00 pm
A rousing evening of good entertainment! Can you sing, dance, tell a story or share an original poem, play an instrument, juggle or otherwise entertain? If so, contact Bill Hunker asap to let him know what you want to do: He will arrange auditions, rehearsals and the show. The show is $15 for adults and $5 for kids. Appetizers, homemade deserts, wine and other drinks will be served.Sign up after the service with Sue Dearing or online at (scroll down).
“God Loves Uganda” Film Screening and Q&A
Sat. Nov. 23, 7:00-10:00 p.m. 
The film explores connections between evangelicalism in North America and in Uganda, suggesting that the North American influence is the reason behind the controversial Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act, the death penalty for gays and lesbians. Rev. Mark Kiyimba, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Uganda and activist for LGBT rights in Uganda will be available for a discussion after the film. 
Tapestry Thanksgiving Dinner
Thur., Nov. 28, 3:00 pm
For the first time Tapestry is opening our doors to host Thanksgiving Dinner. There is room for all. Please bring a dish and or beverage to share if you are able. 
LGBT Welcoming Congregation Meeting
Sun., Dec. 1, 12:00-1:00 p.m. 
Come share your ideas and help strategize for Tapestry efforts to outreach to the LGBT community and celebrate diversity in our faith community.  
UU LGBTQ Holiday Potluck
Sunday, December 8, 5:00 p.m
This is an opportunity for the LGBTQ members of Tapestry and Laguna Beach UU to spend some time together socially. We may talk about some of our hopes for our congregations, but mostly we will just get to know each other better. Please bring food to share with others, beverages would also be great. LGBTQ youth or and children of LGBTQ parents are also encouraged to participate. 
Advent Communion Service
Sun., Dec. 22, 4:00 p.m.
This short service centers on a traditional Christian ritual of communion. It is a chance for Christians in our community prepare for the coming holiday, and for anyone who would like to experience an open and welcoming version of the ancient ritual. All are welcome to participate. 
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Tues., Dec. 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 
This evening we celebrate the ancient story of the birth of Jesus. How might we find hope in harsh circumstances in our world today? Stay and enjoy some holiday goodies after the service. There are no RE classes, but the nursery will be open for young children.
Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve Party
December 31 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Join your Tapestry friends to ring in the New Year. 1920s themed costumes are encouraged. There will be some small donation requested, but we are planning this to be affordable for all. This is a family friendly event for all ages. We will watch the New Year festivities in NYC to wrap up the evening. 
Weekly Meditation Group
Every Thursday 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Join Tapestry members and friends for volunteer-led, confidential, one hour meeting with readings, meditation and short discussion. All are welcome, including seasoned and novice meditators. For more information contact Annie Kolar at 408-480-9435.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby - Every 2nd Saturday 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. By building upon shared values and empowering environmental supporters to work in keeping with the concerns of their local communities, CCL works towards the adoption of fair, effective, and sustainable climate change solutions. CCL meets at Orange County Friends Meeting House, 2091 Business Center Drive, Suite 100 in Irvine and is officially supported by Tapestry UU. 
Non-fiction Book Group 
Every 3rd Monday
To find out about next months book and the meeting location contact Anne Farrell at 949-481-2183 or
Ladies Brunch
Every 3rd Tuesday
Gather with our Tapestry Lady Friends for some hugs, love, compassion and great conversation. For more information, please contact Carol Semelroth
Women’s Rights Action Group Meeting
Every last Sun. 11:45-1:30 pm

Please note new location as meetings are now being held downstairs in the Nursery.
Come learn more about the group and help plan future activities. If you are unable to attend but would like to have your ideas/thoughts included for discussion, please send an email to Karen Nichols at

Help Us Find Renters 
One of the ways we balance our budget is by renting our space when we aren’t using it. Tapestry needs your help to find renters. The sanctuary and classrooms are available for rent any time except Sunday mornings. We are focused on other religious organizations or non-profits to maintain our tax status. 

More info is available on our website.

Committees - Ordering Supplies
Any committee hosting a social event or meeting with food or drink please let Judy Tracy know if you need plates, cups, napkins or coffee.

Judy Tracy -, (949) 363-6467 (Home), (949) 412-5034 (Mobile) 

We all enjoyed seeing Tamara Reddy’s beautiful home at our October brunch and the lovely view from her backyard and, of course, we enjoyed the decadent chocolate cake that Debbie shared with us. 

Please mark your calendars for next month on November 19th at Gail Sandow’s home.  We will be enjoying our Friendship Potluck Salad and will gather with our Tapestry Lady Friends for some hugs, love, compassion and conversation.  For more information, please contact Carol Semelroth 

Splinters from the Board
by Julia Rampone, Board President 

Happy November, Fellow Tapestrians!
It’s always an interesting experience to be able to step back and take a look at our lives from an outside perspective.  I’ve had the opportunity to do that recently with Atem, the asylee from Cameroon whom many of you met.  All cultures have practices, events, and rituals that look odd to others, and the United States is certainly no exception. 
After Atem and I worked through the modern celebration of Halloween and all its attendant silliness, we moved on to the next major U.S. holiday, Thanksgiving.  I explained to Atem that people experiencing religious persecution in Europe came to the New World in order to freely practice their faith.  In the autumn of 1621, these Pilgrims celebrated Thanksgiving after bringing in their first harvest with the help of the Native American people.
Atem and I talked about the food traditions associated with the holiday.  A turkey is usually the centerpiece of the feast, since wild turkeys were abundant in the New World back in the 17th century.  Over the years, various dishes have been added to and subtracted from the tradition.  Now a Thanksgiving dinner isn’t complete without stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, perhaps sweet potatoes or yams, pumpkin pie and maybe mince or pecan pie.  If any one of those items is missing – or another perennial favorite in your own personal family tradition – you feel that the meal is incomplete.
Traditional festivities are not only fun, but they provide opportunities to celebrate important milestones in our lives. 
Tapestry is certainly marking a significant milestone this November.  We will be celebrating our first Thanksgiving in our own home!  We have been settled into the space since January, so it’s easy to forget there are still a lot of firsts to be observed. 
As we gather to worship together this month, we should remember just how precious it is for us to be able to do so freely.  There are many places in the world where our beliefs would not be welcome, and could in fact be dangerous to us.  There are many things for us to be thankful for in this month of remembrance.
I give thanks for our Unitarian Universalist forbearers who had the strength to break away from more established religions and create a safe place where people could question, discuss, explore and find their own spiritual path.
I give thanks for the first members of our congregation who came together to worship over 45 years ago in the Saddleback Valley.  Orange County was a very different place then and they must have felt that they were a very tiny blue flame in a very deep red wilderness.
I give thanks for those in our congregation who had the vision of a place of our own where we could put down roots and grow. 
I give thanks for those who provided the financial support necessary to buy our building, both with gifts and loans.
I give thanks for those who donated so generously of their time and effort and resources to make our new building truly a home.
I give thanks for everyone who works so hard to do the million and one tasks necessary to keep operations running smoothly.  Thousands of hours are volunteered by dozens of people.  Their time is given with love to support this wonderful place we call Tapestry.
I give thanks for family and friends and the joy they bring to my heart every day.
I hope you each can take a few moments sometime during this month of Thanksgiving to remember all those things you are thankful for.
With very warmest regards,
Julia Rampone


Spotlight on Tapestry Leadership: Board of Trustees

Our recent congregational survey indicated that many Tapestry members are unaware of how exactly the board works, who is on it and what they do.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for managing and controlling the affairs and business of the
Congregation, and enforcing rules and regulations based on the bylaws and state/federal laws. 
The board has the power to select and remove employees and staff.  It appoints such standing committees and task forces as is deemed appropriate to carry out the work of the Congregation.  It prepares and manages an annual budget, tracks pledges, pays bills and arranges for staff pay checks.  It oversees and manages the Tapestry building, sees to upkeep of the building, oversees interior appointments and safety, and liaises with the homeowners association (HOA).

Full details of the board's powers, activities, roles of officers and more can be found in the bylaws; the full text of the bylaws is published on the Tapestry website under "About Us (Policies, Reports and Other Documents)."  All board member names are listed at the end of this newsletter and on the website

The trustees have an additional ribbon attached to their name badges that says "BOARD MEMBER" so they are easily identified.  Please feel free to ask any of them questions you may have.

The board meets monthly on the second Thursday of each month at Tapestry at 7:00 pm (in the room used for meetings and snacks at the back of the sanctuary).  Board meetings are open to members, so if you are curious about how a meeting is run and what is discussed, please feel free to attend as a guest.  As a courtesy, please let President Julia Rampone ( know in advance that you will attend.  

Remember “Tapestry’s Got Talent?” Well, it is making a comeback on November 16 at 6 pm at Tapestry!

To make it happen, we need all of you with talent to participate! So if you can do any of the following, contact Bill Hunker, who will be organizing the auditions, rehearsals and the evening:—soon!
  • Sing
  • Dance
  • Tell an original story
  • Play an instrument
  • Recite an original poem
  • Or anything else which would be entertaining for the group
Kathy Spahn will provide lots of scrumptious appetizers, wine and other drinks and Ways and Means members will provide an array of homemade desserts.

Tickets will be $15 for adults and $5 for kids. Mark your calendars now! It’s sure to be a rousing evening of good entertainment! Thanks for helping to make it happen!


Kudos to the Green Sanctuary Committee for their terrific Clean Air Day event on October 20 and their awesome display of low carbon emission vehicles including Electric, Plug in Hybrids, etc.  Many members and guests stayed after the service to check out the vehicles and ask questions. If you weren't able to attend, and want more information about the vehicles or any of the projects by Green Sanctuary, contact Carol Semelroth  Photos below.


Religious Education for Children and Youth
Dear Tapestry,
            In October, I had the opportunity to attend congregational camp as a guest and it was wonderful. I explored with Opal and Emillia, relaxed with Jarett and cherished conversations with new and old friends. Many of you were interested in camp but the date didn’t work so I want to make sure you save the date for two upcoming camp weekends. Senior High and Family/Elementary Winter Camps, the dates are below. Camp de Benneville Pines offers a myriad of camps throughout the year so explore their website and see which camps are for you, Below are a couple of pictures from camp, one of my family outside our cabin and the other of “Guess the Grape,” an adult wine tasting game. Camp is awesome!
In peace,
Katelynn Riva
Director of Religious Education
Junior High
Senior High Winter Camp 2019-2020
Camp MissUUn Impossible
Friday, December 27, 2019 – Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Winter Elementary/Family Camp 2020
Saturday, February 15 – Monday, February 17, 2020
Time Travelers
Deans:  Bill and Shannon Stoker
Winter Camp not yet posted.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas- Dec 15
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” will be our play for the holiday intergenerational service. The service will be December 15. If you are interested in participating in the service or helping with props and staging, please email or speak with Katelynn Riva on Sunday.
Looking for Classroom Volunteers
RECY, Religious Education for Children and Youth, is a cooperative program and we need volunteers. We have three classes, PreK-1st, 2nd- 4th, and 5th and Up; all three are exploring world religions. We started in the East with Hinduism and Buddhism. Come learn with us. New volunteers start as assistants and do not need previous experience. It is a fun way to make a big difference. If you are interested in helping in a classroom please visit the RECY table, upstairs, or talk to Katelynn Riva,
Thank you for Volunteering in October
Molly Stelovich, Marle Chen, Jennifer Guy, Frieda Gorelick, Dave Weber, Nicole Glasser, Liz Bear, Shannon Stoker, Nicole Furuya-Olsen, and Jon Eckhardt
RECY Committee: Molly Stelovich, Shannon Stoker, Annette Eckhardt, Paul Bonfanti and Jennifer Guy

*A warm welcome to our newest member Jennifer and fond farewell to Jane, thank you for your service."
Women’s Issues Book Group

November 13th  at 5:30 p.m. - The Alice Network by Kate Quinn 

1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She’s also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie’s parents banish her to Europe to have her “little problem” taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister. 

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she’s recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she’s trained by the mesmerizing Lili, code name Alice, the “queen of spies,” who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy’s nose.  

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. That is until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn’t heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth . . . no matter where it leads.

December 11th - There, There by Tommy Orange
What does it really mean to be an Indian/Native American/American Indian/Native? Orange's vivid debut novel allows a unique cast—ranging from teenagers to elders—to pull this question apart even as they add a modern layer of complexity: They live in the urban landscape of Oakland, California. The thrust of Orange's cross-cut storytelling is not to force his characters onto a strict plot line but to explore the varied ways of being an Indian and, more important, of feeling like an Indian. Fractured families, Oakland itself, and detachment from tradition make an Indian identity seem even more elusive to the younger characters, but it's a feeling that they unknowingly share—and that Orange wants to expose. As an amateur filmmaker says to a teen he's interviewing, "When you hear stories from people like you, you feel less alone." Isolation and longing permeate the page, lifted briefly only as the characters intersect at the Big Oakland Powwow, with chaotic results. This isn't a comfortable novel, and therein lies its power and purpose.

January 8th -
The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story by Hyeonseo Lee and David John

An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world’s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships – and the story of one woman’s terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom.

As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom and, as the famine of the 1990s struck, she began to wonder, question and to realise that she had been brainwashed her entire life. Given the repression, poverty and starvation she witnessed surely her country could not be, as she had been told “the best on the planet”?

Aged seventeen, she decided to escape North Korea. She could not have imagined that it would be twelve years before she was reunited with her family.

It's A Mystery!  Book Group

This book group has been disbanded.  If you are mystery book fan, contact Connie Pursell for recommendations. She can give you lots of leads.
Non Fiction Book Group


The Non-Fiction/History Book Club meets the third Monday of each month at 6:00 pm at members' homes.

For the November meeting we will be discussing The Library Book by Susan Orlean.

We welcome all newcomers to our active group.  For more information and to find out about the group and meeting place, please call 949-481-2183 or email

Calling All Crafters:
Knitting, Crocheting, Beading, Quilting

The crafters are on hiatus.  Stay tuned for developments or re-launch.  Contact 267-2716 for information.
Did You Know?  Your Shopping Can Benefit Tapestry!

Several organizations and merchants have a "rewards" or "donations" program whereby a percentage of your dollars spent can benefit a nonprofit organization of your choice, such as Tapestry.  Some examples are Ralphs Community Donations program, Albertsons Community Giving and Amazon Smile.

Tapestry does not support of endorse one company or organization over another, but could benefit greatly should you choose to sign up for one or more of these programs. You can find out details and specific information online or inquire at a store where you shop regularly.

Gift Cards
Gift cards are available on Sunday mornings. Tapestry gets a percentage of the card's value. You get the full face value of the card so it costs you nothing!

If you have questions or comments, please contact Barbara Bradley,

Tapestry Communications
There is an unofficial email list that is used for information and reminders of upcoming events. If you would like to subscribe free to this low-volume list, here is all you need to do:
To send a message:
To add your name:  Contact
To unsubscribe:
Check out Tapestry’s website
Sermon Podcasts on YouTube


Caring Committee
The Caring Committee is made up of Janet Lusk, Sheryl Hagen, Carol Semelroth, Marilyn Schroeder,  Kathy Spahn,  Joan Segal, Linda Yeargin, and of course, Reverend Kent. 
Please contact one of these people if you know of any support that a congregant might need.  We maintain a small supply of helpful gadgets (wheelchairs, walkers, commodes, etc.) and will lend them to anyone who might need them.

Order Of Service And Announcements
Submission Deadlines
In order to accommodate the Administration office hours, all items you wish included in the Order of Service or announcements must be received no later than the Monday at 9 a.m. prior to the Sunday you wish them included.  Please remember that announcements will be included on a space available basis.  If you have any questions, please contact our office administrator, at (949) 581-0245 or email  at
Changes Of Personal Information
Have you had a change of name, address, email, home phone, cell phone, marital status?  Please let the Office Administrator know by sending changes to or call (949) 581-0245.  Current email addresses are most important now.

Key Tapestry Contacts
MINISTER. Rev. Kent Doss   (949) 581-0245                                                 
OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR   (949) 581-0245  or

Katelynn Riva
Board of Trustees (the year in parentheses indicates the ending year of the person's term):
President, Julia Rampone (2020), (714) 654-8871 
VP Finance, Paul Bonfanti (2020), (267) 918-8878 
VP Operations, Christine Krueger (2020), (949) 702-3207
Treasurer, Dave Weber (2020), (650) 793-5770
Secretary, Connie Pursell  (2020), (714) 501-0055
Trustee at large, Jim Bucklin (2021), (949) 533-6957
Trustee at large, Jon Eckhardt (2020), (949) 235-1536
Trustee at large, Janet Lusk (2021), (949) 768-9177
Audio/Visual   Dave Salahi
Aesthetics   Linda Yeargin (949) 481-2620
Building and Grounds  Richard Boote  (949) 870.6424

Building Plans   Lynn Cowan (949) 831-7815
Caring Committee   Linda Yeargin (949) 481-2620
Choir  Melissa Sky-Eagle (949) 581-0245
Citizens Climate Lobby   Debbie and Dave Salahi  (949) 397-9137
Communications  Dave Kinnear (949) 436-0222,  Connie Pursell (714) 501-0055
Committee on Shared Ministry  Denise Legters (949) 839-7246,  Judy Tracy (949) 363-6467, Gary Glass,  Christine Krueger (949) 702-3207
Comprehensive Planning   Dave Kinnear (949) 436-0222
Congregational Nurse  Kathy Spahn (949) 760-9177
Finance   Paul Bonfanti  (267) 918-8878 
Flowers  Connie Pursell (714) 501-0055
Friends of OC Detainees   Peggy Thompson (949) 786-9697
Generosity Sunday   Barb Daly and Nikki Rinderer
Green Sanctuary  Carol Semelroth (949) 249-9795  Bev Huff (949) 837-8156
Greeters   Scott and Jenny Ellsworth  (949) 768-8452

Handcrafters Group   Penny Kinnear (714) 267-2716
Heart of Spirituality   Judith Westerfield (949) 249-8402
Hospitality   Judy Tracy (949) 363-6467
Ladies Brunch   Carol Semelroth (949) 249-9795
Mystery Book Group   Connie Pursell (949) 831-5588
Newsletter Editor  Connie Pursell (949) 501-0055
Nominating Committee  Liz Bear, Damian Snipes, Penny Kinnear, Amanda Wainwright (412) 334-2003
Non-Fiction / History Book Club   Anne Farrell (949) 481-2183  
Religious Education   Jay Lickfett (949) 456-6879 

Scrip/Gift Cards  Penny Kinnear (714) 267-2716
Stewardship   Paul Bonfanti (949) 215-6980
Ushers   Marilyn Schroeder (949) 582-8519
Ways and Means   Kathy Spahn (949) 760-9177,  Sue Dearing (949) 855-6965
Website   Dave Salahi,  Dave Kinnear (949) 436-0222 
Welcome and Membership   Amanda Wainwright (412) 334-2003
Women’s Issues Book Group   Carol Semelroth (949) 249-9795
Women's Rights Action Group  Karen Nichols (949) 951-2501
Worship   Greg Cline  (480) 277-1915 
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