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Ash Wednesday

The Beginning of the Season of Lent


We travel during the Season of Lent from the ashes of death on Ash Wednesday to

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resurrection life on Easter Sunday. This year Ash Wednesday is on February 14,

Valentine’s Day. The word Lent means “spring.” That forty-day period (not counting

Sundays) begins with Ash Wednesday. It reminds us that before we can be raised with

Christ to new life, we must die to our sinful selves. Why ashes? They are a sign of our

human condition and a reminder of our mortality. They remind us of God’s words in

Genesis 3:19 to Adam after his act of disobedience when God told him, “. . . you are

dust, and to dust you shall return.” Worship scholar Harold Daniels writes, “The ashes

are a reminder to us and our communities of our finite creatureliness. The ashes we

wear on our Lenten journey symbolize the dust and broken debris of our lives as well as the reality that eventually each of us will die.” We are reminded that our possessions, rulers, projects, families, and even our own lives do not last forever. It is the power of the resurrection on the horizon that draws us in repentance and active discipleship toward the cross and empty tomb of Jesus.


This year I encourage you to attend our penitential Ash Wednesday Service before you celebrate Valentine’s Day perhaps later that evening! We’ll gather in the Sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 14, hear a brief homily, and have the opportunity receive the imposition of ashes, and the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper as we begin the Season of Lent and journey towards Easter together.




Craft Day

Help Prepare for the Cambodia Mission Trip

Saturday, February 10; 10 am – 12 pm in Trevitt Hall

Prepare crafts for Agape Int’l Missions Kids club program

Come and be crafty, and bring smiles to victims of sex-trafficking.


Call Phil Dougherty for more information: 415 328-6674 or phildou@comcast.net


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Oscar Season Movies



Join us between now and March 4th (Oscar night) to see some of the ‘contenders’ at local movie theatres. We’ll shoot for late afternoon/early evening movie times so that we can go on to a food venue and enjoy talking about the movie we’ve just seen. (For instance: Rowland Cinema & Moylan’s or Smith Ranch Road & Mulberry Street.) Get in the loop for two months of fun by contacting Carolyn Gerrans at grace624@comcast.net or 415-897-1504.




Mardi Gras Pancake Supper

Tuesday, February 13th


Come join the fun!


ALL families with children newborn through elementary school age are invited to a mask-making!! Worshipful!! Pancake and scrambled eggs supper!! On the 13th, from 5:30pm to 7:30 pm. (regular SEEKers hours) It is a joyful night that young families look forward to each year, and helps us all start off the important season of Lent, as we look toward the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Please rsvp (so we have enough pancakes!!) to Carolyn Gerrans at grace624@comcast.net or 415-897-1504.


VOLUNTEERS PLEASE!! If you don’t have children at home in the above age range, but would like to participate, please contact Carolyn (above) to volunteer your time. Set up starts at 4:30 and clean-up is over at 7:30. Most volunteer positions are for a portion of that timeframe, and you get to enjoy the families enjoying the party. It’s easy and fun.bbMost volunteers return the following year but this year we have some who have moved or are on vacation. Contact Carolyn at above email or phone.



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"WHAT Do Presbyterians Believe?"

This is Pastor Kent's last class before his retirement.  We will tackle a number of topics in the class including our convictions about the following: the Nature of Faith, the Character and Functions of Holy Scripture, the Triune God and God’s work as Creator, Humanity and the Human Condition, the Identity and Saving Work of Jesus Christ, Divine Election in Christ (predestination), Sanctification (spiritual growth) and the Christian Church (including the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper), the Church’s Evangelistic and Social Justice Mission, and Our Future Hope.


As usual, the class will be discussion-oriented and will meet Mondays from 9:30 – 11 a.m. and from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Christensen Room, beginning January 8 and running through March 5 (taking February 18, Presidents’ Day off).







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"God Calls Us into Covenant"



The Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study begins every Sunday at 9:00 A.M. in the Church Library. We end promptly at 10:00 A.M. so everyone can get a cup of coffee before Sunday Worship Services at 10:30 A.M. We would like to invite each of you to attend and study with a vibrant group of both men and women who love to share what they have studied and found interesting in the lesson for that week. 


We will be examining the covenant God makes with the priest Phinehas, and the divine promises are to maintain a perpetual priesthood, forgive the unfaithful, and establish a new covenant with Israel. God seals this covenant of pure grace through Christ as mediator and by writing the law in the hearts of God's people. 


Carol Dacquisto, Study Leader






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Trip to the Holy Land


March 2018


PCN has recently approved Pastor Kent Webber to lead a 2-week+ trip to Israel in partnership with JUC as part of our Pastor-Parishoner Program. Why consider such travel under the auspices of Jerusalem University College rather than with a “regular” tour company with an informed tour guide? This is a more academic approach with the instructor speaking about the geographic and archeological significance of specific sites. JUC instructors will take us to archeological rather than pilgrimage sites. It is more about learning and less about tourism. Pilgrimage sites may have little or no historical foundation, whereas archeological sites show evidence that human occupation took place there in support of the biblical narrative. A second difference is that our tour “instructor” from JUC will be a Ph.D. or at minimum at Ph.D. candidate in biblical studies, i.e. a scriptural scholar. Though we are not likely to spend much time in a JUC classroom, the campus is located on Mt. Zion near the first-century Essene Gate into the Holy City! An additional difference between traveling with JUC vs. a tour company is that JUC’s accommodations, though clean and comfortable are not luxurious.


Our plan is to depart on or about Sunday, March 11 and return on or about Sunday March 25 (Palm/Passion Sunday). The cost of the trip, including airfare will be approximately $4,500. If you want to add a 3-day extension and tour sites in neighboring Jordan, the cost will be approximately $5,500. Those staying for the added time in Jordan would fly home on Tuesday March 27. These approximate costs include everything but personal expenses, gifts, special excursions (on free days) and a few meals.


For more information, please contact Pastor Kent Webber at pastor@pcnovato.org






Women's Bible Study 

Gospel of Luke

Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Christensen Room


We are currently studying the Gospel of Luke. Chapter 11 continues to follow Jesus on His journey to Jerusalem. We find Luke’s summary of The Lord’s Prayer followed both by a lesson about prayer itself and what it takes to have prayers answered. The chapter continues with an incident in which Jesus heals a demonized man who is mute including the incredulous responses of the religious leaders to Jesus’ act of love. In this teaching, there is a lesson on spiritual warfare and the nature of demons themselves.  This is followed by a teaching on the Jewish leaders’ need for a “sign” that Jesus is in fact the Messiah.


Lastly, Luke records an event in which Jesus is invited to a Pharisee’s home for a meal.  During the meal, Jesus severely reproves the Pharisees and scribes at the dinner for their hatred and persecution of those who witness against their wickedness. His words are not well received by His hosts who strengthen their evil cabal against Jesus.


We’d love to include you as we explore and discuss these teachings. We believe you will find it to be a life-changing experience. Please join us soon.


Come along with us as we travel the path to Jerusalem with Jesus. You may find - as we have - that you’ve embarked on a life-changing journey. 


Carol Dacquisto, Elaine Harris and Melodie Baird
Study Leaders 



Youth Group's Schedule



Middle School WIRED Club - Meet's Tuesday's from 2:40-4:15


Join us to kick off our weekly Wired Club.  Wired Club is a fun weekly event for middle schoolers to build strong relationships with healthy peers, caring adults and a loving God. Each week we share a tasty snack, beta test our best games and engage in small group conversations. This is a great opportunity for teens to bring friends (whatever their faith perspective). Everyone is welcome and will have a great experience.

We know that different schools finish at different times so your teens are welcome to join us whenever their school day ends!


Hope to see you there! 


February Schedule:

  • 10th @10am prepare crafts for Cambodia Mission Team

  • 11th 6 - 8 pm Youth Group & Mission Team Bake Sale on Sunday morning.
  • 17 - 18th, LOG (Love of God) Team Overnight / Starts 6 pm on 17th.
  • 18th 4:00-7:45 pm Black Panther Movie Night
  • NUSD Ski Week 19-23



Looking Ahead:


  • 2nd – 4th Love Of God (LOG) Student led retreat for high-schoolers
  • 11th  6 - 8 pm Youth Group
    • 11th - Mission Team Meeting- 10:15am $200 due
  • 18th 6 - 8 pm Youth Group
  • 23-24th 30 Hour Famine
  • 24th Stop Hunger Now 1-2pm
  • 25th  6 - 8 pm Youth Group


  • 1st Easter No Youth Group
  • 1st -6th Marin Catholic Break
  • 8thYouth Group Activity TDB with Student Leadership
    • April 8th- Social Fellowship Mixers Fundraisers will begin
  • 9th – 13th NUSD Break
  • 15th 6 - 8 pm Youth Group
    • 21st - Vendor Sale Fundraiser (Set up on 20th)
  • 22nd  6 - 8 pm Youth Group
  • 28th - 29th All Church Camp - An intergenerational weekend at Westminster Woods!!!!!!  


  • 6th  6 - 8 pm Youth Group
  • 13th Mother's Day No Youth Group
    • 13th—Mission Team Training- 10:30-2:30pm
  • 20th 6 - 8 pm Youth Group
  • 27th 6 - 8 pm Youth Group


  • 3rd Pool Parties
  • 10thFirst Summer Youth Group
    • 10th remaining mission team balances due
  • 11th-15th VBS Vacation Bible School (Probable) *Service Hours available
  • 17th Father’s Day No Youth Group


July 9th - 16th - Mission Trip to Panama!

Youth Group Schedule


6:00 - 6:30 - Combined Dinner with JAMAA and Wired Groups

6:30 - 6:45 - Announcements

6:45 - 7:20 - Middle School Game Playing / High School Small Group with Jeff

7:20 - 7:55 - Middle School Small Group with Jeff / High School Game Playing

7:55 - 8:00 - Closing and Benediction

8:00 - 8:15 - Student Leaders  meet with David Mink

8:15 - 8:30 - Adult Leaders meet with Jeff



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A mid-week ministry for children at PCN  

Join Us, Every Tuesday


On Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm,  Seekers will give students the opportunity to experience the all-embracing love of God in a community striving to live out the teachings of Jesus.  Bible Study, games, crafts, family style dinner and worship are all key components to a ministry designed to connect kids to God.   For more information, or for scholarship requests, please contact: Sally Carbonaro, Director of Children’s Ministries at childrensministry@pcnovato.org or 415-897-6152.
Please download the Registration Form and the Liability Release Form.




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