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AFTER-SCHOOL TUTORING MEETS on WEDNESDAYS 4-5 PM beginning January 24
Sponsored by the Board of Mission, After School Tutoring serves children from Pilgrim Park and provides support and tutoring as they complete their school homework assignments. About 3-4 children attended Wednesdays in November and December in the Oak Room. We are definitely in need of more tutors to help staff this vital program. If you are able to tutor, please see Lucinda Ray.
Our January movie tells the true story of Seretse Khama, heir to the throne of Bechuanaland (then a British protectorate, now the nation of Botswana.) In 1947, while he was a graduate student at Oxford, he met and fell in love with Ruth Williams, a white office worker. When he announced their intention to marry, the British Government, afraid that an offended South Africa would cut off their supply of gold and uranium, launched a 20-year campaign of lies and dirty tricks to keep Khama from taking his position as leader of his people.
Much to their surprise, Khama was just as smart and sophisticated as they were in fighting to achieve both his marriage and his birthright. His 20 year campaign to outsmart the British, and his subsequent success in leading his nation through a peaceful transition to democracy and prosperity is an important piece of 20th century history that is virtually unknown in the USA.
“A United Kingdom” stars David Oyelowo (MLK in “Selma”) and Rosamond Pike (Oscar-nominated for “Gone Girl”.) It was directed by Amma Asante (“Belle”) and is based on the book Colour Bar by Susan Williams.
Oyelowo, in a virtuoso performance, shows us [Khama] the real-life figure – not as a bloodless idea, but as a morally responsible human being, done in a way that seems both timely and timeless. It’s a tender love story that never goes soft on its provocations. It’s a defiant cry from the heart.”
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
The First Congregational Church of San Rafael – Mission Board is happy to provide dinners for homeless Marin County women during this year’s 2017-2018 Winter REST Program.
FCCSR Team will be feeding 20 homeless women with their Staff, at the Marin Health and Wellness Campus Lobby, 3240 Kerner Blvd in San Rafael. The FCCSR Team we will prepare food and bring everything needed for a hot, nutritional and tasty meal for the homeless women guests. We also will eat and chat together with our guests before we clean up. It all begins with set up at 5:30pm of the tables, chairs, place settings and buffet table. The women guests will be at the center and ready to be served by 6:00pm, we eat with them and then we clean up the dishes. We are usually done by 7:30 PM. Our REST Dinner dates are on the following Monday nights.
Monday Feb 12
Monday Mar 12
Monday April 9
We can use your help with table set up, food dishes (we can also pick up any dish/item you make/donate prior to 5:30, if needed), food serving, and clean up. Any donation of food, help or time you can offer is appreciated.
If you can help be part of our REST FCCSR Meal Makers, please contact the church office 415 479-2747 with dates you are available to help and in what way (set up, main dish, salad or side dish, desert, or goodie bags etc.). If you have a certain dish you would like to make please include that info in your message. Jackie Derma can also answer any questions and help pick up any donations.
(Note: Due to scheduling problems this is the slightly-delayed “February” Movie Night. Our regular March movie night will be Friday March 30.) The newsrooms big city newspapers have always provided a stage for great drama, and perhaps the endangered status of newspapers in the age of the internet explains the upsurge of terrific newspaper movies in recent years.
Arguably the best of the recent newsroom dramas is “Spotlight” which won the Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay Oscars for 2015. (It was also recently in the news again, when one of its central characters, Cardinal Bernard Law, disgraced ex-Archbishop of Boston, died in Rome in December.)
“Spotlight” tells the story of an investigative unit at The Boston Globe that set out to report on what they thought was a single rogue priest whose history of child abuse was being covered-up by the church. They persisted in their investigation despite efforts by most of Boston’s establishment to shut them down. By the time they published, a year later, they had lifted the lid on a self-inflicted wound to Catholicism that is still not fully resolved.
Interestingly, “Spotlight” was written and directed by Tom McCarthy, who was previously known for small, thoughtful dramas like “The Station Agent” and “the Visitor” (both of which we’ve seen on Movie Night) and who is Catholic and a graduate of Boston College.
The movie celebrates a specific professional accomplishment and beautifully captures the ethos of journalism. It is also a defense of professionalism in a culture that increasingly holds it in contempt. Everything in this movie works, which is only fitting, since its vision of heroism involves showing up in the morning and — whether inspired by bosses or in spite of them — doing the job.” A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Join us for a fun concert of traditional and contemporary Irish music by vocalist Shannon Warto and Violinist Catherine John.
All proceeds will benefit Every Dollar Feeds Kids, Which has been feeding, educating and empowering the poorest of the poor in Morales, Mexico since 1999. Suggested donation $20.