I was thinking of my friend Jack Briscoe the other day. Through Jack’s leadership, our congregation was one of the founding members of an organization called COPA. This stands for — Communities Organized forr Relational Power in Action. COPA has done important work in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties creating change and improving the quality of life for us all. On September 30 they will be celebrating a 15 year anniversary with a convention at Sherwood Hall from 3 pm to 5 pm.  A special focus will be on the four issues areas of Health Care, Housing, Immigration, Mental Health and Addiction. 
I told one of the COPA leaders that I would try to bring 12 people from our church. You see, numbers are important because numbers communicate to elected officials. And COPA intends to bring out elected city, county, and state officials. COPA ‘s goal is to bring out a 1000 people to this convention. 
This is an opportunity to put our faith to practice. Will you join me at this convention? It would make Jack happy.

A Tongan Wedding

This is a busy week. There is a lot going on. The major event is the wedding of Uinisa Nai this Saturday. It is such a joy to watch someone who has grown up in our congregation — going to Sunday school and youth group — singing in the choir — taking the offering — and serving in the food line — grow into such a lovely young woman. Our prayers and best wishes are with you Sa and Sione and with your families as well.
Coming September 6, Soup Supper at 6 PM in the Red Room. We are starting up again with our popular monthly gatherings. The meal is a simple soup and bread dinner. The topic for this September meeting is Blue Zones. These are areas around the world where people live longer and healthier lives. They share certain traits in common. Salinas Memorial Hospital is exploring with the larger community what Blue Zones are and how Salinas could become one. Come and learn more.
Are you interested in a study and discussion group on poverty? Karla and I are working with some other community leaders on a study of a book called — Bridges Out of Poverty. This is a fascinating book on the skills, knowledge, and support needed in order to move out of poverty. Starting in September we will lead a 4 week study and discussion on this excellent book. The group will meet on every other Monday morning at 9 AM, place to be determined. Let me know if you would be interested in joining this study.
Blessings my friends,

Pastor Steve Lundin