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This was the body of a note sent to the FPCPA community.

As many of you know our sibling church, University AME Zion was vandalized over the Christmas break. While some would like to treat this as a random incident, the fact that it is one of the few and the oldest Black church in Palo Alto, must be acknowledged.

The church has called other congregations together this Sunday for a “Solidarity Sunday” so we are encouraging FPCPA’ers to attend and stay for the entire service rather than leave early for our 10:30 service. While some may need to leave for a variety of reasons, staying for the entire service is a visible and important statement to make in response to the vandalism and in support of the church.

We know that this is last-minute and not everyone will get the notice, so Parish Associate, Rev. Geoff Browning will be at the 10:30 service to hold, prayer and Bible study. If you are involved in worship this Sunday, please watch your inboxes for notes regarding plans for this Sunday.  Early Church will still happen at 8:30 as planned.

Solidarity Sunday
January 5, 2010
University AME Zion
3549 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto, California 94306

Please pass this note along to your networks, email lists, etc. and let’s be part of a public witness that hate and racism have no place in Palo Alto or the world. You can also RSVP to their FACEBOOK EVENT.

Disruptions and our need to respond are rarely convenient, and in the world, as it is today, we may be needed to be more agile than ever.