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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Jazz & Ragtime at First Church!

Brian Holland, pianist, Danny Coots, drummer and guest bassist Sam Rocha will play a free concert of jazz, ragtime and show tunes in Loper Chapel, Tues., Aug. 28 at 7 pm.

Admission is free, with donations accepted. For more info, contact Ron or Mary Loar.

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Thanks, Richard!

The Ministry of Care, Fellowship & Invitation would like to express gratitude to Richard Brabham who has been a regular “after party” soup provider since First Church was “in diaspora” at Congregation Beth El. Richard must step down as a soup maker while he takes on new responsibilities as Council President of the Northern California Nevada Conference/UCC. We will miss his delicious soups of which there were many varieties! Here is the recipe for the most recent soup made by Richard. 

Gazpacho (makes 8 servings) 


3 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped (about 3 cups)

1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped (about 2 cups)

1 red bell pepper, seeded, and chopped (about 1 cup)

1 medium onion, chopped ( about 11⁄4 cups)

3 cups canned tomato juice (or V-8 or Spicy V-8)

2 tablespoons fresh herbs (such as tarragon, thyme, or parsley), chopped

1⁄4 cup red wine vinegar

2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped

2 tablespoons tomato paste

Juice of 1⁄2 lemon

Kosher salt

Cayenne pepper

1 cup croutons, to garnish


  1. In a bowl, reserve 2 tablespoons each of the tomato, cucumber, pepper and onion to garnish.
  2. In the food processor or blender, puree the remaining ingredients (except the croutons) until smooth, adjusting the seasoning to taste with lemon juice, salt, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Cover and chill thoroughly, at least 3 hours but preferably overnight. Adjust the consistency as desired with water. Serve in chilled bowls garnished with the reserved vegetables and croutons.

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Deckers’ Swim Party

Come to the Deckers’ Swim Party at Jack and Diana’s (94 Brookfield Dr., Moraga) on Sat., Aug. 25. Swimming at 3:30 pm; dinner at 5:30 pm.

Bring your swim things (and your coat!) and something to share for dinner. The hosts will provide the main course. 

RSVP to Diana with whether you are bringing an appetizer, salad or dessert. If you want some place to sit, please bring
a chair. 

The Deckers is a fellowship group of folks mainly in their 60s and 70s. All are welcome!