Archive | March 2019

2019 Easter Season

April and Easter Season Worship Services

April 7  Earth Day Celebration. Rev. Karen Hastings-Flegel will preach her sermon based on Job 12:4-10; Psalm 104. Holy Communion will be served. Worship includes prayers, poems, liturgy, art, and special music by Earth Care Team and Congregation.

April 14  Palm Sunday
Luke 19: 28-40; Sermon title: “The Stones Cry Out”. A procession with palms will open the worship service. Enjoy special music.

April 18 Maundy Thursday 6:00 PM
John 13: 1-17; Sermon Title: “Washing Feet, Touching Hearts” Potluck supper with Communion. Worship with special music following, all in the Oak Room.

Maundy Thursday will be observed in a different way this year—all in the Oak Room. Our meal will be include Communion which will be celebrated as part of the meal. Each table will have its own Communion service. Please sign up for the potluck and let the planners know you will be there so we can setup appropriately.

April 21 Easter Sunday, John 20: 11-18; Sermon title: “Seeing Him Through Tears” Bring flowers for the living cross. Enjoy special music with the choirs and featuring guest trumpeter, Steve Gileno. An Easter egg hunt will be held for the children

April 28 Luke 24: 13-35; Sermon title: “Burning Hearts” will be based on Luke 24: 13-35.







This entry was posted on March 29, 2019.

Grace Offers Free Day Retreat on Sat. April 27

Veterans and newcomers to Grace Retreats are welcome to attend. The conversation will be led by the retreat team, including Pastor Emeritus Charie Reid.

Stress and its effects are a modern day plague. Retreat activities will focus on enhancing wellness and reducing anxiety. There will be a variety of individual, as well as small and large group experiences which will include meditation and journaling, sacred reading, mandalas, quiet, contemplative walking and more.

Take home handouts will complement the experience and enable participants to further their personal explorations once they leave the retreat.

Grace Church is pleased to offer these retreats to the public including our Rossmoor friends and neighbors. To register to attend, sign up in the Narthex,  email
and provide your contact information, or call 925-935-2100.

Please RSVP by April 17, 2019. Please bring a friend with you to experience a relaxed and uplifting experience.


This entry was posted on March 29, 2019.

Chromatica Choral Group in Concert on May 4, 2019

Chromatica sings the world premiere of Garrop’s “O Time”.

 Chromatica, the popular Danville chorus, will perform the world premiere of Stacy Garrop’s “O Time”. Commissioned by Chromatica, “O Time” is a series of three movements based upon poetry by Yeats, Milton and Van Dyke. The concerts will be at 7pm on April 27 at Peace Lutheran Church on Camino Tassajara in Danville, at 4pm on April 28 at St. Perpetua’s on Hamlin Road in Lafayette and at 7pm on March 4 at Grace Presbyterian on Tice Valley Boulevard in Walnut Creek. Tickets for the Danville concert include a wine reception.

Stacy Garrop graduated from Monte Vista High School in Danville and now lives in Chicago. In her junior year at Monte Vista, her music theory teacher told her to go home and write a piece of music. “It was like this door opened that had always been shut” says Stacy. “So after that I just started writing more and more pieces”. Garrop writes for orchestras, choirs and chamber groups. Her music is lyrical and accessible. She is currently working on her first opera.

Garrop has been commissioned by such notable groups as Chanticleer, the Kronos Quartet, the St. Louis Symphony and the San Francisco Choral Society among many others. She recently received the 2019 American Academy of Arts and Letters award. For more information about Stacy Garrop, visit

Chromatica performed Garrop’s Sorel Medallion-winning “Love’s Philosophy” in 2017, a piece based on the poetry of Shelley, Keats, Coleridge and Byron. It liked the piece so much that it decided to commission a piece uniquely for Chromatica.

 Chromatica’s April and May concerts are based on the theme of time. In addition to Garrop’s “O Time”, the concerts will include works by Brahms, Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland and many others. It includes music originally performed by Cyndi Lauper and Chicago. The program is eclectic and has something for everyone.

Says founding music director David Huff: “Stacy Garrop has been a joy to work with. She is very supportive and has helped us even from afar with suggestions and comments on rehearsal recordings. This world premiere is the first, but far from the last, that Chromatica will perform. O Time is a stellar choral work that we have enjoyed rehearsing. I think audiences will love it”.

About Chromatica:

Chromatica is noted for the extraordinary range of its repertoire from the 12th to the 21st century and in genre from classical to contemporary. Through the generosity of donors Chromatica has been able to commission this unique piece and to perform its world premiere.

Chromatica was founded in 2011 and now includes 32 men and women singers. It has performed eleven prior series of ticketed concerts in the East Bay, attracting large and enthusiastic audiences. Led by David P. Huff, an outstanding director and operatic tenor who has sung both in New York and San Francisco and accompanied by the exceptional pianist, Julie Rieth, it seeks to perform challenging pieces at a high level of professionalism.

Ticket information:

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and children 10 and under are admitted free. For concert tickets and more information about Chromatica, visit our website at Tickets for all concerts are also available at the door. For a more personal look you can find Chromatica on Facebook.


This entry was posted on March 29, 2019.