Passover 2014

Passover 2013 © Erin Dunigan

Passover 2013 © Erin Dunigan

Bob Wolf, Ron de Jong Passover 2013

Bob Wolff, Ron de Jong Passover 2013

The 2nd Annual  La Misión Passover Seder will be held on Tuesday, April 15th.

Reservations are required for this sit-down pot-luck meal.  The traditional service led by Bob Wolff and Ron de Jong will include reading of the Hagadah La Misión/Not-Church style, of course.

We will be following the Maxwell House Haggadah (provided upon arrival) and will begin PROMPTLY so please be on time.

Some Passover foods also will be provided, but this is a Potluck, so please bring a dish for 10 to share and a bottle of wine. (There’s a lot of wine-drinking at Passover.)

As this is Pesach, please AVOID bringing a dish that uses LEAVEN (no bread, no flour, no pasta) – meat or veggie dishes are great.  There are guidelines below whether you want to go traditional or not.

seder-platePassover Food Guidelines
Food for Passover should include no pork or shellfish and no mixing of dairy and meat in the same dish. Food should have no leavening (bread, flour, pasta, baking powder, baking soda), or any grain based products other than Passover Matzo.

More than any other Jewish holiday, eating is a big part of Passover and every family has favorite dishes and their own personal style.  Here are some links that provide some background and food ideas:

Seder Plate Explained
Traditional Passover Recipes
The Shiksa’s Passover Potluck
Passover Food – Background & Recipes
Spinach with Pine Nuts Casserole
Mock Chopped Liver

Contact Erin Dunigan for reservations.  Time and location of the seder will be emailed to you with your confirmation.  We hope to see you!

Busy December!

La Misión Holiday Celebration 2013

La Misión Holiday Celebration 2013

December was a busy month for Not-Church!

Ross’s music, Anna’s meditation (see here), and Marty Harriman were a few of the highlights at the gathering on the 8th.  Erin went to Africa and managed a stopover in Johannesburg timed perfectly to attend the Nelson Mandela memorial!  She returned just in time for the annual La Misión Holiday Celebration, a little jet-lagged, but inspired.  Spirits shone brightly and the barn was packed despite the much-needed downpour.  The chorus, led by Gene entertained, Cruz’ “love candle” warmed hearts, and a visit from Santa thrilled the kids big and small.  Thanks to Cindi and Bill for opening the Rancho and to Tom for organizing this favorite annual event and to everyone who sang and participated and cooked and shared.

Jack Haeger

Jack Haeger

Sadly, we lost a dear member of our community with the passing of Jack Haegar, who will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.  Our hearts embrace his wife, Janice Patten, daughter Kimberly and their family.

We hope you all had a joyous holiday season with friends and family and we look forward to seeing you in 2014.


Compassion Il-GuercinoSeptember 8, 2013

Erin said it best…What a ‘blessing’ to share our time together as we explored ‘compassion.’   “Wow.”  It was another really great, inspiring Not Church.

Erin’s sermon was fantastic.  She’s recreated it here in case you missed it.

And here is a link to the Inspirations page where you will find excerpts from Kathy, Ron, Teena, Molly & Arthur.  Unfortunately, we haven’t yet arranged to record our gatherings, so we don’t have a sampling of Ross’s awesome selections. But keep checking back…

The next Not Church gathering will be Sunday, October 13th.


Now I Become Myself

Leza LowitzAwakenings was the theme for August’s gathering.  We had many requests for the inspiring poem Jerry Bonanno shared.  Author, Leza Lowitz is also an expat, but she lives in Japan,writes & teaches yoga…You can find the full poem and learn more about her here