Community Highlights

Coming Up at Saratoga Federated

Coming Up at SFC

November 28, 2021

Mask Mandate - Effective Now

Santa Clara county has issued a mask mandate for indoor gatherings. Until further notice, masks are required at our Sunday gathering in the Sanctuary, and at anytime while you are indoors on our campus. If you forget to bring a mask, we will provide one for you. We appreciate your cooperation as we continue to prioritize the health of our community.


SFC Giving Tree Up Now

Bring joy this Christmas to a child in San Jose or Oakland. Pull a tag from the tree in the back of the Sanctuary or sign up online and print the instructions to get a tag. Gifts this year are going to the Points of Light program in Oakland, Cityteam in San Jose and Servant Partners in San Jose. You can provide as many gifts as you choose. Gifts should be approximately $25 in value and of the same quality you would give your own children or grandchildren. All gifts are due back to Saratoga Federated Church no later than no later than December 12 so that they can be sorted and distributed to our charity partners.


Light Up SFC - Week of November 21

Let's be a light on a hill for the Village of Saratoga. Beginning after church on Sunday, November 21 until Wednesday November 24 we need volunteers to help us string Christmas lights and decorate the church. Sign up here for volunteer slots or contact Jerry Bruce for more information.


Interfaith Thanksgiving Service - November 25

The 56th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, that is sponsored by the Saratoga Ministerial Association, will be held online on Thursday, November 25, at 10:00 am. This year's service will be hosted by Westhope Presbyterian Church (www.westhopepres.org). You can join the online service here.


Baby Dedications - December 19

We will have baby dedications on Sunday, December 19 at the 9:30 and 11:00 am worship services. If you would like to begin the process of having your child dedicated, please contact Robyn Swan.


Village Preschool Applications

Village Preschool is now accepting applications for fall of 2022. With over 50 years experience, Village Preschool helps to build the foundation for future school success. Click here for a virtual tour. You can email them here.


Federated Family Opt-In

We are asking everyone who wishes to receive the Federated Family newsletter to "opt-in" with their correct email and/or mailing address. If you wish to receive (or continue to receive) the quarterly newsletter, please click here and let us know.


Adult Ministry - Life Groups

To join a Life Group, please contact Olivia DCosta or visit our Life Groups page.


Youth Ministry

Middle School Youth Group meets Sundays from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, and High School Youth Group meets Sundays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. All students have dinner together from 6:30 to 7:00 pm. Meet in LifeHouse. Contact Malia Clark for more information.


Winter Weekend @ Mount Hermon | January 7 - 9

Registration for Winter Weekend is open now! A handful of students from our group are already registered. If you'd like to go, we can make sure you are in a cabin with other LifeHousers. Though this is not an official LifeHouse event, it's a great opportunity to have a blast and grow spiritually through the programs offered at Mount Hermon.


Childrens Ministry

Join us on Sundays at 9:30 or 11:00 am for in-person Kids Church. Nursery through pre-k will meet in the nursery and kindergarten through fifth grade will meet on the playground. Please send us a message to let us know if your child(ren) are joining us so we can plan for them. Contact Jill Okamura or Robyn Swan to get connected.


Family Advent Gathering - November 28

On Sunday, November 28, families are invited to join Childrens Ministry between services for light refreshments, hot cocoa/cider, fellowship, and crafts on the playground. Bring your family’s advent wreath base to decorate; if you don’t have a base, we will have some extras. We will also have an advent activity jar for the children to decorate and stuff with activity prompts for the season. Lastly, we’ll have copies of the church devotional so you can jump right into Advent. If you and your infant/toddler have not yet experienced our nursery, please consider introducing your child to our staff and space during this time.  


SFC Mobile Giving - Text to Give*

Text saratogafc to 77977 (from a smartphone or tablet) as displayed below:

To: 77977

Message: saratogafc


You’ll receive a text message with a link to the SFC PushPay webpage. On the webpage, you will fill in your unique information, including name and bank information, one time. Bookmark this webpage for future access.


* When you send “saratogafc” to 77977 you will receive a one-time reply containing a link to give to Saratoga Federated Church (1msg/request). Please be aware that message and data rates may apply. For full terms and conditions, please visit https://pushpay.com/terms. For the privacy policy, please visit https://pushpay.com/privacy. For help, reply HELP or STOP to cancel.


If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Bruce.


Do You Need Prayer?

Our Care Ministry is confidential. The person being prayed for must give permission before their name and need is shared with others. Please include your name, the name of the person needing prayer and indicate their permission to distribute the request to the prayer team. Email your prayer requests or submit through the online web form

BEREAVEMENTS

We celebrate the live of Joan Miner who died November 5.

Kathy & Jim Jenke (daughter & son-in-law)

Kyle & Anna Jenke (grandson & spouse)

Libby Jenke & Scott DeMarchi (granddaughter & spouse)

Jack Jenke (grandson)

Buckett & Harlan Jenke (great-grandsons)

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 2 at 1:30 pm

in the Sanctuary followed by a reception on the courtyard.


We celebrate the life of Mary Henderson who died in August 2021.

Doug Henderson, Don Henderson, Devin Henderson, DJ Henderson (sons)