Midweek Message

LatinX Heritage Month

Carolyn Matthews

September 22, 2023

We are in the midst of Latinx Heritage month which began on September 15 and goes through October 15. There will be a special coffee hour on October 8 in recognition of this time. A book display table can be found in the Narthex as well a poster acknowledging “25 Trailblazers with Hispanic Heritage.” Below are short bios of a couple of the people found on the poster.


Mario José Molina Henríquez (1943-2020) was a physical chemist. He played a pivotal role in the discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole, and was a co-recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his role in discovering the threat to the Earth’s ozone layer from chlorofluorocarbon gases.


Dr. Henriquez began his studies at the University of California at Berkeley in 1968, where he would obtain his PhD in physical chemistry. Throughout his years at Berkeley, he participated in various research projects such as the study of molecular dynamics using chemical lasers and investigation of the distribution of internal energy in the products of chemical and photochemical reactions. In his career, Molina held research and teaching positions at University of California, Irvine, California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California, San Diego, and the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Molina was also Director of the Mario Molina Center for Energy and Environment in Mexico City. Molina was a climate policy advisor to the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto.


Ellen Ochoa (1958)  was born on May 10, 1958, in Los Angeles, California. Selected by NASA in 1990, Ochoa became the world’s first Hispanic female astronaut in 1991. She graduated from Grossmont High School in La Mesa, California, in 1975, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from San Diego State University in 1980. She then went on to attend Stanford University, where she received a Master of Science degree and Doctorate in electrical engineering. She is also the co-inventor of three patents for optical engineering systems. Ellen was interested in space exploration as a girl. NASA hired its first women astronauts when she was studying physics in college in the 1970’s. Ellen saw the astronaut program as a way of combining her interest in research and engineering with space exploration.


Here is a short list of books, some of which will be on display: 2023 Book List for LatinX Heritage


Upcoming Events and Schedule Changes


Sunday Adult Bible Study Class – The class will not meet this Sunday for homecoming.  On October 1, the class will join with the discussion to share thoughts about Lakeshore signing the Apartheid-Free Pledge. A vote will not be taken at the time, but the purpose is to get a sense of where the congregation is at in this process. The goal is to come to community consensus around the pledge, so bring any questions, concerns or hopes you have. If you are unable to come, please share your thoughts with one of the pastors by Oct 1.


September 30 – 9:00 am – LABC Reads (Tom Lake, by Ann Patchett)


September 30 – Seafarer’s Ministry of the Golden Gate Pancake Breakfast, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm.


October 28 – Harvest Festival and Halloween Parade – the event starts at 10:00 am. If you are able to help please let Pastor Carolyn know (details will be in the October Transmitter).


Weekly Events

Saturday, September 23 (ZOOM)

10:00 AM – Time for Prayer


Sunday, September 24 (If you can help with 8:30 am set up for homecoming, please contact Paige Bence)

10:00 AM – Worship (In person, ZOOM, livestream)

LABC Homecoming Celebration after worship


Tuesday, September 26

6:00 PM – Bible Study (ZOOM)


Wednesday, September 27

10:30 AM – Prayer and Bible Study (ZOOM)


Thursday, September 28

6:00 PM – Handbell Ensemble Practice

7:00 PM – Voices of Lakeshore Practice


Lakeshore ZOOM Information

Online: https://zoom.us/j/8599095914
Dial-in: 1 669 900 9128

Meeting ID: 859 909 5914
Password: 192833

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