October 2018

Dear Friends,

I am excited about the many good things happening here at Orinda Community Church. Here are a few updates, and reports on what is not listed in the Neighbor below...

Day of Discovery

Thanks to those of you who stayed after church a week ago for our "Day of Discovery." I heard from many of you that you had wanted to be there, but other plans conflicted. We had a good afternoon of discussion, and thinking of next steps, and the following were named as priorities for the next year or two:

A much better social media presence (website with links, blogs, podcasts, etc.; use of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and more; ability to stream our services live, and have video of our worship services available)

Better integration of congregational care
(Parish Callers, Care Team, etc.) and systems that allow us to care for one another.

More ways for us to get to know each other and be together as an intergenerational community

Keep working to have worship services more accommodating and incorporating of kids, youth, and those who are new to church; and to offer other worship services at different times in the months.

Don't stop working to build programs that support the youth and families of our area -
even if it means doing things outside of the walls of O.C.C.

Keep placing priority on service and justice ministries, and find ways that we can be an active presence with the agencies we support - and celebrate the good work that is being done both through the church, and the work of our church members.

Stewardship

There is much good to keep us moving forward, and seeking to be the church God calls us to be. And starting this month, we will kick off our Annual Stewardship Campaign, as well as celebrate our Annual Oktoberfest and Fundraiser.

The call on the church, and us as Christians, is to be kind, compassionate, generous, and concerned for others in need. To give of ourselves. To give generously of what we have. And to make a difference. Our giving is a response to God's purpose at work in individuals and the community as a whole. We are agents of transformation, as we work to extend health and wholeness to a broken and hurting world. I continue to be energized by the chances we have to do this together, as we share our resources, ideas, and talents.

Special Worship and Music

On Sunday, October 14, our 10:00 a.m. worship service will take place in the Fellowship Hall. I will be joined by the musicians who led "The God Experiment" in Berkeley (who also perform at Freight and Salvage and lead worship at Congregation B'nai Tikvah). This special event will incorporate a variety of forms of worship and types of music. You won't want to miss
this worship service designed for all ages. Donuts, juice, and coffee will be out and ready at 9:45 a.m., so don't be late J

On Sunday, October 28, 10:00 a.m., our church choir will present Bach's Cantata #80, Ein Feste Burg, in our Sanctuary (more information in the Neighbor below). We hope you will invite a friend or two to this special event, and invite them to stay for our Oktoberfest as well. This promises to be a very special morning!

Looking forward to all that is ahead of us,

Jim