February 2018

Jim's Reflection

Printed on the back of our Order of Worship, and highlighted on our church website, is our church's Vision Statement. It states "Who We Are," and was the result of a long process of  listening and reflecting. The statement is one we should continually refer to, because it holds before us what we are called to be as a church. It also is a great goal for us to keep pressing toward, because the more we live out this vision, the more the Orinda Community Church will reflect the Spirit of God.

As we step into the next year, here are a few ways that we  can (and will) make our vision more of a reality.

We are moved by the grace of God to walk together on life's journey, caring deeply for one another.
We need more people who will be willing to serve on one of our Care Teams. You, along with others on your team, will serve for three different months during the year. Primary tasks will include checking in on folks, writing cards, and delivering meals when needed. If interested, talk to Rev. Jim BB.

We offer stirring, thought-provoking worship in an atmosphere of diversity, spontaneity and gratitude.
We will continue to work on making our time of worship a  space for God to speak and move. And one thing to look forward to in the next several months will be some guest preachers, who will bring different voices to the pulpit.

We are enriched by music and the arts.
The Art Wall has been blessed with the paintings of George Wahbeh, and a new exhibit will be up soon. Our choir and soloists continue to move us. And we will be adding book studies and a God of Film series in the upcoming year.

We work to become active instruments of mercy and justice in the world.
We are presently hosting Winter Nights. We have a Food Bank sorting trip later in the month. And Justice and Mercy is  working to find more opportunities for us to plug in and serve.

We are unafraid of change, challenge and controversy.
In the months ahead, we will be having conversations around what is next for us as a congregation - as this will help determine our staffing model and the formation of our Associate Minister position. The hope is that these discussions will be filled with honesty, openness, and love.

We cherish our children, and we know them each by name.
As we continually work to improve our Sunday School and Youth Group programing, we are lucky to have a committed Children and Youth Committee. A couple needs:
1.) people willing to help with teaching, or helping teach, on Sunday mornings, and 2.) a commitment to pray for, and get to know, the children of our church;

We are creative, resourceful and open-minded. We honor the beauty and integrity of God's creation.
A full 2nd Hour Forum series has been planned for the next several months, with many ways to engage our minds and spirits. And plans are being made for an Earth Day 2nd Hour Forum, and a couple other events.

We have fun.
This happens often - which is a great gift! We have a potluck coming up, lunches planned, and many times to be together that you'll be hearing more about.

I am grateful that we are a church that is living into our vision, and I am grateful for the chance to work with you to keep making this vision a reality. If you have dreams, passions,  and ideas for how the Orinda Community Church can keep moving in the direction that we set before us, please be in  touch.

Wishing you God's Peace,