Aging as a Spiritual Practice
The inevitability of aging, and entering new phases of life, is something
that every person faces. Over the course of the next year, Rev. Jim and Rev. Elizabeth will be leading conversations that come out of the book “Aging as a Spiritual Practice”. These discussions will be held over the lunch hour (on a weekday once a month, starting in September), and also another time (TBD).
There are several copies of the book in the church library that you can buy, or pick one up on your favorite device. And sessions will be designed so you can participate even if you haven’t read.
Please bring $5 for the lunch.
Two suggested prompts:.
1. Mix up your genres! If you are writing prose, try adding a segment of poetry into the prose or, vice versa, if you are writing a poem, consider adding in a little prose section.
2. Add social and/or historical context to a personal reflection. What was happening in the larger world during a time that something significant was happening in your life? Movies? Political events?
Natural phenomenon, disasters? Advertising jingles? Celebrity weddings? Adding such details can reveal a lot to the reader about the world in which you were living and having your own experiences.
Contact Elizabeth for writing samples from Michael Ondaatje's Running in the Family.
Think you'd like to understand more about membership and how to become involved? Want to hear more about the clergy, understand the church's history and vision, and get to know others here at O.C.C.?
Do you like free breakfast?
Please join us for a 2-session Inquirer's Gathering Sunday Oct. 6 and Oct. 13, 8:30-9:45 a.m., Fireside Room. Light breakfast treats will be provided.
Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, by Jimmy Carter
Lifelong Learning and Spiritual Formation will offer a couple sessions this upcoming fall that address issues facing the Middle East. We will begin with a discussion of Jimmy Carter’s book, which is a good primer on the Israel and Palestine conflict. There are several copies of the book in the library and narthex.
Walnut Creek Civic Park Gazebo
Register: 1:00 p.m.
Walk: 1:30 p.m. (3k or 4.5 k)
Let's fight against hunger together!
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events that bring people together in a common mission: helping hungry people at home and around the world. Please let Leslie know if you are attending (email@example.com).
The auction will feature FEASTS (theme dinner parties, picnics, brunches) ADVENTURES (condos at the beach, museum tours, frequent flier miles), SERVICES (airport transportation, music lessons, wine tasting), and ITEMS
(art work, tickets, electronics etc.)
Now is the time to get your creative juices flowing to see what YOU might have to offer. And definitely SAVE THE DATE!
Find your donation forms here.
Stay tuned for details!
Women of Spirit is a monthly gathering of inclusive, curious women seeking connection, shared learning and growth with other women of diverse faith traditions. We are not affiliated with any religious institution, and are open to all. For more info, visit
Because of your generosity, 9 representatives of Orinda Community Church traveled to Biloxi, MS to work with the United Church of Christ's Gulf Coast agency: Back Bay Mission.
While there, we worked on construction projects, served at a soup kitchen, helped in a food pantry, hosted a food bank, and learned a great deal about poverty, service, and the call to live lives that make a difference.
Now we want to say thank you!
For all of you who bought stock in us, and invested in this experience, we hope you can join us for a time of food, pics, sharing experiences, and a little gift giving.
If you were unable to purchase stock the first time around, you still have a chance! Donation is $25/share, and if you purchase $100 or more, you are entered in the raffle to win great prizes!!
What: New Orleans Fare and Stories of our trip to Biloxi, MS
When: Sunday, September 15, Noon
Where: Orinda Community Church, Fellowship Hall
Sept 15 - A conversation and update on what is happening with the Orinda Senior Village Foundation's process of creating housing opportunities on our upper hillside.
We will start with a light meal at 6:15 in the Fellowship Hall and then hold the service at 7:00 in the Chapel. Attending the dinner is optional, but be sure to come in plenty of time in order to get a parking space, as other organizations use the church on Wednesday nights.
Contemplative worship is a brief service, with plenty of silence and weekly communion.
One of the main things a church community does is care for one another. Our hope is to create ways for us to be better at doing just that. Over the years, we have had Parish Callers, Care Teams, and countless acts of care that are not under the umbrella of either.
All are invited to join Rev. Jim, Rev. Elizabeth, and Leslie for a light lunch, and a time of figuring out how O.C.C. can develop a better system for Congregational Care. We hope to create a sort of "Parish Care Team" - and would love your help and input.
If you have ideas or interest in how we can care for each other in the O.C.C. community, please join us. RSVP to Rev. Jim so we know how much food to provided.
Take note that there are subtle differences in supplies between elementary and middle/high school. Please spend frugally—Target, Staples, Walmart and Amazon.com have great sales throughout the summer. JanSport backpacks hold up well and can be very economical.
Here is the list of requested materials. Please drop off your donations at the church office or in the narthex on Sundays. Due date: July 29.
Sunday, May 26, after worship
Showing of a film documentary made by a British undercover reporter for the Al Jazeera news agency. The film looks at how the Zionist Party in Israel uses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to influence the government through lobbying.
We have reserved units in Yosemite's rustic Housekeeping Camp---a cross between car-camping and a motel. Each unit/cabin sleeps up to 4 people. We reserved 15 cabins, $250 each.
This all-ages weekend includes fun free-time activities on Saturday, a Saturday night cocktail party (please bring an appetizer to share), and then fellowship and singing around the campfire. And a church service by the river on Sunday morning. To make reservations, please send a check made out to Orinda Community Church with “Yosemite” in the memo line. Please let us know how many people will be attending. Invite your friends to join us!
Mike and Elisabeth Kersten will offer a one- hour slide show on their 3-week February tour of Israel, Jordan and Egypt.
The itinerary included Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Bethlehem Haifa, Caesarea, Capernaum, the Gholam Heights, Bethany, the Dead Sea, Masada, Amman, Petra, Luxor and Giza.
Join others as we travel to the Alameda County Community Food Bank for an afternoon of sorting. We gather at church at 11:15 p.m., then carpool together for a lunch at In-N-Out. Our shift is from 12:30-3:30 pm, and we are back to church around 4:00 p.m. Questions: contact Rev. Jim Brommers Bergquist at church, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Green Team and the Mercy & Justice Ministry will be hosting a Second Hour on April 7th following worship. Everyone is invited to Fellowship Hall for a light lunch followed by an information and workshop program on OCC’s new Recycling Policy. With this policy, the Green Team wants to involve everyone who comes to the church – members, renters, and visitors – in proper and appropriate recycling. The policy commits the Orinda Community Church and its users to a program of reducing waste. The results will be larger and cleaner quantities of recycling, larger quantities of composting, and smaller quantities of landfill waste. Come to learn the difference between Blue, Green and Black.
There will be handouts available with suggestions on recycling, reducing our personal use of plastic materials and the New Green Deal. In the coming weeks there will be informational handouts available in the Narthex about recycling, climate change, the Green New Deal, and other environmental concerns.
Please let Nancy Thursby (email@example.com), Gail Mead (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Nancy Peterson (email@example.com) know if you plan to attend the luncheon just to get a rough estimate for food quantity. There is no cost, but a donation would be graciously accepted.
For our next Men's Group gathering, we will watch the film "The Bill Murray Stories" (just over an hour long), then discuss the ways that this great comedian points to how we might live in the moment - and how to bring mindfulness to each of our encounters.
"The film follows Leonardo DiCaprio, the Academy Award-winning actor and United Nations Messenger of Peace, as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time. The core issues represented in this journey are broken down into these categories: fossil fuels, methane gas, palm oil, geopolitical landscape and the U.S. political landscape."