Wonder what cis-male, intersex, or gender fluid means? Ever been unsure about what pronoun to use but didn’t quite know how to ask? Or how about life as a heterosexual in our current times? Come learn, share and ask questions about Gender and Orientation! Led by Ann Sherpick.
We will return to the Alameda County Community Food Bank to help sort food. We'll leave
church at 11:15 a.m., stop at In-N-Out for lunch, then serve from 12:30-3:30 p.m. (returning to
church at 4:00 p.m.) If you would like to be part of this group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Let Jim know if you want to carpool and get lunch, or meet us there at 12:30. We can take at least 10
We will start by sharing a meal and a table activity. Then we will move to the stage area for
a presentation by our own Dr. David Milnes. Using images, story, anecdotes, and music,
David will discuss the various ways that music opens us to the movements of the Divine. This is a night you won't want to miss!
RSVP to email@example.com
Are you in need of support? A group has been formed to remind us that we are not alone as we journey through life’s challenges. This group is designed to give you a confidential forum for discussion, support, and encouragement, as you meet with others. Facilitated by Lee Cruise.
Service and Immersion Trip,
August 8-11, 2018
This summer, we are offering an inter-generational trip to Fresno, CA. All ages are welcome! Working with the Fresno Interdenominational Refuge Ministry (F.I.R.M.,
www.firminc.org), we have the opportunity to serve various refuge communities, participate in different cultural orientations, and eat a variety of ethnic meals - while sharing conversation with hose of different backgrounds.
(Four of our meals will be: Ethiopian, Laotian, Syrian, and Vietnamese.)
Housing options include the campus of Fresno State, and the Ramada Inn. Participants can
choose to have an individual room, or share accommodations (rates will vary based on
choice). Parent/s and child/ren are able to share a room. Cost per participant ranges from
$325-$540, based on the housing option that is chosen.
After eating lunch together, we will move to the Fireside Room for a viewing of "Rick Steve's
The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today". This one hour program shines great light
on the region, and should lead to good discussion. Please bring $5 for the lunch.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many books in the world that speak to faith, mystery, wonder, community, and our place in the world. On May 6 we will be discussing One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a classic of magical realism. (Orinda Books is offering us a 10% discount, or you can order on your own). We hope you'll join us.
Did you know?... Regular grateful thinking can increase happiness by as much as 25 percent, while keeping a gratitude journal for as little as three weeks results in better sleep and more energy.
Please join us for a conversation on the topic of Gratitude, and how
to put this powerful emotion into practice.
We will be led by Mitch Breitwieser, and will refer to a variety of sources; including Diana Butler Bass's new book Grateful. [There are a couple copies in the narthex if you'd like to borrow one.]
The Mercy & Justice Ministry is having a second hour on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22. This will be a fun event with participants finding their own carbon footprint and participating in a “scavenger hunt” to find evidence of what the church is currently doing to conserve energy and to find areas where the church may improve. There will be lots of info to take home and action opportunities as well. Please join us for a fun and informative time.
It’s time for our next lunch, and a chance to get to know one another better. We will eat at the Creekside, so please plan to join us for lunch. Bring the $ you think you'll need for lunch and tip, and we'll collect funds at the end of our meal. RSVP by Tuesday, Apr.3 to Rev. Jim: email@example.com.
Interested in learning more about the Orinda Community Church? Do you wonder what it means to be a member of the church? Come for conversation and light breakfast, and get all your questions answered. Contact Rev. Jim Brommers Bergquist (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions, or to RSVP.
For our March gathering, we will be reading Flannery O'Connor's first novel Wise Blood. There are a few copies in the church narthex. Wine and cheese will be provided.
"This classic of twentieth-century literature is the story of Hazel Motes, a twenty-two-year-old caught in an unending struggle against his inborn, desperate fate. He falls under the spell of a "blind" street preacher named Asa Hawks and his degenerate fifteen-year-old daughter, Sabbath Lily. In an ironic, malicious gesture of his own non-faith, and to prove himself a greater cynic than Hawks, Motes founds the Church Without Christ, but is still thwarted in his efforts to lose God. He meets Enoch Emery, a young man with "wise blood," who leads him to a mummified holy child and whose crazy maneuvers are a manifestation of Motes's existential struggles. This tale of redemption, retribution, false prophets, blindness, blindings, and wisdom gives us one of the most riveting characters in American fiction."
"In The Apostle, Robert Duvall electrifies, providing a portrait of a volatile man possessed by the sacred. His character E.F., "just call me 'Sonny,'" dominates the film and everyone in it. Like a natural force from the southern heartland, he moves through people's lives with the subtlety of a Gulf Coast thunderstorm. Violent, embracing, and ornery, he transforms those drenched by his words and spun by his swift passage. Charged with God, he is Flannery O'Connor's bull, bringing grace even to those who would avoid it." (Joel Martin) For this performance, Duvall won the Oscar for Best Actor.
Popcorn and drinks will be provided.
What are those books that look at spiritual truths from a new perspective; teaching, revealing, and expanding our spirit and our faith? We will read a different book every few
weeks, then offer a chance to gather and discuss. Our first book is A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. A discussion will be held after church on Sunday, Feb. 11,
11:30 am in the Music Room. Next books will include works by David James Duncan, J.D.
Salinger, Marilynne Robinson, Hermann Hesse, Harvey Cox, and Flannery O’Connor - to name a few