Book Group
Sep
30
11:30 AM11:30

Book Group

Books for the remainder of the year have yet to be chosen, but we will start our programming year with Convictions by Marcus Borg.  

On the occasion of his seventieth birthday, the renowned scholar Marcus J. Borg shares how he formed his bedrock religious beliefs, contending that Christians in America are at their best when they focus on hope and transformation and so shows how we can return to what really matters most. The result is a manifesto for all progressive Christians who seek the best path for following Jesus today.

With each chapter embodying a distinct conviction, Borg writes provocatively and compellingly on the beliefs that can deeply ground us and guide us, such as: God is real and a mystery; salvation is more about this life than an afterlife; the Bible can be true without being literally true; Jesus's death on the cross matters-but not because he paid for our sins; God is passionate about justice and the poor; and to love God is to love like God.

Borg calls all American Christians to reject divisiveness and exclusivity and create communities that celebrate joy, possibility, and renewal. Throughout, he reflects on what matters most, bringing to earth the kingdom of God Jesus talked about and transforming our relationships with one another. Rich in wisdom and insight, Convictions is sure to become a classic of contemporary Christianity. (amazon.com)

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League of Women Voters
Oct
9
7:30 PM19:30

League of Women Voters

The Mercy and Justice Ministry is hosting a League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley "Pros and Cons" meeting in the church sanctuary. LWVDV members will present both sides of initiatives that will appear on the November ballot. All are welcome to attend this informative presentation.

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Adult Support Group
Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Adult Support Group

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.

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Day of Discovery with Davena Jones , Assoc. Conference Minister
Sep
23
11:30 AM11:30

Day of Discovery with Davena Jones , Assoc. Conference Minister

To help launch your search for your next pastor, the Northern California Nevada Conference offers to provide leadership for a process by which your entire congregation can have energizing, positive input to guide your Ministerial Search Committee.

Day of Discovery implements the process of The Appreciative Way, a congregation-based version of Appreciative Inquiry, a widely used system based on the assumption that in every organization something works, and change can be managed through identification of what works and the analysis of how to do more of what works.

Day of Discovery invites all members and friends of your congregation to come together and discuss their love of the church, the values and practices that have sustained your congregation, and hopes and dreams for the future that all can share. By identifying a future direction based on past successes and common values, your leadership and search committee has needed information to find the best pastoral leadership to take you where you want to go.

Day of Discovery includes a congregational meeting of approximately three hours in length. Ideas will be suggested to get input from church members who are unable to attend and maximize participation of those who cannot be present for the entire event. 

Local Churches who have participated in a Day of Discovery have experienced a heightened sense of positive energy for their future work. Their direction is clearer because the Appreciative process is based on past successes, the best experiences of members, positive qualities that are already present, and shared dreams for the future.

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Men's Group
Sep
19
6:30 PM18:30

Men's Group

We’ll meet at the home of Rev. Jim and food (brats and sausages from the grill) will be provided. Our topic will be “Positive Psychology” and what Jim has learned by looking at the work of Martin Seligman. RSVP to Jim and let him know what side dish, appetizer or drink you’ll be bringing.

 

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Writers Group
Sep
19
11:00 AM11:00

Writers Group

Grab your laptops and pens, and get ready for a chance to share your writing, and be inspired by your friends.We invite you to bring a reflection on any of the following prompts.  This will give us a chance to learn from one another, and think about the ways that God is known through Wisdom and Growth

.Albert Einstein, 20th century

"Any fool can know. The point is to understand."
"It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer."

Jimi Hendrix, 20th century 
"Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens."

Rumi, 13th century
"Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself

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The Children's Hospital Project
Jun
4
to Jun 12

The Children's Hospital Project

The youth at JAMM Camp will be making toiletry kits for parents of sick kids at Children’s Hospital. We are asking the congregation to donate the supplies, or make a financial donation (with “Hospital Project” in the memo line.)
Here is the list of what they need (travel sizes):
·       Shampoo, conditioner, soap

·       Deodorant

·       Shaver

·       Toothbrush, Toothpaste

·       Comb/Brush

A collection box for your donations is located in the narthex

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An Interfaith Accompaniment Story @ Congregation B'nai Tikvah
Jun
3
3:00 PM15:00

An Interfaith Accompaniment Story @ Congregation B'nai Tikvah

We have been invited to join our friends at Congregation B'nai Tikvah (and our partners with the Immigrant Accompaniment Team) to meet Leandro and Gabriela, and to learn about one family’s experience with our broken immigration system. 

 We have been helping Leandro and Gaby address a variety of issues and needs associated with their immigration status, and we’d like you to meet this wonderful family and share in their experience. We will be gathering at Congregation B'nai Tikvah from 3:00-5:00 pm to hear first-hand about the family’s experience, with time for questions and answers. 

 We will also share a light dinner, featuring Gaby’s home cooked tamales, and have plenty of time to socialize and learn how we can help to make our communities a more welcoming place for immigrant families. 

 Congregation B'nai Tikvah is located at 25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek, CA 94597

 For more information contact Rev. Jim (jim@orindachurch.org, 925-254-4906) or Michael Fischer (mjf1155@gmail.com, 925-212- 9653).

 If you would be willing to help by providing salad, or a complementary dish, please let Jim know.  We are asked to have all dishes be vegetarian.

 

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Foodbank Sorting
May
21
11:15 AM11:15

Foodbank Sorting

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 jim@orindachurch.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
volunteers!

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Besides the Bible Book Group
May
6
4:00 PM16:00

Besides the Bible Book Group

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.

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2ns Hour Forum: Gratitude
May
6
11:30 AM11:30

2ns Hour Forum: Gratitude

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.]

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Environmental Justice
Apr
22
12:00 PM12:00

Environmental Justice

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.

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New Member Inquirer's Class
Mar
25
8:45 AM08:45

New Member Inquirer's Class

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 (jim@orindachurch.org) with questions, or to RSVP.  

 

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Book Group in the Fireside Room
Mar
18
4:00 PM16:00

Book Group in the Fireside Room

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."

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God of Film : "The Apostle" in the Fireside Room
Mar
1
11:30 AM11:30

God of Film : "The Apostle" in the Fireside Room

"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.

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