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Writers Group
Aug
21
11:00 AM11:00

Writers Group

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.

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Book Club
Oct
6
11:30 AM11:30

Book Club

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.

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Contra Costa Interfaith Housing Backpack Drive
Jun
28
to Jul 28

Contra Costa Interfaith Housing Backpack Drive

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.

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May
26
11:30 AM11:30

Showing of a documentary

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.

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Yosemite Weekend
May
17
to May 19

Yosemite Weekend

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!

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Food Bank Sorting
Apr
29
11:15 AM11:15

Food Bank Sorting

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 jim@orindachurch.org.

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Men's Group
Feb
28
6:30 PM18:30

Men's Group

(Location TBA)
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.

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"Before the Flood" Documentary
Feb
3
11:30 AM11:30

"Before the Flood" Documentary

"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."

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Scout's Breakfast
Feb
3
8:30 AM08:30

Scout's Breakfast

As usual, the Scouts of Troop 237 will make breakfast and serve it in the Fellowship Hall from 8:30 to 9:30 AM. This is a chance for the Scouts to show their appreciation for use of church facilities. Please be there to give them the chance to give this gift.

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Moving Toward the Light - A Special Worship Service
Dec
19
6:00 PM18:00

Moving Toward the Light - A Special Worship Service

Dinner - 6:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Service - 6:45 p.m., Chapel

We start in the Fellowship Hall to share a simple meal, and then move to the Chapel for a time of worship. There is much hustle and bustle during this time, and so we take a moment to pause, to reflect on the joys and difficult times of the season, and to be together. Jim will offer a reflection, and Ann Moss and David Milnes will lead us through the music. RSVP to jim@orindachurch.org by Monday, Dec. 17, if you plan to attend the dinner.

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Reunion for People from Butte County who have been displaced and who are staying in the Lamorinda Area
Dec
6
4:00 PM16:00

Reunion for People from Butte County who have been displaced and who are staying in the Lamorinda Area

No one can imagine what you are experiencing, but we want to offer you a meal and some time together. We also will try to help answer questions about Lamorinda.

4:00 Hors D’oeuvres and hot cider
5:00 Dinner


This event is free.We welcome anyone from Butte County, as well as their hosts. RSVP so that we may plan for food to 925-254-4906

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Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

Special Music Sunday

The Chancel Choir will give a special performance on Reformation Sunday, October 28, of Bach's Cantata # 80, Ein Feste Burg. Based on the Luther hymn, A Mighty Fortress is our God, the performance will feature our choir and soloists accompanied by a guest instrumental ensemble. Bring your friends!

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