We gather to share our writings, our stories, and what is happening in our lives. Stories, thoughts, essays, and poems are welcome - whether of your own, or from someone else. Our prompts our themes of gratitude or thanksgiving, or reflections on Advent and the season of Christmas. Let these words and ideas take you where they will, and come join us on the 19th. RSVP to email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, Dec. 17, if you plan to attend the dinner.
Bill Abriel's home, 51 Mira Loma, Orinda (parking is tight, so we'll have a couple carpools leave the church parking lot at 6:25.)
Dinner will be provided. Bring $10 to help cover food costs, a favorite drink to share, and a wrapped Christmas present worth about $20 - for our 1st ever White Elephant Gift Exchange. We'll have some good conversation, but also have some laughs while exchanging gifts. RSVP to email@example.com by Sunday, Dec. 9 so we are sure to have enough food.
We're bringing back the tradition. Everyone 65+ is invited to this fun event. There will be a delicious lunch, games, songs, time together, and a gift exchange. Bring a wrapped gift, worth about $15-20, and let the games begin. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, Dec. 10, so we are properly prepared.
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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)
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.
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
· Toothbrush, Toothpaste
A collection box for your donations is located in the narthex
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 (email@example.com, 925-254-4906) or Michael Fischer (firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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 email@example.com Let Jim know if you want to carpool and get lunch, or meet us there at 12:30. We can take at least 10
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.
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.