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Weekly Contemplative Worship Services  Wednesday evenings
Sep
11
to Dec 30

Weekly Contemplative Worship Services Wednesday evenings

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.

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Oktoberfest and Silent Auction
Oct
27
11:30 AM11:30

Oktoberfest and Silent Auction

  • orinda community church fellowship hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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!

 

 

 

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Food Bank Sorting
Oct
31
8:00 AM08:00

Food Bank Sorting

We will meet at church by 8:00 am on Thursday morning, then carpool down to the Alameda County Community Food Bank for a time of sorting fresh fruits and vegetables (8:30-11:30 am), while sharing stories and getting to know one another better. This is a fun tradition, and we hope you can join. 

Bring a few $$, as we will stop at In-N-Out Burger on our way home.  RSVP to jim@orindachurch.org so we have a count. We have space for up to 10 people.

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Women of Spirit
Oct
18
2:00 PM14:00

Women of Spirit

Speaker: Gurpreet Kaur.

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 www.womenofspiritlamorinda.org

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Crop Walk
Oct
13
1:00 PM13:00

Crop Walk

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 (lesliedarwino@gmail.com).

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Christianity 101
Oct
13
11:30 AM11:30

Christianity 101

Christianity 101 - 2nd Hour Classes

Oct. 13 and 20, After Worship
Rev. Jim Brommers Bergquist will lead us through a series of topics during the course of the next three months, focused on various components of Christian faith and belief. Sessions will be on Oct. 13, 20, Nov. 17, 24, Dec. 8, 15. These classes are being designed to be intergenerational, accessible for mature middle schoolers, those in their nineties, and all those in-between.
Topics will include: "What is the Bible?", "The History of Christianity", "How do we Talk about God?", "Who Is Jesus?", "Christmas and Easter", and "The Call of the Christian".

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Writers Group
Oct
9
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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Interested in learning more about Orinda Community Church? 
Oct
6
8:30 AM08:30

Interested in learning more about Orinda Community Church? 

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.

 

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Lunch and Book Discussion
Sep
18
11:30 AM11:30

Lunch and Book Discussion

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.

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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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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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