This Sunday November 24, 2019

Sun 10:00 AM Sunday School (children downstairs)

Sun 11:00 AM Worship

Sun 12:15 PM Fellowship Time

Sun 1:00 PM Peace, Environment & Christian Social Concerns

Tues 7:15 PM Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

God has called us all beloved. We are given new names of hope and promise. Even though storms and trials have assailed us, God has drawn us through to the time of salvation. Thanks be to God for God’s victory in Jesus Christ! May Jesus reign in our hearts all of our days.

This Sunday, November 24 Julie Harlow of Davis Meeting will be visiting BFC to sell Russian Crafts from 12:15-12;45 and give a presentation on Friends House Moscow and the current climate in Russia at 12:45-1:45.

Begin Thanksgiving Day with gratitude to our Creator. A brief time of waiting worship and prayer will begin at the meeting house at 9:30 AM on Thursday, November 28.

We are in need of about 4 people to help moving pews to the new configuration in the worship room.  Gather on Sunday, December 1 after fellowship time if you’re willing and able.  The process should take about one hour.

Throughout December we will have special events on Sunday mornings during our 11:00 am worship. 12/1- Welcome the Season with Song- No sermon. Lots of singing of Christmas songs and open worship. 12/8- The Peaceable Kingdom. 12/15- Waiting and Watching- Open worship Sunday. 12/22- Celebrate His Birth- Special musical presentation by our kids.
Christmas Party- Thursday December 19 at 6:30 pm- Join in singing Christmas songs, reading the Christmas story and crafts for kids. Bring a dessert to share if able. Friends and family welcome.
Christmas Eve Service– Tuesday December 24 at 5:00 pm- Start a new tradition by joining us for singing, scripture and a little bit of open worship as we await the birth of the Christ child. No childcare provided but the service will be engaging for all ages. Make sure to invite family and friends to join us.


Safeway’s Feed the Need campaign has begun and will run until December 25th. Please purchase a $10 bag for the Berkeley Food Pantry at the checkout stand at one of the following Safeway stores in Berkeley: 1550 Shattuck Ave., or 1850 Solano Ave. Thank you!

Berkeley United Methodist Church, a historically Japanese-American Congregation, will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for the “National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps” from June 5-7, 2020. This event will be a historic pilgrimage for people of Japanese ancestry to heal intergenerational wounds by standing in solidarity with immigrants and all people of color being targeted by the current administration’s policies. BUMC will be bringing over 1,000 paper cranes to be included in the 125,000 paper cranes to be placed on the White House fence.  The BUMC is seeking our spiritual and moral support and asked for signatures of support. To learn more, please speak to Dharma Galang.

Free Ben Lomond Quaker Center workshops are available through the church’s membership subscription. A complete list for the year and next is on the table in the back and can be found online. The next workshops with availability are a Music and Dance Retreat led by the participants on December 6-8 and Is God Violent?  Making a New Beginning with the Bible from December 27 to January 1. If interested in this or any other workshop on the list, please let John Maurer or Faith Kelley know ASAP.

Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries is happy to announce the return of The Deeper Roots program. Deborah Shaw, Deborah Fisch, and Lloyd Lee Wilson will lead a group of committed Friends in a “deep dive” into the history of our Quaker faith, a Quaker perspective on the Bible and how to benefit from it, sampling spiritual practices and disciplines valuable to Friends, and building authentic spiritual community. Four long weekend residencies over 18 months, beginning 9/10-13, 2020, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center in CA. Suitable for seasoned Friends as well as those relatively new to Quakerism. For more details or to request an application, visit Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries.