This Sunday August 8, 2021

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

SUN 11:00 AM– Intergenerational Meeting for Worship; download bulletin

TUE 7:30 PM– Bible Study

We come to worship for many reasons; we come because we need to meet you; we come out of habit, or because someone made us come; we come because we hope the music will lift our spirits; we come because we are hungry for your word; we come because we want to see our friends; we come because we want to make friends; we come because you are the friend we need most of all. Touch each person with your divine presence: shape us into the church that you want us to be.

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Bible Study is 7:30 PM on Tuesdays via Zoom. Bible Study is currently reading  “Jesus and Nonviolence” by Walter Wink. In this book Wink argues that Christian tradition of nonviolence is needed as an alternative to the dominant and death-dealing powers of our consumerist culture and fractured world. You do not have to own or have read the book ahead of time to participate.

7th Annual Interfaith Blood Drive, Tuesday August 10, 2021. Sponsored by Congregation Netivot Shalom, The Way Christian Center, Pacifica Institute, Qal’bu Maryam Women’s Mosque, Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, Vedanta Society Berkeley. We need you to step up now to make this year’s drive a success! And why not ask a friend, neighbor, or co-worker to join you while you’re at it? Be someone’s hero! Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave, Berkeley. To schedule your appointment by phone call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-7267) or click for link to sign up. https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=CNS

The Quaker Religious Education Collaborative is hosting an online conference, August 13-15, 2021: Integrating Lessons Learned and Leadings that Light the Way. The Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC) is a grassroots network of Friends holding a sense of stewardship for life-long Quaker faith formation through religious education. Click here for more information.

Friends United Meeting’s International Prayer Gathering will meet on Zoom at 9:00 AM Pacific on Friday August 20. Join Quakers from around the world in prayer and sharing each other’s concerns. Join us on Zoom at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81401601535 Or call 929-205-6099. Meeting ID: 814 0160 1535

Open Worship Sunday will be August 22 (instead of the normal third Sunday of the month). Come enjoy an extended period of waiting worship as we collectively listen for God’s message to us.

Barclay Press and Pendle Hill are collaborating on the Illuminate Summer Speaker Series, 2nd and 4th Mondays, June 14 to August 23, 7:30–9 p.m. ET via Zoom. Join us for a series of evening discussions with authors of the Barclay Press Illuminate Friends Bible study summer curriculum on Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians. Click here for more information.

Registration is open for a Fall 2021 online course starting Tuesday Sept. 7th, Exploring Spiritual Practicesled by Marcelle Martin, author of Our Life is Love: the Quaker Spiritual Journey.  During the ten week course, participants will experiment with numerous approaches to meditation, prayer, and presence.  We’ll seek to know more fully the nature of consciousness, our true self, and our connection to the Spirit.   We’ll explore how mindfulness, awareness, and communion with the Divine affects not only our inner and outer lives, but radiates beyond us into the world. We will learn which spiritual practices are most suited to each of us at this time and explore how to make them a more integrated part of our daily lives.  Online class time will include brief presentations, experiencing different spiritual practices, sharing in pairs and groups, and class discussion.  No particular beliefs in God or prayer are required, only a willingness to earnestly try different practices, notice what we experience, and listen respectfully to the experiences and beliefs shared by others.  Using Zoom and a private website for communicating with one another, we will be forming a vibrant community to go deeper together in our spiritual experience and explore the awesome mystery of our relationship to the divine.
TWO SECTIONS OF THE COURSE ARE OFFERED:
        Early Morning: 7:30 to 9:30 am Pacific Time  (10:30 am to 12:30 pm EDT)
        Late Afternoon: 4 to 6 pm Pacific Time  (7 to 9 pm EDT)
Intrigued? Go HERE to read details and register for Exploring Spiritual Practices.
Curious but not ready to commit just yet? Watch this 3-minute introductory video.  Or Sign up here for a free introductory webinar where you can sample the course on Sept 7th.  Co-sponsored by New England Quakers in partnership with the Beacon Hill Friends House, this course is open to people of diverse faiths.

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