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This Sunday, 9/3, & next Saturday, 9/9, @BFC: Trustees, Sunday School, Worship, MOCE; Called Meeting

If you can stand the heat (it’s not like it’s any cooler staying at home!), here’s what’s happening this Sunday, and then a reminder about next Saturday:

Sunday, 9/3 at BFC is a first Sunday, which means:

  • Trustees meet for the care of the building and grounds at 9 AM;
  • Sunday School classes for adults & kids gather at 10 AM;
  • We worship at 11 AM, with song, prayer, and expectant waiting, as well as a message from John 13 entitled, “LOA.”
  • Fellowship time follows worship;
  • The Missionary, Outreach and Christian Education Committee meets at 1 PM.

And then, Ministry & Counsel would like to invite everyone to the second in a series of Called Meetings with a Concern for Business, a week from tomorrow, Saturday, 9/9, from 10 AM to noon.This meeting will focus on discernment of the meetings’ needs for pastoral leadership. As with the first meeting, M&C has prepared some queries, which are listed below. If you are unable to attend, M&C would appreciate your responses via e-mail to office by this coming Thursday, 9/7.

Queries for the 9/9 Called Meeting

  1. Aside from a demographic description of our members and attenders, how would we describe ourselves as a congregation?

  2. What do we value? e.g. Spiritual nurture, Proclaiming Christ, Meeting activities, Social action, Outreach, Being an inclusive community, Christian education (adults and children), etc.

  3. What are our needs currently and in the 3-5 years to come?

  4. What experience, qualities and interests in a pastor would be a good fit for us?

  5. What do we need a pastor to do?

Finally, it seems slightly unreal that this is my final reminder message to you all… I want to thank you, again, for the privilege of having served you for nine very good years. We are going to miss each one of you. I pray for God’s guidance, direction and rich blessings as you seek God’s will for the next season of your lives together.

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This weekend, 8/19 & 20, @BFC: Called Meeting, Singing Ensemble, Sunday School, Worship, Potluck, Monthly Meeting

Important things are happening this weekend at Berkeley Friends Church–here’s what’s on:

Tomorrow, Saturday, 8/ 19, there will be a special Called Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business from 10 AM to 12 noon at the meetinghouse to discern whether BFC will be a pastored or un-pastored Meeting following my departure in September. As a reminder, Ministry & Counsel has asked members and attenders to respond to the following queries:

  • What is our sense of God’s call to our meeting, and does being a pastored or un-pastored Meeting help us be more obedient to the call?
  • If being a pastored Meeting is our path, what do we want in a pastor? (e.g. qualities, experience, part-time vs. full time, interim vs. long term)
  • If we begin a formal search process, should we begin as soon as possible?
  • If being an un-pastored Meeting is our path, what are we as a Meeting willing to do (i.e. which roles and tasks are we individually and collectively willing to take on)?

Then, on Sunday, 8/20, the events are as follows:

  • The Singing Ensemble gathers to rehearse a joyful noise at 9 AM;
  • Kids & adults join in their Sunday School classes at 10 AM;
  • Everyone coalesces for Worship at 11 AM, with singing, prayer, a special musical offering, and our monthly time of extended open worship;
  • We all chow down at a potluck lunch following worship (regulars, please bring something to share, or if you can’t, contribute a small amount for supplies);
  • And then we conclude the day with our regular Monthly Meeting with a Concern for Business at 1 PM.

Hope to be with you this weekend!

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This Sunday, 8/6, @BFC: BNFP bags, Trustees, Sunday School, Worship, MOCE

Another month rolls around, and another first Sunday–here’s what’s on:

This Sunday, 8/6, it’s again BFC’s bi-monthly collection day for our contributions to the Berkeley Neighborhood Food Project, so please bring your green bags with you to bring into worship!

The day’s schedule begins with the Trustees, gathering to consider the care of our building and grounds at 9 AM. Then Sunday School for children and adults convenes at 10 AM. We gather for Worship at 11 AM, with song, prayer, silence, and a message based on Genesis 32–Jacob’s struggle with… [God? An angel? A
stranger in the night? A guilty conscience? Someone/thing else?]

Fellowship time follows worship, and then at 1 PM, the Missionary, Outreach and Christian Education Committee will meet.

Please gather with us!

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This Sunday, 7/30, @BFC: Singing Ensemble, Sunday School, Worship, Fellowship!

A fifth Sunday offers us the opportunity to meet together with a bit more leisure than most others… so: the Singing Ensemble gathers for a rehearsal at 9 AM. Then our regular Sunday School classes meet at 10 AM. In Worship at 11 AM, we will sing and pray together, be ministered to by the Ensemble, hear a message based upon Genesis 28, and wait in quiet to hear the Lord’s response. Fellowship time follows worship, for as long as Friends would like to enjoy one another’s presence!

Please join us!

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This weekend, 7/22-23 @BFC: CCM yard sale, Singing Ensemble, Sunday School, Worship & PECSC

Here is what is happening this weekend at Berkeley Friends Church:

Tomorrow, Saturday, 7/22, Cedar Creek Montessori School will hold a Rummage Sale in the parking lot–come by and see what they have! All proceeds support the school; 8:30 AM to 1 PM.

And then on Sunday, 7/23, we start with the Singing Ensemble, rehearsing at 9 AM. Then Sunday School classes for children and adults are at 10 AM. In Worship at 11 AM, we will gather in quiet, sing God’s praises, hear a message on Abraham’s faith and trust, “credited as righteousness” (Genesis 15:1-6), and listen for God’s voice together.

Fellowship time follows worship, and then the Peace, Environment and Christian Social Concerns Committee will meet at 1 PM.

Hope to have you with us as we pray and listen together!

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This Sunday, 7/9, @BFC: Sunday School, Worship Sharing, Singing Ensemble

It’s a special Sunday at Berkeley Friends Church, with schedule as follows:

  • Sunday School for children and adults, convening at 10 AM;
  • Worship for all at 11 AM, with song, prayer, and corporate quiet, and, instead of a prepared message–
  • Rather than having one single speaker, we are inviting everyone to share a well-loved Bible verse, saying, poem or song during worship. Tell us what it means to you, or why it struck you when you discovered it, or anything else you’d like to say about it. This will help us to get to know each other a little bit better, and help deepen our time together with God; additionally, it may give us some sense of what the Apostle Paul was talking about when he wrote, “When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.” (I Corinthians 14:26b).

Fellowship time following worship;

Singing Ensemble rehearsal at 1 PM. And please also keep Guiseppe Rensi, Stanley Ngesa, and me in your prayers Sunday and all through the coming week, as we gather with other Friends from across the US, the Caribbean, and East Africa, for the Stoking the Fire gathering and the Friends United Meeting Triennials, in Wichita, Kansas.

God’s abundant blessings to all!

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This Sunday, 7/2, @BFC: Trustees, Sunday School, Worship, MOCE

It’s another first Sunday at Berkeley Friends Church, and the schedule is as follows:

  • The Trustees gather at 9 AM, caring for the meetinghouse and grounds;
  • Sunday School for children and adults meets at 10 AM, learning of the Lord and sharing together;
  • We all gather for Worship at 11 AM, uniting in prayer, song, silence, and hearing a prepared message;
  • A time of fellowship follows, and then
  • The Missionary, Outreach and Christian Education Committee meets at 1 PM.

Hope to see you there!

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This Sunday, 6/25, @BFC: Singing Ensemble, Sunday School, Worship, PECSC

Here’s what’s happening this coming Sunday, 6/25, at Berkeley Friends Church:

We begin with the Singing Ensemble (postponed from last Sunday), rehearsing at 9 AM. Then Sunday School classes for children and adults meet at 10 AM. Meeting for Worship follows at 11 AM, with corporate song, prayer, waiting worship, special music from the Singing Ensemble, and a prepared message. Fellowship time (AKA Quaker communion) follows, and then the Peace, Environment & Christian Social Concerns Committee will meet at 1 PM.

Hope to see you there!

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This Sunday, 6/18, @BFC: Sunday School, Worship, Potluck, Monthly Meeting

This Sunday, 6/18, the order of events is as follows:

  • Our regular Sunday School classes for children and adults convene at 10 AM;
  • We meet for Worship at 11 AM, with singing, supplication, and our monthly extended time of open worship;
  • A potluck meal follows; regulars are asked to bring a dish to share, or a few dollars to cover the cost of supplies;
  • Then our Monthly Meeting for Business convenes at 1 PM.

Please note that, due to absences, the Singing Ensemble rehearsal and presentation has been rescheduled for next Sunday, 6/25, rehearsal at 9 AM, presentation during worship at 11.

Please join us as we wait on God together!

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This weekend, 6/10-11, @BFC: Harvest Day, Stewardship & Finance, Sunday School, Worship, Singing Ensemble

Here is the schedule for this weekend at Berkeley Friends Church:

This Saturday, 6/10, we host the bimonthly Harvest Day for the Berkeley Neighborhood Food Project, from 9:30 AM to noon. If you haven’t brought in your green bag yet, you can do so anytime between 10 and noon. And if you’d like to help with the harvest, please contact Pantry Director Sara Webber.

Then on Sunday, 6/10, we’ll begin with the Stewardship & Finance Committee, meeting at 9 AM. The regular Sunday School classes for adults & kids follow at 10 AM. In Meeting for Worship at 11 AM, we will lift our voices in prayer and song, still ourselves in quiet, and hear a message based on Matthew 14.

Fellowship time follows worship, and then the Singing Ensemble gathers for rehearsal at 1 PM.

Hope to have you with us as we gather in God’s presence!

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