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This Sunday, June 24, 2018

  • Sun 10:00 AM Sunday School
  • Sun 11:00 AM Worship
  • Sun 12:15 PM Fellowship Time
  • Sun 1:00 PM Peace, Environment and Christian Social Concerns
  • Tue 7:15 PM Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

Please gather with us!
Christ’s blessings!
— The Ministry and Counsel Committee

This Sunday our guest speaker is Brian Byamukama, a Ugandan Baptist minister who ran an orphanage and ministered to the LGBT community. Brian is seeking asylum and in need of work and at some point longer-term housing options. As an LGBT activist, he endured physical attacks, threats to his family, and ultimately had to flee the country for safety, leaving behind a wife and two young children.

Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra will perform Mendelssohn’s St. Paul Oratorio in Hertz Hall on the Cal campus, Friday (today!) through Sunday, June 22-24. Grab a flyer in the lobby, or visit https://bcco.org/ or both. To avoid being turned away, get there early! FREE.

Trustees will meet next Sunday, July 1, at 9:00 AM.

Missionary Outreach and Christian Education will meet next Sunday, July 1, at 1:00 PM.

Good news! Micah Bales and Faith Kelly have accepted our call to become co-pastors of Berkeley Friends Church. Ministry and Counsel is working with them to set their start date, likely in early 2019. As a way of getting to know Micah better, Ministry and Counsel encourages everyone interested to read Micah’s blog at http://www.micahbales.com/ and to sign up for his free e-book, A guide to Quaker Worship. After signing up you will receive a weekly email with a message from Micah.

The American Red Cross will have an Interfaith Community Blood Drive. It will be held in the Congregation Netivot Shalom Social Hall, 1316 University Ave, Berkeley, on Thursday, July 5 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM. For more information pick up a flyer in the lobby.

Safeway’s Feed the Need campaign is now under way through July 31. This summer the Berkeley Food Pantry is a recipient of donated food from Safeway Community Market at 1850 Solano Ave. and Safeway Community Market at 1550 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley. As a reminder, customers can remove a tear sheet and donate $1, $5 or $10 at checkout. All donations will be rolled up to a $10 bag. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Berkeley Food Pantry.

The church’s website https://www.berkeleyfriendschurch.org has much interesting and informative information – notices, schedules of events, streaming of past sermons, and much more. Check it out!

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This Sunday, June 17, 2018

  • Sun 9:00 AM Choir
  • Sun 10:00 AM Sunday School
  • Sun 11:00 AM Worship
  • Sun 12:15 PM Lunch
  • Sun 1:00 PM Monthly Meeting for Business
  • Tue 7:15 PM Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

Please gather with us!
Christ’s blessings!
— The Ministry and Counsel Committee

This Sunday, June 17, we will be having our Monthly Business Meeting preceded by a potluck lunch. A $3.00 contribution is requested if you have not brought a dish. First time guests do not need to pay.

Peace, Environment and Christian Social Concerns will meet next Sunday, June 24, at 1:00 PM.

A warm welcome to Micah Bales and Faith Kelly! Micah and Faith have accepted our call to become co-pastors of Berkeley Friends Church. Ministry and Counsel is working with them to set their start date, likely in early 2019. As a way of getting to know Micah better, Ministry and Counsel encourages everyone interested to read Micah’s blog at http://www.micahbales.com/ and to sign up for his free e-book, A guide to Quaker Worship. After signing up you will receive a weekly email with a message from Micah.

Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra will perform Mendelssohn’s St. Paul Oratorio in Hertz Hall on the Cal campus, Friday-Sunday, June 22-24. Free. Grab a flyer in the lobby, or visit https://bcco.org/ or both.

On Sunday, June 24, the sermon will be given by guest speaker Brian Byamukama, a Ugandan Baptist minister who ran an orphanage and ministered to the LGBT community. Brian is seeking asylum and in need of work and at some point longer-term housing options. As an LGBT activist, he endured physical attacks, threats to his family, and ultimately had to flee the country for safety, leaving behind a wife and two young children. If you wish to help him monetarily, you can donate directly to him or through our office: see Jean.

The American Red Cross will have an Interfaith Community Blood Drive. It will be held in the Congregation Netivot Shalom Social Hall, 1316 University Ave, Berkeley, on Thursday, July 5 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM. For more information pick up a flyer in the lobby.

The church’s website https://www.berkeleyfriendschurch.org has much interesting and informative information — notices, schedules of events, streaming of past sermons, and much more. Check it out!

 

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This Sunday, June 10, 2018

  • Sun 10:00 AM Sunday School
  • Sun 11:00 AM Worship
  • Sun 12:15 PM Fellowship Time
  • Sun 1:00 PM Choir
  • Tue 7:15 PM Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

Please gather with us!
Christ’s blessings!
The Ministry and Counsel Committee

Choir will meet Sunday, June 17 at 9:00 AM.

Monthly Business Meeting and Potluck Luncheon is Sunday, June 17. Please bring a dish or be prepared to contribute $3.00 for supplies. We need a diversity of salads, casseroles, fruit, breads, etc. Be creative!

Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra will perform Mendelssohn’s St. Paul Oratorio in Hertz Hall on the Cal campus, Friday-Sunday, June 22-24. Free. Grab a flyer in the lobby, or visit https://bcco.org/ or both.

The American Red Cross will have an Interfaith Community Blood Drive. It will be held in the Congregation Netivot Shalom Social Hall, 1316 University Ave, Berkeley, on Thursday, July 5 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. For more information pick up a flyer in the lobby.

AFSC, Church World Service, and the Unitarian Universalist Assoc. are launching an online course (three 1.5-hour sessions in June, July, August) entitled Creating Sanctuary/Changing Ourselves. The purpose is to jump start local groups to do anti-racism self-reflection work and to participate in the Sanctuary movement. Please see Tomi if you would like more information and/or are interested in joining a BFC group.

Please pray for, donate, and/or march with the Poor People’s Campaign. The campaign is committing to 40 days of nonviolent action. It is a national call to moral revival, a mass mobilization led by poor and working people to challenge systemic poverty, racism, militarism and ecological devastation www.poorpeoplescampaign.org

 

 

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This Sunday, June 3, 2018

  • Sun 9:00 AM Trustees/Choir
  • Sun 10:00 AM Sunday School
  • Sun 11:00 AM Worship
  • Sun 12:15 PM Fellowship Time
  • Sun 1:00 PM Special Called Monthly Meeting for Business
  • Tue 7:15 PM Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

Please gather with us!
Christ’s blessings!
The Ministry and Counsel Committee

This evening, Friday, June 1, Peace Environment, and Christian Social Concerns will be showing “Healing Justice,” a World Trust film by Shakti Butler. Doors open at 6:30; film starts at 7 PM. The film addresses the question: “How can restorative practices be used to shift the way we address crime and violence in our communities to produce safer, healthier, thriving communities for all?

We will have a Called Monthly Meeting this Sunday, June 3 at 1 PM to consider Ministry and Counsel’s recommendation to call Micah Bales and Faith Kelley as co-pastors. We hope you can join us. (The Missionary Outreach and Christian Education meeting that had originally been scheduled for this time is cancelled.)

Ahead of the Berkeley Neighborhood Food Project’s next Harvest Day next Saturday, June 9, we want to bring all of the church’s contributions together this Sunday, June 3, so we can give thanks together, and pray for all of the hungry folks in our community. Also, if you are available to help on Harvest Day, please contact Pantry Director, Dharma Galang.

Choir will meet next Sun, June 10 at 1:00 PM.

AFSC, Church World Service, and the Unitarian Universalist Assoc. are launching an online course (three 1.5-hour sessions in June, July, August.) entitled Creating Sanctuary/Changing Ourselves. The purpose is to jump start local groups to do anti-racism self-reflection work and to participate in the Sanctuary movement. Please see Tomi if you would like more information, are interested in joining a BFC group, or both.

Please pray for, donate, and/or march with the Poor People’s Campaign. The campaign is committing to 40 days of nonviolent action. It is a national call to moral revival, a mass mobilization led by poor and working people to challenge systemic poverty, racism, militarism and ecological devastation www.poorpeoplescampaign.org.

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This Sunday, May 27, 2018

  • Sun 10:00 AM Sunday School
  • Sun 11:00 AM Worship
  • Sun 12:15 PM Fellowship Time
  • Sun 1:00 PM Peace, Environment and Christian Social Concerns
  • Tue 7:15 PM Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

Please gather with us!
Christ’s blessings!
John H Maurer, for the Ministry and Counsel Committee

We will have a Called Monthly Meeting on Sunday, June 3 at 1 PM to consider Ministry and Counsel’s recommendation to call Micah Bales and Faith Kelley as co-pastors. We hope you can join us. (The Missionary Outreach and Christian Education meeting that had originally been scheduled for this time is cancelled.)

Trustees and the Choir will meet next Sunday, June 3 at 9:00 AM.

Peace Environment, and Christian Social Concerns will be showing “Healing Justice,” a World Trust film by Shakti Butler, on Friday, June 1. Doors open at 6:30; film starts at 7 PM. The film addresses the question: “How can restorative practices be used to shift the way we address crime and violence in our communities to produce safer, healthier, thriving communities for all?”

The Berkeley Neighborhood Food Project’s next Harvest Day is Saturday, June 9. We want to bring all of the church’s contributions together next Sunday, June 3, so we can give thanks together, and pray for all of the hungry folks in our community. Also if you are available to help on Harvest Day, please contact Pantry Director, Dharma Galang.

AFSC, Church World Service, and the Unitarian Universalist Assoc. are launching an online course (three 1.5-hour sessions in June, July, August) entitled Creating Sanctuary/Changing Ourselves. The purpose is to jump start local groups to do anti-racism self-reflection work and to participate in the Sanctuary movement. Please see Tomi if you would like more information or are interested in joining a BFC group or both.

Please pray for, donate, and/or march with the Poor People’s Campaign. The campaign is committing to 40 days of nonviolent action. It is a national call to moral revival, a mass mobilization led by poor and working people to challenge systemic poverty, racism, militarism and ecological devastation www.poorpeoplescampaign.org.

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This weekend, May 19-20, 2018

  • Sun 9:00 AM Singing Ensemble
  • Sun 10:00 AM Sunday School
  • Sun 11:00 AM Worship
  • Sun 12:15 PM Lunch
  • Sun 1:00 PM Monthly Meeting for Business
  • Tue 7:15 PM Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

Please gather with us!
Christ’s blessings!
John H Maurer, for the Ministry and Counsel Committee

This weekend the Ministry and Counsel Committee invites you to meet Micah Bales and Faith Kelley and one of their children, 8-month old son Francis.
Tomorrow, Saturday, May 19, please join them for lunch at 1:00 PM or dinner at 6 PM, both in Fellowship Hall.
The following day, Sunday, May 20, Micah will be bringing the message during worship.
Their visit is part of our discernment process for a half-time pastor position at BFC. Birthright Quakers, Micah and Faith currently work as a pastor team for the Washington City Church of the Brethren in Washington D.C.

This Sunday, May 20, we will be having our Monthly Business Meeting preceded by a potluck lunch. A $3.00 contribution is requested if you have not brought a dish. First-time guests do not need to pay.

Peace, Environment and Christian Social Concerns will meet next Sunday, May 27, at 1:00 PM.

Peace Environment, and Christian Social Concerns will be showing “Healing Justice,” a World Trust film by Shakti Butler, on Friday, June 1. Doors open at 6:30; film starts at 7PM. The film addresses the question: “How can restorative practices be used to shift the way we address crime and violence in our communities to produce safer, healthier, thriving communities for all?”

The Berkeley Neighborhood Food Project’s next Harvest Day is Saturday, June 9. We want to bring all of the church’s contributions together on Sunday, June 3, so we can give thanks together, and pray for all of the hungry folks in our community. Also, if you are interested in helping on Harvest Day, please contact Pantry Director, Dharma Galang.

AFSC, Church World Service, and the Unitarian Universalist Assoc. are launching an online course (three 1.5-hour sessions in June, July, August) entitled Creating Sanctuary/Changing Ourselves. The purpose is to jump start local groups to do anti-racism self reflection work and to participate in the Sanctuary movement. Please see Tomi if you would like more information and/or are interested in joining a BFC group.

Please pray for, donate, and or march with the Poor People’s Campaign. The campaign is committing to 40 days of nonviolent action. It is a national call to moral revival, a mass mobilization led by poor and working people to challenge systemic poverty, racism, militarism and ecological devastation www.poorpeoplescampaign.org.

 

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Message for May 13, 2018

Listen to the most recent message, “Mothers for Peace Day, its Origin and Challenge Today,” from Sunday worship at Berkeley Friends Church. The speakers are Keith Barton and Louise Neal. The passages from scripture are Matthew 4:17; Matthew 5:9; Mark 2:17; Romans 3:8.

Read the unabridged interview from the October 2016 issue of The SUN online: An Unlikely Friendship, An Israeli And A Palestinian Make The Case For Peace, by Judith Hertog.

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This Sunday, May 13, 2018

  • Sun 10:00 AM Sunday School
  • Sun 11:00 AM Worship
  • Sun 12:15 PM Fellowship Time
  • Sun 1:00 PM Singing Ensemble
  • Tue 7:15 PM Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

Please gather with us!
Christ’s blessings!
John H Maurer, for the Ministry and Counsel Committee

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 12, Ashley Wilcox will give a two-hour workshop on prayer at BFC starting at 1:00 PM. (There will be no potluck.)

Next weekend (May 19-20), the Ministry and Counsel Committee invites you to meet Micah Bales and Faith Kelley and one of their children, 8-month old son Francis. Their visit is part of our discernment process for a half-time pastor position at BFC. Birthright Quakers, Micah and Faith currently work as a pastor team for the Washington City Church of the Brethren in Washington D.C.  This Sat. May 19 there will be a lunch at 1:00 PM and dinner starting at 6 PM both in Fellowship Hall. This is an opportunity for all of us to meet and talk with them.

Singing Ensemble will meet next Sun. at 9:00 AM.

Monthly Business Meeting and Potluck Luncheon is next Sun, May 20. Please bring a dish or be prepared to contribute $3.00 for supplies. We need a diversity of salads, casseroles, fruit, breads, etc. Be creative!

AFSC, Church World Service, and the Unitarian Universalist Assoc. are launching an online course (three 1.5-hour sessions in June, July, Aug.) entitled Creating Sanctuary/Changing Ourselves.  The purpose is to jump start local groups to do anti-racism self reflection work and to participate in the Sanctuary movement. Please see Tomi if you would like more information and/or are interested in joining a BFC group.

Peace, Environment, and Christian Social Concerns will be showing “Healing Justice,” a World Trust film by Shakti Butler, on Fri, June 1.  Doors open at 6:30; film starts at 7PM. The film addresses the question: “How can restorative practices be used to shift the way we address crime and violence in our communities to produce safer, healthier, thriving communities for all?”

Please pray for, donate, and or march with the Poor People’s Campaign. The campaign is committing to 40 days of nonviolent action. It is a national call to moral revival, a mass mobilization led by poor and working people to challenge systemic poverty, racism, militarism and ecological devastation www.poorpeoplescampaign.org

 

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This Sunday, May 6, 2018

  • Sun 9:00 AM Trustees/Singing Ensemble
  • Sun 10:00 AM Sunday School
  • Sun 11:00 AM Worship
  • Sun 12:15 PM Fellowship Time
  • Sun 1:00 PM Missionary Outreach and Christian Education
  • Tue 7:15 PM Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

Please gather with us!
Christ’s blessings!
John H Maurer, for the Ministry and Counsel Committee

Singing Ensemble will meet next Sun. May 13 at 1:00 PM.

Bake Sale!  This Sunday the children will sell cookies, crispy treats, and lemonade to raise money for the Friends School in Belize.  The children will be selling these yummy items in front of the church and fellowship hall.  Please consider purchasing an item to help raise money for the Friends School in Belize.

Saturday, May 12, Ashley Wilcox will give a two-hour workshop on prayer.  There will be no potluck, the workshop will start at 1:00 PM. [Date corrected.]

AFSC, Church World Service, and the Unitarian Universalist Assoc. are launching an online course (three – 1.5 hour sessions in June, July, Aug.) entitled Creating Sanctuary/Changing Ourselves.  The purpose is to jump start local groups to do anti-racism self reflection work and to participate in the Sanctuary movement.  Please see Tomi if you would like more information and/or are interested in joining a BFC group.

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This Sunday, April 29, 2018

  • Sun 9:00 AM Singing Ensemble
  • Sun 10:00 AM Sunday School
  • Sun 11:00 AM Worship
  • Sun 12:15 PM Fellowship Time
  • Tue 7:15 PM Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

Please gather with us!
Christ’s blessings!
John H Maurer, for the Ministry and Counsel Committee

Trustees and Singing Ensemble will meet next Sun. May 6 at 9:00 AM.

Missionary Outreach and Christian Education will meet next Sun. May 6 at 1:00 PM.

THIS SUNDAY (April 29 [corrected]) Berkeley Crop Hunger Walk will begin with a rally and registration at 1:00 PM at St. Mary Magdalen (located at 2005 Berryman St.) All money raised will go to the Berkeley Food Pantry, Church World Service (CWS), Youth Spirit Artworks, Dorothy Day House and YEAH! Youth Engagement Advocacy, and Housing. You may walk with the team Berkeley Quakers and if you have any further questions please see Dharma, team captain.

Save the date!  On Saturday, May 12, we will have a Potluck lunch and Going Away Party from 12 noon to 12:45 PM for Rebecca Baier and Chad Ropp as they head east.
Following this, Ashley Wilcox will give a two-hour workshop on Quaker Prayer starting at 1:00 PM. Visit her website to learn more https://www.ashleymwilcox.com/current-offerings. More details about her visit to BFC soon.

The Ministry and Counsel Committee invites you to meet Micah Bales and Faith Kelley of Washington, D. C., and their son Francis (8 months) when they visit Berkeley May 18-20.  Their visit will be part of their discernment process and conversation with M&C concerning a half-time pastor position at BFC.  Micah and Faith work as a pastor team and currently worship with the Washington City Church of the Brethren, though both of them are birthright Quakers.
M&C will organize lunch and dinner meetings open to all on Sat. May 19 so that everyone will have an opportunity to talk with them. Micah will preach on Sunday (May 20).
Please read Micah’s blog at http://www.micahbales.com/ before he, Faith and Francis arrive next month.  Stay tuned for more details about Sat. May 19.

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