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This Sunday September 19, 2021

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

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

SUN 1:15 PM– Monthly Meeting for Business

TUE 7:30 PM– Zoom Showing of “The Race to Save the World”

Happy are those who follow the ways of the Lord. God’s ways are just and merciful. Those who follow God’s ways are continually nourished in faith. In all that they do, they prosper. Come, let us open our hearts to God’s compassionate love. Let us celebrate God’s mercy and justice.

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Bible Study: On September 14 and 21 the group will be watching and discussing the film “The Race to Save the World.” This movie tells of the stories of regular person who are devoting their lives to fighting climate chaos. Bible Study will also be canceled on September 28. On October 5, it will pick up again discussing the book “A Quaker Prayer Life” by David Johnson.

Quaker Peace Advocacy- September 29 3:30 – 4:30 PM Twenty years after the shock and grief of Sept. 11, 2001, its legacy lives on in U.S. policies of perpetual warfare. U.S. presidents continue to use the military force authorizations passed to enable war in Afghanistan and Iraq to justify military action across the globe. This summer, the sustained efforts of FCNL’s lobbyists in Washington and our Advocacy Teams around the country helped Congress move closer than ever to repeal of the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (2002 Iraq AUMF). In this event, we’ll talk with advocates Pamela Minden and Luke Mayhew who have been part of this persistent, faithful grassroots movement for peace. Click here for more information.

Sunday October 3 is World Quaker Day! For this Friends World Committee on Consultation event, the theme this year Resilience and Hope: drawing strength from our Quaker faith. That Sunday John Burdick will be preaching and we will have a special focus on Quakerism.

We are looking for Kids’ Sunday School teachers for our return to in person worship. We will need a teacher for the elementary age group and the middle school and up group. You can commit to teaching one Sunday a month, for a quarter or indefinitely! We will be using the Shine materials that provide lessons, activities and crafts for the teachers to present. If interested or if you have questions, let Faith Kelley know.

Saturday October 18, 10:00-11:30am- BFC Park Get Together at Strawberry Creek Park in picnic area, 1260 Allston Way
between Bancroft Way and Addison St at West St. Enjoy each other in person, the creek and playground. Bring some brunch to munch on.

The Renovare Book Club has selected the Journal of John Woolman as one of their books for this next session starting October 4. Former Quaker Heritage Day speaker Jon Kershner will be facilitating the discussion of that book. Discussion are online live and through chat. Membership costs $40 without the books. Find more information here.
Life Transformation Groups – We will be starting new groups in October! The 2-4 person groups are an opportunity to support each other in spiritual development and prayer. The once a week, hour long meeting has prayer, answering confession queries and discussing the week’s Bible reading. If you are interested in joining, talk to Faith or Micah.
Quaker Parent Support Groups, sponsored by New York Yearly Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and Friends United Meeting, are starting again. They will run mid-November through mid-April with parents across the country meeting over Zoom to talk about what it is like to parent kids in our faith. To participate, you must register by October 31 here.

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This Sunday September 12, 2021

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

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

TUE 7:30 PM– Zoom Showing of “The Race to Save the World”

Receive the healing love of Jesus. Give your lives to his service by serving and caring for others. Be at peace.

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Bible Study: On September 14 and 21 the group will be watching and discussing the film “The Race to Save the World.” This movie tells of the stories of regular person who are devoting their lives to fighting climate chaos. Bible Study will also be canceled on September 28. On October 5, it will pick up again discussing the book “A Quaker Prayer Life” by David Johnson.”

We are looking for Kids’ Sunday School teachers for our return to in person worship. We will need a teacher for the elementary age group and the middle school and up group. You can commit to teaching one Sunday a month, for a quarter or indefinitely! We will be using the Shine materials that provide lessons, activities and crafts for the teachers to present. If interested or if you have questions, let Faith Kelley know.

The Renovare Book Club has selected the Journal of John Woolman as one of their books for this next session starting October 4. Former Quaker Heritage Day speaker Jon Kershner will be facilitating the discussion of that book. Discussion are online live and through chat. Membership costs $40 without the books. Find more information here.
Social and Environmental Action Committee of Berkeley Meeting will be hosting a presentation on Climate Crisis: Solutions and Possibilities by Dr. Mark D. Levine on Friday, September 17th @ 7 pm via Zoom. Dr. Levine was director of the Environmental Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) from 1996-2006, has written chapters of the IPCC climate assessment as well as the “Scenarios for a Clean Energy Future” report. For more information and the Zoom link go to http://www.berkeleyfriendsmeeting.org/news
Friends United Meeting’s next International Prayer Gathering will be September 17 at 9:00 AM Pacific. Join in an hour of prayer, reflection and sharing with Friends around the world. Join on Zoom by clicking here or call 929-205-6099. Enter meeting ID 814 0160 1535.
Life Transformation Groups – We will be starting new groups in October! The 2-4 person groups are an opportunity to support each other in spiritual development and prayer. The once a week, hour long meeting has prayer, answering confession queries and discussing the week’s Bible reading. If you are interested in joining, talk to Faith or Micah.
Quaker Parent Support Groups, sponsored by New York Yearly Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and Friends United Meeting, are starting again. They will run mid-November through mid-April with parents across the country meeting over Zoom to talk about what it is like to parent kids in our faith. To participate, you must register by October 31 here.
Robert Wafula, principal of Friends Theological College in Kenya since 2014, is in need of significantly more financial support to continue his leadership of this important Quaker educational institution. Friends United Meeting is working to raise $2500 more a month in support from Friends across the world. One time or recurring gifts can be made on FUM’s website.

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This Sunday September 5, 2021

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

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

Bring your silence and your shouting, as introverts and extroverts. Bring your songs and your stories, your struggles and your sacrifices. Bring your gifts and your personalities, your strengths and weaknesses. God designed and created us; God understands us and is intensely interested in us.

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No Bible Study this week on September 7. On September 14 and 21 the group will be watching and discussing the film “The Race to Save the World.” This movie tells of the stories of regular person who are devoting their lives to fighting climate chaos. Bible Study will also be canceled on September 28. On October 5, it will pick up again discussing the book “A Quaker Prayer Life” by David Johnson.”

The Renovare Book Club has selected the Journal of John Woolman as one of their books for this next session starting October 4. Former Quaker Heritage Day speaker Jon Kershner will be facilitating the discussion of that book. Discussion are online live and through chat. Membership costs $40 without the books. Find more information here.
Social and Environmental Action Committee of Berkeley Meeting will be hosting a presentation on Climate Crisis: Solutions and Possibilities by Dr. Mark D. Levine on Friday, September 17th @ 7 pm via Zoom. Dr. Levine was director of the Environmental Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) from 1996-2006, has written chapters of the IPCC climate assessment as well as the “Scenarios for a Clean Energy Future” report. For more information and the Zoom link go to http://www.berkeleyfriendsmeeting.org/news
Friends United Meeting’s next International Prayer Gathering will be September 17 at 9:00 AM Pacific. Join in an hour of prayer, reflection and sharing with Friends around the world. Join on Zoom by clicking here or call 929-205-6099. Enter meeting ID 814 0160 1535.
Quaker Parent Support Groups, sponsored by New York Yearly Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and Friends United Meeting, are starting again. They will run mid-November through mid-April with parents across the country meeting over Zoom to talk about what it is like to parent kids in our faith. To participate, you must register by October 31 here.
Robert Wafula, principal of Friends Theological College in Kenya since 2014, is in need of significantly more financial support to continue his leadership of this important Quaker educational institution. Friends United Meeting is working to raise $2500 more a month in support from Friends across the world. One time or recurring gifts can be made on FUM’s website.

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Message for August 29, 2021

Listen to the most recent message from Sunday worship at Berkeley Friends Church, “Good Fruit.” The speaker is Faith Kelley. The passage from scripture is James 1:17-27.

 

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This Sunday August 29, 2021

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

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

SUN 2:00 PM– Memorial Service for John Maurer

TUE 7:30 PM– Bible Study

Every generous act of giving is a tribute to God’s love for us. Let us be people of generous and abundant gifts for others. Be ready to listen and slow to react in anger. Prepare us to be peaceful people. Keep our hearts and spirits ready to serve the Lord. 

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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.

The memorial meeting for John Maurer will be held on Sunday August 29 at 2:00 PM at the meeting house. We are asking all who are attending in person to RSVP ahead of time. Please let us know if you’re coming here.  Everyone coming in person much wearing masks at all times indoors and participate from home if you have any Covid symptoms. The memorial meeting will also be available over Zoom if you’re unable for any reason to come in person. To join on zoom click here. Or call 669-900-9128. Enter meeting ID 850 7164 6167. Enter password 94702.
The Renovare Book Club has selected the Journal of John Woolman as one of their books for this next session. Former Quaker Heritage Day speaker Jon Kershner will be facilitating the discussion of that book. Discussion are online live and through chat. Membership costs $40 without the books. Find more information here.
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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This Sunday August 22, 2021

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

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

TUE 7:30 PM– Bible Study

How wonderful it is to be in a dwelling place for God! The refreshing springs of God’s love cleans and restore us. There is a place here for everyone. No one is turned away. The least and the lost; the homeless and hopeless are always welcome in God’s house. Praise to God who invites and shelters us all. Praise to God who heals and sends us forth to serve.

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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.

The memorial meeting for John Maurer will be held on Sunday August 29 at 2:00 PM at the meeting house. We are asking all who are attending in person to RSVP ahead of time. Please let us know if you’re coming here.  Everyone coming in person much wearing masks at all times indoors and participate from home if you have any Covid symptoms. The memorial meeting will also be available over Zoom if you’re unable for any reason to come in person. To join on zoom click here. Or call 669-900-9128. Enter meeting ID 850 7164 6167. Enter password 94702.
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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Message for August 15, 2021

Listen to the most recent message from Sunday worship at Berkeley Friends Church, “Choosing Wisdom.” The speaker is Micah Bales. The passage from scripture is 1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14.

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This Sunday August 15, 2021

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

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

SUN 1:15 PM– Monthly Meeting for Business

TUE 7:30 PM– Bible Study

As we gather in a sacred moment for a sacred purpose, let us make the most of our time together. As we sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, let us make the most of our time together. As we respond to the melody in our hearts, let us make the most of our time together. We come to worship the Lord our God.

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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.

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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Message for August 8, 2021

Listen to the most recent message from Sunday worship at Berkeley Friends Church, “I Am the Bread of Life.” The speaker is Micah Bales. The passage from scripture is John 6:35, 41-51.

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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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