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This Sunday October 25, 2020

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

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

TUE 7:30 PM– Bible Study

We do not gather in vain, for God is working in our hearts. The love of Jesus Christ calls us together. Our worship strengthens and empowers us
to share the gospel. The love of Jesus Christ shines in our lives. We proclaim the good news with boldness. The love of Jesus Christ is at work in the world!

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Bible Study starts 7:30 PM on Tuesdays via Zoom. Bible Study is currently reading  Jesus, Christ and Servant of God: Meditations on the Gospel According to John by David Johnson. You do not need to have read or have a copy of the book available as we read a section and then discuss.

Friends United Meeting will host another International Prayer Gathering on October 30 at 9:00 AM. Join Friends around the world to gather as a global community, to hear the voices of Friends, and pray together. Access Information: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81195904675 Meeting ID: 811 9590 4675 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/k1m4RP7So

Join Friends around the world on Saturday, November 7, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., for the fourth session of Friends World Committee for Consultation’s Quaker Conversations Webinar Series. This time we will be exploring “Speaking Truth to Power during a Pandemic: A Quaker Scientist’s Reflections.” Click here for more information.

Saturday November 14 at 4:00 PM- All Ages and Stages Worship. Worship designed with everyone in mind. Participate in prayer, scripture reading and waiting worship focused around thankfulness and gratitude.

Way of the Spirit Mini-CourseListen – Tune Your Inner Ears to the Spirit, an online mini-course from the Quaker Way of the Spirit program: How are your spiritual ears handling the noise, suffering, and uncertainty of this fall? How are you sorting inner Holy guidance from other loud and urgent influences? All of us can learn to better recognize and follow the inward promptings of the Spirit through the tumult. It might matter now more than ever. An online mini-course from the Quaker-based, Way of the Spirit program invites all to grow in inward attentiveness that integrates outward actions in the Spirit of Love. LISTEN—Personal Spiritual Awareness and Discernment – Nov 21, Dec 5 & 12, 2020, 9:30am -1:30 pm. Three Saturday mornings of interactive learning, reflection, and prayer online through Zoom videoconferencing. Click here for more information. 

Sunday November 22 at 11:00 AM- Worship with Whittier First Friends Church with speaker Vanessa Julye, Nurturing Ministries Coordinator, Ministry on Racism and Youth Ministries Programs at Friends General Conference

Thursday November 26 at 10:00 AM– Brief gathering for Thanksgiving prayer. More details to come.

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This Sunday October 18, 2020

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

THU 8:00 PM– Cloud of Witnesses

Celebrate God’s love, which has been poured into our lives! Forgiveness, encouragement, support, and healing are gifts of God to us. We will be people of peace and justice. Shout for joy! Sing God’s praises always!

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Bible Study starts 7:30 PM on Tuesdays via Zoom. Bible Study is currently reading  Jesus, Christ and Servant of God: Meditations on the Gospel According to John by David Johnson. You do not need to have read or have a copy of the book available as we read a section and then discuss.

Where does Quakers’ call to lobby for peace and justice come from? What do those origins have to say to Friends carrying their concerns into the world today? Quaker writer and speaker Marge Abbott considers these questions. In conversation with Katie Breslin, Marge will discuss Friends’ historically complex relationship with law and government and what that history offers to Friends wrestling with these same questions today. Friends Committee on National Legislation, Online, October 21, at 3:30 p.m. (Pacific). Click here for more information.

Thursday October 22 at 8:00 PM join us for Cloud of Witnesses and share about someone who has impacted your faith journey. It can be someone you know personally or not. Living or dead. If you have a picture of the person, bring it to share with everyone.

Friends United Meeting will host another International Prayer Gathering on October 30 at 9:00 AM. Join Friends around the world to gather as a global community, to hear the voices of Friends, and pray together. Access Information: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81195904675 Meeting ID: 811 9590 4675 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/k1m4RP7So

Saturday November 14 at 4:00 PM- All Ages and Stages Worship. Worship designed with everyone in mind. Participate in prayer, scripture reading and waiting worship focused around thankfulness and gratitude.

Sunday November 22 at 11:00 AM- Worship with Whittier First Friends Church with speaker Vanessa Julye, Nurturing Ministries Coordinator, Ministry on Racism and Youth Ministries Programs at Friends General Conference

Are you seeking to simplify your life and take personal steps to create right relationship with our world? If so, you may want to participate in this workshop offered by Right Sharing of World Resources via Zoom: The Power of Enough – Thursdays from October 22nd to November 19th, 2020 4:30-6:00 PM Pacific Time. Participants will experience new perspectives through queries, storytelling, sharing, and singing. Attendees will leave with a deeper sense of self and connection to how our personal choices ripple forward to others. Click here for more information.

Thursday November 26 at 10:00 AM– Brief gathering for Thanksgiving prayer. More details to come.

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This Sunday October 11, 2020

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

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

TUE 7:30 PM– Bible Study

Lord of diversity and union, we call upon you to open our hearts to your love, our ears to your words, our eyes to see the needs of those both near and far, and our spirits to do your will. Be with us and give us courage and inspiration for the future of your world.

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Bible Study starts 7:30 PM on Tuesdays via Zoom. Bible Study is currently reading  Jesus, Christ and Servant of God: Meditations on the Gospel According to John by David Johnson. You do not need to have read or have a copy of the book available as we read a section and then discuss.

FCNL will be cohosting a webinar on October 14 at 1:00 Eastern on the unique needs for addressing domestic violence in indigenous communities. Tribal advocates are working hard to resolve this crisis, but they need help—both from Congress and from the wider public. Co-sponsered by Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic, it will feature speakers from the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, the National Congress of American Indians, and the Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center. Register here.

Where does Quakers’ call to lobby for peace and justice come from? What do those origins have to say to Friends carrying their concerns into the world today? Quaker writer and speaker Marge Abbott considers these questions. In conversation with Katie Breslin, Marge will discuss Friends’ historically complex relationship with law and government and what that history offers to Friends wrestling with these same questions today. Friends Committee on National Legislation, Online, October 21, at 3:30 p.m. (Pacific). Click here for more information.

Thursday October 22 at 8:00 PM join us for Cloud of Witnesses and share about someone who has impacted your faith journey. It can be someone you know personally or not. Living or dead. If you have a picture of the person, bring it to share with everyone.

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) Annual Meeting and Quaker Public Policy Institute 2020 is online November 14–17. Register by October 16. Click here for more information.

The School of the Spirit is seeking a new administrator. The position is part time, with $27,000 annual recompense. They have no geographical requirement for this person. Their last administrator lived in Durham, NC, and their current one lives in Lancaster, PA. Click here for more information.

Census 2020: Don’t forget to respond to your notice either online, by phone or by paper form after April 8th. The census will only ask 9 questions and by law cannot be shared with anyone including ICE, the police, or other government agencies. An undercount will have a huge effect on our area. For example, if we have an undercount of 6% in Alameda County, the county will lose $1 billion over 10 years. For more information see the Census website.

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This Sunday September 27, 2020

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

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

TUE 7:30 PM– Bible Study

“They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill, what never dies. Nor can Spirits ever be divided that love and live in the same Divine Principle; the Root and Record of their Friendship.” – William Penn, Some Fruits of Solitude

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Bible Study starts 7:30 PM on Tuesdays via Zoom. Bible Study is currently reading  Jesus, Christ and Servant of God: Meditations on the Gospel According to John by David Johnson. You do not need to have read or have a copy of the book available as we read a section and then discuss.

All Ages and Stages Worship will be Saturday September 26 at 4:00 PM. Join us for an engaging, interactive worship in which we do some activities, pray, read the Bible, and have waiting worship. Designed for kids, families and those who just need to be moving.

“Peace and the Nature of War” is the theme for this year’s Westheimer Peace Symposium hosted by Wilmington College on Oct 1 & 2. Registration is only required for workshops. All other lectures and Response Project performances may be accessed freely online.

World Quaker Day is Sunday October 4. Celebrate this year by worshiping with Whittier First Friends and West Richmond Friends Church at 11:00 AM. Getry Agizah, Peace Team staffer from the FUM Africa office, will be preaching.

Happy Hour – Come hang out with folks from Berkeley Friends Church from 8:00 to 9:00 PM, Friday October 9. We have no agenda. Just a time to chat, connect and enjoy each other’s company. Check for log in details on listserv announcements.

Thursday October 22 at 8:00 PM join us for Cloud of Witnesses and share about someone who has impacted your faith journey. It can be someone you know personally or not. Living or dead. If you have a picture of the person, bring it to share with everyone.

Census 2020: Don’t forget to respond to your notice either online, by phone or by paper form after April 8th. The census will only ask 9 questions and by law cannot be shared with anyone including ICE, the police, or other government agencies. An undercount will have a huge effect on our area. For example, if we have an undercount of 6% in Alameda County, the county will lose $1 billion over 10 years. For more information see the Census website.

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This Sunday September 20, 2020

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

SAT 4:00 PM- All Ages and Stages Worship

Give thanks to the Lord! Call upon the name of the Lord! God’s love and mercy are given daily for each of us. God’s forgiveness and tenderness are poured out for us. Praise be to God who deals so kindly with us. Help us offer the same compassion to others.

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Bible Study starts 7:30 PM on Tuesdays via Zoom. Bible Study is currently reading  Jesus, Christ and Servant of God: Meditations on the Gospel According to John by David Johnson. You do not need to have read or have a copy of the book available as we read a section and then discuss.

FWCC Southwest Region online regional gathering will be September 19 at 3:00-5:00 PM. This is a chance for people in the Western Association to learn more about FWCC and make connections with Friends from other Yearly Meetings in the region. Information and the registration link are on the FWCC website. Emelyn Buskirk ([email protected]) is the Southwest regional coordinator and would be
happy to answer any questions.

All Ages and Stages Worship will be Saturday September 26 at 4:00 PM. Join us for an engaging, interactive worship in which we do some activities, pray, read the Bible, and have waiting worship. Designed for kids, families and those who just need to be moving.

World Quaker Day is Sunday October 4. Celebrate this year by worshiping with Whittier First Friends and West Richmond Friends Church at 11:00 AM. Getry Agizah, Peace Team staffer from the FUM Africa office, will be preaching.

Happy Hour – Come hang out with folks from Berkeley Friends Church from 8:00 to 9:00 PM, Friday October 9. We have no agenda. Just a time to chat, connect and enjoy each other’s company. Check for log in details on listserv announcements.

Census 2020: Don’t forget to respond to your notice either online, by phone or by paper form after April 8th. The census will only ask 9 questions and by law cannot be shared with anyone including ICE, the police, or other government agencies. An undercount will have a huge effect on our area. For example, if we have an undercount of 6% in Alameda County, the county will lose $1 billion over 10 years. For more information see the Census website.

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This Sunday September 13, 2020

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

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

TUE 7:30 PM– Bible Study

THU 8:00 PM– Prayers of the People

We come to church hungry! We are hungry for comfort, hungry for love, hungry for a new way of living, hungry for God’s word. We are eager to taste God’s goodness in community, with our brothers and sisters. Bless us as we feast on the Bread of Life.

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Bible Study starts 7:30 PM on Tuesdays via Zoom. Bible Study is currently reading  Jesus, Christ and Servant of God: Meditations on the Gospel According to John by David Johnson. You do not need to have read or have a copy of the book available as we read a section and then discuss.

Prayers of the People on Thursday September 17, 8:00 PM – A time of prayer for each other and our needs as a community. We will also learn a little about some techniques to help us focus our prayer time and those moments when we’re not sure how to talk to God.

FWCC Southwest Region online regional gathering will be September 19 at 3:00-5:00 PM. This is a chance for people in the Western Association to learn more about FWCC and make connections with Friends from other Yearly Meetings in the region. Information and the registration link are on the FWCC website. Emelyn Buskirk ([email protected]) is the Southwest regional coordinator and would be
happy to answer any questions.

All Ages and Stages Worship will be Saturday September 26 at 4:00 PM. Join us for an engaging, interactive worship in which we do some activities, pray, read the Bible, and have waiting worship. Designed for kids, families and those who just need to be moving.

World Quaker Day is Sunday October 4. Celebrate this year by worshiping with Whittier First Friends and West Richmond Friends Church at 11:00 AM. Getry Agizah, Peace Team staffer from the FUM Africa office, will be preaching.

Census 2020: Don’t forget to respond to your notice either online, by phone or by paper form after April 8th. The census will only ask 9 questions and by law cannot be shared with anyone including ICE, the police, or other government agencies. An undercount will have a huge effect on our area. For example, if we have an undercount of 6% in Alameda County, the county will lose $1 billion over 10 years. For more information see the Census website.

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This Sunday September 6, 2020

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

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

TUE 7:30 PM– Bible Study

Come out of the darkness of despair into the brightness of God’s transforming love. Prepare your hearts and spirits to receive God’s mercy and healing. Come, let us praise and worship God who is always with us.

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Bible Study starts 7:30 PM on Tuesdays via Zoom. Bible Study is currently reading  Jesus, Christ and Servant of God: Meditations on the Gospel According to John by David Johnson. You do not need to have read or have a copy of the book available as we read a section and then discuss.

Sunday September 6, Whittier First Friends will join BFC for Sunday morning worship.

Prayers of the People on Thursday September 17, 8:00 PM – A time of prayer for each other and our needs as a community. We will also learn a little about some techniques to help us focus our prayer time and those moments when we’re not sure how to talk to God.

FWCC Southwest Region online regional gathering will be September 19 at 3:00-5:00 PM. This is a chance for people in the Western Association to learn more about FWCC and make connections with Friends from other Yearly Meetings in the region. Information and the registration link are on the FWCC website. Emelyn Buskirk ([email protected]) is the Southwest regional coordinator and would be
happy to answer any questions.

All Ages and Stages Worship will be Saturday September 26 at 4:00 PM. Join us for an engaging, interactive worship in which we do some activities, pray, read the Bible, and have waiting worship. Designed for kids, families and those who just need to be moving.

Census 2020: Don’t forget to respond to your notice either online, by phone or by paper form after April 8th. The census will only ask 9 questions and by law cannot be shared with anyone including ICE, the police, or other government agencies. An undercount will have a huge effect on our area. For example, if we have an undercount of 6% in Alameda County, the county will lose $1 billion over 10 years. For more information see the Census website.

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This Sunday August 30, 2020

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

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

SUN 1:15 PM- Called Meeting for Business

TUE 7:30 PM– Bible Study

Breathe new life into our lives; Breathe new life into our homes; Breathe new life into our neighborhoods; Breathe new life into our relationships; Breathe new life into our church. We, like Ezekiel, trust in your power to breathe new life into our dry bones and dead situations. We stand waiting for your life-giving spirit to fall upon us so that we might be revived, restored, and renewed; so that we might live resurrected lives with newness and vitality in new and transformative ways.

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Bible Study starts 7:30 PM on Tuesdays via Zoom. Bible Study is currently reading  Jesus, Christ and Servant of God: Meditations on the Gospel According to John by David Johnson. You do not need to have read or have a copy of the book available as we read a section and then discuss.

Living Into the Promise, an online program, will be led by Julie Peyton and Marge Abbott and hosted by the Ben Lomond Quaker Center, September 4–6. During this weekend together, we will each have opportunity to explore the fears that bind us and the possibility (or reality) of a power that raises up the good in each of us. Click here for more information.

Sunday September 6, Whittier First Friends will join BFC for Sunday morning worship.

Prayers of the People on Thursday September 17, 8 PM – A time of prayer for each other and our needs as a community. We will also learn a little about some techniques to help us focus our prayer time and those moments when we’re not sure how to talk to God.

All Ages and Stages Worship will be Saturday September 26 at 4:00 PM. Join us for an engaging, interactive worship in which we do some activities, pray, read the Bible, and have waiting worship. Designed for kids, families and those who just need to be moving.

Census 2020: Don’t forget to respond to your notice either online, by phone or by paper form after April 8th. The census will only ask 9 questions and by law cannot be shared with anyone including ICE, the police, or other government agencies. An undercount will have a huge effect on our area. For example, if we have an undercount of 6% in Alameda County, the county will lose $1 billion over 10 years. For more information see the Census website.

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This Sunday August 23, 2020

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

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

TUE 7:30 PM– Bible Study

FRI 8:00 PM– Happy Hour Hangout

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.

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Bible Study starts 7:30 PM on Tuesdays via Zoom. Bible Study is currently reading  Jesus, Christ and Servant of God: Meditations on the Gospel According to John by David Johnson. You do not need to have read or have a copy of the book available as we read a section and then discuss.

Happy Hour – Friday August 28 from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM.  Join us on the BFC Zoom for a time of hanging out, checking in and enjoying human interaction.

Living Into the Promise, an online program, will be led by Julie Peyton and Marge Abbott and hosted by the Ben Lomond Quaker Center, September 4–6. During this weekend together, we will each have opportunity to explore the fears that bind us and the possibility (or reality) of a power that raises up the good in each of us. Click here for more information.

Sunday September 6, Whittier First Friends will join BFC for Sunday morning worship.

Prayers of the People on Thursday September 17, 8 PM – A time of prayer for each other and our needs as a community. We will also learn a little about some techniques to help us focus our prayer time and those moments when we’re not sure how to talk to God.

All Ages and Stages Worship will be Saturday September 26 at 4:00 PM. Join us for an engaging, interactive worship in which we do some activities, pray, read the Bible, and have waiting worship. Designed for kids, families and those who just need to be moving.

Census 2020: Don’t forget to respond to your notice either online, by phone or by paper form after April 8th. The census will only ask 9 questions and by law cannot be shared with anyone including ICE, the police, or other government agencies. An undercount will have a huge effect on our area. For example, if we have an undercount of 6% in Alameda County, the county will lose $1 billion over 10 years. For more information see the Census website.

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This Sunday August 16, 2020

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

We gather to hear God’s word for us. We praise God for the opportunity to gather together. We are sent forth to share God’s transforming love. Lord, encourage us and empower us to do your will.

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Bible Study starts 7:30 PM on Tuesdays via Zoom. Bible Study is currently reading  Jesus, Christ and Servant of God: Meditations on the Gospel According to John by David Johnson. You do not need to have read or have a copy of the book available as we read a section and then discuss.

Happy Hour – Friday August 28 from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM.  Join us on the BFC Zoom for a time of hanging out, checking in and enjoying human interaction.

Friends World Committee on Consultation is hosting a global worship on Saturday, August 15 at 4:00 – 05:30 PDT to mark 100 years since the first world-wide, inter-branch gathering of Quakers in opposition to war in 1920. Time together will focus on what compelled Friends in a post-war environment and what inspires us now to continue in our work for a peaceful world. How has God called us for these 100 years? To what can we testify today? Register for the global worship via Eventbrite to get the Zoom link.

Living Into the Promise, an online program, will be led by Julie Peyton and Marge Abbott and hosted by the Ben Lomond Quaker Center, September 4–6. During this weekend together, we will each have opportunity to explore the fears that bind us and the possibility (or reality) of a power that raises up the good in each of us. Click here for more information.

Census 2020: Don’t forget to respond to your notice either online, by phone or by paper form after April 8th. The census will only ask 9 questions and by law cannot be shared with anyone including ICE, the police, or other government agencies. An undercount will have a huge effect on our area. For example, if we have an undercount of 6% in Alameda County, the county will lose $1 billion over 10 years. For more information see the Census website.

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