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This Sunday, 5/28, @BFC: Singing Ensemble, SS, Worship, PECSC

This Sunday, 5/28, is a more-or-less usual fourth Sunday at Berkeley Friends Church:

  • We’ll start with the Singing Ensemble, rehearsing at 9 AM;
  • Sunday School for adults and children is at 10 AM;
  • Worship meets at 11 AM, with group song, prayer, waiting stillness, music from the Singing Ensemble, and a message from the first part of Hebrews 12;
  • Fellowship time follows worship;
  • And the Peace, Environment, and Christian Social Concerns Committee meets at 1 PM.

Please join us!

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Sunday, 5/14, @BFC: Stewardship & Finance, Sunday School, Worship, Singing Ensemble

It’s another full Sunday at Berkeley Friends Church. Here’s what’s happening:

  • The Stewardship & Finance Committee kicks things off, meeting at 9 AM.
  • Then our regular Sunday School classes for adults & kids follow at 10 AM, along with an ad hoc meeting of the Food Pantry Oversight Committee.
  • Then we gather for Meeting for Worship at 11 AM, with song, prayer, corporate waiting on the Lord, and a message on I Peter 2:2-10.
  • Fellowship time follows worship…
  • …and then the Singing Ensemble rehearses at 1 PM.

Also: Note that the potluck fellowship meeting scheduled for Saturday, 5/20 at the Sims residence has been postponed until we can find a time that will work for more folks. Please stay tuned for a new date and time!

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Sunday, 4/30, @BFC: Sunday School, Worship, Fellowship, CROP Walk & Sanctuary Church seminar

It’s a minimalist fifth-Sunday schedule at Berkeley Friends Church, but note the special events afterwards:

  • The Nominating Committee will meet at 9 AM;
  • Sunday School for children and adults will be at 10 AM;
  • Worship is at 11 AM, with song, prayer, stillness, and a message on Colossians 2:1-7;
  • Fellowship Time follows worship, for as long as Friends would like to stay, but some folks will be leaving promptly for:

The 2017 Berkeley CROP Hunger Walk, at St. Mary Magdalen, 2005 Berryman, Berkeley; registration at 1 PM, walk starts at 1:30 PM. The Berkeley Quakers team is very close to their fundraising goal: $3,630 of $4,000 as of this afternoon! And you can still donate!

Or, if you’re not walking, there will be a presentation on “What It Means to be a Sanctuary Church,” at Berkeley Friends Meeting, 2151 Vine St., Berkeley, also at 1 PM. Come hear Rev. Debra Lee of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity speak on this important and timely topic.

Hope to have you with us!

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This weekend, 4/22-23, @BFC: PECSC, Sunday School, Worship, Potluck, Monthly Meeting

This weekend some events have shifted around on the calendar a bit due to the time called Easter:

First, this Saturday, 4/22, the Peace, Environment & Christian Social Concerns Committee will meet from 10:00-11:15 AM. All committee members, please attend if you are able–there are some important items on the agenda.

Then on Sunday, 4/23, we begin with Sunday School classes for children and adults, meeting at 10 AM. Meeting for Worship follows at 11 AM, with corporate song, prayer, waiting worship, and a prepared message (or maybe just a mess!).

A potluck lunch follows, and then our Monthly Meeting with a Concern for Business will convene at 1 PM. All members are expected to attend, and attenders and visitors are welcome as well.

Please gather with us in the Presence!

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Resurrection Sunday, 4/16, @BFC and elsewhere

it’s one of the most important weekends of the year for many Christians!

Resurrection Sunday begins bright and early at the cross at Albany Hill Park, with the Sunrise Service at 7 AM! This ecumenical community gathering is once again sponsored by the Lions Club and led by Solano Community Church. Meet at the cross at the top of the hill; Albany Hill Park is accessible from the Buchanan Street exit on I-80 or from San Pablo Ave at Marin Ave. See attached image for a map. Note: sturdy walking shoes are a good idea, as the walk to the cross is a bit steep and may be muddy!

Then, folks will be at BFC beginning around 8:30 AM for coffee, bagels and fellowship. The Singing Ensemble will rehearse at 9 AM. Our regular Sunday School classes for children and adults will gather at 10 AM (note: the adult class will meet in the fellowship hall and the Quakerism class in the pastor’s office). Then in our worship time at 11 AM, we will celebrate with lots of music, including a new hymn taught by the children and a Singing Ensemble selection, along with reflecting on the mystery of Jesus’ rising again in waiting worship and prayer. There will be fellowship time afterward, for as long as Friends would like.

Please join us, in the hope and the power of the Resurrection!

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This weekend, 4/8-9, @BFC: BNFP & egg dyeing, Jonathan Vogel Borne, Stewardship & Finance, Sunday School, Worship, Singing Ensemble

There’s a lot going on this weekend at Berkeley Friends Church–

First off, on Saturday, 4/8, 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 mid-day on Saturday, BFC kids and parents will be dyeing Easter eggs for the Food Pantry, in the kitchen from 11 AM to 1 PM. If you’d like to know more, contact Dharma Galang.

Then on Sunday, 4/9, we’ll begin with the Stewardship & Finance Committee, meeting at 9 AM. The regular Sunday School classes for adults & kids follow at 10 AM, with a change of venue: the adult classes will meet upstairs so the kids can rehearse music in the worship room.

In Meeting for Worship at 11 AM, we will welcome guest speaker Jonathan Vogel-Borne, a traveling Friend from New England Yearly Meeting. He will bring a message entitled, “Seeking Deeper Unity”, based on Colossians 3:13–14, as we praise God in song, prayer and corporate stillness. See attached bio for more on Jonathan’s life and ministry.

Fellowship time follows worship, and then the Singing Ensemble rehearses at 1 PM.

Please join us for worship, learning, fellowship and service!


JVB Bio 4-9-17 at BFC.pdf

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Sunday, 4/2 @BFC: Green Bags & Called Meeting; Trustees, Sunday School & Worship

This Sunday, 4/2, don’t forget that it’s BFC’s collection day for our contributions to the Berkeley Neighborhood Food Project, so please bring your green bags with you to bring into worship!

Then the Sunday 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, in song, prayer, silence, and a meditation focused on Ezekiel 37:1-14 entitled, The Temptation of Dryness. Fellowship time follows worship.

At 1 PM, there will be a special called Meeting for Business to review the seismic engineering reports on the meetinghouse received from SDC Structural Engineering, and consider next steps. We welcome the participation of BFC attenders as well as members. Please review the reports as closely as you can in advance (note: a small number of hardcopy reports will be available at the meeting).

Finally, the Missionary, Outreach and Christian Education Committee has put off their meeting by a few weeks–so they will next meet on Thursday, 4/13, at 7 PM, beginning with a pizza dinner!

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Sat & Sun, 3/18-19 @BFC: Pantry work day, CFC, Singing Ensemble, Sunday School, Worship, Potluck, Monthly Meeting

Tomorrow, Saturday, 3/18, there are a couple of things going on here at Berkeley Friends Church:

First, in the morning, there will be a work day for the Berkeley Food Pantry from 9:00 AM to noon. Please bring a light snack and wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty. The crew will meet downstairs in the pantry space. For further information, please contact Dharma Galang.

Also beginning at 9 AM, we will host the quarterly gathering of the Christian Friends Conference–Western Region. CFC is a group of Christian Quakers from around the Bay Area who meet for Bible reading, waiting worship in the traditional manner of Friends, and fellowship. The gathering goes through lunch (please bring your own) and concludes around 3 PM. For full schedule, see the attached flyer.

Please note: space in the parking lot may be limited, so please take advantage of street parking if necessary, remembering as always to be courteous to our neighbors.

Then, on Sunday, 3/19, here is the order of events:

  • Singing Ensemble rehearses at 9 AM;
  • Sunday School for children and adults convenes at 10 AM, with the group studying Our Life is Love in the worship room and the Quakerism/membership group in the fellowship hall;’
  • Friends meet for Worship at 11 AM, with singing, stillness, supplication, and a message entitled, “The Temptation of Complaint,” from Exodus 17:1-7;
  • 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.

Hope to have you with us!

CFC-WR flyer 3-17.pdf

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Sunday, 3/12, @BFC: SPRING FORWARD, Sunday School, Worship, Singing Ensemble

Spring is here, and that means this weekend is the return of Daylight Saving Time! Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night. Otherwise, you’ll miss some of what’s going on this Sunday, 3/12 at BFC:

Things start with Sunday School for adults and children at 10 AM; for the adults, the regular class meets in the worship room and the Quakerism/membership group convenes in the fellowship hall. Then we gather for Worship at 11 AM, meeting together to seek the Lord’s presence as we sing, pray, wait in silence, and hear a message entitled, “The Temptation to Stay,” based on Matthew 17:1-9.

Following worship we have a time of fellowship, with extra coffee for those who really miss that hour of sleep, and then the Singing Ensemble will rehearse at 1 PM.

Please join us!

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Sunday, 3/5, @BFC: Trustees, Sunday School, Worship, Fellowship!

This Sunday, 3/5, the Trustees are the first ones to arrive, gathering for their monthly meeting at 9 AM. Then Sunday School for children and adults convenes at 10 AM, including the second session of the new membership/intro to Quakerism class, in the fellowship hall (it’s not too late to join the group!). We gather for Worship at 11 AM, with singing, praying, and entering into stillness together, blessed by a message from Dorothy Kakimoto based on II Peter 1.Fellowship time follows worship.

And don’t forget that the Missionary, Outreach and Christian Education Committee is meeting midweek–Thursday, 3/9, at 7 PM, beginning with a pizza dinner…

Hope to have you with us!

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