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This Sunday January 19, 2020

Sun 10:00 AM Sunday School (children downstairs)

Sun 11:00 AM Worship

Sun 12:15 PM Fellowship Time

Sun 1:00 PM Monthly Meeting for Business

Tues 7:15 Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” -Martin Luther King Jr

Sunday we will be having our Monthly Business Meeting preceded by a potluck lunch. A $3 contribution is requested if you have not brought a dish. First time guests do not need to pay.

January at BFC will include these special events: 1/19- Beloved Community Sunday- Remember the work of MLK Jr and consider our role in racial justice and reconciliation. 1/26- Friendly Questions– during fellowship time sit and talk with pastors and other leaders about BFC and your own faith journey

Directory 2020 Update!  Please take a moment to look at and edit the special copy of the 2019 directory that will be available for that purpose.

Songs of Resilience concert: Sat, Jan 25, 7:30PM, featuring Quaker musician Annie Patterson, will be held at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists at 1924 Cedar Street.  Advance tickets are $20 online and a $25 suggested donation at the door.

Free Ben Lomond Quaker Center workshops are available through the church’s membership subscription. A complete list for the year and next is on the table in the entryway and can be found online. The next workshops is Young and Old for Climate Justice: A Dialog led by George Lakey from January 24-26. If interested in this or any other workshop on the list, please let John Maurer or Faith Kelley know ASAP.

Jan. 31, 8: PM, The First Church Festival Chorus performs Maurice Durufle’s Requiem. “One of the most transcendent works of the 20th century choral repertoire, Durufle’s Requiem draws upon the ancient traditions of plainchant to create a timeless masterpiece, at once ancient and modern.” Jan 31st, 8pm, 2345 Channing Way.  Please enter code FESTCHOIR2020 here for a 50% discount off general tickets. ($12.50 rather than $25.)

Berkeley United Methodist Church, a historically Japanese-American Congregation, will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for the “National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps” from June 5-7, 2020. This event will be a historic pilgrimage for people of Japanese ancestry to heal intergenerational wounds by standing in solidarity with immigrants and all people of color being targeted by the current administration’s policies. BUMC will be bringing over 1,000 paper cranes to be included in the 125,000 paper cranes to be placed on the White House fence.  The BUMC is seeking our spiritual and moral support and asked for signatures of support. To learn more, please speak to Dharma Galang.

Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries is happy to announce the return of The Deeper Roots program. Deborah Shaw, Deborah Fisch, and Lloyd Lee Wilson will lead a group of committed Friends in a “deep dive” into the history of our Quaker faith, a Quaker perspective on the Bible and how to benefit from it, sampling spiritual practices and disciplines valuable to Friends, and building authentic spiritual community. Four long weekend residencies over 18 months, beginning 9/10-13, 2020, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center in CA. Suitable for seasoned Friends as well as those relatively new to Quakerism. For more details or to request an application, visit Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries.

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This Sunday January 12, 2020

Sun 9:00 AM Stewardship & Finance

Sun 10:00 AM Sunday School (children downstairs)

Sun 11:00 AM Worship

Sun 12:15 PM Fellowship Time

Tues 7:15 Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

We come seeking God’s blessings and love. We have come seeking forgiveness and healing. We open our hearts to all of God’s words and ways for us.

January at BFC will include these special events: 1/12- All Ages and Stages Worship– a special intergenerational, interactive worship service. 1/19- Beloved Community Sunday- Remember the work of MLK Jr and consider our role in racial justice and reconciliation. 1/26- Friendly Questions– during fellowship time sit and talk with pastors and other leaders about BFC and your own faith journey

Songs of Resilience concert: Sat, Jan 25, 7:30PM, featuring Quaker musician Annie Patterson, will be held at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists at 1924 Cedar Street.  Advance tickets are $20 online and a $25 suggested donation at the door.

Free Ben Lomond Quaker Center workshops are available through the church’s membership subscription. A complete list for the year and next is on the table in the entryway and can be found online. The next workshops is Young and Old for Climate Justice: A Dialog led by George Lakey from January 24-26. If interested in this or any other workshop on the list, please let John Maurer or Faith Kelley know ASAP.

Berkeley United Methodist Church, a historically Japanese-American Congregation, will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for the “National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps” from June 5-7, 2020. This event will be a historic pilgrimage for people of Japanese ancestry to heal intergenerational wounds by standing in solidarity with immigrants and all people of color being targeted by the current administration’s policies. BUMC will be bringing over 1,000 paper cranes to be included in the 125,000 paper cranes to be placed on the White House fence.  The BUMC is seeking our spiritual and moral support and asked for signatures of support. To learn more, please speak to Dharma Galang.

Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries is happy to announce the return of The Deeper Roots program. Deborah Shaw, Deborah Fisch, and Lloyd Lee Wilson will lead a group of committed Friends in a “deep dive” into the history of our Quaker faith, a Quaker perspective on the Bible and how to benefit from it, sampling spiritual practices and disciplines valuable to Friends, and building authentic spiritual community. Four long weekend residencies over 18 months, beginning 9/10-13, 2020, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center in CA. Suitable for seasoned Friends as well as those relatively new to Quakerism. For more details or to request an application, visit Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries.

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This Sunday January 5, 2020

Sun 9:45 AM Trustees Committee Meeting

Sun 10:00 AM Sunday School (children downstairs)

Sun 11:00 AM Worship

Sun 12:15 PM Fellowship Time

Keep close to the Light and own it alone to be your teacher, guide, and counselor in all the way through which you are to pass, and in all things that you are to do. Stand in the denial of self and all its goals; and own the Light, which leads into singleness of mind unto God away from selfish ends.
~ James Parnell, 1637?-1656

January at BFC will include these special events: 1/5- Salt and Spice– a sermon by Steve Sims about the ingredients of Quaker faith. 1/12- All Ages and Stages Worship– a special intergenerational, interactive worship service. 1/19- Beloved Community Sunday- Remember the work of MLK Jr and consider our role in racial justice and reconciliation. 1/26- Friendly Questions– during fellowship time sit and talk with pastors and other leaders about BFC and your own faith journey

Free Ben Lomond Quaker Center workshops are available through the church’s membership subscription. A complete list for the year and next is on the table in the entryway and can be found online. The next workshops is Young and Old for Climate Justice: A Dialog led by George Lakey from January 24-26. If interested in this or any other workshop on the list, please let John Maurer or Faith Kelley know ASAP.

Berkeley United Methodist Church, a historically Japanese-American Congregation, will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for the “National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps” from June 5-7, 2020. This event will be a historic pilgrimage for people of Japanese ancestry to heal intergenerational wounds by standing in solidarity with immigrants and all people of color being targeted by the current administration’s policies. BUMC will be bringing over 1,000 paper cranes to be included in the 125,000 paper cranes to be placed on the White House fence.  The BUMC is seeking our spiritual and moral support and asked for signatures of support. To learn more, please speak to Dharma Galang.

Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries is happy to announce the return of The Deeper Roots program. Deborah Shaw, Deborah Fisch, and Lloyd Lee Wilson will lead a group of committed Friends in a “deep dive” into the history of our Quaker faith, a Quaker perspective on the Bible and how to benefit from it, sampling spiritual practices and disciplines valuable to Friends, and building authentic spiritual community. Four long weekend residencies over 18 months, beginning 9/10-13, 2020, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center in CA. Suitable for seasoned Friends as well as those relatively new to Quakerism. For more details or to request an application, visit Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries.

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This Sunday December 29, 2019

Sun 10:00 AM Sunday School (children downstairs)

Sun 11:00 AM Worship

Sun 12:15 PM Fellowship Time

Sun 1:00 PM Called Meeting for Business

Though the world swirls around you and exhaustion threatens to overtake you, rest your spirits in the great God of all creation who is with us now and forever! God will give you strength and restore your spirits.

December 29th, 1:00 PM – Called for Meeting for Business to approve Nominating Committee recommendations for officers and committee memberships.

January 1, 2020: Ring in the New Year BFC!  Join us for brunch at Dorothy’s house from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, January 1.  Please RSVP with Dorothy if able to make it.

January at BFC will include these special events: 1/5- Salt and Spice– a sermon by Steve Sims about the ingredients of Quaker faith. 1/12- All Ages and Stages Worship– a special intergenerational, interactive worship service. 1/19- Beloved Community Sunday- Remember the work of MLK Jr and consider our role in racial justice and reconciliation. 1/26- Friendly Questions– during fellowship time sit and talk with pastors and other leaders about BFC and your own faith journey

Free Ben Lomond Quaker Center workshops are available through the church’s membership subscription. A complete list for the year and next is on the table in the entryway and can be found online. The next workshops is Young and Old for Climate Justice: A Dialog led by George Lakey from January 24-26. If interested in this or any other workshop on the list, please let John Maurer or Faith Kelley know ASAP.

Berkeley United Methodist Church, a historically Japanese-American Congregation, will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for the “National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps” from June 5-7, 2020. This event will be a historic pilgrimage for people of Japanese ancestry to heal intergenerational wounds by standing in solidarity with immigrants and all people of color being targeted by the current administration’s policies. BUMC will be bringing over 1,000 paper cranes to be included in the 125,000 paper cranes to be placed on the White House fence.  The BUMC is seeking our spiritual and moral support and asked for signatures of support. To learn more, please speak to Dharma Galang.

Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries is happy to announce the return of The Deeper Roots program. Deborah Shaw, Deborah Fisch, and Lloyd Lee Wilson will lead a group of committed Friends in a “deep dive” into the history of our Quaker faith, a Quaker perspective on the Bible and how to benefit from it, sampling spiritual practices and disciplines valuable to Friends, and building authentic spiritual community. Four long weekend residencies over 18 months, beginning 9/10-13, 2020, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center in CA. Suitable for seasoned Friends as well as those relatively new to Quakerism. For more details or to request an application, visit Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries.

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This Sunday December 22, 2019

Sun 10:00 AM Sunday School (children downstairs)

Sun 11:00 AM Worship

Sun 12:15 PM Fellowship Time

Sun 1:00 PM Peace, Environment & Christian Social Concerns

Tues 5:00 PM Christmas Eve Service

In the midst of darkness, God brings a new light. In the midst of confusion and fear, God brings hope and peace. In the midst of strife and stress, God comforts and soothes us. Let us praise God who truly loves us and brings us new life.

This Sunday, Dec 22, Celebrate His Birth – Special musical presentation by our kids.

Christmas Eve Service, December 24 at 5:00 PM: Start a new tradition by joining us for singing, scripture and a little bit of open worship as we await the birth of the Christ child.  No childcare provided but the service will be engaging for all ages.  Make sure to invite family and friends to join us.

Safeway’s Feed the Need campaign has begun and will run until December 25th. Please purchase a $10 bag for the Berkeley Food Pantry at the checkout stand at one of the following Safeway stores in Berkeley: 1550 Shattuck Ave., or 1850 Solano Ave. Thank you!

December 29th, 1:00 PM – Called for Meeting for Business to approve Nominating Committee recommendations for officers and committee memberships.

January 1, 2020: Ring in the New Year BFC!  Join us for brunch at Dorothy’s house from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, January 1.  Please RSVP with Dorothy if able to make it.

Berkeley United Methodist Church, a historically Japanese-American Congregation, will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for the “National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps” from June 5-7, 2020. This event will be a historic pilgrimage for people of Japanese ancestry to heal intergenerational wounds by standing in solidarity with immigrants and all people of color being targeted by the current administration’s policies. BUMC will be bringing over 1,000 paper cranes to be included in the 125,000 paper cranes to be placed on the White House fence.  The BUMC is seeking our spiritual and moral support and asked for signatures of support. To learn more, please speak to Dharma Galang.

Free Ben Lomond Quaker Center workshops are available through the church’s membership subscription. A complete list for the year and next is on the table in the back and can be found online. The next workshops is Is God Violent?  Making a New Beginning with the Bible from December 27 to January 1. If interested in this or any other workshop on the list, please let John Maurer or Faith Kelley know ASAP.

Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries is happy to announce the return of The Deeper Roots program. Deborah Shaw, Deborah Fisch, and Lloyd Lee Wilson will lead a group of committed Friends in a “deep dive” into the history of our Quaker faith, a Quaker perspective on the Bible and how to benefit from it, sampling spiritual practices and disciplines valuable to Friends, and building authentic spiritual community. Four long weekend residencies over 18 months, beginning 9/10-13, 2020, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center in CA. Suitable for seasoned Friends as well as those relatively new to Quakerism. For more details or to request an application, visit Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries.

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This Sunday December 15, 2019

Sun 10:00 AM Sunday School (children downstairs)

Sun 10:45-11:00 Carols

Sun 11:00 AM Worship

Sun 12:15 PM Potluck

Sun 1:00 PM Monthly Meeting for Business

Tues 7:15 PM Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

Wait and watch for the Lord is drawing near to us. We gather here to hear the good news and to gather strength for the times to come. Be at peace with one another. Let love and wisdom prevail. Open your hearts and souls to God’s healing word. Lord, touch our hearts. Teach us to patiently listen for your words of love.

Sunday 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.

Throughout December we will have special events on Sunday mornings during our 11:00 am worship. 12/1- Welcome the Season with Song- No sermon. Lots of singing of Christmas songs and open worship. 12/8- The Peaceable Kingdom. 12/15- Waiting and Watching- Open worship Sunday. 12/22- Celebrate His Birth- Special musical presentation by our kids.

Christmas Party– Thursday December 19 at 6:30 pm– Join in singing Christmas songs, reading the Christmas story and crafts for kids. Bring a dessert to share if able. Friends and family welcome.

Christmas Eve Service, December 24 at 5:00 PM: Start a new tradition by joining us for singing, scripture and a little bit of open worship as we await the birth of the Christ child.  No childcare provided but the service will be engaging for all ages.  Make sure to invite family and friends to join us.

The Berkeley Neighborhood Food Project’s next Harvest Day is Saturday, December 14th. On Sunday 12/8 bring your contributions together with the rest of the church’s so we can give thanks and pray for all of the hungry folks in our community. If you would like to participate on the 14th, or learn more about it, please speak to Dharma Galang.

Safeway’s Feed the Need campaign has begun and will run until December 25th. Please purchase a $10 bag for the Berkeley Food Pantry at the checkout stand at one of the following Safeway stores in Berkeley: 1550 Shattuck Ave., or 1850 Solano Ave. Thank you!

January 1, 2020: Ring in the New Year BFC!  Join us for brunch at Dorothy’s house from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, January 1.  Please RSVP with Dorothy if able to make it.

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Free Ben Lomond Quaker Center workshops are available through the church’s membership subscription. A complete list for the year and next is on the table in the back and can be found online. The next workshops is Is God Violent?  Making a New Beginning with the Bible from December 27 to January 1. If interested in this or any other workshop on the list, please let John Maurer or Faith Kelley know ASAP.

Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries is happy to announce the return of The Deeper Roots program. Deborah Shaw, Deborah Fisch, and Lloyd Lee Wilson will lead a group of committed Friends in a “deep dive” into the history of our Quaker faith, a Quaker perspective on the Bible and how to benefit from it, sampling spiritual practices and disciplines valuable to Friends, and building authentic spiritual community. Four long weekend residencies over 18 months, beginning 9/10-13, 2020, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center in CA. Suitable for seasoned Friends as well as those relatively new to Quakerism. For more details or to request an application, visit Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries.

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This Sunday December 8, 2019

Sun 10:00 AM Sunday School (children downstairs)

Sun 11:00 AM Worship

Sun 12:15 PM Fellowship Time

Sun 1:00 PM Missionary, Outreach and Christian Education Committee

Tues 7:15 PM Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

In this season of prophecy, promise, and preparation, we come to be renewed and refreshed. We come to be inspired by stories of a messiah who will change the world—and change us. We come to listen for words of hope and joy, promise and challenge. We come with open ears, open minds, and open hearts. We come to receive the blessings God has in store for us in this season of waiting. Come! Let us worship our God—the One who brings all things to fulfillment.

Throughout December we will have special events on Sunday mornings during our 11:00 am worship. 12/1- Welcome the Season with Song- No sermon. Lots of singing of Christmas songs and open worship. 12/8- The Peaceable Kingdom. 12/15- Waiting and Watching- Open worship Sunday. 12/22- Celebrate His Birth- Special musical presentation by our kids.

Christmas Party– Thursday December 19 at 6:30 pm– Join in singing Christmas songs, reading the Christmas story and crafts for kids. Bring a dessert to share if able. Friends and family welcome.

Christmas Eve Service, December 24 at 5:00 PM: Start a new tradition by joining us for singing, scripture and a little bit of open worship as we await the birth of the Christ child.  No childcare provided but the service will be engaging for all ages.  Make sure to invite family and friends to join us.

The Berkeley Neighborhood Food Project’s next Harvest Day is Saturday, December 14th. On Sunday 12/8 bring your contributions together with the rest of the church’s so we can give thanks and pray for all of the hungry folks in our community. If you would like to participate on the 14th, or learn more about it, please speak to Dharma Galang.

Safeway’s Feed the Need campaign has begun and will run until December 25th. Please purchase a $10 bag for the Berkeley Food Pantry at the checkout stand at one of the following Safeway stores in Berkeley: 1550 Shattuck Ave., or 1850 Solano Ave. Thank you!

January 1, 2020: Ring in the New Year BFC!  Join us for brunch at Dorothy’s house from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, January 1.  Please RSVP with Dorothy if able to make it.

Berkeley United Methodist Church, a historically Japanese-American Congregation, will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for the “National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps” from June 5-7, 2020. This event will be a historic pilgrimage for people of Japanese ancestry to heal intergenerational wounds by standing in solidarity with immigrants and all people of color being targeted by the current administration’s policies. BUMC will be bringing over 1,000 paper cranes to be included in the 125,000 paper cranes to be placed on the White House fence.  The BUMC is seeking our spiritual and moral support and asked for signatures of support. To learn more, please speak to Dharma Galang.

Free Ben Lomond Quaker Center workshops are available through the church’s membership subscription. A complete list for the year and next is on the table in the back and can be found online. The next workshops is Is God Violent?  Making a New Beginning with the Bible from December 27 to January 1. If interested in this or any other workshop on the list, please let John Maurer or Faith Kelley know ASAP.

Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries is happy to announce the return of The Deeper Roots program. Deborah Shaw, Deborah Fisch, and Lloyd Lee Wilson will lead a group of committed Friends in a “deep dive” into the history of our Quaker faith, a Quaker perspective on the Bible and how to benefit from it, sampling spiritual practices and disciplines valuable to Friends, and building authentic spiritual community. Four long weekend residencies over 18 months, beginning 9/10-13, 2020, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center in CA. Suitable for seasoned Friends as well as those relatively new to Quakerism. For more details or to request an application, visit Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries.

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This Sunday December 1, 2019

Sun 9:45 AM Trustees

Sun 10:00 AM Sunday School (children downstairs)

Sun 11:00 AM Worship

Sun 12:15 PM Fellowship Time

Sun 1:00 PM Missionary, Outreach & Christian Education

Tues 7:15 PM Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

Come, let us go to the house of the Lord, for in God’s house we shall find hope and healing. In God’s house we shall find forgiveness and friendship. May peace be found within the walls of this house of God. Come, let us sing our praises to God who loves and redeems us.

Throughout December we will have special events on Sunday mornings during our 11:00 am worship. 12/1- Welcome the Season with Song- No sermon. Lots of singing of Christmas songs and open worship. 12/8- The Peaceable Kingdom. 12/15- Waiting and Watching- Open worship Sunday. 12/22- Celebrate His Birth- Special musical presentation by our kids.

Christmas PartyThursday December 19 at 6:30 pm– Join in singing Christmas songs, reading the Christmas story and crafts for kids. Bring a dessert to share if able. Friends and family welcome.

Christmas Eve Service, December 24 at 5:00 PM: Start a new tradition by joining us for singing, scripture and a little bit of open worship as we await the birth of the Christ child.  No childcare provided but the service will be engaging for all ages.  Make sure to invite family and friends to join us.

Prayers for the Planet group will meet December 4, 11:00 AM to 12:00 Pm, for discussion and prayer concerning the climate crisis.  Please come!

Safeway’s Feed the Need campaign has begun and will run until December 25th. Please purchase a $10 bag for the Berkeley Food Pantry at the checkout stand at one of the following Safeway stores in Berkeley: 1550 Shattuck Ave., or 1850 Solano Ave. Thank you!

Berkeley United Methodist Church, a historically Japanese-American Congregation, will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for the “National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps” from June 5-7, 2020. This event will be a historic pilgrimage for people of Japanese ancestry to heal intergenerational wounds by standing in solidarity with immigrants and all people of color being targeted by the current administration’s policies. BUMC will be bringing over 1,000 paper cranes to be included in the 125,000 paper cranes to be placed on the White House fence.  The BUMC is seeking our spiritual and moral support and asked for signatures of support. To learn more, please speak to Dharma Galang.

Free Ben Lomond Quaker Center workshops are available through the church’s membership subscription. A complete list for the year and next is on the table in the back and can be found online. The next workshops with availability are a Music and Dance Retreat led by the participants on December 6-8 and Is God Violent?  Making a New Beginning with the Bible from December 27 to January 1. If interested in this or any other workshop on the list, please let John Maurer or Faith Kelley know ASAP.

Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries is happy to announce the return of The Deeper Roots program. Deborah Shaw, Deborah Fisch, and Lloyd Lee Wilson will lead a group of committed Friends in a “deep dive” into the history of our Quaker faith, a Quaker perspective on the Bible and how to benefit from it, sampling spiritual practices and disciplines valuable to Friends, and building authentic spiritual community. Four long weekend residencies over 18 months, beginning 9/10-13, 2020, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center in CA. Suitable for seasoned Friends as well as those relatively new to Quakerism. For more details or to request an application, visit Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries.

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This Sunday November 24, 2019

Sun 10:00 AM Sunday School (children downstairs)

Sun 11:00 AM Worship

Sun 12:15 PM Fellowship Time

Sun 1:00 PM Peace, Environment & Christian Social Concerns

Tues 7:15 PM Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

God has called us all beloved. We are given new names of hope and promise. Even though storms and trials have assailed us, God has drawn us through to the time of salvation. Thanks be to God for God’s victory in Jesus Christ! May Jesus reign in our hearts all of our days.

This Sunday, November 24 Julie Harlow of Davis Meeting will be visiting BFC to sell Russian Crafts from 12:15-12;45 and give a presentation on Friends House Moscow and the current climate in Russia at 12:45-1:45.

Begin Thanksgiving Day with gratitude to our Creator. A brief time of waiting worship and prayer will begin at the meeting house at 9:30 AM on Thursday, November 28.

We are in need of about 4 people to help moving pews to the new configuration in the worship room.  Gather on Sunday, December 1 after fellowship time if you’re willing and able.  The process should take about one hour.

Throughout December we will have special events on Sunday mornings during our 11:00 am worship. 12/1- Welcome the Season with Song- No sermon. Lots of singing of Christmas songs and open worship. 12/8- The Peaceable Kingdom. 12/15- Waiting and Watching- Open worship Sunday. 12/22- Celebrate His Birth- Special musical presentation by our kids.
Christmas Party- Thursday December 19 at 6:30 pm- Join in singing Christmas songs, reading the Christmas story and crafts for kids. Bring a dessert to share if able. Friends and family welcome.
Christmas Eve Service– Tuesday December 24 at 5:00 pm- Start a new tradition by joining us for singing, scripture and a little bit of open worship as we await the birth of the Christ child. No childcare provided but the service will be engaging for all ages. Make sure to invite family and friends to join us.

 

Safeway’s Feed the Need campaign has begun and will run until December 25th. Please purchase a $10 bag for the Berkeley Food Pantry at the checkout stand at one of the following Safeway stores in Berkeley: 1550 Shattuck Ave., or 1850 Solano Ave. Thank you!

Berkeley United Methodist Church, a historically Japanese-American Congregation, will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for the “National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps” from June 5-7, 2020. This event will be a historic pilgrimage for people of Japanese ancestry to heal intergenerational wounds by standing in solidarity with immigrants and all people of color being targeted by the current administration’s policies. BUMC will be bringing over 1,000 paper cranes to be included in the 125,000 paper cranes to be placed on the White House fence.  The BUMC is seeking our spiritual and moral support and asked for signatures of support. To learn more, please speak to Dharma Galang.

Free Ben Lomond Quaker Center workshops are available through the church’s membership subscription. A complete list for the year and next is on the table in the back and can be found online. The next workshops with availability are a Music and Dance Retreat led by the participants on December 6-8 and Is God Violent?  Making a New Beginning with the Bible from December 27 to January 1. If interested in this or any other workshop on the list, please let John Maurer or Faith Kelley know ASAP.

Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries is happy to announce the return of The Deeper Roots program. Deborah Shaw, Deborah Fisch, and Lloyd Lee Wilson will lead a group of committed Friends in a “deep dive” into the history of our Quaker faith, a Quaker perspective on the Bible and how to benefit from it, sampling spiritual practices and disciplines valuable to Friends, and building authentic spiritual community. Four long weekend residencies over 18 months, beginning 9/10-13, 2020, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center in CA. Suitable for seasoned Friends as well as those relatively new to Quakerism. For more details or to request an application, visit Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries.

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This Sunday November 15, 2019

Sun 10:00 AM Sunday School (children downstairs)
Sun 11:00 AM Worship
Sun 12:15 PM Fellowship Time
Sun 1:00 PM Monthly Meeting for Business
Tues 7:15 PM Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

Come people of God; come and celebrate God’s gift of salvation. Come without fear. Come trusting in God. Come people of God; hear God’s promises and witness God’s mighty deeds. In hearing the promises, in witnessing the mighty deeds of God, we are strengthened for all that lies ahead. Come, let us worship and praise God by shouting aloud and singing for joy, for God truly is in our midst.

Sunday we will be having our Monthly Business Meeting preceded by a potluck lunch.  A $3 contribution is requested if you have not brought a dish.  First time guests do not need to pay.

The Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon will be held on Sun, Nov. 17. For street closures and detours, please see the handouts in the lobby or visit the race website.

A Voice of Conscience at the Capitol: 2019 Legislative Review and the Future of FCLCA.  Please join us for a presentation by Kevan Insko, co-director of Friends Committee on Legislation of CA and the FCL Education Fund.  Hosted by Berkeley Friends Meeting, 2151 Vine St, Berkeley – Sunday, November 17, 2019.

Next Sun, November 24 – Peace, Environment and Christian Social Concerns will meet 1:00 PM

Next Sun, November 24 Julie Harlow of Davis Meeting will be visiting BFC to sell Russian Crafts from 12:15-12;45 and give a presentation on Friends House Moscow and the current climate in Russia at 12:45-1:45.

Begin Thanksgiving Day with gratitude to our Creator. A brief time of waiting worship and prayer will begin at the meeting house at 9:30 AM on Thursday, November 28.

We are in need of about 4 people to help moving pews to the new configuration in the worship room.  Gather on Sunday, December 1 after fellowship time if you’re willing and able.  The process should take about one hour.

Safeway’s Feed the Need campaign has begun and will run until December 25th. Please purchase a $10 bag for the Berkeley Food Pantry at the checkout stand at one of the following Safeway stores in Berkeley: 1550 Shattuck Ave., or 1850 Solano Ave. Thank you!

Berkeley United Methodist Church, a historically Japanese-American Congregation, will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for the “National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps” from June 5-7, 2020. This event will be a historic pilgrimage for people of Japanese ancestry to heal intergenerational wounds by standing in solidarity with immigrants and all people of color being targeted by the current administration’s policies. BUMC will be bringing over 1,000 paper cranes to be included in the 125,000 paper cranes to be placed on the White House fence.  The BUMC is seeking our spiritual and moral support and asked for signatures of support. To learn more, please speak to Dharma Galang.

Free Ben Lomond Quaker Center workshops are available through the church’s membership subscription. A complete list for the year and next is on the table in the back and can be found online. The next workshops with availability are a Music and Dance Retreat led by the participants on December 6-8 and Is God Violent?  Making a New Beginning with the Bible from December 27 to January 1. If interested in this or any other workshop on the list, please let John Maurer or Faith Kelley know ASAP.

Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries is happy to announce the return of The Deeper Roots program. Deborah Shaw, Deborah Fisch, and Lloyd Lee Wilson will lead a group of committed Friends in a “deep dive” into the history of our Quaker faith, a Quaker perspective on the Bible and how to benefit from it, sampling spiritual practices and disciplines valuable to Friends, and building authentic spiritual community. Four long weekend residencies over 18 months, beginning 9/10-13, 2020, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center in CA. Suitable for seasoned Friends as well as those relatively new to Quakerism. For more details or to request an application, visit Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries.

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