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Every fourth Friday from January to October, we invite the community to a monthly film screening. Our “Friday Night at the Movies” series presents thought-provoking, spiritually resonant films that reflect issues and values of interest to area Friends and the community.

This weekend, 8/21-23 @BFC: Movie Night, Sunday School, Worship, PECSC

It’s a full weekend at Berkeley Friends Church:

1) Our bimonthly Friday Night at the Movies returns tomorrow night, Friday, 8/21. This time it’s the Saudi Arabian film Wadjda, about an an enterprising Saudi girl who signs on for her school’s Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle she has her heart set on.

ADMISSION IS FREE! Refreshments at 6:30 PM, film at 7:00 PM. Discussion follows the screening.

2) Then on Sunday, 8/23, we begin with Sunday School classes for children and adults at 10 AM. In Meeting for Worship at 11 AM, we will raise our voices in song and prayer, hear another message in the cycle of King David’s story, and quiet ourselves so we might listen for God. Fellowship time follows worship, and then at 1 PM, the Peace, Environment & Christian Social Concerns Committee will meet.

Hope to see you here at some point this weekend!

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This weekend @BFC: Umberto D, Singing Ensemble, Sunday School, Worship, Monthly Meeting

Dear Friends:

This full weekend at BFC includes:

1) Our first Friday Night at the Movies of 2015!

Presenting:

“Umberto D”

1952, Directed by Vittorio De Sica, Not Rated, 85 min.

This neorealist masterpiece follows an elderly pensioner as he strives to make ends meet during Italy’s postwar economic recovery. Alone except for his dog, Umberto struggles to maintain his dignity in a city where human kindness seems to have been swallowed up by the forces of modernization. See the flyer for more information.

TONIGHT, Friday, 1/16; refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Film at 7:00 p.m. Discussion to follow. ADMISSION IS FREE!

2) On Sunday, 1/18, the Singing Ensemble will rehearse at 9 AM; then our regular Sunday School classes for children and adults will meet at 10 AM. We gather for worship at 11 AM, with song, prayer, a presentation from the Singing Ensemble, and our regular third Sunday extended time of open worship.

Our monthly potluck lunch follows worship; please bring a dish to share if you can, or a few dollars to help with the purchase of supplies. (If you are bringing something to eat, please also bring a list of ingredients so that people know what’s in your dish.) Then at 1 PM, we will have our Monthly Meeting with a Concern for Business. Members should please attend, and all others are welcome.

We hope to have you with us for fellowship, study, worship and business!


In Christ’s Light,

Brian Young
Pastor, Berkeley Friends Church
O: 510-524-4112 C: 510-355-6715

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This weekend @BFC: Movie Night, Pantry Work Day, Sunday School, Worship, PECSC

The end of the month is often busy at BFC, and Tenth Month is no exception:

1) Tomorrow, Friday, 10/24, is our monthly Friday Night at the Movies. This month’s film is “Brother Sun, Sister Moon,” Franco Zeffirelli’s 1972 biopic of Francis of Assisi. Zeffirelli concentrates on the early story of Francesco, a boy who renounces his wealthy upbringing to serve God, and gathers around him a crew of misfit disciples. They are also joined by Clare, who is also sympathetic to the plight of the poor. With music by Donovan, this lavishly photographed film is a treat for the senses, and is not often seen. See attached for more.

ADMISSION IS FREE! Doors open for refreshments at 6:30 PM; film at 7:00, with discussion following. Remember that this is our final presentation for 2014; we will take the next two months off due to the holidays.

2) On Saturday, 10/25, the Food Pantry will have a work day to clean and begin making some changes related to the Alameda County Community Food Bank’s recent inspection. The scheduled time is 12:30 PM to 5 PM, but people may start in the morning; there are plenty of things to do. If you can help, please contact Pantry Director Sara Webber.

3) On Sunday, 10/26, things start at 10 AM with our regular Sunday School classes for adults & children. Meeting for Worship begins at 11 AM, with song, prayer, a spoken meditation, and corporate waiting on the Lord. Fellowship time follows worship, and then at 1 PM, the Peace, Environment, and Christian Social Concerns Committee will meet.

Come and join us as we work, study and seek Christ together!

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This weekend @BFC: Movie Night, Work Day, Sunday School & Worship, Nonviolent Peace Force

Dear Friends:

Much activity this weekend at BFC:

1) Tomorrow, Friday, 9/26, is our monthly Friday Night at the Movies. This month’s film is the 2012 Chilean drama No. It’s an engaging portrayal that follows a hot-shot ad executive who creates a controversial media campaign opposing military dictator Augusto Pinochet during the referendum on Pinochet’s presidency in 1988. In Spanish with English subtitles; strong language advisory. See attached for more.

ADMISSION IS FREE! Doors open for refreshments at 6:30 PM; film at 7:00, with discussion following.

2) On Saturday, 9/27, we will have a Work Day to take care of the grounds. We’ll be concentrating on trimming trees & bushes, weeding, and other outside tasks. We’ll work from 10 AM to 2 PM; please bring your gardening tools and a brown bag lunch!

3) On Sunday, 9/28, things start at 10 AM with our regular Sunday School classes for adults & children. Meeting for Worship begins at 11 AM, with song, prayer, a spoken meditation, and corporate waiting on the Lord. Fellowship time follows worship, and then at 1 PM, the Peace, Environment, and Christian Social Concerns Committee will have a special presentation on Nonviolent Peace Force. NVPF uses unarmed civilian peacekeeping as a tool to reduce violence and protect civilians in conflict zones. Please stick around to hear about this important work!

We hope you will join us for some or all of this


In Christ’s Light,

Brian Young
Pastor, Berkeley Friends Church
O: 510-524-4112 C: 510-355-6715

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Tonight and this Sunday @BFC:

Hi everybody–

1) Tonight, Friday, 7/25, is our monthly Friday Night at the Movies. This month is the 2011 drama The Wise Kids. Set in and around a Southern Baptist church, this coming-of-age drama focuses on three main characters: Brea, an introspective pastor’s daughter; the hyperactive Laura, Brea’s best friend and a devout believer; and Tim, the open-hearted son of a single father, disclosing his homosexuality for the first time. Tensions and buried feelings abound as the youth choose colleges and adults behave badly; the trio attempt to hold on to what they have while yearning to break free.

ADMISSION IS FREE! Refreshments at 6:30 PM, film at 7:00, discussion to follow.

2) On Sunday, 7/27, we’ll begin at 10 AM, with our Sunday School classes for children and adults. In meeting for worship at 11 AM, we will seek the Living God together in prayer, song,  a message from Romans 8, and silence. Fellowship time follows worship, and then the Peace, Environment and Christian Social Concerns Committee will meet at 1 PM.

Please join us!


In Christ’s Light,

Brian Young
Pastor, Berkeley Friends Church
O: 510-524-4112 C: 510-355-6715

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This weekend @BFC: Movie Night, CFC, Singing Ensemble, Green Bags, Worship, PECSC, organ recital and more!

The end of the month is often full at BFC, but this week, look out! We’ll be busy all weekend, with…1) Friday Night at the Movies this Friday, 3/28: this month we offer the compelling 2012 documentary A Place at the Table. This film uses personal stories, colorful graphics and an array of sobering statistics to illuminate the plight of the 49 million Americans struggling with food insecurity. Those of you who volunteer at the Food Pantry know plenty about this crisis, but this film gives an additional perspective that is not to be missed. See attached flyer for more details.

ADMISSION IS FREE! Refreshments at 6:30 PM, film at 7:00, discussion to follow.

2) The quarterly gathering of the Christian Friends Conference, all day on Saturday, 3/29: you are invited to take part in waiting worship and Bible reading in the manner of Conservative Friends, and to share fellowship and  discussion with Christian Quakers from around the Bay Area and beyond. 9 AM – 4:30 PM. Beverages and bagels will be provided in the morning; please bring your own lunch. See the second  file attached for the full schedule.

3) Our weekly gathering for worship, learning and fellowship on Sunday, 3/30: first off, we will be collecting the church’s contributions to the Berkeley Neighborhood Food Project a week early, so please bring your greeen bags with you and bring them into worship!

We’ll begin at 9 AM, with a Singing Ensemble rehearsal. Then at 10 AM, our Sunday School classes for children and adults, including the membership/Quakerism class, will meet. In meeting for worship at 11 AM, we will seek the Living God together in prayer, song from the congregation and the Singing Ensemble,  a message from the Scriptures, and silence. Fellowship time follows worship; the Peace, Environment and Christian Social Concerns Committee will meet during this time, from 12:30 to 1:30 PM.

4) A special event on Sunday afternoon, 3/30: in celebration of his 85th birthday, Charles Blue would like to invite everyone to an organ mini-recital at St Paul Lutheran Church, 1658 Excelsior Avenue in Oakland, at 2 PM. Carpooling may be possible; check with Charles or Brian to see who will be going.

Blessings to all!

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This weekend at BFC: Brother Outsider, Trustees, Sunday School and Worship!

Dear Friends:

Here is what’s happening at BFC this weekend:

1) Tomorrow, Friday, 2/28, is our monthly Friday Night at the Movies, with the 2003 documentary Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin. Rustin, an African American Quaker, was one of the seminal figures of the civil rights movement, as a close advisor to Dr. King and the architect of the 1963 March on Washington. Rustin was also open about his homosexuality in a period far less accepting than the present.

This time around we are privileged to have a very special guest: the film’s co-director, Nancy D. Kates, is a Berkeley resident and has offered to attend and participate in the discussion! Please come and meet Nancy and see her thought-provoking film.

See attached flyer for more details. As always, ADMISSION IS FREE! Refreshments at 6:30 PM, film at 7:00, discussion to follow.

2) On Sunday, 3/2, the Trustees Committee will start things off, meeting at 9 AM. Then, at 10 AM, our Sunday School classes for children and adults will meet, including the Quakerism/membership class. In meeting for worship at 11 AM, we will hear a message drawn from John 15, as we continue to consider discipleship and disciple-making. We will also sing, pray and wait together on the Lord. Fellowship time follows worship.

Note: the Missionary, Outreach and Christian Education committee will not meet this Sunday. At our last meeting we agreed to postpone to Thursday of next week, 3/6, at 2 PM at the meetinghouse. See you then!

Please join us as we gather!


In Christ’s Light,

Brian Young
Pastor, Berkeley Friends Church
O: 510-524-4112 C: 510-355-6715

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This weekend @BFC: Movie Night, Trustees, Worship and PECSC!

Dear Friends:

There’s a lot happening this weekend at Berkeley Friends Church. Here’s the rundown:

1) Tomorrow, Friday, 1/24, Friday Night at the Movies returns, with the 1951 French drama Diary of a Country Priest. Director Robert Bresson’s masterful adaptation of Georges Bernanos’s novel tells the story of a dedicated priest in a rural village whose best efforts only seem to alienate him from the very population he’s supposed to be serving. In French, with English subtitles. See attached flyer for more details.

ADMISSION IS FREE! Refreshments at 6:30 PM, film at 7:00, discussion to follow.

2) On Sunday, 1/26, the Trustees will have a called meeting at 9 AM. Then at 10 AM, we have our regular Sunday School classes for adults & children. Meeting for Worship begins at 11 AM, including a message based on Matthew 4:12-23. Fellowship time follows worship, and then the Peace, Environment, and Christian Social Concerns Committee meets at 1 PM.

3) A reminder that the following Sunday, February 2, is our day to participate in the FUM Chain of Prayer! Please see me after worship this Sunday if you would like to participate. For more information and for a guide to FUM’s ministries which you can use to structure your time of prayer, see this link.

God’s blessings and peace to each one of you!


In Christ’s Light,

Brian Young
Pastor, Berkeley Friends Church
O: 510-524-4112 C: 510-355-6715

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This weekend @ BFC: Movie

Dear all:

It’s a full weekend at Berkeley Friends Church–please don’t forget about these events:

1) Tomorrow, Friday, 10/25, is our monthly Movie Night! This last presentation of 2013 is Sarah’s Key, a drama that offers an unusual angle on the Holocaust. This fictional film explores the reverberations of one extraordinary young girl’s story for her descendents and for those whose lives intersected with hers. A tale of heartbreak and hope, starring Kristen Scott Thomas. See attached flyer for more info.

It’s FREE! Doors open at 6:30 PM, film at 7, discussion following film. Please join us, and don’t forget to pick up a copy of the 2014 schedule–remember, we take November and December off, and resume in January 2014.

2) On Saturday, 10/26, the Knit & Crochet Fellowship will meet at 11 AM in the felowship hall. Come see what everyone’s working on,  share your latest project, or learn what you need to start a new one!

3) On Sunday morning, 10/27, we will gather for Sunday School for children and adults at 10 AM. In meeting for worship at 11 AM, we will sing and pray together, hear a spoken message, and listen in quiet for the message imparted by the Living Christ. Fellowship time follows worship, and then the Peace, Environment and Christian Social Concerns Committee meets at 1 PM.

Fellowship, discussion, sharing, learning, worship–come join us at Berkeley Friends Church!


In Christ’s Light,

Brian Young
Pastor, Berkeley Friends Church
O: 510-524-4112 C: 510-355-6715

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This weekend @ BFC: Letters to Father Jacob, worship, memorial for Claire Englander

Dear Friends:

Here is what’s going on this weekend at Berkeley Friends Church:

1) Tomorrow, Friday, 9/27, is our monthly Movie Night! This month it’s Letters to Father Jacob, a touching film from Finland that explores themes of forgiveness and servanthood. Subtitles in English. See attached flyer for more info.

It’s FREE! Doors open at 6:30 PM, film at 7, discussion following film. Please join us!!

2) On Sunday morning, 9/29, we will gather for Sunday School for children and adults at 10 AM. Then, in meeting for worship at 11 AM, I will share the third in a series reflecting on my recent trip to Palestine with CPT, including some thoughts on the narrative of Abraham, Sarah, and the other patriarchs and matriarchs. We’ll also sing, pray together, and wait expectantly upon the Lord. Fellowship time follows worship.

3) On Sunday afternoon, we will hold a memorial service to remember Claire Englander and to give thanks to God for her life. There will be a reception at 12:30 PM, and the service will begin at 1:30. If you can, please bring food to share for the reception, as we would for our normal third Sunday potluck meal.

We hope to have you join us for learning, fellowship, and worship!


In Christ’s Light,

Brian Young
Pastor, Berkeley Friends Church
O: 510-524-4112 C: 510-355-6715

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