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This Sunday August 1, 2021

SUN 11:00 AM– Meeting for Worship with Whittier First Friends Church; download bulletin

Blessed be the Lord of Hosts, who cleanses and heals our lives. Blessed be the Holy One, who brings us from despair to hope. Blessed be the Giver of Life, who nurtures and comforts us. Let us praise God with our whole hearts and souls!

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Bible Study is canceled this week and will return on 8/10. It starts 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.

Sunday August 8 at 11:00 AM we will hold our next Intergenerational Worship focused this time on God’s faithful, continued presence with us wherever we go. Join us for songs, prayers and discussion along with a brief period of open worship and sermon.

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.

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Message for July 25, 2021

Listen to the most recent message from Sunday worship at Berkeley Friends Church, “Landfall.” The speakers are David Thompson (scripture) and Micah Bales (message). The passage from scripture is John 6:1-21.

(We apologize for the poor audio quality between approximately the 2m30s and 7m00s marks.)

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This Sunday July 25, 2021

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

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

TUE 7:30 PM– Bible Study

Come, rest your spirits in the Lord. This is a place of peace and hope, where all may be fed and healed. Come, place your trust in God who is always near you. Open our hearts, Lord, to hear your word and feel your presence.

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Bible Study starts 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.

Sunday August 1 at 11:00 AM we will join Whittier First Friends for their worship. Lynda Ladwig will be preaching.

Sunday August 8 at 11:00 AM we will hold our next Intergenerational Worship focused this time on God’s faithful, continued presence with us wherever we go. Join us for songs, prayers and discussion along with a brief period of open worship and sermon.

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.

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This Sunday July 18, 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

Come, out of your busy lives to a quiet time and place. Our souls thirst for some peace and quiet. Come, and rest in the Lord who will restore your souls. Our lives need moments of rest. Come and find the quiet center. Come, be at peace. Praise God who offers to us a shelter and resting place.

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Bible Study starts 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 Committee on National Legislation Quaker Changemaker event- July 21 at 3:30 PM Pacific. The focus will be on Quakers and Economic Justice and feature panelists Jonathan Jae-an Crisman–a longtime FCNL supporter and advocate–and Amelia Kegan, legislative director for domestic policy at FCNL. Register to join the conversation.

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.

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Message for July 11, 2021

Listen to the most recent message from Sunday worship at Berkeley Friends Church, “Who is this King of Glory?” The speaker is Micah Bales. Please click this link for today’s passage from scripture, Psalm 24.

(I apologize for failing to start the recording soon enough. We join Micah mid-message.)

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This Sunday July 11, 2021

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

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

TUE 7:30 PM– Bible Study

Jesus calls us! Jesus calls us here from far and near to hear a message of peace. Whether you feel far from God, or near to God, this peace can be yours this morning, a gift from the God of grace.

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Bible Study starts 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.

Next Sunday, July 18th, we will be having our Monthly Meeting for Business at 1:15 pm.

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.

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This Sunday July 4, 2021

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

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

TUE 7:30 PM– Bible Study

O Great Revealer, we come seeking visions. We come desiring dreams. Grant our wish: wave before us one branch of paradise lost, and we shall see in its leaf our life regained. Or conjure up a carpenter whose hands are as rough as the bark of a tree, and we shall behold in his face our salvation. Lift us, we plead, in a flight not of fancy, but of faith; not that we might boast of your presence, but that we might know your forgiveness.

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Bible Study starts 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.

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.

Friend United Meeting’s next International Prayer Gathering will be July 9 at 9:00 AM Pacific on Zoom. Gather as a global Quaker community, to hear the voices of Friends, and pray together. Access Information: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81401601535  Or call: 929-205-6099. Enter Meeting ID: 814 0160 1535

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This Sunday June 27, 2021

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

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

TUE 7:30 PM– Bible Study

To the fisherman Jesus said: “Follow me and I will make you fish for people. To the tax collector Jesus said: “Follow me.” To the rich man Jesus said: “Go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” At the last supper Jesus said: “Follow me.” To you and to me and to all of us Jesus says: Follow me!

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This Sunday June 27, we will have our Peace, Education and Christian Social Concerns committee meeting at 1-2:30pm. Link in bulletin.

Bible Study starts 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.

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.

Friend United Meeting’s next International Prayer Gathering will be July 9 at 9:00 AM Pacific on Zoom. Gather as a global Quaker community, to hear the voices of Friends, and pray together. Access Information: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81401601535  Or call: 929-205-6099. Enter Meeting ID: 814 0160 1535

New resource! The Quaker Parenting Initiative is dedicated to helping parents find direction and spiritual meaning in their journey with their children, as they love and live with them while seeking how to nurture and guide them. Click here for more information.

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This Sunday June 20, 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

In the midst of life’s storms, God is there. What have we to fear? In the darkness and terror, God is with us. Of whom shall we be afraid? Rise up, people of God, for we are loved and saved. Thanks be to God who cares deeply for us.

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Bible Study starts 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.

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.

Friends Committee on National Legislation’s June Change Maker’s event will focus on “Talking Through Political Disagreement: Is It Even Worth It?” Join them June 23 at 3:30 PM Pacific on Zoom. RSVP on their website. The speakers, Karen Tibbals and Val Liveoak, will draw on theoretical, strategic, and spiritual frameworks from Quaker tradition. They will showcase new skills for communicating across political divides, seeing that of God in people we disagree with, and building relationships to make change in Congress and in our communities. FCNL’s Bobby Trice will moderate the conversation.

memorial service for Joyce Kumao will be held on Saturday June 26 at 2:30 PM at the meeting house. All are invited to attend. More details to come.

Friend United Meeting’s next International Prayer Gathering will be July 9 at 9:00 AM Pacific on Zoom. Gather as a global Quaker community, to hear the voices of Friends, and pray together. Access Information: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81401601535  Or call: 929-205-6099. Enter Meeting ID: 814 0160 1535

New resource! The Quaker Parenting Initiative is dedicated to helping parents find direction and spiritual meaning in their journey with their children, as they love and live with them while seeking how to nurture and guide them. Click here for more information.

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This Sunday June 13, 2021

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

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

TUE 7:30 PM– Bible Study

Jesus is the Bread of Heaven for eternal life. In worship, may we find his sustenance and strength, and by the leading of the Holy Spirit, may we come ready to receive from Father God. Let our hearts and minds resolve to offer him thanks and praise.

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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.

On Tuesday June 1 at 7:30 pm Bible Study will be starting a discussion of the book “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. While you can join Bible Study any time, the start of a new book is a great time to start attending.

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.

BFC Park Meet Up- Saturday June 19 at 10:00 AM at Strawberry Creek Park picnic area. The park is at 1260 Allston Way between Bancroft Way and Addison Street at West Street. We’ll enjoy hanging out together, yard games and (for those of the correct age) playing on the playground. Come enjoy seeing each other in real life again!

memorial service for Joyce Kumao will be held on Saturday June 26 at 2:30 PM at the meeting house. All are invited to attend. More details to come.

New resource! The Quaker Parenting Initiative is dedicated to helping parents find direction and spiritual meaning in their journey with their children, as they love and live with them while seeking how to nurture and guide them. Click here for more information.

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