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Message for January 6, 2019

Listen to the most recent message from Sunday worship, “And Now a Word from Margaret Fell” at Berkeley Friends Church. The speakers are Steve Sims, Keith Barton and Louise Neal. The passages from Scripture are 1 Peter 2:4, 6-7 and Hebrews 10:16.

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This Sunday, January 6, 2019

  • Sun     9:00am Trustees
  • Sun     10:00am Sunday School (children downstairs)
  • Sun     11:00am  Worship
  • Sun     12:15pm Fellowship Time
  • Sun     1:00pm Missionary Outreach and Christian Education
  • Tues    7:15pm Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

Please gather with us!
Christ’s blessings!
— The Ministry and Counsel Committee

Choir will meet next Sunday, January 13 at 1:00pm.

Benefit for Family Reunification: Bonds for the release of immigrants detained by ICE
Where: Berkeley Friends Church, January 20, 4-6pm.
Why: Bay Area immigrants detained by ICE are held in distant jails making family visits impossible. We can contribute to their release by helping them post bond.
Details: A conversation with families affected by ICE detention and with members of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity (IM4HI).
All are welcome. Simple snacks provided.|
Sponsored by Berkeley’s Quaker congregations: Strawberry Creek Monthly Meeting, Berkeley Friends Meeting and Berkeley Friends Church. Endorsed by Berkeley
Organizing Congregations for Action (BOCA).
For information contact [email protected].

Witness at the Border: A first person account of a Texas-Mexico border sojourn in October 2018, with Tomi Nagai-Rothe, Sunday, January 27, 2019, 1:00-2:30pm

SAVE THE DATE Quaker Heritage Day will be Saturday, February 23 from 9:00am to 3:30pm. Our speaker will be Jon Kershner, Ph.D., who will speak on The Prophetic Voice of John Woolman. Suggested donation $25 with lunch; $20 without. All donations are welcome to support our annual Quaker Heritage Day event. Make checks out to BFC and put “QHD” in the memo line. Please RSVP by February 13 if you desire lunch and/or child care during the event. Dr. Kershner’s message during Worship at 11:00am on Sunday, February 24 will be Woolman and Prophetic Non-Attachment. For more information and registration pick up a flyer in the lobby.

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This Sunday, December 30, 2018

  • Sun     10:00am Sunday School (children downstairs)
  • Sun     10:30am Christmas caroling
  • Sun     11:00am Worship
  • Sun     12:15pm Fellowship Time

Please gather with us!
Christ’s blessings!
— The Ministry and Counsel Committee

THIS SUNDAY (12/30) WE ARE BLESSED TO WELCOME our new co-pastors Micah Bales and Faith Kelley and their two sons George and Francis.

Come at 10:30am for Christmas caroling! Children’s Sunday School will meet as usual at 10:00am but adult classes are suspended and will resume in January.

Trustees will meet next Sun. Jan. 6 at 9:00am.

Missionary Outreach and Christian Education will meet next Sun. Jan 6 at 9:00am.

SAVE THE DATE Quaker Heritage Day will be Saturday, February 23 from 9:00am to 3:30pm. Our speaker will be Jon Kershner, Ph.D., who will speak on The Prophetic Voice of John Woolman. Suggested donation $25 with lunch; $20 without. All donations are welcome to support our annual Quaker Heritage Day event. Make checks out to BFC and put “QHD” in the memo line. Please RSVP by February 13 if you desire lunch and/or child care during the event. Dr. Kershner’s message during Worship at 11:00am on Sunday, February 24 will be Woolman and Prophetic Non-Attachment. For more information and registration pick up a flyer in the lobby.

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This Sunday, December 23, 2018

  • Sun     10:00am Sunday School (children downstairs)
  • Sun     10:30am Christmas caroling
  • Sun     11:00am Worship
  • Sun     12:15pm Fellowship Time
  • Sun       1:00pm Peace, Environment and Christian Social Concerns committee meeting

Please gather with us!
Christ’s blessings!
— The Ministry and Counsel Committee

Next Sunday, December 30, adults should come at 10:30am for Christmas caroling! Children’s Sunday School will meet as usual at 10:00am but adult classes are suspended and will resume in January.

SAVE THE DATE Quaker Heritage Day will be Saturday, February 23 from 9:00am to 3:30pm. Our speaker will be Jon Kershner, Ph.D., who will speak on The Prophetic Voice of John Woolman. Suggested donation $25 with lunch; $20 without. All donations are welcome to support our annual Quaker Heritage Day event. Make checks out to BFC and put “QHD” in the memo line. Please RSVP by February 13 if you desire lunch and/or child care during the event. Dr. Kershner’s message during Worship at 11:00am on Sunday, February 24 will be Woolman and Prophetic Non-Attachment. For more information and registration pick up a flyer in the lobby.

The Berkeley Food Pantry has been chosen to be a recipient of Safeway’s Holiday Feed the Need Campaign, which will run until December 25. Safeway’s campaign will allow them to provide shelf-stable items, such as chicken breast, chicken noodle soup, corn, green beans, cereal, peanut butter, spaghetti, peaches, cheese ravioli, and pasta sauce, to the pantry free of charge. If you would like to help the Berkeley Food Pantry, please visit one of the Safeway Community Markets either at 1850 Solano Ave. or at 1550 Shattuck Ave. and purchase a hunger bag at the check-out stand for a suggested donation of $1, $5, or $10. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to speak to Dharma Galang, Director.

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This Sunday, December 16, 2018

  • Sun     9:00 AM Choir
  • Sun     10:00 AM Sunday School (children downstairs/adults Sanctuary)
  • Sun     11:00 AM Worship
  • Sun     12:15 PM Lunch
  • Sun     1:00 PM Monthly Business Meeting

Please gather with us!
Christ’s blessings!
— The Ministry and Counsel Committee

This 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.

Our Christmas party is this coming Tuesday, December 18 at 6:00pm in Fellowship Hall.  We will have a dessert potluck, crafts, carol singing and a Christmas Bible reading.

Adults, come on December 23 and 30 for Christmas caroling! We start at 10:30am! Children’s Sunday School can meet as usual at 10:00am but adult class are suspended for the rest of the year and will resume in January.

SAVE THE DATE Quaker Heritage Day will be Saturday, February 23 from 9:00am to 3:30pm. Our speaker will be Jon Kershner, Ph.D., who will speak on The Prophetic Voice of John Woolman. For more information and registration pick up a flyer in the lobby.

The Berkeley Food Pantry has been chosen to be a recipient of Safeway’s Holiday Feed the Need Campaign, which will run until December 25. Safeway’s campaign will allow them to provide shelf-stable items, such as chicken breast, chicken noodle soup, corn, green beans, cereal, peanut butter, spaghetti, peaches, cheese ravioli, and pasta sauce, to the pantry free of charge. If you would like to help the Berkeley Food Pantry, please visit one of the Safeway Community Markets either at 1850 Solano Ave. or at 1550 Shattuck Ave. and purchase a hunger bag at the check-out stand for a suggested donation of $1, $5, or $10. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to speak to Dharma Galang, Director.

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This Sunday, December 9, 2018

  • Sun     10:00am Sunday School (children downstairs/adults Sanctuary)
  • Sun     11:00am Worship
  • Sun     12:15pm Fellowship Time
  • Sun     1:00pm Choir
  • Bible study will not be meeting until 7:15pm, January 8, 2018

Please gather with us!
Christ’s blessings!
— The Ministry and Counsel Committee

The Berkeley Neighborhood Food Project’s next Harvest Day is tomorrow, Saturday, December 8. If you would like to help at the Harvest Day tomorrow please contact Dharma Galang, Director.

Also tomorrow, Saturday, December 8 from 9:00am to 3:30pm, Christian Friends Conference will be meeting at Palo Alto Meeting, 957 Colorado Ave. in Palo Alto. The gathering will focus on Christ centered worship. There will be Bible reading in worship, silent waiting worship, fellowship over lunch and brief planning session. Lunch is brown bag (bring your own). Beverages and bagels will be provided in the morning. If you have questions please contact Bruce Folsom.

Choir will meet next Sunday, December 16, at 9:00am.

Our Christmas party this year will be on Tuesday, December 18 at 6:00pm in Fellowship Hall.  We will have a dessert potluck, crafts, carol singing and a Christmas Bible reading.

Adults, come on December 23 and 30 for Christmas caroling! We start at 10:30am! Children’s Sunday School can meet as usual at 10:00am but adult class are suspended for the rest of the year and will resume in January.

SAVE THE DATE Quaker Heritage Day will be Saturday, February 23 from 9:00am to 3:30pm. Our speaker will be John Kershner, Ph.D. who will speak on The Prophetic Voice of John Woolman. For more information and registration pick up a flyer in the lobby.

The Berkeley Food Pantry has been chosen to be a recipient of Safeway’s Holiday Feed the Need Campaign, which will run until December 25. Safeway’s campaign will allow them to provide shelf-stable items, such as chicken breast, chicken noodle soup, corn, green beans, cereal, peanut butter, spaghetti, peaches, cheese ravioli, and pasta sauce, to the pantry free of charge. If you would like to help the Berkeley Food Pantry, please visit one of the Safeway Community Markets either at 1850 Solano Ave. or at 1550 Shattuck Ave. and purchase a hunger bag at the check-out stand for a suggested donation of $1, $5, or $10. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to speak to Dharma Galang, Director.

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Reminder: Quaker Heritage Day is coming up!

Just a friendly reminder that Quaker Heritage Day 2019 is coming up at Berkeley Friends Church!  If you’re coming and haven’t let us know, please take a moment to register online.  We hope to see you on February 23!

Here are the details:

The Prophetic Voice of John Woolman with Jon Kershner

Dr. Kershner teaches in the Religion Department at Pacific Lutheran University.  Other positions:  Dr. Kershner is a member of NSFC, the editor of Quaker Religious Thought, an Associate Editor of  Theology and Philosophy for the Brill Research Perspectives in Quaker Studies and co-chair of the Quaker Studies Program Unit at the American Academy of Religion.

Please join us at Berkeley Friends Church on Saturday, February 23, 2019, to explore these important issues with Jon Kershner.

Please RSVP by February 16, 2019, to reserve lunch and/or childcare.

Please spread the word in your meetings and churches– we hope to see you at QHD 2019!

 

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This Sunday, December 2, 2018

  • Sun     9:00 AM Trustees
  • Sun     10:00 AM Sunday School (children downstairs/adults Sanctuary)
  • Sun     11:00 AM Worship
  • Sun     12:15 PM Fellowship Time
  • Sun     1:00 PM Missionary Outreach and Christian Education
  • Tues    7:15 PM Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

Please gather with us!
Christ’s blessings!
— The Ministry and Counsel Committee

George Lakey is a longtime Friend and activist.
His newest book is HOW WE WIN: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning with a release date of November 2018. The Bay area is one of the first stops on his book tour; Strawberry Creek Monthly Meeting will be hosting a book talk tonight, Friday, November 30, at 7:15 PM, at Berkeley Meetinghouse (corner of Walnut and Vine, enter on Vine Street).
Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting regards George Lakey’s book tour as part of his ministry for nonviolence. He will share with us his understanding of how Quakers through the centuries revealed the power of direct action campaigning, and how that relates to today’s national crisis-time.
Contact Shelley Tanenbaum with questions.

Saturday, December 1, 6 PM. Join us for dinner with Micah at Nong Thon Restaurant in El Cerrito, 10086 San Pablo Ave. El Cerrito. This is a spacious, family-friendly restaurant. Young children are welcome! The food is excellent and very reasonably priced. No need to RSVP – just come. It’s 3.5 short blocks from El Cerrito Plaza BART station and on the 72 bus line – San Pablo Ave. Park on San Pablo north of Central Ave. or at Burger King.

Micah’s visit here (Fri, Nov 30 – Fri, Dec. 7) is for job interviews and to conduct a housing search but he is also eager to make time for meet ups with us, especially with those he has met only briefly or not at all. Are you available to get together with Micah? Please let Tomi know!

Sunday, December 2 Micah will share a message at Meeting for Worship. We hope you can join us!

The Berkeley Neighborhood Food Project’s next Harvest Day is Saturday, Dec. 8. We want to bring all of the church’s contributions together this Sunday, December 2. Before you head out the door next Sunday, be sure to grab that green bag full of food and bring it with you into worship. If you would also like to help at the Harvest Day on the 8th please contact Dharma Galang, Director.

Choir will meet Sunday, December 10, at 1:00 PM.

Our Christmas party this year will be on Tuesday, December 18 at 6:00 PM in Fellowship Hall.  We will have a dessert potluck, crafts, carol singing and a Christmas Bible reading.

Christian Friends Conference will be meeting Saturday, December 8 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at Palo Alto Meeting, 957 Colorado Ave. in Palo Alto. The gathering will focus on Christ centered worship. There will be Bible reading in worship, silent waiting worship, fellowship over lunch and brief planning session. Lunch is brown bag (bring your own). Beverages and bagels will be provided in the morning. For questions please contact Bruce Folsom.

The Berkeley Food Pantry has been chosen to be a recipient of Safeway’s Holiday Feed the Need Campaign, which will run until December 25. Safeway’s campaign will allow them to provide shelf-stable items, such as chicken breast, chicken noodle soup, corn, green beans, cereal, peanut butter, spaghetti, peaches, cheese ravioli, and pasta sauce, to the pantry free of charge. If you would like to help the Berkeley Food Pantry, please visit one of the Safeway Community Markets either at 1850 Solano Ave. or at 1550 Shattuck Ave. and purchase a hunger bag at the check-out stand for a suggested donation of $1, $5, or $10. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to speak to Dharma Galang, Director.

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Message for November 25, 2018

Listen to the most recent message from Sunday worship, “English Reformation 1.3,” at Berkeley Friends Church. The speaker is Keith Barton. The passage from Scripture is Matthew 25:14-30.

 

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This Sunday, November 25, 2018

  • Sun 10:00 AM Sunday School (children downstairs/adults Sanctuary)
  • Sun 11:00 AM Worship
  • Sun 12:15 PM Fellowship Time
  • Sun 1:00 Peace, Environment and Christian Social Concerns
  • Tues 7:15 PM Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

Please gather with us!
Christ’s blessings!
— The Ministry and Counsel Committee

Trustees will meet Sunday, December 2, at 9:00 AM.

Missionary Outreach and Christian Education will meet next Sunday, December 2, at 1:00 PM.

Micah Bales will be visiting the East Bay Area again in less than two weeks. He arrives Fri. evening, November 30 and departs Friday, December 7.

Saturday, December 1, 6 PM. Join us for dinner with Micah at Nong Thon Restaurant in El Cerrito, 10086 San Pablo Ave. El Cerrito. This is a spacious, family-friendly restaurant. Young children are welcome! The food is excellent and very reasonably priced. No need to RSVP – just come. It’s 3.5 short blocks from El Cerrito Plaza BART station and on the 72 bus line – San Pablo Ave. Park on San Pablo north of Central Ave. or at Burger King.

Sunday, December 2 Micah will share a message at Meeting for Worship. We hope you can join us!

Monday, December 3 – Friday, December 7 Micah will be searching for housing but will have time for dinners (and perhaps other open times). If you would like to host Micah for a meal or get together, please let me (Tomi) know.

The Berkeley Neighborhood Food Project’s next Harvest Day is Sat, Dec. 8. We want to bring all of the church’s contributions together this coming Sun, Dec. 2. Before you head out the door next Sunday, be sure to grab that green bag full of food and bring it with you into worship.

George Lakey is a longtime Friend and activist.
His newest book is HOW WE WIN: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning with a release date of November 2018. The Bay area is one of the first stops on his book tour; Strawberry Creek Monthly Meeting will be hosting a book talk on Friday, November 30, at 7:15 PM, at Berkeley Meetinghouse (corner of Walnut and Vine, enter on Vine Street).
Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting regards George Lakey’s book tour as part of his ministry for nonviolence. He will share with us his understanding of how Quakers through the centuries revealed the power of direct action campaigning, and how that relates to today’s national crisis-time.
Contact Shelley Tanenbaum with questions.

The Berkeley Food Pantry has been chosen to be a recipient of Safeway’s Holiday Feed the Need Campaign, which will run until December 25. Safeway’s campaign will allow them to provide shelf-stable items, such as chicken breast, chicken noodle soup, corn, green beans, cereal, peanut butter, spaghetti, peaches, cheese ravioli, and pasta sauce, to the pantry free of charge. If you would like to help the Berkeley Food Pantry, please visit one of the Safeway Community Markets either at 1850 Solano Ave. or at 1550 Shattuck Ave. and purchase a hunger bag at the check-out stand for a suggested donation of $1, $5, or $10. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to speak to Dharma Galang, Director.

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