This Sunday, 9/3, & next Saturday, 9/9, @BFC: Trustees, Sunday School, Worship, MOCE; Called Meeting

If you can stand the heat (it’s not like it’s any cooler staying at home!), here’s what’s happening this Sunday, and then a reminder about next Saturday:

Sunday, 9/3 at BFC is a first Sunday, which means:

  • Trustees meet for the care of the building and grounds at 9 AM;
  • Sunday School classes for adults & kids gather at 10 AM;
  • We worship at 11 AM, with song, prayer, and expectant waiting, as well as a message from John 13 entitled, “LOA.”
  • Fellowship time follows worship;
  • The Missionary, Outreach and Christian Education Committee meets at 1 PM.

And then, Ministry & Counsel would like to invite everyone to the second in a series of Called Meetings with a Concern for Business, a week from tomorrow, Saturday, 9/9, from 10 AM to noon.This meeting will focus on discernment of the meetings’ needs for pastoral leadership. As with the first meeting, M&C has prepared some queries, which are listed below. If you are unable to attend, M&C would appreciate your responses via e-mail to office by this coming Thursday, 9/7.

Queries for the 9/9 Called Meeting

  1. Aside from a demographic description of our members and attenders, how would we describe ourselves as a congregation?

  2. What do we value? e.g. Spiritual nurture, Proclaiming Christ, Meeting activities, Social action, Outreach, Being an inclusive community, Christian education (adults and children), etc.

  3. What are our needs currently and in the 3-5 years to come?

  4. What experience, qualities and interests in a pastor would be a good fit for us?

  5. What do we need a pastor to do?

Finally, it seems slightly unreal that this is my final reminder message to you all… I want to thank you, again, for the privilege of having served you for nine very good years. We are going to miss each one of you. I pray for God’s guidance, direction and rich blessings as you seek God’s will for the next season of your lives together.

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Message for August 27, 2017

Listen to the most recent message from Sunday worship at Berkeley Friends Church. The speaker is pastor Brian C. Young. The scripture is Romans 12:9-18.

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This weekend, 8/19 & 20, @BFC: Called Meeting, Singing Ensemble, Sunday School, Worship, Potluck, Monthly Meeting

Important things are happening this weekend at Berkeley Friends Church–here’s what’s on:

Tomorrow, Saturday, 8/ 19, there will be a special Called Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business from 10 AM to 12 noon at the meetinghouse to discern whether BFC will be a pastored or un-pastored Meeting following my departure in September. As a reminder, Ministry & Counsel has asked members and attenders to respond to the following queries:

  • What is our sense of God’s call to our meeting, and does being a pastored or un-pastored Meeting help us be more obedient to the call?
  • If being a pastored Meeting is our path, what do we want in a pastor? (e.g. qualities, experience, part-time vs. full time, interim vs. long term)
  • If we begin a formal search process, should we begin as soon as possible?
  • If being an un-pastored Meeting is our path, what are we as a Meeting willing to do (i.e. which roles and tasks are we individually and collectively willing to take on)?

Then, on Sunday, 8/20, the events are as follows:

  • The Singing Ensemble gathers to rehearse a joyful noise at 9 AM;
  • Kids & adults join in their Sunday School classes at 10 AM;
  • Everyone coalesces for Worship at 11 AM, with singing, prayer, a special musical offering, and our monthly time of extended open worship;
  • We all chow down at a potluck lunch following worship (regulars, please bring something to share, or if you can’t, contribute a small amount for supplies);
  • And then we conclude the day with our regular Monthly Meeting with a Concern for Business at 1 PM.

Hope to be with you this weekend!

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Message for August 13, 2017

Listen to the most recent message from Sunday worship at Berkeley Friends Church. The speakers are Del and Suzanne Livingston, who teach people to fabricate, distribute, install, and maintain BioSand Water Filters. The scripture verses are Matthew 10:40-42 and 1 Corinthians 12:4-11.

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Message for August 6, 2017

Listen to the most recent message from Sunday worship at Berkeley Friends Church. The speaker is pastor Brian C. Young. The scripture is Genesis 32:22-32

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This Sunday, 8/6, @BFC: BNFP bags, Trustees, Sunday School, Worship, MOCE

Another month rolls around, and another first Sunday–here’s what’s on:

This Sunday, 8/6, it’s again BFC’s bi-monthly collection day for our contributions to the Berkeley Neighborhood Food Project, so please bring your green bags with you to bring into worship!

The day’s 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, with song, prayer, silence, and a message based on Genesis 32–Jacob’s struggle with… [God? An angel? A
stranger in the night? A guilty conscience? Someone/thing else?]

Fellowship time follows worship, and then at 1 PM, the Missionary, Outreach and Christian Education Committee will meet.

Please gather with us!

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Message for July 30, 2017

Listen to the most recent message from Sunday worship at Berkeley Friends Church. The speaker is pastor Brian C. Young. The scripture is Genesis 28:10-19.

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This Sunday, 7/30, @BFC: Singing Ensemble, Sunday School, Worship, Fellowship!

A fifth Sunday offers us the opportunity to meet together with a bit more leisure than most others… so: the Singing Ensemble gathers for a rehearsal at 9 AM. Then our regular Sunday School classes meet at 10 AM. In Worship at 11 AM, we will sing and pray together, be ministered to by the Ensemble, hear a message based upon Genesis 28, and wait in quiet to hear the Lord’s response. Fellowship time follows worship, for as long as Friends would like to enjoy one another’s presence!

Please join us!

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Message for July 23, 2017

Listen to the most recent message from Sunday worship at Berkeley Friends Church. The speaker is pastor Brian C. Young. The scripture is Genesis 15:1-6.

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This weekend, 7/22-23 @BFC: CCM yard sale, Singing Ensemble, Sunday School, Worship & PECSC

Here is what is happening this weekend at Berkeley Friends Church:

Tomorrow, Saturday, 7/22, Cedar Creek Montessori School will hold a Rummage Sale in the parking lot–come by and see what they have! All proceeds support the school; 8:30 AM to 1 PM.

And then on Sunday, 7/23, we start with the Singing Ensemble, rehearsing at 9 AM. Then Sunday School classes for children and adults are at 10 AM. In Worship at 11 AM, we will gather in quiet, sing God’s praises, hear a message on Abraham’s faith and trust, “credited as righteousness” (Genesis 15:1-6), and listen for God’s voice together.

Fellowship time follows worship, and then the Peace, Environment and Christian Social Concerns Committee will meet at 1 PM.

Hope to have you with us as we pray and listen together!

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