This weekend, 4/22-23, @BFC: PECSC, Sunday School, Worship, Potluck, Monthly Meeting

This weekend some events have shifted around on the calendar a bit due to the time called Easter:

First, this Saturday, 4/22, the Peace, Environment & Christian Social Concerns Committee will meet from 10:00-11:15 AM. All committee members, please attend if you are able–there are some important items on the agenda.

Then on Sunday, 4/23, we begin with Sunday School classes for children and adults, meeting at 10 AM. Meeting for Worship follows at 11 AM, with corporate song, prayer, waiting worship, and a prepared message (or maybe just a mess!).

A potluck lunch follows, and then our Monthly Meeting with a Concern for Business will convene at 1 PM. All members are expected to attend, and attenders and visitors are welcome as well.

Please gather with us in the Presence!

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Resurrection Sunday, 4/16, @BFC and elsewhere

it’s one of the most important weekends of the year for many Christians!

Resurrection Sunday begins bright and early at the cross at Albany Hill Park, with the Sunrise Service at 7 AM! This ecumenical community gathering is once again sponsored by the Lions Club and led by Solano Community Church. Meet at the cross at the top of the hill; Albany Hill Park is accessible from the Buchanan Street exit on I-80 or from San Pablo Ave at Marin Ave. See attached image for a map. Note: sturdy walking shoes are a good idea, as the walk to the cross is a bit steep and may be muddy!

Then, folks will be at BFC beginning around 8:30 AM for coffee, bagels and fellowship. The Singing Ensemble will rehearse at 9 AM. Our regular Sunday School classes for children and adults will gather at 10 AM (note: the adult class will meet in the fellowship hall and the Quakerism class in the pastor’s office). Then in our worship time at 11 AM, we will celebrate with lots of music, including a new hymn taught by the children and a Singing Ensemble selection, along with reflecting on the mystery of Jesus’ rising again in waiting worship and prayer. There will be fellowship time afterward, for as long as Friends would like.

Please join us, in the hope and the power of the Resurrection!

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Message for April 9, 2017

Listen to the most recent message from Sunday worship at Berkeley Friends Church. The speaker is Jonathan Vogel-Borne, a traveling Friend from New England Yearly Meeting.  The scripture is Colossians 3:13-14.

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Message for April 2, 2017

Listen to the most recent message from Sunday worship at Berkeley Friends Church. The speaker is Pastor Brian C. Young.  The scripture is Ezekiel 37:1-14.

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This weekend, 4/8-9, @BFC: BNFP & egg dyeing, Jonathan Vogel Borne, Stewardship & Finance, Sunday School, Worship, Singing Ensemble

There’s a lot going on this weekend at Berkeley Friends Church–

First off, on Saturday, 4/8, we host the bimonthly Harvest Day for the Berkeley Neighborhood Food Project, from 9:30 AM to noon. If you haven’t brought in your green bag yet, you can do so anytime between 10 and noon. And if you’d like to help with the harvest, please contact Pantry Director Sara Webber.

Then mid-day on Saturday, BFC kids and parents will be dyeing Easter eggs for the Food Pantry, in the kitchen from 11 AM to 1 PM. If you’d like to know more, contact Dharma Galang.

Then on Sunday, 4/9, we’ll begin with the Stewardship & Finance Committee, meeting at 9 AM. The regular Sunday School classes for adults & kids follow at 10 AM, with a change of venue: the adult classes will meet upstairs so the kids can rehearse music in the worship room.

In Meeting for Worship at 11 AM, we will welcome guest speaker Jonathan Vogel-Borne, a traveling Friend from New England Yearly Meeting. He will bring a message entitled, “Seeking Deeper Unity”, based on Colossians 3:13–14, as we praise God in song, prayer and corporate stillness. See attached bio for more on Jonathan’s life and ministry.

Fellowship time follows worship, and then the Singing Ensemble rehearses at 1 PM.

Please join us for worship, learning, fellowship and service!


JVB Bio 4-9-17 at BFC.pdf

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Sunday, 4/2 @BFC: Green Bags & Called Meeting; Trustees, Sunday School & Worship

This Sunday, 4/2, don’t forget that it’s BFC’s collection day for our contributions to the Berkeley Neighborhood Food Project, so please bring your green bags with you to bring into worship!

Then the Sunday 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, in song, prayer, silence, and a meditation focused on Ezekiel 37:1-14 entitled, The Temptation of Dryness. Fellowship time follows worship.

At 1 PM, there will be a special called Meeting for Business to review the seismic engineering reports on the meetinghouse received from SDC Structural Engineering, and consider next steps. We welcome the participation of BFC attenders as well as members. Please review the reports as closely as you can in advance (note: a small number of hardcopy reports will be available at the meeting).

Finally, the Missionary, Outreach and Christian Education Committee has put off their meeting by a few weeks–so they will next meet on Thursday, 4/13, at 7 PM, beginning with a pizza dinner!

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Hanako’s anti-Islamophobia campaign on BART makes SFGate!

Congratulations to Hanako Asakura and friends for some recognition yesterday on SFGate for their successful campaign to put anti-harassment posters on BART trains!

At least one Twitter user has also taken notice:

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Message for March 19, 2017

Listen to the most recent message from Sunday worship at Berkeley Friends Church. The speaker is Pastor Brian C. YOung. The scripture is Exodus 17:1-7.

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Sat & Sun, 3/18-19 @BFC: Pantry work day, CFC, Singing Ensemble, Sunday School, Worship, Potluck, Monthly Meeting

Tomorrow, Saturday, 3/18, there are a couple of things going on here at Berkeley Friends Church:

First, in the morning, there will be a work day for the Berkeley Food Pantry from 9:00 AM to noon. Please bring a light snack and wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty. The crew will meet downstairs in the pantry space. For further information, please contact Dharma Galang.

Also beginning at 9 AM, we will host the quarterly gathering of the Christian Friends Conference–Western Region. CFC is a group of Christian Quakers from around the Bay Area who meet for Bible reading, waiting worship in the traditional manner of Friends, and fellowship. The gathering goes through lunch (please bring your own) and concludes around 3 PM. For full schedule, see the attached flyer.

Please note: space in the parking lot may be limited, so please take advantage of street parking if necessary, remembering as always to be courteous to our neighbors.

Then, on Sunday, 3/19, here is the order of events:

  • Singing Ensemble rehearses at 9 AM;
  • Sunday School for children and adults convenes at 10 AM, with the group studying Our Life is Love in the worship room and the Quakerism/membership group in the fellowship hall;’
  • Friends meet for Worship at 11 AM, with singing, stillness, supplication, and a message entitled, “The Temptation of Complaint,” from Exodus 17:1-7;
  • A potluck meal follows; regulars are asked to bring a dish to share, or a few dollars to cover the cost of supplies;
  • Then our Monthly Meeting for Business convenes at 1 PM.

Hope to have you with us!

CFC-WR flyer 3-17.pdf

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Sunday, 3/12, @BFC: SPRING FORWARD, Sunday School, Worship, Singing Ensemble

Spring is here, and that means this weekend is the return of Daylight Saving Time! Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night. Otherwise, you’ll miss some of what’s going on this Sunday, 3/12 at BFC:

Things start with Sunday School for adults and children at 10 AM; for the adults, the regular class meets in the worship room and the Quakerism/membership group convenes in the fellowship hall. Then we gather for Worship at 11 AM, meeting together to seek the Lord’s presence as we sing, pray, wait in silence, and hear a message entitled, “The Temptation to Stay,” based on Matthew 17:1-9.

Following worship we have a time of fellowship, with extra coffee for those who really miss that hour of sleep, and then the Singing Ensemble will rehearse at 1 PM.

Please join us!

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