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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Message for March 5, 2017

Listen to the most recent message from Sunday worship at Berkeley Friends Church. The speaker is BFC member Dorothy Kakimoto. The scripture is 2 Peter 1:3-8.

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Message for February 26, 2017

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


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Sunday, 3/5, @BFC: Trustees, Sunday School, Worship, Fellowship!

This Sunday, 3/5, the Trustees are the first ones to arrive, gathering for their monthly meeting at 9 AM. Then Sunday School for children and adults convenes at 10 AM, including the second session of the new membership/intro to Quakerism class, in the fellowship hall (it’s not too late to join the group!). We gather for Worship at 11 AM, with singing, praying, and entering into stillness together, blessed by a message from Dorothy Kakimoto based on II Peter 1.Fellowship time follows worship.

And don’t forget that the Missionary, Outreach and Christian Education Committee is meeting midweek–Thursday, 3/9, at 7 PM, beginning with a pizza dinner…

Hope to have you with us!

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Media from Quaker Heritage Day Weekend, 2017

Quaker Heritage Day 2017 was quite a success! Thanks to everyone who participated, and especially to those who coordinated the program, food, and book table.

We are posting several items for those who couldn’t be there, or for those who were but would like to reflect more on Marcelle Martin’s ministry. First, a video of Marcelle telling the story of the Woodhouse, from the afternoon session:

Full-length video of all three sessions will be coming soon!

Second, the handouts from the day (all three together in one file).

Third, the audio of Marcelle’s Sunday message for worship, “A Community of Faithfulness,” based on the story of David & Goliath from I Sam 17:

Watch this space for more!

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Message for February 19, 2017

Listen to the most recent message from Sunday worship at Berkeley Friends Church. The speaker is our Quaker Heritage Day 2017 speaker Marcelle Martin. The scripture is 1 Samuel 17:34-50.

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This weekend, 2/17-19, @BFC: WARSF, QHD, Singing Ensemble, Sunday School, Worship, Meeting for Business

It’s one of the biggest weekends of the year at Berkeley Friends Church! Here’s what’s happening:

First, we are hosting the annual meetings of the Western Association of the Religious Society of Friends (WARSF). WARSF is the larger association of Friends that we are part of. All are welcome to attend the Board of Oversight meeting, tomorrow evening, Friday 2/17, at 6:30 PM (for dinner, meeting to follow at 7:15), and the general Meeting of Members, following Quaker Heritage Day on Saturday 2/18 at 3:45 PM.

Then on Saturday, 2/18, we have Quaker Heritage Day 2017! Speaker is Marcelle Martin, on her book Our Life is Love, about the ten stages of the Quaker spiritual journey. Please join us! See this page for full details.

Finally, on Sunday, 2/19, join us beginning at 9 AM, for Singing Ensemble rehearsal. Then we have Sunday School classes for children and adults, meeting at 10 AM (and Marcelle will join the adults for further conversation from QHD and her book). Worship follows at 11 AM, with corporate song, prayer, and waiting worship, as well as a message from Marcelle, “A Community of Faithfulness,” based on I Samuel 17:34-50.

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.

We hope you will join us for this full weekend gathered in the Spirit of the Lord!

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This weekend, 2/11 & 12, @BFC: Harvest Day, S&F, Sunday School, Worship, Singing Ensemble

Tomorrow, Saturday, 2/11 is 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 on Sunday, 2/12, we’ll begin with the Stewardship & Finance Committee, meeting at 9 AM. The regular Sunday School classes for adults & kids follow at 10 AM. Then we gather for Meeting for Worship at 11 AM, with song and prayer and our monthly time of extended corporate quiet (second rather than third Sunday this month). Fellowship time follows worship, and then the Singing Ensemble rehearses at 1 PM.

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

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