Message for March 10, 2019

Listen to the most recent message from Sunday worship, “The Word Is Near to You,” at Berkeley Friends Church. The speaker is Micah Bales. The passages from Scripture are Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Romans 10:8-13, and Luke 4:1-13.

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This Sunday March 3, 2019

Sun 9:00 AM Trustees

Sun 10:00 AM Sunday School (no children’s Sunday School this week)

Sun 11:00 AM Worship

Sun 12:15 PM Lunch

Sun 1:00 PM Missionary Outreach and Christian Education

Tues 7:15 PM Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

In the face of a stranger, in the greeting of a friend, we see our Lord, Jesus Christ. In the love of Christ, we welcome you to worship with us.

Worship Sharing  this week- Bring a scripture passage, song, prayer or other Spirit-filled reflection to worship.  Instead of listening to one speaker give a message, there will be space for you to share some of how God has been working in your heart.

Directory Update: If you need to change, add or otherwise edit your church directory entry, please do so on the provided paper copy after worship during the next few weeks, or email Tina at [email protected]

Choir will meet next Sunday, March 10 at 1:00 PM

Earlham School of Religion Dinner on Monday, March 11 at 7:00 PM. Brent Walsh, the new director of alumni and student engagement, will be here to speak with alumni, current students, people interested in religious education and training and the generally curious.  Vegan soup, bread and salad provided.

The next quarterly gathering of the Christian Friends Conference – Western Region will be held on Sat, March 23, here at BFC. You are invited to take part in waiting worship and Bible reading in the manner of Conservative Friends, and to share fellowship and an open discussion with Christian Quakers from around the Bay Area and beyond. 9 AM – 3 PM. Beverages and bagels will be provided in the morning; please bring your own lunch. See the information table in the lobby for a schedule with full details.

Quaker Christianity 101: What does it mean for us to be Friends of Jesus? This spring Berkeley Friends Church will be exploring the basics of Christianity- the stories of the Bible, the power of the gospel, the live of community in Jesus. We hope you’ll join us for the following sessions, on Sundays from 12:30-2:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall: 3/24- The Bible from A to Z, 3/31- Who is Jesus? 4/7- What is the Church? 4/14- The Bible and the Word of God, 5/6– The Gospel Applied, 5/12– Exploring our Spiritual Gifts, 5/26- Letting Our Light Shine

Free Ben Lomond Quaker Center workshops are available through the church’s membership subscription. A complete list for the year is on the table in the back. The next workshop is Quaker Revival with Paul Buckley from March 19-24. If interested in this or any other workshop on the list, please let John Maurer or Faith Kelley know ASAP.

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Quaker Heritage Day 2019: “The Prophetic Voice of John Woolman”

Quaker Heritage Day 2019 was held on February 23. Jon R. Kershner wrote and prepared all of the material. Unfortunately, a family health emergency at the last minute prevented Jon from attending. Cherice Bock, who spoke on Quakers and the Eco-Reformation at QHD 2018, reads a message from Jon about this emergency near the beginning of the audio for Session 1 (after Keith Barton’s introduction). Cherice presented all of Jon’s material for Sessions  1 and 2. Keith presented Jon’s material for Session 3.

Session 1: “John Woolman and the Apocalypse of the Heart: Babel and Babylon”

PDF of slideshow for Session 1 (all links will open in their own tab).

Session 2: “Woolman and Wilderness: A Quaker Sacramental Ecology”

PDF of Jon Kershner publications mentioned near the beginning of Session 2.

PDF of slideshow for Session 2.

Session 3: “Living the Dream: How Woolman (Re)Made History in His Sleep”

PDF of slideshow for Session 3.

Link to “Woolman and Prophetic Non-attachment,” a sermon written by Jon Kershner, and delivered on Sunday, February 24, by Cherice Bock.

 

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Message for February 24, 2019

Listen to the most recent message from Sunday worship at Berkeley Friends Church: “Woolman and Prophetic Non-attachment,” by Jon Kershner. The speaker is Cherice Bock. The passages from scripture are Jeremiah 1:4-9, 17-19.

Audio of Quaker Heritage Day 2019: “The Prophetic Voice of John Woolman” (link will open in new tab).

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This Sunday February 24, 2019

Sun 10:00 AM Sunday School (children downstairs)
Sun 11:00 AM Worship
Sun 12:15 PM Lunch
Sun 1:00 PM Peace, Environment & Christian Social Concerns
Tues 7:15 PM Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

Be with us in our time of worship as we seek the love it takes to walk in the ways of God’s Son. We strive to love our enemies and bless those who wrong us. We search for joy in treating others with all the same respect and goodness with which we hope to be treated. We want our every word and deed to make known that we are God’s beloved children and vessels of God’s love.

Quaker Heritage Day is 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. Dr. Kershner’s message during Worship at 11:00am on Sunday, February 24 will be Woolman and Prophetic Non-Attachment.

Film Screening: “1948: Creation & Catastrophe” on Saturday February 23, 2019, 6:00 to 8:30 pm at The Way Christian Center, 1305 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702. Through riveting and moving personal recollections of both Israelis and Palestinians, the film reveals the shocking events of the most pivotal year of the ongoing tragedy. It tells the story of the establishment of Israel as seen through the eyes of the people who lived it. After the film screening there will be a question and answer session with Ahlam Muhtaseb and Andy Trimlett, the filmmakers. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by The Way Christian Center, NorCal Sabeel and Jewish Voice for Peace- Bay Area.

Directory Update: If you need to change, add or otherwise edit your church directory entry, please do so on the provided paper copy after worship during the next few weeks, or email Tina at [email protected]

Worship Sharing on Sunday, March 3- Bring a scripture passage, song, prayer or other Spirit-filled reflection to worship.  Instead of listening to one speaker give a message, there will be space for you to share some of how God has been working in your heart.

Trustees will meet next Sun, March 3 at 9:00 AM.

Missionary, Outreach and Christian Education will meet next Sun, March 3 at 1:00 PM

Earlham School of Religion Dinner on Monday, March 11 at 7:00 PM. Brent Walsh, the new director of alumni and student engagement, will be here to speak with alumni, current students, people interested in religious education and training and the generally curious.  Vegan soup, bread and salad provided.

The next quarterly gathering of the Christian Friends Conference – Western Region will be held on Sat, March 23, here at BFC. You are
invited to take part in waiting worship and Bible reading in the manner of Conservative Friends, and to share fellowship and an open discussion
with Christian Quakers from around the Bay Area and beyond. 9 AM – 3 PM. Beverages and bagels will be provided in the morning; please bring your own lunch. See the information table in the lobby for a schedule with full details.

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Christmas Peace(2)

This is the season we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ whom we name the Prince of Peace. (Is. 9:6.)  And yet…The world is engulfed in wars without end.
Costing trillions.
Destroying lives.
Destroying the environment.

As Christians and Quakers we cannot sing and celebrate the birth of our Savior and not cry out against war.
Wars that beget more violence.
Wars that profit the few at the expense of the many.
Wars that destroy crops, homes, businesses, displace people,  and create untold misery for all of life on the planet.

As Christians and Quakers we cannot glorify war.
War fuels climate change.(1)
War robs the peoples and governments of the ability to solve problems.
War claims the lion share of resources in oil and minerals and treasury so that there is little to address the needs of the people and the planet.

The needs of the homeless.
The needs of the poor and hungry.
The needs of the dispossessed.
The needs of the all growing things.

Let us seek to follow the Prince of Peace who came to bring good news to the poor, release to the captives, the recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. ( Lk. 4:18-19)

Let this Christmas be the clarion call to the end of all war.

(1) (The Pentagon has admitted to burning 320,000 gallons of oil a day.) The Pentagon is the “world’s greatest institutional consumer of oil and a leading producer of climate-changing CO2,” p.4, The War and Environment Reader, edited by Gar Smith.

(2) Approved for publication by Berkeley Friends Church Monthly Meeting 11/18/2018

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This Sunday February 17, 2019

  • Sun     9:00 AM Choir
  • Sun     10:00 AM Sunday School (children downstairs)
  • Sun     11:00 AM Worship
  • Sun     12:15 PM Lunch
  • Sun     1:00 PM Monthly Meeting for Business
  • Tues    7:15 PM Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

Come live in God’s love. Come drink of Christ’s mercy. Come share the Spirit’s strength.

Monthly Business Meeting and Potluck Luncheon is today. PLEASE bring a dish or be prepared to contribute $3.00 for supplies.  We need a diversity of salads, casseroles, fruit, breads, etc.  Be creative!

Directory Update: If you need to change, add or otherwise edit your church directory entry, please do so on the provided paper copy after worship during the next few weeks, or email Tina at [email protected]

Registration Open for Quaker Heritage Day on 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. 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.

Film Screening: “1948: Creation & Catastrophe” on Saturday February 23, 2019, 6:00 to 8:30 pm at The Way Christian Center, 1305 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702. Through riveting and moving personal recollections of both Israelis and Palestinians, the film reveals the shocking events of the most pivotal year of the ongoing tragedy. It tells the story of the establishment of Israel as seen through the eyes of the people who lived it. After the film screening there will be a question and answer session with Ahlam Muhtaseb and Andy Trimlett, the filmmakers. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by The Way Christian Center, NorCal Sabeel and Jewish Voice for Peace- Bay Area.

Worship Sharing on Sunday, March 3- Bring a scripture passage, song, prayer or other Spirit-filled reflection to worship.  Instead of listening to one speaker give a message, there will be space for you to share some of how God has been working in your heart.

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Message for February 10, 2019

Listen to the most recent message from Sunday worship, “Here I Am — Send Me!” at Berkeley Friends Church. The speakers are Dorothy Kakimoto (scripture) and Micah Bales (message). The passages from scripture are Isaiah 6:1-13; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 and Luke 5:1-11. (Text will open in a new tab.)
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This Sunday February 10, 2019

  • Sun     10:00 AM Sunday School (children downstairs)
  • Sun     11:00 AM Worship
  • Sun     12:15 PM Fellowship Time
  • Sun     1:00 PM Choir
  • Tues    7:15 PM Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

From fishing fleets and busy harbors, God gathers simple sailors. Through persecution and injustice, God calls brave prophets. When we least expect it, Christ gathers us in, and calls to follow him. Let us gather and answer Christ’s call.

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The Berkeley Neighborhood Food Project’s next Harvest Day is Saturday, February 9. If you are interested in helping on Harvest Day, please contact Berkeley Food Pantry Director Dharma Galang.

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Monthly Business Meeting and Potluck Luncheon is next Sun, Feb 17. PLEASE bring a dish or be prepared to contribute $3.00 for supplies.  We need a diversity of salads, casseroles, fruit, breads, etc.  Be creative!

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Choir will meet next Sun, Feb 17, at 9:00 am.

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Registration Open for Quaker Heritage Day on 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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Film Screening: “1948: Creation & Catastrophe” on Saturday February 23, 2019, 6:00 to 8:30 pm at The Way Christian Center, 1305 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702. Through riveting and moving personal recollections of both Israelis and Palestinians, the film reveals the shocking events of the most pivotal year of the ongoing tragedy. It tells the story of the establishment of Israel as seen through the eyes of the people who lived it. After the film screening there will be a question and answer session with Ahlam Muhtaseb and Andy Trimlett, the filmmakers. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by The Way Christian Center, NorCal Sabeel and Jewish Voice for Peace- Bay Area.

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Message for February 3, 2019

Listen to the most recent message from Sunday worship, “50th Anniversary of the Berkeley Food Pantry,” at Berkeley Friends Church. The speaker is Dharma Galang. The passages from Scripture are Genesis 41:29-36 and Matthew 14:15-21.

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