This Sunday December 8, 2019

Sun 10:00 AM Sunday School (children downstairs)

Sun 11:00 AM Worship

Sun 12:15 PM Fellowship Time

Sun 1:00 PM Missionary, Outreach and Christian Education Committee

Tues 7:15 PM Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

In this season of prophecy, promise, and preparation, we come to be renewed and refreshed. We come to be inspired by stories of a messiah who will change the world—and change us. We come to listen for words of hope and joy, promise and challenge. We come with open ears, open minds, and open hearts. We come to receive the blessings God has in store for us in this season of waiting. Come! Let us worship our God—the One who brings all things to fulfillment.

Throughout December we will have special events on Sunday mornings during our 11:00 am worship. 12/1- Welcome the Season with Song- No sermon. Lots of singing of Christmas songs and open worship. 12/8- The Peaceable Kingdom. 12/15- Waiting and Watching- Open worship Sunday. 12/22- Celebrate His Birth- Special musical presentation by our kids.

Christmas Party– Thursday December 19 at 6:30 pm– Join in singing Christmas songs, reading the Christmas story and crafts for kids. Bring a dessert to share if able. Friends and family welcome.

Christmas Eve Service, December 24 at 5:00 PM: Start a new tradition by joining us for singing, scripture and a little bit of open worship as we await the birth of the Christ child.  No childcare provided but the service will be engaging for all ages.  Make sure to invite family and friends to join us.

The Berkeley Neighborhood Food Project’s next Harvest Day is Saturday, December 14th. On Sunday 12/8 bring your contributions together with the rest of the church’s so we can give thanks and pray for all of the hungry folks in our community. If you would like to participate on the 14th, or learn more about it, please speak to Dharma Galang.

Safeway’s Feed the Need campaign has begun and will run until December 25th. Please purchase a $10 bag for the Berkeley Food Pantry at the checkout stand at one of the following Safeway stores in Berkeley: 1550 Shattuck Ave., or 1850 Solano Ave. Thank you!

January 1, 2020: Ring in the New Year BFC!  Join us for brunch at Dorothy’s house from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, January 1.  Please RSVP with Dorothy if able to make it.

Berkeley United Methodist Church, a historically Japanese-American Congregation, will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for the “National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps” from June 5-7, 2020. This event will be a historic pilgrimage for people of Japanese ancestry to heal intergenerational wounds by standing in solidarity with immigrants and all people of color being targeted by the current administration’s policies. BUMC will be bringing over 1,000 paper cranes to be included in the 125,000 paper cranes to be placed on the White House fence.  The BUMC is seeking our spiritual and moral support and asked for signatures of support. To learn more, please speak to Dharma Galang.

Free Ben Lomond Quaker Center workshops are available through the church’s membership subscription. A complete list for the year and next is on the table in the back and can be found online. The next workshops is Is God Violent?  Making a New Beginning with the Bible from December 27 to January 1. If interested in this or any other workshop on the list, please let John Maurer or Faith Kelley know ASAP.

Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries is happy to announce the return of The Deeper Roots program. Deborah Shaw, Deborah Fisch, and Lloyd Lee Wilson will lead a group of committed Friends in a “deep dive” into the history of our Quaker faith, a Quaker perspective on the Bible and how to benefit from it, sampling spiritual practices and disciplines valuable to Friends, and building authentic spiritual community. Four long weekend residencies over 18 months, beginning 9/10-13, 2020, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center in CA. Suitable for seasoned Friends as well as those relatively new to Quakerism. For more details or to request an application, visit Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries.