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Message for December 8, 2019

Listen to the most recent message from Sunday worship at Berkeley Friends Church, “From These Stones.” The speaker is Micah Bales. The passage from scripture is Matthew 3:1-12.

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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.

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This Sunday December 1, 2019

Sun 9:45 AM Trustees

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 & Christian Education

Tues 7:15 PM Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

Come, let us go to the house of the Lord, for in God’s house we shall find hope and healing. In God’s house we shall find forgiveness and friendship. May peace be found within the walls of this house of God. Come, let us sing our praises to God who loves and redeems us.

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 PartyThursday 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.

Prayers for the Planet group will meet December 4, 11:00 AM to 12:00 Pm, for discussion and prayer concerning the climate crisis.  Please come!

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!

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 with availability are a Music and Dance Retreat led by the participants on December 6-8 and 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.

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Message for November 24, 2019

Listen to the most recent message from Sunday worship at Berkeley Friends Church, “Jesus is King.” The speaker is Micah Bales. The passages from scripture are Jeremiah 23:1-6 and Luke 23:33-43.

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This Sunday November 24, 2019

Sun 10:00 AM Sunday School (children downstairs)

Sun 11:00 AM Worship

Sun 12:15 PM Fellowship Time

Sun 1:00 PM Peace, Environment & Christian Social Concerns

Tues 7:15 PM Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

God has called us all beloved. We are given new names of hope and promise. Even though storms and trials have assailed us, God has drawn us through to the time of salvation. Thanks be to God for God’s victory in Jesus Christ! May Jesus reign in our hearts all of our days.

This Sunday, November 24 Julie Harlow of Davis Meeting will be visiting BFC to sell Russian Crafts from 12:15-12;45 and give a presentation on Friends House Moscow and the current climate in Russia at 12:45-1:45.

Begin Thanksgiving Day with gratitude to our Creator. A brief time of waiting worship and prayer will begin at the meeting house at 9:30 AM on Thursday, November 28.

We are in need of about 4 people to help moving pews to the new configuration in the worship room.  Gather on Sunday, December 1 after fellowship time if you’re willing and able.  The process should take about one hour.

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– Tuesday 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.

 

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!

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 with availability are a Music and Dance Retreat led by the participants on December 6-8 and 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.

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This Sunday November 15, 2019

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

Come people of God; come and celebrate God’s gift of salvation. Come without fear. Come trusting in God. Come people of God; hear God’s promises and witness God’s mighty deeds. In hearing the promises, in witnessing the mighty deeds of God, we are strengthened for all that lies ahead. Come, let us worship and praise God by shouting aloud and singing for joy, for God truly is in our midst.

Sunday we will be having our Monthly Business Meeting preceded by a potluck lunch.  A $3 contribution is requested if you have not brought a dish.  First time guests do not need to pay.

The Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon will be held on Sun, Nov. 17. For street closures and detours, please see the handouts in the lobby or visit the race website.

A Voice of Conscience at the Capitol: 2019 Legislative Review and the Future of FCLCA.  Please join us for a presentation by Kevan Insko, co-director of Friends Committee on Legislation of CA and the FCL Education Fund.  Hosted by Berkeley Friends Meeting, 2151 Vine St, Berkeley – Sunday, November 17, 2019.

Next Sun, November 24 – Peace, Environment and Christian Social Concerns will meet 1:00 PM

Next Sun, November 24 Julie Harlow of Davis Meeting will be visiting BFC to sell Russian Crafts from 12:15-12;45 and give a presentation on Friends House Moscow and the current climate in Russia at 12:45-1:45.

Begin Thanksgiving Day with gratitude to our Creator. A brief time of waiting worship and prayer will begin at the meeting house at 9:30 AM on Thursday, November 28.

We are in need of about 4 people to help moving pews to the new configuration in the worship room.  Gather on Sunday, December 1 after fellowship time if you’re willing and able.  The process should take about one hour.

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!

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 with availability are a Music and Dance Retreat led by the participants on December 6-8 and 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.

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Message for November 10, 2019

Listen to the most recent message from Sunday worship at Berkeley Friends Church, “So That All Might Be Saved.” The speaker is Micah Bales. The passages from scripture are 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 and Acts 16:11-40.

[scripture: 0:00-5:36; message: 5:37-19:48]

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This Sunday November 10, 2019

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

We come to church hungry! We are hungry for comfort, hungry for love, hungry for a new way of living, hungry for God’s word. God has given us this place and this time to worship, and we are eager to taste God’s goodness in community, with our brothers and sisters. May we feast on the Bread of Life together.

On Nov. 13, at 7 PM, at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 2024 Ashby ave, Berkeley, there will be an interfaith gathering of Christian, Jewish, & Muslim congregations to hold a gathering to wash feet.  The event is being sponsored by St. Paul A.M.E. Church, All Souls Episcopal Church, and Temple Beth El.  Please speak to Dharma Galang for more info.

Next Sun, Nov. 17, will be our Monthly Business Meeting preceded by a potluck lunch. Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish and join in.

The Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon will be held on Sun, Nov. 17. For street closures and detours, please see the handouts in the lobby or visit the race website.

A Voice of Conscience at the Capitol: 2019 Legislative Review and the Future of FCLCA.  Please join us for a presentation by Kevan Insko, co-director of Friends Committee on Legislation of CA and the FCL Education Fund.  Hosted by Berkeley Friends Meeting, 2151 Vine St, Berkeley – Sun., Nov. 17, 2019.

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!

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 with availability are a Music and Dance Retreat led by the participants on December 6-8 and 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.

Fruit of the Vine devotional is available in the lobby.  Cost is $5.00.

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Message for November 3, 2019

Listen to the most recent message from Sunday worship at Berkeley Friends Church, “Perfection Is a Flaw.” The speakers are Micah Bales (scripture) and Max Christian Hansen (message). The passages from scripture are 2 Chronicles 35:20-24 and 1 Corinthians 13.

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This Sunday November 3, 2019

Sun 9:45 Trustees
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 & Christian Education
Tues 7:15 PM Bible Study and Prayer Meeting

We come to worship to hear God’s good news, to hear stories of faith, hope and love. We know that doubt, fear and hatred are everywhere
and can shake even the strongest. We long to be shaped into faithful, hopeful people: fill us with God’s love that passes all understanding.

Prayers for the Planet: Please consider joining us this coming Wed, Nov. 6, in the worship room of BFC to take an hour to discuss our concerns about the planet, & then wait in worship to hear what God might be saying to us.  Bring a bag lunch for afterwards, and we’ll talk more.

On Nov. 13, at 7 PM, at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 2024 Ashby ave, Berkeley, there will be an interfaith gathering of Christian, Jewish, & Muslim congregations to hold a gathering to wash feet.  The event is being sponsored by St. Paul A.M.E. Church, All Souls Episcopal Church, and Temple Beth El.  Please speak to Dharma Galang for more info.

The Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon will be held on Sun, Nov. 17. For street closures and detours, please see the handouts in the lobby or visit the race website.

A Voice of Conscience at the Capitol: 2019 Legislative Review and the Future of FCLCA.  Please join us for a presentation by Kevan Insko, co-director of Friends Committee on Legislation of CA and the FCL Education Fund.  Hosted by Berkeley Friends Meeting, 2151 Vine St, Berkeley – Sun., Nov. 17, 2019.

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!

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 with availability are a Music and Dance Retreat led by the participants on December 6-8 and 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.

Fruit of the Vine devotional is available in the lobby.  Cost is $5.00.

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