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This Sunday February 28, 2021

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

SUN 11:00 AM– Meeting for Worship; download bulletin

TUE 7:30 PM– Bible Study

We come with great hope and expectation as we walk the way of Christ. Today’s journey will demand much of us. Lord, make us ready to offer ourselves to you. Come, let us begin again the wondrous excursion. Let us place our lives in God’s abiding love.

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Bible Study starts 7:30 PM on Tuesdays via Zoom. Bible Study is currently reading  Jesus, Christ and Servant of God: Meditations on the Gospel According to John by David Johnson. You do not need to have read or have a copy of the book available as we read a section and then discuss.The

PECSC Committee will meet on Zoom at 1pm on Sunday, February 28, 2021. Zoom information is in the bulletin.

Intergenerational Worship on Sunday March 14 at 11:00. Join us for a special time designed for everyone to engage and worship together. We will have singing, activities and a shortened sermon and time of waiting worship.

Section of the Americas Section Meetings– The Section Meeting is the biggest conference organized by the Friends World Committee for Consultation, Section of the Americas. It is held every two years. All Friends are welcome to attend! Normally we meet in person, but this year that is not possible, so we will recreate as much of the experience as we can online. The schedule includes opportunities for worship, workshops, business sessions, and small group activities. It is a great opportunity to get to know and connect with more Friends from North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean and to learn more about the Friends World Committee! Click here for more information.

Maundy Thursday Service on April 1 at 8:00 PM. Between the highs of Palm Sunday and Easter, we will focus together on the dark, despairing parts of the story of Jesus. Together we will sing, hear the accounts of the night Jesus was betrayed and crucified and spend time in open worship.

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This Sunday February 21, 2021

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

SUN 11:00 AM– Meeting for Worship; download bulletin

SUN 1:15 PM– Monthly Meeting for Business

TUE 7:30 PM– Bible Study

We are gathered to worship our God. Send your Spirit upon us. We come from many places, with many burdens. Send you Spirit upon us. We turn our hearts to you, O God. Send your Spirit upon us, and make us your beloved family.

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Bible Study starts 7:30 PM on Tuesdays via Zoom. Bible Study is currently reading  Jesus, Christ and Servant of God: Meditations on the Gospel According to John by David Johnson. You do not need to have read or have a copy of the book available as we read a section and then discuss.The

PECSC Committee will meet on Zoom at 1pm on Sunday, February 28, 2021. Zoom information is in the bulletin.

FUM Webinar on Planned Giving- Join FUM Director of North American Ministries Colin Saxton and other Friends for a time of insight, inspiration, and practical sharing as we consider how to faithfully steward the resources God has entrusted to our care and use. Thursday, February 25, 3:00–4:30 p.m. (Eastern). Please register by February 22https://friendsunitedmeeting.rsvpify.com More information can be found here: http://bit.ly/FUMplanning
Intergenerational Worship on Sunday March 14 at 11:00. Join us for a special time designed for everyone to engage and worship together. We will have singing, activities and a shortened sermon and time of waiting worship.

Section of the Americas Section Meetings– The Section Meeting is the biggest conference organized by the Friends World Committee for Consultation, Section of the Americas. It is held every two years. All Friends are welcome to attend! Normally we meet in person, but this year that is not possible, so we will recreate as much of the experience as we can online. The schedule includes opportunities for worship, workshops, business sessions, and small group activities. It is a great opportunity to get to know and connect with more Friends from North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean and to learn more about the Friends World Committee! Click here for more information.

Maundy Thursday Service on April 1 at 8:00 PM. Between the highs of Palm Sunday and Easter, we will focus together on the dark, despairing parts of the story of Jesus. Together we will sing, hear the accounts of the night Jesus was betrayed and crucified and spend time in open worship.

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This Sunday February 14, 2021

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

SUN 11:00 AM– Meeting for Worship; download bulletin

TUE 7:30 PM– Bible Study

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. May we be shaped into faithful, hopeful people: may we be filled with God’s love that passes all understanding.

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Bible Study starts 7:30 PM on Tuesdays via Zoom. Bible Study is currently reading  Jesus, Christ and Servant of God: Meditations on the Gospel According to John by David Johnson. You do not need to have read or have a copy of the book available as we read a section and then discuss.

Sunday February 14 at 11:00 AM– God Is Love Intergenerational Worship– Instead of our usual order of service we will be creating a space accessible to all ages, attention spans and places on our spiritual journeys. Join us in song, prayer, brief waiting worship and activities that explore God’s love for us.

Quaker Religious Education Collaborative is hosting conversation circles on February 16 & 18. “Beyond Quakerism 101: How can Friends prepare to be a light in the world?” Early Friends, ignited by the Spirit during tumultuous times, ushered lasting change into the culture despite their small numbers. How can we, as Quaker religious educators today, prepare Friends to accompany the world into a new way of being? Click here for more information.

Friends International Prayer Gathering– As a global community, FUM gathers on the third Friday of each month to worship, listen to each other, and pray for the needs of our world. The next Friends International Prayer Gathering is on February 19 at 9:00 AM Pacific. We will gather through Zoom. Click here or call 312-626-6799. Enter meeting ID: 898 5594 6800.

Next Sunday, Feb. 21, we will have our Monthly Meeting for Business following service at 1:15PM.

FUM Webinar on Planned Giving- Join FUM Director of North American Ministries Colin Saxton and other Friends for a time of insight, inspiration, and practical sharing as we consider how to faithfully steward the resources God has entrusted to our care and use. Thursday, February 25, 3:00–4:30 p.m. (Eastern). Please register by February 22https://friendsunitedmeeting.rsvpify.com More information can be found here: http://bit.ly/FUMplanning

Section of the Americas Section Meetings– The Section Meeting is the biggest conference organized by the Friends World Committee for Consultation, Section of the Americas. It is held every two years. All Friends are welcome to attend! Normally we meet in person, but this year that is not possible, so we will recreate as much of the experience as we can online. The schedule includes opportunities for worship, workshops, business sessions, and small group activities. It is a great opportunity to get to know and connect with more Friends from North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean and to learn more about the Friends World Committee! Click here for more information.

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This Sunday February 7, 2021

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

SUN 11:00 AM– Meeting for Worship; download bulletin

TUE 7:30 PM– Bible Study

You who formed us, named us, and gathered us, open our ears to hear your message. You who give power to the faint, help us understand your message. You who uplift, strengthen, and heal, inspire us to proclaim your message. In the name of Christ, who is the Message.

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Bible Study starts 7:30 PM on Tuesdays via Zoom. Bible Study is currently reading  Jesus, Christ and Servant of God: Meditations on the Gospel According to John by David Johnson. You do not need to have read or have a copy of the book available as we read a section and then discuss.

Sunday February 7 at 11:00 AM – Sharing Sunday– Bring a short 2-4 minute message that has encouraged, challenged or spoke to you recently. Can be a piece of scripture, a song, a prayer or a reflection you write yourself. Whatever you’d like. In place of a sermon, anyone who would like to will have time to share before open worship

Sunday February 14 at 11:00 AM– God Is Love Intergenerational Worship– Instead of our usual order of service we will be creating a space accessible to all ages, attention spans and places on our spiritual journeys. Join us in song, prayer, brief waiting worship and activities that explore God’s love for us.

Section of the Americas Section Meetings– The Section Meeting is the biggest conference organized by the Friends World Committee for Consultation, Section of the Americas. It is held every two years. All Friends are welcome to attend! Normally we meet in person, but this year that is not possible, so we will recreate as much of the experience as we can online. The schedule includes opportunities for worship, workshops, business sessions, and small group activities. It is a great opportunity to get to know and connect with more Friends from North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean and to learn more about the Friends World Committee! Click here for more information.

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This Sunday January 31, 2021

SUN 11:00 AM– Meeting for Worship; download bulletin

SUN 1:00 PM– Friends Committee on National Legislation Lobbying Workshop

TUE 7:30 PM– Bible Study

FRI 8:00 PM– Happy Hour Hangout

Come to worship this day. Bring with you all your joys and sorrows. Jesus will offer hope. Come to worship this day believing in the power of God through Jesus Christ. Jesus will bring us healing. Come to worship this day feeling the presence of God. Jesus will teach us new ways to live.

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Bible Study starts 7:30 PM on Tuesdays via Zoom. Bible Study is currently reading  Jesus, Christ and Servant of God: Meditations on the Gospel According to John by David Johnson. You do not need to have read or have a copy of the book available as we read a section and then discuss.

Happy Hour Hangout- 8:00 PM on Friday February 5. A time to chat and catch up with other BFC folks. No plans, no agendas. Just connecting and community.

Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples by Friends Peace Teams via Zoom on Sunday, Feb 7, 5-7 pm EASTERN timeRegister here.  In this 2-hour participatory workshop, we hear the story of the colonization of this land in the words of Indigenous leaders, Euro-American leaders, and Western historians. We take part in the story through experiential exercises, and share our responses and reflections in small groups. Together, we explore steps that we can take to build relationships with Native peoples based on truth, respect, and justice.

Quakerism in the Age of the Internet- February 5-7– an online program through the Ben Lomond Quaker Center led by Jon Watts, founder of QuakerSpeak. The internet is the most powerful, disruptive advance in mass communication technology since the printing press. How are Friends led to engage with it? Through reflection, worship sharing, and multimedia presentations, we will be exploring the past, present and future of Friends’ relationship with new communications technology and asking: what does the Quaker witness look like in the age of the internet? Click here by February 3 to register.

Sunday February 7 at 11:00 AM – Sharing Sunday– Bring a short 2-4 minute message that has encouraged, challenged or spoke to you recently. Can be a piece of scripture, a song, a prayer or a reflection you write yourself. Whatever you’d like. In place of a sermon, anyone who would like to will have time to share before open worship

Sunday February 14 at 11:00 AM– God Is Love Intergenerational Worship– Instead of our usual order of service we will be creating a space accessible to all ages, attention spans and places on our spiritual journeys. Join us in song, prayer, brief waiting worship and activities that explore God’s love for us.

Section of the Americas Section Meetings– The Section Meeting is the biggest conference organized by the Friends World Committee for Consultation, Section of the Americas. It is held every two years. All Friends are welcome to attend! Normally we meet in person, but this year that is not possible, so we will recreate as much of the experience as we can online. The schedule includes opportunities for worship, workshops, business sessions, and small group activities. It is a great opportunity to get to know and connect with more Friends from North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean and to learn more about the Friends World Committee! Click here for more information.

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This Sunday January 24, 2021

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

SUN 11:00 AM– Meeting for Worship; download bulletin

TUE 7:30 PM– Bible Study

The God of all creation calls us. Come, knowing that our deliverance and honor rest in God. Power and steadfast love belong to God. Come to sing and pray, celebrating the presence of this mighty, loving God.

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Bible Study starts 7:30 PM on Tuesdays via Zoom. Bible Study is currently reading  Jesus, Christ and Servant of God: Meditations on the Gospel According to John by David Johnson. You do not need to have read or have a copy of the book available as we read a section and then discuss.

Sunday January 29 at 11:00 AM– Worship with Whittier First Friends, our sister congregation in the Western Association of Friends. Bobby Trice, Quaker Engagement Associate at Friends Committee on National Legislation, will be preaching. At 1:00 PM there will also be a workshop about lobbying Congress, the work FCNL is doing and how we can be a part of it.

Happy Hour Hangout- 8:00 PM on Friday February 5. A time to chat and catch up with other BFC folks. No plans, no agendas. Just connecting and community.

Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples by Friends Peace Teams via Zoom on Sunday, Feb 7, 5-7 pm EASTERN timeRegister here.  In this 2-hour participatory workshop, we hear the story of the colonization of this land in the words of Indigenous leaders, Euro-American leaders, and Western historians. We take part in the story through experiential exercises, and share our responses and reflections in small groups. Together, we explore steps that we can take to build relationships with Native peoples based on truth, respect, and justice.

Sunday February 14 at 11:00 AMGod Is Love Intergenerational Worship– Instead of our usual order of service we will be creating a space accessible to all ages, attention spans and places on our spiritual journeys. Join us in song, prayer, brief waiting worship and activities that explore God’s love for us.

Section of the Americas Section Meetings– The Section Meeting is the biggest conference organized by the Friends World Committee for Consultation, Section of the Americas. It is held every two years. All Friends are welcome to attend! Normally we meet in person, but this year that is not possible, so we will recreate as much of the experience as we can online. The schedule includes opportunities for worship, workshops, business sessions, and small group activities. It is a great opportunity to get to know and connect with more Friends from North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean and to learn more about the Friends World Committee! Click here for more information.

People’s Climate Empowerment Series Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) is offering a helpful resource for anyone looking to become more engaged with climate action. The series connects people with international efforts that can strengthen climate action at all levels. Click here for more information.

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This Sunday January 17, 2021

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

SUN 11:00 AM– Meeting for Worship; download bulletin

SUN 1:15 PM– Monthly Meeting for Business

TUE 7:30 PM– Bible Study

Come joyfully before the Lord! God knows us and loves us. Come prayerfully before the Lord! God sees our concerns, our fears, our sins. Come hopefully before the Lord! Christ proclaimed God’s love and forgiveness for all God’s people. Know throughout all of your being, that God absolutely loves you. How precious and powerful that knowledge is. Thanks be to God!

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Bible Study starts 7:30 PM on Tuesdays via Zoom. Bible Study is currently reading  Jesus, Christ and Servant of God: Meditations on the Gospel According to John by David Johnson. You do not need to have read or have a copy of the book available as we read a section and then discuss.

Join the Poor People’s Campaign for two events this weekend. Sunday, Jan. 17 @ 8pm ET / 5pm PT “Prayer for Beloved Community in the Midst of COVID and Chaos”– Join the Poor People’s Campaign for for a 30-minute prayer service as a part of A National Call to Love, Light and Leadership. and Monday, Jan. 18 @ 1pm ET / 10am PT MLK Moral Monday– A National Interfaith Service of Love, Light and Leadership. Both events can be accessed on their website.

Sunday January 29 at 11:00 AM– Worship with Whittier First Friends, our sister congregation in the Western Association of Friends. Bobby Trice, Quaker Engagement Associate at Friends Committee on National Legislation, will be preaching. At 1:00 PM there will also be a workshop about lobby Congress, the work FCNL is doing and how we can be a part of it.

Happy Hour Hangout- 8:00 PM on Friday February 5. A time to chat and catch up with other BFC folks. No plans, no agendas. Just connecting and community.

Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples by Friends Peace Teams via Zoom on Sunday, Feb 7, 5-7 pm EASTERN timeRegister here.  In this 2-hour participatory workshop, we hear the story of the colonization of this land in the words of Indigenous leaders, Euro-American leaders, and Western historians. We take part in the story through experiential exercises, and share our responses and reflections in small groups. Together, we explore steps that we can take to build relationships with Native peoples based on truth, respect, and justice.

Section of the Americas Section Meetings– The Section Meeting is the biggest conference organized by the Friends World Committee for Consultation, Section of the Americas. It is held every two years. All Friends are welcome to attend! Normally we meet in person, but this year that is not possible, so we will recreate as much of the experience as we can online. The schedule includes opportunities for worship, workshops, business sessions, and small group activities. It is a great opportunity to get to know and connect with more Friends from North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean and to learn more about the Friends World Committee! Click here for more information.

People’s Climate Empowerment Series Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) is offering a helpful resource for anyone looking to become more engaged with climate action. The series connects people with international efforts that can strengthen climate action at all levels. Click here for more information.

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This Sunday January 10, 2021

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

SUN 11:00 AM– Meeting for Worship; download bulletin

TUE 7:30 PM– Bible Study

The voice of the Lord—Strong and Mighty, powerful and full of majesty. It calls to us, calling across the water. The voice of the Lord breaks forth. It gives us strength and blessing, causing us to shout “Glory to the name of the Lord!”

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Bible Study starts 7:30 PM on Tuesdays via Zoom. Bible Study is currently reading  Jesus, Christ and Servant of God: Meditations on the Gospel According to John by David Johnson. You do not need to have read or have a copy of the book available as we read a section and then discuss.

Good News Associates is continuing their Way of the Spirit program. The next three Saturday interactive online mini-course will be focused on “Forgive- Relationships in the Holy.” The sessions are 9:30-1:30 January 16, 30, and February 13, 2021. To register and for more information, go to their website.

Sunday January 29 at 11:00 AM– Worship with Whittier First Friends, our sister congregation in the Western Association of Friends. Bobby Trice, Quaker Engagement Associate at Friends Committee on National Legislation, will be preaching. At 1:00 PM there will also be a workshop about lobby Congress, the work FCNL is doing and how we can be a part of it.

Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples by Friends Peace Teams via Zoom on Sunday, Feb 7, 5-7 pm EASTERN timeRegister here.  In this 2-hour participatory workshop, we hear the story of the colonization of this land in the words of Indigenous leaders, Euro-American leaders, and Western historians. We take part in the story through experiential exercises, and share our responses and reflections in small groups. Together, we explore steps that we can take to build relationships with Native peoples based on truth, respect, and justice.

People’s Climate Empowerment Series Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) is offering a helpful resource for anyone looking to become more engaged with climate action. The series connects people with international efforts that can strengthen climate action at all levels. Click here for more information.

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This Sunday January 3, 2020

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

SUN 11:00 AM– Meeting for Worship; download bulletin

TUE 7:30 PM– Bible Study

God of our hopes, Christ of our faith, Spirit in our hearts, we come to worship you with joy and gladness. Your goodness knows no limits of generation or gender, of condition or citizenship. You are kind to all, and we worship you in all sincerity; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Bible Study starts 7:30 PM on Tuesdays via Zoom. Bible Study is currently reading  Jesus, Christ and Servant of God: Meditations on the Gospel According to John by David Johnson. You do not need to have read or have a copy of the book available as we read a section and then discuss.

Good News Associates is continuing their Way of the Spirit program. The next three Saturday interactive online mini-course will be focused on “Forgive- Relationships in the Holy.” The sessions are 9:30-1:30 January 16, 30, and February 13, 2021. To register and for more information, go to their website.
Sunday January 29 at 11:00 AMWorship with Whittier First Friends, our sister congregation in the Western Association of Friends. Bobby Trice, Quaker Engagement Associate at Friends Committee on National Legislation, will be preaching. At 1:00 PM there will also be a workshop about lobby Congress, the work FCNL is doing and how we can be a part of it.

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This Sunday December 27, 2020

SUN 10:00 AM– Adult Sunday School

SUN 11:00 AM– Meeting for Worship; download bulletin

TUE 7:30 PM– Bible Study

Redeem us, O God. Send your life into our midst; deliver your spirit into our hearts. Then we, once feeble, shall cry, “God, my father!” We, once feeble, will become your children; we, once feeble, will take your name.

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Bible Study starts 7:30 PM on Tuesdays via Zoom. Bible Study is currently reading  Jesus, Christ and Servant of God: Meditations on the Gospel According to John by David Johnson. You do not need to have read or have a copy of the book available as we read a section and then discuss.

Good News Associates is continuing their Way of the Spirit program. The next three Saturday interactive online mini-course will be focused on “Forgive- Relationships in the Holy.” The sessions are 9:30-1:30 January 16, 30, and February 13, 2021. To register and for more information, go to their website.

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