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This weekend, 6/11-12 @BFC: CFC, Harvest Day, Stewardship & Finance, Sunday School, Worship, Singing Ensemble

It’s a full weekend at Berkeley Friends Church:

This Saturday, 6/11, we host the quarterly gathering of the Christian Friends Conference–Western Region, from 9 AM to 3 PM. 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. For more information, see the attached flyer.

Also on Saturday is the Harvest Day food collection for the Berkeley Neighborhood Food Project, from 9:30 AM to 12 noon. If you’d like to help, contact Pantry Director Sara Webber; if you forgot your green bag last week and need to bring it in, come by any time between 10 AM and noon.

And then on Sunday, 6/12, the Stewardship & Finance Committee will convene first, at 9 AM. Our regular Sunday School classes for adults & kids follow at 10 AM. Then we’ll gather for Meeting for Worship at 11 AM, with song, prayer, corporate quiet, and a message from Matthew 4, focusing on some more reflections on last month’s Stoking the Fire conference. Fellowship time follows worship, and then the Singing Ensemble rehearses at 1 PM.

Please join us for service, worship and fellowship!

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Sunday, 5/22, @BFC: Sunday School, Worship, PECSC

Fifth Month keeps rolling along, and here’s the schedule for this fourth Sunday:

  • Sunday School classes for children and adults at 10 AM;
  • Worship at 11 AM, with singing, group prayer, waiting worship, and some reflections on last weekend’s Stoking the Fire conference in North Carolina, connected with the words of Psalm 18.
  • Fellowship time following worship;
  • Then at 1 PM, the monthly meeting of the Peace, Environment and Christian Social Concerns Committee.

We hope to have you with us!

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Weekly Stoking the Fire Devotionals

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The Stoking the Fire leadership team and planning committee have been writing devotions for use as we approach the retreat weekend. There should be a new one each Tues or Weds. Please take a look and pray along with those preparing for the event!

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Stoking the Fire Reflection: God’s Consuming Fire

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Friends United Meeting’s 2016 Stoking the Fire conference is coming up! We are posting here a devotional Brian Young originally wrote in preparation for last year’s gathering, and will post others in coming weeks.

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29, NIV

The image of God as a consuming fire may give us pause. What does it mean to be consumed by such fire? Is this the fire of judgment? Is it a fire that would mean our utter destruction?

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