August 12, 2010

Montclair Presbyterian Church

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August 11, 2010

In the coming weeks: GUEST PREACHERS: On August 15 Rev. Mark Smith and Leonard Nielson will co-lead the service, with Leonard preaching and Mark leading worship and liturgy, being joined by Marcia and Kim again regularly. Aug. 22: Rev. Kathy Ray. Aug. 29: Jenny Warner. Sep. 5: Rev. Kathy Ray. Sept.12: Leonard Nielson. Sept. 19: Rebecca Herrero. Sept. 26: Mark Smith. Oct. 3: Youth Group Mission Trip report.

CHILDREN’S SUMMER CHURCH SCHOOL. All children begin in celebration and then go to one combined class in room 4. This is the schedule through the month of August.

SUSAN HUNN will be away for vacation and other time off from Aug. 13 to Aug. 31.

YOUTH GROUP resumes on Kick-off Sunday, Sept. 19.

View Karen’s Photo Book online: You may view the proof copy of Karen’s Photo Book online at It does take a while for this to load; click the link and then go get a cup of coffee.

FOOD SOVEREIGNTY FOR HAITI: In the wake of the earthquake disaster, U.S. interests are attempting to unload  poison-laden seed rice in Haiti. Joining Hands is planning a letter-writing opportunity this Sunday after Celebration. Look for the table in the family hour. This will be an ongoing campaign and anyone who would like to contribute further is invited to contact Brad Hestir or Jean Norris.

Women, please join us! This fall’s MPC Woman’s Retreat will be located at the beautiful Santa Sabina Retreat Center in San Rafael, from Friday evening , October 1,to lunch on Sunday the 3rd. With an overall theme of “Hold On To What Is Good,” sessions will touch on spiritual, community, and personal growth, with plenty of free time for building friendships, making art, hiking/stretching/being active, and private reflection and meditation. Sign ups will be in the family room after Sunday services now through September 12. We are limited to 40 participants  – please sign up soon to reserve your space.
Gretchen Garlinghouse and Francie Chan, Co-chairs

FURNITURE FAIRE: San FranciscoTheological Seminary is seeking donations for its annual Furniture Faire.  All new students will have the opportunity to shop for gently-used furniture, household/kitchen items and small appliances that will help make an apartment a home. This can include desks, chairs, lamps, bookcases, small sofas, pots & pans, coffee pots. Please be sure appliances are in working order. Donations may be dropped off: Alexander Hall on Seminary Campus,40 Kensington Road, San Anselmo, CA 94960. Sunday, August 22 & Monday August 23. Please keep in mind that our student volunteers must carry furniture up to 2nd & 3rd floor apartments. We cannot accept heavy items. Students will shop for donations on Wednesday August 25. Questions? Contact Barbara England: 415-451-2861.


Bible Study will meet next Wednesday from1 to 2:30. We will be reading Jeremiah 1:4-10. Please join us.

BASIC DRAWING CLASS: Gregg Schwinn, a graphic designer and art director with over 25 years experience, is leading a class in basic drawing Aug 11,18 and 25 from 7:30 to 8:30pm. Gain confidence in your ability to draw.  Learn to understand and apply basic concepts of form, volume, value and texture. The course also covers a few basic concepts of composition and design. Students will be encouraged to use a free, unconstrained approach to drawing that allows each to use and practice any style of drawing that fits their talents. The class is limited to 10 attendees. Please contact Gregg Schwinn at 339-2666 for information.


Pace e Bene Nonviolence Training Service has provided excellent programs at MPC for the last three years.  In the Fall of 2007 and 2008 we were privileged to have the twelve week course called “Engage – Exploring Non-violent Living,” and in 2009, an all-day workshop called “Soulforce.”

This year we will be offering an ALL-DAY WORKSHOP ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 10-4, in the Thornhill Room, called “ENGAGING CONFLICTS CREATIVELY.” This is an area of interest in which people from the former courses wanted more depth.  The Peacemakers Committee is delighted to bring this opportunity for enrichment.  If you are new to Pace e Bene training, this would be a great introduction to the work we are doing.

This  workshop will provide tools, new lenses and concrete practices for transforming conflict in our lives, our communities and our world.  It will integrate:

  • Practical steps for understanding conflict
  • Investigating the terrain that underlies conflict, including emotions and power
  • The possibility of creating rich relationships in the midst of conflict, and
  • Constructive responses and options for transforming conflict

This workshop will be grounded in the vision and practice of Soulforce, which Gandhi called “the force which is born of truth and love, or nonviolence.” Together we will explore conflict transformation through a selection of stories, videos, role-plays, small and large group discussions, rituals and processes that activate and integrate heart, body, mind and spirit. We are pleased to have KEN PRESTON and PATTY ROBERTSON, whom we’ve grown to love, as our leaders for the day. Final sign-ups for this will be held in September through our Adult Education Program. The cost will be $30, with lunch provided for an additional $5.
For more information or to register your interest, contact Mary Smith at or (925) 943-4986.

CONTACT Summer schedule. Contact will be published semi-monthly. Regular schedule will resume September 7, 2010.

Many thanks to the enthusiastic sous chefs who created the dinner for Karen’s party – Don and Peggy Alter, Charlie and Hope Boije, John Zoranovich, Hal and Roberta Davis, Barbara Peters, Minda Lucero, Sloan White, Frank Dauby, Allen Todd, Joan Flood, and Phil Reagan


SUMMER OPEN MIC BRUNCH Writings are being collected for this year’s anthology, Lives I Progress, 2010. The NEW DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS SUNDAY, AUGUST 29 (same date as our Open Mic Brunch). Any writings shared in 2010 or after October of last year may be submitted.  Included are pieces from Open Mics, ongoing writing groups, Faith Journeys, Works in Progress and children’s writings or drawings.  Please submit on white 8 ½ x 11 paper, black & white, one side only, adequate margins, copy-ready, with a title and your name. Mail or give to Margaret Irvin 510-243-1114 or e-mail to Jan Stites. A Storytellers project.

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT RECEPTION: The Art Gang invites you to an opening reception of Virginia Poulton’s exotic images of east Asia in Room 10 this Sunday August 15 after worship.  Light refreshments will be served.

There is a Web page with information about the transition process. Click “Transition” at the top right of our home page: Our website can now be searched! As an experiment try searching using your own name! Click Search the Site at the top of the home page.

SAVE THE STORYTELLERS’ DATES: Open Mic Brunch: Sunday, August 29, 11:30 am, Thornhill Room. Works in Progress Program: Friday, Sept. 17, 7:30 pm, Thornhill Room.

FAITH TRIO RECOMMENDS OLIVE-PLANTING TRIP TO PALESTINE: The next Keep Hope Alive olive harvest and visit to Palestine-Israel is scheduled for October 12 – 28. The trip leader, Ron Shive, was chair of the General Assembly’s Middle East Study Committee, whose report was just approved in modified form by the whole GA. He has many contacts in Israel-Palestine and will make it a very interesting trip. If you want to know more, please contact Prof. Emer. Walt Davis of San Francisco Theological Seminary at 415-453-1875.  Walt led the first KHA trip to I/P from the Bay Area, in which Jean Mudge participated, in February 2008.

August Birthdays: Paula Moseley & Tinka Larsen

Photo’s From Karen’s Roast.

Photo’s by Lee Aurich:

Karen’s Last Sunday.

Photo by Lee Aurich

MPC Calendar:


Christine Stickever-Peterson
Associate in Communications and Logistics
Montclair Presbyterian Church
5701 Thornhill Drive
Oakland, California 94611



Office Hours:  Tuesday – Friday, 9:00AM-4:00PM

Leonard Nielson Office hours Tuesday 9-4:00, other times by appt.

Susan Hunn, Associate for Children & Youth: Office hours Tues-Thurs 9:30-2:30 pm

Christine Stickever- Peterson, Associate in Communications & Logistics: Office hours Tues. – Friday 9:00-4:00pm

Rebecca Herrero, Associate in Life & Programs: Office hrs Tues/Thurs 1:00-3:00 pm

Kim Rankin, Associate in Music

Marcia Roy, Organist

Gil & Maria Chiguila, Caretakers

Rev. John Hadsell, Theologian in Residence

Rev. Kathy Ray, Parish Associate