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Carolina De Robertis Author Talk

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

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Gods of Tango book coverOn Tuesday, July 7th at 7pm, award-winning author Carolina De Robertis will visit MPC and discuss her new book The Gods of Tango. We hope that you’ll be able to join us for what is sure to be a fascinating evening — and not just because the event will feature a performance by expert tango dancers!

About The Gods of Tango

From the award-winning, internationally bestselling author of The Invisible Mountain and Perla—a lush, lyrical, deeply moving story of a young woman whose passion for the early sounds of tango becomes a force of profound and unexpected change. […] Richly evocative of place and time, its prose suffused with the rhythms of the tango, its narrative at once resonant and gripping, this is De Robertis’ most accomplished novel yet. (source: )

About Carolina De Robertis

Carolina De Robertis photoCarolina De Robertis is the internationally bestselling author of The Gods of Tango, Perla, and The Invisible Mountain, which was a Best Book of 2009 according to the San Francisco Chronicle, O, The Oprah Magazine, and BookList. She is the recipient of Italy’s Rhegium Julii Prize and a 2012 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has been translated into sixteen languages. Her writings and literary translations have appeared in Zoetrope: Allstory, Granta, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She is also the translator of Alejandro Zambra’s Bonsai, which was just made into a feature film, and Roberto Ampuero’s The Neruda Case.(source: )

Please contact the church main office with questions. Hope to see you there!

Author photo credit: Gabriel Padilha


Diaper Drive continues

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

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This Mother’s Day the youth group is doing something for moms in need. Did you know that diapers aren’t covered by SNAP or WIC, and that having a supply of disposable diapers can make the difference between a child attending daycare or being stuck at home with a parent who therefore can’t work?

Rather than just raise money for our diaper drive, the youth group decided to go diaper shopping… to take on the discomfort and judging that people experience when they have babies at a young age, and to make a statement that we ALL need to support moms in need.

Please watch our video and think about it… and please bring your wipes and diapers (size 3-5 are the most needed) to donate on Sunday!


Congregational Meeting

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND SAVE THE DATE! There will be a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, May 3, 2015 following Celebration. The purpose of the meeting is to hear the report of the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC) and vote on its recommendation to call their nominee as the new designated Associate Pastor of Montclair Presbyterian Church, according to the proposed terms of call. Prior to the Congregational Meeting the APNC will send you an important packet about the candidate and proposed terms of call.



Plant Sale and Auction

Monday, April 6th, 2015

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Tomato plantWe are excitedly preparing for the Plant Sale and Auction (on April 18!), working to make this a great and successful event for MPC. Not only will this be a fun-filled event (and a fun team!), we will use our success at this event to help us discern the extent to which this could be an annual event that would help our budget each year. We hope you’ll join us, and help us establish a fun, festive, event that can easily be re-created year after year.

New: Flyer for Plant Sale 2015 (pdf)

The Tomato List is here! Download Tomato Descriptions 2015 (PDF)

Learn more about the event and access the donation forms on the Plant Sale and Auction Page.

Tomato plant photo by Luke Addison


Gayle Forman and Jay Asher — We Are Here: A Benefit to Raise Hope and Awareness for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Promotion

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

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Author Gayle FormanOn Tuesday, April 21st at 7pm, join authors Gayle Forman (“If I Stay”) and Jay Asher (“Thirteen Reasons Why”) for a special event. “We Are Here: A Benefit to Raise Hope and Awareness for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Promotion”, is sure to be an inspiring evening, and not to be missed.

About Gayle Forman

Gayle Forman is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author and journalist. She is the author of Just One Day and Just One Year, and the companion e-novella Just One Night, as well as the New York Times bestsellers If I Stay and Where She Went. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughters. Source: Penguin Books

About Jay Asher

Author Jay Asher
JAY ASHER has worked at an independent bookstore, an outlet bookstore, a chain bookstore, and two public libraries. He hopes, someday, to work for a used bookstore. Thirteen Reasons Why is Ashner’s first published novel and it has been on the New York Times Bestseller list for more than 65 weeks and counting. Thirteen Reasons Why has won numerous awards including: Best Books for Young Adults (YALSA), Quick Picks for Reluctant YA Readers (YALSA), International Reading Assoc. – Young Adults’ Choices and Chicago Public Library Best Books, and numerous state awards. The audiobook was selected as a YALSA Amazing Audiobook for Young Adults. To find out more visit Jay onlineSource: Penguin Books

All are welcome to attend this free event. Donations to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are greatly appreciated.

Parking will be available in the lot at nearby Thornhill Elementary School (see below); more parking info and directions info are available on MPC’s parking and directions page.

The book talk is co-sponsored by Great Good Place for Books in Montclair. You’ll have the option of purchasing the book from them right after the talk.

Gayle Forman Photo credit: Dennis Kleiman



Amy Kittelstrom Author Talk

Friday, March 20th, 2015

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The Religion of Democracy Book CoverSunday, April 19th at 11:30am, historian Amy Kittelstrom will be at MPC discussing her new book The Religion of Democracy: Seven Liberals and the American Moral Tradition. We hope you will join us for what is sure to be a fascinating talk.

Please note: the talk will take place in Room 10, which faces on to the central patio at MPC.

About the book:

Many Americans will tell you that they associate liberal thought and politics with secularism. When we argue over whether the nation’s founders meant to keep religion out of politics, the godless side is said to be liberal. But the role of religion in American politics has always been far more nuanced and complex than today’s debates would suggest. The Religion of Democracy is a history of religion’s role in the American liberal tradition through the eyes of seven transformative thinkers – John Adams, Mary Moody Emerson, William Ellery Channing, William James, Thomas Davidson, William Mackintire Salter, and Jane Addams. (source: Penguin Press)

Amy Kittelstrom Author PhotoAbout the author:

Amy Kittelstrom is an associate professor of history at Sonoma State University, specializing in nineteenth-century American thinkers and their sociopolitical context. She has published articles and reviews in the Journal of American History, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She received her Ph.D in history from Boston University and is a past fellow of the Center for Religion and American Life at Yale, the Charles Warren Center at Harvard, and the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton. (source: Penguin Press)

Please contact the church main office with questions. Hope to see you there!

Photo credit: William Clay Poe III


Youth Group Retreat Registration

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

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Now through March 29th, registration is open for this Spring’s youth group retreat at Tahoe!

Defense Against the Dark Arts: Fighting Racism and Sexism (and playing Quidditch)

This pdf form needs to be printed and mailed (scanning and emailing is OK) to MPC or brought directly to youth group.

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ACMP Worldwide Play-In Weekend at MPC

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

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The *ACMP* Worldwide Play-In Weekend is a celebration of the joy of chamber music that occurs the first weekend in March each year. All welcome to enjoy this free event at Montclair Presbyterian Church located at 5701 Thornhill Drive in Oakland. For more details click here, ACMP 2015 Flyer (pdf).


2015 Women’s Spring Retreat

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

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The one-day MPC Spring Women’s Retreat is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, at the First Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, on the topic of “Presence: Tending to What’s Real.” Spiritual Director Sheila Denton will guide us through a day of practice and reflection, blending her presentation with breath work, song, gentle movement, silence, small group sharing, and whole group “harvesting” of our learning. Cost: $40. Scholarships are available. Click here for more details, Spring Retreat 2015 flyer (pdf).


Pancake Brunch

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

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This Sunday, Feb 8th, join us after Celebration (about 11:00 AM) for a gourmet brunch catered by the Youth Group members! Serving peace, love, and pancakes… and not just any pancakes, our special whole wheat, super-healthy, super-delicious pancakes, accompanied by herbed eggs, roasted veggies, and amazing fruit salad. You will have to taste it to believe it.
The youth group holds this fundraiser every year as a way to raise money for our Mission Trip and for scholarships fo2014-03-02 11.46.33-1r those who need financial help on the trip. Each year we travel to a different place to do service, learning, and fellowship. We alternate between more exotic far-away trips (last year’s Memphis trip for example!) and closer to home trips where we can integrate our learning more directly into our lives. This year we are traveling to Mendocino CA, helping to renovate and revamp the Mendocino Christian Camp there, and serving meals to the homeless while we learn about what it is like to be homeless in a rural setting.
How much does it cost? Well, it’s your donation, Money Walland you can choose any level of donation from $2 on up to $500. But you will want to choose your donation amount carefully, as each donation envelope has a prize inside!

You might be lucky enough to win some
– cookies or homemade jam
– hand-made art from youth group members
– jewelry
– Mardi Gras masks and party noisemakers
– or even a reserved parking spot and pew space for you on Easter Sunday!

See you at the Brunch!