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FAITH TRIO at the food bank – Feb 12, 8:20am

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

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Join the Faith Trio at Alameda County Food Bank and help to alleviate hunger in Alameda County – Friday, February 12, 2016; 8:20am – 11:30am.

The Faith Trio, an alliance of Montclair Presbyterian Church, Kehilla Community Synagogue, and the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, is organizing an interfaith volunteer project against hunger in Oakland. Everyone is invited to join in. Children age 10 or older are welcome to volunteer. We will volunteer for three hours doing tasks such as bagging fruit or boxing food for distribution. This is an enjoyable volunteer activity and the facility is clean and pleasant, very well organized with a dedicated and capable staff.

Location: ACCFB 7900 Edgewater Dr, Oakland, CA
Phone: (510) 635-3663
Food bank website: accfb.org

Volunteers to wear comfortable warm clothes and closed-toed shoes. Please arrive at 8:20 am to register and get oriented.

We have participated in similar interfaith volunteer activities in the past. On Dec. 31, 2015 we got a great turnout of 35 volunteers from the participating congregations of the Faith Trio plus St. Johns Episcopal Church and Temple Sinai. Attached is a picture from the event. We have also participated in similar volunteer interfaith events on other occasions.

Ali Sheikholeslami of the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California writes: “As you know these are difficult times for the people of all faiths that are witnessing the horrific massacres of innocent people around the world and the demonization of one another, by those who claim that they are defending us and our religion. I believe one of the best ways to combat these actions is to join together to do good for the needy.”

If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact Peggy Alter at (510) 338-6650 or peggyalter7@gmail.com

 

Inter-Generational Bible Study

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

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I hope many of you will consider joining us for Inter-Generational Bible Study. It will be held on Wednesday nights through Lent, combining dinner, simple candlelit song, and lively discussion for all ages as we go through the last chapters of the book of Mark. We hope you can join for Ash Wednesday, then the four-week Bible Study series beginning 2/17, plus the Taize service that follows (3/16) and the Maundy Thursday service (3/24) for a total of seven weeks of Lent, but we certainly also understand if you have to miss some of them. You are welcome, even if you can only attend once!

Bring your brain, booted up, and plenty of questions. We begin with dinner and then will move to the sanctuary for study in a more solemn environment. You are welcome to bring food, make a monetary donation, or to help clean up, but those are not required – we want to make sure this is available to everyone, including those who must squeeze it in between work and family obligations. No strings attached!

 

Dates: 2/17, 2/24, 3/2, 3/9 (Taize on 3/16, Maundy Thursday on 3/24).
Times: 6 PM dinner, 7-7:45 study
Readings: from the gospel of Mark, excerpts of chapters 10, 12, 13 and 14.
RSVP: talk to Rev. Talitha Phillips, or use this link.

 

Spring 2016 Women’s Retreat

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

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Registration begins this coming Sunday, February 7, and continues every Sunday this month in the Family Room for the one-day Spring Women’s Retreat, scheduled for Saturday, March 12, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church in Lafayette, with the theme of “Yesterday’s Journey, Tomorrow’s Path: Whose Footprints ARE Those in the Sand?”

The retreat will feature Dolores Nice-Siegenthaler, who earned a Master of Divinity degree from the San Francisco Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Spiritual Direction. Dolores and Retreat Co-chairs will guide us through a day of sharing our lives through life mapping, sacred listening and conversing, singing, labyrinth walking, and being nourished body and soul.

Cost: $40. Scholarships are available. Come to the registration table for more information, or contact Women’s Retreat co-chairs Eloise Gilland, Jean Gregory, Melinda Maxwell-Smith or the administrative assistant at MPC, Shane Brodie (office@mpcfamily.org).

 

Ash Wednesday – Feb 10th

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

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Ash_weds_feb3_candle-in-the-handsPlease note that our Ash Wednesday observance will incorporate this month’s Taizé meditation service February 10, 7:00-8:00pm in the Sanctuary. The theme will be “In Times of Need.” Prepare for the Lenten season with an inward journey in a candlelit space accompanied by music, meditative singing, readings, prayer, and silence. For child care (available upon request), contact the church office by February 5.

 

Before the service there will be a soup supper – an occasional MPC tradition – lets you feed your body before you feed your soul at the Ash Wednesday service. Come at 6 for dinner, stay for the service at 7.

 

No Coal Coalition Teach-in – Sun. Jan 31 at 1-2 pm in the Family Room

Friday, January 29th, 2016

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PLEASE ATTEND: This Sunday, January 31, 1 to 2 PM in the Montclair Presbyterian Church Family Room. (Please note the room change – this Sunday’s Storyteller Brunch may run long, so we have changed the venue.)

This event is a Teach-In on the proposed coal terminal in Oakland. Rev. Mary Gilmore of the No Coal in Oakland Coalition will present. Co-sponsored by Earth Care (formerly SPLASH) and California Interfaith Power and Light (CIPL).


News articles and activist webpages:

Sunflower Alliance – Oakland fossil fuel resistance.

EcoWatch – No to coal exports in Oakland.

Sierra Club – Fight for coal free Oakland.

CIPL – Oakland faith leaders organize to reject proposed coal export.

East Bay Express article – Opposition grows against proposed coal exports from Oakland Army Base Project

Wall Street Journal article – Oakland coal terminal become political flashpoint.

SF Chronicle article – Coal-shipping plan divides Oakland over health, jobs issues

Contra Costa Time article – Can Oakland stop the coal trains?

 

 

 

MPC Co-Sponsored Film – In The Image: Palestinian Women Capture The Occupation

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

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FILM: In The Image – Palestinian Women Capture The Occupation
DATE: Saturday, Jan. 30, 7pm
LOCATION: Kehilla’s Sanctuary, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont
Light snacks, $5-10 Donation (No one turned away)

Join the Kehilla Middle East Peace Committee for a showing of the award winning film, In the Image. Event also includes a Questions and Answers session with the directors, Judith Montell and Emmy Scharlatt.

(click here to see event flyer)

Winner of The Audience Award from Films de Femmes Festival, France and the Edward Snowden Award from the Filmes de Nuit in Lisbon, In the Image explores the daily lives of Palestinian women living in the occupied West Bank. The Camera Project, a unique collaboration of Palestinians and Israelis created by the Jerusalem-based human rights organization B’Tselem, gave volunteers video cameras and taught them how to film.

And film they did, capturing stunning images of human rights abuses by settlers and the army alongside the events of their own lives. The strikingly personal footage they produce brings the viewer into the homes and daily existence of the women, helping close the gap between Western preconceptions of Palestinians and their lived reality. Broadcast on YouTube and other internet sites, footage collected by The Camera Project has gone viral in many countries, including Israel, and helped challenge the media stereotypes we have accepted. Some of the videos have been admitted as evidence in Israeli courts and helped lead to the convictions of abusive soldiers and their superiors.


Event co-sponsored by:
Jewish Voice for Peace, Bay Area
Keep Hope Alive Bay Area (Presbyterians)
Lighthouse Mosque of Oakland
And the Faith Trio Committee of:
Kehilla Community Synagogue
Montclair Presbyterian Church
Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California

 

 

TAIZÉ MEDITATION SERVICE – Weds January 20th 7-8pm

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

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The theme will be “True Compassion.” The new year is a good time to get centered in the sacred present and renew your perspective by experiencing with others the readings, prayer, silence, and Taize’s evocative music and meditative singing.

For child care (available upon request), contact the church office by January 15. Call (510)339-1131.

 

 

 

Small Groups and Adult Education – Spring 2016

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

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cover The ADULT EDUCATION Committee and SMALL GROUPS of Family Life are really excited about this spring’s catalog offerings!

 

 

 

 

 

Registration will begin this Sunday (1/10/16) and continue through January 24 in the Family Room after Celebration. Please click the links below to peruse the Spring offerings, sign up, and assure your place in your favorite classes and groups. Haven’t signed up before??? Give it a try…it’s a great way to meet MPC people who share your interests!

Links to brochures (pdf format):

Adult Ed Spring 2016 Brochure (Jan 29th update)

FL Small Groups brochure Spring 2016 (Jan 29th update)

 

Presbyterian News Service article by Rick Jones

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

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windham_snow_medium250HEAVY SNOWS, FLOODING, FIRES AND SHOOTINGS MAKE 2015 A BUSY YEAR IN U.S. DISASTER RESPONSE – DECEMBER 21, 2015
Over the years, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has responded to massive weather events like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy or major earthquakes and tsunamis in other countries. But 2015 brought a new set of challenges to PDA staff and volunteers. “What we’ve had this year has been an extraordinary number of what I call cascading events. They start small and then just keep coming on in intensity,” said the Rev. Dr. Laurie Kraus, PDA coordinator.

Kraus refers to the record rainfalls and accompanying flooding that occurred in Texas in spring and fall, as well as South Carolina. Fires throughout the west displaced thousands of people and put entire communities at risk. In addition, winter weather in the northeast caused major problems. And now, heavy rains have caused landslides and road closures in the Pacific Northwest.

“There were a few dramatic snowfalls that built up in a cascading nature with record snowfall, and then another one, and another one,” she said. “Small congregations in the northeast were overwhelmed; reporting that they had damage, as well as not enough money in the budget to pay for continuing snow removal. Many people were unable to work because of the weather and lost income, which, coupled with many weeks of cancelled church services, impacted offering receipts. In some cases, pastors or staff could not be paid. The snow event unfolded over a month or more.”

Kraus says PDA had to make some extraordinary arrangements because the impact on small, immigrant congregations was huge in the snow-impacted areas.

“Church support is not our primary purpose, but it was really necessary for the stabilization of some presbyteries in the Synod of the Northeast,” she said. “We issued an appeal for funds to support the response, but it was a cascading event, happening slowly over an extended time period. By the time we were able to conduct an assessment of the damage, it was out of the news. So the ability to raise funds was impacted by timing.” (To read the rest of this article click here.)

 

 

Faith Trio action – Thursday, Dec. 31st

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

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faithtrio_foodbankJoin the Faith Trio and end 2015 by helping to alleviate hunger in Alameda County!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Faith Trio, an alliance of Montclair Presbyterian Church, Kehilla Community Synagogue, and the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, is organizing an interfaith volunteer project against hunger in Oakland on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Everyone is invited to join in. Children age 10 or older are welcome to volunteer. We will volunteer for three hours doing tasks such as bagging fruit or boxing food for distribution. This is an enjoyable volunteer activity and the facility is clean and pleasant, a model of good organization with a very dedicated and capable staff.

Date: Thursday, December 31st, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: ACCFB 7900 Edgewater Dr, Oakland, CA
Phone: 510-635-3663

Volunteers to wear comfortable warm clothes and closed-toed shoes. Please arrive at 8:20 am to register and get oriented.

We have participated in similar interfaith volunteer activities for the past two years, on Dec. 31, 2013 and on December 31, 2014. In 2014 we got a great turnout of 25 volunteers from the participating congregations of St. Johns Episcopal Church, the Islamic Cultural Center, Temple Sinai, Montclair Presbyterian Church, and Kehilla Community Synagogue. Attached is a picture from the event. We also participated in similar volunteer interfaith events on other occasions. Ali Sheikholeslami of the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California writes: “As you know these are difficult times for the people of all faiths that are witnessing the horrific massacres of innocent people around the world and the demonization of one another, by those who claim that they are defending us and our religion. I believe one of the best ways to combat these actions is to join together to do good for the needy.”

For information about the Alameda County Community Food Bank see Alameda County Food Bank website.