Join us this Sunday, July 21st, as we welcome The Rev. Kathy Ray as our Guest Preacher. Kathy is no stranger to Montclair Presbyterian Church and it is always a treat to have her preaching with us. The MPC Choir will be singing and we will welcome home our participants from the 2013 Presbyterian Youth Triennium.
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Join Us This Sunday, July 21, 2013
Thursday, July 18th, 2013
We Invite You To Join Us For Our Next Taize Service
Tuesday, July 9th, 2013
TAIZÉ MEDITATION SERVICE ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 17th: Treat yourself to a refreshing break in your week, amidst the slings, arrows, clanging, clamor, traffic jams, repulsive politics, and general frenzy of urban life! Mark your calendar and save 7:00-8:00 p.m. on July 17th in the sanctuary for the monthly (3rd Wednesday) candlelight Taizé meditation service consisting of music, scripture reading, prayer, and silence. The meditative songs will help you access the inner peace and serenity that may sometimes be in hiding.
7th of July Celebration
Thursday, June 27th, 2013
7th of July Celebration with John Spencer and His Band, XD7! Just when you thought the fireworks were over, Montclair Presbyterian Church is planning to continue the fun! All are invited to join us for Celebration in the Courtyard on Sunday, July 7th at 10 am! This is our Family Sunday so children ages 5 and over are encouraged to Celebrate with us. John Spencer and his band will provide our music. Rev. Beth will be preaching and we will be sharing communion together. Only God knows what the weather will be that day so be sure to dress in layers and bring sunscreen in case the sun decides to make a morning appearance! Bring your friends and neighbors and your readiness to tap your toes and enjoy the fresh air!
Book Talk: Rebecca Solnit discusses The Faraway Nearby
Thursday, June 20th, 2013
Wednesday, June 26th at 7pm, award-winning author Rebecca Solnit will be at MPC discussing her new book The Faraway Nearby. This book, her twelfth, is an intricate exploration of storytelling, memory, family and imagination. We hope you will join us for what is sure to be a fascinating evening.
Rebecca Solnit’s previous works include A Paradise Built in Hell, A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Wanderlust, and River of Shadows (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award). More information about her books, as well as interviews and essays, are available on her website: http://www.rebeccasolnit.com .
Rebecca was recently interviewed for NPR Books. Read more and listen to the interview on the NPR website.
Street parking is available behind the church on Grisborne Avenue, further down Thornhill Avenue next to Thornhill Elementary School, or on nearby Mountain Blvd. More parking and directions information is 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.
Join us on Sunday, June 9th, at 10 am!
Thursday, June 6th, 2013
Join us on Sunday, June 9th, at 10 am as we celebrate our Graduates, honor our Godly Play Storytellers and Greeters, and baptize one of our smallest members, Oliver James Gray! The choir will begin our Celebration by letting us know that June is Bustin’ Out All Over!
Following the service we will host a Baby Shower for our 3 newest little ones and their families.
All are welcome to join in the fun!
From Flickr: Youth Mission Trip 2012
Saturday, June 1st, 2013
As the MPC Youth prepare for their Mission Trip this summer, we look back on their trip to Denver last year, in support of Denver Urban Ministries. Check out more MPC photos at the MPC page on Flickr.
Interfaith Exhibit Continues
Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
The Interfaith Art Exhibit, co-sponsored by MPC as part of the Faith Trio, continues at the Islamic Cultural Center in downtown Oakland (1433 Madison Street, near Lake Merritt). The exhibit is open for viewing on Wednesdays 10 am – 4 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm between May 15th and June 5th.
Meet and Greet the Artists
On Friday, June 7, there will be an Artist Meet-And-Greet during Oakland First Friday/Art Murmur, at the ICCNC (address above). There will be conversations with local artists, live music, and food. All are welcome.
Photos from the Exhibit
Here are some photos taken at the exhibit opening:
If you’re still on the fence about visiting the exhibit, just check out these two online reviews:
- Finding Common Ground through Sacred Words (Alliance for California Traditional Arts)
- Sacred Words for a Peace Exhibit (Cari Ferraro)
Opening Reception for the Interfaith Art Exhibit “Finding Common Ground through Sacred Words” a HUGE success
by Kathy Horn, Montclair Presbyterian Church (an organizer of the Interfaith Art Exhibit)
Guests were greeted by colorful flowers lining the portico of the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California near Lake Merritt on Saturday, May 11. They were celebrating the opening of Oakland’s Faith Trio Interfaith Art Exhibit sponsored by the ICCNC, Kehilla Synagogue, and Montclair Presbyterian Church. The crowd of 300 filled the beautiful auditorium which set the mood for Sacred Art with its traditional wooden trussworked ceiling and domed rostrum.
Ali Sheikholeslami, one of the exhibit organizers, and Mr. Mogarei, representing the Board of Directors of ICCNC, welcomed all and invited several artists and leaders from the three congregations to speak.
We learned from Reverend Katie Morrison of Montclair Presbyterian Church that the Faith Trio began after September 11, 2001, when three Muslim women visited MPC, hoping to establish a friendship because of their shared roots in Abrahamic faith. Kehilla came on board soon after. Rev. Katie’s screen print, included in the exhibit, references Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s quote from the Book of Amos in the Bible, “”let justice roll down like waters”.
The large gathering was treated to tales from the organizing committee, provocative thoughts, and personal meditations on the special creative process that was evoked by the theme of this year’s show: “Finding Common Ground Through Sacred Text.”
Susan Felix, a Jewish artist whose blessing bowls are in museum collections around the country, quoted Rumi: ‘beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.’ She blessed the gathering with “Peace, Shalom, Salaam. I bless us that we carried this field of love, of light, and the joy into the world.”
Rabbi David Cooper, a third generation needlepoint artist who is showing his beautiful “Imagine/Dim’yeyn—John Lennon”, also spoke of his support of this interfaith effort that helps us understand each other through our art.
Sculptor Jane Vanderveer, from MPC, gently questioned, “What is that still, small voice that nudges us to give birth to our deepest feelings through the creative process? …that Love that will not let us go?”
After refreshments, guests climbed the grand staircase to enjoy two large rooms displaying over 130 unique works incorporating text sacred to the artist. Artist statements are beautifully printed by Gregg Schwinn of Montclair Presbyterian Church and mounted next to each work, interpreting the Arabic, Hebrew or one of several other languages chosen by the artist. In this way, all viewers can understand the Sacred Text that inspires the work.
The ornate and unique “Eve’s Crown” by Mormon Jana Rains, impressed viewers for the nature and effect of its unusual materials in creating a believable, traditional adornment. She says of her work, “This is a crown I made to celebrate the story of creation and Eve—who I think gets too much bad press. It’s a celebration of her brave decision.”
Arash Shirinibab, Chairman of the organizing committee, presents a golden yellow, evocative photograph of a Sufi dancer twirling through a swirl of Arabic calligraphy, titled “Alive”.
Whether miniature or grand, delicate silver or found cast-off, stitched, carved or crafted, this exhibit offers much to contemplate. Each work is certainly a unique expression of the common sacred values shared by persons of all faiths and persuasions, not only those from the Faith Trio.
The interfaith art exhibit will continue Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 – 4pm until June 7th. The Closing Reception that day is from 5 – 7 pm and will include food, music and artists available near their work to answer informal questions. ICCNC is at 1433 Madison St., Oakland.
Be sure to check out this wonderful exhibit soon.
JUNE IS HERE AND IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE!
Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
Sunday, June 2nd, is going to be quite the Extravaganza! Join us first for Celebration at 10 am. Three weeks ago, 9 people in our congregation were given money. Real money that we are calling Talents, from the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25. Their charge was to go and do something great with their Talents. We will hear the 9 stories and see how or if they were able to multiply their Talents! We will also celebrate communion together, a time in which are welcome and invited to the Feast. For music we have Tom Dambley’s Jazz Band and our children and youth singing with the Adults to a tune that will stay with you for weeks. We will hear on update on the end to our stewardship drive and get a sense for how we are doing for our budget for 2013-2014.
As if Celebration weren’t enough, immediately following Celebration we will have our Annual Committee Fair and BBQ. Come one, come all and learn more about the exciting ministries happening at Montclair Presbyterian Church! The BBQ is free, you don’t have to bring anything other than your appetite, and all are welcome! Come and join in the fun!
Interfaith Art Exhibit Update
Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
The Exhibit is Here!
The exhibit is open for viewing on Wednesdays 10 am – 4 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm between May 15th and June 5th, if volunteer docents are available to assist visitors. The volunteer docent position is a fun way to get familiar with the artwork and and meet the visitors to the exhibit. If you would like to be a volunteer docent for this exhibit, please contact Lea Delson at (510) 528-6725 or email@example.com.
On Friday, June 7, there will be an Artist Meet-And-Greet during Oakland First Friday/Art Murmur, at the ICCNC (address above). There will be conversations with local artists, live music, and food. $10 Adults, $5 students.
MPC is one of three congregations that make up the Faith Trio, an interfaith collaboration with the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC) and Kehilla Synagogue.
These three congregations have collaborated on a variety of activities over the past eleven years, including a very successful interfaith art exhibit held in September and October of 2011. We are now looking forward to the second interfaith art exhibit, this time on the theme “Finding Common Ground through Sacred Words” which is taking place now through June 7.
Hundreds of beautiful and inspiring works of art have been submitted by a wide variety of artists to this exhibit, including calligraphy, needlework, paintings on silk, oil paintings, watercolor, photography, weavings, quilts, stained glass, sculpture, digital art, and paper collage. The theme of this exhibit is artwork that incorporates words, text or letters and that expresses a commitment to interfaith understanding, coexistence, peace and cultural exchange.
One of the main goals of this exhibit was to bring people together from different faiths and cultures, and the exhibit has certainly succeeded in doing that! Artwork has been submitted to the exhibit that incorporates writing in English, Hebrew, Arabic, Runes, Korean, Chinese, and more.
A committee representing the Faith Trio congregations (Kehila, ICCNC, and the Montclair Presbyterian Church) worked hard at designing the exhibit, working out all the logistics, and planning several events in connections with this exhibit. MPC is represented on this committee by Kathy Horn, Steve McKiernan, Gregg Schwinn and Jane Vanderveer.
- Afikomen Judaica: Contemporary Judaica for Inspired Living
- Albany Arts Gallery
- Alliance for California Traditional Arts
- Aquarian Minyan
- Berkeley Covenant Church
- California Arts Council
- CARE, The Center for Arts, Religion & Education, an affiliate of the Graduate Theological Union
- Chaplaincy Institute: An Interfaith Seminary and Community
- Chochmat HaLev
- Church Divinity School of the Pacific at the Graduate Theological Union
- Expressions Gallery, Berkeley
- Fremont Cultural Arts Council
- Heaven Hill & Pacific R.R. (Park and Garden Trains)
- The Interfaith Kirtan Chanting Group
- Islamic Art Exhibit
- Islamic Networks Group (ING)
- Jewish Voice for Peace
- Knesset HaLev
- MIIM Designs LLC
- Mythos Gallery, Berkeley
- Oakland Asian Cultural Center
- SAGRADA Sacred Arts
- San Francisco Foundation
- Ziya Multicultural Art Center
Learn more by checking out the links included below:
COME AND JOIN IN THE FUN WITH OUR PENTECOST CELEBRATION!
Monday, May 13th, 2013
On Sunday, May 19th, everyone is invited to wear either red, orange or yellow so together we can be flames of fire!
We are pleased to have the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus singing with us for Pentecost.
Rev. Beth will be preaching and focusing on what it means to be Pentecostal and what it means to celebrate Pentecost!
There will be visual surprises and we will baptize the youngest member of our community, Cora Lennon Santos.
Come and experience a Celebration in the Spirit!