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Ally Condie Author Talk

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

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AllyCondie_credit-Erin-Summerill-smallOn Friday, April 1st at 7pm, meet author Allie Condie as she presents her latest book Summerlost. Ms. Condie is best known for Matched, a dystopian teen trilogy that became an international bestseller. This new work, set in present day at a summer theater festival, is a young adult novel about grief, loss, mysteries and friendship. We hope you can join us for what is sure to be a heartfelt and fascinating talk.

About Ally Condie

Ally Condie is the author of the MATCHED Trilogy, a #1 New York Times and international bestseller. MATCHED was chosen as one of YALSA’s 2011 Teens’ Top Ten and named as one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of 2010. The sequels, CROSSED and REACHED, were also critically acclaimed and received starred reviews, and all three books are available in 30+ languages.

About Summerlost

It’s the first real summer since the devastating accident that killed Cedar’s father and younger brother, Ben. But now Cedar and what’s left of her family are returning to the town of Iron Creek for the summer. They’re just settling into their new house when a boy named Leo, dressed in costume, rides by on his bike. Intrigued, Cedar follows him to the renowned Summerlost theatre festival. Soon, she not only has a new friend in Leo and a job working concessions at the festival, she finds herself surrounded by mystery. The mystery of the tragic, too-short life of the Hollywood actress who haunts the halls of Summerlost. And the mystery of the strange gifts that keep appearing for Cedar. (Source:

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.

Photo credit: Erin Summerill


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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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.


Join Us for Christmas Eve Services

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

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We will have two services this year.

5:30 PM, Family Service
followed by cookies & cider reception
9:00 PM, Candlelight service

What’s the difference? Well, the first service is specifically intended for children’s participation while the second is a little more solemn. The full choir will sing at the first service while the second will feature a quartet of singers. Although the second service will be more in darkness and with a more contemplative tone, BOTH services include a chance to light candles and sing Silent Night together. All are welcome!

Photo by Jason Short, Flickr Creative Commons license



Christmas Carol Sing-Along & Dinner – Tuesday, Dec 8th

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

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Like Christmas Carols? So do we. Join us for a Christmas Carol Sing-Along on Wednesday, December 8th. We’ll start off with a simple meal in the Family Room at 6pm, then move into the Sanctuary at 7pm for carols. Everyone will have a caroling songbook, and we’ll take turns choosing which one to sing next. It’s a fun evening and a great way to help get into the Christmas spirit. The meal is free and the event is open to all.

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Earth Care – Tuesday Dec 8th Action

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

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coal-rally-compJoin us Dec. 8 (Tuesday at 5:30) for a rally and demonstration at Oakland City Hall to tell the Oakland City Council to Ban Coal in Oakland. From Earth Care (formerly SPLASH)  Contact Sari Kulberg 510-653-6432 for more info.

(Photo source: Sunflower Alliance)


Outside links for more information about this effort and event:

Oakland Fossil Fuel Resistance

Facebook page – Coal Free Oakland





Yule Feast: Time to Sign Up!

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

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13016335605_1878e7c001_zOur 33rd Yule Feast, scheduled for Saturday evening, January 9, 2016, is expected to attract about 200 medieval costumed adults, youth, children, members and friends of our church family. It offers us a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, aromas and an extraordinary experience of Christian community.



Check out the Yule Feast page for more information, photos, and the forms you’ll need to construct a Yule Feast table (and hopefully win the Yule Feast Cup!).