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Visit MPC at the Montclair Holiday Stroll

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

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Holiday Stroll Flier 2015The Montclair Holiday Stroll is coming soon — Thursday, December 3rd, from 5:30 to 8pm — and MPC will be there, handing out cookies and cocoa and good cheer! We hope to see you there, either as a volunteer at the MPC table or just to have some cookies and visit.

More about the Holiday Stroll

Montclair Village Association presents the 13th Annual Holiday Stroll​; an admission FREE, family friendly holiday festival open to all celebrants & perfect for joining in the holiday spirit! Special discounts and promotions are offered as over 40 merchants stay open to greet guests with music, food & drink. Holiday carols will fill the streets with performances by several Oakland school and youth groups including the Pacific Boychoir Academy, Edna Brewer Middle School, Zion Lutheran Choir, Corpus Christi School MUSE Band, St John’s Episcopal Church, Head Royce School, the Bishop O’Dowd Brass Ensemble, Oakland Ballet Company and many more! Donate a toy to the “Random Acts Toy Drive” hosted by the Oakland Fire Department, then follow The Tap Dancing Christmas Trees for a visit with Santa!
(source: the Montclair Village Association)

Interested in helping out?

If you’d like to bake cookies and/or help work the MPC table, please talk to Anna Santos or Steve McKiernan. We’d love to have your help!


RECORDING – Choir Major Work: J.S. Bach Cantata 80

Friday, November 13th, 2015

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On Sunday, Nov 8, 2015, the MPC Choir, directed by Music Director Kim Rankin and accompanied by the Montclair Chamber Orchestra, performed Cantata 80 by J.S. Bach. Details about the performance are included at the link below, along with links for listening to the music in MP3 format. Check it out!


Maira Kalman at MPC on Nov 13th at 7pm

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

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On Friday, November 13th from 7-9pm. wide-ranging author and illustrator Maira Kalman will be at MPC to discuss her new book Beloved Dog. We hope you can join us for what is sure to be a heartfelt, funny, and fascinating talk.

About Beloved Dog

Beloved Dog Book CoverDogs have lessons for us all. In Beloved Dog, renowned artist and author Maira Kalman illuminates our cherished companions as only she can. From the dogs lovingly illustrated in her acclaimed children’s books to the real-life pets who inspire her still, Kalman’s Beloved Dog is joyful, beautifully illustrated, and, as always, deeply philosophical. […] With humor and intelligence, Kalman gives voice to the dogs she adores, noting that they are constant reminders that life reveals the best of itself when we live fully in the moment and extend unconditional love.

(Source: )

About Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman photoMaira has written and illustrated Eighteen children’s books, including Ooh-la-la-Max in Love, What Pete Ate, Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey, 13 WORDS, a collaboration with Lemony Snicket, Why We Broke Up, with Daniel Handler,Looking at Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything.

She is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker Magazine, and is well known for her collaboration with Rick Meyerowitz on the “New Yorkistan” cover in 2001 and “The New York City Sub-Culinary Map.” Maira is currently creating an illustrated column for The New Yorker based on travels to museums and libraries.

Recent projects include illustrating Strunk and White’s classic The Elements of Style. A small opera based on the text was composed by Nico Muhly. She has created two monthly online columns for the New York Times. The first, The Principles of Uncertainty (2006-07), was a narrative journal of her life. The second, And The Pursuit of Happiness (2009) was a year long exploration of American History and democracy. Both columns are now collected in book form, published by the Penguin Press. (Source: )

View Maira Kalman’s TED talk

Please contact the MPC office for more information.


Margaret Irvin in Presbyterian Outlook

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

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Margaret Irvin is featured in an article in Presbyterian Outlook magazine which focuses on her literary efforts.

Click here irvinphoto-outlook_001to view a pdf of this article.






(Source: Outlook – An Independent BiWeekly on the PC(USA), Vol. 197, No. 23, Nov 9 2015)




Jean Mudge’s Emerson Book Brunch – Sunday Dec. 13

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

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EmersonCome to “Mr. Emerson’s Revolution:” a book launch-brunch sponsored by Poets and Storytellers, on Sunday, Dec. 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, Thornhill Room.

Editor and contributor, Jean Mudge will present Ralph Waldo Emerson as more than merely the global public intellectual he was in his lifetime. He also struggled with a persistent conflict: Publicly committed to the liberation of blacks and women, he privately questioned their capabilities. How did he resolve this inner, often debilitating battle?



Come for a short video intro, reading of excerpts, and a Q and A. Copies of the book with 166 color illustrations will be available.

See more at Open Book Publishers.


Choir Major Work – Sunday Nov. 8th at 10am

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

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ein-feste-burg-image (Small) CHOIR MAJOR WORK: During Celebration on Sunday, November 8 starting at 10am, the MPC choir will present J.S. Bach’s magisterial cantata “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott” (“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”).



Written to celebrate Reformation Sunday, this cantata uses Martin Luther’s famous hymn tune as the basis for a glorious Baroque musical structure of complexity and beauty. The choir will be accompanied by a Baroque chamber orchestra and joined by a quartet of fine vocal soloists. We look forward to sharing the splendor of Bach with the congregation!


Duke Robinson’s new memoir

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

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Duke Robinson, who served as pastor at MPC from 1968-1996, has a newly published memoir, the title and cover of which you see here in the photo.


Bud Sisson will have signed copies for sale at the Family Hour, on December 13. A single copy will go for a special discount cost of $13–cash, or a check made out to Duke Robinson. Think about copies for Christmas/Holiday presents, and the price goes down (2 for $25, 3 for $35, etc.). You can learn more about the memoir and Duke’s four other books, on Amazon, right now (see link below).

When Duke was in the fourth grade, a Philadelphia Inquirer photographer caught his grammar school tumbling team’s premier performance at a PTA meeting. As a result, he claims to be (trumpets!) the only Presbyterian minister in the history of Western civilization to have had his picture in a major metropolitan newspaper standing on his head with his fly open.

Here’s what Duke says to us about it: “I dedicate more than 80 pages of this book to stories from my 28 years with the Montclair Church Family. No one has dared to put some of them in writing … until now.” Curious?

The book features a lot of funny stuff, but it also strikes an important note about facing life’s mysteries, and growing up. And it takes you behind the scenes of two of the most memorable events during Duke’s ministry in our life: The 1972 granting of sanctuary to a Conscientious Objector sailor, whom the navy was sending to Vietnam; and the response of the Church Family to those who lost their homes and physical possessions in the 1991 Berkeley/Oakland Firestorm.”

Sometime fairly early in the new year, Duke will have an Open Mic brunch and discussion about his memoir. Watch for further details.


DUKE ROBINSON — 522 High Eagle Ct. Walnut Creek, CA 94595;  Phone: 925-287-1837

Direct link to the following books at Duke’s page
A MIDDLE WAY: The Secular/Spiritual Road to Wholeness (April 2014)
SAVIOR: An Old Notion in a New Novel of Unthinkable Absurdity (2012)
CREATE YOUR BEST LIFE: How to Live Fully Knowing One Day You Will Die (2011)
TOO NICE FOR YOUR OWN GOOD: How to Stop Making 9 Self-Sabotaging Mistakes (2000)


Green Building Award – Tuesday Nov. 10th at 6pm

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

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invitecoolclimates Celebrate 15 years of California faith community climate action and honor outstanding green congregations at the Interfaith Service for the Climate and 2015 Cool Climate Awards. Montclair Presbyterian Church will be receiving the Green Building Award this year. The event will be held at the Cathedral of Christ the Light on Lake Merritt in Oakland.

To RSVP or for more information, visit Interfaith Power & Light.

Tuesday, November 10 2015, 6-8pm at Cathedral of Christ the Light (on Lake Merritt), 2121 Harrison Street Oakland, CA 94612


Eli Cook – PC(USA) Mission Co-Worker – Saturday Oct. 31st

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

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COOK_Elisabeth_photo2_2015 (Small)Saturday, October 31 from 10-11:30am in the Thornhill Room.

Come and learn what our denomination is up to in Latin America! A Mission Co-Worker from Costa Rica, Elizabeth (Eli) Cook, will speak with us , in a presentation sponsored by the Peace & Justice Steering Committee.

Eli’s “day job” is as Bible Professor and Academic Dean at Latin American Biblical University (Universidad Bíblica Latinoamericana – UBL). The Instituto Biblico Pastoral program at UBL trains lay persons throughout Latin America, especially those with limited opportunities, such as the underprivileged, women, and indigenous peoples.

Eli says, “I am continually challenged … to be aware of the multiple forms of injustice, exclusion, discrimination and prejudice – forms of violence that are often justified legally and even Biblically in our communities and congregations.” She seeks to help UBL prepare leaders from partner churches to actively participate in the quest for reconciliation and justice.


Reflections on the Fall 2015 Women’s Retreat

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

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This year’s retreat was again held at the picturesque Ralston-White Retreat Center located on the side of Mt Tam above Mill Valley. Julie Cline, our facilitator, guided us as we learned about the characteristics of our learned patterns of behavior & unconscious biases.

Small group discussions (Small)    Wonderful meals (Small)    A cozy place to read (Small)

During the weekend, there was time for reflection, songs, hikes, ping-pong, reading, and a competitive game of Sequence.

Time for a hike (Small)   Ping Pong games on the porch (Small)    Evening time games (Small)

Saturday afternoon included a brief Taize service, followed by the creation of a liturgical banner that will eventually be displayed at MPC. A worship service brought our retreat to a close on Sunday morning.

The making of the liturgical banner (Small)