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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!).


FAITH TRIO Harvest Action 2015 – Saturday Nov. 21st

Friday, November 20th, 2015

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This year, the FAITH TRIO Harvest Celebration is the Harvest Action 2015. We are marking a decade of friendship and marching for climate repair on Saturday November 21, 2015 from 10am-3pm.

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We are participating in the Northern California Climate Mobilization, which is a local effort in advance of the 2015 UN Conference on Parties in Paris (COP21). This is a mass international mobilization as world leaders in Paris make decisions that will effect the planet for the far future. This mobilization is to show mass support for an agreement that will be effective and binding. Below is an outline of the events for our Faith Trio congregations.

Northern California Climate Mobilization demands:

  • Global agreements to implement dramatic and rapid reduction in global warming pollution
  • Keeping fossil fuels in the ground!
  • No coal exports or crude-by-rail bomb trains in Northern California
  • 100% clean, safe, renewable energy! Wind, solar, and geothermal power now!

List of events (Join us at any event – Look for our Faith Trio Banner)

10-10:45 amShabbat service near the Lake Merritt Amphitheater at 12th Street & Lake Merritt Blvd, Oakland
11:00 am – Assemble with the Northern California Climate Mobilization at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater
12 noon – March to Oakland City Hall / Frank Ogawa Plaza
1:00 pm – Rally with Northern California Climate Mobilization
2:00 pm – Move to the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California at 1433 Madison Street, Oakland. Bring a bag lunch and eat together.

The Islamic Cultural Center has invited us to gather after the action is over in their downtown facility at 1433 Madison Street near 14th Street for eating and talking together. If you have any questions, please email (check the MPC directory) any members of the Faith Trio group: Betsy King, Brad Hester, Dave Siegenthler, or Peggy Alter.

BACKGROUND OF THE FAITH TRIO — The Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, Montclair Presbyterian Church and Kehilla Community Synagogue became the Faith Trio as a result of September 11, 2001.

One Sunday weeks after the attack, three Muslim women (a mother and her two grown daughters) visited Montclair Presbyterian Church. After the service one Christian woman asked if she and others could visit an event at the Islamic Cultural Center. That year Muslim-Christian friendships developed as members of both congregations joined in each others’ events leading to annual Harvest Dinners. In 2005 Kehilla Community Synagogue joined, bringing together the three Abrahamic faiths calling themselves the Faith Trio.

The Trio has held Harvest Celebrations for the past decade, and has organized interfaith art exhibitions, poetry readings, text study sessions, and have also volunteered in food bank service together. These activities are organized through monthly meetings of representatives from each congregation — the Faith Trio Committee.

This year instead of a feast, the Faith Trio celebrates the harvest and planet earth with prayers and marching feet.
Please Join Us!


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!