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Corinthian Diversions

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

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imagesThis Sunday during morning Celebration at 10:00 a.m., we’re off to the ancient city of Corinth to learn from that early community of faith. Like many diverse communities, the Corinthian church struggled to find common ground and to continue to welcome more and more members. They also developed divided loyalties to different teachers. Of course, we never worry about such things in Oakland . . . Our service will also feature musical selections from french horn soloist Avery Hawthorne.


Light Wisdom with Salt

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

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saltAre you a “salt of the earth” type of person?  Would others say that you “bring light” into dark places?  We’ll take a look at these famous phrases from the gospel of Matthew and see what wisdom we can extract.  Leave your bushel baskets at home and come join us for Celebration this Sunday, February 9th at 10:00 a.m.


Blessed are the Music Makers!

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

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Pete SeegerIn Celebration this Sunday, we will honor the life and legacy of Pete Seeger by singing a rousing version of “I Had a Hammer” for our closing song. So tune your guitars, ukes, banjos, harmonicas, and mandolins, or shake the dust from your tambourines and then bring them at 9:45 a.m. for a quick run-thru. We’ll play it in G and click through to practice the harmonies with Peter, Paul and Mary.  At the core of Pete Seeger’s remarkable life was the notion that everyone can participate and everyone can make a difference in the world. He often spoke of himself as a “song leader”, but not a performer because his goal was to get everyone singing, not just listening to him.

It is also the first Sunday of the month when children are invited to stay in Celebration as part of Family Sunday. The sermon will be on the beatitudes from Matthew and the music will be inviting for folks of all ages. Join us!



Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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Medium Jazz-MontclairPlease join us for an evening of food, wine, and tunes from the Great American Songbook to benefit the ministry and mission of Montclair Presbyterian Church.  Our own Melinda V. McLain will be singing with the amazing Tom Dambly Quartet featuring:  Paul Blankenship, piano; Tim Kelly, bass; Joel Davel, drums; and Tom Dambly, trumpet.  The no-host bar and reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and the concert at 7:00 p.m. $10 suggested donation at the door, but all are welcome! Download a flyer here to send to your friends!


Fishy Wisdom

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

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imagesThroughout the season of epiphany (which lasts until Ash Wednesday, March 5)  we will be exploring the wisdom of Jesus while developing our own abilities to be wiser and more loving people.  Our text this week is Matthew 4:12-23, the story of Jesus calling a bunch of fishermen to be disciples.  Wise or not wise?  Join us during weekly Bible study on Wednesdays from 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. and at Celebration on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.


Revolutionary Wisdom

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

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martin-luther-king-01-1040pk010411In our Sunday Celebration this week we will remember the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Chestnut Choir will be singing “Precious Lord” and everyone who wants to sing should simply show up at 9:15 a.m. Pastor Melinda’s sermon will be focused on Matthew 5: 43-45: “43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.  Please join us at 10:00 a.m.


Celebrating Our Table Wisdom

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

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imagesFor the early church, eating meals together was an important part of their identity and activity as a spiritual community.  This is a part of the Christian tradition that we LOVE!  During Celebration this Sunday, January 12th at 10:00 a.m., join us as we explore our collective wisdom and share the sacrament of communion with one another. And the Intermezzi of Pacific Boy Choir will be on hand to provide beautiful music for our service!



Youth Group Reunion: Jan 5th 2014

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

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Calling all Youth Group Alumni! Whether you graduated from youth group last year, or whether you remember youth group before Susan Hunn arrived, you are ALL invited to our 2014 Reunion! Come regale us with stories of the past, catch up with old friends, and share your wisdom with the new youth group members.

Sunday, Jan 5th, 2014.

5:00-6:30 PM: Potluck Dinner in the MPC Family Room – please bring a favorite dish to share.

6:45-8:45 PM: GAMES NIGHT! Come dressed to play!

Any questions? Contact Talitha Phillips (MPC Coordinator for Children, Youth, & Family Life)  — talitha ( at )  or 510 339 1131

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A Child-Centered Christmas Eve

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

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christmas full size (Medium)Plan now to attend our child-centered Christmas Eve Service on Tuesday, December 24th at 5:30 p.m.  We will build the Christmas creche, sing carols by candlelight and enjoy hot cider and treats following the service.  Perfect for all ages and all are truly welcome!


Christmas at Montclair

Friday, December 6th, 2013

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Christmas-PageantPlease join us this Sunday, December 15th at 10:00 a.m. Our choir will be singing beautiful music of the Renaissance and Pastor Melinda will preach a sermon entitled “The Holy Way” based upon the beautiful poem found in Isaiah 15: 1-10.




Plan now to attend our child-centered Christmas Eve Service on Tuesday, December 24th at 5:30 p.m.  We will build the Christmas creche, sing carols by candlelight and enjoy hot cider and treats following the service.  Perfect for all ages!


Click here to download a flyer of all the events for the season here at Montclair Presbyterian Church.  2013 Christmas Events Flyer (pdf)