Accepting Invitations

Accepting Invitations

Dear friends,

Invitations are all around us. We have recently been accepting and extending invitations to new community groups who are in need of a site for their activities.  As of Tuesday, the Kensington After School Enrichment Program has begun hosting activities out of our Social Hall. That’s just one way we try to respond to the needs of our community and be an inviting church.

On Sunday we will explore the meaning of God’s invitation in our lives. Join us in worship, or connect by listening to the sermon through our website. Here’s a poem to read in the meantime, about God’s radical way of inviting.

Wishing you peace in the middle of your Lent journey,

Rev. Nate

 

God Says Yes To Me,” by Kaylin Haught

I asked God if it was okay to be melodramatic
and she said yes
I asked her if it was okay to be short
and she said it sure is
I asked her if I could wear nail polish
or not wear nail polish
and she said honey
she calls me that sometimes
she said you can do just exactly
what you want to
Thanks God I said
And is it even okay if I don’t paragraph
my letters
Sweetcakes God said
who knows where she picked that up
what I’m telling you is
Yes Yes Yes

Living in Paradox

Living in Paradox

Sometimes it seems to me that the great gift of being religious in this day and age is the ability to be comfortable with a certain degree of paradox. Paradox comes from a Greek word meaning "contrary to expectation" or "incredible."

We live in paradox when we hear old stories like the Transfiguration and the Resurrection, after a week of listening to NPR and reading the newspaper. But we also live in paradox when we suffer losses we never could have imagined, and still have to wake up and find our joy in this life. Paradox is true to our experience of being alive.

Jesus spoke in parables to his followers, as a way of expressing the power of metaphor and paradox. For me, the art of poetry is another way to experience the paradox that's a characteristic of living in God.

Join us in the Fireside Room at 11:30 after worship on Sunday, as we read and discuss a few short poems that speak to our journey during this Lenten season. We'll be out of there by 12:15 and on our way for lunch, I promise!

And, to follow up on my article last week, do reach out to let me know when a good time for an individual coffee or a visit might be.

I hope you've enjoyed these longer evenings and glimpses of spring! Little Zoe, by the way, is still adjusting to the time change...

Peace, 

Rev. Nate Klug

Less Plastic for Lent

Less Plastic for Lent

Anita Baker teaches in a school that over the past year has moved to ZERO WASTE in school lunches, including those prepared by an outside vendor. The students are being encouraged to help their families on this journey. One of the staff members found this calendar online "Less Plastic for Lent!" and it was sent home to each family. Anita and Russ are using it and hope you also consider making it permanent.

- Anita Baker

View & download the calendar by clicking here

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Update from Dorothy Streutker

Update from Dorothy Streutker

On Monday, March 11, I received my last chemo treatment. Once again, I am experiencing very few side effects. The next step is surgery, for which I had an MRI on Tuesday. On March 26, I will be having an outpatient surgery to remove the remainder of the tumors after they've been shrunk by the chemotherapy.

My broken leg is healing, albeit slowly. I've lost a lot of strength in both legs, so exercise is important. I can now make it carefully up and down the six stairs outside our house, and can shuffle my way to the end of our block (the short end) with my walker. Little by little ....

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers as this long process continues.

Holy Week & Easter Sunday

Holy Week & Easter Sunday

Join us as we listen for God's voice this spring.

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Holy Week at ACC

Palm Sunday, April 14, 10 am.

A joyous procession of palms, with ensemble music, as we remember Jesus' entry into Jerusalem.


Maundy Thursday, April 18, 7:30 pm.

A service of "Tenebrae" (shadows) and remembrance as we journey towards the cross.

Good Friday, April 19, 12 pm-3 pm.

Sanctuary open for quiet meditation and prayer.


Good Friday Joint Service, April 19 at 7 pm

First Congregational Church Berkeley

2345 Channing Way in downtown Berkeley

Together with his wife, Rev. Nate is organizing a special joint Good Friday worship, with seven local UCC churches participating, including us! The service will feature music from local choirs (as well as a moving community choir piece) and brief reflections on the last seven words of Jesus. Carpooling encouraged: let Nate know if you will need a ride or are willing to provide one.


Easter Sunday, April 21.  

7:30 am. Easter Sunrise Worship.

8:30 am. Easter Breakfast.

10:00 am. Worship, with special music.