Experience the Psalms in a New Translation

Experience the Psalms in a New Translation

Brought to you by the Faith Formation Team

What does it mean to say, “God is still speaking”? One thing it probably means is that God’s Word in Scripture should never sound old-fashioned to our ears. Our Protestant forebears took pride in translating the Bible into their living vernacular, and we have the same responsibility to bring God’s Word into the contemporary in our worship.

 To that end, for the next four Sundays, we’ll be experimenting with a new English translation of the Hebrew Bible, published in 2018 by the renowned Hebrew scholar and Cal professor Robert Alter. Each week in worship, we’ll experience a favorite Psalm in Alter’s translation.

 Our experiment will culminate in a second-hour discussion on September 22, led by Jonathan Sheehan, director of the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, where we compare some of Alter’s choices with our favorite translations from the past.

 Alter’s Hebrew Bible has been widely celebrated, critiqued, and discussed by scholars! But as far as we know, we are one of the only congregations actually experimenting with using this new translation in a worship setting.

 

Fall at Arlington Community Church

Fall at Arlington Community Church

Fall Celebration Sunday Sun. Sept. 15, 10 am

Join us as we celebrate students, teachers, and learners of all ages, and bless our new ministry teams. Ice cream social following worship.

 

Coastal Clean Up, Point Isabel, Richmond Sat. Sept. 21, 9 am - 12 pm

Bring water bottle, hat, and gloves, and you’ll be provided with the rest. We’ll gather in the parking lot beforehand, so we can work together. Email leslieshanti@yahoo.com to sign up.

 

First Thursday Community Potluck: Islam and Christianity Thurs. Oct. 3, 6 pm

Fatih Ates, the Bay Area director of the Pacifica Institute, will speak on “A Common Word between Christians and Muslims.”

 

Parade, Picnic, and Animal Blessing Sun., Oct. 13, 12 pm – 3 pm

Kensington Community Council and ACC are partnering to present an event for the community. Bring your pets, dress up in a costume, and enjoy an afternoon with food and music. The parade will begin at the ACE Hardware on Arlington, followed by the Animal Blessing in the KCC upper fields.

 

Holiday Concert and Green Bazaar Sat., Dec. 21, 2 pm

Holiday Celtic Concert and Bazaar. Music for slowing down the season starts at 2:00 pm followed a planet-friendly green-themed bazaar with good cheer refreshments.

 

In addition, we offer these regular opportunities to connect:

 Serving Lunch in Richmond: The 3rd Tuesday (and the 5th Thursday) of each month, we purchase, prepare, and serve lunch to hundreds at the GRIP Souper Center.

 Interfaith Vigil against Gun Violence. First Friday of each month, 12-12:30 pm in the sanctuary. Prayer, music, and silence.

 Theology on Tap. Fourth Friday of the month, 4:45 at The Junket (next to Trader Joe’s) in El Cerrito Plaza. Check our website for specific topics. Come and share your ideas!

Click here for a PDF copy of the featured fall events!

New Small Group at ACC: Aging and Retirement

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New Small Group at ACC: Aging and Retirement

We are seeking to gauge the level of interest in a new small group focused on the ups and downs of retirement, aging, or life transitions. The group would be led by ACC members Caro Grosvenor, a psychotherapist, and Rev. Barry Cammer, a pastoral counselor. The group would meet for approximately 6 sessions, beginning in September, most likely on a weekday evening. Space would be limited to 8 people -- if you are interested, please let Nate know (revnateklug@gmail.com) as soon as you can.

ACC's Food Pantry Barrel

Arlington Community Church is joining with the Contra Costa Solano County Food Bank to fill a food barrel over the next month.

 1 in 8 people in the two counties - about 180,000 individuals - turn to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano each month. St. Mary’s University did a study.

 They found 92% have a household income of less than $35,000 a year and it takes $76,500 for a family of four to make ends meet in California. 64% of households have seniors, children or both. Even more staggering, 29% rely on the Food Bank for at least half of their food.

 The study also revealed that the majority of participants eat healthier since receiving food assistance from the Food Bank and its partner agencies. 71% of respondents said they eat more balanced meals. 75% of respondents said they eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.

 The need is particularly great for protein items such as canned tuna or peanut butter. ACC has had Protein Sundays for several years. Right now please bring those items and other packaged food goods (with current expiration dates) and help us fill the barrel.

 Cash contributions can also be made and the Lesher Fund is currently matching all gifts to the Food Bank.

Rev. Nate Klug's Installation June 30, 2019

Rev. Nate Klug's Installation June 30, 2019

A special weekend at Arlington Community Church. What ended with the Installation of Rev. Nate, a sanctuary full of old and new friends, a laying on of hands, and a fantastic reception in the Social Hall...began much earlier with some planning, creativity, and hard work!

Many thanks to everyone involved in creating a special weekend, one that we won't soon forget.