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Welcome to the St. John’s Presbyterian Church!
We are glad you found us.

We are an inclusive gathering of people who seek to know and love God, receive God’s amazing grace and pursue God’s vision of peace and justice in our community and the world.

Join us for multigenerational worship on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. and various community life events throughout the week.

 

Palm Sunday Sunday, April 6 – 10 a.m.

Maundy Thursday Meditation and Communion … Thursday, April 13 – 6:30pm
Maundy Thursday begins the Three Days (or Triduum), remembering the new commandment that Christ gave us in word and deed as he taught us how to love one another, washing our feet as a servant. We also celebrate the Lord’s Supper, remembering the meal Christ shared with his disciples before his death.  Come join us in the Campbell Reception Room for a special soup and communion Service. Come as you are.

Good Friday Sunrise Worship … Friday, April 14 -Lawrence Livermore Labs.
On April 14, Good Friday, at 6:45 AM, at the corner of South Vasco Rd. & Patterson Pass Rd. outside the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab, Ecumenical Peace Institute and the Livermore Conversion Project offer a service of worship and nonviolent witness against nuclear weapons.  Fifty years after the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “Beyond Vietnam” speech, we ask “Where would Dr. King be today?” More information

Easter Sunday … Sunday, April 16 – 10 a.m.
Bring family and friends for a powerful celebration of the resurrection and salvation by grace. After worship, join us for coffee and treats, and our Grand Easter Egg Hunt! (rain or shine) All are welcome.HappyEaster3

Come as you are.

Lenten Refugee Welcome Project Reminder
What an amazing response there’s been to the Lenten Refugee Welcome project! Thank you to all who have indicated that they plan to contribute some of the items requested by recently-arrived clients of the International Rescue Committee here in the East Bay. (You may recall that the list of items included bicycles to use to get to and from work, rice cookers, pressure cookers, area rugs, irons, and gift cards to Target and Safeway.)
The next steps are to acquire these items and then bring them to church on Palm Sunday, April 9. And, though we won’t know the precise identities of the recipients of our St. John’s contributions, you should feel free to also share a message of welcome or a note of support and encouragement.
The warm welcome and generous support from St. John’s are much appreciated. Please let Lisa Blampied know if you have any questions or suggestions, and thank you in advance for bringing items to church on Palm Sunday.




Youth Ministry Party
on Saturday, April 8 at the home of Fred Harvey.  Invite friends and neighbors to join us at worship on Easter Sunday and stay for our grand egg hunt on the church lawn after the service. Anyone wishing to contribute eggs (colored and/or candy filled) may drop them off at the church office Saturday April 15 or before 9:00 AM Easter Sunday. 


St. John’s Knitting Ministry
will meet April 7 and 21 in the church office at 1:30. Come join us for tea, knitting (for the Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center) and conversation.


Forum on Nationalism and Racism in Nazi Germany and the United States:
Religion’s Proponents and the Resistance discussion on Wednesday, April 12, 7 pm in the Sanctuary. St. John’s presents a series on the American crisis in  civil liberties and the role of religion.  We begin our series with the history of Nazism in Germany and the current danger signs in the United States. Two distinguished UC professors of history will offer their commentaries with audience discussion. They are

John Connelly
His focus has been on European Political and Social History, Nationalism and Racism.
AMONG HIS PUBLICATIONS: • From Enemy to Brother: The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews, “Nazi Racism and the Church: How Converts Showed the Way to Resist,” • “Gypsies, Homosexuals and Slavs” in  John Roth and Peter Hayes, eds.,  The Holocaust Handbook

David A Hollinger
His focus has been on American Religious and Intellectual History, Immigration and Multiculturalism.
AMONG HIS PUBLICATIONS: • After Cloven Tongues of Fire: Protestant Liberalism in Modern American History • Science, Jews, and Secular Culture: Studies in Mid-Twentieth-Century American Intellectual History

Download Nationalism_RacisminNaziGermanyandtheUnitedStates PDF


Horizons Bible Study continues this year’s topic: Who Is Jesus?

Glenda Pawsey will be facilitating our discussion on Thursday April 20 as we continue to answer the question of this year’s study: “Who Is Jesus?” We will be looking at this question through the material about the other Abrahamic Faiths. Interested? Come at 12:00 noon, lunch in hand. We’ll see a short video before we review the lesson material for the day. (Background Scripture is Genesis 12:1-4; Matthew 1:1; Galatians 3:6-7; 4:23-29) Extra copies of the Horizons Bible Study guide are available. The Campbell Reception Room is where we meet. We end by 2:00 pm. Questions? Check with Sally Hussey.


April Flick Flack
The movies for our April 28 potluck/movie group are:
I Am Not Your Negro and A United Kingdom. We meet at 6:30 pm for our shared dinner, followed by discussion of the movies. The Campbell Reception Room is our meeting place. The table there has lots of room, so, if you have been thinking about dropping in sometime, we’d love to welcome you and your input on which movies to see for the next meeting in May!


CROP Hunger Walk, a program of Church World Service 

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aims to alleviate hunger here and across the world, wherever basic resources are insufficient.  The need grows every year.  Join other St. John’s walkers on Sunday, April 30 for this wonderful cause. See: www.crophungerwalk.org/berkeleyca.
Why do we walk each year? We know that by bringing food to families in times of scarcity and by bringing water to communities in times of drought, we are helping people both in our own community and around the world reclaim their livelihoods so they aren’t forced to look elsewhere. On CWS’s side of things, the need is greater than ever to stand together to preempt extreme conditions that cause displacement and refugee status. CROP walks are an incredibly meaningful way to help alleviate desparate situations.  As we are all learning on many fronts, there is power in a walk.
For more about the programs you’re helping support, check out the programs tab on CWS’s 2016 annual report: http://cwsannualreport.org/   More specific details for St. John’s will soon be available.




Adult Forums In April

April 2: Fourth Sunday in Lent:
Third Lenten Reflection on Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People      In the third of our series of Lenten reflections, our topic will be “Practicing servanthood, finding freedom.” We shall again be using material from John Ortberg’s book, “The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People.” If you want to be extra-well prepared, read chapters seven and ten of the book before coming to the Forum.

April 9: Palm Sunday
Fourth Lenten Reflection on Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People      In the fourth and last of our series of Lenten reflections, our topic will be “Going the distance with a well-ordered heart.” We shall again be using material from John Ortberg’s book, “The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People.” If you want to be extra-well prepared, read chapters twelve and thirteen of the book before coming to the Forum.

April 30: Johnny Kashung
Come to learn about Johnny Kashung, our Seminary Intern, and the Manipur church and community where Johnny has served and will continue to serve when he returns to India.