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.

October 2017

Upcoming Youth Activities

  • October 15: Parent Christmas Pageant Meeting immediately after worship in Sproul Conference Room.
  • Oct 28, Saturday, 3-5PM: Halloween Party in the Fireside Room. Wear a costume and come enjoy the famous St. John’s Donut Line, games, and maybe even a haunted house.

Pet Blessing

The annual Pet Blessing is on Sunday, Oct 8.  Bring your pets, pictures of pets or beloved stuffed animals! Invite people who could use a little lighthearted worship.

St. John’s Knitting Ministry

will meet Friday, October 20 in the church office break room. Please join us for a relaxing afternoon of knitting, tea and conversation.

Horizons Bible Study Summer Schedule

Horizons Bible Study will meet on Thursday, October 19 at noon in the Campbell reception room.  We’ll first meet for lunch and personal sharing.  Kathy Pratt will then lead our discussion of Lesson Two,  “In Community with the Living God,” from this year’s program, Cloud of Witnesses.  Please join us and bring your own lunch.  If you have questions, contact Claudia Cate.


October Flick Flak

Come and enjoy St. John’s Fun Friday Film discussion on October 20, at 6:30 in the Campbell Reception Room. Bring some part of a supper and join in, whether or not you have seen one of these two movies!
“California Typewriter,” a documentary portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse. It also movingly documents the struggles of California Typewriter, (Berkeley) one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines clicking and includes consideration of the changing dynamic between humans and machines.
“Battle of the Sexes”  In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s World #1 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES.  It became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world.  Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today..

Adult Forums

October 15: South Africa since 1994
In the second half of our Sunday Forum series on South Africa, Nigel Blampied will lead a discussion on post-Apartheid South Africa. In the first forum, last May, we reviewed the development of Apartheid theology in its historic and cultural context. In the second forum, we shall discuss the challenges that South Africa has faced since its first democratic election in 1994, and its responses to those challenges.

October 22: Reimagining our role as a Sanctuary Church with Rev. Deborah Lee
Rev Deborah Lee will lead us in a discussion of what it means to be a Sanctuary Church today. We expect this to be the first of several discussions of this topic within the St. John’s community over the coming months. Deborah is the Senior Program Director of Immigration with the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity.

October 29: Reformation Sunday with Dr. Sharon Fennema
Tradition holds that Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of All Saints Church, Wittenberg, on October 31, 1517. On the 500-year anniversary of that event, Dr. Sharon Fennema will lead us in a discussion of the Reformation and its significance. Sharon is an Assistant Professor at the Pacific School of Religion and a keen student of the Reformation.

Ecumenical Peace Institute Autumn Gathering

October 15, 5:30 pm, Hunter Hall
Ecumenical Peace Institute Banquet featuring Colonel (Ret.) Ann Wright, who will speak on Diplomacy: Its Uses and Misuses.

Ann Wright is a twenty-nine-year veteran of the US Army and Army Reserves, and a former US diplomat who resigned in March 2003 in opposition to the war on Iraq. She has been a leading peace activist in the years since, working to break the siege of Gaza, crossing the border into North Korea, standing against drone warfare at Beale Air Force Base in California, and much, much more.

Food Not Bombs will prepare a delicious vegetarian dinner. Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action (BOCA) and St. John’s Mission & Justice Commission are co-sponsors.

Suggested donation: $25 to $100 (by mail, through  PayPal,   or at the door) no one turned away for lack of funds. Bilingual Spanish-English interpretation available wheelchair accessible. Ecumenical Peace Institute/CALC • PO Box 9334, Berkeley, CA 94709 510-990-0374 • www.epicalc.org

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant Annual Dinner

November 4, 5:30 pm, Hunter Hall
This year, EBSC will honor Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, for his commitment to re-affirming Berkeley as a sanctuary city. Our legal and social services are provided free of charge, or at low-cost, and no person is turned away for the lack of ability to pay. Your donations and tickets help to raise funds needed to provide immigration legal services and social services. RSVP for online payment: If you would like to pay online, please pay the $40 fee-per-ticket through the event page.

RSVP for payment by check or cash: You may also pay by check (address below) or cash (at the door).  Checks can be mailed to: East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, P.O. Box 4670. Berkeley CA 94704  If you are unable to pay the full fee, please contact admin@eastbaysanctuary.org. St. John’s Presbyterian Church  is co-sponsoring the annual dinner.

Combatants for Peace

November 4, 7 pm, Sanctuary
You are cordially invited to a CFP presentation, “A REASON FOR HOPE ~ THERE IS ANOTHER WAY.” Hear ex-combatant, Mohamed Owedah — CFP Palestinian Coordinator, and Galia Galili — CFP Israeli Steering Committee Member. See Disturbing the Peace, a multiple award-winning film about CFP. Q&A follows.
Combatants for Peace is a 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

Combatants for Peace (CfP) (www.afcfp.org)
• was started by Palestinian and Israeli ex-combatants who eschewed violence.
• is an egalitarian, bi-national, grassroots organization established in 2005.
• believes the violence will end only when Israelis and Palestinians join forces.
• is unique, worldwide, with former fighters from both sides of an actively ongoing conflict working together nonviolently for peace and justice.

Bay Area tour sponsored by J Street and New Israel Fund November 7 cosponsors: St. John’s Presbyterian Church • Chochmat Halev • First Congregational Church of Berkeley • Kehilla Community Synagogue’s Middle East Committee • Kol Hadash • Montclair Presbyterian Church • Qal’bu Maryam Women’s Mosque • Social Justice Council of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Berkeley