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.
Start the new year bright! Join this illuminating exploration of the Bible and its meaning for our lives…
The next meeting of the Horizons Bible Study will be Thursday February 15 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm in the Campbell Reception room. Glenda Pawsey will guide our discussion as we go over Lesson Four: “In Community With God’s Messengers”.
Another opportunity for fellowship with your friends at St. John’s
Flick Flak, St. John’s fun film discussion group will convene around a potluck supper on Friday, Feb. 23. The movies to see are “Call Me By Your Name,” “The Shape Of Water,” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.” Bring your dinner contribution and enjoy a lively dinner conversation and responses to the movies. Newcomers are always welcome — even if you have not been able to see both, either, or none of the movies!
Whether you knit or not…
The St. John’s Knitting Ministry will meet January 19 and February 2 and 16 in the St John’s office. Drop in between 1:30 ad 3:30 for tea, conversation — and knitting. We are making shawls, scarves, hats and baby blankets. If you would like to learn to knit, we’d love to teach you. If you don’t want to knit, we’d still welcome your company!
Once upon a time St. John’s produced a little booklet called “Joyful Noise,” which carried responses from the congregation to a call for a favorite Bible verse, along with brief expression (2-3 sentences+) of its special, personal significance. Contributions were illustrated by kids in Sunday school! Shall we do it again? Yes? Bedside reading to lift your heart… Send chapter/verse/relevance to Gail Peterson.
Save the date
The ordination service and celebration for Pastor Lacey is planned for Saturday, February 24 at 3:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Specific information is forthcoming.
Sunday Forums for January
February 11: Debbie Notkin and Lou Rigali “Public Bank of Oakland”
Where does money come from? Who creates money? Who should control our money supply, and for whose benefit? And how does all this matter in the kingdom of God, anyway? A broad coalition of community organizations, led by “Commonomics” and “Strike Debt Bay Area,” has been asking these questions. In the fall of 2017 St. John’s session wrote a letter in support of exploring the creation of the Public Bank of Oakland, and in November 2017 Oakland City Council, with economic support from the Berkeley City Council, began a feasibility study for the bank. Debbie Notkin and Lou Rigali will lead a discussion about this innovative approach to how we might manage one of our most common and vital public resources.
“Ministry of Berkeley Presbyterian Mission Homes and Rwanda.”
Bill and Beth Beatty spent five weeks in Rwanda last summer immersing themselves in the culture and the issues of that small country of East Africa. They were greatly impressed by the sophistication and organization of that poor country. Since the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, (as documented in the film “Hotel Rwanda”), during which nearly one million of their total population of eight million were murdered and so much destroyed, they have recovered remarkably in education, health care, infrastructure, governance, women’s rights, and, most importantly, in forgiveness and in reconciling as a nation. Bill and Beth will present photos of the region, the people and their leaders, village life and worship, how cows are key to their sustenance, plus other commentary on this extraordinary country. There will be time for questions.
Lenten discussion of “Learning to Walk in the Dark,” Part 1
For our Lenten study, we shall be reading and discussing Barbara Brown Taylor’s book Learning to Walk in the Dark. Used copies are available online for less than $9. Please read the book and come to discuss it at a Sunday Forum. Specific chapters will be announced in advance for each Sunday. For those who are unable to obtain a copy or to read ahead, a leader will begin each discussion with a brief summary of the chapter.Monday, January 15 is Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday and a public holiday. We shall observe the occasion on January 14 by listening to and discussing one of his speeches (yet to be selected).
February 22, 2017
Report Back from Honduras
Come hear firsthand from Bay Area delegates who just returned from accompanying and witnessing in Honduras: Thursday, February 22, 7pm in the Sanctuary. Cosponsored by St. John’s, the SHARE Foundation, Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action, Ecumenical Peace Institute, and the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity.
Here are some of deacon Mark Coplan’s links:
Emergency Faith Delegation to Honduras Photo Sampler