Join us for worship each Sunday morning at 10:00. Reflecting the unique, diverse community in which God has placed us, we are a multi-generational gathering of believers, who seek to know and love God as we actively pursue God’s vision of peace and justice in our community and the world at large. We welcome your participation in our services of worship, ministries, programs and mission. We hope you will feel God’s presence at St. John’s.
The Prayer Shawl Knitting Group will meet Nov. 1 and 15, 1:30-4 in the office break room. Everyone is welcome. Please join us for knitting, tea, cookies and conversation.
On Sunday, Nov 3 from 11:20-2pm, there will a tour of the UC campus for the Youth Group, grades 6-12, lead by Lauren Leinweber including lunch in a campus dining hall and a preview of campus life.
On Nov. 10, we will have Organic Fair Trade chocolate chips! Equal Exchange is a cooperative from which we purchase the products we sell on Sunday mornings. They have come out with a new flavor of chocolate bar, so bizarre I will announce it on Sunday morning! —Marilyn Chilcote
Horizons Bible Study on Thursday, Nov. 21, from noon-2pm. Lesson 3: “Set Free by God.” God’s power brought about the Hebrew people’s freedom, and the Passover meal still celebrates the miraculous night when God protected them. Exodus 4:18-31; 12:21-39; 13:1-10. And don’t miss the mysterious scripture Exodus 4:24-26 where Moses’ son is circumcised by his wife, Zipporah. Bring your Bible and your lunch.—Marietta Harvey
Flick Flak will meet for a potluck at 6:30pm, Friday, Nov. 22, in the Campbell Reception Room. The films we will discuss are “Inequality for All” playing at the California Theater and “Captain Phillips” playing at the UA Berkeley, the Piedmont and the Rialto El Cerrito.
Thanksgiving Interfaith Service - As in the past few years, this wonderful service will be held at St. John’s on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 7:00 pm. While BOCA will be providing refreshments for what will likely be a large crowd, add-ons may be requested. Stay tuned.
Women at the Well will meet Saturday, Nov. 30, at 8:30 am in the church office.
The Literature Club will meet Thursday, Dec. 5, at 2:30pm in the Ark Annex. We will discuss A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. All are welcome.
Nov. 3 … The Affordable Care Act, explained by Tara Driscoll
Nov. 10 … Presbyterian Mission Homes: Bill Ng
Nov. 17 … Mary Magdalene, a discussion led by Fred and Marietta Harvey
Nov. 24 … Exile and Identity: Zira Bungsut
Dec. 1 … Doctoral Study, Zira’s experience
Please welcome Angela Nelson to the nursery care team. She loves working with children because they are honest and see the world with a fresh perspective. She was a teen counselor at St. John’s Camp Elmwood during her high school years and is happy to once again be part of the St. John’s community. In December 2011, she graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development. Angela has studied and practiced many theories of child development and welcomes any questions the congregation may have about her knowledge and experiences.
David McPhail reports that $2,252 was raised in support of the GRIP Harmony Walk, last Saturday, thanks primarily to the generosity of folks at St. John’s. Walking with David were Greg Rising, and Gail Peterson. Next year, you?
For more information on the “Simple Gospel” and for spiritual practices you can do as a family, check out our new webpage, Family Faith Formation.
Christmas Pageant 2013: Early call for participants -The time has come for all children and youth of St. John’s from babies to teens to begin preparation for our 2013 Christmas Pageant, to be presented in the worship service of Dec. 15. Our pre-performance cast party and rehearsal in the sanctuary will be Friday, Dec. 13 from 6:00-8:30pm. We will begin planning and preparations in church school and youth meetings Sunday, November 10. An all-ages sleepover will be scheduled for a Friday or Saturday night in mid-November, beginning at 6:00pm, including pizza for supper, pancakes for breakfast, a movie, and lots of time to create and practice songs and action. We need people to sing, dance, play instruments and take the roles of people of the Bible and people of today. We need our very youngest members to be angels and sheep. Friends are invited to join us. We can add cast members at any time up to the performance day. Parents and youth please talk to Fred Harvey or Pastor Karen to confirm participation.