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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.


November 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.

St. John’s Knitting Ministry

will meet Friday, November 3 and 17 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, November 16 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.

 


November Flick Flak

Come and enjoy St. John’s Fun Friday Film discussion on November 210, 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

November 5: Grief and Religious Education     Rev. Dr. Laurie Garrett-Cobbina will discuss her research on racism, misogyny, grief, and trauma within religious education. Laurie is assistant professor of pastoral care and education at San Francisco Theological Seminary. Her main research areas include education and pastoral care. Prior to working at SFTS, Rev. Garrett-Cobbina served as the Assistant Director of Chaplains for Carolinas Health Care System where she was clinical pastoral education (CPE) supervisor faculty, hospital chaplain, and pastoral care and education manager at CMC-Mercy Hospital in Charlotte, NC. She was also the pastor of Smallwood Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC.

November 12: Further reflections of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation
Dr. Christopher Ocker will lead us as we continue to reflect on the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation. Chris is professor of history at San Francisco Theological Seminary, chair of the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies of Religion at the Graduate Theological Union, and an affiliate professor in the Department of History, Medieval Studies, and the Center for the Study of Religion at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on the history of religion in Europe, medieval and early modern intellectual and cultural history, and the social and political history of late medieval and early modern Central Europe.

November 19: East Bay Sanctuary Covenant (EBSC)     Michael Smith will update us on the work of EBSC. Michael is the Refugee Rights Program Director at EBSC. He started EBSC’s Affirmative Asylum Program with EBSC Director, Sr. Maureen, in 1992. Since then EBSC has processed more than 4,000 asylum cases, and over 97% of adjudicated cases have been granted asylum. Michael is the author of two books, Sanctuary Stories and The Nun and the Anarchist, as well as articles in various periodicals and on the EBSC blog. He has received awards for his work with refugees from Helen Bamber and the Dalai Lama.

November 26: Thanksgiving weekend
There will be no forum on Thanksgiving weekend because many members will be away spending the long weekend with their families.