Join us for worship each Sunday morning at 10:00. Reflecting the unique community in which God has placed us, we are a multi-generational gathering of believers, who seek to know and love God as we pursue God’s vision of peace and justice in our community and the world. We welcome your participation in worship, ministries, programs and mission.
October Adult Forums
October 2: Facing Racism — Rev. Sally Juarez will lead the third and last session of our series of Adult Forums adapted from a new curriculum published by the Presbyterian Church (USA), “Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community.” The topic will be “Biblical Imperative to Antiracism, and Envisioning a New Way of Life Together.”
October 9: November Propositions, Part 1 — Fred Harvey and Charles Lee will lead the first of two discussions of moral issues related to Statewide Propositions on the November 8 ballot. There are seventeen propositions on the ballot, covering a wide variety of topics, ranging from two propositions on the Death Penalty to two propositions about grocery bags.
October 23: November Propositions, Part 2 — Fred Harvey and Charles Lee will continue the discussion of moral issues related to Statewide Propositions on the November 8 ballot.
October 30: Oral History of St. John’s — Long-time members of the St. John’s community will discuss their memories of events in the life of the Church. The session will be recorded and saved for future generations of St. John’s.
Multi-Faith Ceremony: “Fear Not”
Saturday, October 1, 11 am -12 noon
West County Detention Facility, 5555 Giant Highway, Richmond, CA: Our next monthly vigil and prayer service at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond will be a unique multi-faith ceremony with the theme “Fear Not.” Join us to experience hope in the midst of fear in a multi-faith ceremony (Indigenous, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, and Christian).
Together we will experience rituals that help us move from fear and mourning to solidarity and love. Join us as we listen to stories of family members with loved ones detained at West County Detention Facility and also take action against the announced increased deportations of Haitian and African migrants coming to the US border seeking protection and asylum.
The St. John’s Knitting Ministry… meets the first and third Friday of every month (October 7 and 21) in the church office around 1:30pm. We knit shawls for friends and members of our congregation who are going through a difficult time, also hats and scarves for the Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center. All are welcome. Come join us for tea, cookies and conversation. If you don’t knit and would like to learn, we would be happy to teach you — or just drop in at any meeting to visit!
Horizon Bible Study . . . Thursday, October 20 is the date for Lesson Two of the “Who Is Jesus” 2016-17 Bible Study. Claudia Cate will facilitate this session, as we study passages in the Gospel of Matthew to determine how this author answers the question about who Jesus is. Background scripture is Matthew 5-7;13. The key scripture is Matthew 13: 51-53. We meet in the Campbell Reception Room at 12 noon for lunch (bring your own), followed by review of the lesson materials and scripture passages. Extra copies of the study are available. Check with Sally Hussey..
Flick Flak Film Group . . . To all Flick Flack participants and potential Flick Flackers as well, here’s the challenge: pick one or more of the following films for the October 28 potluck dinner — Kubo and the Two Strings; Sully; Snowden; and Don’t Think Twice. See you at 6:30 pm in the Campbell Reception Room for delicious eats and lively talk.
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St. John’s Family Pre-Halloween Party
All children and youth of the church, friends and neighbors, are invited to attend. Saturday afternoon October 29, 3:00-5:00 pm. Wear costumes! Play Halloween games! Share Halloween jokes and stories! Create Halloween art! Decorate Halloween cookies! Share Halloween snacks! Adults, you too are invited to share in the fun.
Science, Religion, and the Climate Crisis
Science and religion need not clash; what keeps some from signing on to be part of the solution? What are the roots of their resistance? Science, Religion and the Climate Crisis Forum, presented by St. John’s, may be viewed here: http://youtu.be/UbarJmggHVk