August 2016

 The Call
From the Pastor
I Cor 9
[19] For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, that I might win the more.
[20] To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews; to those under the law I became as one under the law — though not being myself under the law — that I might win those under the law.
[21] To those outside the law I became as one outside the law — not being without law toward God but under the law of Christ — that I might win those outside the law.
[22] To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
[23] I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
[24] Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.Paul is talking about reaching the goal of receiving and spreading and living the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Where are we headed?  A race has a course, and the mission is to run the course and reach the finish line. What is our mission, our finish line? St John’s leadership is beginning to look at renewing our mission statement to determine our focus.  Then we as a congregation will implement a plan of action to reach our goals, to fulfill our mission.Here is our current mission statement.  I like it. “St. John’s is a healthy, stable, loving, inclusive, Jesus-following community.  And we are confident that people, young and old, can benefit and enjoy the presence of God here.  So, we resolve to continue to spread the Good News to individuals, young families and all families in all their shapes and sizes.”What is essential to what we think, be and do as a Church?  What do you say when you think of St. John’s, if you enthusiastically describe to someone (in a few sentences) why you are thrilled with St. John’s?  Send me an email or drop me a letter with your thoughts.Love,
Pastor Max________________________________________________________
Adult Forums for August
August 14: Indonesian Women working to Transform Global Poverty.  Speaker: Dr. Farsijana Adeney-Risakotta, who has degrees in anthropology, theology and religion and social development, works in interfaith partnership with women in Indonesia to transform global poverty for building a just and peaceful society.  Indonesia, which is the fourth largest country in the world, majority Muslim, has various religious communities and ethnic groups living together peacefully.   Women have participated across religious boundaries and ethnicity to address issues of power in Indonesia.  She will describe the work of the Indonesian Women’s Coalition (KPI) and Komisi (National Commission of Women Against Violence.)
August 21: Reflections on Guatemala. Pastor Max will show slides and share insights from the recent trip that he and Feliciana took to Guatemala
August 28: Meeting with the Parents of Youth.  Fred Harvey will meet with the parents of youth sixth grade and up to discuss hopes and plans for the youth program in 2016-2017. If you have a child in this age group, please attend — and please publicize this meeting to anyone with children in this age group who might be interested.
News from the Bungsut Family! (Forwarded to The CALL by Fred Goff)
Dear St John’s,
We are sorry that we did not write to you as soon as we should have done. We are now settled in Aizawl Theological College and live in a faculty qtrs. We are so busy with settling ourselves. Moreover, our Internet connection is not as good as there. Hence, we are not using Internet and social media very much compared to our use there in the U.S.
Today Chhani & Rami have gone down to Woodstock (Mussoorie) for Chhani’s 11th Grade. We hope they will arrive at the school by Sunday afternoon (July 17th). Rami will return on the 21st (next Friday). Zuali is at Home Mission School as she joins eighth grade.
Zira is involved in teaching his students. ATC has 148 students. 5 doctoral students, about 25 MTh students and about 120 BD (MDiv level). Rami is still unpacking and settling in our new quarters.
Please convey our regards to all St John’s members.
Keep in touch.
Zira, Rami, Chhani & Zuali.
The Memorial Service for John Taylor, longtime member of St. John’s, known for his sly wisdom and all-round good humor, will be held here at St. John’s this Saturday, July 30, 2:00 pm
More from the history of St. John’s Child Care…
which will observe its 40th anniversary, Sat., Aug. 20, 400 pm at St. Johns:
Prior to 1976, the St. John’s Child Care, established by the Board of Deacons, served school age children, grades K-3, before and after school. Carol Ballachy was hired as the director. Kim Lynch Satterfield, a St. John’s member, brought her own need and the needs of other parents for infant care to the Deacons. Care for infants and toddlers became a separate Deacon-sponsored program. Sally Hussey, current member of St. John’s, was the director of both programs for the next 8 years, when the school age program ended and infant/toddler care expanded, in 1985. Click to read more and donate or see (or leave at St. John’s office.)
August Horizons Bible Study
Pastor Max is our speaker for our meeting on August 18. We will gather at 12 noon, lunch in hand, in the Campbell Reception Room, and then turn the meeting over to Max, who has graciously accepted our invitation. The new materials for 2016-2017 have arrived. They will be available at our meeting on August 18.  This year’s study is titled, “Who Is Jesus?” Each month, the author will pursue that question through a different lens. Copies are available for $10.00 each, payable to Sally Hussey. The author of this year’s study is presenting an overview of the topic on Saturday, September 10 at SFTS (San Francisco Theological Seminary). It takes place from 10:00 am-3:00 pm. Check with Sally Hussey if you would like to accompany her and to register for the event.
Open House and Tour at Berkeley Presbyterian Mission Homes
Mark your calendars NOW and plan to attend the Open House on September 24  between 2:00 and 5:00 in the afternoon.  Go on a guided tour of the campus, visit some of the homes, meet the international residents, hear their stories and sample tastes of global cuisine.  More detailed information about this glimpse into the life of this unique community will appear in the September issue of The CALL.
St. John’s Camp Elmwood invites all of you to attend its closing barbeque and program, Friday, August 5, at 5:00 pm — the conclusion of another year of Camp Elmwood’s amazing outreach to our neighborhood and beyond which has become a revered institution at our Church.  Volunteer to assist Camp Elmwood with check-in and sign-out 8:30 to 10:00 am and 1:30 to 3:30 pm during Camp week Aug 1-5.
Flick Flak coming up
Well, we’ve done it again, chosen three (3) movies for August! The recommendations came from Glenda, Fred and Sally (films from New Zealand, the US, and Korea). They are The Wilder People, Cafe Society, and My Love, Don’t Cross That River. All are playing at local theaters. You don’t have to see all three (or two or none) to attend the potluck dinner and movie discussion!  Just bring food to share at 6:30 pm to the Campbell Reception Room on Friday, August 26, and enjoy the company. We always have a good time!
Next get-together of the Knitting Ministry
August 5 and 19 from 1:30 to 4:00 in the church office break room. Come join us to knit, visit, and enjoy tea and cookies. Stay for all or part of the afternoon for fun and conversation.
Join our friends at First Presbyterian in Oakland for a six-week, evening study entitled:  Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community.  We’ll gather at First Presbyterian (Oakland) on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm to study scripture and consider our Presbyterian heritage as it informs our struggle against racism in our own communities.  We’ll be using materials commended to us by the 222nd General Assembly.  Secure parking is provided.  Contact Pastor Debra ( to find out more.
Job Opportunities at First Presbyterian in Oakland
A search is underway for a part time Administrative Assistant and two part time music positions. Link to the jobs are on their home page:
Faith & Family Day
Saturday, September 10, 1:00 pm Oakland A’s vs. Seattle Mariners
Join the A’s for their annual Faith and Family Day on Saturday, September 10. This popular post-game event is highlighted by A’s players and coaches sharing their testimonials, as well as a performance by Donnie Moore and the Radical Reality Team. For more information, contact Nicholas Frisk at 563-2268 or