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Drag Gospel Festival!

Posted by molly on 15 October 2015

Drag Gospel is nearly upon us, Beloved!

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Honk! and Justice

Posted by molly on 8 October 2015

Hi Beloved! 

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Builds Character

Posted by on 1 October 2015

Hi Beloved,

This Sunday in church we'll be talking about building character - not by suffering, but just by letting go.

ALSO WE WILL HAVE FUN!

Rev. Jeff will preach & pray, Mark L. will be our liturgist, we will all sing!

See you Sunday!

Jeff

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Val's Storytelling!

Posted by molly on 27 September 2015

hi Beloved!
 
At First Church we understand that fall is such a busy time in so many of our lives, and that’s why we get our engines spinning up a little more slowly--to respect the rhythms of life and the limits on the body. We want church to be a peaceful, joyful complement to life that can pull us in a million directions.
 
...and sometimes there is just one of those weekends when it feels like everything is happening at once! And they are all such GOOD somethings.
 
Sunday is All Ages Sunday, and the energetically wonderful Val Tutson will be back with us telling stories as our preacher. She’ll hang out after church with the kids in the Chapel to tell more stories, so you can sip coffee and meet newbies OR go to the #BlackLivesMatter training to learn how to talk to our neighbors about race! (see below).
 
After church some of us will set up for our dear sister Megan Snell’s Ordination Service which begins at 1:30 in our sanctuary! We’re so honored and blessed that Megan is crossing this threshold in our beloved community! Our own Rev. Jeff will be delivering the sermon, and I will offer the charge to the candidate.
 
The ordination will be followed by our Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Block Party from 3:30-5:30, including everybody’s favorite activity, How Many Robed Clergy Can Fit in the Bouncy House.
 
Invite your neighbors and friends, sign up to take a shift on the grill, bring a side dish, or keep the clergy and/or 3-year-olds from falling out of the bouncy house.
 
So glad to be Church for others, with you,
Molly

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Return of the Prodigal Son-Day

Posted by molly on 17 September 2015

Hey Beloved!

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5th Annual Drag Gospel Festival!

Posted by molly on 11 September 2015

It's almost here! Save the date for the 5th Annual Drag Gospel Festival: a time to laugh your head off, shake your booty, and be your own truest self, while raising essential funds for the queer asylum seekers from all over the globe via LGBT Asylum Task Force.

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On Ashley Madison and Feeding the Beast

Posted by molly on 10 September 2015

Hi Beloved!

Thank God for the rain today (literally!). It is such a relief, isn’t it? Somehow it’s a balm for the hot September-flurry brain as well as the hot pavement.

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Just do it

Posted by on 27 August 2015

Hi Beloved!

I'm back from two weeks of vacation in California this week. On the West Coast, Bonnie and I drove from Los Angeles up to San Francisco through an interior route that took us east of Yosemite. We visited the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest where the world's oldest trees live - some of them are almost 5,000 years old. They only grow about an inch in diameter every century. Nothing wrong with pacing yourself, right?

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This Sunday

Posted by jeff on 31 July 2015

Hi Beloved,
 
It's Communion Sunday. Come to rest, and feast, and SERVE. We'll be talking about what - and WHO - makes the ministry of the church. 

The Choir will sing, Jeff will lead some preaching and praying, the Deacons will serve Communion, and we will ALL discern the call to ministry.
 
Blessings,
 
Jeff

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Loaves, Fishes, Loves, Transitions

Posted by molly on 23 July 2015

Hi Beloved,

On Monday I dropped a bombshell: news of my new call coming up in the spring to be the next Senior Minister of First Congregational Church of Berkeley, CA. I have seen or talked to a number of you, answered some basic questions about the transition and the new call, and we have been having lots of feelings together: sadness, anger, shock, acceptance, pride, excitement, happiness. We’ve cried together and, already, laughed a lot—because that’s who we are.

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