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Family Business: All-Church Worship & Meeting

April 11, 2018
A Worship Service, Members Meeting, And Supper all rolled together in one evening! Join us on Sunday, April 29, for an evening all-church worship service followed by our annual meeting and then family supper. We’ll gather as one family in a shared location for an evening of song, celebration, stories, worship, and well, family business. DETAILS Date: Sunday, April 29, 2018 Time: 4 pm worship, 6pm potluck Place: First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley - 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley Note: This gathering is in lieu of regular Christ ...

Outreach Workshop: People of Peace and God's Relational Mission

February 01, 2018
Jonathan St. Clair
Reach out to your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers in your life. Share the good news of Jesus with them. Does that sound inviting and challenging to you? Maybe exciting and scary? We know that evangelism is the beginning of discipleship. We see that God is already working in people’s lives, and we would like these people to join us on the journey. But it seems we aren’t confident about how to reach out in our cultural context without being "weird", so we often just don’t reach out to people. In this workshop, we will learn ...

Fire Disaster Respose

October 16, 2017
We grieve with all those who have been affected by the devastating fires in the North Bay. Many of us have friends who have been impacted by this disaster and we yearn to assist in some way. The impulse to help is the right one - many of our kids are also asking for ways that we can lend a hand.  As a church community that embodies the love and mercy of God we want to reach out to those in need so here are four practical ways that you can help: PRAY This Sunday, each of our pastors will be leading a prayer that will invite you into your own ...

(In)visible Power Causing (In)Visible Pain: The Burden of Systemic Racism in Our Cities

September 06, 2017
Patrick Vaughn
How is our perspective on racism in America affected by where we sit? What might a civil rights movement look like today? In the Bay Area? As Christians, how are we obliged to seek justice? And for whom? These are big questions facing the church, the East Bay and our nation. Often time they can overwhelm us when we consider them individually, but in community we have great resources to consider and begin to work toward answers. One of the greatest of those resources are other people who help us to see our blind spots. A group of ten ...

Visual Storytelling Meets the Bible: First Peter

August 15, 2017
The Bible Project explains the Book of 1 Peter with illustrations

I Love Church | For Further Study

August 15, 2017
Are you interested in going deeper in Peter's First Letter? N. T. Wright's book, Letters for Everyone, is a great resource for personal or small group study.

Tokyo Team Update

June 24, 2017
Dear Friends, It has been about three weeks since we've been back from our short-term mission trip. We are slowly making our way to say thank you to each one of you in person. In meanwhile, we would like to share this awesome video we made during the trip. Considering this was the first mission trip, we were very blessed by the way everything turned out. No injuries and no health issues! We had great turn outs at all the events (i.e., the singleness discussion, the game night, and the creation and evolution round-table), and we got to ...

Winter Parish Small Groups

January 19, 2017
Our parish small groups are starting up January 29. If you would like to participate, please learn more and contact the facilitator of the group that you would like to join.

Joining Jesus in His Mission of Radical Restoration

January 15, 2017
Patrick Vaughn
Sunday January 15th the sermon entitled Good News for the Downtrodden was on Luke 4:14-30. Here is a reflection on how we might apply that message to our lives with some resources below. Grace and peace, Patrick. Luke 4:16-30 is Jesus’s announcement to the world that God’s Kingdom has arrived in Him. At the synagogue in Nazareth, his hometown, Jesus uses words from the prophet Isaiah to declare who he is and what he has come to do on earth. “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He ...

Fall Parish Small Groups

September 21, 2016
Our Parish Small Groups have started up for the fall. It's not too late to join one! Below you'll see all of our parish small group options that started up last week. If you're interested in joining one, send a message to your selected group facilitator(s) listed below on the Online Community Network. Day and Time: Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Location: 26 Rock Lane, Berkeley (Host: Steve and Judy Hanawalt) Facilitators: Steve and Judy Hanawalt, Tonia Roby Day and Time: Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. Facilitators: Doug Scribner, Sam ...

'Oh dear, did my kid say that?' Helping our kids with the upcoming elections.

August 30, 2016
Jayne George
I’ve asked around and discovered everyone is struggling with this. One kid, minutes before company was arriving, said ‘I hate (a candidate)!’ The parents, mortified and acutely aware that their guests supported that very candidate, gave a hurried lecture – as the doorbell rang – on ‘Respect Every Person Running For Office’…then desperately hoped their child, who was now confused, would remain mute. Another kid came up to his dad last week and asked anxiously, ‘Dad, if (a candidate) wins do we have to move to Canada?’ Chagrined, the dad ...

Responding to Oakland's Housing Crisis

June 27, 2016
Jen McKillips
The past couple of weeks have been rough in Oakland.  The OPD has been exposed for rampant abuse, the mayor’s office is opening an investigation into who is leaking information, a teenager was killed at a memorial service, a recycling center (which is a lifeline for nearly 400 homeless residents) is shutting down in August, and then there is the affordable housing crisis.  There never seems to be a shortage of scandal or obstacles to overcome in our city. In the past 18 months rent in Oakland has increased by 40%, roughly 60% of the city’s ...

A call for peace and engagement in Oakland

June 21, 2016
Patrick Vaughn
Friends, This post is primarily aimed towards those of you who live in Oakland, however, I think it is a useful reminder for all of us to consider how we can follow Christ in a way that seeks God's shalom (wholeness and peace) for the cities in which we live. This Wednesday Oakland City Church is holding a night of action for peace on our streets. Last week two men were shot right outside their church and one man died. In order to support our brothers and sisters at Oakland City Church, I’m cancelling our first Love One Another discussion ...

6/12 Sermon Discussion Questions

June 13, 2016
Patrick Vaughn
Date: 6/12/2016 Series: Love One Another Title: Welcome One Another Speaker: Patrick Vaughn Text: Romans 15:5-9 and Matthew 9:9-13 Reflection Quotes: “Jesus’ concern is the liberation of human beings from people despising prejudices.” - Joachim Gnilka “Beware of ever desiring such purity that you do not want to seem to yourself to be a sinner, for Christ dwells only in sinners.” - Martin Luther “Children, parents, spouses, lovers, colleagues and friends want to know that our love for them reflects the love of God, that our ...

I love Christ Church...but the worship feels too traditional or liturgical

June 10, 2016
Bart Garrett
Do you feel this way? I get it. I imagine a lot of folks who call Christ Church home might struggle over the worship. If you don't mind doing a little bit of work, I'm convinced that these sources will help you understand why we worship the way that we worship! Got 2 minutes? Watch this. Got 10 minutes? Read this. Got a few hours to tackle an incredible book? Make this your summer reading.

Resources for your "Love One Another" Summer Series Learning Community

May 29, 2016
Bart Garrett
We hope that you will prayerfully consider entering into a "Love One Another" Learning Community this summer. We are hoping that several of our parishes will host such communities, albeit as microgroups, community groups, or ad hoc groups that get started for the express purpose of conversation and growth around this topic. We hope that you will leverage these resources along the way: 1) Summer Series "Love One Another" Overview Document. 2) Gerald Sittser's Love One Another. 3) Our very own Dr. Brian Kay's podcast entitled "The Shot ...

An Act of Rebellion

May 20, 2016
Bart Garrett
I was listening to KQED-NPR this morning. As you would know, public radio is right in the middle of this year’s pledge campaign. Izzy, a Senior in high school, called in to say that she was giving to the Pledge Campaign because she and her brother listen everyday, and her parents do not listen nor do they give. She said that she was “Giving as an act of rebellion.” As you know, Christ Church is in the middle of her own pledge campaign. By now, through snail mail, email, website, liturgy, and Sunday announcements, you have heard ...

4/24/2016 Sermon Discussion Questions

April 24, 2016
Bart Garrett
Date: 4/24/2016 Series: Resurrection Revolution Title: Revolution against Power Speaker: Bart Garrett Text: Acts 16:11-40 Reflection Quote: When I thought all was lost, the dungeon shook, and my chains fell off. -James Baldwin Questions: The Coercive Powers of the World (principalities, predatory profit, prejudice), are best undermined by the subversive powers of God (including things like prayer, joy, wisdom, and hospitality). HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT: Listen to this sermon again and take a journal to a coffee shop (not ...

Greg Murai's Passing

April 21, 2016
Bart Garrett
Christ Church lost Greg Murai, our Worship Arts Associate, to a heart attack late Tuesday night. Our staff has been rocked by two sudden deaths only seven months apart. Our church has known the depths of deep grief. Christians, all of us, live in the tension between Isaiah 55 and 1 John 3… “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” -Isaiah 55:8,9 (Tension) “See what ...

4/10/2016 Sermon Discussion Questions

April 11, 2016
Jonathan St. Clair
Date: 4/10/2016 Series: Resurrection Revolution Title: Revolution against Popular Gods Speaker: Jonathan St. Clair Text: Acts 14:8-23 Reflection Quotes: When human beings give their heartfelt allegiance to and worship that which is not God, they progressively cease to reflect the image of God. One of the primary laws of human life is that you become like what you worship… Those who worship money increasingly define themselves in terms of it and increasingly treat other people as creditors, debtors, partners, or customers rather ...

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