Blog Archives: March 2016

IRC Food and Donation Drive for Local Refugee Families

March 28, 2016
Patrick Vaughn
Many of us see stories about refugees in the news and wonder what we can do to help.  In fact, we have refugee families from countries such as Afghanistan, Burma, Syria, Eritrea and Bhutan here on our doorstep in the East Bay.  The International Rescue Committee is an organization that resettles refugees locally, helping them with tasks such finding apartments, enrolling children in school, and helping them navigate the US health care and financial systems.  For the first few months after their arrival, grocery bills can be a problem for ...

3/27/2016 Sermon Discussion Questions (Oakland)

March 27, 2016
Patrick Vaughn
Date: 3/27/2016 - Easter Series: Resurrection Revolution Title: Magnificent Love Speaker: Patrick Vaughn Text: Mark 16:1-8 Reflection Quotes: O Lord, help me not to despise or oppose what I do not understand. - William Penn God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are ...

Holy Week Events and Guide

March 18, 2016
Three Sacred Days, One Act of Worship Join us as we journey together through the Easter Triduum, (pronounced “tree do ’em”) an ancient three-day celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus – Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil. We encourage you to be part of this holistic experience that more fully engages us in the story that shapes and defines our lives and prepares us for Easter Sunday. Maundy Thursday On this night, we remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples. He washed their feet and gave ...

Songs of Longing, Vol. 2 (Lent & Passiontide)

March 18, 2016
Eric Gilbert
This 2nd volume of "Songs of Longing" is now available for digital download! Christ Church East Bay offers a captivating 3 songs set that makes the journey through the wilderness of Lent, the sorrow of Passiontide (Holy Week), and points toward the hope found in Easter Resurrection. Please be sure to listen to and purchase our music here.

Go & Tell

March 15, 2016
Patrick Vaughn
Go and tell. These two words are jumping out at me as I have begun to study Mark 16:1-8 in preparation for the Easter sermon on 3/27. Go and tell. Really every gospel ends with this theme in mind. Matthew’s gospel echoes Mark with these exact words. Luke focuses on the theme of witness, people who go and tell the story of Jesus. Jesus in John’s gospel appears to the disciples and says, “As the Father has sent me so I am sending you.” Go and tell. Back in November at our members meeting I gave a gentle challenge to people to make a list of ...

3/13/2016 Sermon Discussion Questions

March 14, 2016
Bart Garrett
Date: 3/13/2016 Series: Where he leads . . . Title: When the Walls Fall Down Speaker: Bart Garrett Text: Mark 11:15-18; Mark 13:1-11 Reflection Quote: “You get to decide what to worship... Because here's something else that's true. In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And an outstanding reason for choosing some sort of God or spiritual-type thing to worship -- be it J.C. or ...

Maundy Thursday in Parishes

March 10, 2016
Patrick Vaughn
Maundy Thursday is the day on which our Lord Jesus celebrated the Passover with his disciples, washed the disciples' feet, instituted the Eucharist, agonized in the Garden of Gethsemane, and experienced the kiss of betrayal by Judas Iscariot. The name "Maundy Thursday" derives from Jesus' words during the Last Supper, "A new command I give to you: love one another." The word maundy comes from the Latin word mandatum which means command. According to tradition, the church typically observes the following: the agape meal, the washing of feet, ...

3/06/2016 Sermon Discussion Questions

March 07, 2016
Bart Garrett
Date: 3/06/2016 Series: Where he leads . . . Title: What does loving God actually look like? Speaker: Bart Garrett Text: Mark 12:28-44 (Read also: Psalm 110) Reflection Quote(s): A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will get out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are ...