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November 30, 2008 • Vol. 64 • No. 44 5th sunday offering: 1st sunday of advent 8:45 the friendly Beasts Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary On Sunday, November 30, the 6th–12th grade church 10:00 Worship, Phil Porter preaching, Larry school class will be collecting Marietta, Music Program Director pet and veterinary supplies of all kinds for two wonderful Bay 11:15 The first Sunday in Advent is Area organizations: Animal Fellowship Hour, Small Assembly November 30 and the Advent season Rescue Foundation (ARF) and 11:30 will be full of wonderful opportunities Home At Last Animal Rescue, East Bay Sanctuary Covenant for spiritual growth, fellowship, reflection the recipients of the Fifth International Holiday Crafts Fair, and music: Sunday Offering. In addition, Large Assembly Hanging of the Greens, November 29 the class will be holding a bake 11:30 Alden Club Christmas Luncheon, sale after worship the same Alden Club at Brennan’s December 5 day to further support these Advent Retreat, December 6 organizations. Please give any 4:30 & 6:00 Jazz/Gospel Service, December 14 way you can! WOOF!!! Winthrop & YES youth programs Festival of Carols & Choirs, December 14 FCCB Christmas Worship, December 21 @ www.fccb.org n More about Advent events Christmas Music Organ Concert, December 21 emergency donation to Christmas Eve Family Service and Berkeley food & Housing More about the Iran Resolution n headed for General Synod Candlelight Service, December 24 Project Donations for BFHP are down stewardship update by half this season so FCCB sent an Thank you to all who have pledged emergency gift Tuesday, November 25 to to sustain the life and work of the help make up the difference. If anyone church. The FCCB community remains would like to contribute to this effort, steadfastly committed to nurturing please send a check made out to FCCB the spirit that uplifts and unites us all. with “Berkeley Food and Housing Project - InsIde Thanksgiving” in the memo line. As of Pledge Sunday, we have received 1 stewardship update 163 pledges totaling $520,000; these 11:30 include 20 new pledges! We’ve reached 2 tree of Life 75% of the minimum amount needed Upcoming 3 synod Resolution Promotes to continue our current programs and “second Hours” Peace with Iran operations next year. If you haven’t yet 4 Green family Potluck turned yours in, bring your pledge card december 7: Rita Brock — on Sunday and drop it in the offering A Short History of Christmas plate, or mail it to the church office. december 14: “Axis of — Joanne Brown and Milton Fujii, for the Stewardship Team Friendship” Resolution Tree of Life the view from Here Patricia de Jong Senior Minister Prayers for Ruth Newman, Alice Rodriguez, and Judy Barker. The Gospel of Mark, sometimes known as the “First Gospel,” begins Prayers for Judy Huston and Bruce Copeland as they with the words of the prophet Isaiah, both recover from surgery. “See, I am sending my messenger Congratulations to Marijke Fakasiieiki gave birth to ahead of you, who will prepare your way, the voice of one son Daniel on November 24. He was 9 lbs. 4 oz. at birth. crying in the wilderness; Prepare the way of the Lord, Both she and Daniel are doing well at Alta Bates. make his path straight.” Mark skips the story of the birth Prayers for the three murder victims in Santa Clara, of Jesus and instead gives us a portrait of the messenger, which included Brian Pugh who was married at FCCB John the Baptist, a wild-eyed, locust-eating baptizer, to Carol Coe in 1999, and their families. who preached forgiveness and blessed people in the River Jordan. Instead of angels and tidy birth announcements, ushers for Christmas Mark celebrates the coming of the Reign of God with cleansing water, a sense of wonder and a call to justice. Calling all ushers and wannabe ushers. We need The season of Advent comes as a quiet surprise in your help for the December 14, 3 pm Festival of Choirs the midst of so many goings on; our worries about the and for the Christmas Eve 5 pm and 10 pm services. financial collapse, organizing menus for Thanksgiving, This is a low stress job — come a little early, pass out getting ready for Christmas. We will prepare a way, but programs, take the collection, have a lot of fun; training there are so many other things to get to first. But the will be provided. Please contact Diana Graham to cranky prophet cries out that now is the time to make volunteer. ready, God’s timing has nothing to do with ours. Advent Lenten Writers needed is the season that sneaks up on us, breaking into the tinsel and bells of a commercial Christmas with its ominous Have you enjoyed the Lenten Booklet in the past? threat to prepare a way and get ready, for something The booklet contains daily reflections of many people amazing is about to take place. This season is so short, not and each day is different. Contributors to the booklet even four weeks; it comes with the demand that we pay get the opportunity to read a scripture and reflect on it. attention and turn our hearts toward the promises of God If you’d like to contribute, come by the sign-up table gestating in the darkness of the world. during coffee hour. The theme for 2009 is “Create in What a wild and powerful time Advent is for the me…” Your contribution will be due in January. — Melissa Moss, Ministry of Worship spirit! So much of this year has left us in a state of and Spiritual Life bewildered longing and anticipation, now is the time to run toward our desire for wholeness, justice and love, Congregational Meeting not as ideas or images, but as hopeful fullness in the vast There will be a Congregational Meeting on emptiness of the world. I find myself looking for silence Sunday, December 21 after Worship, to vote on the and solace in the darkness, rather than the bright lights “Axis of Friendship” Resolution. of Christmas. Maybe Mark had it right, this is a time for preparation and hope, a time to emerge out of the wilderness and walk into the wonder of a new world. May this short but powerful season provide rest for your spirit and may you gain strength and comfort in the THE CARILLON hope and anticipation of the new world that is about to break open before you. Margaret Copeland, Editor Phil Porter, Minister of Art & Communication Weekly deadline: 9 am Friday Email submissions to: email@example.com or fax to 510/848-8207 All submissions are subject to editing. tHe CaRILLon november 30, 2008 PaGe 2 eBsC Holiday Crafts fair synod Resolution Come enjoy the array of unique art and crafts from around the world Promotes Peace with Iran Did You Know...? Patricia de Jong and members of after Worship on Sunday, the Peace Ministry Team at FCCB are … that Christina Romer has been November 30, at the East preparing a resolution promoting peace appointed head of Obama’s Council Bay Sanctuary Covenant’s with Iran that they hope to present to of Economic Advisors? She is 16th Annual Holiday General Synod 27, the national meeting currently an economics professor at Crafts Fair in the Large of the UCC, to be held in late June in Cal. She and her husband David are Assembly. You can find Grand Rapids, Michigan. members of FCCB. textiles, recycled metal The resolution promotes an “Axis of art, baskets, jewelry, folk Friendship” building on connections of art, toys, clothing and more friendship and faith with the people of from Africa, Turkey, Central America, Iran. It also recommends September 13 new name tag system Haiti, Palestine, Asia, Guatemala, Mexico, as an “Axis of Friendship Day.” Ready for the new name tag system? Afghanistan and Tibet. The Crafts Fair The resolution, which can be read in Here’s how it will work, starting Sunday, will be held both Saturday and Sunday, full at www.fccb.org, has been endorsed November 30: When you come to November 29–30, 10 am–3 pm. by the Church Council and The Ministry church, enter of Outreach, Mission and Service. On the Hall of Hanging of the Greens Sunday, December 14, there will be a Michelle Entrance, veer Come join in the Hanging of the Second Hour to discuss the resolution, and the Congregational Vote will be Obama right and find Greens on Saturday, November 29. your name We will begin at 9:30 am and Sunday, December 21. The resolution tag. Wear it to lunch will be provided. Come will also need to be supported by five other coffee hour and when leaving deposit it for all or part of the time! churches in our denomination before it in a basket by any exit door. The name can be submitted to General Synod. tag will be put back for the next Sunday service. The tags will generally be in alphabetical order with consideration the Cellar thrift shop — 3rd Quarter 2008 to the height of the person. Please have patience as we adapt this new system to The Cellar Thrift Shop provides much-needed funds to important each of your needs. ministries and projects at FCCB. Fifty percent of its profits goes to the Outreach Ministry, which, in turn, gives grants to local and international organizations. We support this vital ministry by donating clean, quality items and by shopping there. The following is the Cellar’s recommendation to the Church Council for the third quarter profits. Profits for the second quarter of 2008: $10,437.00 Coming up! 10% to Operating Budget 1,044.00 Hanging of the Greens 50% to Ministry of Outreach 5,218.00 Saturday, November 29, 9:30 am 40% to Thrift Shop Special Projects 4,175.00 Funds returned from previous projects 229.00 east Bay sanctuary Covenant Total monies available for special projects allocation: $4,404.00 Holiday Crafts fair Saturday & Sunday, November 29–30 1. Funds for Becky Wright and Tinley Ireland to attend the “Calling Congregations” 400.00 Conference in Atlanta. Requested by Pat de Jong. alden Club Christmas 2. Purchase of a new vacuum cleaner for church. Requested by Hank Leeper for 500.00 Luncheon SF&A, Bruce McNaught. Friday, December 5, 12 pm 3. Partial funding of airfare for four FCCB youth to attend the National Youth 650.00 advent Retreat Event in July, 2008. Requested by Adam Blons. Saturday, December 6, 10 am–3pm 4. Funds to commission the making of a wooden structure for display of items at 1,000.00 Memorial Service receptions. Requested by Memorial Service Guild and Cellar festival of Carols and Choirs Committee. Sunday, December 14, 3 pm 5. Funds to commission a Labyrinth for FCCB, design to be determined. Requested 1,854.00 Chirstmas Music organ by Carmelle Knudsen for Deacons. Concert Thanks to the members of the Cellar Committee: Barbara Addicott, Sunday, December 21, 12:00 pm Imogene Crebbin, Jean Huston, Mary Loar, Jonell Lucas, Mitsie McKenna, More news at www.fccb.org Jerri Ricca and Ruth Young. tHe CaRILLon november 30, 2008 PaGe 3 Bits and Weekly Calendar Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704-2201. Telephone 510/848-3696. PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAID AT BERKELEY, CA biweekly in July and August by First Congregational Church, 2345 THE CARILLON Pieces sunday november 30 Published weekly except between Christmas and New Year’s and POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Carillon, 2345 EBSC HolIdAY CRAFtS FAIR festival of Carols & 10:00 am–3:00 pm, Large Assembly Choirs AnnE HoFFmAnn ExHIBIt 11:30 am, Sunburst Room Who can resist CARol CHoIR hearing little children Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704-2201. 11:30 am, Sheepfold Room sing? For that treat and PIlgRIm CHoIR more, bring your friends 11:30 am, Mayflower Room and come to the Festival SundAY SCHool tEACHERS: PRE-SCHool 11:30 am, Fox Den (Crib Room) of Carols and Choirs on SundAY SCHool tEACHERS: 2nd-3Rd gR. Sunday, December 14, 11:30 am, North Room at 3 pm in the Sanctuary Established 1947 (USPS 354-370) WIntHRoP YoutH gRouP and hear the Carol, 4:30 pm, Side Door Room Pilgrim, Middle School SongS oF tHE Soul and Chancel Choirs and 6:00 pm, Durant House Main the Jazz/Gospel Spirit YES (YoutH EVERY SundAY) Band and singers. 6:00 pm, YES Room Monday december 1 “start Where you are” Worship via the Web StAFF mEEtIng Buddhist Meditation Class The Sunday morning service is now 1:00 pm, Durant House Main What does meditation have to being webcast each week. Go to www. REStoRAtIVE YogA fccb.org/videostream.htm and follow the 3:45 pm, Durant House Main offer besides stress reduction, especially ISRAEl tRIP mEEtIng in these difficult times? “Start Where instructions there, or find the link near 7:00 pm, McLean Lounge You Are” offers instruction in basic the top of the home page. Let us know if you are away and watch the service and tuesday 2 Buddhist teachings and CEllAR tHRIFt SHoP PRICIng dAY practices, with an emphasis share any feedback that you might have. 9 am–12 pm, Cellar Thrift Shop on how meditation can The camera is stationery and the image WoRSHIP & SPIRItuAl lIFE mInIStRY be used by people of is somewhat low resolution, but we hope 7:30 pm, Sunburst Room faith. Vipassanna, or that you will be able to get the general Wednesday 3 “insight” meditation, idea of the service and the sound should CEllAR tHRIFt SHoP oPEn is a way of learning be good. 10:00 am–4:00 pm, Cellar Thrift Shop how our minds, alden Club qIgong 6:00 pm, Durant House Main bodies, and emotions function at the deepest levels. This understanding can Alden Club will meet at Brennan’s dIVERSItY In CommunItY mInIStRY this Sunday, November 30, after coffee 6:00 pm, Sunburst Room help us work with emotions and mental constructs that keep us from seeing and hour. EnnEAgRAm 7:00 pm, Small Assembly thinking clearly, giving us the freedom to Creative, alternative Gifting thursday 4 act in accordance with our true values. Don’t know what to give someone CHAnCEl CHoIR PRACtICE The class will meet Mondays, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary for Christmas who has everything? January 12, 19, 26, and February 2, 9, Looking for a gift that would make friday 5 7–9 pm at FCCB, exact location to be a difference in the life of someone in FRIdAY gRouP determined. Participants are asked to 10:00 am, Durant House Main need? Here’s the commit to attending all classes. saturday 6 answer…Gifts for the Barbara McHugh and Bill Coffin World—An FCCB CEllAR tHRIFt SHoP oPEn will be teaching the class. Barbara has a 10:00 am–2:00 pm, Cellar Thrift Shop Alternative Gift Ph.D. in Theology and Literature. She and Catalog! Gift Catalogs Bill Coffin have been meditating for more Green family Potluck will be available in than 20 years, and have been teaching a the Large Assembly during Fellowship On Sunday, December 7, at 11:30 am similar class for the last two years. Hour for the six Sundays before in North Room come to a potluck for the Pre-registration is required. To Christmas or you can download it here: initial kickoff and pledge-signing of Sacred reserve space contact Bill Coffin. The www.fccb.org/#giftcatalog. Questions? Living: One Habit at a Time. The purpose class is offered on a donation basis. Contact Annis Kukulan. is to build community and to support individual actions in daily life (habits) that sustain and steward sacred life and resources.
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