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									November 30, 2008 • Vol. 64 • No. 44
                                                                                           5th sunday offering:
1st sunday of advent
                                                                                           the friendly Beasts
Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary                                                              On Sunday, November
                                                                                           30, the 6th–12th grade church
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
 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
     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

                                        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
                                                                      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: mcopeland@fccb.org
or fax to 510/848-8207
All submissions are subject to editing.

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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.
       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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                                                                                                        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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