Announcements May 3, 2018

Church Office is Reopened!
We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we worked off of church grounds while the new carpet was settling in. We are back open during normal office hours!

First Sundays for Racial Justice
This Sunday, May, 6t,h Please come listen and talk with Refa One, the West Oakland Based Muralist who Joined our Ella Baker/Black Panther Service, 12-2 PM. We’ll gather in the Starr King Room around noon and have a potluck lunch. Refa will show slides and talk about a wider array of his work and life. The time will allow for questions and discussion, and the meeting will end by 2. Please come, and bring some food to share if you can; everyone attending is welcome to eat. Contact:

Every Sunday Until July 1, Registration for both July 20-22 Retreats: Women’s Retreat at Redwood Glen and the Revived Men’s and Kids’ Camp-out. “Crafting Sisterhood” is the fun and soulful theme for the annual retreat for women, all girls, and boys under 5. Sign up now!

Sun., May 6 First Sunday Poetry Circle “Kindness Spoken Here,” 9:30-10:15 AM, 3rd Floor Library. This month’s theme is “Our Many Moods,” featuring “The Guest House” by Rumi and “A Blessing” by James Wright. Bring a poem to share or just come to listen.

Tues, May 8, Second Tuesdays Community Night,
Join us for an evening of fellowship and fun! Come at any time, all are welcome.
5PM – 9:30 PM, in Wendte Hall.
5pm: Community cooking
6pm: Community dinner – bring a side or just your appetite!
6:45: Worship
7:30-9: storytelling class – “Other People’s Stories” (with Michelle Ma)
7:30-9: short documentary screening – “Fear Us Women”

All ages welcome! Second Tuesdays is a multi-generational event! No one will be turned away for lack of funds or food contribution. Questions? Please contact The Second Tuesdays/Vespers Team.

Help Get An Initiative on the Ballot. Schools and Communities First Initiative (Prop. 13 Reform). We need someone to work this during coffee hour.
Contact Arlinda Befort if you are interested in doing this; she will teach you what you need to know.

Thank you! The Affordable Housing Act will likely be on the 2018 Ballot.
The petition effort appears to be successful. Thank you for supporting this effort. Arlinda Befort

Church Book Group discusses “The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die” by Keith Payne.
Thurs., May 24, 7:30-9:30 PM and Sun., May 27, 9:15-10:15 AM, Library at church.
Contact about location and accessibility of the Thursday meeting.Church Book Group will discuss “The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die” by Keith Payne – a surprising book, based on extensive research into the ways that economic and social inequality affect everyone’s personal lives, even those of the wealthy. Contact for information about location and accessibility at the Thursday meeting.

Monthly Community Potluck.
Sun., May 27 Immediately Following Worship, Please Join us. Please bring newly cooked or purchased food. All types of food are welcome. Bring enough for at least 6 servings.By alpha rotation, those with last names starting with A-D are asked to help out this time. But all help is welcome. Leave food in the kitchen or on the serving tables before the service.

Special Meeting of the Congregation, June 3.
Please join us in Hamilton Hall on Sunday, June 3, immediately following worship, for a Special Meeting of the Congregation to elect five new members of your Board of Trustees. Nominee’s names and biographies will be shared soon. Send nominations and questions to or speak with Board Nominating Team members Nicole Fitzhugh, Claudia Morgan, and Lauren Poole.