CN_Skyline Mt DiabloSpring has arrived, Easter has passed, and Earth Day is upon us. We are invited to open ourselves with wonder and reflect upon our relationship and responsibility as part of nature.

Join us this Sunday, as we celebrate Earth Day with our amazing Green team! Catherine K. invites you to think about what you do, have seen, and want to change to bring about a healthier environment for all people and animals. We’ll share these ideas in an open discussion on Sunday.

In honor of Earth Day, I  share with you a poem of gratitude by e.e. cummings.

I THANK YOU GOD FOR MOST THIS AMAZING DAY

i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any–lifted from the no
of all nothing–human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
e.e. cummings
1894-1962

Love, Pastor Laurie

Dear Ones,

During this season of Lent I have been on my own online wilderness “retreat.”  I have long been inspired by the poetic prayers and artwork of Jan Richardson. This Lenten season I have been participating in her retreat, “The Beloved.”

I’d like to share a piece of music about an all too human disciple trying to keep his head above the waves on the journey to follow Jesus. It’s entitled, “Let me out of this Boat”.  It was written by her beloved husband, Garrison Doles, who died last year.

I also leave you with a painting and a blessing written by Jan to accompany you on the journey when the going gets rough and the path looks more like a river.

Jan Richardson Blue Painting Dear Ones,                     During this season of Lent I have been on my own online wilderness "Retreat."  I have long been inspired by the poetic prayers and artwork of Jan Richardson. This Lenten season I have been participating in her retreat, "The Beloved."  I’d like to share a piece of music, about an all too human disciple, trying to keep his head above the waves, on the journey to follow Jesus. It’s entitled, “ Let me out of this Boat”. It was written by her beloved husband, who died last year. I also leave you with a painting and a blessing written by Jan, to accompany you on the journey when the going gets rough, and the path looks more like a river.       http://janrichardson.com/beloved-song9    BLESSING   When you come to the end of the road, the spiraling turn, the bend beyond which you cannot see, may your first practice be to breathe.   May your second practice be to breathe again.   Keep at this. Watch. Wait.   See what road appears that you did not think a road, what path is found by patience, what map is made by taking up the third practice: to keep breathing, stubborn in the rhythm of intake and release by which you will fill your yearning lungs not for the waiting road but for your leap by which the road will come.Dear Ones,                     During this season of Lent I have been on my own online wilderness "Retreat."  I have long been inspired by the poetic prayers and artwork of Jan Richardson. This Lenten season I have been participating in her retreat, "The Beloved."  I’d like to share a piece of music, about an all too human disciple, trying to keep his head above the waves, on the journey to follow Jesus. It’s entitled, “ Let me out of this Boat”. It was written by her beloved husband, who died last year. I also leave you with a painting and a blessing written by Jan, to accompany you on the journey when the going gets rough, and the path looks more like a river.       http://janrichardson.com/beloved-song9    BLESSING   When you come to the end of the road, the spiraling turn, the bend beyond which you cannot see, may your first practice be to breathe.   May your second practice be to breathe again.   Keep at this. Watch. Wait.   See what road appears that you did not think a road, what path is found by patience, what map is made by taking up the third practice: to keep breathing, stubborn in the rhythm of intake and release by which you will fill your yearning lungs not for the waiting road but for your leap by which the road will come. BLESSING

When you come
to the end
of the road,

the spiraling turn,
the bend beyond which
you cannot see,
may your first practice be
to breathe. 

May your second practice be
to breathe again.
 

Keep at this.
Watch.
Wait.
 

See what road appears
that you did not think
a road,
what path is found
by patience,
what map is made
by taking up
the third practice:
to keep breathing,
stubborn in the rhythm
of intake and release
by which you will
fill your yearning lungs
not for the waiting road
but for your leap
by which the road
will come.

Friday, April 3rd 12:00 noon  Labyrinth

Our Good Friday service is a meditative service of Taize music, labyrinth walking, and quiet reflection that invites us to connect our own personal pain and our collective ongoing struggle for social justice and relate it to the story of Christ’s death and resurrection.

 For more information, email the office or call 510 531 8212.

 

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Come celebrate the Spirit of Easter where we welcome ALL of God’s people. Experience fabulous music and an inspiring message with a spectacular view of the Oakland Hills.

Sunrise Service ~ 6:30 am

Featuring the Oakland/East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus

Easter Worship Service ~ 10:00 am

Celebratory Traditional Music followed by
an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids!

Skyline’s traditional Easter Egg Hunt is happening RAIN or SHINE, starting at 11:30 am on Easter Sunday morning. We welcome our neighborhood families and any who care to come to join us!  Stay for refreshments and conversation following the hunt.

For more information please contact our office at:

Skyline Community Church,
United Church of Christ
12540 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619
510.531.8212

Email Skyline Office

Tribute  Fri, Feb 6 (6-9) and Teach-in, Sat, Feb 7 (9-4)

You are invited to join national and local justice seekers from 20th c. and 21st c. movements for human rights on Friday, Feb. 6 (6pm reception, 7-9 program) in a Tribute honoring the life of Dr. Vincent Harding and Saturday, Feb 7 for an Inter-generational Teach-in (9am registration; 10-4 program). We will engage in deep conversation about the protests against systemic violence against black and brown communities and how to create a movement for radical change. Register now! (Follow the links for Friday and Saturday events below) Space is limited!

Nancy Taylor invites us to attend this event for Black History Month.   She’ll be going to the Saturday event and will coordinate a group and carpool. Mirtha and Johan Langewis-Ninayahuar are joining her – how about you?

Friday’s Tribute (free):  St. Columba Church, 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland
To  RSVP Click Here

Saturday’s Teach-in:  Chapel at the Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley
(box lunch included scholarships available)
$15 – at the door;  $11 – online
To register online  Click Here

Sunday, Feb 22 11:30 am – 3 pm  Black History Month Event

Tony Pegram and his band will be performing at Scott’s.  We’ll head over after church.

For more info, contact Nancy Taylor ngtaylor94619@yahoo.com or Cheryl Coleman Jones  colemancheryl@sbcglobal.net)

 

US civil rights leader Martin Luther King,Jr. (C)This Monday means so many different things to so many people.

To some, it’s a day off from work, and a time to save big on those great MLK sales deals!

For others, it’s a time to remember the great legacy of Dr King.

For others still, it’s a time to lament that he is gone, at a time when we need to keep his dream alive.

Let us, you and I, take time to not only to remember him, but to do what we can together to work for the true equality of all people on this planet.

I leave you with some interesting quotes, not from, but about, Martin Luther King Jr.

“For years, I declined to fill in the form for my Senate press credential that asked me to state my ‘race,’ unless I was permitted to put ‘human.’ The form had to be completed under penalty of perjury, so I could not in conscience put ‘white,’ which is not even a color let alone a ‘race,’ and I sternly declined to put ‘Caucasian,’ which is an exploded term from a discredited ethnology. Surely the essential and unarguable core of King’s campaign was the insistence that pigmentation was a false measure: a false measure of mankind (yes, mankind) and an inheritance from a time of great ignorance and stupidity and cruelty, when one drop of blood could make you ‘black’.” 
― Christopher Hitchens

“The self-congratulatory popular account insists that Dr. King called on the nation to fully accept its own creed, and the walls came a-tumbling down. This conventional narrative is soothing, moving, and politically acceptable, and has only the disadvantage of bearing no resemblance to what actually happened.” 
― Timothy B. TysonBlood Done Sign My Name: A True Story

“Everyone knows, even the smallest kid knows about Martin Luther King Jr., can say his most famous moment was that ‘I have a dream speech. No one can go further than one sentence. All we know is that this had a dream. We do not know what the dream was’.” 
― Henry Louis Taylor

A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back — but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.

― Marian Wright Edelman, as quoted in The Art of Winning Commitment : 10 Ways Leaders Can Engage Minds, Hearts, And Spirits (2004) by Dick Richards

- Enjoy this “The Dream of Martin Luther King” video.

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Stop Shivering Sunday is a tradition started here by our beloved Kay Gilliland. We collect warm coats and other clothing and take them to East Oakland Community Project (EOCP), East Bay Switchboard, & Bay Area Community Services (BACS) to be given to those in need. Please bring whatever you have on Sunday, Jan. 25th. If possible, bring your contributions in a box. We’ll put all the boxes in a few cars and will take everything to these groups the following week.

Please mark your calendars to bring in those clothes for Sunday, January 25th!  If you can’t be here on the 25th, bring them to the office between 9 and 2 Mon-Fri.

ScarvesThank you for sharing and participating!

CN_Skyline_2010-12-24_ChristmasEveService_1014Blessings to you in this season of darkness, where we light candles and are reminded once more:

The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it.

Yes, we live in a broken world.

 At the same time, through us all I experience the in -breaking of God’s love right here in our community.  I experience it in the wonder of children taking part in our Christmas pageant. I experience it in the outpouring of love from this community to the homeless shelter in East Oakland; to feeding the hungry here in Alameda County; to supporting the education of 400 children of Makomray, Sierra Leone; and to caring for the immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

We experience it when we see the face of Christ, in everyone!

Come and celebrate the wonder of God’s love on Christmas Eve with us, Wed Dec 24th at 7 pm!

Bring your friends! We have childcare! It’s a short – all ages friendly service!

I wish to share a photo of a mom and dad with their three month old son, Air; one of the many EOCP Gift Familyfamilies with children that we visited earlier this week.  His parents named him Air because he is as precious as every breath we take and is filled with the Spirit of life. I cannot help but be reminded of that Holy family thousands of years ago who sought shelter as refugees, who’s precious child was born in a stable because there was no room at the inn. (The family gave me permission to share with friends and members of Skyline)

I leave you with this poem by Howard Thurman about the ongoing healing of the world that we are called to bring forth in our lives.

Candles for Christmas

I will light Candles this Christmas,
Candles of joy despite all the sadness,
Candles of hope where despair keeps watch,
Candles of courage for fears ever present,
Candles of peace for tempest-tossed days,
Candles of grace to ease heavy burdens,
Candles of love to inspire all my living,
Candles that will burn all year long.
When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,

The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among others,
To make music in the heart.
Blessings,
Pastor Laurie

Pageant Mary Joseph angelsCome and experience the wonders of the ChristmasPageant 3 kings story!

Join us for a child/family friendly worship service of carols where everyone is invited to take place in the Christmas pageant!

Wear your favorite costume.  Be a shepherd, sheep, king, queen,angel, donkey!

Join us for fun, music and celebration!  Be part of the drama!  Friends, family, all are invited!

Christmas Pageant: Sunday, Dec. 21 at 10 AM!

Invite everyone you know with children or grandchildren!   We’ll see you there!

 

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