August 14

Volunteers – St. Mary’s CenterSt. Mary's Nancy Paula
925 Brockhurst St. Oakland

Driveway to off-street parking is on San Pablo Ave.
(between 33rd & 32nd St.)

Skyline Church volunteers help provide a delicious meal for seniors and needy residents. This is part of the Food for all Ages program by Sister Marilyn Medau –enriching the giver as well as the receiver. Skyline Church has participated for many years — it’s always great fellowship, fun, and spiritually rewarding.

 

Participate in anySt. Mary's Nila and of the following:

  • Meal Preparation 10:30 AM OR
    Cleanup 2:30-3:30 PM
  • Serve Meal 1:30-2:30 PM OR
    provide a home-baked dessert (Apple crisp recipe available)

Contact:  Michael Armijo or Catherine Kessler  at (510) 530-7688.

pink ladies lilly by David G 7-27-16By David G.

It’s summertime and the beautiful ladies are making an appearance.

Amaryllis belladonna (also known as pink lady, naked lady or beautiful lady) is a native of Africa which has naturalized well in the Bay Area.  In the rainy winter season and early spring, it produces vibrant green, strap-like leaves in large clumps dotting hills, gardens and parks.  By late spring the leaves yellow and by summer, a jumble of crispy remnants is all that’s left to indicate there was life.

Towards the end of July, I get a feeling of anticipation.  I check the dried remains of the plants in my yard, waiting for the miraculous.  Then I see it – a greenish-red spear like the head of a cobra rising from the center of the debris.  In a few days, it grows tall and the hood opens to reveal a handful of beautiful pink trumpet-shaped flowers.

By August, you’ll see them all over – masses of large pink blooms on tall stalks gently waving in the summer breeze –like a late Easter announcement.  Look for the pink ladies blooming near the bell tower at the church.  They will be in full bloom this Sunday.  It reminds me of the scripture from Matthew 6:28:

“Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.”

These lilies grow wild in the hills and fields.  They don’t need any gardener to tend them.  What they do depend upon, however, is the rain and sun provided by our Creator. They don’t work or weave or earn a living.  Yet they are cared for by God, and are very beautiful.

It reminds me that if God cares for these amazing flowers, how much more the Creator will care for us as his children. 

By David G.

My teenager is one of the 7.5 million people who have downloaded the app for the week-old “Pokemon Go” game and are wandering around landmarks, businesses, parks and city streets with their smartphones to find digital creatures and score points.  It blends real time maps through Google with digital magic to make little creatures pop up on the screen, as if they are actually at that spot.    

For the past two days, my teen has been like an eager prospector in search of gold.  At times, it reminds me more of chasing leprechauns and their pot of loot.   

They are everywhere — and I mean EVERYWHERE.  One was in my kitchen. In the car.  By a synagogue.  A fountain.  The Saxophone House.

Then my teen told me there were Pokemon at Lake Temescal, my favorite walking spot.

lake reflections trees from David GSo at sunrise this morning, I went for a jog around the lake.  I tried to imagine where these digital bogeymen were lurking.  I looked around as I listened to the pounding rhythm of my feet on the trail.  The first rays of morning sun lit the tops of the trees along the far bank.  It was a peaceful, quiet world; a sacred time.  

Instead of Growlithe, I found a green heron lurking along the waterline.  A fine mist glided silently across the surface of the lake like the Spirit moving on the waters, without a sign of Voltorb.  I heard the sweet trill of a Wilson’s warbler, the call of a night heron, and the complicated melody of a song sparrow.  There was no evidence of Nidoran, but I breathed in the tangled scents of moist earth, bay leaves and redwood.  On the physical and spiritual level, God’s handiwork was everywhere.  I saw it all.  

I didn’t need an app for that.   

Hi Dear Skyline Green Team, 

Thank you, for adding your voices to help bring forth this important decision, and environmental justice victory for all the people of Oakland!

Thank you, for coming out to the vigils on Saturday and on Monday, and to the council meeting. 

As you experienced it, the stakes were high and the rally was contentious, and grew even more so during the meeting. But we won!

Here’s the news!

Laurie’s talk at the rally on Saturday, June 25

http://www.ktvu.com/news/166685923-story

http://www.wsj.com/articles/oakland-officials-vote-to-ban-coal-handling-and-storage-at-new-shipping-terminal-1467106207

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/29/us/oakland-coal-transport-ban.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/oakland-coal-shipments_us_577204abe4b017b379f72d3c

http://www.sltrib.com/home/4054521-155/oakland-city-council-discusses-coal-ban

http://nocoalinoakland.info/

http://www.eastbaytimes.com/breaking-news/ci_30064002/happening-now-oakland-council-considering-ban-coal 

Laurie’s Speech Before the City Council Meeting

What a gorgeous day, let’s hear it for the organizers of this rally! Give them a big applause! 

I feel so much hope today, here w/ you, & here representing the voices of so many Oakland faith communities, including the dozens that are part of CIPL & the Sierra Club, in saying no to coal in Oakland …. You’re here, bec. you care about Oakland & your voice matters.   

Tonight, our City Council will vote a/ bringing coal into W. Oakland from Utah to export to Asia. I think if they asked us,  we’d tell them right away – NO! no more coal dust, no more asthma, no more cancer, no more climate change! 

The developers have gotten our city council to a pickle..

The developers claim that they’ll create new, never before seen, clean coal operation that covers up the train cars & covers up the terminal, so no coal dust escapes.  

But the real cover up was the developers’ intentions to sell off access to our city’s waterfront to the highest bidderregardless of their promise that coal wasn’t part of the plan.”    We’re not going to fall for it! . 

Come to the city council mtg tonight -make sure that they don’t fall for it either!

The good news.. our city councilman, Dan Kalb is recommending an item on the agenda that we can support – to ban coal in Oakland. Come & support him. 

We don’t need a coal terminal in Oakland .. why? because coal IS terminal – it’s terminal for human health, it’s terminal biologically, morally & economically. 

We’re all familiar with “the Golden Rule.” It’s a universal principal, an ethic of reciprocity that teaches: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” “Love your neighbor as yourself.” It teaches us to care about our neighbors.  Who doesn’t care about the kid down the street, in W. oakland breathing dirty air. 

As Flint MI, reminds us, environmental toxins particularly impact poor children of color, globally, & locally. W. Oakland has many parallels to Flint. (%90 black & Latino, where residents already experience high rates of poverty & unemployment. Imagine if this coal train were being routed through Piedmont or Montclair? 

 This is a local health issue. The children of W. Oakl& are already contending with fumes & noise from the heavy volume of diesel trucks & other pollution from the Port. We need to ask ourselves, what if it were our own children? 

This is a global health issue. We need to imagine the impact on children, not only W. Oakland, but in Asia, & in Utah. We need to imagine the impact on children of the next generation. Right now, accdg to WHA, 7 mill. people die every yr because air pollution. 

Our Governor & our mayor, spoke out in Paris at the Nov climate summit. They presented our city & our state as leaders in the environmental justice. They echoed the global scientific community’s unanimous pleas to leave 90% of fossil fuels in ground Speaking out in at Vatican, Jerry Brown clearly articulated that this is a moral issue. Why be complicit in prolonging, & accelerating this environmental & humanitarian disaster? 

 

It’s a  bad investment for Oakl&.   Renewables are the way of the future. … 

Oakl& deserves.. good energy, good jobs, clean air. 

We don’t need a coal terminal because coal is terminal  YOUR VOICE MATTERS COME TO CITY COUNCIL TONIGHT!

MAK_Poster Making a KillingTonight, June 28th, 6:00 PM

Skyline church is holding a public viewing of “Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and The NRA”. Please join us for this important evening.

This film tells the stories of how guns, and the billions made off of them, affect the lives of everyday Americans. It features personal stories from people across the country who have been affected by gun violence, including survivors and victims’ families.

The film exposes how the powerful gun companies and the NRA are resisting responsible legislation for the sake of profit – and thereby putting people in danger.

The film looks into gun tragedies that include unintentional shootings, domestic violence, suicides, mass shootings and trafficking – and what we can do to put an end to this profit-driven crisis.

Through this film and campaign, Brave New Films will work with partners to fight for a country where public safety is more valued than profit.   Join us to demand – and achieve – common sense gun laws now.

Bring a dish for a simple dinner potluck, and invite your friends! Or just come for the film, don’t let a day too busy to get food together stop you if you want to come!

1.7 June 21 solstice celebration Nancy Changes

A father holding the hand of his daughter.If your child is aware of the events in Orlando…

  • Provide a safe space so your child can express his/her feelings…and be sure to seek out support from other adults for your feelings as well.
  • Talk with your child about how you can honor those affected by this event. Suggestions include: lighting a candle, saying a prayer, sending blessings of love and healing, attending the vigil with their parents, etc.
  • Talk with your child about how you can show the power of love, not hate, in your daily actions. Suggestions include: speaking up for a child who is being bullied, inviting a child over to play whose family is different from yours, etc.

Thanks for helping to raise children who care. Together, we contribute to a human family based on love.

fbfac82c-ef3d-4b54-b94c-d2002c0c909e we stand with orlandoSunday, June 19, 6 pm

Join us for a service of candlelight, labyrinth walking, music, prayers, community, sharing and healing with love.

When gun violence and hate crimes destroy innocent lives, when homophobia, racism, and islamophobia plague our world, we are reminded to come together, to grieve, and to re-dedicate ourselves to love, inclusivity, non-violence and peace. Skyline Community Church invites you to gather in response to the tragedy that took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL to honor the lives that have been sacrificed, to mourn and share our grief, and to stand together in solace, solidarity, and strength.

Pastor Laurie

Skyline Church, 12540 Skyline Blvd, Oakland CA                https://www.facebook.com/events/1813162475618728/

5-22-16 flowersDear Skyline Family and Friends,

Let us pause in silence for a moment to lament.

To lament that our nation has experienced another mass shooting without a single piece of legislation passed since the last mass shooting to even attempt to prevent this one.

To lament the tragic loss of 50 lives that dared to display joy in what they deemed as safe space.

To lament that LGBTQ pride month has been interrupted by heinous homophobic mass murder.

To lament that islamophobic slurs from a presidential candidate have interrupted the blessed season of Ramadan.

Today, we pause to lament.

Lamentation, according to Catholic nun and noted author Elizabeth A. Johnson, is “dangerously remembering the dead in solidarity with their suffering and hope of future blessing…[which] has the capacity to nurture ongoing resistance to the victimization of others.” Pride may very well be the most powerful act of resistance that exists for those whose lives are constantly assaulted by bigotry and hatred. If pride as resistance can diminish the future victimization of anyone, then by all means let us soon stand and march with pride again.

We are stronger together than alone. Together, let us lament. Let us resolve to change the world, beginning with ourselves, and working together  – every single unique, beautiful one of us. And it starts by embracing our whole selves for everything God created us to be and our neighbor as ourselves.

Blessings, Pastor Laurie

Hilary ClintonWith our primary season drawing to a close, Hillary Clinton has made history as the first female presidential nominee of a major political party. 

Mrs. Clinton’s name on the ballot in November is another milestone in the quest for women’s rights, which, as she noted years ago, are human rights. This achievement is worth celebrating by all, regardless of party, because it further opens the door to female leadership in every sphere.

Hillary’s mother, Dorothy Rodham had an auspicious date of birth — June 4, 1919, the very same day the Senate passed a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote.

But otherwise, Dorothy had a awful beginning. Her parents abandoned her. At 8, she was riding across the country, unaccompanied except for her younger sister, on the way to live with grandparents who didn’t want them. She went off on her own at 14, working as a housekeeper during the Depression. But she got herself through high school, was a good student and raised her own daughter to believe the sky was the limit.

Before we head off on the rest of this deeply imperfect election, take a second and enjoy. Imagine Hillary Clinton going back in time. She sits in the train next to a frightened little girl, and delivers the news about what happened this week.

Join us this week, as we celebrate our graduates, honor the start of Ramadan, and seek to be led by the power of the Holy Spirit in our many new beginnings!

Blessings, Pastor Laurie 

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