Skyline’s traditional Easter Egg Hunt is happening RAIN or SHINE, starting at 11:30 am on Easter Sunday morning, April 20th. We welcome our neighborhood families and all who would love to come to join us!  Stay for refreshments and conversation following the hunt.

We also welcome you to join our community Easter service at 10 AM before the hunt, if you wish.  We offer a children’s program for your little ones.  Also, we have a special Easter Sunrise Service with the Oakland/East Bay Gay Men’s Choir if you can slip out nice and early that morning!

For more information please contact our office at:

Skyline Community Church,
United Church of Christ

12540 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619
510.531.8212

 

Think. Act. Be.

Think boldly.
Act differently.
Be you.

February is dedicated to celebrating Black History Month. It is  a time to honor and elevate the many accomplishments of African Americans throughout US history – individuals who thought boldly, acted differently, and had the courage to be themselves in the face of any and all adversity.

I encourage you to take a look at the following links, about our denomination’s history, from La Amistad to the presidency, our denomination, the United Church of Christ, as allies in this journey.  UCC Firsts.  I also encourage you, to review the links about inspiring African American leaders: UCC Black History Month, Museum of Black Inventors and Innovations

I encourage you to visit the display in the Friendship Room of notable African American leaders, and their bios.  (here’s a photo)…

 

And  join us for these outings in February! Special thanks to Cheryl Colman Jones, Philippia Pegram, and Nancy Taylor for joining me in lifting up these many opportunities for us.  Find contacts and details in Month-at-a-Glance.

 

Saturday, February 8th, 3:30-5 pm  (3:00 carpool from church): Rosie the Riveter Museum in Richmond.    Dinner afterward for those interested. 
Saturday, February 15th, BHM event:Annual Bay Area Social Justice Forum, 8:00 – 4:00.  $25 (no lunch), $35(with lunch).
Sunday, February 23rd, BHM event:  JAZZ:  Lunch/Brunch and Tony Pegram playing jazz at Scott’s in Jack London Square
Sunday, Feb 23rd, BHM family event: Oakland Museum of CA, 12:00 – 3:00 pm:  Explore the legacy of black pioneers in science and invention

 

Join us for the start of the Lenten season, Ash Wednesday, March 5 at 7 PM, as we join together to deepen our relationship with God!

May this month be  a time for you to think boldly, to act differently, and to be you.

Blessings, Pastor Laurie

 

This week we honor the prophetic witness of Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr, and his profound influence upon this country and the world.

About fifty years ago, on August 28, 1963, MLK stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and delivered his prophetic and patriotic speech, “I have a Dream.”

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.

Just a few months later, president John F Kennedy was assassinated, and Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson was sworn in as the new president. Influenced by King’s prophetic witness, LBJ began the New Year,  declaring the “War on Poverty.”

It will not be a short or easy struggle, no single weapon or strategy will suffice, but we shall not rest until that war is won. The richest Nation on earth can afford to win it. We cannot afford to lose it. One thousand dollars invested in salvaging an unemployable youth today can return $40,000 or more in his lifetime.

Poverty is a national problem, requiring improved national organization and support. But this attack, to be effective, must also be organized at the State and the local level and must be supported and directed by State and local efforts.

For the war against poverty will not be won here in Washington. It must be won in the field, in every private home, in every public office, from the courthouse to the White House.

Fifty years later, the war on poverty, racism and violence continues, and so must the dream. It must live on, in us.

Join us, as we consider how we are called manifest that beloved community that MLK spoke of, the kingdom of heaven that Jesus manifested, and that we are called to embody!

 

Greetings from chilly New England!
The day after snowstorm Hercules blanketed us with over a foot of snow, we were greeted with clear blue skies.  Sunshine sparkled on the pristine snow and shimmering waters of Narragansett Bay, as we drove to my beloved Aunt’s funeral service at the monastery in my home town.

It reminded me of the promise of the new year, of baptism and of new life, for her and for us all.

May it be so with each one of us,
Blessings, Pastor Laurie

Psalm 29
Ascribe to God, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to God glory and strength.
Ascribe to God the glory of God’s name;
worship God in holy splendor.
The voice of God is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
God, over mighty waters.
The voice of God is powerful;
the voice of God is full of majesty.
The voice of God breaks the cedars;
God breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
God makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
and Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of God flashes forth
in flames of fire.
The voice of God shakes the wilderness;
God shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of God causes the oaks to whirl,
and strips the forest bare;
and in God’s temple all say, ‘Glory!’
God sits enthroned over the flood;
God sits enthroned as ruler forever.
May God give strength to the people!
May God bless the people with peace!

This Christmas Eve, come experience the wonder of our candlelight service celebrating the birth of Jesus with carols, anthems, scripture lessons, and instrumental music. The service will be followed by delicious Christmas treats, hot apple cider, and fellowship.

This is a beautiful way to celebrate the season with your entire family. ALL are welcome!

December 24th at 7:00 pm

For more information please contact the office at 510.531.8212

Come and experience the wonders of the Christmas story!

Join us for a child/family friendly worship service of carols where everyone is invited to take place in the Christmas pageant! Wear you 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. 22 at 10 AM!

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

 

Please join in the celebration of Christmas at Skyline’s annual potluck party on Saturday, December 8, 2013 from 7-8:30 PM in the sanctuary.

You’ll enjoy singing traditional carols and Christmas hymns.  The children (and the child in you) will be thrilled to hear the ho ho ho and feel the love love love of Santa.  We’ll share the Christmas story together.  And there will be desserts, tea and partying!

If you have questions, would like to help out or have suggestions please contact Tom Manley at 510-531-1796, or manley.com@gmail.com.

 

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In honor of, and in memory of all those we love who have gone before us, lighting the paths of our lives,  and all veterans of war on every side of every conflict, let us take time this week to remember them; and let us resolve to beat all of our swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks.

 Join us this Sunday, as we remember our all too often forgotten veterans of war. 

In memory of all of those who have crossed over, I offer this beautiful poem:

In Memory of Them,    by Rabbis Sylvan Kamens and Jack Riemer 

At the rising of the sun and at its going down
We remember them.

At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter
We remember them.

At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring
We remember them.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer
We remember them.

At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn
We remember them.

At the beginning of the year and when it ends
We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us
as we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength
We remember them.

When we are lost and sick at heart
We remember them.

When we have joy we crave to share
We remember them.

When we have decisions that are difficult to make
We remember them.

When we have achievements that are based on theirs
We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us
as we remember them.

6th Annual Sierra Leone Benefit Bike Ride!

Saturday, October 12th, 2013 ~ 8:30 AM (Depart at 9:00 AM)
Skyline Community Church, 12540 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA


Last year, our fundraiser funded several school teachers and a college student for the entire year!
100% of your donation will go towards their education and supplies.

There will be different ride options for varying levels:
The shorter ride starts in Castro Valley (people will carpool from church) and goes out Cull Canyon Rd and back. This road is suitable for a family ride with kids as it is fairly gentle uphill on the way out with very little traffic.  We hope to have a water/snack stop at Rancho de los Amigos on Cull Canyon Rd.  1st time and less experienced riders are encouraged to join in for that leg of the ride. Cull Canyon Rd is an easy slight grade uphill country road that goes out 5 miles and back is downhill all the way.

The longer ride goes to the end of Cull Canyon Rd, in total a 45 mile ride, which can be cut short at the Golf Course on Redwood Rd (26 miles) or Bort Meadow (18 miles).  Please forward to your pals to come along for the fun!

Chili & Fritatta served after the ride at the church!

Suggested $10 donation for the ride.  You can also sponsor a child in furthering their education to go to college *covering housing, tuition, books, and food for a year) for $1,000!  Note on check in the memo section: “Sierra Leone” or “Sierra Leone College Fund.”

Contact: Marilyn Shaw (510) 531-3353 or by email

Click the link below to see a video of the children in Sierra Leone!

Thank You From the Children

 

This Sunday we celebrate World Communion Sunday… It is a day set aside each year to remind us that God’s greatest hope is that we my learn to live together as one.  One in spirit, one in communion with the world, and united in faith, hope and love.

It seems like we’re a long way from that goal. There are so many divisions & factions within the world.  We have religious, political, & economic tensions within our families, our cities, our work places, our country, and our world.  We live in a world of extremes –where 1 billion people live on less than $1 dollar a day. Contrast this with CEO’s & hedge fund managers living on salaries of 10’s & 100’s of millions of dollars! We live in a world where  11 million people die of starvation each year.  That’s one person, most often a child, dying every 3 seconds.  Surely, with such extremes, there’s enough food for all of us on this planet! Enough bread to share at the table of humanity!  The Hope begins within each one of us. The tiny mustard seed reminds us of the mighty potential of the hope and the power within each of us to do our part, to bring forth this vision.

Communion is about remembering; bringing together, re- membering the past, remembering the world.  So, especially on World Communion Sunday, we remember our sisters and brothers in need. We remember and renew our mission efforts to support the victims of natural and human made disasters in the world;  from the earthquake in Haiti; to the floods in Pakistan; from the oil spill  in New Orleans and tsunami  in Japan; to the war in Sierra Leone.  We remember the poor & disabled within this city and this country, and pledge our ongoing support for them, through our work with St Mary’s, Alameda County Community Food Bank, Bay Area Community Services, and the outreach efforts of our denomination, the United Church of Christ.

 

Our mission work reminds us that we are inextricably linked, because we are one body. Our mission work reminds us that each one of these people  could be our sister or our brother; and could be us. Our mission work provides us with a glimpse of that day when “They shall all be one”. When all boundaries are stripped away, and we are in “communion with the world.”  Then we will not be rich or poor, east or west, Muslim or Jew, citizen or immigrant, African or European, Asian or Hispanic, Catholic or Protestant, liberal or evangelical; we will just the children of the one God of many names together. 

It’s a beautiful vision.

Psalm 8 calls us to communion, with all of humanity, and all of creation.

Hear again the words of Psalm 8..

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, O God,
The moon & the stars that you have established;
What are human beings that you are mindful of us,
Mere mortals that you care for us?
and yet, you have made us little less than gods,
you have crowned us with glory and honor.
You have given us dominion over the works of your hands;
You have put all things under our feet,

All sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

……and then, the psalm ends with these words:
O Lord, our God, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

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