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)

 

Sun Feb 8th 2-2:30 PM

We will join LakeShore Avenue Baptist Church and other faith communities to sing spirituals and songs of liberation, justice and freedom! Suggest your favorite songs!

Come join us.

We can carpool from the church or meet at Lake Shore Ave Baptist Church.

For more information and location, contact:

Nancy Taylor: (510-530-0814) ngtaylor94619@yahoo.com
Pastor Laurie (510) 421- 2646,  revlauriemanning@aol.com.

black history monthFebruary we lift up Black History Month; we share stories from our own personal and collective histories and lift up the ongoing story of culture, courage, brilliance, faith, and heroism.

We will celebrate this rich legacy through worship, education and events. I encourage you to join us and share your ideas with us!

Our denomination, the United Church of Christ, has a long history of commitment to the ongoing story of liberation and equality in the black civil rights movement; from the Amistad, to ordaining the first black minister in the US, to the presidency. The UCC is forever entwined in the history of a people who stood with courage and pushed forward with faith. I encourage you to read more about our UCC history, in the links below.

http://cpcucc.org/blog/2087/black-history-and-the-united-church-of-christ
http://www.ucc.org/black-history/

I leave you with the inspiring words of Howard Thurman, an influential African American author, philosopher, theologian, educator and civil rights leader, who writes:

“Whatever may be the tensions and the stresses of a particular day, there is always lurking close at hand the trailing beauty of forgotten joy or unremembered peace.” 

 “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” 

“There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.” 

US civil rights leader Martin Luther King,Jr. (C)For Skyline’s church service on Sunday, January 18th at 10 am, we will honor the memory of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., his sense of God’s calling in his life, and the larger civil rights movement to which he gave his life.  We will also take seriously our call in this time, to participate in the civil rights movement of our times for greater economic justice, particularly within our country.  Together, one day, we shall overcome!

Our choir director, Joshua Feltman, with the choir will teach the children the song, “The Dream of Martin Luther King”.  It will be lovely!

Please bring with you friends who would be drawn to this celebration.  Please feel free to contact me if you’d like to discuss ways that you’d like to take part at revlauriemanning@aol.com.

Blessings, Pastor Laurie

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

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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!

 

3Advent CandlesThis Christmas Eve, come experience the wonder of our candlelight service celebrating the birth CN_Skyline_2010-12-24_ChristmasEveService_1014of Jesus with carols, anthems, scripture lessons, a Christmas Rhapsody, children’s choir 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

sun and snowWednesdays, December 3, 10, 17, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Led by Pastor Laurie, in the Meditation room

Though Advent (literally “arrival”) has been observed for centuries, most people today acknowledge it only with a blank look.

For the vast majority of us December flies by in a flurry of activities, and what is called “the holiday season” turns out to be the most stressful time of the year.

Even we, who genuinely love Christmas, often lose sight of its point. How many of us, content with familiar traditions and feelings of goodwill forget the dank stable, the cold night, and the closed door of the inn? How many of us share the longing of the ancient prophets who awaited the Messiah with aching intensity thousands of years before he was born?

We miss the essence of Christmas unless we become mindful of how Christ’s birth took place.

Together, in this series, we create a space for God’s coming into our lives by listening to God  in the ancient story and in our lives through

  • quiet peaceful prayer
  • journaling
  • the arts
  • sharing

Childcare provided;  please RSVP to Pastor Laurie by Sun Nov 30th if you need childcare.

Contact Pastor Laurie (421-2646)   revlauriemanning@aol.com or the office (510-531-8212  office@skylineucc.org) with questions or to register.

Watching for the Light Advent Series flyer.

Sunday, October 19, 10 AM Children’s Sabbath

A fun, interactive, child & teen-friendly service

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All Are Welcome  -

Children, Teens, and Children at Heart of All Ages

Enjoy

Drama, Music & Singing

Dancing and Laughter

Mr. Rogers Story-time

Community and Connections

Short presentation on child advocacy by Interfaith Worker Justice

Join the community for a delicious lunch and fellowship after the service

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12540 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619
(510) 531-8212

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