LentCandleFriday, April 18th 7:30 – 8:30 pm  

Join us for our Good Friday Tenebrae service – a meditative service of Taize music, candlelight, 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.

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

 

  • Join us as progressive Christians for study and conversation.
  •  Experience  a deepening sense of meaning, purpose and connection with God.  
  • Understand Lent as a metaphor for the wilderness of our lives and the journey toward wholeness, light, peace and oneness.

The course meets during Lent on Wednesday evenings, from 3/12 – 4/16.

Find out more:  Video clips, facebook page, website.

6-7 pm is a lovely potluck dinner, and 7- 8:30 is our session.

Living the Questions is the most extraordinary adult education material I have ever used. Life changing – personally and collectively! Thank you and may you never stop putting out such marvelous and deeply important products. - Rev. John WhiteFirst Cong. UCC, Dudley, MA

Each session begins with a 20 minute video presentation by well known religious scholars (Borg, Crossan, Spong, Butler Bass, Armstrong) on faith journey questions and is followed by group discussion on the presentation content. Child care is provided. 

This is the most greatly appreciated video series I could have imagined someone could’ve created at this time.  I’ve been teaching Borg and Spong for years – but to have this series with their colleagues as well dealing with the core topics – profound!  and life-changing!  I can imagine – you know the looks on people’s faces after some of the stories and the tears that flow!  I am so thankful to have the privilege of walking with people through the “classes” and witnessing how they very eagerly choose to go deeper in their faith and want others to experience it as well.   Rev. Lee Anne Ireland,  Orange Congregational Church, Orange, CT

During Lent we will be exploring these modules of the program:

  • An Invitation to Journey
  • Taking the Bible Seriously
  • Thinking Theologically
  • Stories of Creation
  • Lives of Jesus
  • Out into the World: Challenges Facing Progressive Christians
  • Evil, Suffering and a God of Love
  • The Myth of Redemptive Violence
  • Practicing Resurrection
All are welcome here.
A free will offering of $60 per person for the entire series is requested to cover material, food and heat.  Sliding scale for anyone who needs it, and seriously – no one is turned away.
Find out more:  Video clipsfacebook pagewebsite.
Contact Pastor Laurie.: 510-531-8212 or  send me an email.
With great joy and love,
Rev. Laurie Manning

 

 

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 past Sunday we had a very inspirational service celebrating the life changing power of walking in the universal ways of Jesus. Following the service, we had a lively discussion about who we are, (the state of our union in a sense) and about God’s unfolding and life giving vision for us, as Progressive Christians, living in this exciting and changing era of Post Christendom. 

Join us this Sunday as we explore and discuss the unconventional wisdom of the Beatitudes, and celebrate a different kind of “Souper” Bowl, to share our food with those in need in Alameda County!

As a wisdom teacher, Jesus taught his disciples with puzzling parables, pithy aphorisms, and challenging questions, inviting them to discover a new way of living by engaging his many questions. When the young lawyer asked what he had to do to inherit eternal life, Jesus did not recite the law, but answered Semitic-style with yet another question, and proceeded to lead the lawyer through more questioning into his story of the Good Samaritan. The story turned upside-down the conventional wisdom of the day about the limits of neighbor love, inviting the lawyer and all of us listeners ever since to expand our own capacity for compassion.

Conventional wisdom also gets turned upside-down in the beatitudes by Jesus daring to name the poor, the meek, and the mournful as the blessed ones. What could be blessed about poverty or grief? Is this simply the promise of a better day by-and-by, when we die? Do the beatitudes describe some future reward for suffering now?  If blessing is a good thing, it would seem that common sense, and the economic and political norms of first-century Palestine (and twenty-first-century America) tell us that the wealthy bear the signs of blessing, and the powerful, not the meek, own the earth today and will keep it tomorrow. So what kind of blessing is there, and who are the poor in spirit? What is Jesus talking about? Let’s talk about it this Sunday!  

Thanks for making this a happening, welcoming and vibrant place!

Peace,

Laurie

 

Saturday, November 30 ~ 10AM – 12PM 
Come join us as we adorn the sanctuary with fragrant fresh cut greens, prepare wreaths and the advent candles, make decorations and hang lights as we welcome in the season of advent.

Delicious hot cider and lunch await you! All ages invited to help out!

Contact Pastor Laurie if you have questions!

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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As George Peppard would say in the role of Hannibal Smith at least once in every episode of The A Team, “I love it when a plan comes together!

That’s an apt description of what happened at Skyline Church this past weekend (July 26-28, 2013) when plans for the Sierra Leone fundraiser Friday night, the church work day Saturday, Rev. Sally Juarez’s sermon on her trip to Colombia Sunday morning and the after-worship walk in Knowland Park Sunday afternoon bore exquisite fruit.

The Sierra Leone dinner raised more than $1600 for the village school in Makomray.  Steve and Sentho’s presentation reminded us of all that’s been accomplished and the needs of the school going forward.

On Saturday, all the church windows were washed and cleaned, energy efficient light bulbs were replaced in the church office and other locations around the campus, tables were scrubbed clean, the gardens were lovingly tended.

Sunday morning, Sally’s presentation showed us in words and pictures both the despair and the hope affecting the people of Colombia and inspired us, in the words of the prophet Micah, to “do justice” whenever and wherever we can.  Nila’s beautiful altar arrangement and Joshua’s inspiring offertory of “Colombia Tierra Queirda” were the perfect additions to the service.

Although I wasn’t able to join the hikers, I trust a good time was had by all, and people got to see first hand how the expansion of the Oakland Zoo threatens the beauty and the environment of the parklands.

Kudos to all who helped plan all of these events and grateful thanks to all who participated, who graced us with the gift of your presence and donations.  It was indeed a busy and glorious weekend of activity.  In the afterglow of work well done, may you find rest, re-creation an inspiration to continue your ministry and mission here and beyond.

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