Posted: Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Posted: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
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 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!
Posted: Monday, December 1, 2014
This Christmas Eve, come experience the wonder of our candlelight service celebrating the birth of 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
Posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Wednesdays, 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
- the arts
Childcare provided; please RSVP to Pastor Laurie by Sun Nov 30th if you need childcare.
Contact Pastor Laurie (421-2646) email@example.com or the office (510-531-8212 firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or to register.
Watching for the Light Advent Series flyer.
Posted: Friday, October 10, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 10 AM Children’s Sabbath
A fun, interactive, child & teen-friendly service
All Are Welcome -
Children, Teens, and Children at Heart of All Ages
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
At the Church: 12540 Skyline Blvd, Oakland 94619
Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Tuesday, October 7, 7PM at Skyline Church
The League of Women Voters will present a neutral overview of the pros and cons of the propositions, both state and local, on this election’s ballot. Be informed and have your say in the democratic process and civic responsibility! Invite friends! More information at http://www.lwvoakland.org/index.html
Contact Nancy Taylor: (email@example.com) or Lee Rutter: (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Posted: Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Come and celebrate the animal companions in our lives on Sunday, October 5th at 3:00 PM!
This is our 15th annual special ceremony to honor our animal companions and acknowledge the blessings they bring to our lives. Bring your pet(s) or a picture of your pet (or even a stuffed animal) – this is a family event! Refreshments provided for both pets & humans. Afterwards, come and walk your pet through our unique labyrinth!
Watch a video from a previous blessing!
All over the world lively and sacred ceremonies to bless our animal companions and honor the blessings they bring to our lives are held in the fall. Churches of all denominations honor beloved pets around the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi (Oct 4) the patron saint of animals.
Reverend Laurie Manning and Rhea Babbit of Skyline Community Church, affiliated with United Church of Christ, bless your dog, cat, goat, parakeet, fish, horse or whatever you bring (safely) with you. You can also bring photos of beloved pets who cannot make the journey or have passed on to receive a blessing.
The ceremony is at 3:00 PM, with registration at 2:45, in the beautiful courtyard at:
Skyline Community Church
12540 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, Ca. 94619
(½ mile S. of Redwood)
Come one and all, with dogs, cats, hamsters, goats, parakeets, horses to celebrate and enjoy our animal companions.
Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Labor Day is about laborers! It a day to take time, as a faith community, to consider the inherent worth and dignity of all people, and the importance of advocating for fair treatment of all people.
This Sunday, at 10 am worship:
We are pleased to have Kim Bobo, Executive Director of Interfaith Worker Justice preaching on minimum wage, the plight of undocumented workers, wage theft, and most importantly what we can do locally to advocate for workers rights. http://www.iwj.org/
Join us here at Skyline Community Church, 12540 Skyline Boulevard in Oakland, or email email@example.com or call 510-531-8212
Kim was named one of 14 faith leaders to watch in 2014 by the Center for American Progress, and one of Utne Reader‘s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” in 2009. Kim helped coin the phrase “wage theft.” Her book Wage Theft in America helped get the issue on the national radar. Prior to founding IWJ, Kim was a trainer for the Midwest Academy and Director of Organizing for Bread for the World. She is co-author of Organizing for Social Change, the best-selling organizing manual in the country. A music lover, Kim directs the choir at her UCC church. She also enjoys visiting with her twin sons, Eric and Benjamin, who are away at college.
“How HR can Prevent Wage Theft“
“Kim Bobo: Labor and the Lord’s Work“
“Book Review: Wage Theft in America“
Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
This Sunday, August 24th is our own Oakland Pride Sunday service. Come celebrate with us at 10 AM! Bring your friends! Hear testimonials from several members of our congregation!
All are welcome here!
- When the UCC, Golden Gate Association in 1972, ordained Bill Johnson as the first openly gay minister in an historical Protestant denomination, we were extremists for love. All are welcome!
- When the UCC, on July 4, 2005 overwhelming voted as the first mainline denomination to support same gender marriage equality;
- when, in 2008, at the height of the debate over same-sex marriage in California during Prop 8 this congregation hung a banner in front of the church entrance, proclaiming to every passerby “Support Marriage Equality. We do”;
- when your pastor blessed same sex couples for many years before it was a legal right, and urged all heterosexual couples she married to stand in solidarity with them until the day that marriage became a legal right for all people, we were standing on the side of love.
All are welcome here!
By the way, did you hear that the states that allow same sex marriage have lower divorce rates? In states where same-sex marriages are legally recognized, the divorce rate is 20 percent lower than in states that only allow marriages between a man and a woman. Rachel Maddow says “It turns out gay marriage is a Defense of Marriage Act.” Who knew?
Standing on the side of love doesn’t require power. It requires courage. Because courage is power. Join us as we celebrate the liberating empowering good news!
Here’s a 1 minute all-are-welcome video called The Bouncer!
Posted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Critically acclaimed comedian Josh Kornbluth will perform his hit comedic monologue “Love and Taxes,” with proceeds donated to Jubilee USA, an anti-poverty advocacy organization. (www.jubileeusa.org).
Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at http://joshkornbluthjubilee.brownpapertickets.com/ or at the door.
Wednesday, August 6, 7:30 PM
After years of failing to file his tax returns, Josh falls in love with Sara, a beautiful public-schoolteacher. When she gets pregnant, she tells him that she wants them to get married before their baby is born — but that she won’t marry him until he solves his horrible tax problems! Josh tries everything he can think of to get out of his growing tax obligations, and yet the situation only gets worse and worse. His increasingly desperate quest leads him to Washington, D.C., where he has a fateful encounter with a former commissioner of the I.R.S. Ultimately, Josh’s encounters with the Tax System — and his love for Sara — lead him to a stunning change in his views about his role as a citizen. This hilarious one-man show has been a hit from coast-to-coast — and will soon be a major motion picture!
At Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave, Berkeley