2014-childrens-sabbathsMarion Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), has been an advocate for disadvantaged children for her entire professional life. For her work and writings she has received over a hundred honorary degrees and many awards including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize, the Heinz Award, a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the nation’s highest civilian award), and the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Under Marion Wright Edelman’s leadership, CDF has become one of the nation’s strongest voices for children and families.  If you’re not familiar with the the CDF, I encourage you to find out about them!

Among it’s many initiatives, CDF sponsors the annual interfaith celebration of Children’s sabbath.

The 2014 National Observance of Children’s Sabbath, October 19, is titled “Precious in God’s Sight:  Answering the Call to Cherish and Protect Every Child.” It focuses on how we can ensure every child a strong start in life by investing in early childhood development. Read a letter from CDF president Marian Wright Edelman about the 2014 Children’s Sabbath, “Precious in God’s Sight:  Answering the Call to Cherish and Protect Every Child.”

This Sunday Skyline Church is honoring Children’s Sabbath by lifting up the theme – “the preciousness of EVERY child”. We will celebrate with a fun, dynamic, moving, child-friendly service.  There will be drama, music, singing, story-time, and dancing.  We’ve invited a representative from the East Bay Sanctuary Movement to share with us about the plight of children seeking asylum in the US.

You are welcome to come visit, and invite your friends with children!

I leave you with some inspiring quotes from Marion Wright Edelman:

“Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.”

“You really can change the world if you care enough.”

“Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night.”

“Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.”

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

Come celebrate the Spirit of Easter where we welcome ALL of God’s people. Experience fabulous music and an inspiring message with a spectacular view of the Oakland Hills.

Sunrise Service ~ 6:30 am

Featuring the Oakland/East Bay Gay Men’s Choir

Easter Worship Service ~ 10:00 am

Celebratory Traditional Music followed by
an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids!

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


For more information please contact our office at:

Skyline Community Church,
United Church of Christ

12540 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619

Email Skyline Office

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 8:00 pm

For more information please contact the office at 510.531.8212

You are invited to Skyline Community Church for the
Annual Blessing of the Animals!

Sunday, October 7th, 2012  ~ 3 pm

(Registration at 2:45)

Cookies, Biscuits, and Bones for ALL!


Come share the powerful spirit of the animal kin-dom, as we welcome them into our worship setting. We acknowledge and receive their blessings upon us during this special occasion. Afterwards, come and walk your pet through our unique labyrinth.

Blessing of the Animals will be held in the beautiful courtyard of
Skyline Community Church
12540 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland Hills, 1/2 mile south of Redwood Road

(See this article from last year’s celebration!)


Skyline Preschool Spring Fling
Saturday, May 19th, 11 AM – 3 PM
Admission is FREE!

Come out and enjoy delicious food, live music, fun and games at Skyline Preschool’s annual Spring Fling.


This year’s space themed event will include:
  • Blast off Bouncy House
  • Space-tastic Face Painting
  • Galactic Games and Crafts
  • Solar System Snow Cones
  • Raffle Prizes and Slient Auction

Spring Fling is the annual fundraiser for Skyline Preschool, a Non-Profit Program. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Download PDF flyer here.

Sunday, September 12th

Sunday Service – 10 am
Potluck Celebration – 12 Noon

This is a celebration for our fantastic outgoing Music Director, Carolyn Erbele. Stay after worship for a lunch party to say our “Good Bye” and “Thank You” to Carolyn. We’ll also be welcoming our new director Ramin Haghjoo and returning families on this day!

Carolyn requests your presence on her last Sunday as music director on this day. Our new music director, Ramin Haghjoo, will be assisting during the choir’s first choir rehearsal at 8:30 AM and during the service that day. ALL ARE WELCOME as we embark upon the renewal of our journey together and begin the fall season and new school year!

Cards of farewell and welcome will be treasured by Carolyn and Ramin. In lieu of personal gifts, please donate to Carolyn’s favorite charity: HEIFER INTERNATIONAL. Checks can be made out to SKYLINE COMMUNITY CHURCH. Please write HEIFER INTERNATIONAL on the memo line.

See Carolyn’s Farewell Message here

Potluck Items (last name system)

A – F:     Vegetable Salads

G – L:     Potato, pasta rice or other grain salads OR small sandwiches

M – R:    Desserts (ie: fresh fruit, cookies, bars, nuts)
( Cake will be provided )

S – Z:     Beverages (Sparkling water or cider, juice, iced tea or bottled water)

Saturday Morning Co-op Play Groups for Children

Returning this fall by popular demand, Skyline will continue a once-a-month Saturday morning play day for children of church parents and their invited friends to leave their children for the morning so parents have time to be together, time to run errands, time to go shopping, time to take a nap!!

Parents take turns providing the childcare, assisted by a member of the church CY&F team. This idea came out of our Saturday morning childcare for parents to do Christmas shopping. Expect our next gathering soon after school begins in the fall.

Talk to Beth, Interim CY&F Ministries Coordinator for more information on our next co-cop play day, or to volunteer!

This spring we piloted a new program of covenant groups called “The Extended Families” to foster a deeper experience of community at Skyline Church.

“Extended Families” invites clusters of cross-generational church members to come together for fun and fellowship and to make a special commitment to each other to stay in sustained on-going relationship. These “families”, plan their own activities, meet on a regular basis for potluck dinners, group outings to go to the zoo or the beach or to someone’s home to play board games or to do activities together of their own choosing.

Skyline’s Extended Families are made up on older adults, young adults, teenagers, children and babies…..people who covenant to come to know each other in special, deeper than only Sunday morning ways….having fun together, supporting each other in times of transition and change, celebrating each others victories and successes and walking together in times of loss or crisis.

In June we held our kick off event, and look forward to adding more members into our Extended Families, and growing together through the years.

If you are interested in joining The Extended Family, or hearing more about the program, contact Family member and Interim Children Youth and Family Coordinator, Beth Rogers.

Warriors of Peace – Inaugural Gathering
Monday, December 7th 6:30 – 8 pm
Donation Basis (see FAQ)
Please Bring your own Mat (a few extras will be available)

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs


The intention for Warriors of Peace is to create a community focused on:

  1. training in yoga, mindfulness meditation and loving-kindness meditation
  2. offering financial support to organizations that promote safety, health, happiness and peace to local communities in need

An underlying premise of Warriors of Peace is the recognition that creating a more peaceful and compassionate world starts with creating more peace and compassion within ourselves. Participants are people like you who share the intention of creating peace in the world through cultivating a more open and loving heart.


Warriors of Peace meet monthly (first Mondays) to practice yoga, mindfulness meditation and loving-kindness meditation. You do NOT need to be familiar with these practices prior to join one of the classes. Easy-to-follow instructions will be provided.


The class is donation-based – you contribute whatever you would like to contribute. 95% of these donations* will go directly to support communities in need. For example in December we focus on hunger, and all the proceeds will go to support the Alameda County Food Bank. Another month might focus on domestic violence, with the proceeds benefitting a local women’s shelter. There are many ways our class collection can be used to improve the lives of people in our community.
*The remaining 5% of the collection will support the administration needs of the group, including maintaining this website, as well as paying for liability insurance for participants during practice.


This past year, one of my students (Reverend Laurie Manning) asked me if I’d lead a donation-based yoga class at her church to help fundraise for the AIDS Benefit Ride. I was eager to help, especially given my past participation in an AIDS Ride.

The benefit class was well attended and enjoyed by all. The venue was also quite inspiring! Skyline Community Church overlooks the beautiful mountain-scape of Redwood Regional Park. Rev. Laurie invited me to consider holding a regular class at Skyline. With this open invitation, the idea for Warriors of Peace was borne!

Please visit http://www.warriorsofpeace.net for more information.

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