April 26, 2011

Eastertide Greetings to all.  Thanks to everyone who helped make our Easter celebration so meaningful. Our faith lives and thrives in community. 

That being said I am saddened to report the death of Harold Cotton on April 25.  Harold helped shape our identity and our mission, he helped define our community.  We give thanks for his life as we acknowledge the sadness that comes with the news of his death.  Plans for a memorial are still pending.

 I am making ready to leave on Thursday for the 25th Annual Convocation of the Alliance Baptists being held this year at Crescent Heights Baptist Church in Louisville,Kentucky.

Yesterday I represented you at the Save Our Schools Action organized by the Oakland Community Organizations. My role was to say that adequate funding for our public schools, and allocation of the funds in a way that best enables quality classroom instruction, is, at its heart, a moral issue.

Alean Saunders-Coffey recently traveled to South Africa.  On her return she gave each of us at the Wednesday Morning Prayer and Bible Study of the book “Made For Goodness” by Desmond and Mpho Tutu. These words of the Tutu’s express my hope for each of you as live the resurrection.  “It is a radical claim.  God dwells in each of us.  God dwells in each of us even when we are unaware of it. . . this is something that can’t change, not even in the worst human being.  The God who dwells in us is a part of us that cannot be destroyed.”

In advance, let me thank you for returning to Lakeshore for the Sunday after Easter, I know you will benefit for Karen Okusu’s sermon, from the music of  the choir, from the observance of the Lord’s Supper and from the remembrance of Peace Sunday.

Prayers of the Congregation

  • The family of Harold Cotton as they mourn his death
  • Katrina Lau – hospitalized
  • Richard Ice
  • Joan Patten for Sierra, Paula, John and herself
  • Edna Dorenzo
  • Virginia Damretzky
  • Virginia Cheatham for her grandson Jason
  • Tess Benin and those she cares for
  • Jack and Carol Travis
  • Carol and Steve Leichter
  • Bonnie Sato – facing surgery
  • All our shut ins
  • Cordia Lee for her workplace and her family
  • Ann Fields for her family
  • LeAnn Snow for her cousin
  • Sheila Sims for her brother and her parents
  • Kay Baxter for her family and herself
  • The people of the world who are putting their lives at risk to advance  the cause of freedom
  • Mary Karne for Mildred
  • Doris Evans for the Evans,Edwards and Leche families
  • Bjoe Morris – employment
  • Al Johnson and Roy Browner- health and peace
  • All who are traveling
  • All who mourn
  • All who labor for the common good
  • Augie Bau for his mother in law
  • Bette Pancoe
  • Tyrone Mack for the Moore family

OCO Action – Save Our Schools, Tuesday evening May 3 at Caesar Chavez Auditorium, 2825 International Boulevard. I would love to have twenty- five Lakeshore members among the two thousand participants.

PCBA Spring Conference “Religious Liberty-The First Freedom” May 7, 9:00-3:00, Shellridge Community Church in Walnut Creek

Animal Lovers-Cythina Taylor’s veterinary office is looking for a good home for a cat.  Contact the church office if you have an idea.