April 4, 2017

Dear LABC,

I trust that you will be able to join us in worship this coming Sunday, Palm Sunday 2017. As is our tradition, we will gather on the plaza to bless the palms, welcome the day and process into the Sanctuary to the joyous strains of “All Glory, Laud and Honor.”

My sermon will focus on the drama of Peter’s threefold denial of Jesus. My two main points will be that this painful account gives us opportunity to consider the question “What would I do?” as well as to understand that the drama of failure is but a subplot in the larger drama of redemption. Sin is real, yet forgiveness is the greater reality.

Make plans now to participate in our Holy Week services:

Maundy Thursday, April 13,  6:00 p.m., Worship followed by Finger Food Potluck, Dale Edmondson will preach

Good Friday, April 14, 12:00 p.m., Stand and Sing for Justice, Mandana Green, Sydney Webster will preach

Easter Sunrise Service April 16, 6:00 a.m., Whitley Joachim will lead, Breakfast to follow (Shared worship with San Francisico Kachin Baptist Church)

Easter Worship, April 16, 10:00 a.m., Pastor Hopkins will preach, Easter Egg Hunt following service

Jim H.

Prayers from Sunday Morning

  • Sybil Alexander and family (health)
  • Ruben and Cecil for River and for Carol
  • Alean Saunders-Coffey for her daughter-in-law and for granddaughter Leilah and Skyline HS students in Cuba
  • Helen Harrison for friend, Ty (injured in bicycle accident)
  • Carolyn Matthews (surgery on Wednesday)
  • Mary Anderson for Cherie
  • Mary Karne for Maryla
  • All who mourn
  • The Wilkinson family for Gloria Joseph (Kaiser Richmond)
  • Larry Sims and family
  • Sharon Gordon for her family
  • Rajeev and Alice Singh and family
  • Dorothy Paul for her mother
  • Thanksgiving for our Hunger Task Force and our Ministry Partners (June 4 is the Hunger Walk)
  • Katrina Lau (health)
  • Sydney Webster and family
  • Sandra Dunn and family
  • Myra Saxton and Lucille Riggins
  • Thanksgiving with Jeanne Robinson that she is feeling better
  • All our homebound members
  • Kay Baxter for her family
  • The Hopkins family
  • All our college students as the spring semester begins
  • John Giles for Noah Osborne (health)
  • LeAnn Flesher (ankle surgery on Thursday)
  • Oakland Police Chief Ann Kirkpatrick and the Oakland Police Department
  • The Oakland Unified School District as it searches for a new superintendent
  • The Evergreen Baptist Association as it searches for its next Executive Minister
  • The American Baptist Seminary of the West as it searches for its next President
  • The victims of the San Pablo Avenue fire and those that are assisting them

Announcements

Forever Young gathers this Saturday at 12:30 for an Easter luncheon and a program about Frank Sinatra. Please RSVP with George Lee or Alodia Corpuz.