August 16, 2011

Karen, Ethan and I leave on Thursday to get E set up at Ottawa University (Kansas).  Karen and I will return to Oakland on Sunday afternoon.  Classes at Ottawa begin on Monday. Thank you for your interest, support and continued prayers.

Allison will preach this coming Sunday.  Paige Bence will be our soloist.  Jim Armstrong will be our guest organist. Allison’s sermon title is our Christian Formation theme for the the year – “Let Us Work For the Good of All.” The theme is taken from Galatians 6:10, I Corinthians 10:24 and Deuteronomy 22:3.

As expected our Church Retreat was a splendid event. Thanks to all who planned, participated and prayed. My main take aways were the simple joy of being with our beautiful community in a beautiful setting and Mark Yaconelli’s definition of the Christian faith as a “set of gifts and practices that set us free.”

Prayers of the Congregation

  • The family and friends of Idella Berry as they mourn her death.  Idella passed away on Monday evening.
  • All our teachers and school employees and their families
  • All our students and their families
  • Bette Pancoe
  • Virginia Cheatham (Medical Hill SNF)
  • All who are traveling
  • The Peace of Oakland
  • Carol and Steve Leichter
  • All who are grieving
  • Susan Joachim and Family
  • Kay Baxter and Family
  • The Evans, Edwards and Leche Families
  • Alean Saunders-C0ffey for her aunt
  • Those experiencing food scarcity and famine in the Eastern Horn of Africa
  • Bonnie Sato (chemotherapy)
  • Our Muslim friends and neighbors as they observe Ramadan
  • Ann Fields and Family
  • Mary Karne for Mildred
  • The McGee Avenue Baptist Church Family as they mourn the death of their former pastor, The Reverend Dr. James H. Stewart
  • Margaret Alexander and Family
  • Sandra Dunn for her cousin
  • Paige Bence – prayers  of peace for her sister Leis and family
  • Al Johnson and Roy Browner for Anita Hall
  • Thanksgiving with Brenda McCarthy
  • Cordia Lee for Paige and John, Erica and Elijah, Alta Bates Summit Hospital Employees
  • Barbra MacNair for her brother
  • Stella for her daughter Michelle (from a phone call to the church)
  • Joan Patten for Warren Weinstein, American aid worker kidnapped in Pakistan

Announcements

The August meeting of the Church Council will be on Tuesday evening, the 23rd at 7:30.

Congratulations to Jennifer Pancoe who is receiving her Master of Science in Nursing (Adult Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist) from San Francisco State on Saturday.

The funeral for Ideall is tentatively scheduled for next Monday at Fouche Hudson Mortuary with the repast to follow at the church.