Contra Costa Interfaith Housing Backpack Drive
Jun
28
to Jul 28

Contra Costa Interfaith Housing Backpack Drive

Take note that there are subtle differences in supplies between elementary and middle/high school. Please spend frugally—Target, Staples, Walmart and Amazon.com have great sales throughout the summer. JanSport backpacks hold up well and can be very economical.
Here is the list of requested materials. Please drop off your donations at the church office or in the narthex on Sundays. Due date: July 29.

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Oct
6
11:30 AM11:30

Book Club

Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, by Jimmy Carter

Lifelong Learning and Spiritual Formation will offer a couple sessions this upcoming fall that address issues facing the Middle East. We will begin with a discussion of Jimmy Carter’s book, which is a good primer on the Israel and Palestine conflict. There are several copies of the book in the library and narthex.

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Writers Group
Jul
17
11:00 AM11:00

Writers Group

We invite all to bring a piece of writing to share, or to simply attend and be ready to contribute your thoughts on what is read (if you're comfortable doing so). Write on what you prefer, but our challenge for this month is write something on the theme of "Memory" or "Abundance". Rev. Elizabeth will be facilitating this month's gathering.

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Care/Parish Team
Jul
15
12:30 PM12:30

Care/Parish Team

One of the main things a church community does is care for one another. Our hope is to create ways for us to be better at doing just that. Over the years, we have had Parish Callers, Care Teams, and countless acts of care that are not under the umbrella of either.

All are invited to join Rev. Jim, Rev. Elizabeth, and Leslie for a light lunch, and a time of figuring out how O.C.C. can develop a better system for Congregational Care. We hope to create a sort of "Parish Care Team" - and would love your help and input.

If you have ideas or interest in how we can care for each other in the O.C.C. community, please join us. RSVP to Rev. Jim so we know how much food to provided.

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May
26
11:30 AM11:30

Showing of a documentary

Sunday, May 26, after worship 
Showing of a film documentary made by a British undercover reporter for the Al Jazeera news agency. The film looks at how the Zionist Party in Israel uses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to  influence the government through lobbying.

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Yosemite Weekend
May
17
to May 19

Yosemite Weekend

We have reserved units in Yosemite's rustic Housekeeping Camp---a cross between car-camping and a motel. Each unit/cabin sleeps up to 4 people. We reserved 15 cabins, $250 each.

This all-ages weekend includes fun free-time activities on Saturday, a Saturday night cocktail party (please bring an appetizer to share), and then fellowship and singing around the campfire. And a church service by the river on Sunday morning. To make reservations, please send a check made out to Orinda Community Church with “Yosemite” in the memo line. Please let us know how many people will be attending. Invite your friends to join us!

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Food Bank Sorting
Apr
29
11:15 AM11:15

Food Bank Sorting

Join others as we travel to the Alameda County Community Food Bank for an afternoon of sorting. We gather at church at 11:15 p.m., then carpool together for a lunch at In-N-Out. Our shift is from 12:30-3:30 pm, and we are back to church around 4:00 p.m. Questions: contact Rev. Jim Brommers Bergquist at church, or jim@orindachurch.org.

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Apr
7
to Apr 8

Green Team Forum/lunch

The Green Team and the Mercy & Justice Ministry will be hosting a Second Hour on April 7th following worship. Everyone is invited to Fellowship Hall for a light lunch followed by an information and workshop program on OCC’s new Recycling Policy. With this policy, the Green Team wants to involve everyone who comes to the church – members, renters, and visitors – in proper and appropriate recycling. The policy commits the Orinda Community Church and its users to a program of reducing waste. The results will be larger and cleaner quantities of recycling, larger quantities of composting, and smaller quantities of landfill waste. Come to learn the difference between Blue, Green and Black.

There will be handouts available with suggestions on recycling, reducing our personal use of plastic materials and the New Green Deal. In the coming weeks there will be informational handouts available in the Narthex about recycling, climate change, the Green New Deal, and other environmental concerns.

Please let Nancy Thursby (nlthursby@comcast.net), Gail Mead (grmead@comcast.net) or Nancy Peterson (nancyptrsn@yahoo.com) know if you plan to attend the luncheon just to get a rough estimate for food quantity. There is no cost, but a donation would be graciously accepted.

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Men's Group
Feb
28
6:30 PM18:30

Men's Group

(Location TBA)
For our next Men's Group gathering, we will watch the film "The Bill Murray Stories" (just over an hour long), then discuss the ways that this great comedian points to how we might live in the moment - and how to bring mindfulness to each of our encounters.

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"Before the Flood" Documentary
Feb
3
11:30 AM11:30

"Before the Flood" Documentary

"The film follows Leonardo DiCaprio, the Academy Award-winning actor and United Nations Messenger of Peace, as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time. The core issues represented in this journey are broken down into these categories: fossil fuels, methane gas, palm oil, geopolitical landscape and the U.S. political landscape."

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Scout's Breakfast
Feb
3
8:30 AM08:30

Scout's Breakfast

As usual, the Scouts of Troop 237 will make breakfast and serve it in the Fellowship Hall from 8:30 to 9:30 AM. This is a chance for the Scouts to show their appreciation for use of church facilities. Please be there to give them the chance to give this gift.

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Moving Toward the Light - A Special Worship Service
Dec
19
6:00 PM18:00

Moving Toward the Light - A Special Worship Service

Dinner - 6:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Service - 6:45 p.m., Chapel

We start in the Fellowship Hall to share a simple meal, and then move to the Chapel for a time of worship. There is much hustle and bustle during this time, and so we take a moment to pause, to reflect on the joys and difficult times of the season, and to be together. Jim will offer a reflection, and Ann Moss and David Milnes will lead us through the music. RSVP to jim@orindachurch.org by Monday, Dec. 17, if you plan to attend the dinner.

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Reunion for People from Butte County who have been displaced and who are staying in the Lamorinda Area
Dec
6
4:00 PM16:00

Reunion for People from Butte County who have been displaced and who are staying in the Lamorinda Area

No one can imagine what you are experiencing, but we want to offer you a meal and some time together. We also will try to help answer questions about Lamorinda.

4:00 Hors D’oeuvres and hot cider
5:00 Dinner


This event is free.We welcome anyone from Butte County, as well as their hosts. RSVP so that we may plan for food to 925-254-4906

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