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Quarterly Meeting Update: Skyline is Healthy!

Thank you to all who joined the Quarterly Meeting on January 31st!  These one-hour meetings are a great opportunity to learn more about all that is happening at Skyline UCC.  It is also an opportunity to reflect on how you can become more involved in the activities of the Church.  All teams welcome new members. If you are interested in a Service Team or if you have ideas of your own, please reach out to one of the Chairs or let me or Pastor Laurie know.

This quarter, my personal goals are continued focus and support on safety (members, staff, preschool teachers, children and families). I am also facilitating the ad hoc group (Nancy Taylor, Becky Taylor and Pastor Laurie) who is developing the office manager position requirements and assisting Pastor Laurie with hiring Nancy Montier’s replacement. Lastly I plan to work with Council and volunteers on developing our long-term goals.

At the Quarterly Meetings, members and guests heard from Service Team Leaders:

Jane Medema for the Spiritual Life Team
janiemedema@comcast.net 510-263-9798,
Nancy Taylor for the Justice & Witness Team
ngtaylor94619@yahoo.com  510-325-4957, and
Catherine Kessler for the Green Team
cath.kessler@comcast.net  510-499-8114)

Spiritual Life has several activities planned to help guide us through the Lenten period.  Justice & Witness has planned several events (including a movie night) in recognition of Black History Month  Green Team has been busy maintaining and beautifying our facilities and grounds.

Tom Manley provided the update on the church finances.  The good news is that we are doing much better than originally budgeted primarily due to the preschool enrollment being steady and the preschool remaining open since March. We recently received notice that the first PPP Loan has been forgiven.  That update will be shared at the next Quarterly Meeting in April.

We announced the retirement of Nancy Montier who has been our Office Manager for 8 years. Everyone will miss Nancy! Her kindness, creativity, commitment and flexibility to the evolving requirements of the position will be hard to replace.

We hope you are finding these quarterly updates valuable and informative.  There is always a lot happening at Skyline UCC (please reference your weekly emails for details).  I welcome any suggestions or recommendations of what you would like to hear at the next quarterly meeting.

Your Moderator, Carolyn Noble

Shelter-in-Place Virtual Worship Services and Gatherings

Photo by Paolo Nicolello on Unsplash

Virtual Worship, Bible Study and Prayer

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven… Now is the time for “shelter in place” here in the greater Bay Area. It is a time to refrain from embracing, i.e. physical distancing. And more than ever, it is a time for social and emotional connection.

Skyline is utilizing Zoom.us for our virtual worship services and weekly gatherings. All events will use the same zoom link.  You can access the events on your computer, your smart phone, or a regular phone call.

Sunday Worship and the weekly gatherings will all be at this zoom link:

https://zoom.us/j/716026467
Meeting ID: 716 026 467
Dial in by phone 1-669-900-9128
Dial in by phone: 1-346-248-7799

  1. Sunday Services are being delivered by Zoom Meeting at 10 AM to 11 AM
    Videos of past services are HERE.  

  2. Pastor Laurie’s virtual bible study, Weekly on Tuesdays.  10:30 – 11:30 am.
  3. Pastor Laurie’s Prayer, Care, and Share time, every Friday from ⋅1:00 – 2:00 pm.  Join us for a time of praying, caring, and sharing!   If you’re at home, you’re invited to light your own candle, so we’ll all have our candles together.  We’ll gather with a little meditative music, then spend some time lifting up our prayers together.  In this stressful and uncertain moment, perhaps we need to turn to prayer even more than usual.  Join us, breathe deep, and trust that the Spirit will be with us wherever we are.  Whenever two or three are gathered in the name of God, even gathered digitally, the Spirit is in the space between, connecting our hearts and strengthening us.  Hope to see you for our collective prayer.

“i carry your heart with me”

Welcoming Oakland ChurchMother’s day is coming up, and with it, a mountain of expectations about what our experience “should” be. But what’s the truth about motherhood? There is no perfect mother.

One of my favorite poems by ee cummings  is entitled “I carry your heart with me”. I like to think of it as God’s love poem to each one of us, filling that existential void within us all, to be carried forever in perfect  love. I also think of it as a poem that describes our calling individually and collectively, as people of faith, to love with all of our hearts as fully as we can, not just our immediate families and friends, but especially those Jesus described as “ the least of these”. I am sharing a few photos of us as a faith community, embodying this love in action. 

Join us this Sunday,  in honoring the life changing, life giving power of love.

              Blessings, Pastor Laurie 

 ee cummings..  [i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in

my heart) i am never without it (anywhere

i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done

by only me is your doing,my darling)

                                                      i fear

no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want

no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)

and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant

and whatever a sun will always sing is you

 

here is the deepest secret nobody knows

(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud

and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows

higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

 

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

 

Current Volunteer Schedule

Current Volunteer Schedule January – July 2020, last updated 3-12-20

Thank You for your time and talents!

 

 

Help Still Needed For Sierra Leone School

Sierra Leone ChildrenSentho Kilgore is going back to her village in Sierra Leone, Africa, for the dedication of the school built with money collected by Skyline Community Church. People from four villages have been working hard to finish the work in time. They are almost finished plastering.
However, the villagers need more money for materials, furnishings and supplies. Fifty more bags of cement are required, lumber for furniture, paint, and all the things children must have as they study and learn: books, paper, pencils, scissors, markers, even chalk. They estimate $1870.00 will be needed.
Sierra Leone elected a new president, President HE Ernest Bai Kroma and Sentho is expecting good things from him. Sentho commented, “Steve, Matia, Jeneba and I met Ernest before he was elected President. We did a fundraiser for him in Sacramento in December 2006, just before we left for Sierra Leone.” Sentho has already invited him to the dedication of the new school.
We want to continue this exciting effort by collecting money at Christmas time. We want to honor our commitment to peace and justice by providing a place where 304 children from four villages can study and learn. “It may be many more children than that,” says Sentho. “When they hear some children are going to school, others will come.”
Sentho wants to send money immediately so the materials can be purchased, used, and the school finished before the dedication. This is our chance to contribute.
Please put a check in the collection plate to Skyline Church with “Sierra Leone” on the note line, or mail a check to the church. Every cent of our money will be used for the school.