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Celebration of Gratitude – Family Friendly Worship/Drama

Members Tim Carter and David Guerra will present a fun, creative puppet drama this Sunday. It features several Martians visiting planet earth trying to understand what Thanksgiving and gratitude are. They discover it includes not only “abundance,” “food,” “pumpkin pie,” “cranberry sauce”, “pilgrim,” and “Indian,” but also…“turkey!!!”
 
They encounter a very upset giant turkey (Mr Tim Turkey), who helps them understand the deeper meaning of giving thanks!
 
Join us as we explore the deeper meaning of gratitude and Thanksgiving as an inter-generational community.
 
Bring your children and friends and your appetite for fun!
 
Also, at the service we are collecting pies for the Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless and non-perishable food donations to Alameda County Community Food Bank, so please share whatever abundance you can. Thank you!

Immigration: Who Is My Neighbor?

You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord,
“My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.”  Psalm 91:1-2

 In light of President Trump’s recent executive order banning immigrants from seven majority Muslim countries, we are once again confronted with the question: who is my neighbor?

Join us this Sunday as we explore the ethics and biblical teachings about sanctuary. Joining us to share his experiences with the sanctuary movement is Bob Lane. In addition to working with the justice task forces in his home church, the Mt. Diablo, UU Church, Bob is an active member of the Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy (FAME).  FAME is a coalition of clergy, lay leaders and congregations that works in solidarity with marginalized groups toward the Beloved Community where all persons have their basic needs met, where every person’s worth is recognized and affirmed, and where the dignity of labor and of all those who perform it is honored.  FAME is currently a part of the New Sanctuary Movement providing accompaniment and protection for those targeted for displacement and dispossession.

This Sunday we will also be collecting donations, food & clothing for those most vulnerable here in Oakland, including undocumented families. (please read the announcement about “Souperbowl Sunday“) 

Also, speaking about sanctuary is our very own Mirtha Ninayahuar, who’s advocacy work over the past few years has been life-changing, not only for the families she has supported, but also for her.

According to a Jan 31st  New York Times article, the children around the world who most need emergency international assistance come mainly from the countries singled out in President Trump’s order barring entry to the US, according to a United Nations assessment. 

“This shows who the ban really impacts: the world’s most vulnerable, women and children who are fleeing terror,” said Jennifer Sime, a senior vice president at the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian organization focused on refugees. “America is turning away from its leadership role on refugee resettlement, and it is refugees who are paying the price.”

 Blessings and peace, Pastor Laurie

New Children-Youth-Family Director

elijah-carrollIt is a great pleasure to announce that Eli’jah Carroll, our top candidate for our Children, Youth & Family Director position, has joined our Skyline team. Eli’jah’s first Sunday with us will be October 16th. 

Pastor Laurie and members of the Search Committee interviewed Eli’jah, and observed him leading our children’s program. After each step in the search process, our interest continued to grow.

Eli’jah studied music and theatre from U Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and also studied liberal arts at the U of St Thomas in Texas. He received his Masters degree in Divinity in 2016 from Pacific School of Religion. He brings with him a wealth of experience as a church school teacher, a youth leader, musician, a worship leader, and is currently a Member-In-Discernment with the Northern California and Nevada Conference (NCNC) of the UCC.

In his own words, 

I am committed to fostering faith development for children and youth that encourage intergenerational experiences for championing all ages to learn from one another about God’s expansive and exhaustive Love for all of creation. Embodying our beliefs is at the heart of all spiritual development.  This is especially true for our youth. 

Thanks so much for a wonderful welcome!

Peace,

Eli’jah Carroll Mdiv.  Pacific School of Religion ’16

Special thanks to the Search Committee and the Church Council for your patience and support during the search process.  

Blessings, Pastor Laurie 

Children, Youth & Families Director Position

photoLooking for an exciting way to make a difference?

Come join us at Skyline Church, United Church of Christ!

Skyline Community Church is a progressive, open and affirming, justice-oriented congregation of the United Church of Christ. We are blessed with a beautiful sanctuary, a diverse and talented faith community, and a wonderful preschool.

We are looking for

– a part-time program coordinator/leader for our children, youth and family programs of the church

– an energetic individual who is passionate about children, youth, and families.

– an outstanding individual to become an important part of our dedicated staff.

We offer a welcoming community, meaningful purpose, and a competitive salary.

To apply send a resume and cover letter.

This person will work closely with the pastor to organize and with members of the congregation to create and implement engaging faith building programs for children, youth and families, in all areas of church life and in the world.

The position will be 10-15 hours per week and starts at $20 per hour.

Go to www.skylineucc.org to learn more about the church and its ministries.More information about this position is available upon request.

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I. Coordination of Children’s programs:

– Build and nurture children, youth and family programs, including Sunday morning church school and childcare programs

– Recruit, train, hire, and support nursery care and church school teachers

– Select & order curriculum, with input from parents.

– Provide quarterly teacher training, teach classes as needed.

– Keep in touch with children and families

– Coordinate childcare for special events

– Be involved in creating special children and families programs, coordinating with the preschool such as preschool Sunday, Earth day, Halloween.

– Orient visitors and new member families

– Coordinate seasonal activities for children and youth, and families.

II. Coordination and facilitation of youth ministries

– Empower youth through increasing their knowledge and experience of the Christian faith

– Facilitate Youth Group meetings, retreats and outreach activities, such as ski trips, swim parties, overnighters.

– Develop and lead confirmation programs for candidates.

– Coordinate opportunities for children and youth to be involved in worship, mission, and the life of the church

– Consult and work with Pastor regarding pastoral care issues that may arise as in relation to the children, youth and their families.

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– Communicate info in monthly newsletter

– Facilitate involvement of youth in worship

– Meet regularly for supervision with pastor

– Function as a member of the staff

– Consult and work with Pastor regarding pastoral care issues that may arise as in relation to the children, youth and their families.

Minimum requirements

– Must be available most Sunday mornings, 9 am – 1pm

– Understanding of developmental psychology and age appropriate lesson planning 

– Experience working with children and youth in a church setting

– Good interpersonal communication skills

– Ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively as part of a ministry team

– Be a person of faith with background in basics of Christianity, seminary experience a plus

– Be able to develop a program that promotes fellowship, service, and Christian community within a context that is fun, respectful, and worshipful

– Have a valid driver’s license

– Willingness to complete a background check

Desired Qualifications

– A person of faith with a lifestyle that provides a healthy, faithful role model for young adults

– Energetic, active and community oriented.

– Experience in ministry — as a teacher, leader, event planner, etc.

– Demonstrated passion for God and for social justice and bias prevention

– An effective communicator and team-builder

– Creative capacity in music, drama and the arts is a plus!!

– Willingness to undergo complete background and reference checks is a must

– Weekday schedule is very flexible; ability to work with volunteers, Volunteer coordination experience helpful;

– Computer proficiency including comfort with Microsoft Word and Email, searching the internet; strong interpersonal communications skills and good writing skills.

More information about this position is available upon request. 

Email your resume, cover letter, and a list of four references to office@skylineucc.org, attention Nancy Montier, Office Manager.  Thank you.

Salary: $20.00 /hour

Talking to Your Children about the Orlando Tragedy

A father holding the hand of his daughter.If your child is aware of the events in Orlando…

  • Provide a safe space so your child can express his/her feelings…and be sure to seek out support from other adults for your feelings as well.
  • Talk with your child about how you can honor those affected by this event. Suggestions include: lighting a candle, saying a prayer, sending blessings of love and healing, attending the vigil with their parents, etc.
  • Talk with your child about how you can show the power of love, not hate, in your daily actions. Suggestions include: speaking up for a child who is being bullied, inviting a child over to play whose family is different from yours, etc.

Thanks for helping to raise children who care. Together, we contribute to a human family based on love.

Thank You, Mom!

Last Sunday afternoon I had the honor of being with one of the most amazing moms I’ve ever met!

There she was,  nursing four of her little ones all at the same time, with such ease and joy.

Find it hard to believe? Well, Here she is! cat nursing kittens

We are one truly “one body with many parts”. With our mothers, we were literally one body.

Hidden deep within her our genesis began. Let us on this mother’s day give thanks for the wonder of our birth, our lives, and our mothers.

Blessings and love, Pastor Laurie

Children’s Sabbath: Children’s Defense Fund

2014-childrens-sabbathsMarion Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), has been an advocate for disadvantaged children for her entire professional life. For her work and writings she has received over a hundred honorary degrees and many awards including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize, the Heinz Award, a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the nation’s highest civilian award), and the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Under Marion Wright Edelman’s leadership, CDF has become one of the nation’s strongest voices for children and families.  If you’re not familiar with the the CDF, I encourage you to find out about them!

Among it’s many initiatives, CDF sponsors the annual interfaith celebration of Children’s sabbath.

The 2014 National Observance of Children’s Sabbath, October 19, is titled “Precious in God’s Sight:  Answering the Call to Cherish and Protect Every Child.” It focuses on how we can ensure every child a strong start in life by investing in early childhood development. Read a letter from CDF president Marian Wright Edelman about the 2014 Children’s Sabbath, “Precious in God’s Sight:  Answering the Call to Cherish and Protect Every Child.”

This Sunday Skyline Church is honoring Children’s Sabbath by lifting up the theme – “the preciousness of EVERY child”. We will celebrate with a fun, dynamic, moving, child-friendly service.  There will be drama, music, singing, story-time, and dancing.  We’ve invited a representative from the East Bay Sanctuary Movement to share with us about the plight of children seeking asylum in the US.

You are welcome to come visit, and invite your friends with children!

I leave you with some inspiring quotes from Marion Wright Edelman:

“Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.”

“You really can change the world if you care enough.”

“Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night.”

“Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.”

Every Child is Precious-From East Oakland to Sierra Leone to Skyline

Sunday, October 19, 10 AM Children’s Sabbath

A fun, interactive, child & teen-friendly service

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All Are Welcome 

Children, Teens, and Children at Heart of All Ages

Enjoy

Drama, Music & Singing

Dancing and Laughter

Mr. Rogers Story-time

Community and Connections

Short presentation on child advocacy by Interfaith Worker Justice

Join the community for a delicious lunch and fellowship after the service

At the Church:  12540 Skyline Blvd, Oakland 94619