Monday, December 24th, 7 – 8 PM
Come experience the wonder of our candlelight service and celebrate the birth of Jesus with
- Scripture readings
- Christmas Choir
- Instrumental music
The service will be followed by delicious Christmas treats, hot apple cider, and fellowship.
This is a beautiful way to celebrate the season with your entire family. ALL are welcome!
Skyline Community Church UCC
12540 Skyline Blvd, Oakland
For more information please contact the office at 510.531.8212, firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Pastor Laurie and Music Director Benjamin Mertz for a community sing along with gospel spirituals and readings.
Funds raised are to benefit the victims of the Camp Fire, and promote advocacy for the environment and future generations.
Friday, December 14, 7:00 PM
12540 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, Crossstreet is Brookpark Office: email@example.com 510-531-8212
This Sunday we lift up the timeless words of the prophet, Isaiah, offering a glorious vision to be revealed, of straightening out the crooked places, of offering comfort and hope to all people.
Blessings upon your week!
“Comfort, yes, comfort My people!”
Says your God.
“Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her,
That her warfare is ended,
That her iniquity is pardoned;
3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord;
Make straight in the desert
A highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be exalted
And every mountain and hill brought low;
The crooked places shall be made straight
And the rough places smooth;
5 The glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
And all flesh shall see it together;
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
Isaiah 40:1-5 New King James Version
Come and experience the wonders of the Christmas story!
Join us for a child/family friendly worship service of carols where everyone is invited to take place in the Christmas pageant!
Wear your favorite costume. Be a shepherd, sheep, king, queen,angel, fireman, or donkey!
Join us for fun, music and celebration! Be part of the drama! Friends, family, all are invited!
Christmas Pageant: Sunday, Dec. 16 (or 23) at 10 AM!
(Contact Laurie for practice schedule – firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-531-8212).
Invite everyone you know with children or grandchildren! We’ll see you there!
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash
The Spiritual Life Team invites you to join us for Bible Studies in honor of Advent. And we’ll treat you to coffee, tea, and pastries.
We will meet 9-11am on the first three Saturdays of December. On Dec. 1 and 8, gather with us at the home of Paula and David Byrens, 2359 Manzanita Drive, Oakland; then we will switch to the Fellowship Hall at church for the Dec. 15 session.
The studies will give us time to reflect on the reasons that the birth and life of Jesus reminded his first followers of Jewish stories and prophecies that they had loved first in Hebrew scripture. The old and new embraced each other in the Christmas Story. If you want to get a head start on the readings, check out the three topics below. We will focus on the New Revised Standard Version for reading together. Several copies of NRSV and NIV Bibles (popular modern translations) will be available. Bring your other favorites if you would like—so that we can add their voices to the conversation.
Dec. 1…IMMANUEL IS THE ANSWER TO A QUESTION
Dec. 8…MRS. M AND THE CLOUD OF SMOKE
JUDGES 13 A WOMAN’S WOMB AND THE STATE OF THE NATION
LUKE 1:5-25, The barren one, the father, and the virgin
LUKE 2:6-38 Thomas Moore’s commentary has a beautiful translation
Dec. 15…ELIJAH AND ELIJAH RETURNING
1 Kings 16:29- chapter 17
Matthew 16:13-16, and 17:1-4, 10-13
As Al Jarreau once sang it so beautifully, We’re in this thing together!
Last Sunday was a beautiful example of our togetherness, with SCC’s uniquely talented spiritual life team leading us in a worship service; revealing to us one body with many parts that makes us Skyline.
This prayer by Jane Medema, recently a new member, embodies the message of Sunday’s service:
“You, Beloved God, you have gathered our separate hearts and minds, our different stories, and our surprising array of gifts, into one family. We once again offer our lives to you so that we may be strengthened for our daily journeys.”
Jane’s a member of our spiritual life team. Special thanks to each member of this team for their superhero gifts!
As part of the service, we joyfully welcomed three amazing superhero new members, Tim, Jerri and Shaun, whom I encourage you to get to know! Please read more about them below!
This Sunday the superhero gifts continue as Tim Carter -our brand new member, David Guerra, and others join together in creating a fabulous family friendly worship service. It features several Martians visiting planet earth trying to understand what Thanksgiving and gratitude are. They encounter a very upset giant turkey (Mr Tim Turkey). Join us as we explore the deeper meaning of gratitude and Thanksgiving as an intergenerational community, and bring your friends and your appetite for fun! Also, please bring your pies for the Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless (see Paula Byrens) and your donations to ACCFB!
See you Sunday!
Nearly every week, at some point in the service, Pastor Laurie tells us, “Whoever you are, and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.” Sometimes, I let the sentiment fly by, but sometimes, it hits pretty hard. That’s a profound statement.
Whoever you are… we’re all different; different backgrounds, experiences, tastes, foibles, flaws, and gifts.
Wherever you are on your life’s journey… since we’re all different; how could our journeys be the same? We come from different places, walked different roads, taken different wrong turns, and scaled different mountains.
I hope you will join me and the Spiritual Life Team this Sunday at Skyline as we explore what it means to be a pilgrim on that road and as we welcome new members who’ve decided to join Skyline to walk that road with us.
Article by Tom Manley, Spiritual Life Team