Oakland church

What Makes Your Heart Sing? All Church Retreat

Saturday May 4  10 AM – 3PM

Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church
3534 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

rsvp by 4/28 with Tom Manley @  manley.tom@gmail.com so that we can plan ahead to order lunch.
Cost: Free!

What makes your heart sing? What makes you know?
That you’re in a space where you can flourish and grow?
Even if things are bad you know, it’s not really a bad thing
If you’re in a place where your heart can sing!  
(song created by Ken Medema)
click here for welcome video 
What makes our heart sing?   Scripture teaches about spiritual gifts. Discovering spiritual gifts includes creating a place, a space within and among us, where all that we are can flourish and grow.  Where each of us can be the all that we were created to be, and also be a great blessing to our community of faith, and to the world.
Internationally renowned singer songwriters Rev Dr Jim Manley, UCC pastor
and Ken Medema, founder of Brier Patch Music.
Rev. Laurie Manning, Pastor Skyline Community UCC Church
Sponsored By:
Ken Medema, The Interlude Foundation and Skyline UCC Spiritual Life Team

Volunteer at St. Mary’s Center

St. Mary’s Center

925 Brockhurst St., Oakland.  Driveway to off-street parking is on San Pablo Ave. (between 33rd & 32nd St.)

Skyline Church volunteers help provide a delicious meal for seniors and needy residents. This is part of the Food for all Ages program by Sister Marilyn Medau –enriching the giver as well as the receiver. Skyline Church has participated for many years — it’s always great fellowship, fun, and spiritually rewarding.
Participate in any of the following:

  • Meal Preparation 10:30 AM OR
  • Cleanup 2:30-3:30 PM
  • Serve Meal 1:30-2:30 PM OR
  • Provide a home-baked dessert (Apple crisp recipe available)

Contact:  Michael Armijo or  Catherine Kessler at the office – office@skylineucc.org or 510-531-8212

Palm/Passion Sunday: Emptying is Our Goal, in Order to be Filled with Life

This Sunday we enter the sacred time of Holy Week, beginning with Palm/Passion Sunday, set to Gabriel Faure’s Requiem, and a children’s drama of the Palm Procession!  The story challenges us  to choose what to hold onto and what to let go.
Buddhists talk of emptiness,  Taoists talk of emptiness, and Christian spiritual masters talk of emptiness. They mean the letting go of the selfish self,  letting go of attachment to things. The Apostle Paul said, “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who…emptied himself….to the point of death—even death on a cross.” The Passion story is all about the transforming, self-emptying that Christ calls us to undergo when he says, “ Take up your cross and follow me.”  It is not the noun, but the verb, that we need.  Not emptiness, but emptying that is our goal; letting go of one thing so another can take hold of us.  We empty of selfishness and fill with Spirit, we empty of fear and fill with love,  we empty of desire and find we have everything we need, we let go of our old narrow way of life and fill with the life that really is life.
May it be so with us, peace, Pastor Laurie 

Family Easter Services, 2019, 12:00

Skyline Invites the Oakland Community to Attend Family Easter Services

Come celebrate the Spirit of Easter where we welcome ALL of God’s people. Join families from our church and the neighborhood for a fun hour of learning and celebrating! Families of all configurations (we are an LGBTQ+ affirming church!) are invited!

April 21, 12:00 PM

We’ll gather at noon in the sanctuary to sing Easter songs, learn a bit about the Easter story (and how eggs are connected to it!), do some art, and participate in a service project for Nueva Esperanza, a preschool for immigrant children that our church helps to support.

Kids will also be invited (by age group) to participate in a (small) Easter egg hunt. Please bring your own basket/bag!

We also welcome you to join our community Easter service at 10 AM before the hunt, if you wish. We offer a children’s program for your little ones.

Come celebrate Easter with your family, neighbors, and friends in our beautiful sanctuary on the hill with a stunning view of Mt. Diablo and the Oakland Hills.

Easter Sunday, 2019, 10 AM Services

Skyline Invites the Oakland Community to Attend 10:00 AM Easter Services

Come celebrate the Spirit of Easter where we welcome ALL of God’s people. Experience fabulous music and an
inspiring message with a spectacular view of the Oakland Hills.

Easter Sunday Traditional Service: April 21, 10 AM

Skyline’s sanctuary windows overlook Redwood Park to Mt. Diablo Here we have a traditional Easter Service as a loving progressive and inclusive faith community. Rev. Laurie Manning , the choir and orchestra (directed by Benjamin Mertz) and the people fill the sanctuary with joy, celebration and love. Today’s service will have drama, singing, prayer, and a special honor garden for loved ones.

And to top it off, all are welcome (especially families) to a family service that includes an Easter egg hunt for children of all ages at 12:00 noon.

Easter Sunrise 2019 with Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus

Skyline Invites the Oakland Community to Attend Easter Sunrise Service

Come celebrate the Spirit of Easter where we welcome ALL of God’s people.

Experience fabulous music and an inspiring message with a spectacular view of the morning light on the Oakland hills.

April 21, 6:30 AM

Rise and shine to the uplifting music of the Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus! Experience sunrise from our Sanctuary which rests on the summit of the Oakland hills and has windows spanning 30 feet high! As you look out on a stunningly beautiful view listen to inspiring preaching, heavenly music and feel welcomed into the warmth of a loving progressive and inclusive faith community.

Rev. Laurie says, “The music in this service sings out about a God of love, of freedom, of liberation… and that the world is more wonderful with the great diversity of all of humanity. This is good news!”


Good Friday Taize Service, Remembering Victims of Gun Violoence

We Invite the Oakland Community to Attend Good Friday Services

Join us as we honor the depth of Good Friday

We welcome ALL of God’s people

Friday, April 19, 7:00 PM

Our Music Director, Benjamin Mertz, and Reverend Laurie Manning lead an empowering, spiritually expansive candlelight, meditation and music service, in the Taize tradition.   

We will remember the victims of gun violence and hate crimes.

We will listen to and join in singing Taize chants, a form of meditative chant and silence, to quiet the mind, open the heart and feed the soul… time of quiet and solitude in the presence of God. A few words sung over and over again reinforce the meditative quality of prayer.  All are welcome.

Held at Skyline Community Church, 12540 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, 94619


Ecumenical Peace Institute – Annual Good Friday Event at Lawrence Livermore

Join members of Skyline’s Justice and Witness Team at the annual Good Friday peace event sponsored by the Ecumenical Peace Institute.  Our Music Director, Benjamin Mertz, will be participating as song leader. 

Contact Nancy Taylor via the office at office@skylineucc.org or 510-531-8212 for more information.

Power of Love in the Midst of Destruction

The prophet Isaiah, thousands of years ago, described God’s creative power – bringing forth new life in the midst of destruction, within and all around us:

Thus says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters,
who brings out chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:
Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old.
I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
The wild animals will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches; for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people,
the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise.
Isaiah 43:16-21 

Join us this Sunday, as we awaken to this power of love within, and all around us. 

Photo by ardito-ryan-harrisna-1194309-unsplash

Annual Earth Day at Skyline with the Pacific Boychoir Academy

Join us for our Annual Earth Day Sunday here at Skyline.  We honor God’s creation and celebrate the world’s momentum to preserve it.

Featuring: Cantori, a an acclaimed after-school training choir for the Grammy Award winning Pacific Boychoir Academy Troubadours –http://www.pacificboychoir.org/choir.


Sunday, April 28, 2019 @ 10 a.m. 

At Skyline Community Church, UCC

Come to listen to these young people’s beautiful music with a soaring view of the Oakland Hills to Mt. Diablo as a backdrop. The concert is in the midst of and following a special abbreviated service. 

See you there and bring a friend!