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Recent Sermons

Loving One Another

In which Rev. Ben refocuses our attention away from recent hateful speech and toward meaningful action to oppose racism and reverse white supremacy in all its forms.

A Dramatic Story

Every two years, MPC has a Yule Feast on Twelfth Night, where the Sanctuary is turned into a dining hall. This gives the subsequent Sunday service an unusual format, with pairs of pews sharing tables so congregants are facing each other. And naturally, this makes the sermon more interactive. Rev. Talitha discusses the dramatic events after the birth of Jesus, including the…

From the pastor

Happy New Year?

Friends, Happy new year! Or will it be?  Traditionally, the new year is a time to look forward with longing and a hope that the coming year will be better than the one just past, and while I don’t want to presume to know how everyone reading these words feels about the past year, I know I speak for a lot of…

Talitha’s Take: from our associate pastor

The Enneagram: WHY we do what we do

Dear friends, I’ve been studying the Enneagram for a few years now, but am diving in to study yet again with a few new books and a couple of friends. As you may know if you’ve heard me geeking out about it, the enneagram is a fascinating kind of personality type system which focuses more on inner motivation rather than external behavior.…

A New Cultural Norm

Dear friends, Those of you who are friends with me on facebook may have seen the tribute I posted this week for my friend David who died. Some of you may have met him when he visited us in November, or sat with him at the Faith Trio Harvest Dinner. I got news of his death last week from his parents. And…

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    1 day ago by m.p.c.family “Justice is what love looks like in public” -Dr. Cornel West (our  #youthgroup   #brainstorm  tonight)
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    1 month ago by m.p.c.family Our  #christmaspageant  this year features Maria & Josefina walking the streets of Oakland looking for a place to stay. Yes the baby Jesus will be born in a garage again this year... he’s always in need of a place to be born. Ready or not here comes the Christ child!  #rainbowchurch  ⛪️‍‍

Youth Group Retreat Video

Check out some highlights from our most recent Youth Group retreat!

Upcoming Events

January 15, 2018
  • MPC OFFICES CLOSED

    January 15, 2018

  • Seniors' Exercise Class

    January 15, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
    Family Room

    SENIORS EXERCISE CLASS: Come for two classes each week at 8am on Mondays and Wednesdays. The class will be taught by Ellen Greene, an experienced teacher in exercise who offers this class at no charge. Sponsored by the Adult Education Committee.

  • Memoir Writing Group

    January 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Carol Wolleson

  • @7pm Thornhill PFC Auction Committee

    January 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Family Room

    Shauna Fithian
    fithiansr@gmail.com

  • *Tom Dambly Jazz Trio Rehearsal

    January 15, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Sanctuary

    Kim Rankin

January 16, 2018
  • Staff Meeting

    January 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Pastor's Office

  • Faith Trio

    January 16, 2018 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm

    Rev Ben; Brad Hestir

  • Earth Care committee mtg

    January 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Andrew Newell - Chair
    Sari - made reservation

January 17, 2018
  • Seniors' Exercise Class

    January 17, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
    Family Room

    SENIORS EXERCISE CLASS: Come for two classes each week at 8am on Mondays and Wednesdays. The class will be taught by Ellen Greene, an experienced teacher in exercise who offers this class at no charge. Sponsored by the Adult Education Committee.

  • Pastor's Bible Study

    January 17, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Pastor Ben Daniel

  • *Girl Scout Troop

    January 17, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Family Room

    Melissa and Cindy (Peterson)
    ana94_76@yahoo.com

  • TAIZÉ CANDLELIGHT PRAYER SERVICE

    January 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Sanctuary

    If you are in search of spiritual refreshment in the midst of your busy life, come to a candlelight prayer service featuring Taizé songs. With a service of simple music, Scripture reading and silence, Taizé offers an opportunity to become aware of an inviting reverent space and to find the quiet place within. Taize services will be held the 3rd Wednesday of every month, sponsored by the Spiritual Activists Committee.

  • Nominations Committee

    January 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Mary Ellen

January 18, 2018
  • *Woodminster Advisory Board meeting

    January 18, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Room 10

    Harriet

  • *setup/clean up f/choir

    January 18, 2018 @ 6:45 pm - 9:45 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Kim Rankin

  • Choir Rehearsal

    January 18, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Kim Rankin

January 19, 2018
  • *Montclair Democratic Club

    January 19, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Judy Cox

January 20, 2018
  • SG - Yum, Potstickers!

    January 20, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
    MPC kitchen

    Gretchen

  • *Private

    January 20, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Sanctuary

    MPC Staff - rehearsal (Marcia)

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