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Recent Sermons

Saint Theresa of Kalkata?

Rev. Ben discusses the canonization of (now Saint) Theresa or Kalkata, examining the questions it raises about the nature of sainthood, service and belief.

The Tools And The Trade

On “Blessing of the Tools” Sunday, Rev. Talitha wrestles with Jesus’ challenging (possibly sarcastic) parable in Luke 16:1, with its many-layered lessons about work, purpose, and actual value.

From the pastor

Compassion: can we always celebrate it?

Friends, In my sermon this coming Sunday, I will be addressing the subject of compassion and I will be asking if we can celebrate a person’s compassion if that person a)expresses his or her concern in ways that don’t do much good, b)holds religious or political views that we find repugnant, or c)both.  In particular, I will be looking at Mother Theresa,…

Talitha’s Take: from our associate pastor

Kickoff Sunday: a festival of who we are and what we do

I’d like to thank everyone whose efforts made Kickoff Sunday a huge success! From those who brought their tools in for the “Blessing of the Tools” to those who created presentations and brought snacks in for the Committee Fair, we are grateful for your work. Our congregation is blessed with so many creative, talented, hardworking, thoughtful people – and with such diversity…

Lawnmowers, laptops, scissors: What tools are you using?

Talitha’s Take We’re coming up on Kickoff Sunday this week (or, the day which I’m hoping people call “bring your cappuccino machine to church Sunday”). As I wrote last week, we’re going to have a “Blessing of the Tools,” so you can bring a symbolic item to join in this fun ritual. So now I’m stuck wondering what item I should bring,…

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Upcoming Events

September 27, 2016
  • Staff Meeting

    September 27, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Pastor's Office

  • Regional Presbytery Meeting

    September 27, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Park Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 4101 Park Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602, USA

    Please RSVP, a meal will be provided

  • *set up for Elizabeth Lesser book talk

    September 27, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Sanctuary and Family Room

  • *GGP Book Club (Great Good Place)

    September 27, 2016 @ 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
    Family Room

    Elaine Yates 510-339-8210 store
    has key

    Shawn Blakely and Barbara Nagle

  • Elizabeth Lesser Author Talk

    September 27, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Sanctuary and Family Room

    On Tuesday, September 27th at 7pm, author Elizabeth Lesser will be at MPC discussing her latest book Marrow: A Love Story. This memoir, detailing her sister’s struggle with cancer and the way in which it transforms their relationship, is heartbreaking, suspenseful, and profound. We hope you can join us for what is sure to be a thought-provoking and fascinating talk.

    GGB Place/Steve McKiernan

September 28, 2016
  • cancelled - Seniors' Exercise Class

    September 28, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
    Family Room

    SENIORS EXERCISE CLASS: Come for two classes each week at 8am on Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning this coming Monday, December 19th. 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

    September 28, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Pastor Ben Daniel

  • Hadsell Futures fund mtg

    September 28, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Miles McKey

  • *Barrelhouse Jazz Band Rehearsal

    September 28, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    Al Flood - barrelhousejazz@aol.com

September 29, 2016
  • *setup/clean up f/choir

    September 29, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Kim Rankin

  • Choir Rehearsal

    September 29, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Kim Rankin

October 1, 2016
  • Many Faces Of God - Adult Ed

    October 1, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Thornhill Room


    COURSE DESCRIPTION: We read books that expand our understanding of our own faith tradition and explore other religions. Discussions are always lively and spirited. We invite you to join us.
    Sharon Noteboom is a teacher, student and longtime member of our church.
    DATES: 2nd Saturday of the month TIME: 10:00-11:30 am
    LOCATION: Thornhill Room CLASS SIZE: 6 to 10
    CONVENER: Jean Gregory, 510-635-8838 FEE: $10 to join

  • *Private event

    October 1, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Family Room and Sanctuary

  • *Private

    October 1, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    MPC Staff - rehearsal (Marcia)

October 2, 2016
  • Adult Ed

    October 2, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 9:45 am
    Room 10

  • Children's Art/Music Program

    October 2, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Rooms 2

  • Worship

    October 2, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am

    Montclair Presbyterian Church is a family of open-hearted, open-minded,
    joyful, imperfect people. We know and share the radical hospitality of God.
    Affirming God's love for the whole world, we work and pray for peace, justice and reconciliation.

    Sound System : Allen Todd, Linda Spencer, Adrian Santos, Kevin Newell and Brad Hestir

  • Storytellers Committee Meeting

    October 2, 2016 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Room 10

    First Sunday of each month

  • OctoberFest

    October 2, 2016 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Family Room - brunch and root beer

    Join us as we gather together for coffee, tea treats and hospitality.

  • Youth Group

    October 2, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Rooms 2 and 4

    Rev Talitha Aho

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