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TAIZE SERVICE October 18th 7pm
A simple service of Taize songs, scripture readings, and silence.

Recent Sermons

A Juxtaposition of Truth

Rev. Ben unpacks fun-until-it-isn’t Matthew 22, showing how it calls us to balance inclusion with boundaries, in pursuit of the greater good. Read Matthew 22:1-14 on Bibles.org

Beauty as Ballast

Rev. Talitha offers Psalm 19 as a source of solace in these difficult times, showing how it calls us to awe, expansiveness, and humility. Read Psalm 19 on bibles.org

From the pastor

On Warm Hearts and Open Souls

Friends, I was planning to write a Contact piece dedicated, in some way, to the massacre in Las Vegas Sunday night. I thought, perhaps, that I might reflect on the American obsession with guns, or I might have gone deeper into the waters of social and political commentary by reflecting on how the American people are responding to a white perpetrator and…

Talitha’s Take: from our associate pastor

Tough times: emergency supply kits and cough drops

Dear friends, I wrote a sermon about getting through tough times this Sunday, but I didn’t know exactly how tough they were about to be. It was just about twelve hours after I preached that sermon, when firestorms started raging north of us. The smoke woke many of us up in the middle of that night. Our hearts ache for loved ones…

A Love Poem for YOU!

Dear friends,   I wrote you a poem about Love. It’s a little long and it doesn’t rhyme, and this isn’t the sort of thing I usually do so I feel a little out of my element… but more than one of you answered my sermon about Love this week by sending me poetry, so I thought I’d send another one back…

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m.p.c.family on Instagram

  • Whats a Beacon? The church family has been clustered intohellip
    4 days ago by m.p.c.family What’s a Beacon? The church family has been clustered into geographical neighborhoods and each neighborhood community has a Beacon. ⛪ The Beacons gather the folks in each neighborhood so they can get to know each other. ☀️ Beacons provide information and support to community members. We hope the Beacon Communities build relationships within the smaller geographic areas of the total congregation, to nurture supportive community life.
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    6 days ago by m.p.c.family ️‍ Honor all people: this is our charge, no matter what they look like or who they are.
  • SOAK UP THE LOVE   Poem written by Revhellip
    1 week ago by m.p.c.family SOAK UP THE LOVE . . Poem written by Rev. Talitha for Youth Group's theme: The Love Between Us . . God's love is like the sun, always there behind the clouds, they say... Or perhaps God's love to be more precise is like vitamin D which we all need but can't see and will find ourselves in pain if we lack. Acknowledge our California privilege - most months of the year we don't need supplements just go outside and sit - soak it up - it's always there for you as long as you leave the umbrella at home.
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    1 week ago by m.p.c.family Your best guesses what the youth group did in these wacky costumes tonight.... and, go!
  • PRESBYTERIANS FIGHTING AIDS  Our church has sent walkers tohellip
    2 weeks ago by m.p.c.family PRESBYTERIANS FIGHTING AIDS ‍♂️ Our church has sent walkers to the AIDS Walk for decades. Did you know that we also have a history of sending Presbyterians on bicycles to the Lifecycle AIDS ride? . . In 2018 we hope to send at least two riders… possibly more! Want to join the team? Talk to Jim Allardice. Want to help in some other way? We are trying to do this on a realistic budget, so if you have bikes or bike gear to lend (at least to start training), we’ll be super happy to make this a community effort! ‍♀️…

Youth Group Retreat Video

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

Upcoming Events

October 17, 2017
  • Staff Meeting

    October 17, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Pastor's Office

  • Presbytery Central Region meeting

    October 17, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    College Avenue Presbyterian, 5951 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618, USA

  • Faith Trio

    October 17, 2017 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
    Family Room

    Rev Ben; Roberta Davis

  • SG - Meditation Made Easy

    October 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Gretchen (Melinda teaching)

October 18, 2017
  • Seniors' Exercise Class

    October 18, 2017 @ 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

    October 18, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Pastor Ben Daniel


    October 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    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.

  • Celebration committee mtg

    October 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Thornhill Room


October 19, 2017
  • Knitting Group

    October 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Lucero home, Alameda

    SG - Minda, convener

  • Svaroopa Style Yoga

    October 19, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Maxwell-Smith home

    SG - Melinda, convener

  • *setup/clean up f/choir

    October 19, 2017 @ 6:45 pm - 9:45 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Kim Rankin

  • Choir Rehearsal

    October 19, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Kim Rankin

October 21, 2017
  • SG - Come Walk With Me

    October 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Gretchen - Small Group

  • SG - Redwoods Restoration w/Dolores

    October 21, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Rd, Oakland, CA 94602, USA

    Gretchen - Small Groups

  • *Private

    October 21, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    MPC Staff - rehearsal (Marcia)

October 22, 2017
  • Adult Ed: Fundamentalism & Evangelicalism

    October 22, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 9:45 am
    Room 10

  • Children & Youth Committee mtg

    October 22, 2017 @ 8:45 am - 9:45 am
    Room 4


  • Worship

    October 22, 2017 @ 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, Lori Kendall, Linda Spencer, and Brad Hestir

  • Family Hour

    October 22, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Family Room

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

  • Earthcare Brunch: Waters of Life

    October 22, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Pat Schwinn

  • Youth Group

    October 22, 2017 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
    Sky High Sports

    carpool @5:45

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