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Recent Sermons

Study War No More

Advent has begun, and eschatology is in the air! Christians look forward to a day when the whole world will be at peace, but why wait for the end of days? If we practice awareness – of our inner motivations and the consequences of our actions – we can avoid doing harm and beat swords into ploughshares.

Gratitude as Subversive Behavior

Rev. Ben preaches on gratitude on the weekend before Thanksgiving, showing how we can be grateful while striving for a better life, and how coveting what others have can damage ourselves and our society.

From the pastor

Diversity – Laissez les bons temps rouler

Dear Friends, Diversity is an interesting thing. A couple of weeks ago I spent time in Louisiana, about an hour north of New Orleans, where I ate alligator sausage for dinner and grits for breakfast. Plus there was okra, and gumbo, and coffee with chicory. Out in the pine forest where we were staying I saw oyster shell fossils and spiders as…

Talitha’s Take: from our associate pastor

All The Saints

When I was a chaplain, we were all assigned to create “toolkits” for our work. Many of my peers created more virtual boxes – verbal or intellectual – or binders, in fact, rather than boxes, full of words and ideas appropriate to the various tasks of a chaplain. I may be a little too literal sometimes, but I made a tangible kit…

A Picture Diary of the Youth Retreat

The Youth Group returned from a successful Fall Retreat at Camp Cazadero. We looked at food justice, fasted in solidarity with those who must go hungry, built a “wall” of the obstacles that keep people stuck in hunger and poverty, and had a “hunger banquet” where we represented the global population and the unfairness of food access globally. And we celebrated Communion…

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Youth Group Retreat Video

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

Upcoming Events

December 5, 2016
  • Seniors' Exercise Class

    December 5, 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.

  • Memoir Writing Group

    December 5, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Carol Wolleson

  • *Tom Dambly Jazz Trio Rehearsal

    December 5, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Sanctuary

    Kim Rankin

December 6, 2016
  • Staff Meeting

    December 6, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Pastor's Office

  • Session Meeting - cancelled

    December 6, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Thornhill Room

    1st Tuesday of each month

December 7, 2016
  • Seniors' Exercise Class

    December 7, 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

    December 7, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Pastor Ben Daniel

  • *MVA Board Meeting

    December 7, 2016 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Montclair Village Association Meeting
    Daniel Swafford 510-339-1000
    Jeff Diamond (Farmstead Wine), association president 510-864-9463

December 8, 2016
  • *setup/clean up f/choir

    December 8, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Kim Rankin

  • Choir Rehearsal

    December 8, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Kim Rankin

December 10, 2016
  • *Boy Scouts of America Leadership Training

    December 10, 2016 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Family Room, Rooms 1, 2, 4, 10

    Debbie Fallehy

  • Choir rehearsal

    December 10, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Sanctuary

    Kim Rankin

  • *Private

    December 10, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Sanctuary

    MPC Staff - rehearsal (Marcia)

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