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Recent Sermons

Have Yourself a “Politically Correct” Christmas

Inclusive, “politically correct” depictions of figures like Mary can upset some people because they contradict traditional imagery. But those traditions are often revisionist anyway (Santa Claus started out as a Turk!). Politically correct depictions remind us that holiness looks exactly like each of us.

On Christmas and Advent, Play Your Part

On the first Sunday of Advent, Rev. Ben preaches on Corinthians 1:12, reminding us to experience Advent in whatever way works for us, and to strenghthen ourselves so that we may all be spiritually strong. Read Corinthians 1:12 on Bibles.org

From the pastor

Fruitcake, eggnog and spirituality

Dear Friends, This Sunday marks the beginning of Advent, the four weeks that lead up to and prepare us for the celebration of Christmas. For the most part, Advent is a season of joyful anticipation. After all, Christmas music is on the radio, mistletoe is tacked to door frames, the trees are trimmed and the malls are decked with holly and holiday…

Talitha’s Take: from our associate pastor

Is the World About to Turn?

As we get ready to come close to the mystery of Christmas, there are always some parts of the story that hit home. And it’s amazing how this can change from year to year. In recent years I remember grappling with refugee issues, as children around the world died (and continue to die) in humanitarian crises. The stories of King Herod  at…

Lessons learned . . .

Dear friends, At the beginning of the youth group retreat (a week and a half ago, now), it came to pass that we were stopping in our cars and vans, organizing a caravan, most-but-not-quite-all of the way to our cabins in Cazadero… when lo and behold, my own head and a car door met one another in mid-air, and each caught the…

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Youth Group Retreat Video

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

Upcoming Events

December 16, 2017
  • Pageant rehearsal

    December 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Talitha

  • Fruitvale Food Pantry, Food Distribution

    December 16, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Fruitvale Presbyterian Church, 2735 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602

    Deborah Brooks and Janet Mulshine

  • *Private

    December 16, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Sanctuary

    MPC Staff - rehearsal (Marcia)

December 17, 2017
  • Pageant rehearsal

    December 17, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 9:45 am

  • Worship - Christmas Pageant

    December 17, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am
    Sanctuary

    OUR MISSION
    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

  • Yule Feast Costume Closet

    December 17, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Cindy Gullikson

December 18, 2017
  • Seniors' Exercise Class

    December 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.

  • Memoir Writing Group

    December 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Carol Wolleson

  • *Tom Dambly Jazz Trio Rehearsal

    December 18, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Sanctuary

    Kim Rankin

December 19, 2017
  • Staff Meeting

    December 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Pastor's Office

  • Potluck & Caroling

    December 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Family Room

    Potluck 6pm
    Caroling 7pm

  • Faith Trio

    December 19, 2017 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm

    Rev Ben; Brad Hestir

December 20, 2017
  • Seniors' Exercise Class

    December 20, 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

    December 20, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Pastor Ben Daniel

  • TAIZÉ CANDLELIGHT PRAYER SERVICE

    December 20, 2017 @ 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.

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