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Recent Sermons

To Live as a Child of Light

Rev. Ben preaches on “living as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8), drawing out lessons about choosing your truth, and of being fierce in our convictions but graceful and kind in our expression of them.

Introducing the First Evangelist

In the New Testament, the first Christian evangelist was a Samaritan woman. This reminds us that the church should not just include everyone, in the sense of allowing them to join but retaining control, but to weave them into its fabric.

From the pastor

After Cloven Tongues of Fire

Friends, For this week’s Contact entry, I would like to introduce you to a book I currently am reading, After Cloven Tongues of Fire: Protestant Liberalism in Modern American History (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013), by David Hollinger, a now-retired, former chair of the history department at UC Berkeley. The book studies the impact progressive Protestantism has had in the shaping of American…

Talitha’s Take: from our associate pastor

Youth Group Retreat at Tahoe

Dear Friends, With a huge thanks to our awesome adult advisors, I’m pleased to announce that the youth group had a WONDERFUL retreat at Tahoe this weekend! As I continue to unpack, decompress, and write up my learnings and reminders for next time, my Contact piece will be shorter this week, but here are the highlights. – Despite many misgivings and fears,…

Don’t Forget to Remember

Dear Friends, Are you suffering from amnesia? No, I don’t mean forgetfulness or absent-mindedness, which we’ve all experienced, and which are a common part of the human experience as the years go on. And though some of us have even been through the more dramatic forms of amnesia – with whole chunks erased from our memory – that’s not what I’m talking…

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Youth Group Retreat Video

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

Upcoming Events

March 30, 2017
  • Knitting Group

    March 30, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Minda's home in Alameda

    Gretchen

  • Svroopa Yoga

    March 30, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    Melinda's home in Oakland

    Gretchen/Melinda

  • *setup/clean up f/choir

    March 30, 2017 @ 6:45 pm - 9:45 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Kim Rankin

  • Choir Rehearsal

    March 30, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Kim Rankin

April 1, 2017
  • MPC Workday

    April 1, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    MPC

    B&G

  • Many Faces Of God - Adult Ed

    April 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Thornhill Room

    MANY FACES OF GOD
    SHARON NOTEBOOM

    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

  • 2 pm Memorial for Charlie Boije

    April 1, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Sanctuary and Family Room

  • *Private

    April 1, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Sanctuary

    MPC Staff - rehearsal (Marcia)

April 2, 2017
  • Worship

    April 2, 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, Linda Spencer, Adrian Santos, Kevin Newell and Brad Hestir

  • *Children's Art/Music Program

    April 2, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Rooms 2

  • Storytellers Committee Meeting

    April 2, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Room 10

    First Sunday of each month

  • Family Hour

    April 2, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Family Room

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

  • Voice Training Class

    April 2, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Small Groups class - Grechen Garlinghouse

  • Youth Group

    April 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Rooms 2 and 4

    Rev Talitha Aho

April 3, 2017
  • Seniors' Exercise Class

    April 3, 2017 @ 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

    April 3, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Thornhill Room

    Carol Wolleson

  • *Tom Dambly Jazz Trio Rehearsal

    April 3, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Sanctuary

    Kim Rankin

April 4, 2017
  • Staff Meeting

    April 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Pastor's Office

  • Session Meeting

    April 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Thornhill Room

    1st Tuesday of each month

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