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Worship+ Activities - October 2022

Beloved Epworth Community,

Last weekend, two students from Berkeley High, Jayz and Angel Soleto were fatally shot at a birthday party of friends. Many of our youth are students at BHS, and many of us have connections there. Just a few weeks ago, we delivered dozens of backpacks to the BHS Parent Resource Center. The Berkeley High community has weathered many losses this calendar year, including Dominic Hernandez who died in the spring.

There is a cumulative dimension to these losses, especially for a community destabilized by the Covid pandemic. Please be in prayer for the family of Jayz and Angel, and all affected by this tragedy. Bishop Sally Dyck has written a pastoral letter that I want to commend to you as we deal with yet another tragedy due to gun violence. You can read it here.

This Sunday - "Do No Harm"

Rev. Dr. Israel Alvaran (Izzy) returns to Epworth’s pulpit this week with a message entitled “Do No Harm.” Rev. Izzy is the western and north central jurisdictions organizer for the Reconciling Ministries Network and is now living in Berkeley. Rev. Izzy is also preparing to attend the Philippines Central Conference in November where his conference membership as an elder is held. We celebrate Izzy’s service and ministry and I know you will be moved by his leadership.

I’ll be in Salem, Oregon, this weekend at the Willamette University visiting my son for family wekeend. I look forward to being back at Epworth next week as we begin a new series on October 16 entitled “A Better Place.”

Coffee and Fellowship

I’m excited to share that the Do No Harm committee met on Sunday and determined that given lower Covid case rates at this time and the impending colder weather, we will be moving the coffee fellowship time after worship into the Fellowship Hall on October 16! Recently Team Christina and I had to make a quick call about coffee hour given the predicted deluge for Sunday morning. We moved coffee hour back inside on that day and it was such a delight to be able to sit around tables again and be back in our beautiful space.

At the same time, we want to continue to stay cautious, so windows will be open and air circulating, and everyone is asked to keep masks on while not eating or drinking inside. We’ll also have a couple of tables and chairs just outside the Hopkins entrance for those who prefer to grab something to eat and drink and take it outside.

And that’s not all! Coffee on the Front Porch is back! Thanks to Sally Nasman and crew for leading this special time of connection before worship. From 9:30am on Sunday mornings, find hot coffee and tea, and often something delicious to eat as you connect just outside the sanctuary doors. These are treasured times to catch up and learn how things are going for each other, to laugh and even cry as we feel the body coming together on the sabbath day.

Church Center

Do you know about Church Center? Epworth is using a new platform called Church Center to support our ministries and connections. If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to set up your own profile. Once you do that, you can access the online directory. You have the option of which pieces of your own information to make visible. It is password protected with authentication measures to secure your data. Church Center is also the place through which you can schedule volunteers, organized and communicate with your groups and committees, and set up automatic giving or see your pledge progress. If you have questions, please contact the church office.

Church Conference

Finally, just a reminder that our annual all Church Conference will be held October 30 after church. We’ll begin with a potluck so please bring something to share. In preparation for the Church Conference, the Nominations Committee is working to match the gifts of our members with the opportunities for ministry at Epworth. Please let me know if you are feeling called to some kind of ministry, even if it is more of a nudge than a specific activity. I’d love to talk more with you about that.

Many blessings,

Pastor Kristin