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Swell, inspired by Luke 2:22–40

by Sara Are

You know that feeling when you fall in love?
Time-stands-still and moves too fast.
You’d give up sleep just to talk all night,
Because there’s so much to say and not enough time.

It’s that full to the brim,
Over the stars,
Living is dreaming,
Too-good-to-be-true Kind of feeling?

I imagine that’s how Simeon and Anna felt
When they saw Jesus that day.
I imagine it was that full to the brim,
Over the stars,

Living is dreaming,
Too-good-to-be-true
Good news kind of feeling.

I imagine it was love.
And I imagine that that good,
good news Swelled to the tip of their tongues
Until they could not keep silent.

So may we know what Simeon and Anna knew,
Which is that some dreams we hold close to our chest,
For ourselves to cherish and never forget.
But other dreams must be spoken out loud—
Dreams of justice and love and hope, here and now.

The Longest Night

The Longest Night
A Service of Remembrance and Grief

Monday, December 21, 7:00pm via Zoom

There’s an Advent tradition within Western Christianity of inviting people to come together for the Longest Night, a night around the time of the winter solstice—where that are more hours of darkness than light—a time to come together for prayers and laments, to mourn the losses and griefs of the year, to let the tears flow for the hurting places in our lives, as well as for our country and our world. Following a year of such great loss, grief, and despair, we invite you to join us for a Longest Night Service on Zoom.
If you are lonely, grieving, depressed, and/or just want to give full attention to the shadow side of the season, join us on Zoom for a deeply meaningful service of liturgy, music, and ritual.

DCC Camp Caz Virtual Campfire 2020

We had a great time earlier this month at our Virtual Camp Caz campfire!  It was a fun hour that included dancing (our favorite Chicken Dance!), TNT (skits & music), and an awesome slide-show of DCC Camp Caz memories.  In case you missed it, you can view it here!
We also mentioned (and showed a piece of) a Camp Caz video created earlier this summer by Brian Wetzel.  If you would like to view the whole thing (about 11 minutes), you can view it here.

DCC Netflix Party

DCC is hosting a Netflix Party viewing of Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th. To join us, register here. [To watch 13th without a Netflix account, you can watch it for free on YoutTube.]

Want to join our Netflix Party? Here’s what you need to know.

Requirements:

  • a Netflix account
  • a Chrome browser with the Netflix Party extension installed
    Note: This only works with a Chrome browser—not Safari or Firefox or anything else and not through a streaming box, except ChromeCast devices.

How to join:

  1. Install the Chrome plug in on your browser.
  2. Click the link to the Netflix Party we will send you, which will open Netflix on your browser. Log in if you’re not already.
  3. Then click on the NP button next to the address bar, and you should automatically join the party.

Then you can interact with other folks watching the film in the chat box.

Flat Jesus in Shelter

As we celebrate the 50 days of Easter that follow Jesus’ resurrection, we wonder…

How is Jesus showing up for you during this time of in shelter?

So we had an idea:

Invite “Flat Jesus” into your family’s life this Eastertide and share where Jesus is showing up with you!

Download your own Flat Jesus here. Cut him out and color him and then follow each week’s prompt.

Then share with us how Jesus is showing up for you this week. Email pictures to us or post them on Instagram. (You can find DCC on Instagram here). Tag us (@DCCUCC) and add the hashtags #DCCUCC #FlatJesus#FlatJesusinShelter.

  • Week one: We remembered how Jesus liked to sit down for a meal with his friends and followers. Share a picture of Jesus sharing a meal with you or your family!
  • Week two:

Stations of the Cross: A Healing Procession

What might our encounters with the experiences of Jesus‘ wrongful conviction and path toward his eventual crucifixion have to offer us in these days of pandemic? You are invited to this ecumenical service of meditation, reflection, and confession based on events in the life of Jesus leading up to his crucifixion.

Participants include

Dr. Sharon Fennema, Pacific School of Religion

Bishop Yvette Flunder, City of Refuge UCC

Rev. Sophia Hayes-Jackson

Rev. Lacey Hunter, Community Church of Sebastopol

Andrew Barnes Jamieson

Rev. Sandhya Jha, Oakland Peace Center

Rev. Dr. Jay E. Johnson, Pacific School of Religion and Good Shepherd Episcopal Church of Berkeley

Rev. Marvin Lance Wiser, Eden UCC

Rev. Laurie Manning, Skyline Community Church

Rev. Elder Jim Mitulski, Island United Church

Rev. Penny Nixon, Congregational Church of San Mateo

Rev. Rhina M. Ramos, Ministerio Latino

Rev. Eric Sherlock, Danville Congregational Church

Rev. Dr. Mark Wilson, Easter Hill United Methodist Church, University of California Berkeley

The video will be available after Noon on Good Friday, April 10, 2020.

 

How to Zoom

Hello friends!

Here’s a video that explains how to Zoom.

 

For those of you that prefer instructions printed out, read on!

How to login to Zoom:

There are three ways you will be able to join Zoom and the DCC church service on Sunday.

  1. Option 1— Do you have a laptop? Check your email from Pastors Todd & Eric. There will be a link in the email. A couple of minutes before the start of church click that link and it will bring you to the zoom.us website.  Zoom will ask, “Do you want your video camera on?” The answer is YES! Then we can see you J  (If you’re joining for the first time it’ll prompt you to download a small application file. Please do that.  Also allow a little extra time to test your audio – choose “Test Computer Audio” and there will be a choice to “Test Speaker” and “Test Mic”.  You can do those tests any time before the meeting starts. See at the end for screen shots)
  2. Option 2— Do you have an iphone or android with a camera? Download the zoom app today from the App Store so you have it ready for Sunday. You’ll need to sign in with an email address. Click sign in enter your email and a create a password. When you want to start Zoom and “go” to church Sunday morning you will open the email from your phone and click the link in the email. It will open the app and you should see us!  The other option is to open the app and enter 492 975 948 as the meeting ID. Then you should see us!
  3. Option 3— Do you need to use a landline or a cell phone without a camera? You will call in using the number 669-900-6833 and enter 492 975 948 as the meeting ID. You’ll be able to hear everything on the call but not see anything.

*** Some tips to think about when using Zoom, if you are on a laptop or phone with a camera:

  1. We can see you. We don’t care if you’re in your PJs but know we’ll see your PJs, so be comfortable with whatever you’re wearing.
  2. Ideally, have your laptop or phone propped up so the camera is about eye level. Use a cardboard box or books underneath. This way the camera isn’t looking up your nose.
  3. Keep in mind we see you whatever is behind you.

I look forward to seeing you in church!

—Amy

Setting up for the first time and want to test your audio?

You can test your speaker by clicking and you will hear some music.

To test your Mic, you can click “Test Mic” and it will prompt you to say something.

Connecting with a smartphone App

If your computer does not have a webcam and/or microphone, you can use the Zoom app from your smartphone or iPad. You just need to download the Zoom app:

Join us for Worship Sunday at 9:30am!

  • From a computer or smartphone, click here https://zoom.us/j/492975948.
  • From the Zoom app on your smartphone or iPad, enter 492 975 948 as the Meeting ID and press Join.
  • From a telephone (land-line or mobile),
    • dial 669-900-6833.
    • enter 492 975 948 as the Meeting ID.

Worship Bulletin for 3/15/20

Download the Worship Bulletin for Sunday 03/15/20.

A Prayer in the Days of the Coronavirus

Merciful God, hear our fervent prayer for all who suffer the effects of the coronavirus—its infection of sickness, fear, and anxiety. God, in your mercy:

  Hear our prayer.

May those who are infected receive the proper treatment and the comfort of your healing presence. God, in your mercy:

  Hear our prayer.

May their caregivers, families and neighbors be shielded from the onslaught of the virus and give solace to those who grieve the loss of loved ones. God, in your mercy:

  Hear our prayer.

Calm the anxiety and fear of those who fear its advent and protect those who are most vulnerable to its spread—the marginalized,
the un- and under-insured, the immune-compromised, the elderly. God, in your mercy:

  Hear our prayer.

Guide those who strive to develop tests, vaccines, and cure—that their work may limit and conquer the virus and restore communities to wholeness and health. God, in your mercy:

  Hear our prayer.

Holy One known by many names, help us rise above fear:

Assure us when we are fearful. 

Calm anxieties. 

Bring healing to all in need.

We ask all this through the intercession of your child, Jesus,
and the Holy Spirit, and in the name of all that is holy, just, and compassionate. Amen and Ashe

 

Adapted by Rev. Todd Atkins-Whitley from A Prayer for Persons Suffering from Ebola, chausa.org.

Project Peace Speaker Series

What’s the difference between unaccompanied minors, refugees, and asylum seekers? Why do so many of them come to the East Bay? How do I get a handle on this daunting issue from a local perspective, and what can I do?

If you’ve been asking yourself these questions, you’re not alone. On Thursday, February 6 at 7:00 pmProject Peace has invited a panel of experts to share a localized understanding of the border and how it is shaping the East Bay in a few key areas: education, housing, the legal system, and policy. Attend this event to learn more and take part in an uncomfortably informed discussion about this phenomenon that affects our lives in seen and unseen ways.

The panel—featuring Rev. Deborah Lee, Lauren Markam, Rev. Sophia DeWitt, Carolina Martin Ramos, Galatea King—will present on their respective topics and answer audience Q&A. Following the discussion, meet the panelists and our partners at our East Bay Agency Fair for ways to directly engage. There is a $15 general admission fee. Please visit the registration page here: https://www.projectpeaceeastbay.org/speaker-series/the-border-is-here

For more information, visit projectpeaceeastbay.org.