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Pastor’s Bible Study Returns!

Pastor Eric will be re-launching the popular weekly Pastor’s Bible Study this fall! Mark your calendar for Wednesday, October 16 from 1–2:30 p.m.!

All are welcome to join Pastor Eric in a new 6-week series, Introducing the New Testament. This third part in the Exploring the Bible series shows you Jesus in three distinct ways: A man like other men, a Jewish rabbi, and the Christ of Christian faith. Then it’s on to the cantankerous Paul, the other New Testament authors, and the wild and baffling book called Revelation. We will meet for 6 consecutive weeks on Wednesday afternoons in the Spirit Room. No prior Bible experience needed. RSVP with Pastor Eric (eric@danvillechurch.org), and he will give you the information needed to purchase the Student Guide.

Be Still…

New Sermon Series, Sundays in September

Starting Sunday, September 8, we will launch into a 5-week sermon series Be Still. Throughout scripture a particular emphasis is placed on the intentional time needed to be still before God. In our Christian tradition, we have liturgical seasons where time slows down and we are invited to pay close attention to God and be still. It’s in those times that we know God. It’s in those times that our ever-moving minds stop and know and remember who is in charge, who is leading us. We remember the One who is directing our movement.
This September, I wonder, what would it look like if we intentionally moved into the church program year observing this particular stillness? What if our worship was one of slowing down, finding stillness, so there can be lasting change and direction to our future movement as a congregation. I hope you will join us this Sunday and every Sunday throughout this series in September. I’m hopeful that in intentionally setting aside this season to be still, we will come to know God more fully and God’s direction for our life together this coming year.
See you in church,
Pastor Eric

Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, September 22, between Noon and 1:30 p.m.

Rooted in Saint Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures and our love, care, and concern for our non-human animal friends and companions, Danville Congregational Church invites the community to a “Blessing of the Animals” on Sunday, September 22. Pets of all kinds—puppies, bunnies, birdies, and kitties who wouldn’t be freaked out—are welcome to accompany their human friends to receive a blessing from one of our pastors between Noon and 1:30 p.m. And our young friends are welcome to draw a picture of their pet for our Blessing Board and take home a special memento.

Sister Parish Delegation Trip

The DCC Sister Parish Committee invites all members and friends to consider joining our delegation traveling to Guatemala to visit our Sister Parish Community from October 25 to November 3. 
We will spend 3 days in Guatemala City for orientation/educational sessions. Then we will travel to beautiful Antigua to meet up with our siblings from sister parish community from San Antonio, Quiche. We’ll spend three days together meeting, praying and playing together, including communal meals and cultural tours. When the San Antonio contingent heads home for their All Saints holiday, the DCC delegates will head to Lake Atitlan for two days before returning to Danville.
If you are interested in learning more about this delegation experience, please let us know. The cost is estimated at no more than $2,000 per person. This trip may be appropriate for teenagers traveling with a parent. And we look forward to answering any questions you may have.
Some scholarship funds may be available, please direct your scholarship requests to Pastor Eric. Questions about the trip, please contact Trish Moosbrugger.

Blessing of the Animals, September 22 at noon

As we learned during our recent Peace Village Camp, St. Francis of Assisi (c. 1181) abandoned a life of luxury for a life devoted to Christianity after reportedly hearing the voice of God, who commanded him to rebuild the Christian church and live in poverty. During his life he also developed a deep love of nature and animals and is known as the patron saint of the environment and animals; his life and words have had a lasting resonance with millions of followers across the globe. St. Francis set an example for us someone who cares for others—including nature and our non-human animal friends and companions. Each October, many animals the world over are blessed on his feast day.

And so this year, we want to offer a Blessing of the Animals ceremony to our community—here at DCC and beyond—as a way of honoring animal companions and their special place in our lives. Because we will be at Camp Caz the weekend adjacent to The Feast Day of St. Francis on October 4, we will hold this blessing on Sunday, September 22 at noon here on the church grounds. More information will be available in coming weeks.

Brunch for all Parents Hosted by Children’s Ministry

On Sunday, September 29, the Children’s Ministry is hosting a brunch in Kairos Hall for all parents of children through grade 5 and our ministry volunteers. Childcare will be provided. We want to share with our families all the good things about our Children’s Ministry, welcome new families, and hear from parents about their hopes for the faith formation of their children. Watch your email for more information and how to RSVP.

Youth Group Parent Meeting & First Youth Group Gathering

Parents of all youth grades 6 through 12 are invited to gather after worship on Sunday, September 15 for fellowship, fun, along with an opportunity to provide feedback and get a look at the youth calendar for the year ahead. Watch your email for a sign-up to let us know if you’re coming and for what you can bring to the potluck lunch as well as information about the location.

All Church Picnic, September 8!

We hope you’ll join us on Sunday, September 8 for our All Church Picnic from 11 am – 2 pm! After a summer of busy travel and vacation, this is a great opportunity time to come reconnect with your friends from DCC. The picnic will follow worship. Coffee will be available while we set up.

For the picnic, we’ll be hanging out in Kairos Hall and on the Patio. There will be fun activities for the kids and young at heart. We’ll have lots of time for connection and conversation! Wondering what to bring?

  • A salad or dessert to share
  • Something to pop on the grill for you/your family
  • Picnic/outdoor chairs if you have them
  • Drinks – we’ll have lemonade and water. Soda/beer/wine is your choice

We look forward to seeing you at the picnic!

Second Sunday Sundae Youth Group Fundraiser—August 11

On Sunday, August 11, our fellowship time will feature ice cream sundaes served by members of your youth group. In return, our youth will be accepting donations to raise money for the Put the Guns Down Block Party being organized by lay pastor Lana Bolds of City of Refuge UCC and the Visions of Hope Project. Envisioned by Pastor Bolds as “an outpouring of love” for the community, this event on September 7 at DeFremery Park in Oakland will offer youth and families of the community food, raffle prizes, books, games, and a treasure hunt—all at no cost. Funds raised will go to Pastor Bolds to purchase the supplies she needs to allow them to serve as many youth as possible.

This event served as the service project for the recent NCNC UCC Annual Gathering.

To donate to this service project, contact Pastor Todd.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Training

DCC is co-sponsoring a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Training held over nine Saturdays September through November, hosted by First Congregational Church of Berkeley. MSC is a curriculum developed by Kristin Neff, PhD (UT Austin) and Christopher Germer, PhD (Harvard) that teaches self-kindness, mindful awareness, and common humanity. MSC builds on the natural compassion inside each of us that deepens with practice. Empirical research finds eight weeks of MSC practice:

  •     STRENGTHENS well-being, emotional resilience and immune system
  •     IMPROVES interpersonal relationships
  •     LIMITS SYMPTONS of depression, anxiety and caregiver fatigue
  •     MOTIVATES healthier life-style choices

The course is taught by Rev. Nancy DeNero, trained MSC teacher, and DCC’s own Cheryl D. Pierson, PT, MS and MSC teacher-in-training. MSC includes experiential exercises, discussion and practices to re-examine old beliefs and habits.  Newcomers to Mindfulness are welcome.

Download this form for complete information.