TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2021
Afghanistan:
How To Help

By Scott Willis
Refugee Task Force

America's withdrawal from Afghanistan has created a refugee crisis. In the past week, approximately 120,000 people, most of them Afghans, were airlifted out of Kabul. At this time, it is unclear what capacity various countries and cities have to house and care for this wave of refugees. 

We do know that, in the Bay Area, Jewish Family and Community Services East Bay (JFCS) is the primary agency to accept refugees. JFCS accepted 43 refugees in August and anticipates 89 more people in September.

I reached out to JFCS to offer our support and willingness to get involved. In the past week, they received over 2,000 offers from individuals, religious groups, businesses, and local & state governments. They will align refugee families to resource teams as they see fit. 

JFCS is a well run organization and I encourage you to donate directly to JFCS. Instructions on how to donate are provided directly from a JFCS email below: 
Your financial contributions to JFCS East Bay, purchases from our wish list of household items, and responses to our call for volunteers continue to be vital to our work. This is truly a whole community effort, as we all work together to provide safety and refuge to our new Afghan neighbors.
Please keep your ears open for ways that Piedmont Church can help and reach out to me as possible opportunities arrive. 

Scott Willis scottwillis724@gmail.com or (510) 409-2832
WHAT'S HAPPENING
Archived Articles

An active archive of content created during our time of transition can be found on our website under ABOUT. You can also access it by clicking the link here: https://www.piedmontchurch.org/transition/
Pastor Nominating Committee Formed

By Eric Behrens and Zookie Todd
Co-Chairs, Pastor Nominating Committee

(Originally Printed August 24) - The mission of the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) is to nominate a candidate for Senior Pastor to be approved by the Board of Trustees of Piedmont Community Church. In our selection of the members of the PNC, we have received considerable help from the Board of Trustees and Transitional Pastor Dr. Steve Schibsted, along with prayers for God’s guidance.  

Our goal for the composition of this committee, which is of paramount importance for the future of our church, was to select PNC members who are representative of the congregation and who have a depth of experience both with the church and professionally. With the selection of the following members of the PNC, we believe we have met this goal. 

The team that we will co-chair consists of the following 6 church members: Aaron Aubrecht, Ann Lin, Erin Peterson, MC Taylor, Adam Thacher and Steven Thorne. 

Critical to the search for a new Senior Pastor is the preparation of a Piedmont Community Church Mission Statement, which will be sent to various denominations and Christian publications for recruiting potential candidates.  

The Mission Study Team is already hard at work and hopes to complete its assignment later this year. We are fortunate that two of the members of the Mission Study Team, Co-Chair MC Taylor and member Aaron Aubrecht, have also agreed to serve on the PNC, which will provide continuity and assist us in defining the new Senior Pastor qualifications.

Following completion of the Mission Statement, the work of the PNC will begin in earnest. 

We ask for your prayers for each of us and for the entire committee as we embark on this important journey together.
On Sunday, September 12, we’ll celebrate first in worship at 10am, then move to an all-church picnic organized by our Christian Education Board. The event will be held outdoors at Piedmont Park. 

Casual attire recommended. 

We are planning fun games for children of all ages and will be treated to music by some of our very own talented musicians. 

A taco truck will provide tasty food for everyone, and the fellowship is bound to be uplifting.

Please consider attending, inviting a friend or two and spending quality time reacquainting with your friends at Piedmont Community Church.

Please Note: We will follow all County of Alameda guidance on health and safety relating to COVID 19.
'Messenger' Brings It Home

After an 18-month hiatus, a printed version of The Messenger hit mailboxes last week. The content? All good things to look forward to at Piedmont Church, of course!

From our fall Homecoming Picnic and NEW Small Groups, to ongoing events, Advent and Christmas - this issue is one to hang on the fridge.

If you're like some of us, too excited to wait for the postal carrier, you can download a PDF here:


The Messenger. It's What's Happening.
ONLINE WORSHIP
Worship Video, Audio Available Now

While you can watch our LIVE stream each Sunday at 10am, we also provide an edited version each week. Available today on Our Website on our YouTube Channel , or by clicking the button below.
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NEW! Small Groups Forming Now

On Thursday, September 23, we will hold our first small group gatherings called Life Groups.

For 6 consecutive Thursday evenings, we will share a meal at church at 6:15pm. Then, we’ll meet together in groups of 8-10 people in various locations on site, or in homes (or online, if necessary) for conversation, fellowship, learning and spiritual growth. 

Each group will have 2 co-hosts, who will guide participants as we share what’s going on in our own lives, discuss topics brought up in the previous week’s sermon, and pray together. 

Please Note: We will follow all County of Alameda guidance on health and safety relating to COVID 19.

Sign ups now available at church and online.
CONNECTIONS
Church Office Hours

The church office is now open weekdays from 9am to 3pm. Jean Leahy is available to receive your phone calls in person.

Otherwise, voicemail is available at all times and is checked throughout the day. Call (510) 547-5700
PARTICIPATE
Wednesday Bible Study

Join Dr. Don Ashburn each Wednesday morning from 10-11am on Zoom, as we journey together through the Book of Acts. 

No preparation and no previous experience studying the Bible is needed. Just join us, as we learn how the early Christians lived their faith and spread the good news in very difficult times. 
 
The Zoom link is https://bit.ly/3CHdRD1 
On Sunday, September 19 we’ll have another in a series of LivingRoom Conversations (LRC). 

We’ll gather on Zoom from 4 - 5:30pm to discuss the issue of “Polarization” – in our nation, in our communities, and in our lives. 

In an effort to develop our ability to engage in civil discourse and find common ground even on complicated, conflicted issues, each conversation is facilitated by a Piedmont Church member who has been trained to promote respectful listening and full participation. 

Participants must pre-register to take part in a LRC. You can do so online here: https://piedmont.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/37/responses/new
Make It Official

Interested in joining our church as we move forward together in faith? Then, you’re invited to join with Piedmont Church’s pastors, Dr. Steve Schibsted and Dr. Don Ashburn, for a gathering at church on either Saturday, September 18 or 25.

You need only attend one gathering. We’ll meet from 9-11am to get to know each other and to talk about our life together as a faith community.

Contact Dr. Don Ashburn at Don@PiedmontChurch.org
Seniors Seeking Conversation & Coffee

We meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month, gathering 9:30 - 11am in the Guild Parlor. Contact Ann Chandler (510) 444-0280
CHILDREN & YOUTH
Confirmation Sign-up

Confirmation Registration is here for 8th-grade students. Our 8-week class begins on September 19 and we are taking sign ups through September 15. Contact Rev. Scott Kail at Scott@PiedmontChurch.org to register your student. The classes will be held on Sundays from 11:30am -1pm in the youth room.
Sunday School

Sunday school material is available online for those of you who wish to worship at home.

Contact Leslie Quantz at Leslie@PiedmontChurch.org

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Citywide Cleanup

Saturday, October 2, 9-12pm. There will be a Piedmont Church group of volunteers participating in an Oakland neighborhood cleanup. 

If you are interested in participating, send an email to Mike Bandrowski at mike.bandrowski@gmail.com More details soon.
Annual Backpack Drive

We will be sharing 300 backpacks filled with school supplies for children who would otherwise show up to school without the essentials needed to learn and grow. 

To learn more, visit cityteam.org/oaklandbackpacks
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GIVING
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