TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2020
COVID Update Meeting For
Church Members This Sunday
 
Join a Zoom meeting this Sunday, November 15, at 11:15 am to receive an update about several ongoing activities at the church related to the pandemic.

This meeting follows the Virtual Fellowship Time, which begins each Sunday at 10:30 am (see article below).

Subjects for the meeting include:

1) an update on the work that has been done, and Board of Trustees decisions as they relate to the re-opening of the church

2) a re-forecast of the church’s operating budget given the continued closure of many activities

3) an update on the task force to explore clergy compensation disclosure

4) stewardship campaign update
 
You must Register Here to participate.

You will receive an email confirmation with instructions of attending via telephone, smartphone, or computer with the zoom application.
 
Registration Link:
2021 Pledge Campaign Continues

It's a New Day at Piedmont Community Church

When you participate in the 2021 Pledge Campaign, your commitment enables everything we experience at Piedmont Church including: 

• Worship & Administrative Staff
• Christian Education
• Pastoral Care
• Music
• Media
• Facilities Maintenance
• Local and Worldwide Missions
• Social Outreach Programs 
This year has brought unprecedented challenges to our community and our world, and we know that you may be facing new hardships. Recognizing this new reality, we want you to know that your ongoing financial support is deeply appreciated. 

Our church is also facing new challenges as we go through a major transition. Your gift helps ensure our ministry and programs continue.
  
For guidance on what you might contribute, we ask that you prayerfully consider pledging at least 5% of your after-tax income. And, if possible, 
please consider increasing your gift over last year. 

Above all, please know that whatever you choose to give is tremendously 
appreciated. We’ve included a giving chart to help you determine your support level for the church in 2021. 
 
From a grateful church, we acknowledge and appreciate your continued 
commitment to our ministry.

Your 2021 Stewardship Committee,

Dani Montague, Susan Butenhoff, Paul Schroeder, Lisa Fuller, 
Steven Thorne and Dr. Don Ashburn
WEEK 1 TESTIMONIAL
Life-long church member Zookie Todd kicks off our 2021 pledge campaign with her personal story of inclusion, engagement and inspiration.
WEEK 2 TESTIMONIAL
Piedmont Community Church stewardship committee co-chair Susan Butenhoff shares her faith journey as part of our 2021 pledge campaign, 'Forward in Faith'.
WEEK 3 TESTIMONIAL
Piedmont Community Church member John Chiang shares his testimony as part of our 2021 pledge campaign, 'Forward in Faith'.
WEEK 4 TESTIMONIAL
Church members Jeff Leiberg and James Ramos give testimony, along with their pup, Keliki, in support of the 2021 pledge campaign.
LATEST NEWS
Welcome Confirmands This Sunday

This Sunday, we welcome 7th and 8th grade new members of Piedmont Community Church. During our online program, their mentors will deliver insight into each confirmand's personality and personal faith journey.

Watch this Sunday morning on our YouTube Channel, our Website and on Facebook.
MENTORS
Caroline Benson
Franki Davies
Muriel Franz
Angela Guidici
Ron Heckmann
Jeffrey Hiller
Blaire Jahn
Garrett Kail
Scott Kail
John Meyjes
Stephen Tindle
Zookie Todd
Katherine Vieiramendes

CONFIRMANDS
Tommy Ashton
Julia Baysinger
Rebecca Baysinger
Alexander Furber
Joshua Hammond
Matthew Hammond
Genevieve Hiller
Scott Kail
Bosco Lorin
Jayden Oh
Elle Paige
Madeline Payne
Sophia Sucato
Sonja ten Grotenhuis
Katherine Vieiramendes
Angelina Wu
Now Meeting 10:30 am Every Sunday

We’ll gather online, starting together in one large group. Then, we will split up into smaller breakout groups, to connect with old friends and meet some new ones. 

To participate, please use this Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81952726275

You can connect to Zoom using your computer, tablet or smartphone. The Virtual Fellowship Time is also open to call-in participants using the following phone number and access code: 1-669-900-6833; Access Code: 81952726275#. 

Contact Dr Don Ashburn at: Don@PiedmontChurch.org 
MEDIA
The Piedmont Community Church choir, led by Dr. Stephen Main, performs an eloquent and deeply moving rendition of 'Shenandoah.'
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THIS WEEK IN WORSHIP - Our choir returns with a peaceful, timely message of hope, Dr. Don Ashburn urges us to cross the divide, Rev. Scott Kail leads us in worship and we witness the return of the organ improvisation.
Piedmont Church Media Time
(Last 28 Days)

Facebook
34 Hours
Down 72% from previous period

YouTube & Website
146 hours
Down 109 hours from previous period

Note: Decreases are due to the large number of hours watched
during our September 27 tribute to Dr. William McNabb.

180 HOURS VIEWED
775 AUDIO DOWNLOADS
TOP VIDEO
October 25 Worship Service
133 Views
Church member Suzanne Latham leads our liturgy, James Ramos and Jeff Leiberg share their testimony for our stewardship campaign, 'Forward in Faith', soprano Christa Pfeiffer and Dr. Stephen Main provide our music and Dr. Don Ashburn preaches about the importance of trust.
CHILDREN & YOUTH
Advent In A Box

Leslie Quantz, Director of Children's Ministries, has assembled a limited number of Advent in a Box gifts for Piedmont Community Church members. These boxes are available to all families.

Since we are doing more at home we want everyone to have materials for Advent.

Included in the box is a 10" wreath, candles, votive candle holders, weekly prayers and a calendar of activites. 


There are a limited number of boxes available. Boxes will be ready for pick up at church on Saturday, November 14 from 11am - 12 pm. Other delivery options are available.  

Please fill out the form before we run out!
It’s Shoebox Time

We are participating in Operation Christmas Child!  Samaritan’s Purse collects Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes filled with toys and other fun items and delivers them to children in need around the world in partnership with local churches.  

This year, you can participate in two ways.

1.    You can build a shoebox online by going to Build a shoebox online.   With a $25 donation you can click through options to build a shoebox that will be packed by Operation Christmas Child volunteers.

2.    You can pack your own shoebox and we will take them to the local collection center.  We have preprinted shoeboxes you can fill, or you can use your own.

How to Fill a Shoebox:

-       Select a quality “WOW” item such as a doll, stuffed animal, soccer ball with pump.

-       Add toys such as toy cars, jump ropes, yo-yos etc.

-       Other items to add:  School supplies (pens, pencils paper), Accessories (socks, sunglasses, jewelry), Non-liquid Hygiene items (toothbrushes, bar soap, combs)

-       A letter to the child

-       Do not include candy, toothpaste, gum, used or damaged items, war related items, seeds, food, liquids or lotions, medicine, breakable items, aerosol cans)


Shoeboxes must be completed by November 15

Contact Leslie at leslie@piedmontchurch.org to arrange a time to drop off your shoeboxes at church, or to have them picked up at your home. You can also drop off at a local drop off location.
Welcome to our Sunday school program, Digging into Foundations of Faith.

We will be learning what it means to be a Christian. We will explore what the Bible reveals about who God is and how God sees us, how we fit in God’s family, and how we live the Christian life. As we study core concepts of Christianity, we will gain a solid framework for our own relationship with Jesus.

Some of the lessons include: Moses and the Burning Bush (Exodus 3:1-4:17), God Tells Job About His Creation (Job 38-39; Psalm 8), and Jesus Feeds 5,000 (Matthew 14:13-21).

Please look for the links to weekly lessons in The Messenger and in Leslie's weekly emails. 

Contact Leslie Quantz at Leslie@PiedmontChurch.org

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
Join Adopt-A-Child Effort

CityTeam Ministries serves the poor and homeless in the Bay Area. They have identified children in the Oakland area who are in need of Christmas gifts (the price range is $25 - $50 per child). Each child has a profile, identifying the age and gift ideas. 

If you would like to participate in this program by purchasing a gift for one of these children, just send an email to Janet Peterson at janetp201@gmail.com and our team will send you the pertinent information about your child and the drop-off location for gifts.

Contact us by December 1, and make a child's Christmas special!
Mask Brigade Completes Mission

By Ann Lin, Mask Brigade Coordinator

The Mask Brigade is winding down having sewn and donated 3,010 masks. What an accomplishment we can be so proud of to have stepped up to help our community and its first responders. 

I said I would coordinate as long as there was interest and fabric. I am now out of fabric and will be donating my unopened supply of elastic to It Takes a Village - Bay Area. If anyone is interested in sewing more masks, they provide fabric and distribute completed masks.


It’s been a pleasure working with all of you. And don’t forget if you like sewing for a good cause, I coordinate sewing curtains to donate every spring to the houses our Piedmont high schoolers build as part of the Piedmont Church Mexico Mission trip. 

Stay safe!
CONNECTIONS
Where's Dr. McNabb Now?

Bill and Maureen McNabb have moved. They have a new address and phone number they would like to share with you.

New Address: 519 Wesley Ave. Oakland, CA 94606
New Phone: (510) 388-8875
Hello, Piedmont Community Church!

The church office is open weekdays from
10 am to 12 noon, and 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
ONLINE OPPORTUNITIES
The next Living Room Conversation will take place on Sunday, November 22 from 4 - 5:30 PM. The topic is “Political Peace Building.”

In the aftermath of the presidential election, we will reflect on how we got to the current climate of polarization in our nation, and what the costs of that division are. We’ll talk about ways to cross and heal the divides in our community and better model what a successful democratic republic can be.

In the Living Room Conversation (LRC), we’ll split up into groups of about 5 - 6 people each, moderated by a church member trained in LRC methods, which emphasize respectful listening, understanding others views, and honest sharing. 

You must sign up in order to participate.


On the form, please indicate whether more than one person will be sharing a Zoom screen with you. In order to diversify the perspectives within groups from the outset, you’ll also be asked to characterize your own political views on a 5-point scale (this question is optional). After you have signed up, you will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link and written material to help you prepare for the conversation. 

Contact Dr. Don Ashburn at Don@PiedmontChurch.org
Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Join DR. DON ASHBURN for a study of the New
Testament Gospel of Mark. We’ll meet weekly online from 10 - 11 am. We’ll be using the Zoom online platform. 

In the study, we’ll read the text out loud and then discuss its meaning, its original context as well as how it relates to our lives today. 

To participate, you’ll need access to a computer or mobile device with audio and visual capabilities. You can have your own copy of the Bible, or read the text as it’s shared onscreen. There’s no homework, and no expectation that you’ve studied the Bible before. 

Just join us, and invite your friends! Contact Dr. Ashburn at Don@PiedmontChurch.org. The link for joining the Bible Study online is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82910582013. It’ll be the same link each week.
We are happy to provide online gathering opportunities as we remain 'sheltered in place.'

Morning Prayer

Dr. Don Ashburn will lead a brief service of prayer at 9 am each
Friday. There will be scripture readings, a time of meditation and prayer. Communion is celebrated at each service. So, please have a cup of wine or juice and a piece of bread available.This meeting is by Zoom, and is open to everyone. Here’s the link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/91986506151
Meeting ID: 919-8650-6151
Phone: +1-669-900-6833

Zoom Kidz Club
Kidz club is meeting every Friday at 3:30 pm to have fun and fellowship. As a reminder Kidz Club is for all 4th,5th and 6th graders.  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82312085855?pwd=am5RK1BpQVJONGp6S1hQeEpoVlhkZz09

Meeting ID: 823 1208 5855
Password: 208707
Please consider making an online offering by clicking below, or give while watching Sunday services on our website.
Phone: (510) 547-5700