TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2021
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This Week's Highlights

  • Summer Worship
  • From the Sanctuary
  • Music Videos
  • Brigid's Circle
  • Kail Courtyard Chat
  • Liz Becker Ordination
Church Re-Opening Inches Closer

Our church staff are working closely with the Reopening Task Force to develop an in-person worship experience early this summer. Details and timing are currently being discussed.

Watch The Messenger and the church website at PiedmontChurch.org for updates.
FROM THE SANCTUARY
THIS WEEK IN WORSHIP - Easter Sunday - Dr. Steve Schibsted preaches our Easter sermon, our choir returns with a gorgeous anthem, Rev. Scott Kail leads our service and Dr. Don Ashburn delivers our pastoral prayer. Also, soprano Christa Pfeiffer and Dr. Stephen Main team up with Michael Barber in a special music video production.
Courtyard Music Video

Soprano Christa Pfeiffer and Dr. Stephen Main perform Now The Green Blade Riseth in a music video produced by Michael Barber. Originally aired Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021.
Fairest Lord Jesus

Our choir, led by Dr. Stephen Main, performs Fairest Lord Jesus, composed by Dr. Main, in this video that originally aired on Easter Sunday.
COVID-19 UPDATES
Needed: Volunteer To Collect Information
Economic Victims of COVID-19 Seek Help

A number of members and friends of Piedmont Church have, or will have, experienced severe negative economic impacts from the COVID-19 shutdowns, including loss of employment and potential loss of shelter when current eviction moratoriums are ended. 

In light of that, as a congregation, we’d like to help by collecting  information about people who: 

1) have extra rooms or housing they are willing to make available for congregants who have fallen on hard times;

2) know of part, or full-time employment opportunities. Examples of housing arrangements include; people who have extra rooms, Accessory Dwelling Units, or other housing they could make available in exchange for services (such as errands, minor maintenance, and transportation), or who can provide housing on a reduced rent basis until the renter’s economic circumstances improve. 

If you would like to volunteer to collect this information, and share it with those in need, please contact Dr. Don Ashburn at: Don@PiedmontChurch.org
CHILDREN & YOUTH
Sunday School

We are 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.

Contact Leslie Quantz at Leslie@PiedmontChurch.org

Kail's Courtyard Chat

Rev. Scott Kail takes some time in our courtyard to deliver an inspiring message.
ONLINE OPPORTUNITIES
Becker Ordination This Saturday

Long time church member Elizabeth Becker will be ordained as an Interfaith Minister and Chaplain with The Chaplaincy Institute in Berkeley.

You are invited to the online ceremony this Saturday, April 10 at 1pm.

Chaplains, like congregational ministers, provide spiritual care during a particular time in a life - weddings, end of life, decision making, trauma, celebrations. They are more "on-demand", and especially trained to serve those experincing very difficult times. Chaplains are usually found in public places - hospitals, workplaces, civic service - even online! They complement pastors, priests, rabbis, elders, imams and other leaders who are usually called to one faith or tradition, and support spiritual formation in dedicated communities. 

Elizabeth is trained in Interfaith, ready to serve those of any, or multiple traditions, or none, including atheists and the "spiritual but not religious."

Elizabeth has a hospitality degree from Penn State and business certificates from UC Berkeley Haas School. She is a Certified Convener Leader with the Center for Purposeful Leadership and currently serves the Silicon Valley Women Presidents Organization and holds a national COVID Chaplain Support Group. She is pursuing a masters degree in Divinity. Elizabeth shares a Montclair cottage with her children, Sophie and Patrick Bransfield, and her 97-year-old “uber-elder” father, John Becker.

Elizabeth notes that being a member of Piedmont Church and serving in various ways has been instrumental to her vocational discernment. She is grateful to the many people here who have supported her call to ministry.

Elizabeth invites everyone to tune-in for the ordination on YouTube at

Or visit The Chaplaincy Institute website at https://chaplaincyinstitute.org/april-2021-ordination-and-graduation/
'Brigid’s Circle'
Thursdays, 10:30 am

By Rev. Dottie Hutch

Brigid’s Circle will follow in the path of the Circle’s namesake this week, as we do in all weeks, by gathering to share personal stories or events, social and cultural commentary and perhaps a few jokes.

We are (as was Brigid) focused on community and support for women, especially during these times of isolation and limited in-person socializing.

We meet at 10:30am each Thursday via Zoom. Click on the link below to join us for a few minutes or for an hour or more. Hope to see you then.

Contact Dottie Hutch at (203) 500-9097 or Dottie@PiedmontChurch.org

Sundays, 10:30am

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 
Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Note: Bible study will not meet April 14.

Join Dr. Don Ashburn for a Bible study as we journey through 2nd Thessalonians. We’ll meet weekly online from 10 - 11am. 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 NEW link for joining the Bible Study online is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89960852526?pwd=bWdHUjNBeGhMUldob2x5eUFabmVqZz09 

It’ll be the same link each week.
PARISH REGISTER
Robert Ruddell passed away on Sunday, March 14. We thank God for his life and the gift of new life. And, we hold his wife Sandy and their family in our prayers at this time of loss.

The funeral will be a private family gathering, with a memorial service to be held later this summer at the church.
MEDIA REPORT
Piedmont Church Media Time
(Last 28 Days)

YouTube, Website, Facebook, Vimeo
390 HOURS
856 AUDIO DOWNLOADS
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2 - Search ‘piedmont community church.’ 
CONNECTIONS
Hello, Piedmont Church!

The church office is open weekdays from
10am to 12pm, 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
Please consider making an online offering by clicking below, or give while watching Sunday services on our website.

Notice Of Email & Text Scam

In late February, the church alerted parishioners to an email scam using Dr. Schibsted's name. Since that time, the scammer has begun texting staff and parishioners, asking for money.

What you need to know:

1) Piedmont Church clergy and staff will not solicit requests to purchase gift cards or to send money outside of familiar church giving channels

2) The solicitor’s email address is NOT a church email, rather a Gmail account using Dr. Schibsted’s name. Church staff emails use the PiedmontChurch.ORG domain only.

3) All church email accounts and databases are properly secured to help avoid security issues

4) You should not reply to emails or texts, or click on links containing requests for money

5) If you are suspicious about an email or text that appears to come from Dr. Schibsted or Piedmont Church, consider forwarding info to Director of Communications Michael Barber at Michael@PiedmontChurch.org or Associate Pastor Dr. Don Ashburn at Don@PiedmontChurch.org. Reports of email and text abuse are investigated.

6) Finally, consider blocking suspicious email accounts and phone numbers to avoid future correspondence

Phone: (510) 547-5700