Easter Sunday at Piedmont Church

Celebrate the Resurrection

March 31, 8:30am and 10am

We'll have two services on Easter Sunday, both are identical. Senior Pastor Steve Schibsted, preaching. Special music by Stephen Main and our Chancel Choir.


Maundy Thursday 'Agape Meal'

Worship takes place on March 28 at 6:15pm during a family-friendly dinner called an ‘Agape Meal,’ (pronounced Uh-GAH-Pay) from one of the Greek words for “love” – agape. It commemorates Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples, when he called on them to “love one another” and instituted the sacrament of Communion. The meal will conclude with Communion.

Cost for dinner is $20 at the door, free for children under 18 years of age.

Good Friday Tenebrae Service

On Good Friday, March 29 at 7:30pm, worship will include the service of Tenebrae, with scripture readings recounting the last hours of Jesus’ life. As the story unfolds, candles and sanctuary lights are extinguished until all is dark.

Seeking 100% Participation

On Sunday, February 11, we made our financial commitment for 2024 as part of Commitment Sunday.

We have achieved 78% of our goal of $1.2M.

We're asking everyone to participate in the Stewardship Campaign. Please prayerfully consider your financial commitment and indicate your support on a digital card by clicking below, or by calling Toni Fischer at (510) 547-5700 ext 102. Thank you!


Don't Miss A Beat

Our church calendar is updated almost daily to include all meetings, worship times and special events.


'New Member' Classes in April

Are you interested in joining Piedmont Church? Or do you just want to learn more about who we are, what we believe and what we do? Then you're invited to attend our next Come and See gathering hosted by Steve Schibsted and Don Ashburn. 

There are two dates and times to choose from (you need only attend one gathering): either on Saturday, April 20 from 9-11am, or Sunday, April 21 from 11:30am - 1:30pm.

We will be in the Guild Parlor to share a bit about who we are and what brings us to Piedmont Church and how we can grow together in faith and service. Refreshments will be provided. 

Childcare is available for younger children. You can sign up to attend the gathering and/or for childcare in three ways: 

1) In the Courtyard on Sunday morning 

2) Call the church office at (510) 547-5700, or

3) Register using the button below

Contact Don Ashburn at [email protected]


New Treasures Sale Seeks Donations Spring cleaning for your soul

This year, we are donating our household items to a NEW Treasures Sale benefitting our friends at Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana Hispana (PIPH) in Oakland. You may remember they were the recipient of our 2021 Christmas offering, raising $25k for their food pantry.

We continue our support of their ministry on April 13 and 14 as we bring items listed below in good working order to their church. Please do not bring items to Piedmont Church.

Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana Hispana

1941 High St. Oakland, 94601

(510) 533-4321 Irma Hernandez

Contact Sara Hirsch at (510) 853-8789 for coordination of large items such as bikes, rugs and furniture.


Must be clean, gently used, and working

Antiques, Artwork, Belts, Bikes, China, Crystal, Collectibles, Dishes, Furniture, Games, Garden Supplies, Hats, Holiday Items, Housewares, Jewelry, Lamps, Linens, Luggage, Musical Instruments, New Items, Pet Supplies, Purses, Puzzles, Rugs, Silver, Small Appliances, Sports Equipment, Stereo Equipment, Throw Pillows, Tools, Toys, Flat Screen TVs only, clothing and shoes for women and men, if is new, or like new only. 

What NOT

Computers & Equipment, Ski Equipment, Mattresses, Bed Pillows, Large Appliances, Extra Large Furniture, Harlequin Novels/Condensed Books, Magazines, VHS Tapes, Car Seats, Cribs, Large Exercise Equipment

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From Sunday, March 24 - It’s Palm Sunday! Don Ashburn preaches our final sermon in a series on The Lord’s Prayer. Both Chancel Choir and Handbell Ensemble perform with special guest trumpeter Ian Cochran - all led by Stephen Main. Easter Sunday services next week at 8:30 and 10am, with 10am service livestream.



Bob Wright Meditation Garden

Artwork by Suzie Skugstad

Judy Wright knows that her late husband would be honored and enthusiastic that a meditation garden be created in his name. 

For most of her life, Judy has been avid member of the Girl Scout community. She was a Girl Scout herself and then became a mentor, leader, and advocate for Girl Scouts all around the globe. 

When Sonja ten Grotenhuis approached Piedmont Church with the project of a Girl Scout Gold Award garden, the dreams of the two passionate Girl Scouts collided into something wonderful. Both women are excited to see this garden become a reality and commemorate the passionate life of Bob Wright. 

In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations may be made to the Bob Wright Memorial fund. 

Make checks payable to ‘PCC’ with Bob Wright in the memo. Donations are also accepted online by clicking the button below.


Cheryl Knickerbocker Memorial

A memorial service for long time church member, Cheryl Knickerbocker (in recent years an online Calistoga parishioner), will be held in the Sanctuary on Friday, April 12 at 10am. A reception will follow in Guild Hall.

Spencer's First Grandchild

We celebrate with Maggie and Lannie Spencer as they welcome their first grandchild, Anders Lewis Spencer, born March 14 to Stacey and Brett Spencer.

Mariane Robison Becomes Great-Grandmother

Helen Robison-Fitzgerald's daughter, Anna Wirth, gave birth to Alan Marcus Wirth on Monday March 18. Anna’s husband is David Wirth. They reside in Gold Canyon, AZ.


Online Bible Study

Don Ashburn leads a weekly online Bible Study. It takes place on Monday mornings from 10-11am. We are studying the Old Testament book of Micah.

To participate fully, no previous experience in Bible study is expected or required. Just come with an open heart and mind and see where the Spirit leads you. Contact Don at [email protected]

The Zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83767472723


Let's give back to nature by cleaning up Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline. This event is open to all, 3 year olds and older, and can support help of all kinds. We will have trash clean up safety gear available, and donuts and coffee to power us through the morning.

While the event runs from 9am - 12pm, feel free to swing through and support the effort even if just for an hour. 

Contact Mike Bandrowski at [email protected]


Join the fun of our Spring Work Day May 4 from 9am to 12noon. Lunch will be provided. We'll start in Guild Hall at 9am for coffee and donuts, then work on gardening, painting, cleaning windows, dusting and generally sprucing up our beautiful facility. Click on the link below to register. Contact Jay Foreman [email protected]


In Service to Others

Swee Ling Chen looks up from a day's work clearing weeds from the CityTeam women's shelter, Turning Point, Saturday. She was joined by a handful of volunteers from Piedmont Church. Photo courtesy Suzanne Latham

Note from Jim Wambach

With heartfelt gratitude from all the Children Rising staff, and the kids and families in the Children Rising programs, our sincerest thanks to the compassionate members of Piedmont Community Church for your steadfast dedication to the children facing the many challenges caused by poverty, systemic racism and educational inequity. Thank you! - Jim Wambach, Executive Director, Children Rising

Children Rising Needs Tutors

Children Rising, one of our three current Mission Partners, has an urgent need. They want to establish a few more clinics in MLK Elementary, Prescott Elementary and Sankofa United Elementary.

Children Rising needs tutors for reading, math, and homework support, but especially homework support. No prior experience is necessary, and they make it easy.

Contact Children Rising at (510) 836-5100 or go to children-rising.org to volunteer.


Easter Egg Hunt a Glowing Success

On Saturday night, the entire Piedmont community was gifted a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt, provided by our NextGen Ministry. Rooms inside the C.E. Building were transformed as all things Easter were made phosphorescent. Photos courtesy Kerry Persichitte, Leslie Quantz and Mariana Navarrete

Kids Summer Camp with Scuba

Get ready for an incredible week of adventure at Piedmont Community Church's Kids Summer Camp with Scuba! It's a whole week of non-stop fun designed just for kids.


Summer camp is an unforgettable week filled with phenomenal teaching, fantastic worship and biblical truth presented in a very unique way, for kids ages 4 through 5th grade. This will be an awesome week for kids to build relationships with friends and leaders, and go deeper into their relationship with Christ. Camp will be held June 3-7 from 8:30am to noon and aftercare will be available for an additional fee from 12-3pm.

We’ll end the week with a fabulous Luau, water slide and other tropical fun. 

Cost:  $189/per child

  • Aftercare from 12-3pm is available at an additional cost of $75. Kids staying for aftercare should bring their own lunch.

Registration deadline is June 1. Contact Kerry Persichitte at [email protected]



Back by popular demand, we're hosting another FREE adults Game Night on Friday, April 26 from 6:30-9pm in Guild Hall. Light snacks, drinks and dessert will be available.

Enjoy poker, Mexican Train, Rummikub, Scrabble and more. Bring your favorite game if you’d like. 

Click the registration link below or sign up in the Courtyard after worship by April 22. Contact Kathy Hurd at (916) 343-1519


We are a very casual Shared Interest Group: someone makes plans for an event and others may decide to join - sometimes with dinner out ahead of the event. 

3/29 - Pal Joey, Altarena Playhouse  - Alameda

4/3   - The Far Country, Berkeley Rep - Berkeley

4/6   - Alvin Ailey Dance, Zellerbach - Berkeley 

5/24 - Smuin Ballet, Dance Series II - Lesher Center, Walnut Creek

5/29 - Galileo, Berkeley Rep - Berkeley

5/31 - Doubt, Altarena Playhouse - Alameda

Please send your ideas for other events to Linda McClain at [email protected] and Judy Wright at [email protected]. And let us know if you’d like to be added to our Theater Group notifications. 

Pickleball Sundays, 1-3pm

Join in on the craze that's sweeping the nation: pickleball! We play on Sundays from 1-3pm in the indoor gym, second floor of the Christian Education Building. All are welcome. Equipment is provided and no experience is required. Contact Lucille Yee at  [email protected]. See you on the court!

'Breathe' Wednesdays, 1:30pm

Join with others who seek the refreshment of meditation and the opportunity to enhance their spiritual growth through the concept of sangha or sitting in silence within a group.

Sit tall, take a breath and find your path. Contact Sara Hirsch at [email protected]

Seniors Gathering Opportunity

Seniors Seeking Conversation and Coffee meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month in Guild Parlor, 9:30-11am.

All seniors, aged 65-110 years, are welcome. Contact Ann Chandler at

(510) 444-0280


March President's Report

The Stewardship Campaign is winding down, so if you have not yet made your financial commitment to Piedmont Community Church, please send your commitment card to the church office.  In the past two years, we have come a long way in increasing enthusiasm for our church’s programs, and have witnessed growth in both the children’s programs, and in worship service attendance in the pews and our online services.  Annual commitments are what enables us to continue sustained growth in our programming.


Here is the President’s report for the Board of Trustees meeting held March 11:


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Piedmont Church’s online newsletter, The Messenger, is the primary source of communication. The Messenger is published digitally and distributed via email weekly.

Deadline for articles to appear in The Messenger is 12 noon each Monday. Articles submitted after deadline will be considered for the following week.

Michael Barber edits copy and designs the layout of each Messenger with careful consideration of article placement. Placement is determined based on relevance to the congregation and the wider community. 


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