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ONLINE Worship, From January 16
Dr. Steve Schibsted, preaching

Dr. Steve Schibsted 'unleashes' a sermon geared to motivate and inspire the people of the church. Rev. Scott Kail opens our service and Dr. Don Ashburn provides a pastoral prayer. Tenor Andrew Green, along with Dr. Stephen Main, provides our anthem.

Please Note: Due to increases in COVID-19 cases in the Bay Area, and for the safety of our congregation and community, we have made the decision to hold worship online thru January.

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Notes From January Meeting

By Pat Leicher, Church President

Stewardship Campaign
As you have already heard, the official stewardship campaign has been delayed because of the spike in new covid cases and the need to go back to online worship services. We really want to be together in the Sanctuary for the campaign kick-off and Commitment Sunday, but that may not be possible. The requirement that we vote on the 2022/2023 budget at the annual meeting in June means that we cannot delay the campaign indefinitely. We plan to announce the new start date for the campaign very soon. It may need to be online. To accommodate this uncertainty the presentation for the kick-off meeting will be prepared as a video. 

Communications and Outreach Task Force 
We have previously announced that we will be forming a number of task forces as we figure out our path forward as a vital, thriving, nurturing church. We want the congregation to be involved. We have wonderful strengths and experience in our congregation to help refine our vision and goals, as well as to design and implement strategies and plans.

The first task force was approved at the Trustee meeting on January 10.  For the past couple of months the Trustees have been talking about how communications and outreach will underpin everything that we do. This need is not impacted by what we learn from the Mission Study Team report. 

The Communications and Outreach Task Force was approved and will be chaired by Trustee Tom Parry. It will support Michael Barber in growing our Media Ministry with maximum impact. Since the start of the pandemic, Michael has focused on the creation of beautiful videos of our Sunday morning services, special events like the Christmas concert, messages from ministers and musical presentations with Dr. Stephen Main. These have kept the congregation together and had thousands of views. What we want to develop now is a communications strategy and plan to promote a wide range of church activities and opportunities to connect and serve. We think this will create a very positive image of the church, one that attracts new families, couples and individuals of all ages.

If you are interested in learning more, please send an email to patleicher@gmail.com and include a brief summary of your background in marketing and/or communications. We welcome ideas from all, but will limit the working group to a manageable number.

Deacons Report
The report from the Board of Deacons was really heartwarming. The Christmas offering totaled more than $20,000 for the feeding program at Iglesia Presbiteriana Hispana in east Oakland. The Alternative Gift Market raised $30,700 to be distributed to 18 agencies. The Adopt-a-Family program for City Team collected 70 gifts, which were warmly received.

Treasure Sale
Rev. Scott Kail announced that he will be recruiting 15-20 new people to help staff with the Treasure Sale, which generates funding for the Mexico house building trip. The Treasure Sale will take place the first week of March. If you can help, please email Scott@PiedmontChurch.org

By-laws Review
A subcommittee was formed to review the church by-laws and recommend any changes or updates to the full Board of Trustees in advance of the annual meeting in June. Proposed changes, if any, will be presented to the congregation at that time.

Vision and Goals
Much of the rest of the meeting was devoted to a review of a first draft of  church goals prepared by the staff, as well as a first draft of Dr. Steve Schibsted’s personal goals. Board suggestions will be considered as second drafts are prepared. When finalized, these will be shared with the congregation.
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/
Church Office Hours

Regular office hours are weekdays, 9am to 4:30pm.

Jean Leahy is available to receive your phone calls in person. Otherwise, voicemail is available at all times and is checked throughout the day.
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Sunday School

Sunday school materials are available online for those of you who wish to worship at home.

This week's lesson: Jesus Heals a Lame Man by a Pool (John 5:1-18)

Contact Leslie Quantz at Leslie@PiedmontChurch.org
Life Groups Update

As you know, with the recent developments regarding COVID and public gatherings, we’ve had to put a pause on restarting our Life Groups. The intention is to restart the groups, meeting at church, a week or so after we start worshipping again in person. 

As a reminder: these groups consist of 6-8 people who meet weekly on a Thursday night for a meal and a discussion. Our focus is on building community, strengthening relationships with each other and with God, and exploring and sharing our faith. 

You can still sign up by clicking on this link: https://piedmont.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/41/responses/new

Contact Dr. Don Ashburn at Don@PiedmontChurch.org or (510) 547-5700
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. 
Upcoming Memorial Service

Long time church member Bonnie Stehr passed away several weeks ago. Her memorial, and gathering afterward in Guild Hall, was to take place in January. However, due to the Covid surge, her service has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 13, 2pm.
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