December 2-9, 2018 
Volume, 348
This Week's Edition Vol. 348
Meet Rev. Dennis Alger!
The Greening of the Church!
Christmas Poinsettia Beauty!
A Letter from Barry
Give the Gift of Health
Upcoming Events
Advent at ACC
Person of the Planet is Now On Facebook!
Need a Ride to Church?
This Coming Week
Rev. Dennis Alger
Interim Minister Arrives This Weekend!
This week a small group of ACC volunteers has been moving furniture into a studio apartment in a home on Kenyon Street in Kensington, within walking distance of the church. Dennis is arriving! He'll be moving to Kensington. His wife and dogs will stay in Southern California. We are very grateful for Sara Laferte who has coordinated the effort to find housing and furnishing for his stay. Saturday Dennis will be with us as we decorate the Sanctuary for Advent, so come along at 10:30 for the fun!  
Dennis has already met with Barry, Susan, Anita, and others about planning worship for Advent, and Barry has graciously turned over the torch with planning outlines for each Sunday of Advent. Dennis is well prepared to launch the season and add in his own personal touches.  His Search Committee will be meeting with him soon to begin developing a plan for is "interim work" toward preparing the way for a new longer-term minister. In the meantime, we'll have some quality time with him in worship and serving as our ¾ time Intentional Interim Pastor. 
Below is reprint of information shared in the Parishscope a few weeks ago. 
Rev. Dennis Alger has had a very interesting and diverse career.  He has served in interim capacities and spent 23 years as a Hospice Chaplain. He has spent most of his time in Oregon and Hawaii.  Dennis has very strong convictions about churches being involved with justice ministries, Social Justice and Earth Justice.
He and his wife have two adult daughters and reside in Southern California near Carlsbad.  They have two dogs who make sure he has daily exercise.  His post graduate degrees are from the University of Hawaii (Political Science) and San Francisco Theological Seminary. Because of all his time as a minister in Hawaii, he just might answer to the name Kahunapule. 
Dennis has a great sense of humor, which we experienced during his interviews.  His references had great praise for him, both written and telephone interviews.   He is a good listener, and
When reading his profile, we knew we had been blessed with a great match.
Important dates:
* Dennis will begin Advent worship with us on December 2nd. 
* We will have a special Coffee Hour for him after church.
* Thursday, December 6th, our First Thursday will be a Potluck Dinner with him. 
-         Anita Baker, Ruth Robinson, Linda Young   - Interim Search Committee       
Please Note: The Interim Minister, according to ACC Bylaws is selected by a search committee of at least 3 people, and must be approved by the Church Council.  Dennis was unanimously approved and 

The Greening of the Church

Here's a last-minute invitation to come tomorrow morning and help the elves decorate the Sanctuary and the Fireside Room for Advent. We will begin around 10:30 AM. We shall spiff up the decorations from the attic, so come use your creativity to create an ACC Christmas! As a special treat, there will be decaf coffee and tea, and maybe something sweet for seasonal snackery!
Christmas Poinsettia Beauty

Our tradition here at ACC is to add to our celebration with lovely red Poinsettias. The whole church family is invited to donate a Poinsettia and dedicating the donation honor or in memory of a special angel in their lives. More information will be forthcoming; Sue Day is heading this opportunity. See her after worship or call: (510) 705-1885.
A Letter from Barry

Dear Arlington Family,
Thanks so much for the gift card and words of appreciation.
For those of you who were here this morning and listened to the sermon, it won't come as any surprise to you that when I returned home at Noon today, there was a message from Steve Wiggins from Australia with a link in it. It was a link to a wonderful website called, Grammarphobia. Blog #30 was a piece on spelling, why there are so many words with letters going that are silent, etc. I offer the link to you for your own edification and/or enjoyment. . See you all soon.
Barry Cammer
Give the Gift of Health- Food As Medicine Class
Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7-9pm
Maya Blow , Herbalist, Classical Homeopath, Organic Farmer, Educator, Permaculturist, Co-Owner Soul Flower Farm, Founder and Director
Maya is presenting a program on a topic important to each of us and those we care about. Caring for the earth and caring for our bodies requires knowledge and instruction, both often lacking in the way we have been educated.
Please join us as we learn from Maya. Seating is limited and there is a per person charge of $20.   Maya is a gifted teacher who comes not only from a place of intellect but also a place from the heart. To pre-register, please email:
Maya tells us this:
Food As Medicine Class...
Many of our most common culinary herbs and garden weeds contain highly valuable medicinal properties. Wayside weeds living all around us possess special nutritional and healing powers that often surpass cultivated plants. Traditionally these medicines were eaten as foods in cultures across the globe. In this workshop we will discuss medicinal plants that can easily be incorporated into our everyday diets for maximum health benefits as well as learn some simple recipes and methods of preparation. We will discuss foods to support common ailments such as high blood pressure, insomnia, pain and inflammation, arthritis, and gut health.  We will also do some live demos and each student will receive a handout with recipes and nutritional information.  
Upcoming Events
Thursday December 6 @ 6:00 PM
First Thursday Fellowship: Meet Rev. Dennis Alger
Let's give our interim pastor, Dennis Alger, a warm Arlington welcome on Thursday. Bring a dish to share, and if you wish a beverage, too. Dennis begins an intentional interim pastor position with us Dec. 1. First time in worship is Dec. 2. This is a meet-Dennis, and a lovely start to holiday events.

Sunday December 9 @ 4:00 PM
Oakland Gay Men's Chorus- 'Tis the Season for Singing
Join the Oakland Gay Men's Chorus for 'Tis the Season for Singing, featuring beloved seasonal carols and songs to celebrate winter solstice, yuletide, and the holiday festivities. Whether you are a lover of wintertime or a Scrooge, this concert will warm your heart and fill you with the spirit of the season. Tickets available at

Monday December 10 @ 7:00 PM
Legends of the Celtic Harp Presents: A Winter Gift
Celtic legends, along with Irish and English literature woven together with beloved and rare pieces of holiday music. A concert that celebrates the central message of the Season. Hope. Hope for something wondrous. Hope for a light in the darkness. Tickets available at
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This Coming Week
Sun, December 2
Morning Worship
10:00 AM

Coffee Hour
11:00 AM

Wed, December 5
Bell Choir
6:30 PM

Choir Rehearsal
7:30 PM

Thurs, December 6
Meet Rev. Dennis Alger!
6:00 PM

Sun, December 9
Morning Worship
10:00 AM

Oakland Gay Men's Chorus
4:00 PM

Upcoming Events

Mon Dec 10  @ 7:00 PM
Legends of the Celtic Harp A Winter Gift

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