February 10-17, 2019 
Volume, 358
This Week's Edition Vol. 358
Welcome Rev. Nate Klug to ACC!
Fallible, Whew!
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This Coming Week
ACC Welcomes Nate Klug as our Designated Term Pastor!

On November 27, Candidate for Ministry, Rev. Nate Klug joined us in worship and delivered the Sunday Sermon.  After worship, in our Congregational Annual Meeting, the Congregation voted by ballot unanimously to call Rev. Nate Klug to serve ACC as our Designated Term Pastor beginning March 3rd!   We are grateful for the transitional work that Rev. Dennis Alger has been providing to bring us to this point.   We look forward to an exciting future with ACC's Ministry in the Community. 
Fallible, whew  
OK, you caught it. I misspelled Nathanael not just one but twice; I guess I was consistent. It might be worthwhile to proof read my "stream of consciousness" style of writing. Thanks for understanding.
 
I'm composing this on February 3rd, reflecting on the morning's service and the closeness it deepened. Soon I will be elsewhere, but I will remember you with fondness and appreciation.
 
A couple weeks ago I wrote about Yuval Noah Harari's 21 Lessons for the 21st Century and I want to highlight more of his wisdom as it reflects part of the morning's conversation about power.
 
Truth and power can travel together only so far. Sooner or later they go their separate paths. If you want power, at some point you will have to spread fiction. If you want to know the truth about the world, at some point you will have to renounce power [think Jesus in the wilderness]. You will have to admit things-for example, about the sources of your own power-that will anger allies, dishearten followers, or undermine social harmony. Scholars throughout history have faced this dilemma: Do they serve power or truth?...
 
As a species, humans prefer power to truth. We spend far more time and effort on trying to control the world than on trying to understand it-and even when we try to understand it, we usually do so in the hope that understanding the world will make it easier to control it. (p. 247)
 
Later, in discussing ways in which we give power away to technology, and those controlling it, I offer these thoughts for your consideration:
 
Technology can help you a lot [but] you might become a hostage to its agenda. Thousands of years ago humans invented agriculture, but this technology enriched just a tiny elite while enslaving the majority... Most people found themselves working from sunrise to sunset plucking weeds, carrying water..., and harvesting...under a blazing sun. It could happen to you too.
 
Technology isn't bad. If you know what you want in life, technology can help you get it. But if you don't know what you want..., it will be all too easy for technology to shape your aims...and take over your life. Especially as technology gets better at understanding humans, you might increasingly find yourself serving it, rather than it serving you. Have you seen those zombies who roam the streets with their faces glued to their smartphones? (p. 271)
 
And then there is this reminder about the radical nature of the faith-from Amos/Micah/Isaiah/Jeremiah and others through John and Jesus to us. The church must always be "political" in that we challenge the way decisions are made (inside and outside of the church) when those decisions are not benefitting the common good. Ella Baker, quoted in a recent Sojourners daily devotional (sojo.net), says I use the term radical in its original meaning-getting down to and understanding the root cause. It means facing a system that does not lend itself to your needs and devising means by which you change that system. While the church is mandated to speak truth to power in the form of policy/program, we cannot promote candidates. Simple
 
See you in church (or the place of your choosing; let me know).
 
-        Dennis
Upcoming Events
Monday February 11 @ 6:30 PM
CERT Training
Every Monday January 7 - February 26. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) teaches neighbors to help themselves and help each other. Through CERT, you will receive hands-on training in Disaster First Aid, Disaster Preparedness, Basic Firefighting, Light Search and Rescue, Damage Assessment, and How to Turn Off Utilities. Those interested in learning more about CERT can do so by visiting the El Cerrito City website at EL-CERRITO.ORG and viewing the CERT page under Public Safety.
 
Monday February 18 @ 10:00 AM
Memoir Group
How about we give ourselves a challenge? Dennis Alger mentioned this in a recent Parishscope post, and I think we're up for it. "What was the biggest mistake your religion, ideology, or worldview committed? What did it get wrong?" - suggested from the book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari, via Dennis Alger. Please know you are welcome to join us, with or without something written, on this topic or a topic of your choosing.
 
Friday February 22 @ 6:00 PM
Bridge Night
Monthly potluck and bridge play at all levels for ACC'ers and guests.
Interim Pastor Office Hours

Rev. Dennis Alger, will be holding regular office hours most weekdays from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM or by appointment. 

Dennis will not be in the office for regular hours February 11-15 and will be available by appointment only.  

INTERIM PASTOR CONTACT INFO
 
EMAIL
alohacda@gmail.com or pastor.accucc@gmail.com
 
PHONE
Office: (510) 526-9146, Extension 2. Pastor Confidential Voicemail
Cell: (503) 312-7614
Need a Ride to Church?

Tim is no longer available for rides to church or other ACC events.  Church Members  can still call a cab or any of the other ride services. You will have to pay and give a receipt to Randy for reimbursement. You can use these options for a ride to any church activity.
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This Coming Week
  
Sun, February 10
Morning Worship
10:00 AM

Mon, February 11
CERT Training
6:30 PM

Weds, February 13
Adult Choir
7:30 PM

Sun, February 17
Morning Worship
10:00 AM


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Memoir Group

Mon Feb  18 @ 6:30 PM
CERT Training

Fri Feb 22 @ 6:00 PM
Bridge Night





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