June 2, 2019 
Volume, 374
This Week's Edition Vol. 374
Improvements to Our Church
Vision 2020 and Capital Campaign Midpoint Update Report
It's Complicated: A Summer Sermon Series
An Excerpt from Nate's May 26, 2019 Sermon
Interfaith Power & Light
Russ Week's in Pleasant Hill
Ramadan Iftar Dinner
June Everyone's Fellowship
Upcoming Events
Nate's Installation
This Coming Week
Improvements to Our Church

Two summer construction projects are scheduled to enhance our church building and exterior. Read more below, and keep us in prayer during this time of transition!
Roof Replacement Project
The twenty-three-year-old roof over the Sanctuary and Office area will be replaced, due to wind and rain damage. This project emerged as an urgent need after the winter. The replacement will commence July 8, and last approximately 6 weeks.
Concrete Project
Following the roof replacement project, our concrete project will start on August 19. The project will consist of replacing the retaining wall at the north end of the church, and the stairs from the patio down to the east end of the Kensington Nursery School walkway, as well and the patio itself and the wooden deck leading to it from the church Social Hall. This project is expected to last 4-6 weeks.
If you have specific questions about either project, please talk to Randy Laferte or David Hertzer.
Vision 2020 and Capital Campaign Midpoint Update Report
May 24, 2019
Compiled by Linda Young, Vice Moderator, 
with input from Council & Trustees

We are well on our way to reaching our goals, both in pledges collected from the 2017 Capital Campaign, and in completing original 2020 planned projects.   Council wishes the congregation to see current progress at this point. The council has learned about some unforeseen expenses that need immediate attention and is working on prioritizing. More information will come soon. Click the link below to read the full update report.

Important Opportunities to Give
The Council, 2020 Planning Committee, Capital Campaign Committee, and Board of Building and Grounds trustees have all worked hard to provide good stewardship of our building and grounds, and are deeply grateful for the generosity of the Congregation during the Capital Campaign 2017, as well as for generous estate bequests and gifts, Endowment Trustees, and our Treasurer's management of funds.
  • If you made a "one-time donation" to the 2020 Capital Campaign and intended to add another, this is a good time.
  • Perhaps you have still not pledged or contributed to the Capital Campaign and would like to make a pledge.
If you wish to write a check, write it payable to ACC with Capital Campaign in the left bottom corner. You may put it in the offering plate, or mail to Elena Caruthers 234 Williamette Ave, Kensington, CA 94708
It's Complicated: 
A Summer Sermon Series  
Life is full of blessings that can also feel like burdens. How do we navigate situations that require all of our head and heart, and still might not have an answer?
Join us as we have fun exploring a different "complicated" topic each Sunday morning, from family to money to tradition.
June 2. "It's Complicated: Success."
Text: Acts 16:16-34. Rev. Nate Klug preaching.
June 9. "It's Complicated: The Gift of Many Tongues."
Pentecost Sunday. Text: Genesis 11:1-9, Acts 2:1-21. Rev. Nate Klug preaching.
June 16. "It's Complicated: Tradition."
Text: Genesis 32: 22-32. Rev. Nate Klug preaching.
June 23. "It's Complicated: Identity and Unity."
Text: Galatians 3:27-29. Rev. Dr. Melinda McLain (Mira Vista UCC) preaching.
June 30. "It's Complicated: Having a Calling."
Text: Isaiah 6:1-8. Rev. Nate Klug preaching.
From " How Do We Know That God is Alive?"
Rev. Nate Klug's sermon on John 14: 15-21.
There is a crucial word in our text today that gets repeated.
"Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, the Advocate..."
all these phrases translate the same crucial word in Greek.
It's the word Paraclete.
One of the first times I heard this word "Paraclete," I was in my orientation week at Divinity School.
Like many students there, I was relatively new to Christianity.
New to calling myself a person of faith.
And like many other students there, I thought I was the only one in that boat at all!...

Interfaith Power & Light
On May 9th, Rev. Susan Hendershot, president of Interfaith Power &
Light, was our speaker for the Person of the Planet's May meeting.
A Letter from Interfaith Power & Light:
Every Saturday I walk from my home to the local farmers market to do my shopping for the week. While I pick out blueberries, walnuts, carrots, and spinach, I talk with the farmers who bring such abundance to me each week. They work the soil, plant the seeds, and tend the harvest-using science in order to understand the life of the plants that they produce for food.

Russ Weeks in Pleasant Hill
Russ Weeks, with his daughter Cathy and his son Grant, at Windsor Rosewood Care Canter in Pleasant Hill. Photo shared with their permission. Russ is healing slowly. He passes on his greetings to his church family, and welcomes visitors!
Ramadan Iftar Dinner
Pictures from our visit on Saturday to the Pacifica Institute for the Ramadan Iftar dinner. Great to meet our Muslim neighbors!

June Everyone's Fellowship
Are You Recycling Wrong?
June 6, 2019
6:00 p.m. for dinner, 7:15 for program
Should you put the plastic clamshell container that held berries into the recycling bin? Can you recycle juice boxes? How about plastic bags?
Greg Christie, Manager of Bay View Refuse and Recycling, will address our recycling questions at the First Thursday Potluck on June 6. Bring something to share for the meal, bring a friend, and maybe bring an example of one of your recycling questions.
Upcoming Events
Sunday June 16 @ 11:30 AM
Poems for Ordinary Time
What do we do once Easter and Pentecost have ended, and we re-enter "Ordinary Time"? Join us after coffee hour as we read a few poems that explore the spirituality of everyday experience. No poetry background needed!
Nate's Installation: 
A Celebration of our Covenant!
Sunday June 30 @ 2:00 PM

All are welcome, as we gather in the sanctuary to celebrate the covenant between Arlington Community Church and Nate! We'll have a short worship celebration with lots of music and some surprise guests, and then we'll gather for delicious food in the Social Hall. All churches from the Bay Association of the United Church of Christ will be invited, so come and connect with the wider church community.
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This Coming Week
Sun, June 2
Morning Worship
10:00 AM

Weds, June 5
Trustees Meeting
2:00 PM

Bell Choir
6:30 PM

Choir Rehearsal
7:30 PM

Thurs, June 6
First Thursday Fellowship
6:00 PM

Sun, June 9
Pentecost Sunday
You are invited to dress in RED!
10:00 AM

Upcoming Events

Thurs June 6 @ 6:00 PM
First Thursday Fellowship

Sun June 16 @ 11:30 AM
Poems for Ordinary Time

Mon June 17 @ 10:00 AM
Memoir Group

Sun June 30 @ 2:00 PM
Nate's Installation

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