The ParishScope
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Arlington Community Church
52 Arlington Avenue, Kensington, CA
Called to be stewards of creation & to build a just society based upon the inspiration of our faith
October 6, 2019 | Issue: 392
*Sunday October 13 @ 12:00 PM
Parade, Picnic & Blessing of the Animals
11:30 am. Parade assembles at Arlington & Amherst Aves (ACE parking lot).
12 pm. Parade starts with this year’s Grand Marshal, Rev. Nate. People and their pets are invited to join the parade in costume!
1:00. Blessing of the Animals, on the Kensington Park Big Lawn.
LIVE MUSIC with Fred Korematsu Middle School Jazz Band.
Hotdog and sausage lunches for sale.
1:30. Richmond Police Force K9 Unit demonstration.
2:00. Coloring Contest sponsored by Mechanics Bank.

We are still looking for helpers to set-up, staff, and take down our ACC table during the afternoon. Please contact Linda Young ( ) if you can help out.

Sunday October 20 @ 11:30 AM
Second Hour Discussion: Poets Examining their Faith
Emily Dickinson said, “We both believe, and disbelieve, a hundred times an hour, which keeps believing nimble.” We’ll look at a few poems (by Gerard Manley Hopkins, Elizabeth Bishop, and others) which exemplify this kind of “nimble believing,” and we’ll compare them to moments in our own spiritual lives. No poetry background required! Brought to you by the Faith Formation team.

Monday October 21 @ 10:00 AM
Memoir Group: A Fork in the Road
Monthly Memoir Group led by Ruth Robinson in the Fireside Room. Yogi Berra said: “when you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Malapropism aside, I think we’ve all come to metaphorical roads with detours and taken one, not the other. What happened on your journey? Might you write about it and share with the memoir group on October 21st?

First Thursday Fellowship
Thanks to everyone who came to our First Thursday Community Potluck. We made some new Muslim friends from the Pacifica Institute, and we heard a compelling presentation from Fatih Ates, Director of the Bay Area chapter of the PI, about the common roots of Christianity and Islam. It was so meaningful to share a meal together and be in conversation. Stay tuned for what’s next in this growing partnership.

“Learning the Score"
(a dramatic monologue from the point of view of Lazarus and the rich man)
September 29, 2019 Sermon: Rev Nate Klug
God really pulled quite a move here, didn’t he?
I even told Abraham that, when I met him.
“Did you know this is what God had in store for me?” I asked Abraham.
And he smiled and said, “God’s mysterious. Even to me.”

And for some reason, I don’t know why, at just that moment…
the image of those dogs flashed into my mind.
Those dogs from my old neighborhood.

And I remembered the way that they would greet me when they saw me.
No matter what I had done that day.
No matter how I looked.
Every time I came back to their block, it would be like a great party for them…