The ParishScope
News & Events from
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
September 8, 2019 | Issue: 388
*Tuesday September 10 @ 7:00 PM
Person of the Planet Speaker: Dr. Bob Epstein-
A Carbon-Neutral Future: Strategies for a Stable Climate
Our best chance to minimize the effects of climate change is to be “carbon-neutral” by 2045. Since 2006, California has demonstrated how governments can encourage innovation and gradually reduce emissions without harming the economy. In collaboration with other sub-nations and nation, policies and innovations have been shared around the world. In the coming decade, additional strategies will be needed in order to both reduce emissions at a faster rate and start taking more carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

**Sunday September 15 @ 10:00 AM
Fall Celebration Sunday
Join us as we celebrate students, teachers, and learners of all ages, and bless our new ministry teams. Ice cream social following worship.

Saturday September 21 @ 9:00 AM
Coastal Cleanup- Point Isabel, Albany
Bring a water bottle, hat, and gloves, and you’ll be provided with the rest. We’ll gather in the parking lot beforehand so we can work together. Email to sign up.

Saturday September 21 @ 7:00 PM
Person of the Planet Film Screening: The Shame of Point Reyes
A Bay Area nature enthusiast unintentionally discovers the political power of Marin’s ranching community and the atrocities against wildlife and the environment they’ve been committing within a national seashore, all while profiting on the public’s dime. An eye-opening documentary featuring stunning footage from Point Reyes National Seashore.

Potluck Guest Speakers
We are looking for ideas for Guest Speakers for our First Thursday Community Potlucks. Topics can be educational or simply fun, geared toward the ACC family or toward the wider community. All ideas welcome! Write to .

Experience the Psalms in a New Translation
Brought to you by the Faith Formation Team
Through September 22, we’ll be experimenting with a new English translation of the Hebrew Bible, published in 2018 by the renowned Hebrew scholar and Cal professor Robert Alter. Each week in worship, we’ll experience a favorite Psalm in Alter’s translation.

Our experiment will culminate in a second-hour discussion on September 22, led by Cal professor Jonathan Sheehan, where we compare some of Alter’s choices with our favorite translations from the past.

Alter’s Hebrew Bible has been widely celebrated, critiqued, and discussed by scholars! But as far as we know, we are one of the only congregations actually experimenting with using this new translation in a worship setting.
Pastor-Parish Committee
Anita Baker, Tom Dean, and Ruth Robinson are currently serving on Rev. Nate’s newly formed Pastor-Parish Committee. A Pastor-Parish committee “works in a context of confidentiality, support, care, and honesty with the pastor, while promoting healthy communication in the congregation as a whole. A Pastoral Relations Committee is an appropriate place for the pastor to test possible goals for the congregation’s life, to receive support for their professional development, to reflect on their overall well-being in ministry, to listen to feedback and strategize potential responses…Particularly when the pastor serves in a bi-vocational capacity, this committee helps both the pastor and the congregation set and maintain appropriate expectations about the scope of work” ( A Sure Foundation , UCC Ministerial Excellence, Support, and Authorization, 2018). 

Update on Dorothy Streutker
Photo shared with permission from Dorothy

Dorothy underwent successful surgery at John Muir Medical Center on Tuesday. She expects to be transferred to Tampico Terrace Care Center (130 Tampico, Walnut Creek, CA, 94598) this weekend, for a few weeks of recovery. She thanks the congregation for their support. Please continue to keep her in your prayers. 

Poetry Events at the GTU
Rev. Nate serves on the board of the Center for the Arts and Religion (CARe) at the GTU , and he welcomes the ACC community to two literary events he is hosting at the CARe Art Gallery this month.

On Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 5 pm , Nate will be in conversation with the poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama. Pádraig leads the leads the  Corrymeela community  of Northern Ireland, a place that has offered refuge since the violent division that defined that country until the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

On Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 pm , Nate is hosting a poetry reading in conversation with the gallery’s new show on “Sacred Texts.” Esteemed poets Katie Peterson, Atsuro Riley, Derrick Austin, and Chiyuma Elliott will join Nate in reading from their work.

Both events take place at the CARe Art Gallery at 2465 Le Conte Avenue in Berkeley

New Small Group at ACC: Againg and Retirement
We are seeking to gauge the level of interest in a new small group focused on the ups and downs of retirement, aging, or life transitions. The group would be led by ACC members Caro Grosvenor, a psychotherapist, and Rev. Barry Cammer, a pastoral counselor. The group would meet for approximately 6 sessions, beginning in September, most likely on a weekday evening. Space would be limited to 8 people -- if you are interested, please let Nate know ( as soon as you can.
“God's Odd Logic"
September 1, 2019 Sermon: Rev Nate Klug
This was our wedding feast, we thought.

And it was going exactly as we had hoped…

And then a family friend, I’ll call him Fred, stood up and got in line.

Now, Fred wasn’t a particularly religious person. But that was OK.

Plenty of non-church-going folks were taking communion that day. We had said very clearly our table was open to all.

But Fred was a particularly vocal non-church-going person.
And -- more importantly -- he was also working as the volunteer wedding planner that day!

A Gift Made in Honor of Rev. Ken Barnes
We have received an anonymous gift of $1,000 to honor Ken Barnes’ unselfish, honest, and courageous service to his flock. Ken Barnes was pastor of ACC from 1980-2002, and Current Member of ACC.
The ACC 2019 Fall Directory
The ACC Fall 2019 Directory will be released in the next month! Draft copies will be available in the Social Hall following morning worship for members to review and leave notes for any changed information since 2018. Please DO NOT take these copies home so other members may review the information.

For members & friends unable to attend morning worship this month:

If you would like to be added to ACC's 2019 directory or if any of your contact information has changed in the last year, please contact the office. You can reach our Office Administrator, Jacob Day, during his office hours on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM, or email him at anytime with your contact information.