Midweek Message

August 1, 2017

Jim Hopkins

August 1, 2017

Dear LABC,
One of the weekly tasks I enjoy is changing the sign in the churchyard. Knowing that I won’t be around to do it for a few Mondays (taking a little vacation beginning on August 4) the message I put up today reads “May You Find Summer.” It represents my hope, even my prayer,  that as July ends and August begins all of us, even if for only a day, will find a slower pace, a beautiful place and rest from the race.
Having said the above, thirteen our of number: Allison, Paul, Carla, Julia, Jackie, Rose, Jasmine, Mason, Peggy, Sabina, Karen and Betty are working hard in New Orleans as part of “Till The Work Is Done,” a mission project of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies. Please hold them, and those they minister to and with, in prayer. They return home on Saturday.
Sunday also brought invitations to join in our November Mission Trip to Cuba (see Jesse Lucas), Mentoring at Skyline High School (see Jesus Portillo) and our Sanctuary Witness (See Hallie Randel or Alice Butler)
This Sunday, a Communion Sunday, is Disability Awareness Sunday. Sydney Webster will be our preacher. She invites individuals and families who live with mental health concerns to join in a conversation during the Forum time following worship.

Prayers of the Congregation

  • Georgia Upshaw as she mourns her brother, Monte
  • Cecil White for his sister, Caroline (hospice)
  • Kay Baxter for her sister Vee and family as they mourn the death of Abbott
  • David and Carol Bartlett (David  is in the University of Chicago Hospital)
  • Whitley Joaquim (health)
  • Paul and Johanna Wilkinson for Gloria Joseph
  • Karen Okusu as she cares for her mom
  • Cameron Wilson for her cousin (health)
  • Anthony Marshall and Leslyn Henry
  • Mary Karne for her family and herself
  • Dwight Dickerson for the Dees-Dickerson family as they mourn the death of longtime friend, Paul Tjogas
  • Mariel Paul as she begins her graduate program (MSW) at USC
  • Karen Hopkins for dad, Lyle Hathaway (health)
  • Sharon Gordon-Greer for Louis
  • Teresita Arciaga, LCC teacher (health)
  • Margaret Alexander and family
  • Charlene Wolf  for friend Kaye and family
  • For tenants and property owners
  • The Parker family
  • Ann Fields and family
  • Alean Saunders-Coffey for her brother
  • Kathleen Donson Soots for her brothers and herself
  • Katrina Lau (health)
  • Robert Wilkins (health)
  • Sandra Dunn (health)
  • Pastor Rick Mixon and the congregation of FBC Palo Alto in the midst of debate with the city of Palo Alto
  • LeAnn Flesher as she presents a paper at the International Society of Biblical Literature meeting in Berlin
  • Barbara Bowman as she recuperates from surgery
  • Those who fight the wildfires that plague the West
  • Those who serve the public in city, county and state offices
  • Thanksgiving with Rick McKillop and Jan Nussbaum as they celebrate their 37th Anniversary, prayers for their daughter Molly
  • The Templeton/Wise family as they mourn the death of a beloved pet
  • Thanksgiving with Jessie Guiton and family on Valentina’s first birthday
  • Thanksgiving with Marie Johnson that her mom is able to be on a cruise with family and for the music and musicians of LABC
  • Thanksgiving with Virginia McClow for safe travels
  • Thanksgiving with Carolyn Matthews that her sister, Kimberly, was able to visit
  • Thanksgiving for our Recycling Team


The memorial service for James Chuck is this Saturday, August 5 at 1:00 at the Oakland Burmese Mission Baptist Church.

God’s dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion. – Desmond Tutu