Midweek Message

January 29, 2019

Jim Hopkins

January 29, 2019


A very full week awaits us. Here are some of the highlights.

Tuesday Soup and Study and Wednesday Prayer and Bible Study will begin considering the “Highlights of the Book of Numbers.” In the weeks leading up to Lent we will learn from the text that Judaism calls “In the Wilderness.” There are some very interesting passages to consider culminating in the story of a talking donkey.

Justice Jam – “Mass Migration: What’s Going On?” Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:00, Sanctuary

African American Art Festival, Saturday, 10:00- 4:00, Barnett Hall

Sydney Webster will be our guest preacher on Sunday. Her sermon will be “I’m Just Trying to Make it to the Other Side.”

A postscript to my “Reconsidering the Omnis” sermon. “There is one last piece in the puzzle that will help us think about challenges facing this nation, and perhaps not this country alone. The problem is that language about Christ the King, God as all-powerful, Christian soldiers, and the like, saturates the rituals, hymns, holy-days, and lectionaries of at least Christian churches, if not also other religious organizations. So, in the face of the “Trump Prophecy,” perhaps religious people of all stripes need to consider the place of unconstrained and arbitrary power in political life lest we devolve into endless strife. ” (William Schweiker, “On Gods and Kings”)

Prayers of the Congregation

Sheila Sims and family as they mourn the death of Sheila’s brother, Charles Tregle (Funeral will be Friday, 11:00 a.m. at Thessalonians Baptist Church  in Stockton), Amber Picou-Broadnax as she mourns the death of her father (Memorial Reception Thursday, 2-4, in Family Room), Jennifer Pancoe as she mourns the death of Margaret Haworth (wife of former LABC Associate Pastor, the late Richard Haworth), Yvonne Potts as she mourns the loss of a cousin, Mikki Boyd as she mourns the death of an uncle and cares for another, Don Dresser (health), Jamie Reid (health), Cynthia Nelson (health), Jewelle Gibbs (health), Cecil White (health), Sandra Dunn (health), Gloria and Phil for June, Billy, Jane, Tiffany,  Alfonso and granddaughter Arielle (health), Mary Karne for daughter Maryla (health), LeAnn Flesher for her dad (health), Rafael Soto for his work colleagues and for the people of Puerto Rico, Marie Johnson (health), Julio Cash for his mother, Margaret Alexander for the federal employees who are trying to survive without paychecks, the homeless residents of the Bay Area, all our students, teachers and school employees, Margaret Oladoja, thanksgiving for the LABC office staff and volunteers, Bjoe Morris in need of housing, Helen Harrison for Brody and Dave Prado as they mourn the death of their mom/wife (Brody is a good friend of Sam Harrison),  Wayne Hutton (health), Thanksgiving with Redwood Glen on achieving water independence, Jeanne Robinson for her sister-in-law Laurlee (health), Tess Benin and those she cares for, Celestine Bennett as she cares for her sister, Prayers for our young people as they are finding way


The Church Directories we distributed on Sunday are incomplete, almost half of the pages were not printed. We are sorry for the confusion. We were recently required to shift to a cloud based data system and the transition has not been seamless. What would be most helpful to us is if you would review your information and, especially if there have been changes in your family’s contact information in the last year,  let the office know in writing of needed corrections.