Midweek Message

November 14, 2017

Jim Hopkins

November 14, 2017

Dear LABC,
These are some of the services and ministries happening at the church this week:

  • Thursday, 10:00 a.m., Memorial Service for Warren Parker
  • Thursday, 6:00 p.m., Ceasefire Call-In
  • Friday, 7:00  p.m.,  All Youth Craft Night
  • Sunday, Before Worship at LABC and Before 1:30 p.m. at Rockridge Safeway, Turkey Drop (Contribute a frozen turkey) for City Team Ministries
  • Sunday, 10:00 a.m., Worship , including presentation of pledges
  • Sunday, Following Worship, filling of Thanksgiving Bags

It is always good to join together in worship and in service, in looking back and in looking forward, in expressing gratitude and in claiming hope.
Jim H.
The central scripture in worship on Sunday will be Matthew 25: 14-30, the Parable of the Talents. No matter how we interpret the parable it is empowering to receive the message that what we do in response to God’s trust in us is, in the words of Lindsay Armstrong, “neither trivial nor incidental.”

Prayers of the Congregation

  • Camille Parker and family as they remember Warren
  • The Singh family for Ratna (recuperating from heart surgery)
  • Dave Gattey (shoulder surgery on Wednesday)
  • Declan Brown  and family on the anniversary of Shelia’s death (November 15)
  • The American Baptist family as it mourns the death of The Reverend Edwina Hunter
  • Thanksgiving with Jessie Guiton, Jesse Lucas, Marie Johnson and Mary Sue Meads on a wonderful mission trip to Cuba. They ask that we continue to hold the Baptist churches they visited in prayer: Ciego de Avila (Emmanuel), Bolivia, and Champas
  • Rafael Soto for his family and the people of Puerto Rico
  • The people of Costa Rica, Iran and Iraq following deadly earthquakes
  • The leaders and clients of City Team Ministries
  • Larry Sims and family
  • Edie Parrott (Bancroft Convalescent Hospital)
  • Jeanette Paige as she cares for her dad
  • All our students and teachers as the Thanksgiving break approaches
  • All our home-bound members
  • Allison and Roehl as they celebrate their 10th Anniversary
  • Mary Karne for Maryla
  • Zondra Martin for Marty
  • Anne Fields for her family
  • Sean, Michel, Norman and all the unhoused residents of the East Bay
  • Thanksgiving for the work that Christine Daniel and Joe DeVries of the City of Oakland are doing to respond to the housing crisis in our city
  • LCC Teachers Teresita and Joni (health concerns)
  • Thanksgiving for Fireman Chad and all the first responders of our community
  • Sandra Dunn
  • Robert Wilkins
  • Thanksgiving with Gloria Meads on a good medical report
  • Bruce Quan for his son and daughter as they serve in the United States armed forces
  • Thanksgiving with Crena Alexander that her dad is doing well