Midweek Message

November 28, 2017

Jim Hopkins

November 28, 2017

Dear LABC,
It has been good to experience the season of Thanksgiving  as part of the LABC community. I now look forward to joining you in the journey through Advent to Christmas and the New Year.
In worship on Sunday we will light the Advent Candle of Hope, share Communion, be blessed by the music of our Handbell Ensemble and Choir and hear Paul’s promise to the church in Corinth (I Corinthians 1; 3-9), God is faithful.”
There is much to look forward to,  participate in  and invite friends to share in during the month of December. Underlying all the services, activities and ministries is the promise of God’s faithfulness. This promise means that we do what we do not from a place of  fear but from a heart of joy. May joy permeate the days ahead.
Jim H.

Prayers of the Congregation

  • All who are grieving
  • All who are hoping
  • All who are wondering
  • All who are traveling
  • Jewelle Gibbs, knee surgery on Tuesday
  • LCC teachers Teresita Arciaga and Joni Nomura – Health concerns)
  • Jesus Portillo for Max’s mom as she recovers from multiple strokes and for Ana and Juan as they grieve
  • Thanksgiving with Margaret Alexander on her birthday
  • The Singh family for Ratna (recuperating at home)
  • Thanksgiving Dave Gattey was able to be in worship
  • Anthony Marshall and Leslyn Henry
  • The Baptist Churches of Cuba, especially Ciego de Avila (Emmanuel), Bolivia, and Champas
  • Rafael Soto for his family and the people of Puerto Rico
  • The churches of the Evergreen Baptist Association as they prepare for Advent and Christmas
  • Tess Benin for Chris
  • Larry Sims and family
  • Edie Parrott (Bancroft Convalescent Hospital)
  • Jeanette Paige as she cares for her dad
  • All our students and teachers
  • All our home-bound members
  • Mary Karne for Maryla
  • Zondra Martin for Marty
  • Ann Fields for her family
  • All who are looking for housing and employment
  • Sandra Dunn
  • Robert Wilkins
  • Gloria and Phil Meads for their family
  • 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
  • All who live with depression and anxiety
  • Sydney Webster as she prepares for her December 16 Service of Ordination
  • Cathy Glover for her mother-in-law as she moves to the Bay Area
  • Carolyn Matthews for her son-in-law (health concerns)
  • Cecil White for his brother Ken (surgery on Tuesday)
  • Kay Baxter for her family
  • The students, families and employees of the Oakland Unified School District as its leadership navigates yet another budget crisis
  • Everyone involved in Ceasefire Oakland, may December be a season of peace
  • Celestine Bennett as she cares for her sister
  • Rafael Soto for his family and for all the people of Puerto Rico
  • The people of Syria, Yemen and Myanmar
  • World AIDS Day, December 1


Tyrone and I thank you for the wonderful celebration of our birthdays this past Sunday. It was a splendid event.
Please join us after worship on Sunday for an hour or two and help decorate for Christmas.  Our youth also invite us to join in their annual Holiday Bazaar following worship.
Today, Tuesday November 28, is Giving Tuesday. Join me in supporting a charity, ministry or organization beyond our church which works for the good of a community.