Midweek Message

Season of Pentecost – Thursday, June 4

Jim Hopkins

June 3, 2020

38th Annual Hunger Walk

This coming Sunday is Hunger Walk Sunday. Many of us have already begun, and even completed, our walks. I trust that we will all participate in some way.


Together In Spirit (Thursday evenings at 6:00)

Two weeks ago we began our study of the parables of Jesus. We started with the parables that Archibald Hunter describes as parables of the “grace of the Kingdom.” In looking at the “three lost things” of Luke 15 and the parable of the vineyard owner in Matthew 20, we have discovered that God’s grace reaches out to all of us no matter who we are or our state and that God’s grace is not given in pieces but wholly given to all. This Thursday we will be looking at two parables from Matthew 21:28-32 (two sons) and Luke 7:36-50 (two debtors), as we continue our discussion.

Pastor Carolyn

Apply To Be On the Oakland Police Commission

The need for effective community oversight of policing has never more clear. Oakland leads the nation in making these changes. In 2016, Oakland voters created the Police Commission, which gives Commissioners decision-making powers like hiring and firing, and making policy changes within the Department. Commissioners are community members like you, not police officers or politicians.   Who can hold Oakland police accountable? Who can change OPD policies? Who can discipline police officers who don’t follow the rules? The Oakland Police Commission can. The Police Commission is only two years old, and it is already making major changes. What happens if officers don’t follow the policy? The commission can discipline them. The commission fired the officers who killed Joshua Pawlik in 2018.   We need you. Apply to be on the Police Commission, which is changing OPD policies and overseeing police discipline. It takes significant time in meetings, meeting prep, and committee work, but you can help bring fair and just policing to Oakland communities.

The panel that selects most of the commissioners is looking for diversity and is encouraging people from impacted communities to apply. If you are over 18 and live in Oakland, you qualify—as long as you are not a police officer, a former Oakland police officer, a City employee, a current or former representative of a police union, or an attorney who has filed a claim or lawsuit against OPD. Formerly incarcerated individuals are encouraged to apply.   Applications are due by June 16, 2020 To apply, click here. Look for the Apply Now button. If you don’t have access to the Internet, or if you have any questions, call Lorelei at (408) 275-9567 between 8:00 am and 10:00 pm.

When you submit an application, it becomes a public record and can be viewed by anyone, although personal contact information is redacted.   Learn more For more information, click here. You can watch videos of past meetings, find out about upcoming meetings, read Measure LL (the law that created the Police Commission in 2016), and more. Problems? Questions? Suggestions? Requests? Please contact Lorelei at (408) 275-9567 between 8:00 am and 10:00 pm.