Midweek Message

September 17, 2013

Jim Hopkins

September 17, 2013

Thanks to Pam and John Claassen for sponsoring a Lakeshore foursome (Declan Brown, Patrick Dawkins, Ethan Hopkins and me) in yesterday’s American Baptist Homes of West Foundation Golf Classic. It was a happy day spent in support of an important ministry, ABHOW’s low-income housing programs.
Thanks to Don Dresser and Mary Sue Meads for facilitating Garrett Zambrows visit to Oakland and LABC this weekend. Garrett is riding his bike across the country to call attention to American Baptist efforts to eliminate human trafficking. If you would like to join in a part of his ride meet at the Jamba Juice at the Powell Street Marketplace in Emeryville this Saturday, September 21 at 2:00. Don will lead the participants on a 6-8 mile ride onto the Bay Bridge Bicycle path and back.
The Ceasefire Call-In last Thursday was a powerful event. Please pray for the young “loved ones” and those who are working with them as they take steps toward a different way of life. They reconvene this Thursday evening.
My sermon this Sunday, “At the Heart of Intercession,” will be taken from Jeremiah 8:18-9:1. In this text Jeremiah asks the rhetorical question, “Is there no balm in Gilead?”  The prophet’s point is that the pain of his people was beyond the ability of any medicine  (balm) from Gilead (a town that produced balms, ointments and medication that were carried by trade caravans throughout the Mediterranean world) to address.  I will note that like Jeremiah, faithful people and faithful communities are called to speak truth to suffering.

Prayers of the Congregation


  • The Harrison family as they mourn the death of Marc’s father
  • Bev and Jim Jeffery for Cynthia (John Muir Hospital)
  • Phil and Gloria Meads for Sean Sokever (husband of Cynthia Nelson) who is recuperating after being struck by an automobile while riding his bicycle
  • Kay Baxter for Stacey and Jamie
  • Larry Sims and family as they continue to mourn Leona’s death
  • George and Sylvia Lee
  • Sheila Sims
  • Carol and Steve Leichter
  • Ann Fields for Ezra
  • Lari Mussati for her son Greg and family
  • Mary Lee
  • Charlotte Myers for her sister
  • Cecil White for his brother
  • Sandra Dunn
  • Tyrone Mack
  • Joan Thatcher
  • Virginia Cheatham
  • Max Powers
  • Virginia Damretzky
  • Edna Dorenzo
  • Mary Karne for her daughter
  • LeDayne Pulaski for her father
  • Fannye Leary
  • Larry Hutchings for his mom
  • The people of Syria
  • Those impacted by the Navy Yard shootings in Washington DC
  • Those impacted by the floods in Colorado


  • Thanksgiving for the ministry of the Baptist Peace Fellowship
  • Thanksgiving for the work of American Baptist International Ministries towards the elimination of human trafficking
  • Thanksgiving for the ministry of the American Baptist Homes of the West and the American Baptist Homes of the West Foundation
  • Our nation as it honors National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
  • Thanksgiving for all our students, teachers, school, employees and their families
  • Thanksgiving for our lawyers and law office employees
  • Thanksgiving for our seminary students
  • Thanksgiving for greetings to LABC from Matt Henry and Amy Pearson in Pendleton, OR


Meetings This Sunday – Sanctuary Art Committee, 8:45 in Library, Budget Committee, 12:30 Library