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49 Knox Drive • Lafayette, CA 94549 • Phone: (925) 283-‐8722 • Fax: (925) 283-‐0138 • Email: [email protected] • Web: www.LOPC.org
Gifts to the LOPC foundation create your legacy of love and mission for the generations to come.Questions? Kristi Haigh, Foundation Trustee at [email protected], or call (925) 254-‐6023.
Peter Whitelock, Pastor / Head of Staff l Gerald Chinen, Pastor, Care l Lauren Gully, Pastor, Mission & Formation l Jaime Polson, Pastor, Families
Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church-
Alive! In Christ…In the WorldConnections
WEEKLY June 25, 2017
LOPC: All TogetherIn a church as big as ours it’s easy to lose sight of everything that we accomplish on an annual basis – but we get it done by working All Together to support the things we care so deeply about. Our “All Together” emphasis is about one thing –raising up resources to recover the financial strength that has eroded over time. Over the past 10 years our annual giving has remained strong but it has been largely flat. Due to the constant presence of inflation and rising costs, our gifts to support this ministry have lost about $400,000 in value. We’ve responded by cutting costs, restricting growth in some ministries, and, most regrettably, not adjusting staff salaries to keep them competitive and fair.
If you have already turned in your All Together commitment –Thank You very much. If you are still considering, please know how important your support is to LOPC. With your support, our programs will continue to grow and carry out our commitment to serving God in the world.
Please visit LOPC.org/alltogether to view the All Together brochure, prayer guide, ministry team videos, and more! If you haven’t yet received your All Together packet in the mail, you can pick one up in the LOPC Ministry Center.
Stephen Ministry Continuing EducationBalancing on the Slippery Slope of BoundariesTODAY at 10:15 a.m. in the Davies Room
Providing spiritual care can be a blessing to all involved. The training received as Stephen Ministers, Deacons, Ministers, and other spiritual care givers is very clear that we need to maintain boundaries spiritually, professionally and personally. Sounds black and white. However, sometimes providing spiritual care can become a bit of a slippery slope more gray than black or white, as spiritual issues often are also emotional and psychological issues.
How do we maintain confidentiality boundaries? What is it in our own lives and experiences that gets triggered by our encounters? How do we know when to refer Care Receivers to other resources/professionals? How much do we share of ourselves personally? Are there spiritual boundaries? Please join us as we explore this sometimes messy topic of boundaries and share with and learn from one another our struggles and our successes.
Although this program is sponsored by Stephen Minister continuing education, it is open to all. Please join us TODAY at 10:15 a.m. in the Davies Room.
Our facilitator, Sharon Campton, is a member of LOPC, a Stephen Minister, an ordained Commissioned Lay Pastor in the San Francisco Presbytery, an ordained Interfaith Minister, and currently serves as a Hospice Chaplain.
Mark Your Calendar
YOUTH 5th-12th grade
We offer handouts in the Narthex, including all the lyrics and texts that you see on the screen during Sunday worship services, or you can scroll to see
the PDF version of the Sunday Bulletin Supplement, which includes liturgy, lyrics, scripture, online at LOPC.org/worship/worship-‐bulletins. Please ask the ushers to assist you if you need to
use a hearing-‐aid headset.
CHILDREN infant-4th grade u TODAY, 6/25, “The Garden on Sunday Mornings” -‐ Kids from
three months old through 4th grade enjoy discovering God and making friends, 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Questions?Ryan Timpte, Director of Children’s Ministry, [email protected] or x234 Lori Robinson, Assoc. Director of Children's Ministry, [email protected] or x251Susan Wentworth, Assoc. Director of Preschool Ministry, [email protected] or x237
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u TODAY,6/25, Middle School Sunday School -‐ Youth 5th-‐8th grade gather for games and a Bible lesson, 9:00 or 11:00 a.m.
u TODAY, 6/25, Youth Pew – Worship together with an adult advisor on the short pew, middle, right side at 11:00 a.m.
u Thursday Fellowship will resume in the fall. u TODAY, 6/25, Worship times are 9:00 a.m. and 11: 00 a.m.u TODAY, 6/25, Stephen Ministry Continuing Education at
10:15 a.m. in the Davies room. See page 1.u 7/1, August FOCUS Deadline. If you have information that
you would like included in the August FOCUS, submit it online at www.LOPC.org/submission-‐for-‐focus.
u 6/26, 7/10, 7/17, 8/14, & 8/28, Lamorinda Village Chair Yoga, 1:30 p.m. -‐ 3:00 p.m. in the Oak Room. Please bring a bath-‐size towel to use on the chair. RSVP to (925) 253-‐2300.
u 7/23, 7/30, 8/13 & 8/20, Summer Choir Opportunities led by Tony & Brett. See page 4.
u 7/30, Aloha Sunday with Pastor Gerald Chinen and the Na’Okina Hawaiian Band and Dancers will lead an inspiring and joyful morning worship. See page 3.
u 9/22-‐9/23, Congo Mission Network. See more at LOPC.org.u 10/6 -‐10/8, Mount Hermon All Church Retreat, Save the Date!
The Rev. Dr. Charlene Han Powell will be the featured speaker. See page 2.
Sowers: Applications Open!A joint project of Children's Ministry and Mission, Sowers is a service-‐learning program designed to get families with elementary-‐ and middle school-‐aged children engaged in mission. Families serve together over a series of mission projects spread throughout the year. After each project, they debrief the experience together during a time of spiritual
formation, reflecting critically on the experience and seeking where God was speaking during their time together. Applications to be a part of the 2017-‐2018 Sowers program are now being accepted. For more information and to fill out an online application, please visit our page at LOPC.org. Email Ryan Timpte at [email protected] with any questions.
Church Directory Update!
Progress Report -‐ the 2017 LOPC directory is in production and we hope to be distributing them no later than the end of July. Stay tuned!
MOUNT HERMON ALL-‐CHURCH RETREATOCTOBER 6-‐8, 2017
REGISTER ONLINE AT LOPC.ORG
A STORIED PEOPLE
From Abraham and Esther to Peter and Mary, there is no doubt that Christians have a rich and complicated narrative. Some of our stories are hard to tell while others offer life and hope. Yet we live in a world that encourages us to filter our stories and our identity to the point of perfection. How do we, as people of faith, reconcile our storied pasts? More importantly, how do we tell our stories in a way that honors what God has done and also speaks to what God is doing? Join Executive Pastor of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Dr. Charlene Han Powell as she leads us in a weekend of story-‐telling and story finding.
Questions? Please contact [email protected]
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Join us Sunday, July 30, 2017Pastor Gerald Chinen and the Na ‘Okina Hawaiian Band and Dancers
will lead an inspiring and joyful morning of worship.
Lunch tickets available on the Plaza 7/9, 7/16 & 7/23 Adults $12
Kids 13+ years, $8; 4-12 years, $4; 0-3 years, FREE
Tickets also available online at LOPC.org
Bring Family and Friends, and share the Aloha Spirit!
Volunteer! Contact [email protected] or call 283-8722 x223
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Weekly CONNECTIONS Deadline: Monday by 5:00 p.m. Submit information online at www.LOPC.org/submission-‐for-‐connections
Items must be approved by your ministry leader. Information may be reduced to meet space restrictions.
Hold in PrayerOur hearts go out in loving sympathy to the friends and family of –
…Margaret Peer, who passed on 6/8/17.…Sarah Dunlop, who passed on 6/24/17. Services were held on 6/24.
Wear Your LOPC Name TagsDo you wear your name tag on Sunday morning? Or perhaps you need a new one? At LOPC, we enjoy being able to greet one another by name on Sunday mornings. If you don’t have a name tag, please sign up in the Welcome Center to have a new one printed. Recently printed name tags can be found in the Welcome Center as well. Questions? Contact [email protected]
Connect with us online!
Sing with the Noteables
No tryouts are necessary to join the Noteables-‐ just a love to sing. Rehearsals are every Thursday from 9:30 a.m.-‐ 11:00 a.m. in the Davies Room -‐ directed by Barbara Vail.
Sopranos, altos, tenors and basses are needed. Please call Barbara Vail at (925) 254-‐1819 for more information.
Summer Choir Opportunities
We are offering two Summer Choir sessions this July and August.
Session I - Led by Tony Domenick
Rehearsals: Wednesday, July 19, 7:00 p.m.-‐8:30 p.m. and
Sunday, July 23 between services.
Worship: Sunday, July 23 at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.Sunday, July 30 at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Session II - Led by Brett Strader
Rehearsals: Thursday, August 10, from 7:00 -‐ 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 13 between services.
Worship: Sunday, August 13 at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Sunday, August 20 at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Sign up at [email protected] for one or both sessions. Attendance is required at rehearsal and both
Sundays for each session.
Support Creek Kids – 7/30
On One Sunday earlier this year many LOPC children did paintings for Creek Kids Care, a local non-‐profit that creates stationery from these masterpieces.
On Aloha Sunday, July 30th, this beautiful and unique stationery will be available after each service. All proceeds from these artistic creations will go to help improve the well-‐being of children, adults and families in need, both locally and internationally.
Questions, please contact Penny Baird at [email protected]