At this week’s The Friday Gathering, we’ll be studying the parable of the Great Banquet! Come and see how Jesus used this metaphor of people rejecting an invitation to a banquet to describe the ways we come up with to reject Jesus’ invitation to the kingdom of heaven, to our loss.
On this special day meant to be about love, we want to make it about something more than romantic love. So on valentine’s day, we’re going to be going to nursing homes to try and share the love of God with people who the world has neglected and who otherwise have very few people to visit. Come with us as we try to love the elderly! And we’ll get a nice dinner together afterwards :)
Pickups: 5:10 pm @ Sather Gate
Come join us for the Friday Gathering! This week we’ll be learning about the parable of the prodigal son. Come learn about this most famous of parables and see how Jesus used it to describe our relationship with God and God’s love for us.
Throughout the semester we’ll be learning about Jesus’ parables! Jesus’ parables have been studied for years, and remain a popular subject of study for Christians and non-Christians alike even today! Come learn about them with us, and see what Jesus was trying to teach through these creative stories!
Pickups will be at 6 pm. Let one of the staff know if you need a ride!
Get away from the noise and crowds of Berkeley to get some focused studying done! We’ll be reserving a room at our church building in Alameda and studying together there. Dinner will be provided at 7 pm :)
When: 10 am - 11 pm
Where: 1275 Harbor Bay Parkway, Alameda (contact one of the staff or your friends if you need a ride)
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”
Why is Christmas so wonderful? What is the story behind Christmas - the birth of Jesus Christ? We are going to learn about the story of Christmas by interacting with some of the key characters in the Christmas account. In addition, we will sing some famous Christmas carols, and play a very fun gift exchange game. Come join us and end the semester with a Christmas spirit filled party.
The semester is coming to an end, and sadly some of our exchange student friends will be leaving soon. We’ll miss them! Come join us for this special bible study as we reminisce about this past year, consider what’s important for the next stage of our lives, and make gifts for the people leaving to remember their time here!
What’s the purpose of the Thanksgiving holiday? Gratitude and thanksgiving are essential virtues to Christian life, and really life in general, and we would like to suggest that making the effort to be a more grateful person can really enrich the way you live your life and help you to be more in tune with reality, so come join us this Friday and learn why this is true!
Come join us for our annual Thanksgiving Retreat! We’ll have a time of hearing from messages encouraging us to think back on all that we have to be grateful for, stories from people’s lives, hearing what the rest of the church has been up to, and some fun entertainment!
How does a person go from not believing in Christianity at all to making it the most important thing in their lives? What questions did they need to get answered? What made them curious about Christianity in the first place? What made them finally decide that being Christian is worth it? Come to our Friday Gathering and hear some of our members share stories about how they became Christian!
For the exchange students from China who want to broaden their understanding about life and about this world, we want to invite you to the Gospel Night. We will explore and discuss topics that help you make sense of this world, of yourself, and of your relationships with others. We will also provide a home-made dinner, yummy snacks, and lots of food for thoughts. So, bring your open minds and empty stomachs! We promise to fill them up for you!
"Christianity doesn't make any sense right from the start. If God is so powerful, why didn't he just destroy the talking snake from the beginning so that none of the evil stuff would happen to Adam and Eve and to the rest of the humanity?", asked an honest thinker.
If you have similar questions, we invite you to our Friday Gathering this Friday to learn and discuss why God did not just destroy the devil. You may very well be surprised by the answers to these questions.