05.06.2014 | eNews | Bi-Weekly Edition of  Happenings from Harrison

What's New?

Calendar Changes in May: Leadership Council & Congregational Forum
For details, please
click here

Sunday is Mother's Day
May 11, 2014

Stewardship 2014

2nd Monday Creative Arts Cafe
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3rd Friday Movie Night &
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Congregational Life
Community Interest
FCCO Stuff
Pastor on Duty
   Priestess Akhi Nu
How to Get Involved:
   Worship & Arts
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Dear ,

Thank you for taking the time to read our eNewsletter. As you may remember, the Communications Triad will be sending the eNews on or about the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays.

Sunday's Worship & Praise is blessed with the FCCO Voices of Praise Choir lead by Ashley Moore our Music Director. Please come and sing, dance, & praise with us on Sunday at 10:30!!

Our Stewardship Triad began a 'soft campaign' this month. Our finances are in very good shape due to lots of hard work by all of you. Our 2014 Stewardship Drive will be more formally intorduced in the upcoming weeks, but please beat the virtual crowds and visit the
This Monday May 12 from 6pm to 9pm Shantell Honeycutt will be hosting the monthly Creative Arts Cafe in the CYF Room. Please bring your dinner and creativity!

Friday May 16th is 3rd Friday's Movie Night hosted by Ronnie Casey. Screened in the Collins Chapel, Ronnie has fresh popcorn, FREE prizes, and lots of fun. Doors open at 6pm, Show at 7:00pm.

Saturday May 17, from 10am-3pm
will be the monthly Church Work Day & Pizza Party!
See below for details. Just so you know, pizza will be delivered around noon and best of all
 you don't need to work to enjoy Pizza! 

To accommodate the schedules of many members, our  May Leadership Council & May Congregational Forum have been rescheduled. For details, please click here.

And finally, a reminder from the Pastoral Triad to please provide your feedback on the survey. If you did not receive your survey link, please email Soo Hyun Han or Todd Harvey for a new copy or resend the link.


Peace and Blessings, The FCCO Communications Triad  


Sunday Worship at First Congregational Church
 pastorondutyPriestess Akhi Nu
Sundays in May| 10:30 am | FCCO Sanctuary
You are invited to come any time after 10am and enjoy coffee or tea before service, and join us for Potluck Sunday following service.
upcomingpreachersUpcoming Preachers

May 11 | Priestess Ahki Nu

May 18 | Jean Jeffress

May 25 | Rev. Kamal Hassan
For all the latest sermons at FCCO, please visit the Sermon Archive.
First Congo Deacons' Blanket, Food, Coat & Toiletries Drive 


The Deacons like to have these items on hand for people in need who come to the church during the week. We are asking YOU to help us with this important work by donating the following:

Canned Foods
w/ Easy open lids

Blankets | Socks | Coats
for the cold weather
NEW Toiletries:

Toothpaste, Soap, Razors, Hand sanitizer, Shampoo, Deodorant, etc


Please bring your donations
to FCCO and leave with Campus Care or call Deacon Carol at 415-710-8391 or email the deacons at fcco-deacons@googlegroups.com to make alternative arrangements.

Your gift is a blessing. Thank you.
Many people have asked "How can I be involved with the church?" FCCO has many opportunities for YOU to get involved and meet people. Please check out the list below and see if there is something YOU wish to participate in:
  • Have you ever felt the desire to be involved in visioning or leading a Spiritual Formation opportunity of some kind? Contact Nichola or Marcia for more information.
  • Do you enjoy greeting and talking with people? Contact Dawn Raymond to become a greeter on Sunday mornings.  
  • Have you ever felt like helping others celebrate their joys or help them through the hard times? Contact our deacons to see how you can tap in, FCCO-deacons@googlegroups.com.  
  • Have you felt the desire to help plan a worship service? Contact worshipandartsteam@googlegroups.com.
  • Do you enjoy coffee, tea, and conversation? Contact Lindsay to get on board. 

FCCO is excited about the depth and breadth of gifts and skills among you, and would love to help you share them. Hope to hear from you!


goodsearchupdateGoodsearch Update: A Little Adds Up!

Many thanks to those who have signed up for the Goodsearch!! We have together raised $145.84 so far! For more information and to get started, click here.
comcalFirst Congregational Church of  Oakland
Congregational Life 
FCCO monthly Meeting Re-Scheduling

May Leadership Council
May Congregational Forum
May 18, 2014 | New Oakland Rm | 1:15pm
June 1, 2014 | New Oakland Rm | 1:15pm
[Changed from May 11 to May 18]
[Changed from May 25 to June 1]

Due to summer schedules, we have rescheduled our monthly meetings for May 2014.

2nd Mondays Creative Arts Cafe 
6:30 - 9pm | CYF Room/Downstairs

Deacon Shantell Honeycut opens up the CYF Room for all Creative Souls to come and ... CREATE!

movieFriday Movie Night at FCCO 
Hosted by Ronnie Casey
Friday May 16, 2014
6:00 pm Doors| 7:00 PM Show | Collins Chapel  

"Mom is many things....normal isn't one of them."

Movie Night celebrates the week of MOTHER'S DAY with a special screening of the film 'MERMAIDS'.

Join us May 16 with this hilarious and heartwarming portrait of a 1960's single-parent family trying to adjust to each other's growing independence. Charlotte is an adolescent girl torn between her blossoming passions for a handsome caretaker and her desire to be a nun (a tough calling for a girl who's Jewish). Complicating her already precarious teen angst is her little sister, a determined would-be swimmer she affectionately calls "fishhead", and their mother, a non-traditional, sexy, flamboyant woman who relocates them to a new town every time she causes a hint of scandal, which is often. But even as their personal styles clash, these three incredibly different individuals begin to see that nothing, not even a life-threatening tragedy, can tear apart the bonds of family.

We look forward to having you join us! 
Collins Chapel's Pew Cushion Donation Page

This year, Movie Night's Fundraiser is for new pew cushions in Collins Chapel.
Please visit www.firstoakland.org/pewcushions to donate today.
cafe3rd Saturdays Church Project & Pizza Day
10:00 am - 3:00 pm | FCCO
Noon - Finish | Pizza
May 17 | Jun 21 

Our 3rd Saturday of the Month Church Project Day is May 17.

Thanks to a generous donation, this month we will be enjoying pizza for lunch! We will have the traditional cheese and peperoni pizzas. Please RSVP [email angel@firstoakland.org] if you have a particular pizza you would like to order.

This month, we would like to clean up some of the overgrowth along the 27th Street area, and moving some boxes from the basement upstairs. We dont have a "must do" project so if there is something your interested in doing, please stop by.

You do not need to work in order to enjoy pizza so please feel free to come and pizza-lize with us. We look forward to having you join us! 

FCCO New Postcard Contest
Friday March 7 Submissions Due 

FCCO needs a new postcard
and the Communications Triad discerned that we need a Postcard Contest!

The guidelines are simple:
  • Must represent the Mission and Vision of FCCO,
  • Must include our Name and Address,
  • Size: 4x6 inches, portrait or landscape,
  • Color on the FRONT, black and white on the back BACK.
  • Non-Digital art accepted! 


We are excited about the depth and breadth of gifts and skills among you, and would love to help you share them. 


Please send your entries to fccoweb@gmail.com by Friday March 7, 2014.  

Drop off your returnable art at First Congregational Church of Oakland any Sunday or to schedule a drop off, email us or contact Angel Starr at 510-938-4913. 


All entries will be considered for selection as our New FCCO Postcard. The Members of FCCO will determine the final winners.


Our Extended Community Events at
First Congregational Church
of Oakland
W.O.W. Word on Wednesdays    
Wednesdays | 7:00 pm |Collins Chapel

Please join Citadel of Praise and Pastor Newsome for a regular Bible Study in Collins Chapel.

All are welcome, and membership or attendance to either Citadel of Praise or First Congregational is not required.

Please email Pastor Newsome for more information.

An urban Benedictine Meditation Center
Visit their website for a schedule and more information. 


Visit FCCO's Event & Calendar Page for more events.     

If you or your group wish to have a listing, please contact:
fconews@gmail.com or visit our online submission form here.

Community Interest


Charlotte Maxwell  
Complementary Clinic

Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic
is a state licensed health clinic providing free complementary alternative medical treatments to low-income women with cancer.

Services include acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Western herbs, homeopathy, massage, and therapeutic imagery.


Please visit their webpage.  


The Oakland clinic is located at 610 16th St., Suite 426, Oakland CA 94612. The phone number is: (510) 601-7660.
Experience Corps Bay Area     
Literacy Tutors and Mentors for Public School Students 

Experience Corps Bay Area (ECBA) is a national nonprofit with a strong local presence in San Francisco and Oakland. Our mission is to recruit and train older adults (50+) to become literacy tutors and mentors for public school students in grades K-3.


If you or someone you have in mind would be a good fit for our organization, please call Lauren Alpert, Recruitment/Intake Coordinator at 415-889-9742 or visit our website at http://www.experiencecorpsbayarea.org

If you or your organization would like to have your event included in our eNews,
please send a note to fcconews@gmail.com. Thanks!
Do you Google??
Why not surf AND donate to First Congo?
Consider using your search engine to donate to First Congo!
The good folks at Goodsearch.com have an amazing program FCCO enrolled in years ago. Unfortunately, the information got buried in the website.  However, we would like to ask everyone to consider adding GoodSearch.com to their internet toolbox.

First Congo gets a small amount of money for each click, and those small clicks can add up to medium-sized checks for First Congo!
It's easy to do!
1. Use this link with FCCO's Charity ID 

2. Register - you can use your Facebook ID or an existing email
If you are asked to select which charity to contribute to, we hope you choose First Congregational Church of Oakland.

3. Start searching the Internet today!!

Events at First Congo
We have many events open to the public happening at First Congo!
For more information, please click here to see what event you might be interested in attending!

Past Sermons Online
The Sermon Archives are sorted by year and available to listen, share and download for free.
First Congo FB Page
Who knew First Congo
has a FaceBook Page?

enewseNews items are welcome and due by
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Please send a brief description (2 to 4 sentences min.) including the Event Title, Date & Time, Location, the Contact person OR "more info" contact. and if your even is wheelchair-accessible. One or two photos or graphics are welcome.

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