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New Spirit Community Church Berkeley

“Each One, Friend One”

“Each One, Friend One”

“Each One, Friend One”

New Spirit Community Church

The Season of Epiphany

January 21, 2011
This week in worship we will reflect on the importance of friendships, relationships
and community. In my sermon based on John 1: 35-52, “Each One, Friend One”, I will
examine how Jesus built a movement for personal and social change using the one-on-one
technique favored by community organizers throughout time. In my own work, I have
been influenced by activists like Saul Alinsky whose book Rules for Radicals was
instrumental in the formation of my own generation. We all have the capacity to
affect change through our relationships just as we are changed by our relationships.
New Spirit recognizes in our DNA that many different kinds of relationships, friendships
and families strengthen the fabric of a church community, and this is a gift we
bring to both church and society even when they are reluctant to acknowledge it.
See the link below to the article from this week’s New York Times which reflects
this sea change. At New Spirit Community Church, as part of our spiritual practice,
we value a broad spectrum of relationships, including the new influx of male/female
couples, straight people, gay couples, and the single. You have a place at New
Spirit Community Church, whether you are gay or straight, bi or trans, coupled or
in a complex relationship, sexually active or celibate. This is part of how we
build a new community, not like the churches most of us came from.
I am happy to report this week I received approval for ministerial standing in the
Christian Church/Disciples of Christ, one of our partnering denominations. Of course,
I continue to hold my MCC affiliation. My own next step is to pursue standing in
the United Church of Christ, our third partnering denomination, so that I can embody,
personally, what our congregation stands for ecumenically. In the coming weeks,
we will discuss our request to move from being a probationary congregation with
the Disciples of Christ into full fledged membership. Please take some time to
read over the website of the Disciples in anticipation of the visit of Rev. Dr.
On that Sunday, both Rev. Shayne Flowers and I will receive our formal recognition
of Disciples clergy in this region. One of our founding principles is that New
Spirit Community Church would show the way to a new era of ecumenical cooperation
and we are moving closer to fulfillment of this dream.
Finally, I want to lift up a particular relationship in our community for acknowledgment
and appreciation. Paul Dannhauser and Bruce Geist met over 20 years ago at the
Lone Star Saloon in San Francisco and built a life together that included participation
at MCC-San Francisco and leadership in the formation and sustenance of New Spirit
Community Church. Yesterday, Bruce Geist died peacefully at home. Although he
had surgery this past week, his death was unexpected. We give thanks for the 20
years he and Paul shared together, for his release from the chronic pain which
he has suffered for the last 10 years and that he passed from this life to eternal
life at home- in the home he loved with his mother, Beverly, in the next room and
his canine friend, Rudy, nearby. We extend our condolences to Paul. Our community
will have the privilege of comforting him during his time of bereavement. This
is our opportunity to embody for him the power of love that is stronger than death.
Please join us on Sunday for our public prayers for Bruce and his loved ones.
“Rest eternal, grant unto Bruce Geist, O God, and let light perpetual shine upon
him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.”
The staff has been working hard to provide an ambitious program and worship schedule
for the upcoming months. Join us and invite your friends to join us as we continue
to grow together numerically and spiritually.
Fondly,
Jim

Look Ahead!

Calendar of Events and Speakers

New Spirit Musicians on Sunday, January 16
Sunday, January 23 – 11am, Rev. Elder Jim Mitulski, “Each One, Friend One”, John
1:35-52
Tues, January 25- Thurs, January 27
Earl Lectures at PSR. Pastor Ann Jefferson and Rev. Elder Jim Mitulski, worship
planning team, Stephanie Smith, music director. To be in the Earl Lectures choir
Tuesday, January 25 – 5:15pm, Evensong and Installation of Riess Potterveld as 11th
President of PSR
Tuesday, January 25 – 7pm, New Spirit Reads! will be discussing The Year of Magical
Thinking by Joan Didion, meets in the Oakland home of Chris Carmichael and Terry
Stein, contact the church office for directions
Wednesday, January 26 – 7pm, Candlelight Prayer with Healing Touch
Thursday, January 27 – 6pm, New Spirit Choir Practice
Saturday, January 29 – 5-8pm, 2011 Steward’s Dinner, Caffe Venezia, Tuscan Room,
1799 University Avenue, Berkeley
Sunday, January 30 – 11am, PSR Intern, Nate Mazur, preacher

Coming in February: Black History Month

Each Sunday Service will contain a presentation about “Songs of Praise and Songs
of Protest.” In honor of Black History Month, New Spirit Reads! will read The
Fire Next Time by James Baldwin.

Sunday, February 6 – 11am, The Rev. Shayne Flowers inaugurates Black History Month

Sunday, February 13 – 11am, The Rev. Elder Jim Mitulski, “James Baldwin, Theologian”

Sunday, February 20 – 11am, Andrew Greenhaw, PSR Intern

Sunday, February 27 – 11am, The Rev. Elder Jim Mitulski

All events are held at PSR Chapel unless otherwise noted.

New Community Event:
Chamber Music Soiree to benefit the Community Women’s Orchestra
Dr. Kathleen McGuire, conductor
Sunday, January 23, 2011 – 2:30 pm at the historic Bellevue Club, 525 Bellevue Avenue,
Oakland, overlooking Lake Merritt.
TICKETS: $30 at the door –
children under 12 admitted free.

www.communitywomensorchestra.org
Pacific School of Religion
Chapel of the Great Commission
1798 Scenic Avenue
Berkeley, California 94709
for a map.
Sunday Worship: 11am
Candlelight Prayer:
7:00pm
Office Address
2401 Le Conte Ave.
Phone:
510 849-8150

A New Spirit Community Church Fundraising Event

Spend a lovely January evening with friends and community, with delicious food and
drink, knowing you are making a difference in the life of the church.

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm

5-6 pm Drinks and appetizers, friendly “schmoozing”
6-7 pm Three Course Dinner with Salad, Choice of Entrée
7-8 pm Choice of Dessert

Wines will include “flights” to pair with each course, as well as a choice
of non-alcoholic beverages for everyone’s dining pleasure. Cocktails
are available outside the cost of the dinner. To assure the safety of all
our guests, designated drivers can be arranged with advanced notice.

Cost: $500 per guest

Our private dining room is limited to 25 guests.

Steward – one who is responsible for the care of something belonging to someone
else. We are all stewards of New Spirit Church in our different capacities. Please
continued support of our community.

Donations to the New Spirit General Fund, less the cost of the dinner, are fully
tax deductible as a charitable gift.

Please return completed form to the church office, to any Board member or put in
Sunday’s offertory basket.
The Reverend Elder Jim Mitulski
The Reverend Annie Steinberg-Behrman
Pastoral Associate
The Reverend Shayne Flowers
Pastoral Assistant
New Spirit Website:
Facebook:

Join Us For A Special Candlemas Service

On Wednesday, February 2 at 7pm, join us for a special Candlemas Evensong Service.
Candlemas is a solemn service to begin the spring term, with prayers for all students,
staff and faculty. The service includes Blessing of the Throats, a medieval custom
of prayers to ward off colds and other illness, as well as prayers for individuals
to “find their voices” in speaking their truths. Special Address by the Rev. Dr.
William Countryman, retired professor, Church Divinity School of the Pacific and
distinguished theologian, poet and author. Evensong will feature the musicians
of New Spirit Community Church’s weekly prayer service and “Holden Evening Prayer”
by Marty Haugen.

New Spirit Community Church is proud

to donate 10% of our income between our ministry partners:

UPCOMING EVENT

157th Annual Meeting at

Asilomar

April 29- May 1, 2011

“Claiming a Belief in a

God of Abundance

Through Jesus Christ”

Church Size Summit at

MCC Los Angeles

June 24-25, 2011

Earl Lectures &

Leadership Conference

January 25-27, 2011

Would you like to receive daily prayers from the UCC?

Go to the website and peruse “Feed Your Spirit”

Lent and Holy Week Schedule

Ash Wednesday, March 9

Imposition of ashes at all services

8:30am with Holy Communion

12:10pm

Palm Sunday with Processional

Sunday, April 17, 11am

“Risen” by Michael Haven

Tuesday, April 19, 7pm

Candlelight Prayer Service

Wednesday, April 20, 7pm

Maundy Thursday:

Footwashing and Commemoration of the Lord’s Supper

Thursday, April 21, 7pm

Good Friday:

Reflections on the Seven Last Words of Christ

Friday, April 22, Noon and 7pm

Easter Vigil

Saturday, April 23, 7pm

Easter Sunday with Festival Brass

Sunday, April 24, 7pm

 
 January 21, 2011
This week in worship we will reflect on the importance of friendships, relationships and community.  In my sermon based on John 1: 35-52, “Each One, Friend One”, I will examine how Jesus built a movement for personal and social change using the one-on-one technique favored by community organizers throughout time.  In my own work, I have been influenced by activists like Saul Alinsky whose book Rules for Radicals was instrumental in the formation of my own generation.  We all have the capacity to affect change through our relationships just as we are changed by our relationships.   New Spirit recognizes in our DNA that many different kinds of relationships, friendships and families strengthen the fabric of a church community, and this is a gift we bring to both church and society even when they are reluctant to acknowledge it.  See the link below to the article from this week’s New York Times which reflects this sea change.  At New Spirit Community Church, as part of our spiritual practice, we value a broad spectrum of relationships, including the new influx of male/female couples, straight people, gay couples, and the single.  You have a place at New Spirit Community Church, whether you are gay or straight, bi or trans, coupled or in a complex relationship, sexually active or celibate.  This is part of how we build a new community, not like the churches most of us came from.
I am happy to report this week I received approval for ministerial standing in the Christian Church/Disciples of Christ, one of our partnering denominations.  Of course, I continue to hold my MCC affiliation.  My own next step is to pursue standing in the United Church of Christ, our third partnering denomination, so that I can embody, personally, what our congregation stands for ecumenically.  In the coming weeks, we will discuss our request to move from being a probationary congregation with the Disciples of Christ  into full fledged membership.  Please take some time to read over the website of the Disciples in anticipation of the visit of Rev. Dr. Ben Bohren, Regional Minister.  www.ccncn.org  On that Sunday, both Rev. Shayne Flowers and I will receive our formal recognition of Disciples clergy in this region.  One of our founding principles is that New Spirit Community Church would show the way to a new era of ecumenical cooperation and we are moving closer to fulfillment of this dream.  
Finally, I want to lift up a particular relationship in our community for acknowledgment and appreciation.  Paul Dannhauser and Bruce Geist met over 20 years ago at the Lone Star Saloon in San Francisco and built a life together that included participation at MCC-San Francisco and leadership in the formation and sustenance of New Spirit Community Church.  Yesterday, Bruce Geist died peacefully at home.  Although he had surgery this past week, his death was unexpected.  We give thanks for the 20 years he and Paul shared together, for his release from the chronic pain which he has suffered for the last 10 years and that he passed from this life to eternal life at home- in the home he loved with his mother, Beverly, in the next room and his canine friend, Rudy, nearby.  We extend our condolences to Paul.  Our community will have the privilege of comforting him during his time of bereavement.  This is our opportunity to embody for him the power of love that is stronger than death.  Please join us on Sunday for our public prayers for Bruce and his loved ones.  
“Rest eternal, grant unto Bruce Geist, O God, and let light perpetual shine upon him.  May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.  Amen.” 
The staff has been working hard to provide an ambitious program and worship schedule for the upcoming months.  Join us and invite your friends to join us as we continue to grow together numerically and spiritually. 
Calendar of Events and Speakers 

Sunday, January 23 – 11am, Rev. Elder Jim Mitulski, “Each One, Friend One”, John 1:35-52

Each Sunday Service will contain a presentation about “Songs of Praise and Songs of Protest.”  In honor of Black History Month, New Spirit Reads! will read The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin.
Sunday, February 27 – 11am, The Rev. Elder Jim Mitulski 

 All events are held at PSR Chapel unless otherwise noted.

 New Community Event: 
 Dr. Kathleen McGuire, conductor
 Sunday, January 23, 2011 – 2:30 pm at the historic Bellevue Club, 525 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, overlooking Lake Merritt. 
TICKETS: $30 at the door – 
children under 12 admitted free.  

   

for a map. Sunday Worship: 11am 

2401 Le Conte Ave.Berkeley, California 94709     

Click here for a map.

 Phone:
510 849-8150 

 2011 Stewards’ Dinner

Spend a lovely January evening with friends and community, with delicious food and drink, knowing you are making a difference in the life of the church.
Saturday, January 29, 2011Caffe Venezia, Tuscan Room (caffevenezia.com)1799 University Avenue, Berkeley (map)Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Donations to the New Spirit General Fund, less the cost of the dinner, are fully tax deductible as a charitable gift.
Download RSVP form
Please return completed form to the church office, to any Board member or put in Sunday’s offertory basket.

The Reverend Elder Jim Mitulski
[email protected]
[email protected]

[email protected] Smith Music Director 
[email protected] Nate Mazur
[email protected] GreenhawPSR [email protected] Spirit Website:NewSpiritChurch.orgFacebook:New Spirit Community Church

Join Us For A Special Candlemas Service
On Wednesday, February 2 at 7pm, join us for a special Candlemas Evensong Service.  Candlemas is a solemn service to begin the spring term, with prayers for all students, staff and faculty.  The service includes Blessing of the Throats, a medieval custom of prayers to ward off colds and other  illness, as well as prayers for individuals to “find their voices” in speaking their truths.  Special Address by the Rev. Dr. William Countryman, retired professor, Church Divinity School of the Pacific and distinguished theologian, poet and author.  Evensong will feature the musicians of New Spirit Community Church’s weekly prayer service and “Holden Evening Prayer” by Marty Haugen. 
  New Spirit Community Church is proud 

 to donate 10% of our income between our ministry partners: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)    
“Claiming a Belief in a 
Metropolitan Community Church       
www.ufmcc.com
UPCOMING EVENT 
Pacific School of Religion    

www.psr.edu
United Church of Christ  
www.ucc.org
Palm Sunday with Processional
Easter Vigil 

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