UUCB offers many special events between September and June: music, drama, worship, and much more. Come join us!
Bryan Baker will conduct a sing-along concert, with live orchestra, of Handel’s “Messiah” at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Road, Kensington, CA 94707.
This performance features Katya Kolesnikova (organ and harpsichord), soloists Marcelle Dronkers, Meghan Dibble, Rod Lowe, Barry Zuckerman, and Richard Fey, and the UUCB Youth Choir. Costumes admired but not required! Scores are available to borrow (deposit: ID or $10).
Tickets available at http://uucbmessiah.bpt.me and at the door: $15 general, $10 students. No one turned away for lack of funds. The Church is wheelchair accessible and is located in the Berkeley Hills with a panoramic view of the bay. Parking is free and plentiful. For directions and information: www.uucb.org or call (510) 525-0302.
Join us for Christmas Eve services filled with carols, candles, warmth, and community...
5:00 p.m. In this family-friendly traditional Christmas Pageant, we will ALL get a chance to participate and celebrate the great journey to Christmas. Everyone is welcome to come participate (dress in costume) to bring to life the story of a holy family travelling with shepherds, donkeys, wisemen, stars, angels, cats, penguins, and even aardvarks. Director of Family Ministry Merrin Clough and Rev. Greg Ward, Director of Music Bryan Baker, and UUCB's Youth and Children's Choir led by Michele Voillèqué.
10:00 p.m. In this beautiful and moving service we will enjoy lessons and carols where we will learn to see ourselves in each of the characters travelling to Bethlehem. Come, follow a star and travel to this place of good cheer where love and hope is born. Rev. Greg Ward, Luminescence Choir, and Director of Music Bryan Baker.
In this beautiful and moving service we will enjoy lessons and carols where we will learn to see ourselves in each of the characters travelling to Bethlehem. Come, follow a star and travel to this place of good cheer where love and hope is born.
Special Christmas Eve Offering
Being part of a dedicated community is one of the central assurances that we will find a hand – and a reason to hope – when the hard times come. Sometimes that reassurance comes in the form of flowers during illness, or food during a difficult stretch. Sometimes it means offering/hiring childcare so someone can tend to emergencies. Sometimes it is help meeting obligations after a layoff. I’ve seen hundreds of ways that communities help those in their midst who are in need.
This year, because we know that none of us is invulnerable to tragedy, we are collecting a special offering during the Christmas Eve services for the Minister’s Discretionary Fund. This offering is for members in need. It’s for those who find themselves without enough food or who can’t pay a bill… for those who’ve been unexpectedly laid off or who need just a little help with a prescription or receiving treatment. There are all kinds of things our members experience where the church makes a difference
The church’s ability to support our members in these times of need is possible because of the Minister’s Discretionary fund. This fund comes from the generous donations from the Christmas Eve services - our 5:00 p.m. Family Christmas service and our 10:00 p.m. traditional Candlelight Service. If you are not able to attend those services but still want to contribute towards the direct support of our members in need, you can send checks into the UUCB office with “Ministerial Discretion” in the memo. The church and all its members thank you for your care and generosity.
Saturday, August 23 Start-Up Gathering with Rev. Greg Ward, 8:30 a.m.
Sunday, September 7 In-Gathering Worship Service, 11:00 a.m. (Regular worship schedule returns with services at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., September through May)
Saturday, October 11 Bryan Baker and Friends, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 25 GRIP Harmony Walk, 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, November 27 Thanksgiving Worship and Supper, Noon
Sunday, December 21 Messiah Sing-Along, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Services, 5:00 & 10:00 p.m.
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