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Last Sunday, we were joined by Cara Meredith who taught through Colossians 2:16-23 with an invitation to rethink, reimagine, and recast grace.

"Christ is the substance and the source of life...Life in Christ is not based on rules or regulations or knowledge--it’s based on Jesus"  
If you've missed the last couple of weeks, catch up on the podcast and join us as we continue the journey!

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toward the approaching light

Advent is the season of preparation for Christmas. Each week, our Gatherings will be shaped by Scripture, Song, Creativity, and Quiet in attempt to hold and ponder the beauty and mystery of Christ's incarnation. 

For the four Sundays of Advent, our Gatherings will 
begin at sunset (4:45PM)! (This Sunday, we'll begin our Gathering outside - bring a warm layer, we'll have hot drinks!)

Dec 02 | 1st Sunday of Advent
Dec 09 | 2nd Sunday of Advent
Dec 16 | 3rd Sunday of Advent (Kids Nativity)
Dec 23 | 4th Sunday of Advent (Candlelit Gathering)

Winter Circles

One of our winter Circles will continue our community's dialogue and learning around race, culture, and ethnicity. This Circle will join a 10-week learning intensive offered by Be the Bridge specifically around the concept of "whiteness" (with weeks focused on topics like white privilege, parenting bridge builders, forming a healthy white identity, etc.).

RSVPs are needed for this Circle by December 3. For more information on this Circle, see details here or contact Faye Einspahr!

Calendar Snapshot 

Dec 02: 1st Sunday of Advent
Dec 04: Enneagram & Formation in the Way of Jesus
Dec 06: Embrace Documentary (Women's Circle)
Dec 16: 3rd Sunday of Advent (Kid's Nativity)
Dec 23: 4th Sunday of Advent (Candlelit)
Dec 23: Goodbye Hello (Retrospect Pop Up)

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Join a team! Lend a hand!

in one of the following opportunities
  • Sound & Tech Team
  • Gathering Hospitality
  • School Investment Champions
  • Prayer Team
  • Everyday Storytellers
more about each of these on the OD blog>

Everyday Stories

This story is part of our series exploring
Who are we? What are we doing here?

My name is Charlene. I live in Walnut Creek.
My work involves teaching children.

For fun, I like to hike, walk, bike, swim.
One question I'm asking about myself or the world is: Where is my next connection with God? There are things He wants me to see and do.
What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
What are you longing or waiting for in this season?

To participate in our newest Advent Stories Series, join in & share your story HERE!
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