Monthly Archives: April 2016

“Think Beyond the Pump” campaign comes to Niles

The Think Beyond the Pump campaign is working with Bay Area cities to get climate change labels on gas pumps. A presentation about this campaign is coming to Niles Discovery Church on Sunday, May 22, at 4:00 p.m., in the … Continue reading

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Evening Women’s Fellowship:  At the April 13 meeting, we learned of the challenges of Leah and Rachel in the culture of their time. Our next and last meeting of 2015-2016 fiscal year will be at the home of Dorletta Larsen, … Continue reading

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Green Team moves church toward “Green Chalice” designation

  Under the guidance of a new Green Team (Susie Claxton, Bill Palleschi, Beth Rasler, and Judy Zlatnik), Niles Discovery Church is well on the way to becoming a certified Green Chalice Church within the Disciples of Christ. The purpose … Continue reading

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Stories provide data for strategic planning

The “Day of Discovery” held on April 17 focused on story sharing. Starting in pairs, then sharing in larger and larger groups, participants asked each other questions to find out what they most appreciate about Niles Discovery Church. “We are … Continue reading

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Where Disciples Gather A Report on the Regional Annual Gathering

On April 7-9, 2016, nearly 200 Disciples gathered in Sacramento for the 162nd Annual Gathering of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Northern California-Nevada, hosted by Arden Christian Church. Pastor Jeff and Pastor Brenda attended and served as delegates … Continue reading

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Film confronts the roots of America’s black/white divide

“Racism, unfortunately, is baked into the DNA of the United States of America,” says the Rev. Jeffrey Spencer, Senior Pastor at Niles Discovery Church. “Slaves were considered less than fully human in our founding documents, and only people of color … Continue reading

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Special Offerings – May 2016

  The May Special Offering is for Church World Services “Blankets+” program. In 2015, CWS distributed 7,820 blankets around the world to people in crisis because of poverty and disaster. A blanket brings warmth. A blanket brings love. Be part … Continue reading

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Baptisms and Confirmations planned for Pentecost weekend

After months of study, four youth in our church are preparing to make a decision:  is now the right time to make a commitment to follow Jesus. Maddie Monkman, Maddi Wagner, Megan Keesis, and Grady Mahusay have been studying with … Continue reading

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Jeff’s Jottings – May 2016

Growing means changing. That’s a thought I have is I sit down to write this column. There are two things that bring me to this thought – this conclusion, really. One is the experience of April 17 and the other … Continue reading

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Ministry Teams always welcome new members

The five Standing Ministry Teams are responsible for carrying out and coordinating the ongoing, regular ministries of the church. They are open to anyone who would like to serve on them for any length of time. Only the chairs of … Continue reading

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