Open Door Pulse | After Easter

Jesus has forced open
a door that has been locked
since the death of the first human.

He has met, fought, and beaten
the King of Death.

Everything is different
because He has done so.
— C.S. Lewis

This Week

This past week we have pondered, engaged with, and celebrated the Easter story in multiple ways; from our Good Friday Passion Sojourn, to the EARLY sunrise hike, to a joyful evening gathering complete with egg hunt. As we conclude Holy Week, the words of Mark 16:5-6 reverberate in our hearts:

When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a white robe sitting on the right side. The women were shocked, but the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead!" 

and we:

Remember not to be afraid. 
Remember the power of the resurrection.
Remember the invitation of Jesus. 

Join us next week as we start our newest learning journey!

 

GATHERING at 4:30PM!

Just a reminder that our gatherings now start at 4:30pm!

Click below to read about Spring Circles, Men's Monthly Connection Points, and this week's Everyday Story!

Open Door Pulse | Join Us This Holy Week (and note: our Gathering now starts at 4:30PM!)

Each of us has a unique part to play
in the healing of the world.
— Marianne Williamson

EASTER

Join us for one, or all, of our Easter gatherings!

Good Friday Passion Sojourn
Evening of Friday, April 14th at St. Paul's, 5:30-7:30pm
Childcare provided 5:30-6:30pm

Easter Resurrection Hike
RAIN or SHINE at 6am on Easter morning, April 16th at the Shell Ridge trailhead. (Meet HERE near Indian Valley Elementary in WC.)

Easter Celebration Gathering
4:30pm on Easter evening, April 16th, at St. Paul's.
Nursery will be open, but all other OD Kids will join the gathering

Wear bright colors!


NEW GATHERING TIME

Our gathering start time is moving to 4:30pm! The change in time - from 5pm to 4:30pm - will allow us to end a little earlier, making the evening easier on families and young children. Easter will be the first gathering at our new time. 


This week is Holy Week, and Palm Sunday's journey explored Mark 14:32-46 as the full expression of Jesus as a human being. Jesus was a human who cried out to God, who agonized over the road ahead, who longed for a different role in God's story, but ultimately knew His calling and vocation as sacrifice for all of us.

We'll continue our journey through Easter when we'll wrap up our exploration of Mark's Gospel. If you missed any of the past few weeks, listen to them online on our podcast.


keep reading for Spring Circles, monthly Connection Points, and this week's Everyday Story!

Open Door Pulse | In the Midst of Easter's Tension

As you love deeply
the ground of your heart
will be broken more and more,
but you will rejoice
in the abundance
of the fruit it will bear. 

(Henri Nouwen)


This Week

Sunday's teaching explored Mark 14 as a way of living faithfully as the story moved closer to the cross. In the midst of Easter's tension - where Jesus is crowned as king but only after suffering and death - how might we stay alert, responding to God's invitation?

We'll continue this journey through Easter when we'll wrap up our exploration of Mark's Gospel. If you missed last week's exploration, listen to it online on our podcast.

LOTS of announcements and things coming up, read down to catch them all!


Connection Points

SUPPER & STORY
This weekend! Whether you're new to Open Door or have been around forever, join us for this new monthly rhythm of connection as an unlikely woven family, gathering around tables for 8 with storytelling and a shared meal. Time has been changed to 5pm.

April 8 | 5PM | Pleasant Hill
Email Jon to RSVP.


MONTHLY MEN'S CONNECTION POINT
8-10PM | Arnett home | Concord

Email Steve for more info

May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21

SEE OUR FULL CALENDAR HERE


Click the button below to read more about new Circles, Easter services, our new gathering time, and this week's Everyday Story!

Open Door Pulse | An Invitation to Live with Trust

The spiritual life is,
then,
first of all a matter
of keeping awake.

(Thomas Merton)


This Week

On Sunday we re-entered our journey through Mark's Story of Jesus, looking at the strange and difficult words of Jesus in Mark 13. The disciples have all kinds of questions about the end of the world; Jesus doesn't give them a straight answer but instead continues to invite them into a way of living with trust and assurance even when the world is collapsing around them.

We'll continue this journey through Easter when we'll wrap up our exploration of Mark's Gospel. 


If you missed any part of our previous journey, Forging Friendship, listen to them online on our podcast.


Spring Circles

THE ENNEAGRAM & FORMATION: Stepping Toward the Image of Jesus
Desired Outcome: This Circle brings the Enneagram into conversation with our journeys of discovering how God has uniquely wired us and stepping into Jesus-imaged formation. 

Tuesdays 8-9:30PM, April 25-May 30 (NOT meeting on May 09)
@ the Kludts
Email Dave to RSVP.

GRACE & GROWTH (Women's Circle)
Desired Outcome: This Circle is designed for women to learn to listen for, hear, and live out God's voice through the Scriptures.

Wednesdays from 7-8:30PM, April 19-May 31
@ the Powers
Email Rachel to RSVP.

MORE SPRING CIRCLES COMING SOON!


Connection Points

SUPPER & STORY
Whether you're new to Open Door or have been around forever, join us for this new monthly rhythm of connection as an unlikely woven family, gathering around tables for 8 with storytelling and a shared meal. 

April 8 | 7PM | Pleasant Hill
Email Jon to RSVP.


MONTHLY MEN'S CONNECTION POINT
8-10PM | Arnett home | Concord
Email Steve for more info

May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, and September 21

SEE OUR FULL CALENDAR HERE


Open Door Pulse | Deep and Unlikely Friendship

Wherever you go, I will go;
and wherever you stay, I will stay.

Your people will be my people,
and your God will be my God.

Wherever you die, I will die,
and there I will be buried.

May the Lord do this to me and more so
if even death separates me from you.”


(Ruth 1:16-17)


This Week

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For our final week in our Forging Friendship learning journey, we used the story of Ruth and Naomi as an invitation into deep and sacred unlikely/uncommon friendship. The words from Ruth 1:16-17 (above) are most often heard at weddings or speaking of romantic relationships, but Ruth spoke them to Naomi as an invitation into an unlikely and uncommon friendship.

Together we read a liturgy by William Breault, SJ, which recognized our own fears and the desperate need for reconciliation in the pursuit of these sacred relationships.


Reflect, write, and share your thoughts! #forgingfriendship
Find previous parts of our learning journey online on our podcast.

Join us next Sunday as we jump back into the final leg of our journey through Mark's story of Jesus!


Coming Up

 
 

LENT PROJECT

We are in the midst of the LENT PROJECT, a 40-day journey of experiencing this season in a unique, communal, and experiential way. Visit opendooreastbay.com/lent for an overview of the journey and practices week by week. 

 

EASTER
Join us for one, or all, of our Easter gatherings!

Good Friday Passion Sojourn
Evening of Friday, April 14th at St. Paul's, times TBD

Easter Resurrection Hike
6am on Easter morning, April 16th at the Shell Ridge trailhead near Indian Valley Elementary School in Walnut Creek

Easter Celebration Gathering
5pm on Easter evening, April 16th, at St. Paul's

 

SPACE

The next day of SPACE has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 22nd! There will not be an event on March 25th. 

SPACE is a one day event, crafted and curated for you to stop, breathe, listen and move forward. The event will take place from 9am-3pm in the bay area, and is kid-friendly! For more information and to sign up, visit opendooreastbay.com/space


Open Door Kids

Open Door Kids Memory Verse
"How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you."
Psalm 31:19


Everyday Story

Everyday Story, by Robin Stearns

About 3 years ago during Lent we were challenged here at Open Door to give up comfort such as warm showers or comfortable beds for one week. During that week I chose to sleep on the floor of my room instead of my nice warm bed. I tried to find some sort of comfort on the floor, but it was anything but comfortable. After the third night I recalled a few years before, friends of mine had raised money to provide sleeping kits for children in Uganda. I decided to figure out if their organization, Raise the Roof, still donated these kits, which they did. I donated a few kits (mattress, blanket, & mosquito net) helping these children have a more comfortable night sleep, and keeping them safe from mosquitoes. Since then I have become involved in Raise the Roof by sponsoring 2 girls, and going to Uganda to be involved in the children’s lives. Becoming involved with the lives of these children has been the best 3 years of my life.

An Invitation: I invite you to look at ways you can dive in deeper to organizations you support and get hands on. Also if you are interested I am always looking for additional volunteers to join me in Uganda.

Have a story you'd like to share? Please submit yours at opendooreastbay.com/everyday-stories


Ash Wednesday Walking Liturgy

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day journey toward Easter. It's a season where we remember our brokenness and the burdens we carry, learning through denial, prayer, and spiritual practice what it looks like to deeper trust in the ongoing work of Jesus in our lives and in the world. 

We marked Ash Wednesday with a Walking Liturgy, four short movements designed for conversation, prayer, and reflection on the move.

Find the liturgy and join us as we begin the journey through Lent towards Easter.

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