There are FORTY worship centers in Livermore where there is a style or theology that fits everyone. Yet less than 10% of the population could attend if all were filled. To change that, I offer these Livermore ministries for your consideration. This list reflects my traditional Christian theology.
It takes FOUR months to make this tour. Arrive early for Adult Sunday School as the best way to feel the church pulse and to make a quick friend who can explain worship procedures. Expect awkwardness on your part. Most members gladly assist if you look willing. Identify yourself as a visitor. This is a good conversation starter after the worship service.
Communion modes vary. While most offer communion to all, the same rule applies, namely that you intend to lead the Christian life offered through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Some will pass up communion when wrestling with unforgiveness and should not be taken lightly. Follow the protocol of the congregation.
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Harry's Tour of LIVERMORE Churches
This is less than HALF the available worship locations in Livermore.
Bethel Family Christian Center (Church of God)
Orvel Barker, Pastor - 501 North P St
Bible Study Groups at LLNL
Chair for 2014: Kim Elam - An employee group at Lawrence Livermore National Lab since 1967
B'rit Ahavah Messianic Congregation
Dr.Arnold Da Vigo, Acting Rabbi - Shabbat service in Hebrew and English (Saturday 11am) with Oneg (kosher potluck) typically following - Commemorates high holy days (Lev.23) - Varied ethnic backgrounds - Follows typical Jewish liturgy and Torah readings - 'Messianic' refers to Y'Shua - Uses Trinity Baptist campus, Bldg B, Room 227, Northeast on Second Floor (near elevator) - 557 Olivina Ave
Calvary Chapel of Livermore
[firstname.lastname@example.org] Mike Veneman, Pastor - 4444 East Ave (Uses Robert Livermore Community Center)
Cedar Grove Community Church
Office: [email@example.com] Pastors: [kcromie.cedargrove.org] Keith Cromie, Dean Hampton, Tom Beasley - 2021 College Ave
Celebration Christian Center
Office: [firstname.lastname@example.org] Pastors: [email@example.com] Larry Ihrig, Herb Maydwell - 1135 Bluebell Dr
Christian World Church & Child Care Center
[firstname.lastname@example.org] James Brannon, Pastor - 3820 East Ave
Pastors: [email@example.com] Steve Madsen, [firstname.lastname@example.org] Mark Calcagno - 348 North Canyons Parkway (Right across from CostCo) - Added Saturday service
Discovery Church (Church of the Nazarene)
Office: [email@example.com] Pastor: [firstname.lastname@example.org] Curtis Lillie - 5860 Las Positas Rd.
Granada Southern Baptist Church
David O'Brien, Pastor - rehearsal home for Cantabella Children's Chorus - 945 Concannon Blvd
Jubilee Tri-Valley Church
Office: [JTV@jtvchurch.org] Todd Hendricks, Lead Pastor - 170 Lindbergh Ave (Uses the "Shiner's Event Center")
Our Savior's Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod)
Office:[email@example.com] Interim Pastor Luther Werth - 1385 South Livermore Ave
St. Charles Borromeo (Catholic Community of)
Fr. Gus Acob - closed communion - visitors can go forward during communion (Eucharist) to receive a prayer of blessing instead - Services contemplative but joy-filled - 1315 Lomitas Ave
Daniel Siemens, MS Marriage/Family Therapist, part-time offices at both Celebration Christian Center and Valley Community Church (Dublin) - 519-1572
Megan E Jones at Celebration Christian Center 1135 Bluebell Drive. Counseling Director, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in practice since 2007. Does not accept insurance but can write a super-bill if seeking reimbursement- 208-4652 (2013)
Youth United (youth pastors in Livermore) - Aaron Chidester
Every First Saturday, Celebration Riders Fellowship - Breakfast at 8AM at the Rock House Sports Pub and
Grill, one block West of N. Livermore Ave on 1840 Portola Ave., the ride follows at 9:30AM - Contact: Bob Nafzinger (Rev.1/20/06)
December 24 - Christmas Eve -
Attend a song-filled community event at one of many churches offering an early evening service - After wrapping presents and viewing lights in town, this is a wonderful way to close the evening thinking about Jesus - Some churches also offer an 11pm candle-lighting service with communion. - Recommended: Christmas Eve Family Carol Service (7pm) at Our Savior's Lutheran
March 2013 (first full week), Castro Valley, BASS 2009 Church Workers Convention, Over 300 Workshops, over 50 Exhibits. Keynote speakers. The conference is not expensive but many churches pay a church registration fee so all their members can attend free. Held at: Redwood Chapel and First Baptist. All Denominations. All Age Groups. (Rev. 1/2/06)
April 12 or after - Passover Seder -
Attend a traditional Passover Seder before or during seven day period of unleavened bread (sometimes hosted by a church) - A full seder with a lamb (Sephardic) or chicken (Ashkenazi) dinner is best - leisurely three hours - advance reservations crucial - Dates and costs vary if catered or potluck (kosher recipes provided) - Huge Tip: If potluck, do not bring flour/pasta, pork, shrimp, or shellfish items - Most seder leaders make time to explain and welcome - It reveals parts of Exodus and Leviticus. Passover follows lunar calendar.
April 19 Easter Saturday - Easter Vigil, 8:30pm-Midnight, the equivalent of a Sunrise Service for night-owls; Candlelighting, Bible readings regarding God's redemptive work with Abraham, the Passover, and Isaiah; Lots of songs; full immersion adult baptisms (only done at Eastertide) in new in-ground baptismal unit (find a seat nearby to really appreciate the baptisms); followed at 11:30pm with Communion service for Catholics only. Held at: Catholic Community of St. Charles Borromeo. (Rev.4/2007)
April 20 Easter Sunday - Community Easter Sunrise Services - 6am to 7am Shadow Cliffs Regional Park - Gate open 5:45am -
Songs and Dramatic monologue - Stanley Blvd between Pleasanton and Livermore - Crisp 45 degrees - Free parking ONLY for service - Contributions defray expenses with excess to Trinity Homeless and Pantry Ministries - Hosted 2014 by: Trinity Baptist Church.
May First Thursday - 2013 Theme: "Pray for America", 62nd National Day of Prayer - (encouraged by Congress in 1952 and amended by Congress in 1988) -
7-8pm, Topical prayers led by pastors from Tri-Valley churches
Held at: Celebration Christian Center. All Tri-Valley invited - Contact: Sue Kuchta, 455-4250