Celebrate API Heritage Month
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We honor how every person is made in the image of God. We believe that celebrating ethnic history and heritage months moves us beyond cultural diversity and towards a vision of the Gospel that exposes the sin of racism and leads us towards holistic redemption and restoration through the cross of Christ.

We did not belong together then—yet are called to belong together now. Asians, Pacific Islanders, and Native Hawaiians encompass 25 million people living in America whose ancestors came from over 75 countries and cultures, many with historical tensions and conflict.  From a need for solidarity and a desire to belong, “Asian and Pacific Islander” is becoming a shared identity that continues to be defined. During the time of COVID, increased hostility confronts the API community from the outside, while the struggle to be united remains inside.

The disciples who secretly gathered in the Upper Room with Jesus confronted similar hostility from the outside and tension inside. Jesus gives them room to be different because in his “Father’s house are many rooms.” Each Sunday in May, we'll hear the Gospel of John and explore the complexity of choosing to become a family by faith – as Christ teaches that our unity is rooted in the Spirit and our belonging to one another comes from abiding in Him.


LET'S GO TOGETHER | Reserve your free event ticket here. To meet up with other OCC people before, during and after the event RSVP with Pastor Carl here.

SATURDAY MAY 20, 10AM-1PM | Our 456er youth (4th-grade and older) are invited to a culture and history walking tour of Oakland Chinatown with Ethnic Ties. Tour starts at Pacific Renaissance Plaza and ends at Lincoln Square Park. SIGN-UP NOW

SUNDAY MAY 21 AFTER WORSHIP | Come to the gym with your families and guests to celebrate API month with Asian cuisine.

SUNDAY MAY 21, 6PM | MONDAY MAY 29, 4PM | Come enjoy cultural meals and listen to family stories, hosted by our Asian & Pacific Islander community. Our hosts will offer main dishes from their cultures of origin and share memories and stories connected to food and family. Bring a side dish, drink or dessert from YOUR CULTURE along with your memory or story. SIGN-UP NOW

MONDAY MAY 22, 7-8pm | Join on Zoom Here for a beginner's Mandarin Chinese lesson taught by our very own Njeri! Open to children and families. *Contact Njeri here for more info.

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