Rev. Dr. Carol Carnes

Dear Beloved Community,

The Core Council is very pleased to announce that Rev. Carol Carnes has accepted a Letter of Call to be our Interim Minister beginning in May 2014, providing leadership and spiritual guidance for OCSL through September as the community prepares to call in a new vision and a new permanent senior minister.

Being the Change We Wish To See

With Rev. Carol joining us in May, it is time to begin our process of transition in all aspects of community. The Leadership Council has already begun working on organizational and structural changes such as the new bylaws, new policies and procedures, and examining different staffing models and job descriptions. Now that our interim Senior Minister is with us, the same process will happen on all of the ecclesiastical functions within OCSL. All current ecclesiastical teams and cores will be evaluated for reorganizing; some will possibly be dissolved or integrated differently. On Wednesday and Thursday, April 9 and 10, Rev. Carol met with staff minister Rev. Sharon Dunn; Leadership Council Chair Katherine Saux; Leadership Council Treasurer Sanford Livingston; and interim Strategic Business Manager Ouida Cooper-Rodriguez to deepen her knowledge of how OCSL works. She will give what she has learned a great deal of thought and prayer, and will come prepared in May with ideas for moving into our 'greater yet to be.' The Council, which now includes Rev. Carol, remains committed to clear and frequent communication with our members as changes begin to emerge and be implemented. In the meantime, let us support each other as God supports us.

With blessings to all.

Your Leadership Council

Rev. Carol Carnes, interim Senior Minister

Katherine Saux, Chair

Geri Carder, Secretary

Sanford Livingston, Treasurer

Constance Chapman, Vision Core Coordinator

Ellen Piepenbrink, Facilities & Operations Coordinator

Ouida Cooper-Rodriguez, Staff Support


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Sunday April 27, 2014: Rev. Karyl Huntley


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Music Sunday April 27, 2014: Darryl Jones

Michael Smolens ~ Piano

Rob Hart ~ Drums

James Jeffley ~ Bass



Darryl Jones


Darryl V. Jones Bio:

Darryl V. Jones is Associate Professor of Theatre at Cal State East Bay where he teaches acting, singing, directing and History of Black Theatre. As actor and singer, Jones has been featured in productions at theatres such as Arena Stage, The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, The Kennedy Center, The Globe and toured with the USO. Jones has been singing in churches all his life and has also been a featured singer at The White House. Darryl is also a theatre director and locally he directed Spunk for the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre and Gem of the Ocean for the Sacramento Theatre Company. He recently directed the new opera Dark River the Fannie Lou Hamer Story at Mt Holyoke College in Massachusetts and to celebrate Ms. Hamer, has chosen one of her favorite songs the service Sunday April 27.


OCSL Is Going to One Service ~ Sunday May 4, 2014

The survey results are in. Beginning on May 4, OCSL will offer one service on Sundays for the five months while Rev. Carol Carnes is our interim minister. The meditation will take place at 10:00 am and the service will begin at 10:30 am. There were 21 "nay" votes, 138 "yea" votes, three unsigned votes that were not counted, and two "unsure" responses. Of those who indicated a preferred time for the one service, 17 voted for 10:00 and 14 voted for 10:30. Few people indicated what the start time would mean -- meditation or service -- but the votes were so close the Leadership Council and staff minister Rev. Sharon Dunn have agreed to implement the 10:00 and 10:30 timeframe. Thanks to all of the members and friends of OCSL who participated in the survey. We look forward to seeing everyone together in the sanctuary beginning in May.

Katherine Saux, Chair

Leadership Council

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OCSL has new bylaws! At the Annual Meeting on March 21 the proposed revisions to our bylaws were approved. You will find these here. The Core Council is now the Leadership Council. Over the summer a newly constituted Nominating Team will recruit, screen and interview potential candidates for the five new positions on the Leadership Council, and there will be a special election on September 12 to elect your new leadership representatives. The application form for the Leadership Council can be downloaded here. The three current Council members who shall continue to serve until the 2015 Annual Meeting are Katherine Saux, Sanford Livingston and Geri Carder. Constance Chapman and Ellen Piepenbrink have graciously and generously agreed to extend their terms until the September meeting. For the Annual Meeting PowerPoint presentation Click Here. For the Annual Meeting notes Click Here. The notes are also posted on the Social Hall bulletin board.

We are on the way to transformation and always under God's guidance.

Blessings to all.

Katherine Saux, Chair

Leadership Council



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