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This years’ Gift of Love schedule for Saturday, February 9th is:    

Begin at 8:00am with welcome, coffee and worship at Hamilton School located at 5530 Nave Drive, Novato;
At 9:00am volunteers will head from there to the work sites on the Hamilton campus or throughout the county; and
Return to Hamilton School located at 5530 Nave Drive, Novato for a barbeque lunch at 12:30pm.

This years’ work sites/projects to date include:    

Jolly Hill Open Space in Fairfax   

Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow Open Space    

Hamilton School – Creating athletic track area    

Hamilton School – Creating a second Peaceful Garden    

Hamilton School – Reorganizing bookroom

Hamilton School – Reorganizing PTA closet

Hamilton School – Reorganizing and painting portable classroom

Hamilton School – Constructing and painting campus benches

Hamilton School – BBQ Crew

Churches from throughout Marin are involved including:
BayMarin, Sausalito Christian Fellowship, Tiburon Baptist, Open Door-San Rafael, Open Door-Novato, Grace Marin, Marin Covenant, Trinity Community, Hillside Church, Trinity Lutheran Church-San Rafael and New Life Christian Center.

Sign up at the Gift of Love table

Or email


2014 Mexico Missions Experience: February 15-23, 2014

  An ADULT MEXICO MISSIONS TRIP to the Hogar Para Los Ninos orphanage of Foundation For His Ministry (FFHM) in Vicente Guerrero on the Baja in Mexico; scheduled for February 15-23, 2014. This is an opportunity for young adults, adults and interested staff from Hamilton School and Marin Covenant Church to experience the poverty and hope of the mission and its’ surrounding communities.

The orphanage that we will be serving is located 5 hours south of the US border; our trip into and through Mexico is a safe journey, traveling on major roads and in caravan with one another. The details regarding the 2013 Mexico Missions Application, 2013 Mexico Missions Experience Planning Schedule,2013 Fundraising Info, and Baja Mission Info Pkt-Revised FEB 2010 are hot-linked here.

The purpose of our trip is threefold: First, we will encourage those we encounter. Our presence will bolster their spirits and support their work. We will have the opportunity to visit small villages and migratory settlements providing those in poverty living there with physical help, food and a witness to the hope that we have in God. Second, we will gain a better understanding of those trapped in poverty in another culture and how our lives can be used to help them and others. Third, this journey will broaden our horizons, enriching us personally as compassion grows in own our lives.


If interested, please email or call Peter Batchelder; 415-816-7152 or



JOURNEYS … is designed especially for people who are spectators, looking in on the Christian faith, and wanting to know more. It examines the Christian faith through real people, amazing stories and changed lives. It looks at some foundational aspects of faith, primarily through the eyes and lives of people who have experienced its power and influence over their lives.

The purpose of Journeys is to get spectators to the point where they can make informed choices about whether Christianity is what they want to embrace. The people you’ll hear from, and those stories you’ll watch, are down to earth, and realistic about life. They don’t paint a cherubic, sugar-coated picture of life as a Christian, but they do explain the wide ranging benefits of embracing a relationship with God.

Alpha … The Alpha Course is an opportunity for anyone to explore spirituality from a Christian perspective. Relaxed, non-threatening, low-key, and fun, Alpha is a place to ask anything—no question too simple, nor too complex, nor too hostile. A place for everyone and anyone to explore the meaning of life … to meet new friends … to enjoy great food … to be part of wonderful conversations in a safe place … a place where your questions about your spiritual journey can be voiced.


Exploring faith in the 21st century, this is a blended video-based opportunity for anyone to explore spirituality from Christian perspectives. Each session includes dinner, videos, dessert and small group discussion.

A Typical Evening looks like:

6:00 pm Guests arrive for dinner

Greetings and information and “the Alpha joke.”

Journeys video experience: Rob Harley, host

Alpha video teaching: Nicky Gumbel, presenter

Dessert break

Small group discussion

8:30 pm Evening concludes

Alpha Retreat: October 19-20

Teachings on the Holy Spirit is the focus of this 22 hour retreat: Who is the Holy Spirit?, What is the Role of the Holy Spirit?, How Can I Be Filled with the Holy Spirit? and How Can I Make the Most of My Life?

This year’s retreat will be hosted at: Valley of the Moon Camp in Sonoma.

If you have attended a previous Alpha Course, but were not able to attend the Holy Spirit Weekend/Alpha Retreat … here is an opportunity for you to gain the richness of who you are in Christ. We have limited spaces available, but if you would like to join us, consider it and email:

For more information regarding Journeys Toward Alpha, our current course format.

Retreat Schedule
      Friday, October 19th: You may arrive anytime after 6pm
7 pm Dinner
“Who Is The Holy Spirit?”
Free time
      Saturday, October 20th
8 am Breakfast
9 am “What Does The Holy Spirit Do?”
10 am Break
10:30 am “How Can I Be Filled with The Spirit?”
12:00 noon Lunch
Free time
2:00 pm “How Can I Make the Most of the Rest of My Life?”
4:00 pm Depart
Retreat cost: $75 per person includes three meals and overnight accommodations. Things to bring:
Sleeping bag or linens, your favorite pillow, towels and toiletries, a favorite board game, your Bible, your Alpha Course Manual, pencil or pen, flashlight, warm clothes and walking shoes/sneakers … and something you might add to a common snack table.

Thanksgiving Dinner: November 22nd

We can trace this historic American Christian tradition to the year 1623. After the harvest crops were gathered in November 1623, Governor William Bradford of the 1620 Pilgrim Colony, “Plymouth Plantation” in Plymouth, Massachusetts proclaimed:

“All ye Pilgrims with your wives and little ones, do gather at the Meeting House, on the hill… there to listen to the pastor, and render Thanksgiving to the Almighty God for all His blessings.”

This Thanksgiving, will you make your home a “meeting house on the hill?”

This is a great opportunity for you and I to reach out to those who are less fortunate than we are. Do you have room at your table and in your heart this year to invite someone or family who will be alone this Thanksgiving? If you do, would you please email us:

And if you know of someone that needs the company of others for Thanksgiving, either email us so that we can connect them with someone who is opening their Thanksgiving table OR invite them to your Thanksgiving festivities.

And may you and your household be blessed.

Hamilton School Annual Harvest Festival

Celebrate with our friends at Hamilton: games, sweet treats and other fun activities. All ages are invited and welcome. On the playground on Saturday, October 20th from 2 – 6pm. Will we see you there? Hope so!

Short Term Missional Expereinces

MCC will be offering three (3) short term missions opportunities over the next twelve months:

An ADULT MEXICO MISSIONS TRIP to the Hogar por las Ninos orphanage of Foundation For His Ministry (FFHM) in Vicente Guerrero on the Baja in Mexico. Scheduled for February 16-24, 2013. This is an opportunity for MCC adults and interested staff from Hamilton School to experience the poverty and hope of the mission and its’ surrounding community. For details go to: 2013@Hogar por las Ninos

FAMILY-ORIENTED MEXICO MISSIONS TRIP to the Hogar por las Ninos orphanage of Foundation For His Ministry (FFHM) in Vicente Guerrero on the Baja in Mexico. Scheduled for August 10-18, 2013. This is an opportunity for MCC families with accompanying children over 9 years old to experience the poverty and hope of the mission and its’ surrounding community. For details go to: 2013FAMILY@Hogar por las Ninos

CONSTRUCTION AND SUPPORT MISSIONS TRIP to southern Thailand to help build facilities for and work amongst the HIV/AIDS-affected communities of believers. This trip will support the work of Sustainable Development Research Foundation (SDRF) and the emerging church leadership. Scheduled for April 6-21, 2013; this trip, although 16 days, can be segmented: April 6-14 or April 6-21.

For more information contact: