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Word on Webster: Where to find God in the West End

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By Steve Gerstle

Alameda’s West End is home to over a dozen Christian and Islamic places of worship. Many of the institutions are independent, non-denominational or from lesser-known faiths. An extensive search was conducted to identify houses of worship in the West End and Alameda Point. Over a dozen institutions were contacted. Some of the information in published sources provided incorrect or outdated information, so be sure to call ahead or check online for accurate worship times.

Alameda Bible Hall (Non-denominational)
461 Marshall Way

Alameda Chapel (Non-denominational)
1001 Lincoln Avenue

Alameda Seventh-Day Adventist Church
1515 Verdi Street

East Bay Chinese Seventh-Day Adventist Church
1515 Verdi Street

Chosen Vessels Christian Church
710 Haight Avenue

Community Bible Church Assembly of God
190 West Trident Avenue

East Bay Community Church (Southern Baptist)
1531 Sixth Street

Islamic Center of Alameda
901 Santa Clara Avenue

Love Fellowship Church of God & Christ
851 Santa Clara Avenue

Pure Anointed Kingdoms, International
240 Corpus Christi Road, Unit A

Quba-Mosque (Islamic)
707 Haight Avenue

St. Barnabas Church (Roman Catholic)
1427 Sixth Street
The congregation is mainly of Filipino ancestry. The Church runs a religious Montessori program for children 3-6 years old. While the church hopes to re-open St. Barnabas School, they are currently renting space to Alameda Family Services for a Head Start program.

USS Hornet
Pier 3, Alameda Point
Non-denominational services at 11 a.m. Sundays in the chapel. Chaplain John Berger conducts the services.

News Bits

AC Transit calls off December bus cuts

More than two dozen West End and Alameda Point residents, ranging from students to seniors, turned out for a neighborhood meeting on proposed deep cuts in transit service. The meeting was held November 8 at the Alameda Multicultural Community Center. Speaking at the meeting was our AC Transit representative, Elsa Ortiz. Also attending the meeting were City Councilman Frank Matarrese, Alameda Point Collaborative Executive Director Doug Biggs and Alameda Multicultural Community Center Executive Director Zoe Holder.

Ortiz told the group that the previous day, an arbitrator had reached a decision in the dispute between the management of AC Transit and the transit union. As a result, the major cuts planned for December would be reconsidered by the AC Transit Board of Directors on November 10. Those attending organized for a large turnout at the November 10 meeting. Just about everyone attending the meeting was concerned about proposed cuts to Line 31, which is the only bus line that runs west of Webster. Many emphasized that the line serves a relatively poor community with a large minority and disabled population and was vital to the community.

On November 10, the AC Transit Board voted to call off the cuts planned for December. Residents said that they will continue to pressure AC Transit to provide needed bus service to the West End and Alameda Point.

Neighbors meet with police to discuss crime

About 25 residents living near Saint Barnabas Church met with Detective Craig Vreeland of the Alameda Police Department on November 17 regarding a rash of burglaries in the community. According to the detective, groups of teenagers have been traveling to Alameda from Oakland by bus to commit residential burglaries during the day. Operating in groups of four to six, the teenagers look for homes where it seems that no one is home. One will then knock on the front door to see if anyone is home. If someone answers, an excuse will be offered like, “Sorry, I must have the wrong address.” If there isn’t an answer, the burglars will seek entry into the home, frequently by cutting screens to enter through open windows. Those attending were urged to make sure to lock their doors and windows, to consider installing a burglar alarm and to always call the police non-emergency number (337-8340) to report any suspicious activity. The meeting was an opportunity for neighbors to get to know each other better – another good crime prevention strategy.

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