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Sunday, Jan. 20 & 27, 2019

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

First Church families will honor MLK Jr. with the Shoreline Clean Up at Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline on Mon., Jan. 21! Meet up at 10 am at the Oakport St./Peppermint Gate (look for Paula Poremba). Around 11:30 am, folks will head to Chipotle nearby to grab lunch. All are welcome. There is ample parking and EBRP provides latex gloves and garbage bags, but you can save plastic by bringing your own bucket to collect the trash. It’s a wonderful way to have your kids outside by the shore, learning first-hand how plastics and litter pollute our world. Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothes and closed-toed shoes.

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First Church Book Group

First Church Book Group’s next meeting is Fri., Feb. 1 (note date change) at Helen Wadman’s home in Berkeley.  The book we’ll discuss is Betsy York’s suggestion: The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Eagen.   

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Volunteer Opportunites at the Berkeley Food Pantry

The Berkeley Food Pantry Executive Director Dharma Galang is currently looking for ways to involve more faith communities in the work of the Pantry, and to re-energize congregations like ours that have been consistent supporters for many years.

To find out about all the volunteer opportunities, from short-term to long-term, go to their website, For more information, contact Dharma at or look for Anne Rowe, who can usually be found assembling bags of cereal and peanut butter in the Hall of Entrance before worship on Sunday mornings.

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Ukulele Orchestra Family Monthly Rehearsals to Begin

Dear kids (and your grownups),

You are invited to join our First Church Ukulele Orchestra! I have designed a special rehearsal just for you and your grown-ups, to teach you all our fun music, every First Sunday right after church on the chancel from 11:15–11:45 am, beginning on Sun., Feb. 3. Please bring your grown-up, your can-do attitude, and your ukulele, if you have one (or let me know, if you don’t). Let me know if you would like to join us! We will have so much fun making music together! Looking forward to seeing you Feb. 3! — Kate Lucchese, Orchestra Director and Kid & Music Enthusiast

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Find Community at Knit, Crochet and Pray 

Looking for a little additional community time? Join Knit, Crochet, and Pray on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 5–6:30 pm in the purple office upstairs in Durant House. Our next meeting is Tues., Jan. 22. Newcomers and knit/crochet newbies are always welcome. If you have any questions, contact Kit Dunbar ( or 510/225-6814).