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Sunday, June 23 & 30, 2019

New Church Name Tags!

We are finalizing a new design for our First Church permanent name tags, which will include everyone’s preferred personal pronouns along with their name. Look for the volunteers circulating during the After Party with clipboards in hand to confirm the correct spelling of your name and to learn your preferred pronouns. We hope to have these new name tags ready (you choose the style: clip on, pin on or lanyard) this fall!

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News from the Berkeley Food Pantry

School’s out and that means limited or no access to regular school meals and snacks for kids in families who have a tight food budget. These families find food at the Berkeley Food Pantry to ease this situation. The cereal and peanut butter that you donate goes a long way to provide healthy supplements to the food the Pantry can provide.

New First Church volunteers Maureen Prochaska and Susan Greef have found that the Alameda County Community Food Bank cannot supply peanut butter consistently to food pantries. When Susan and Maureen are helping families choose foods for their bags, smooth peanut butter is often requested. The cereal from First Church members can make a quick meal or snack and is also much appreciated. 

Please drop off donations of low-sugar cereal and peanut butter in the Hall of Entrance at First Church. See Anne Rowe or the Pantry’s website ( for volunteer opportunities at the Pantry. 

P.S. The Pantry needs clean, paper grocery bags. Drop them off at the food donation area in the Hall of Entrance.

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FCCB Book Group

Book for reading in the fall were chosen at the last FCCB Book Group meeting. (Meetings start at 10 am.) 

Fri., Sept. 13 at Katie Brookes’ house: There There by Tommy Orange.

Fri., Oct. 11 at Anne Rowe’s house: Fidelity: Five Stories by Wendell Berry

Fri., Nov. 15, location TBD: Valley of the Moon by Jack London.