In the scripture, the early community of believers were gathered together, learning a new way of being together in community “day by day”.
In this season following Easter, there is good reason for us to find and claim our joy. Rev. Molly and Rev. Phil share their excitement about finding joy even in troubling times.
Palm Sunday is the beginning of a series of events leading up to Easter Sunday.
On Friday, September 30, 2016 a fire damaged part of the First Church Berkeley campus. The church was unable to worship in the Sanctuary, so we met at 2 pm on Oct. 2 at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley across the street.
As part of the series "Family: It's Complicated, Senior Minister Molly Baskette talks about what younger members have to learn from elders. After telling stories of her own family and grandparents, she talks about the "honorary grandparents" in a church community.
Shame, silence and stigma can lead us to believe that we can't be our whole selves and be beloved. When we are in "over our heads" because of grief, pain or trauma, we may not be able to sense God's presence on our own. Yet, faith community can provide a place where our pain can be shared and held.
Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter reads a passage from the book of Acts (4:32-35) describing how the early communities of Jesus' followers shared what they had so no one was in need. He suggests that in this time, "we" is a powerful idea?to see how powerful it is for us to come together across lines that may seem to keep us apart.
First Church members Curt Wands-Bourdoseau, Diana Graham and Tim Sweetser share their stories in testimony to their faith. Curt speaks of times in his life when he "quaked" in God's presence upon being challenged to help victims of poverty and oppression.
Congregation members tell their own stories of what they were looking for when the came to First Church.