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Post-Fire Rebuilding News

On Friday, September 30, 2016 a fire broke out in a wing of First Church Berkeley that housed office and meeting space (Pilgrim Hall). Significant damage occurred. This page gathers the stories of the immediate aftermath and the longer terms plans as we deal with rebuilding.

As the congregation continues to discern whether to building affordable housing on the First Church campus, The Affordable Housing Subcommittee of the Blue Sky Team

As First Church Berkeley considers an affordable housing project on its property, the church is holding a series of meetings to discuss issues that would need to be considered in t

As work on the Sanctuary wrapped up and the fences surrounding the property were moved back closer to the building, the church’s Little Free Library has been “liberated.”

As the congregation continues to discern whether to building affordable housing on the First Church campus, The Affordable Housing Subcommittee of the Blue Sky Team will host a series of a conversations on…
The Fire Recovery Committee is still in the process of preparing the claim to be submitted to the insurance company. The process is quite detailed and the intent is to make the strongest claim possible. The…

Watch the video of the SAHA presentation including the questions that were raised.

Earlier this summer the Blue Sky Team and Fire Recovery Committee assigned several of their respective members to a joint subcommittee known as the…

Roger Bash presented another design concept for rebuilding Pilgrim Hall an a Learning Hour sponsored by Adult Education on Sunday, July 23 in the Sanctuary.

The Blue Sky Team and the Church have had a busy couple of months, with a lot of talking, listening, and sharing about

Come hear about another design concept for rebuilding Pilgrim Hall an a Learning Hour sponsored by Adult Education on Sunday, July 23 at 11:45 in

At the June 10 meeting, “Planning for the Next 100 Years," the Blue Sky T

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On Saturday, June 10, the First Church Berkeley community gathered to hear about several options for rebuilding Pilgrim Hall that the Blue Sky Tea

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It is both an exciting and tender time as we return to the First Church Sanctuary for Sunday morning worship.

The Blue Sky Team, charged with envisioning a new Pilgrim Hall, invites the entire First Church community to gather for an in-depth conversation, "Planning for the Next 100 Years," about rebuilding options on…

Over 65 folks came to the congregational conversation last Sunday about potential partnerships in a rebuilt Pilgrim Hall!

Childcare and Sunday School

On Sunday mornings, the nursery will be in Loper Chapel from 9:45–11:30 am.

Grand Celebration/Pentecost
June 4, 2017 • 10 am

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It may happen! Be prepared to return to our Sanctuary for worship on Sunday, May 21 at 10 am.

At a presentation on Sunday, April 23, following worship, Milton Fujii, the chair of the…

The Blue Sky Team is holding a congregational conversation on Sunday, May 7 at

The Fire Recovery Committee will provide another update on the fire recovery process, including some initial thoughts about the potential budget shortfall for a rebuilt Pilgrim Hal

The Blue Sky Team has been working hard on its mission to lead the congregation in a process of re-imagining the Pilgri

The Blue Sky Visioning Team is moving forward in their work to help the congregation re-imagine…

The Blue Sky Visioning Team, charged with obtaining congregational input on a re-envisioned Pilgrim Hal

Progress continues on the church in the wake of the September 30, 2016 fire. The Sanctuary is being restored. Scaffolding is still up as plastering and painting takes place.

The Blue Sky Team, charged with obtaining congregational input on a re-envisioned Pilgrim Hall…

The Fire Recovery Committee, formed by the Church Council to oversee the restoration of the ch

At its January 17 meeting, Church Council approved the slate for the new ad-hoc Council committee—the “Blue Sky Visioning Team.” Eleven members ha

The Fire Recovery Committee and the recently-appointed…

At its January 17 meeting, Church Council approved the slate for the new ad-hoc Council committee, the Blue Sky Visioning Team (BSVT).

On Sunday, October 2, 2016 a large crowd gathered at First Presbyterian Church at 2 pm in the afternoon for First Church worship.

The Fire Recovery Committee has prepared answers to a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs)

The Fire Recovery Committee, formed by the Church Council to oversee the restoration of the ch

On Sunday, November 27, 2016 a group of InterPlay Art Responders will honor Pilgrim Hall, the part of First Church Berkeley that was destroyed by

A Recovery Sale will be held on Saturday, November 12, 12?4 pm in the church parking lot (weather permitting).

In response to the First Church fire, our sister churches in the Northern California Conference have organized two benefit concerts featuring a wide range of perfo

The recent fire at First Church Berkeley did limited damage to the Sanctuary, but restoration will take a few months.

Come to a special musical benefit concert on Tuesday, October 18 at 7:30 pm at…

First Church public worship will take place at 2 pm on Sunday, October 2 at…

On Sunday, October 9, 2016 First Church will worship again at 2 pm in the Sanctuary of…

by Amy Hiestand, Moderator

On October 25, 2016, the Church Council held its regular monthly meeting.

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by Amy Hiestand, First Church Moderator

As we continue to appreciate our new worship location at…

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Because of the fire that took place at First Church Berkeley on Friday, September 30, 2016 the…

In response to the wider community’s request to help in the aftermath of the fire at First Church, an online…

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Members of the BeFrienders Ministry Team are available for those who would like an opportunity? to talk one on one about how they are feeling related to the fire.

First Church Moderator Amy Hiestand convened a special meeting of the Church Council on Thursday evening, October 6 in Loper Chapel (where the ele

First Church will worship again at First Presbyterian Church at 2 pm on Sunday, October 16.