Sundays Nov. 24 & Dec. 1

 NOVEMBER 24, 2019  THANKSGIVING SUNDAY  Psalm 100 & John 17: 20-23  10:00 Worship, Kit Novotny, preaching; Amar Khalsa, musician; Elizabeth Forsyth, organist; Derek Tam, director of music, Sanctuary  Musical Highlights, “O Praise the Lord of Heaven” by William Billings;  Sanctuary Choir  11:15 After Party, Terrace  DECEMBER 1, 2019 FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT/ALL-AGES WORSHIP/COMMUNION SUNDAY  Luke 1:26-38  Before & after worship Winthrop Wreath Preordering, …

Advent/Epiphany Devotional

Pick up a copy of this year’s Advent/ Epiphany Devotional, created by the UCC’s StillSpeaking Writers Group of which our own Rev. Molly is a part, in the church office now or at the Welcome Table on Sundays beginning Sun., Dec. 1, the First Sunday of Advent! 

Advent Craft Workshop

Add some sparkle to your Christmas season at the Advent Craft Workshop! Come join in the festive atmosphere in the Pillar Room after worship on Sun., Dec. 8 to create ornaments and decorations, and to enjoy fellowship with each other. All are welcome! 

Winthrop Wreath Sale

 Winthrop youth will be selling wreaths every Sunday in Advent — Dec. 1 (to preorder), 8, 15 & 22 — to support their annual summer Work Camp. A 10” wreath (with artificial holly berries) is $25, a 22” wreath is $35. Wreaths will be sold before and after the worship service in the Hall of Entrance. Payments can be made …

Dec. 8 Mental Health Ministry Forum on Nonviolent Communication

 Part of supporting our mental health is the awareness of our own internal dialogue. Learning Nonviolent Communication (NVC) skills can help transform challenging messages we tell ourselves and improve our connection with others, which can also improve our mental and spiritual well-being. As part of our Mental Health Ministry Forum series, join Jim Coates & Louise Halsey on Sun., Dec. …

Thanksgiving Sharing

 Turkey Day is around the corner! Are you hosting dinner, and do you have room around your table for 1 or 2 more? Are you flying solo on the holiday, and would love some chosen family to feast with? If so, email Louise Halsey at lhalsey@fccb. org. She’ll do some holy traffic direction so that we can live more deeply …

Hanging of the Greens

 Come gather for the Hanging of the Greens and join Kit Novotny and other church friends to transform the Sanctuary & Hall of Entrance for the Advent season on Sat., Nov., 30, 1–4 pm. All ages welcome! We will put up and decorate the trees, decorate the pews, haul down the Advent wreath and its stand, hang the Christmas bunting …

Advent Retreat

Feed your spirit with an Advent Retreat right here at church on Sat., Dec. 7, 9:30 am–3:30 pm, Pillar Room. The theme is “What Are You Waiting For?” We’ll spend time with poetry, journaling, and one another with Molly Baskette and Becky Wright leading. Sign up online (www.firstchurchberkeley.org/advent-retreat) or in the Hall of Entrance after worship. Cost is $25 and …

Tree of Life

Former First Church Associate Minister Forster Freeman (1984-1994) died Nov. 5 at the age of 92. He was a beloved member of this community, remembered with appreciation for his role as Minister of Spiritual Training and Counsel. A memorial service will be held Jan. 2 in Portland, Oregon.  Sign up to hold babies Sasha and Maia and help Emma S …