KAYA OAKES Feb. 27 at 10 am at First Church Berkeley

Kaya Oakes: Art Meets Life on February 27

Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 10 amSanctuary As part of our occasional Art Meets Life series, we’ll be joined for both worship and a learning hour to follow by the salty, brilliant, darkly hilarious Kaya Oakes! Kaya is the author of five books, most recently The Defiant Middle, an exploration of social, cultural, and religious expectations of women throughout history …

Mardi Gras — Intergenerational Special Event

Tues., March 1, 20225:30 – 6:30 pm, Dana Street Lawn & Patio Join us this coming Tues., March 1, for a family-friendly, intergenerational Mardi Gras festival outside on the Dana St. lawn! We’ll enjoy a crepe buffet, followed by a short program introducing the season of Lent to our kids, and we’ll bury the Alleluia banner for the season of …

Person's forehead with a black colored cross for Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday — Three Opportunities to Prepare for Lent

Wed., March 2, 2022Noon, 1:30 pm, & 7 pm There are three opportunities to prepare for Lent on Ash Wednesday—join us for one or all. First is an online service at noon on Zoom.  Small, intimate, and reflective, this is an opportunity to prepare yourself for the season with depth and heart. Second is Ashes to Go—Rev. Molly and Rev. Kelly will be on …

Logo for Berkeley Half Marathon

2022 Berkeley Half Marathon

Sun., Feb. 27, early morning The Berkeley Half Marathon is taking place this Sun., Feb. 27 with some road closures beginning as early as 6:30 am. This may affect your route to church. View the route map here and please plan accordingly.

Inside/Outside Prison Bible Study

March 2022-October 2022 (monthly meetings) Join members of First Congregational Church of Berkeley and incarcerated people in building relationships across prison walls through scripture study. Participants will have the opportunity to correspond with a currently incarcerated individual as we grapple with the commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves in a country that incarcerates more people per capita than any …

Photo of plaque commemorating Japanese American internment during WW II

Japanese American Day of Remembrance

Sat., Feb. 19, 4 pmDana St. lawn First Church Berkeley will host a Berkeley City-led commemorative event this Sat., Feb. 19, at 4 pm on the Dana St. lawn to mark Berkeley’s recently adopted resolution, which designates Feb. 19 as Japanese American Remembrance Day. Feb. 19 is the 80th anniversary of FDR’s signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the …

2022 Lenten Devotionals

We have two Lenten Devotional booklets available for pick up on Sunday mornings before and after 10 am worship in the Hall of Entrance: “The Long Haul” by the UCC’s StillSpeaking Writers’ Group (Rev.  Molly is part of this group!) and “Coming Back to Life” by Ann Naffziger. Grab your copy now and throughout Lent while supplies last.

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Join a Small Group for Lent

Lent begins Ash Wednesday, March 2, 2022 This year for the season of Lent, you’re invited to join a small group for weekly reflection and deepening relationships. The groups will meet for about an hour a week for the six weeks of Lent, reading a short devotional together and sharing some reflections from each person’s life. No homework, just show …