Trunk or Treat

Sun., Oct. 29, 4 pm2330 Durant Ave., parking lot Join us for our annual Trunk or Treat safe trick-or-treating event in our church parking lot. Including costume parade, fun decorated car trunks, and mac and cheese from Homeroom for dinner (FREE to all! RSVP here if you’d like to bring your own “trunk” to share).

Did You Know…?

…that you’re invited to take part in Disability Justice & Awareness Education workshops, beginning Sat., Oct. 7 & led by ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Minister Mollie Ryan (she/they)? Rev. Mollie is a friend of Director of Operations August Laperche.

Young Adult Supper

2nd Thursdays of the month, 6 pmFirst Church Play Yard (off parking lot) All young adults (18-40ish) are invited to supper at church! Main course provided—bring a side or dessert if you can to share with others. Spend time with friends – new and old.  And if you haven’t made church friends yet, this is your moment!

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No Phishing

It is a widespread practice for online scammers to impersonate pastors, sending cryptic messages with faux religious language to emails they harvest from the internet asking for the email recipients to purchase gift cards on their behalf. Ignore and delete these emails—and if you know how, go one step further and report the phishing scam! You can always look closely at …

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Small Group Opportunity – Guided Autobiographical Writing (GAB)

Tentative dates: 6 sessions between Sun., Oct. 29 – Sun., Dec. 10, 2023 First Church Member & Certified GAB Instructor Craig Pratt (he, him) hopes to form a small group in Guided Autobiographical writing (GAB) in our community this fall. GAB is a life-enrichment process designed by researchers and helping professionals to deepen self-understanding through the exploration of one’s life …

Church Florist Sumito Retires

Sumito Tsuizaki has provided flowers for our Sunday worship services, many memorial services, and special events for more than 20 years. He’s retiring this week and closing his floral shop Sumito’s Floral Design, a fixture on Shattuck Ave. in North Berkeley, after 37 years. We’ll celebrate the beauty and creativity he’s shared with us these many years in worship on …

Mental Health Caregivers Group

Fourth Tuesdays, 12 noon to 1 pmSanctuary The reality of living with, caring for, and loving someone suffering from a mental illness is that it affects our own mental health and functioning. We’ve formed a new group for folks in our community who are caring for someone with a mental illness (spouse or partner, child, parent). We meet monthly for …