Fire Recovery

First Church has successfully concluded months of negotiation to recover a portion of our uninsured fire loss from the roofing company believed to be responsible for the 2016 fire that destroyed Pilgrim Hall and damaged the Sanctuary. The church will receive $522,000 from the roofer’s insurer.  The rebuilding program developed by the Blue Fire team and endorsed by the congregation …

Blue Fire Affordable Housing Committee Forming

Are you passionate about affordable housing? Are you excited that we have voted to pursue the development of affordable housing on our campus? Good news — you have the opportunity to help our vision grow to fruition! Our Blue Fire team, who has been working tirelessly for several years to get us to this place, has only just begun its …

The Blue Fire Committee Proposal Explained

by Moe Wright, Church Treasurer, for the Blue Fire Committee For those who attended the Blue Fire presentation on April 26,  you will recall that the committee had three recommendations: Pay the remaining balance on our loan from the Berkeley Pilgrimage Foundation (BPF). Build a Community Building that meets our needs and can be rented out. Sell or long-term lease …

Blue Fire Team Rebuilding Update

Next Congregational Forum on May 17 ► Watch the Presentation Here► View the Slides Here The Blue Fire Team presented their recommendations to a robust webinar with 100+ participants on Sunday. In their presentation, the team recommended constructing a New Community Building on the Pilgrim Hall site. This new building will be 8,000-10,000 square feet in size, constructed with green …

Blue Fire Committee Update — Congregational Forum April 26

Sunday, April 26, 11:30 amhttps://zoom.us/j/99325221560?pwd=ZnB1REhGQXlzVVJ1cDJZQTRZVmxUdz09 The Blue Fire Committee has been making progress on our work to evaluate options to replace Pilgrim Hall. With everything that has been going on over the past few weeks, it is taking a bit longer than expected to get all the information we need to make an informed decision. We want to postpone our …

Blue Fire Update

The Blue Fire Team is on track to present the final option for rebuilding the church campus on Sunday, April 19 after worship. In this time of great uncertainty, it feels good that there are some things the pandemic cannot stop, including getting closure on this long period of discernment since the fire. Look for more details in the next …

Blue Fire Update | Feb. 20, 2020

The Blue Fire Team is hard at work modeling all three concepts of a rebuilt campus to see which one aligns most closely with our mission, constraints, needs, values and long-term financial health. We have shifted the congregational vote date slightly to allow time for the congregation to absorb details from the final concept we will present in May. Here’s …

Fire Rebuilding Concepts Presented

Since concluding last October that rebuilding Pilgrim Hall as it used to be would not be financially feasible given the amount of the insurance settlement and other funds available, the Blue Fire Committee has been working on alternative construction project scenarios that both meet our needs and fit within our budget. The committee presented its latest project update after worship …

Blue Fire Update

On Sun., Jan. 12, immediately following worship, the Blue Fire Team will provide an update about Pilgrim Hall. As you recall, at the Nov. 3 congregational meeting, Blue Fire was given a new mandate to envision alternative possibilities for building on campus since the insurance proceeds would not cover rebuilding Pilgrim Hall as it was with code upgrades. Blue Fire …