New Affordable Housing FAQ, Advocacy Letter Template

The members of the Affordable Housing Committee are pleased to share with our community this FAQ webpage to proactively share information and address questions about our ongoing Affordable Housing project.  Want to take action to support sufficient government funding for affordable housing initiatives like ours? Here’s the constituent letter template that was used during Service as Worship a few Sundays ago (Feb. 11). We encourage …

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March 3 Learning Hour: Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Sun., March 3, 2024, 11:45 amLoper Chapel Beloved, 28 of your fellow Firsties and people close to them went on pilgrimage to Selma and Montgomery AL, to literally walk in the footsteps of the “footsoldiers” who undertook the march for voting rights. We prayerfully experienced The Legacy Museum that traced the history of racial terror in America from The Middle …

Author Talk: Authentic Antiracist Dialogue with Dr. Roxy Manning

Sun., March 17, 2024, 10 amSanctuary Clinical psychologist, social justice advocate, and author Dr. Roxy Manning will be with us in worship on Sun., March 17, to discuss her book, “How to Have Antiracist Conversations: Embracing Our Full Humanity to Challenge White Supremacy” and its companion text, “The Antiracist Heart: A Self-Compassion and Activism Handbook.” Dr. Manning will be interviewed …

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Lenten Faith-Sharing Group: In-Person

Sundays, Feb. 18 to March 24, 11:30 am First Church Berkeley, Loper Chapel (location may vary) If you’re looking to deepen your prayer and spirituality during the Lenten season, join us as we explore the Sunday lectionary readings and reflect on how they speak to our faith lives today. We’ll meet after getting soup and snacks after the service. The …

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149th Annual Meeting

Sun., Feb. 4, 2024 @ 10 am, in-person & live-streamed Watch our Annual Meeting here. View & download the 2023 Annual Report here. First Church Berkeley’s 149th Annual Meeting takes place this Sun., Feb. 4 during our 10 am worship service with lunch to follow. Join us as we worship together, reflect on the milestones of 2023, hear about this year’s …

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Discover First Church

Class: Sun., Jan. 21, 11:45 amSpiritual-Story Sharing & Crepe Making: Sat., Jan. 27, 4 pmJoining: Sun., Jan. 28 during 10 am worship Please join us for our upcoming Discover First Church Class and Lunch on Sun., Jan. 21, 2024 at 11:45 am in the Pillar Room. Join us whether you are seriously interested in membership or just want to find out more …

Let's make everyone count

Alameda County Count of Homeless People Needs Volunteers

Thurs., Jan. 25, 2024, 5 to 10 am Every two years all counties that receive federal funding for the prevention of homelessness must provide the results of a physical count of all sheltered and unsheltered homeless people to Washington, DC. This year Alameda County’s Point-in-Time (PIT) Count will take place Thurs., Jan. 25, 2024. Many people from our congregation have participated …

Write Letter of Support for EBALDC

First Church is excited to team up with East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) to build affordable housing in our church parking lot. We value their “Healthy Neighborhoods” approach to community development, having developed over 35 similar apartment buildings throughout the East Bay since 1975. EBALDC is seeking letters of support to help secure funding from the City of …