Summer Gatherings Update 2024

You’re invited to take part in an array of activities. Some require registration, others not. Summer Hikes, hosted by Rev. Molly BasketteSundays, July 7 & Aug. 25, soon after worship lets outJoin Rev. Molly for a moderate all-ages hike! On July 7 we’ll do a “secret stairs” hike that leaves directly from church and winds up into the hills about …

Group of people gathered together outside at a Retreat Center

Register Now: Fall All-Church Retreat!

Fri. – Sun., Sept. 13 – 15, 2024Monte Toyon Retreat Center, Aptos, CAFirm Registration Deadline: Wed., Aug. 28, 5 pm We have a new venue for our historic Fall All-Church Retreat! While we will miss the loveliness of St. Dorothy’s Rest, it was not kind to folks with mobility issues, and didn’t have a big enough whole-group gathering space.  We …

Carillon 2024 Summer Schedule

Our weekly newsletter The Carillon will be produced every other week instead of every week during July and August. You’ll receive The Carillon in your inbox Thursday mornings as per usual for the July 7, 21, Aug. 4, 18 Sunday editions. You’ll still receive The Sunday Worship Guide every Saturday. The Carillon will return to its weekly schedule beginning with the Sept. 1 edition. If you’d like to submit …

July 7 Learning Hour: Film Screening “Like Heaven Without God”

Sun., July 7, 2024, 11:45 amLoper Chapel Before taking a break from programming for the rest of the summer, the Adult Education Ministry invites you to the film screening of “Like Heaven Without God,” a documentary by Luca Capponi, one of First Church’s AV technicians. Below is the synopsis of the film: “Like Heaven Without God” intimately portrays the lives …

Tours of the New Community Building

The new community building is ready enough that civilians can go for tours! Our Facilities Manager, Amare, has offered to bring up to 10 people through each Sunday after worship between now and the grand opening. Meet Amare in the cloister near the worship entrance about 10 minutes after the After Party starts to check it out!

Group of people gathered outside to sing together under the stars and trees

Fall All-Church Retreat!

Fri. – Sun., Sept. 13 – 15, 2024Monte Toyon Retreat Center, Aptos, CA We have a new venue for our historic Fall All-Church Retreat! While we will miss the loveliness of St. Dorothy’s Rest, it was not kind to folks with mobility issues, and didn’t have a big enough whole-group gathering space.  We have booked Monte Toyon Retreat Center in beautiful Aptos …

Save the Date – 3rd Annual FCCB Triathlon

Sat., Sept. 7, 2024Alameda Mark your calendars now for the next DIY triathlon with your church family: Sat., Sept. 7, 2024 in Alameda. Just like the last 2 years, we’ll swim 1/4 mile, bike 14 miles, and run 3 miles in Alameda, almost entirely along a flat Bayside route. Interested but not sure you are able — or want to …

Save the Date

Save the date for an in-person gathering of First Church men on Sat., May 18. Our program consists of gathering as a large group in Loper Chapel and then dividing into smaller groups of three to five people for in-depth sharing for an hour, and then we repeat with a different set of sharing questions. As an open and affirming congregation, all …