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2024 Easter Offering: East Bay Sanctuary Covenant

Just a short walk across Durant Avenue brings you to the doors of East Bay Sanctuary Covenant (EBSC), the recipient for this year’s Easter Offering selected by the Justice and Service Ministry.  EBSC, founded in 1982, provides legal and social services, community organizing and education to refugees and asylum seekers.  Protect. Advocate. Transform. are the words that guide EBSC’s work …

Register Now – Maundy Thursday Gatherings

Thurs., March 28, 2024, 6 to 7 pm, 6 to 8 pmVarious locations & on Zoom You’re invited to gather in-person or on Zoom to share a simple meal and the ritual of foot/hand washing. We’ll sing, pray, and read scripture together. Register in person this Sunday or online for one of the in-person gatherings at homes in Berkeley, El Cerrito, …

Alabama Civil Rights Pilgrimage Ripples Across First Church

Our church is already experiencing ripples from February’s Alabama Civil Rights Pilgrimage, beginning with the seed money we fundraised for future trips and educational experiences! Did you know that we raised $2,300 more than needed to cover scholarships and pilgrimage expenses? Thank you to everyone who generously donated towards the pilgrimage fundraiser! Your gifts are living on! The March 3 worship service and learning …

Palm Sunday BYO Props!

Sun., March 24, 10 am Last Palm Sunday, we invited you to bring protest signs for the Palm Parade–and you did such a great job, we’re inviting you to BYO props again! This year, instead of protest signs, we’re asking you to bring:

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 …