Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019

 MUSIC SUNDAY/THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT (JOY)  Before & after worship  Winthrop Wreath Sale, Hall of Entrance  10:00  Worship, Molly Baskette, meditation, Amar Khalsa, musician; Elizabeth Forsyth, organist; Derek Tam, director of music, Sanctuary  Musical Highlights, “Carol of the Bells” by Mykola Leontovych; First Church Bell Choir; Jim Coates, director  11:15  After Party & Ministries Mini-Fair, Terrace 

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019

CONTEMPLATIVE TAIZÉ WORSHIP/ SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT (FAITH)  Before & after worship  Winthrop Wreath Sale, Hall of Entrance  10:00  Worship, Molly Baskette, preaching; Amar Khalsa, musician; Elizabeth Forsyth, organist; Derek Tam, director of music, Sanctuary  Musical Highlights, Various pieces by Ancora, Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir; Robert Geary, director  11:15  After Party & Advent Craft Workshop, Pillar Room  11:15  Second …

Advent Craft Workshop

 Add some sparkle to your Christmas season at the Advent Craft Workshop! Come to the Pillar Room after worship on Sun., Dec. 8 to create ornaments and decorations, and to enjoy fellowship with each other. 

Advent 2019: What Are We Waiting For?

Advent is known as the waiting season, the time of magical, breath-holding anticipation for what might yet unfold, a new world appearing before our eyes. Whatever your spirit is longing for this year, we hope you’ll find yourself among us at First Church. What are you waiting for?  Sat., Dec. 7, Advent Retreat (9:30 am– 3:30 pm, Pillar Room)  Sun., …

Exploring Nonviolent Communication Sun., Dec. 8

 As part of our Mental Health Ministry Forum series, join Jim Coates & Louise Halsey this Sun., Dec. 8 at 11:45 am in Loper Chapel for a brief exploration of the teachings of Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD, author of “Nonviolent Communication: a Language of Life.” 

Advent Retreat

 Come to the Advent Retreat on Sat., Dec. 7, 9:30 am–3:30 pm, Pillar Room. The theme is “What Are You Waiting For?” and will include poetry, journaling, and one another with Molly Baskette and Becky Wright leading. Sign up online (www.firstchurchberkeley.org/advent-retreat) or in the Hall of Entrance after worship. Cost is $25 and includes lunch and materials; scholarships available. 

Greeters & Ushers Needed

 The Care, Fellowship & Invitation Ministry is looking for greeters for the three Christmas Eve services: 4 pm Family Service, 6 pm Service in the Cloister & 10 pm Candlelight Service. You can sign up for more than one! For more info, contact Diana Graham.  We also need ushers for the 4 pm & 10 pm Christmas Eve services! Contact …

Winter Solstice Service

 All are invited to a contemplative, Winter Solstice service on Wed., Dec. 18, 7 pm in the Sanctuary. Led by members of the congregation, it will include music, rituals, meditation, and readings. 

Tree of Life

Congratulations to Bob Stumpf on the birth of grandson Bennett Van Hoff born on Wed., Nov. 27 to parents Alison & Peter Van Hoff.  Healing prayers for Alexandra Ellman who is in treatment for cancer.  Prayers for Holly Coates-Bash as she prepares for surgery Mon., Dec. 9.  Prayers for Imogene Crebbin as she is hospitalized recovering from RSV.  Continued prayers …