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YSA Fence Picket Painting and Tent Drive

Young people are about to start moving into the Tiny House Village we have helped build with Berkeley-based Youth Spirit Artworks!  Members and friends of First Church have lovingly created 28 twin-size quilts for the residents that we will bless in worship on August 2.  You are invited to come to the church lawn for a COVID-safe socially-distanced painting party …

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Blessing Homeless Youth Quilts

In conjunction with members of East Bay Heritage Quilters and staff and customers of New Pieces Quilt Shop, nine First Church members are providing 28 twin-bed-size quilts for Youth Spirit Artworks’ soon-to-be Tiny House Village for homeless youth. First Church participants who provided materials, pieced quilt tops, and/or sewed on the binding included Ann Jensen, Becky Wright, Janet McDonald, Jonell …

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Rev. Kit To Take Parental Leave August 3-December 13

Associate Minister Rev. Kit Novotny and her family are looking forward to welcoming their second child at the beginning of September (due date 9/2)! Kit’s last Sunday with us this summer will be August 2. Her Parental Leave will begin on Aug 3 and extend through Dec 13 (supplemented with some remaining sabbatical leave).  During her leave, Kit’s roles and …

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 …

Progressive Bible Study

Every Wednesday at 7pmhttps://zoom.us/j/798618498 In the Progressive Christian Bible Study (PCBS), we understand what we do as conversation, conversation with the text, with our ancestors in faith, with time (theirs and ours), and with G-d. And that conversation is not a monologue (or for the spiritually squeamish)! Every voice counts. PCBS is unabashedly ‘progressive’ in orientation. For us, ‘progressive Christianity’ …

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Motley Few

VIRTUAL OPEN MIC ON FIRST FRIDAYSWith the endless grind of sheltering in place … why not perk up with a FCCB virtual Coffee house open mic.  Share your creativity during COVID for some good times!  Fridays at 10 amhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/722634340 Just a chance to get together with a few church folks for coffee and conversation. Contact Helen, 510-504-2140.

Welcome Two New Staff Members: Rev. Kelly Colwell & Rev. Riana Shaw Robinson

Dear Congregation of First Church Berkeley UCC,  After an exhaustive search for our new Acting Associate Pastor, we are pleased to announce that starting August 1, Reverend Kelly Colwell will be joining the church as as the Acting Associate Pastor.  Seventeen candidates from across the country applied for the position. We screened almost all of the candidates. Then we narrowed …