Singing Hope Fundraiser Concert

Saturday, February 22, 2020 · 5:00 pm Join City of Refuge UCC and First Church Berkeley for our annual fundraiser concert, featuring amazing musicians raising money for Berkeley-based Youth Spirit Artworks; the Alameda County Food Bank; and Keeping Our Girls in School, which aims to address some of the issues affecting girls in Kenya by providing menstrual pads, menstrual hygiene …

Learning Hour: Trans 101

Sunday, February 23, 11:45 am, Loper Chapel Our congregation wants to be supportive of our trans friends, however, there are still a lot of uncomfortable ways cis(non trans) people are communicating their understanding of trans-ness, to trans people. Some of us mistake trans people for other trans people after years of attendance. Some of us approach someone who we *think* …

Mardi Gras Celebration

Tuesday, February 25 from 5:30 – 6:30 pmPillar Room and Loper Chapel Join us for a pancake supper, Dixieland music, and then burying the Alleluia banner to transition our spirits into the Season of Lent. Wear your Mardi Gras bead and your dancing shoes! We hope to see you there! And, if you would like to come early to help …

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 26, 20207 pm, Sanctuary Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, falls on Wednesday February 26 this year. We’ll have a moving, intimate ceremony of release and healing in the Sanctuary, with music by Gungor, Taize chant, candlelighting and more. Come for your spirit, and to start a 40-day intentional journey together that may change your life in subtle …

Tree of Life: February 6, 2020

Healing prayers for Julie Greer as she recovers from surgery. Continued healing prayers for Susan Aberg, Holly Coates-Bash, and Alexandra Ellman. There will be a memorial service to celebrate the life of Bob Huston on Sat., Feb. 15, at 2 pm, in the Sanctuary. Reception to follow in the Pillar Room. All are invited to attend the ordination service for Kelly Colwell on Sat., Feb. 22 at 10:30 am in the First Church Sanctuary. A light lunch will be provided after the …

Making Space

by Julie Greer First, I want to thank Leonard again for all of his hard work this year.  It was a privilege sitting on Church Council with such amazing people, and I’m excited to work this year with all the new folks!  I’m especially grateful to Sara Woods for stepping into the role of Moderator Elect.  Sara, you are so …

Helping Hands Fundraiser a Success

by Richard Hom  All of us remember the horrific images on the news of the wildfires in the North Bay and the devastation they caused.  Two NCNC lay leaders, Dick Hom and Roy Mosley (former Conference Moderators) were moved to act.  In short order they generated interest in a “Helping Hands Fundraiser” which included 3 music concerts in 3 different areas of …

Annual Meeting Thoughts

by Sara Woods It may be a surprise to some of you, it was certainly a surprise for me, that I was called as Moderator-Elect. Afterall, I haven’t been a member for many, many years. I haven’t served on ministries for many, many years, and it also breaks some arbitrary patterns of alternating along gender binaries. However, I have jumped …

Erasing $4m of Medical Debt in the East Bay

Inspired by other UCC congregations in Chicago, St. Louis and around the nation, nine UCC churches in the East Bay, including our own, are working together to erase the medical debts of our neighbors in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Medical debt destroys the financial stability of large segments of America’s most vulnerable communities: the sick, the elderly, the poor, …