Easy Affordable Housing Advocacy!

Can you take a minute TODAY to answer this call from EBHO and YSA, in support of legislation to make it easier to build affordable housing?  “Thanks to everyone for all of the support you’ve shown YSA. We want to express how grateful we are for your work providing solace and support to our shared communities, especially amidst this pandemic. …

Climate Change Information and Resources

Here is a collection of climate change resources from Marta Black. They are a follow-up to her Learning Hour on June 28, 2020. https://www.firstchurchberkeley.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/ClimateRealityProjectResources.pdf

Follow-up Message from Rev. Quinn Caldwell

Dear First Church Berkeley beloveds, Thank you again for the chance to preach with you last month. It was an honor! One among you reached out afterwards to point out a use of language that caused them pain and anger. In the benediction, I said, “…to you, the dancers and the sitters, the trans and the not, the Vashtis and …

Update on Our Accompaniment Family

Thanks be, Jesse Willett and 5-year-old Aya Willett Boyle have welcomed Melissa and her family into their home while she recovers from childbirth! Melissa is so grateful to have a safe, warm place to call home for the next month or so (and Aya has decided baby Edison is better than TV and just wants to watch him!).  We would …

July 26 Learning Hour: What the Coronavirus Reveals About Our Society

Sunday, July 26 at 12:15 pmhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/88967740143 Suddenly confronted by the coronavirus we experience personal and community upheaval. The triumphs and tragedies of our society are seen in stark relief. Join us by Zoom for the Learning Hour at 12:15 pm. on Sunday, July 26. Facilitated by our Adult Education Ministry, we will explore what this unfolding event reveals about our …

Chancel Communion Moving to Zoom

Sundays After Worship (about 11:15 am)https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81848029793 In hopes of allowing for a more intimate and participatory setting during this extended era of virtual church, we will be experimenting with moving “Chancel Communion” to Zoom (“Chancel communion” is the service of Holy Communion usually led by ordained members of our church, that occurs after the service every Sunday except the 1st Sunday of the …

Our Newest Members

We welcome our newest members who joined the First Church community on Sunday, June 14. Nancy Nancy grew up attending a congregational church in NY. Nancy was led to First Church Berkeley by her reading of Molly’s devotionals in the United Church of Christ (UCC) Daily Devotional emails. She lives and works in Martinez with her husband of 17 years, …

Could You Imagine a Mini, Local Church Retreat a la Camp Caz this Fall?

Sadly, this year’s All-Church Retreat at Camp Cazadero, originally scheduled for Sat., Sept. 12 through Sun., Sept. 13, is canceled. This facility is closed through spring 2021. Could you imagine camping together (safely socially distanced) with your church family at a local regional park? Would you be interested in helping to plan such a gathering? Would you attend? We’d love to brainstorm with …

Join Us at the New Virtual “Welcome Table” Sunday Mornings

Starting Sunday, July 12 at 9:15 amhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/82285294966 Beginning this coming Sun., July 12, First Church Berkeley’s Care, Fellowship & Invitation (CFI) ministry will host a virtual welcome table from 9:15 until 10 am on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82285294966 The virtual welcome table will serve the same purpose as our traditional welcome table.  A CFI member will host to answer questions from church …