Pentecost 2017 Photos

Sun, Jun 4, 2017



First Church celebrated Pentecost on Sunday, June 4 with a Grand Celebration of its return to the Sanctuary. The worship space had been partially damaged by a September 2016 fire. The congregation had been worshiping elsewhere during the ensuing eight months, mostly at Congregation Beth El in Berkeley.

The community gathered outside the church to process in together and rose petals fell on them from the balcony as they entered. The chancel was filled with over 90 red and orange helium balloons and many wore red for the special day.

Rev. Da Vita McCallister was the guest preacher and the service included stories, prayers, special music (including the First Church Ukulele Orchestra!) and a tribute to Berkeley firefighters. Watch the service here...

Afterwards, the community gathered to share food, conversation and a cake decorated with Pentecost flames.