For the past five years, First Church has offered fellowships to outstanding young adults in our community, known as the Emerging Leaders Initiative. This past year, we have been blessed by the presence and leadership of Loi Almeron and Kim Druziako. The Emerging Leaders program began in 2013 with a generous grant from an anonymous donor. In Sept. 2018, we will begin supporting it entirely as a congregation.
First Church has benefited from Loi’s and Kim’s dynamic, heart-felt worship leadership both on Sundays and at Open Chapel, as well as by their special ministry projects: from Loi’s remarkable video and social media projects (“Word Takeaways” and “We Are... First Church Berkeley”), to Kim’s moving Holy Saturday service and work as a Deacon.
We will bless and celebrate Kim and Loi in their final Sundays in this role — Kim’s final Sunday as an Emerging Leader will be May 27; Loi will conclude by preaching on June 10. And we are grateful that they are both here to stay! Look for Kim’s continued service on the Ministry of Worship and Spiritual Life and beyond. Loi will offer a Learning Hour workshop on Media Ministry this summer, sharing how she uses her multimedia skills in her faith and ministry.