What’s Happening at First Church

First Church Berkeley, part of the United Church of Christ is a progressive, welcoming church drawing together a community from throughout the Bay Area. No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here. Read more about the news and events that draw the community at large to this landmark in the community.

Google Calendar Program Overview

Sunday Jan 14, 2018 11:45 am
Two meetings will be held to review and then vote on the First Church budget for 2018.
Saturday Jan 20, 2018 09:00 am
1/5/18  Note change of location
Wednesday Jan 17, 2018 12:00 pm
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, several members of the First Church community took part in a shoreline cleanup along the San Francisco Bay as an act of service to honor Dr. King.
Sunday Jan 21, 2018 11:45 am
The Mental Health Spiritual Support Group will meet on Sunday, January 21 from 11:45 am – 1 pm in Room #5 in the East Bay School for Boys (EBSB). 
Sunday Jan 07, 2018 11:45 am
On Sunday, January 7, Gloria Bruce, the Executive Director of East Bay Housing Organizations, shared a presentation “The
Sunday Feb 11, 2018 11:45 am
Marvin K White, First Church’s Public Theologian in Residence, will lead his third “workship” on Sunday, February 11 at 11:45 am in the Sanctuary and will preach on Sunday, February 18 duri
Friday Feb 02, 2018 08:00 pm
On Friday, February 2, enjoy an evening of Brahms, a part of the First Church performance series Resonance at 8 pm in the Sanctuary.
Sunday Jan 28, 2018 11:45 am
As the congregation continues to discern whether to build affordable housing on the First Church campus, The Affordable Housing Subcommittee of the Blue Sky Team is hosting a series of a conversatio
Sunday Jan 07, 2018 12:00 pm
The Green Ministry Team encourages First Church members to write to state political leaders to encourage them to pass Senate Bill 100 which would set a goal of
Tuesday Feb 13, 2018 05:30 pm
Join in the fun at the all-church, child-friendly festive evening on Tuesday, February 13 at 5:30 pm to mark Mardi Gras, the last day before the season of Lent begins.
Wednesday Feb 14, 2018 07:00 pm
Join us at First Church on Wednesday, February 14, for a powerful and moving Ash Wednesday Service where we are reminded what it means to be human.
Friday Dec 29, 2017 12:00 pm
For the second year, First Church held a service in front of the church in the cloister at 6 pm.
Monday Dec 25, 2017 12:00 pm
Each year, First Church offers an early evening All Ages Christmas Eve Service where the story of Jesus' birth gets told in stories and songs. Anyone who wants to don a costume can get involved.
Sunday Feb 11, 2018 11:45 am
On Sunday, February 11, First Church member Kerrie Hein will present the second of a series of six monthly sessions on Mental Health Promo
Friday Mar 09, 2018 07:30 pm
Poet, essayist, and Yale Divinity School professor Christian Wiman will be featured at an event called The Art of Faith, the Faith of Art on Friday, March 9 at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary of F
Tuesday Dec 19, 2017 12:00 pm
Members of the Ministry of Stewardship, Finance & Administration (SFA) and Senior Minister Molly Baskette have been working on a design for a three-dimensional m
Sunday Jan 14, 2018 11:45 am
What’s all this talk about mental health? Does it seem like something has changed in the last few decades?
Tuesday Jan 23, 2018 05:00 pm
Senior Minister Molly Baskette holds office hours each week on Tuesdays.
Thursday Aug 10, 2017 12:00 pm
After he preached for and moved us so deeply back in February, we knew we wanted to hear more from Marvin K. White.
Sunday Jan 21, 2018 10:00 am
Find out who will be preaching at First Church on upcoming Sunday mornings.
Monday Nov 06, 2017 12:00 pm
Emerging Leader Loi Almeron has begun creating a series of short videos called “Word Takeaway.” Each week after the service, the preacher summarizes their sermon in about two minutes.
Sunday Jan 07, 2018 09:40 am
Interested in singing old hymns and learning new ones?
Sunday Aug 20, 2017 11:45 am
On Sundays, August 6, 13, & 20, 2017 the Adult Education Ministry presented a series entitled Contemplating Loss and Death: A Zen Hospice Project Perspective in the Sanctuary.
Wednesday Jan 17, 2018 07:00 pm
Join us every first, second and third Wednesday for our young adult Open Chapel gatherings (1st & 3rd Wed: worship; 2nd Wed "wildcard," community-led). Slow down, sing out, tune in, break bread, open up.
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Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. — Hebrews 13:2
Friday Oct 28, 2016 12:00 pm
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Wednesday Oct 12, 2016 12:30 pm
by Molly Baskette
Thursday May 07, 2015 07:00 pm
Members of the BeFrienders Ministry Team will be available during the 10 am Learning Hour in the church office for the next several Sundays for those who would like an opportunity?
Tuesday Mar 01, 2016 12:00 am
First Church Berkeley is participating in an on-going food drive to support the work of the Berkeley Food Pantry which provides food on an emergency basis to more than 2000 res
Tuesday Mar 03, 2015 08:00 pm
UPDATE   On Sunday, April 19, In an official congregational meeting, First Congregational Church of Berkeley voted to amend its Open and Affirming Statement to include the phrases "gender identity" and "gen