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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.

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Sunday Jul 22, 2018 11:45 am
The Ministry of Care, Fellowship and Invitation invites you to bring a batch of your blue-ribbon chili to share with everyone on Sunday, July 22, when we will celebrate fellowship and summer with a
Sunday Jul 15, 2018 11:15 am
First Church will be participating in Puente de Costa Sur’s annual school supply drive by collecting items on Sundays July 15 & 22. Help support over 250 students and equitable access to education.
Wednesday Jul 18, 2018 07:00 pm
Join Michele McGeoy and others for an evening of Taizé music and poetry on Wednesday, July 18 at 7:00 pm in Loper Chapel.
Friday Jul 20, 2018 09:00 am
Alexa and Dianeth still need your support! Raul (Alexa's dad and Dianeth's husband) has a court date on July 20 at the San Rafael courthouse, courtroom D, at 9 am.
Wednesday Jul 18, 2018 12:00 pm
You can still get involved in these fabulous upcoming Summer Small Group events!
Tuesday Jul 03, 2018 12:00 pm
The church has a new database called Realm which has some really wonderful capabilities One of those is to serve as an online, secure, password-protected church directory (with pictures!) for our community.
Thursday Jul 05, 2018 12:00 pm
The summer sermon series will explore “The Wildness of God.” God is good! But God is not safe.
Friday Jul 20, 2018 06:00 pm
The First Church community is invited to attend a fundraising event to support the first year of Marvin K.
Sunday Jul 08, 2018 11:45 am
The Mental Health Promotion program on Mindfulness that was to take place on Sunday, July 8 has been postponed until August 12.
Thursday Jul 12, 2018 12:00 pm
Rev. William Barber rocked the house at an event called "Reviving Democracy" on Thursday, July 12, 2018.
Sunday Jul 08, 2018 12:00 pm
The Meal Train website helps us provide meals for members of our community who may need some extra support while they are dealing with changes in their lives—new babies, surgery, accidents, passings.
Thursday Jul 05, 2018 12:00 pm
After a robust discussion, Church Council voted unanimously at its last meeting to install a three-dimensional sign with back-lit aluminum block letters mounted on the brick area above the Cloister.
Sunday Aug 12, 2018 11:45 am
On Sunday, August 12 (note change in date), First Church member Kerrie Hein will present the fifth in a series of six monthly seminars on Mental Health Promotion.
Wednesday Jun 20, 2018 12:00 pm
Many members of the First Church community are expressing concern about the issue of children being separated from their parents at the border and wondering how to respond. Here are few suggestions:
Thursday Jun 21, 2018 12:00 pm
Winthrop, the high school youth group, is in Stockton, CA on their annual Work Camp.
Tuesday Jun 26, 2018 12:00 pm
First Church celebrated Pride weekend in big ways. A contingent joined in the Trans March on Friday night, and another group attended the Pride Parade on Sunday.
Tuesday Jun 19, 2018 12:00 pm
This year our four Sunday School classes were powered by 24 teachers grouped into teaching teams. We delighted in praying, singing, playing and learning about God together!
Friday Jun 15, 2018 12:00 pm
There is interest in expanding the FCCB sanctuary ministry to include sponsorship and housing of an immigrant/refugee. 
Saturday Jun 09, 2018 11:00 am
On Saturday, June 9, a vigil was held at the West County Detention Center.
Tuesday Jul 24, 2018 05:30 pm
Senior Minister Molly Baskette holds office hours each week on Tuesdays.
Sunday Aug 12, 2018 11:45 am
On Sunday, August 12 (note change in date), First Church member Kerrie Hein will present the fifth in a series of six monthly seminars on Mental Health Promotion.
Sunday Jun 03, 2018 12:00 pm
At an official congregational meeting on Sunday, June 3, 2018, the congregation voted unanimously to authorize the membershp and work of the Blue Fire Committee which will oversee the design and construction, throug
Friday May 25, 2018 12:00 pm
We are excited to announce that Bree Elle Gardner and Trust Hilton will join First Church as Emerging Leaders for 2018- 2019. They will begin in September and serve through May of 2019.
Thursday May 10, 2018 12:00 pm
Marvin K. White served as First Church’s Public Theologian in Residence for 2017-2018. Marvin is a poet, preacher/theologian, activist, and artist.
Tuesday May 22, 2018 12:00 pm
On Wednesday, May 16, our First Church Young Adult group wrapped up its 3rd season of Open Chapel, our alternative worship gathering (Open Chapel takes a break in the summer months).
Tuesday May 01, 2018 12:00 pm
First Church has launched the First Church Berkeley GodCast, a podcast featuring the scripture and sermon from the weekly Sunday service.
Tuesday May 15, 2018 12:00 pm
In January, the Fire Recovery Committee submitted a claim to our insurers for the full cost to restore Pilgrim Hall as it was before the fire, a figure considerably higher than the in
Wednesday Apr 25, 2018 12:00 pm
A set of six painted panels now grace the fence surrounding Pilgrim Hall, the part of the church that was destroyed by fire.
Monday May 21, 2018 12:00 pm
Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny and her husband Nate Klug (poet and pastor of First Church Redwood City UCC) are looking forward to welcoming their baby girl at the end of May
Sunday Jul 22, 2018 10:00 am
Find out who will be preaching at First Church on upcoming Sunday mornings.
Wednesday Feb 21, 2018 12:00 pm
The Sanctuary Ministry Team announces the formation of a new Accompaniment Team comprised of Reverend Molly, Carolyn Ash, Andrea Trexler
Monday Jan 22, 2018 12:00 pm
Members of the First Church have formed a new Disability Empowerment Team. One of its goals is to generate sensitivity around language of disability.
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 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.
Besides the First Church’s public Facebook page, the church also has a private community page wher
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. — Hebrews 13:2
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