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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Tuesday Nov 20, 2018 • 6:00 pm
Join us in observing the Transgender Day of Remembrance on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 6 pm, with a vigil and reading of the names of our transgender siblings who have been killed in the
Sunday Nov 18, 2018 • 11:45 am
by Nathan Hood, Chair of the Ministry of Stewardship, Finance & Administration (SFA)
Sunday Nov 18, 2018 • 11:45 am
Now that so many of us are living longer, we are—in our 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s—wondering what the 8th, 9th, and 10th decades of our lives might be like.
Sunday Nov 18, 2018 • 11:45 am
Because we are a church who recognizes the challenges of parenting children of all ages, we continue our Parent Circle for Sharing and Support around our individual efforts at Compassionate Communication th
Sunday Nov 18, 2018 • 8:30 am
The Berkeley Half Marathon that was scheduled for Sunday, November 18 has been canceled due to the poor air quality.
Friday Nov 23, 2018 • 2:00 pm
Hey, young adults (and young-at-heart): Tired of being a grown-up, but can’t get home to Mom’s for Thanksgiving? Maybe you even have to work on Thanksgiving?
Thursday Nov 15, 2018 • 12:00 pm
Some of you may have noticed in Sunday’s bulletin the use of “kin-dom” in the Lord’s Prayer.
Thursday Nov 15, 2018 • 12:00 pm
Be a part of First Church history as an original cast member of the all-new Epiphany Pageant, custom-written by First Church member Kate Lucchese (who has written pageants before) and starring the Three Magi
Sunday Dec 09, 2018 • 11:45 am
On Sunday, December 9, 2018 the whole church is invited to take part in the Advent Crafts Fair after worship at First Church at 11:45 am.
Saturday Dec 01, 2018 • 1:30 pm
The season of Advent begins on Sunday, December 3, 2017. The day before that, members of the First Church community gather for the Hanging of the Greens?the Sanctuary will be transformed for the season.
Saturday Dec 08, 2018 • 4:30 pm
Parents get a night out when it’s Kids’ Night In on Saturday, December 8, 4:30– 8 pm in the Play Yard and Durant House!
Sunday Dec 16, 2018 • 10:00 am
Advent Music Sunday will be on December 16, 2018, at 10 am. The service will be full of the music of the season directed by Derek Tam.
Wednesday Nov 07, 2018 • 12:00 pm
A letter was sent to the congregation this week annoucing with both sadness and joy the news of two significant staff transitions coming in 2019.
Wednesday Nov 07, 2018 • 12:00 pm
This year, in our "Last Pledge Campaign Ever" we are striving toward a goal of having 87% of the church's pledgers become "Sustaining Givers," meaning that they have signed up for automatic giving by bank t
Thursday Nov 01, 2018 • 12:00 pm
The Blue Fire Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Siegel & Strain Architects to work with us on the design of the new Pilgrim Hall
Wednesday Oct 24, 2018 • 12:00 pm
Several months ago, it became clear that First Church and our insurers were at an impasse in settling the church’s claim for losses from the fire of September 30, 2016; we were unable to agree on the amount due the church for repairing damage to Pilgrim Hal
Tuesday Nov 20, 2018 • 9:00 am
Senior Minister Molly Baskette holds office hours each week on Tuesdays.
Wednesday Nov 14, 2018 • 12:00 pm
The Bible class continues their studies in the Tower Room each Sunday.
Sunday Nov 18, 2018 • 10:00 am
Find out who will be preaching at First Church on upcoming Sunday mornings.
Sunday Oct 28, 2018 • 8:30 am
The Affordable Housing Aficionados group has begun meeting monthly. The group plans to form a Ministry Team and all are welcome to join.
Sunday Oct 14, 2018 • 10:00 am
Rev. Sophia DeWitt was our guest preacher on Disability Empowerment Sunday, during the 10 am worship service on October 14, 2018.
Wednesday Dec 05, 2018 • 6:00 pm
Join us every first Wednesday of the month (Sept-May) for Open Chapel: our alternative, creative, heartfelt worship gatherings, for and by young adults. Slow down, sing out, tune in, break bread, open up.
Tuesday Sep 18, 2018 • 12:00 pm
Check out more photos on the church's Flickr pages...
Sunday Sep 09, 2018 • 9:45 am
Check out photos from this year's Oakland Pride Parade on our Flick page...
Friday Aug 10, 2018 • 12:00 pm
First Church member Kerrie Hein presented a series of five seminars on Mental Health Promotion. sponsored by the Mental Health Ministry Team.
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 Sep 04, 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.
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 • 7:00 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 • 8:00 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