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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 Jun 24, 2018 10:30 am
San Francisco Pride is nearly upon us! Our historic Queer-affirming high holiday!
Wednesday Jun 20, 2018 12:00 pm
Many members of the First Church community are expressing concern for the children being separated from their parents at the border and wondering how to respond. Here are few suggestions:
Tuesday Jun 19, 2018 12:00 pm
Sign up by July 1!Email the group leader directly.  
Tuesday Jun 19, 2018 06:00 pm
The First Church community is invited to attend any of four upcoming fundraising events to support the first year of Marvin K.
Tuesday Jun 05, 2018 12:00 pm
Members of the Ministry of Stewardship, Finance and Administration and church staff have been working on the design of a new sign to be installed on the outside of the church
Sunday Jun 24, 2018 11:45 am
Richard Brabham witnessed the beauty of Iceland first-hand last year.
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!
Tuesday Jun 19, 2018 12:00 pm
We received the sad news that Frankie Wei died on Sunday, June 3. A Meal Train schedule has been set up to help Frankie’s grieving family (Nikki, Nathan, Sean, and Irene) with meals.
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. 
Sunday Jul 01, 2018 11:45 am
Dr. Andrew Gunther will lead the Learning Hour on Sunday, July 1 on the topic of “Talking Climate Change” at 11:45 am in Loper Chapel.
Thursday Jul 12, 2018 07:30 pm
Join America’s preeminent civil rights leader Reverend William J.
Wednesday Jun 20, 2018 12:00 pm
Welcome to our newest new members who joined our congregation on Sunday. Left to right—Hanni, Eunice, Todd, Savannah, Connor and Margaret.
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
Saturday Jun 09, 2018 11:00 am
On Saturday, June 9, a vigil was held at the West County Detention Center.
Tuesday Jun 26, 2018 05:30 pm
Senior Minister Molly Baskette holds office hours each week on Tuesdays.
Sunday Jul 08, 2018 11:45 am
On Sunday, July 8 (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 Jun 01, 2018 12:00 pm
Click here to read this month’s edition of the FamChY (Families, Children & Youth) newsletter prepared by Di
Friday May 25, 2018 12:00 pm
For the past five years, First Church has offered fellowships to outstanding young adults in our community, known as the Emerging Leaders Initiative.
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
Tuesday May 08, 2018 12:00 pm
The Ministry of Stewardship, Finance & Administration has commissioned an All Hazards Action Team to work with the congregation, ushers, Sunday school staff, Church Council and others to update our emergen
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 Jun 24, 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