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.
What’s Happening at First Church
All are invited to join in as First Church welcomes the new season with a Fall Festival Sunday on September 24 beginning at 10 am.
Marvin K. White will lead his first “workship” as First Church’s Public Theologian in Residence on Sunday, September 24 from 11:45 to 1 pm in the Sanctuary. He will then preach on the following Sunday, October 1 during the 10 am worship service.
First Church member and Cal professor Dr.
Our worship series for fall is #BlessedTomorrow.
Over 100 First Church folk went to Camp Cazadero near the Russian River for the annual All-Church Camp on Sept 16 & 17, 2017.
Senior Minister Molly Baskette holds office hours each week on Tuesdays.
Dr. Riess Potterveld will present the second of a two-part series on Theodicy—“Why does an all-powerful and all-good God permit evil in the world?” on Sunday, October 8.
A crowd of First Church folk gathered at Camp Cazadero near the Russian River for the annual All-Church Camp. More photos here...
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A bunch of First Church folk marched in the 2017 Oakland Pride Parade in downtown Oakland celebrating the full inclusion of LGBTQ folk in church and society.
Trust Hilton has been hired as the Director of Youth Ministries at First Church Berkeley.
First Church is delighted to announce that Loi Almeron and Kim Druziako will serve as Emerging Leaders at First Church in 2017–2018.
On Sunday, August 27, 800 to 1000 people of faith from a variety of traditions in the Bay Area gathered in response to a planned rally by right-wing groups in downtown Berkeley.
The First Church Gospel Choir will rehearse in Loper Chapel or the Sanctuary after worship (~11:30 am) on the following dates:
After he preached for and moved us so deeply back in February, we knew we wanted to hear more from Marvin K. White.
• Sept. 3 — First Sunday all ages worship, no Sunday School
• Sept. 10 — Make more welcome bags with CF&I (all ages together)
• Sept. 17 — Trash/ litter pick up with Green Team(all ages together)
Check out the FamChy (Families, Children & Youth) Newsletter for September with photos of recent events and news of
Interested in singing old hymns and learning new ones?
The Mental Health Ministry Team continues this fall with activities to support its goals of seeking to include all members and friends in the life of the church, to provide op
As a reminder, since Rev. Rachel is on family leave and then sabbatical until early December, here are ways you can find the spiritual support you need in our community.
The Blue Sky Team and the Church have had a busy couple of months, with a lot of talking, listening, and sharing about how Pilgrim Hall could be rebuilt.
As many of you know, Rachel’s partner Joe Scarry was recently diagnosed with lymphoma.
Roger Bash presented another design concept for rebuilding Pilgrim Hall an a Learning Hour sponsored by Adult Education on Sunday, July 23 in the Sanctuary.
On Saturday, June 10, the First Church Berkeley community gathered to hear about several options for rebuilding Pilgrim Hall that the Blue Sky Team has developed. Over 100 people attended.
At the June 10 meeting, “Planning for the Next 100 Years," the Blue Sky Team presented concepts for the rebuilding of Pilgrim Hal
On Sunday, June 18 First Congregational Church of Berkeley, United Church of Christ voted unanimously to sign the National Sanctuary Movement Pledge (below) and formally establish itself as a Sanctuary Congregation.
On Wednesday, May 31, Rev. Molly Baskette was installed as Senior Minister of First Church Berkeley!
— Barbara Lundquist
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. — Hebrews 13:2
Each year, the church prepares an Annual Report detailing the activities of the previous year.
At its January 17 meeting, Church Council approved the slate for the new ad-hoc Council committee—the “Blue Sky Visioning Team.” Eleven members have been appointed to this important group charged with “enga
by Molly Baskette
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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?
NOTE Links to videos below!
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
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
Watch the powerful United Church of Christ?s StillSpeaking Ministry video spot which was launched on the internet in 2010. At first, the video message was delivered to tens of thousands?by email, through internet ads, and posts to social networks.