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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 May 27, 2018 10:00 am
May 27, 2018, is Mental Health Sunday at First Church and throughout the United Church of Christ (UCC).
Sunday Jun 03, 2018 11:15 am
Following the recommendation of the Church Council, Moderator Kara Korbel-Chinula is calling an official congregational meeting for Sunday, June 3, 2018, immediately following worship, to vote on the member
Sunday May 27, 2018 11:45 am
Many people think that Buddhists are just passive navel-gazers. But how are Buddhists combining their personal spiritual practice with social action?
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.
Sunday Jun 10, 2018 11:45 am
Interested in putting down some spiritual roots at First Church? Are you considering becoming a member or official friend of the church?
Sunday Jun 03, 2018 11:00 am
First Church will have a presence in this year’s Sunday Streets Berkeley, a day when several area streets will be closed to create a lively festival of art, music, food, entertainment, and information on Sunday, Jun
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.
Saturday Jun 09, 2018 11:00 am
Come join First Church’s Accompaniment Team (a subset of our Sanctuary Ministry Team) for an interfaith vigil on Saturday, June 9 at 11 am, hosted by th
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 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
Sunday Jun 17, 2018 11:45 am
The Mental Health Spiritual Support Group will meet on Sunday, June 17 from 11:45 am – 1 pm in Durant House. 
Tuesday Apr 17, 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 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.
Sunday Jun 10, 2018 11:45 am
The FamChY (Families, Children & Youth) Ministry is excited to announce a three-part series on Compassionate Communication for Families for parents, grandparents, aunts/ uncles and other caring adults.
Saturday Jun 16, 2018 09:00 am
Note change in date
Tuesday May 22, 2018 12:00 pm
Sunday, May 20 was Pentecost and the Sanctuary was decked out with 100 balloons in the colors of the day.
Tuesday May 29, 2018 09:00 am
Senior Minister Molly Baskette holds office hours each week on Tuesdays.
Wednesday May 02, 2018 12:00 pm
Click here to read this month’s edition of the FamChY (Families, Children & Youth) newsletter prepared by Di
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.
Sunday Jun 10, 2018 11:45 am
On Sunday, June 10 (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 May 09, 2018 12:00 pm
When Pilgrim Hall is rebuilt, the plan is to include a new version of the Thrift Shop.
Sunday Apr 29, 2018 01:00 pm
A whole crowd of First Church Berkeley folk joined other local church members in the 2018 CROP Hunger Walk to support projects addressing human needs locally and internationally.
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.
Sunday Apr 22, 2018 11:45 am
Steve Almond, author of the new book "Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country" spoke at First Church Berkeley on Sunday, April 22, 2018.
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
Saturday Apr 14, 2018 09:00 am
The annual tree planting with Urban Releaf, organized by Emma Fujii and the Green Ministry Team, drew some 20 First Church members and children.
Tuesday Mar 27, 2018 09:00 pm
Based on the results of the recent survey and after careful deliberation, the Church Council unanimously approved an active pause of 18 months in the considera
Sunday May 27, 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.
Tuesday May 22, 2018 12:00 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.
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