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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.

Google Calendar Program Overview

Sunday Feb 25, 2018 11:30 am
Interested in putting down some spiritual roots at First Church? Are you considering becoming a member or official friend of the church?
Sunday Feb 18, 2018 09:00 am
Join us for a series of Sunday Morning Lent Explorations from 9-9:45 am each Sunday during Lent in Room #5, upstairs in the East Bay School for Boys.
Wednesday Jan 24, 2018 12:00 pm
Because this year, Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day, and Easter on April Fools’, we have adopted as our Lenten theme: Lovers & Fools!
Wednesday Feb 14, 2018 12:00 pm
A Social Media Spiritual Practice! Will you join us?
Sunday Feb 18, 2018 11:45 am
The Adult Education Ministry presents two Learning Hours on California prison issues on Sundays February 18 & 25 at 11:45 am in Loper Chapel.
Friday Mar 09, 2018 07:30 pm
Poet, essayist, and Yale Divinity School professor Christian Wiman will be featured at an event called The Art of Faith, the Faith of Art on Friday, March 9 at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary of F
Saturday Mar 17, 2018 10:30 am
Three different performances in three different languages! ..........
Wednesday Feb 07, 2018 12:00 pm
Hey! Did you know that Lent is just around the corner?
Tuesday Feb 13, 2018 12:00 pm
The Fire Recovery Committee shares this report, drafted by chair Milton Fujii.
Wednesday Feb 14, 2018 12:00 pm
Photos from the Women's Retreat last weekend at Ralston White Retreat Center.
Saturday Mar 03, 2018 09:00 am
Retired UCC Minister Rev.
Tuesday Mar 06, 2018 09:00 am
Senior Minister Molly Baskette holds office hours each week on Tuesdays.
Sunday Mar 11, 2018 11:45 am
On Sunday, March 11, First Church member Kerrie Hein will present the second of a series of six monthly sessions on Mental Health Promotio
Sunday Feb 04, 2018 12:00 pm
On Sunday, February 4, First Church held its 143rd Annual Meeting following worship. This was the first Annual Meeting since the congregation was back in the Sanctuary following the fire.
Wednesday Feb 07, 2018 12:00 pm
First Church celebrated Carmelle Knudsen at its recent Annual Meeting as she retires from her volunteer staff position as Membership Secretary.
Sunday Feb 04, 2018 12:00 pm
Each year, the church prepares an Annual Report detailing the activities of the previous year.
Thursday Feb 01, 2018 12:00 pm
Click here to read this month’s edition of the FamChY (Families, Children & Youth) newsletter prepared by Di
Tuesday Feb 06, 2018 12:00 pm
As you may have noticed, there are new speakers in the Sanctuary! The installation, which includes six front-hanging speakers, six speakers underneath the chancel steps, and two speakers aimed at the balcony, was installed in early January
Sunday Jan 07, 2018 11:45 am
On Sunday, January 7, Gloria Bruce, the Executive Director of East Bay Housing Organizations, shared a presentation “The
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.
Sunday Jan 07, 2018 12:00 pm
The Green Ministry Team encourages First Church members to write to state political leaders to encourage them to pass Senate Bill 100 which would set a goal of
Friday Dec 29, 2017 12:00 pm
For the second year, First Church held a service in front of the church in the cloister at 6 pm.
Monday Dec 25, 2017 12:00 pm
Each year, First Church offers an early evening All Ages Christmas Eve Service where the story of Jesus' birth gets told in stories and songs. Anyone who wants to don a costume can get involved.
Tuesday Dec 19, 2017 12:00 pm
Members of the Ministry of Stewardship, Finance & Administration (SFA) and Senior Minister Molly Baskette have been working on a design for a three-dimensional m
Sunday Jan 14, 2018 11:45 am
What’s all this talk about mental health? Does it seem like something has changed in the last few decades?
Thursday Aug 10, 2017 12:00 pm
After he preached for and moved us so deeply back in February, we knew we wanted to hear more from Marvin K. White.
Sunday Feb 18, 2018 10:00 am
Find out who will be preaching at First Church on upcoming Sunday mornings.
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 Jan 07, 2018 09:40 am
Interested in singing old hymns and learning new ones?
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.
Wednesday Feb 21, 2018 07:00 pm
Join us every first, second and third Wednesday for our young adult Open Chapel gatherings (1st & 3rd Wed: worship; 2nd Wed "wildcard," community-led). 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
Friday Oct 28, 2016 12:00 pm
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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