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Easter Sunday Festival Worship 2017


Easter Sunday, April 16 we celebrate the gift of life in all forms with a joyful pairing of worship services.

Join us with bow ties and bonnets (or come as you are) for Easter Sunday Festival Worship in the Sanctuary at Congregation Beth El. Special music begins at 9:45 am and the service will start at 10 am.

Easter Sunday Sunrise Service 2017


Easter Sunday, April 16 we celebrate the gift of life in all forms with a joyful pairing of worship services.

An Easter Sunrise Service will begin at 6 am in the Berkeley hills overlooking the Bay Area. We greet the new morning and the promise of new life. This simple outdoor service will include music, song and prayer. Children are most welcome!

Maundy Thursday 2017


This year, we will celebrate Maundy Thursday, April 13, in homes around the community. The evening marks Jesus' gathering with his disciples and friends for a "last supper." They broke bread together and Jesus demonstrated the power of servant leadership by washing the feet of those gathered.

Since we don't have access to our Large Assembly space, several members of the First Church community will open their homes to small gatherings.

Palm Sunday 2017


Holy Week events begin on Palm Sunday, April 9. We will create a raucous parade with palms, drums, “hosannas” and a dramatic retelling of Jesus’ crowd-inspiring entry into Jerusalem. Gather outside the Congregation Beth El Sanctuary at 9:45 am to grab your palms and be part of the procession.

Worship begins at 10 am.

As the service progresses we look toward the other events that will take place during the powerful time of Holy Week.

San Francisco Girls Chorus Performs


The San Franciso Girls Chorus, under the direction of Anne Hegge, will sing during worship on Sunday, March 19 at 10 am. They will also give a short concert at the end of worship.

The Chorus has performed annually for First Church for 15 years! Their visit is supported by a gift from an anonymous First Church member.

The “S-word” — Talking about Sex with our Tweens/Teens


On Sunday, February 26, 11:45 am–1:15 pm, parents are invited to a workshop led by First Church member Patty Contaxis, MFT, back by popular demand!

Patty will discuss how to talk with our tweens & teens about sex, the topic at the top of the list when parents were polled earlier this year. The workshop will be held in the Adult Library at Beth El. Bagels & cream cheese and seltzer provided.

YES and Winthrop youth will be meeting until 1:15 pm. Childcare will be provided for children up to 5th grade.