Young Adult Events

Advent Retreat


The Advent Retreat will be offered on Saturday, December 9 from 9:30 am–3:30 pm in Loper Chapel.

The retreat will explore the Advent theme “Watch.”

Kit Novotny will lead gentle yoga and meditation in the Sanctuary Time will be made for journaling, poetry and free time, lunch, small group conversation and a closing ritual of lessons and carols. Rachel Bauman will also lead.

Rev. Lynice Pinkard Preaches on Pledge Sunday


Watch a video of Rev. Pinkard's sermon here...

Rev. Lynice Pinkard was our special guest preacher on Sunday, November 19, 2107. She is a writer, speaker, UCC minister, chaplain and public intellectual operating at the intersection of Christianity, economics, and social change. She is a graduate of Pacific School of Religion with both an MA and MDiv and is the former pastor at First Congregational Church of Oakland.

New College Group Gathering


Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny is calling together a new group of college/college-aged adults. Come together at Saturn Cafe (delish vegetarian diner food on Oxford and Allston) on Thursday November 9, at 6 pm (’til 7:30/8 pm or so). 

Let Kit know if you're planning to come (; 508-498-1037). If you'd like to join this new group for college/college-aged young adults, let Kit know! We will try to vary the meeting day to work for various schedules.

First Church Test Kitchen Potluck


Take part in the First Church Test Kitchen Potluck on Sunday, November 12. You are invited to bring a dish from your kitchen that you have never cooked before but have always wanted to try, and to test it out on your church family during the After Party!

This will be an excellent opportunity to kick off the holiday season and set your kitchens abuzz by dusting off some cookbooks or the interwebs and discovering something new.

500th Anniversary of the Reformation


On Sunday, October 29, 2017, First Church celebrated the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. In 1517, The German monk and theologian Martin Luther published his Ninety-five Theses, a critique of the Catholic Church, which is generally considered to be the beginning of this movement that has resulted in thousands of different Protestant churches and denominations around the world.

Blessing of the Animals 2017


This year's Blessing of the Animals will take place Sunday evening Oct 15, from 4:30–5:30 pm. Dogs, lizards, birds, teddy bears, turtles and other beloved pets are welcome (dogs on leashes and critters in carriers, please!) The event will take place outside in the Courtyard. In case of rain, it will be in Loper Chapel.

Everyone, regardless of pet ownership, is invited to join in the fun of celebrating all God's creatures. You may also bring a photo of a beloved animal who has passed away or wouldn't do well in such a gathering.