First Church young adult Yuka Kobayashi will host a young adult summer meetup at Albany Bowl (540 San Pablo Ave.) on Wednesday, June 28 at 8 pm. Join us for the Wednesday Night Special (which starts at 8 pm): $12 per person (shoes included), which will be partially/wholly subsidized by First Church young adult ministry (if cost is prohibitive, we got you!).
Young Adult Events
As part of the celebration of Pride Month, First Church members will be attending the Trans March on Friday, June 23.
Meet Sonny Graves at 3:30 pm or Emma Savo at 5:30 pm outside the BART Station at 16th & Mission in San Francisco (meet kitty corner to the Walgreens). There will be a picnic from 3-6 pm in Dolores Park, and we will be sitting near the playground. Bring something to share!
Holy Fool Arts presents Wade Through Deep Water, an evening of Ceremonial Theater, in the First Church Sanctuary on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 7 pm. The evening is sponsored by First Church and Urban Adamah.
Holy Fool Arts is a theatrical production company that uses the transformative power of dance, drumming, theater, story-telling, song, circus arts and spoken word to inspire communities across North America to live in right relationship with the Earth.
Curious about meditation? Or a long-time practitioner?
Join Barbara McHugh and Bill Coffin before the regular Sunday service for a sit. They have been leading the Monday Mindfulness Meditation series for 9 years, and will be leading sits this summer at First Church.
The Church Council has called a meeting of the congregation on Sunday, June 18 to vote to sign the National Sanctuary Movement Pledge (below) and formally establish First Congregational Church of Berkeley, United Church of Christ as a Sanctuary Congregation.
Minnesota singer/songwriter/preacher Claudia Schmidt returns to share her gifts in song and story during worship. Claudia is a powerful vocalist who combines lively folk, jazz and blues with rich poetry and playful humor. She was a frequent guest on the early days of A Prairie Home Companion and has recorded 19 albums.
As our time worshiping at Congregation Beth El comes to a close, we will continue the connections between the two congregations that we have come to value.
Congregation Beth El has invited First Church members to attend a celebratory Shabbat evening worship service and dinner on Friday evening, June 2 as their guests and friends. Services begin at 6:15 pm and dinner is at 7:15 pm.
On Saturday, May 27, 2017, Sonny Graves will be ordained into Christian ministry and installed in his position as Minister of Clergy and Conference Vitality for the Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ. Sonny will be in a “four-way covenant” with the Conference, the Bay Association, and First Congregational Church of Berkeley, UCC.