All Church Conference
Mount Hermon Conference Center
An invitation from Pastor Steve Schibsted
The All Church Conference (ACC) at Mount Hermon Conference Center has been a treasured event in the life of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley for more than 65 years. The ACC is a great time for our church family to get away, relax, recreate, laugh, develop new relationships, deepen old ones, and be challenged by a nationally known speaker. Perhaps even more importantly than in years past, we need this relaxed time away to come together as one church—old and young, married and single, long-time members and first timers, children, youth, university students, and young adults.
I especially want to encourage those of you who are new to our church; this weekend is truly equivalent to a year of Sunday mornings in terms of connecting with others. You'll get a new sense of belonging after attending the conference—just ask those who have taken that step for the first (and maybe a bit scary) time. In these busy, fast-paced lives of ours, it is never easy to set aside time for a weekend away, but we need moments like this to nurture those things which are most important.
I hope to see you there!
Interim Senior Pastor
Our ACC Retreat Speaker
Sandra Van Opstal
"Making All Things New..."
We are excited to welcome Sandra Van Opstal as our featured speaker. Sandra is a second-generation Latina, and the Executive Pastor at Grace and Peace Community Church on the west-side of Chicago. She is a liturgist and activist who is passionate about re-imagining worship that mobilizes for reconciliation and justice.
In her fifteen years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Sandra mobilized thousands of college students for God's mission of reconciliation and justice in the world. Sandra's influence has also reached many others through her leadership and preaching on topics such of justice, poverty, racism, racial identity, reconciliation, and global mission. She has been featured at Wheaton College, The Justice Conference, Evangelical Covenant conferences, Willow Creek Association conferences, and various churches. Sandra serves as a board member for Evangelicals for Justice and the Christian Community Development Association. In addition to her ministry experience, Sandra holds a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois and has been published in multiple journals. She has authored Small Group Leader’s Handbook, God’s Graffiti Devotional, The Mission of Worship, and The Next Worship.