Forgiven Life


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Important Dates for Lent
Questions for Reflection

Lent 2018 at First Pres

February 14–March 29

Pictures and Portrayals from the Bible

We live in a very unforgiving time! Are we, the church, bearing witness to gospel forgiveness? We love to hear stories of the forgiven and the forgiving, but what would it be like to live that life from the inside out? What would it be like to live that story in our homes, our neighborhoods, and places of work—in those difficult places of sin and brokenness—with a forgiven heart?

This Lent we gather in worship to explore pictures and portrayals in Scripture of what the forgiven life is and what it is not. We meet in our community groups during Lent to go deeper into these stories of God’s people. As we pray, discuss, and listen together, let us allow God’s Spirit to form us as forgiven people, a people with abilities to forgive, grow, and bear witness to this gospel message to a watching world in an unforgiving time.


The Forgiven Life: Pictures and Portrayals from the Bible
Sundays, 9 and 11:30 am (unless noted), Sanctuary


During the six weeks of Lent, adults from all neighborhoods and stages of life will gather weekly in community groups of 6–12 people to go deeper into the Sunday passages of Scripture.

Weekly questions, for group discussion and individual use, are available to download the Friday prior to each Sunday's message (February 18–March 25). The current week's reflection questions and those from prior weeks will be included. Click here for this week's Questions for Reflection.

Community Group Online Registration

Dates: February 4–11

Starting February 4, please visit the Community Groups webpage to sign up for a community group for Lent. Opportunities to meet in neighborhood homes or at First Pres are available on a variety of days and times.

Community Group Gatherings

Dates: Weeks of February 18 through March 25


Dates: Wednesdays, February 21–March 21
Time: 7–8:30 pm
Location: 2:42 House, 2423 Haste Street, Berkeley

Our FoCUS (Fellowship of College and University Students) gatherings during Lent will be a time of sharing stories and exploring practices that help us respond to God's invitation to receive and extend forgiveness, as part of The Forgiven Life Lenten season at First Pres. Friends of FoCUS, University Ministry leaders, and students alike will have the opportunity to share their experience of forgiveness as we prepare to celebrate Easter. For more information, please contact Mandy Kirby at


Dates: Sundays, February 18–March 25
Time: Middle Hour, 10:15–11:15 am
The I-5 (5th Grade): Rooms W306 and W307, Westminster Hall
Rooted (6th–8th Grade): Middle School Room, Room M201, McKinley Hall
Marked (9th–12th Grade): High School Room, Room M202, McKinley Hall

During the Lenten season, we will explore prayer and the many ways we can communicate with God. We’ll discuss what prayer is, why it’s important, and practice it together in the hopes that we may discover a deeper understanding of God’s presence and power. For more information, please contact Calvin Sodestrom at


Dates: Sundays, February 18–March 25
Time: 9–10 am and 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Location: Second Floor, Westminster Hall

Children in Godly Play will hear stories that focus on the life, teachings, healings, and transformational encounters of Jesus. A Lenten devotional will be available for families to provide suggestions for worship and practical applications throughout the week. For more information, please contact Rosemarie Eichner-Raja at



Date: Saturday, February 24
Time: 9 am–12 pm

Do Justice is our opportunity to join members and friends from First Pres as we worship God through a one-day event doing acts of service in schools and nonprofits in our communities. We partner with Project Peace East Bay with over 15 sites and projects to choose from. All ages and abilities are welcome! For more information and to register, visit the Do Justice webpage.



Date: Saturdays, February 24, March 10, March 31
Time: 2–7 pm
Location: Gym, Westminister Hall

The First Pres Street Meal is our opportunity twice a month to encounter Christ as we greet and serve our neighbors in need in the Berkeley community. You can help cook, welcome guests, or join the Bible Study. For more information and to volunteer, please visit the Street Meal webpage.