A weekend for women ~ February 1-2, 2019

Here in the Bay area, life-giving, spiritually nurturing friendships are often at the mercy of the frenetic pace of life and demands of work, family, and even the church. Deep down, don’t we long for relationships where Christ is present, we are loved without prejudice, our unfolding story is known, and our voice is heard and an encouragement to others?

Let's be there for each other! Let's link our lives together in love and friendship, creating space for God's transforming work.


One Weekend •  Two Events at First Pres Berkeley

Friday, February 1
SheGrows Conference

6:30 – 9:30 pm 
Registration Fee: $39/person, register by January 27; prices increase on January 28

First Pres is pleased to host the SheGrows Conference, featuring nationally known authors and speakers Laurie Polich Short, Brooklyn Lindsey, and Natasha Sistrunk Robinson. This Friday night event will inspire, encourage, and equip women of every generation to link their lives in intentional relationships to form a deeper faith. Our First Pres worship team partners with our speakers for a rich time of worship, fellowship, and inspiration. The Friday evening event is open to the public.


Saturday, February 2
Going Deeper…Getting Practical Event with Natasha Sistrunk Robinson and Luncheon

9 am–1 pm
Westminster Gym
Registration Fee: $16/person, includes lunch, register by Sunday, January 27  

With an engaging and clear delivery, Natasha offers a healthy model for mentoring and discipleship for women across generations, life circumstances, and cultures. Her empowering message shows us how we can know God, ourselves, and one another better. We conclude our time over lunch. This special Saturday session is open to First Pres women, friends, and family.


Meet our Speakers

Laurie Polich Short is a friend to many at First Pres having served as pastor to youth (1990–1996). Most recently, she has authored two books: Finding Faith in the Dark and When Changing Nothing Changes Everything. Laurie serves as a part-time pastor at Ocean Hills Covenant Church in Santa Barbara.

Brooklyn Lindsey is a pastor and Founder of the Justice Movement—a global youth community that creates educational resources and events to empower youth to do justice together, and is currently working on the For Our Neighbors initiative. Brooklyn has authored numerous books and develops curriculum and writes for several student ministry resource publications.

Natasha Sistrunk Robinson is a leadership consultant, mentoring coach, Bible teacher, and advocate. Author of Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose through Intentional Discipleship and A Sojourner’s Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World, she is a former Marine Corps officer and founder of the nonprofit, Leadership LINKS, Inc.

To learn more about our speakers, visit the SheGrows Conference website.



To register for the Linking Lives weekend, complete these 2 steps:

Step 1: Click here to register for Friday’s SheGrows Conference.

·From the top of the home page, select “Register for SheGrows, Berkeley”
·Choose to purchase 1 or more tickets, donate a ticket, request a full scholarship for the Friday night event
·During checkout, enter “First Pres Berkeley” in the “Church Affiliation”
·Registration fee is $39/person through January 27, 2019. (Prices increase on January 28)

Step 2: Click here to register for Saturday’s Going Deeper…Getting Practical with Natasha Sistrunk Robinson and luncheon

·Registration fee is $16/person
·Deadline to register for the Saturday event is Sunday, January 27



To request a full scholarship:

·Friday, February 1, SheGrows Conference: Select “Sign-Up for a Scholarship” on the SheGrows Conference registration page (see instructions above)

·Saturday, February 2, Going Deeper, Getting Practical: Email your request to our event registrar at womensretreat@fpcberkeley.org. Upon confirmation, please proceed with the registration process



Email our retreat team at womensretreat@fpcberkeley.org or leave a message at 510.848.6252 ext. 512