Advent at First Pres

Whether you are excited to hear the Christmas story or are not sure what to make of it, whether you’re comfortable in church or can barely imagine yourself in the pews, whether you come with more questions than answers—you are welcome at First Pres. In this Advent season leading up to Christmas, we invite you to worship, celebrate, and serve with us as we await the birth of Jesus.

Worship With Us This Advent

Questions We Ask God

There is a mysterious space between human conversation and divine prayer where some of our most honest questions can be found. Questions like, “Why is this happening to me? How do I know this is real? What will become of my life?” This Advent, we will explore these liminal questions with the help of the Gospel according to Luke. (Read more about the Advent sermon series.)

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Worship

Sunday, December 24, 9:00 pm
On Christmas Eve, join us in person or online for our traditional Service of Lessons & Carols. Come celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with candles, scripture readings, and beautiful choral music.

Celebrate With Us This Advent

We can’t wait to welcome you at these festive events of the season. For a listing of upcoming events, visit the Event Calendar.

Advent Workshop

Advent Workshop

Sunday, December 3, 11:45 am–1:45 pm
Enjoy crafts, wreath-making, and music as we prepare our homes and hearts to celebrate Christ’s birth. Free admission. Families, invite your friends!

Advent Retreat

A Contemplative Advent Retreat

Saturday, December 9, 9:30–11:30 am on Zoom
Join us for a morning of prayer, reflection, and readying ourselves to continue our great pilgrimage with Christ. General registration: $25 / Reduced Registration $10 / Students Free.

Gloria: A Christmas Concert

Gloria: A Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 10, 4 pm
Join us for a wonderful concert of songs of the season featuring First Pres Children’s, Youth, and Concert Choirs. Free admission and parking.

Serve With Us This Advent

There are many ways to serve at First Pres in December! Whether it’s participating in our Advent Outreach initiative, serving on the Concert Welcome Team, or helping with holiday meals for our neighbors, we invite you to share the blessings you’ve received with others.

Four Easy Ways to Share

Four Easy Ways to Share

All that we have, all that we are, are gifts from God. From our friendships to our financial resources, God has blessed us. We invite you to take the grace you’ve received and share with a world in need through this year’s Advent Outreach initiative.

Advent Hospitality

Advent Hospitality

Help set the table this Advent! Be a part of the teams that will make our church a welcoming, inviting, and festive place. With the gift of your presence, you extend the opportunity for connection and belonging for all who come through our doors.

Cal Study Hall

Be a Cal Study Hall Host

December 4–8, 3–10 pm
First Pres opens our campus to provide study space, free food, and good WiFi to students in need. Study Hall Hosts keep the snack table stocked, answer questions, and are an encouraging presence to students as they prep for finals.

Holiday Meals for our Neighbors

Help with Holiday Meals

December 16 & 30
Our Street Meal and Mobile Food Pantry ministries will distribute extra supplies and food for the holidays. Come help us share God’s love to our neighbors in tangible ways!