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Playhouse Build

2021-07-27T12:51:50-07:00July 27th, 2021|Serve, Youth|

At the end of June, our High School Youth joined with our legacy mission partner, Habitat for Humanity, to create and build a beautiful and sturdy Playhouse that was passed along to Berkeley Presyberian Mission Homes. The whole experience was exceptional—from the youth learning about Habitat, to writing support letters, to the actual day’s build, to seeing children play in the house! We all learned so much about supporting an organization that is doing so much good in the world, how to use some fancy tools to measure, how to apply materials, and even how to seal a roof. We [...]

New Website Launch

2021-07-28T14:53:00-07:00July 26th, 2021|All Church|

Welcome to our new website! As the online front door to First Pres, our website must welcome congregants and newcomers and make it easy to find priority news and information about worship and all of our ministries. With this goal in mind, we are so excited to launch after many months spent diving into our needs and wants, working with Senior Pastor Charlene and the staff to edit ministry information, and making it easier to find the most frequently accessed content. We are proud of what we have accomplished and we truly hope that you will love the new site as [...]

July 23 Friday Email

2021-07-26T14:35:00-07:00July 23rd, 2021|All Church|

Dear First Pres Family, What a difference four weeks has made. A month ago the Coronavirus Task Force was tracking with staff toward being able to fully reopen our campus in September. In mid-June, California relaxed restrictions. COVID-19 case rates reached minimal levels (as low as 1.9 cases per 100K). Then case rates began increasing...and last week's case rates in Alameda County were at what the state formerly called the Purple/Widespread virus tier. So now we are stepping forward a little more slowly. This week, we are thankful there are signs that Alameda County case growth may be slowing, and also that the Task Force's policies and procedures [...]

Welcome Dave Carranza, Director for Youth and Family Ministry

2021-07-26T14:32:57-07:00July 16th, 2021|All Church, Children, Young Adults, Youth|

We are delighted to welcome our new director for Youth and Family Ministry! Dave Carranza brings with him extensive experience working with youth inside and outside the church and helping them discover their identity as radically beloved and uniquely gifted children of God. Dave will begin his time at First Pres Berkeley on July 19. Save the Date for a meet and greet with Dave Sunday, August 8, following worship. We give thanks to God for this community and for the wonderful gifts Dave will bring among us. In Christ, First Pres Berkeley Director for Youth and Family Ministry Search Committee [...]

July 16 Friday Email

2021-07-26T14:34:32-07:00July 16th, 2021|All Church|

Dear First Pres Family, In May, we began detailing more about the new staffing structure by ministry area as teams are coming together and beginning their work. Since then, individual ministries have presented their hopes and ideas for the way forward: Mark Stryker for Community Care,  Tom Elson for Missional Engagement, Michelle Vecchio-Lyzenga for Christian Formation, and Li-Wen Monk for Worship. Today, to conclude these updates, I’d like to share about the First Pres Operations team. The Operations Team at First Pres exists to facilitate and support our campus and ministries. We want operations to function effortlessly like an elevator: you push a button, the door [...]

A Card from the Project Mercy Team

2021-07-15T15:24:58-07:00July 15th, 2021|Serve|

We received a letter and card from our friends at Project Mercy and thought we'd share it with our First Pres family! Dear congregation of First Presbyterian Church Berkeley, Blessings of the Lord and greetings from Ethiopia. We pray and trust that you are well. We wanted to reach out and let you know how much we have appreciated and been blessed and strengthened by your standing with us through a rather challenging 2020. Your faithfulness in prayer and support has been tremendous. The education, health, nutrition, vocation and clean water programs have all continued to bless the community. Thank [...]

July 9 Friday Email

2021-07-26T14:34:43-07:00July 9th, 2021|All Church|

Dear First Pres Family, In May, we began a series of letters from the Session, Personnel Committee, and pastoral team about the new staffing structure at First Pres. As teams come together and are beginning their work, individual ministries are presenting their hopes and ideas for the way forward. We've had the opportunity to hear from Mark Stryker about Community Care, from Tom Elson about Missional Engagement, and from Michelle Vecchio-Lyzenga about Christian Formation. Today, I’d like to share about the next season in worship. When California shut down last year due to COVID-19, our congregation was unable to do what we have [...]

July 2 Friday Email

2021-07-26T14:34:38-07:00July 2nd, 2021|All Church|

Dearest First Pres Family, This past week, I received an email from my dear friend, the Rev. Glen Bell, who works at the Presbyterian Foundation. In his work with PC(USA) congregations around the country, Glen learned that the challenges and opportunities facing the church today are many and yet very similar. In the realm of challenges, most pastors reported the same answer…their members are struggling to adjust to “the sudden shifts accompanied by uncertainty, isolation and fatigue.” I think we can all relate to this feeling of exhaustion over the relentlessness of change. Yet in the area of opportunities, the [...]

Summer Sermon Series Launch

2021-07-21T14:34:46-07:00June 30th, 2021|All Church, Worship|

We are please to announce the launch of our summer sermon series. Every year after Pentecost, the church moves into the liturgical season of Ordinary Time — the liminal space between Easter and Advent. Yet this season is anything but ordinary. This summer, as we venture into exciting unknowns, we will rest in the time-honored tradition of preaching the lectionary. Originating in the time of Moses, the lectionary offers the church a rich and complete picture of Scripture by appointing texts from the Old and New Testaments and the Psalms. Our ten-week sermon series begins on Sunday, July 4, and continues [...]

The First Pres Reopening Plan

2021-07-19T15:31:00-07:00June 13th, 2021|All Church|

Coronavirus Task Force Update June 13, 2021 COVID-19 cases in Alameda County have been increasing over the past four weeks, and we have now breached the bottom of Red - Substantial tier of the state's virus tier system, with cases concentrated in a few zip codes in east and west Oakland. Over the same period, cases in high-vaccination zip codes have trended downward. We continue to follow public health guidance from the CDC, the State of California, Alameda County, and the City of Berkeley. The Coronavirus Task Force of volunteers and staff with health and facilities expertise are working within the [...]

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