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Street Meal Clothing Collection List of Needed Items

2022-04-28T19:13:44-07:00April 27th, 2022|Mission and Outreach, Serve|

Help provide care packages for our East Bay neighbors in need. Here is a list of needed new or gently used items to help our neighbors in need of shelter. (Keep in mind, this list is by no means comprehensive—if you’re wondering about whether or not we can use something, just ask!) Drop-off Information Drop off items at the Street Meal Clothing Collection table on the Pathway, first Sunday of each month, 30 minutes before and after the 10 am worship service. Contact Nancy Koerner at 510-725-2895 or [email protected] if you have questions or want to arrange a drop-off or pick-up. [...]

You’re Invited to First Pres Fest: Church Reimagined

2022-05-20T11:08:58-07:00April 12th, 2022|All Church, News|

We invite you to our first ever, First Pres Fest, May 21-22 where all ages will serve, worship, and fellowship together. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to extend, experience, and celebrate the beloved First Pres Community. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS MAY 21 Serving in Community (9:30 am–12:00 pm, Locations vary) Help First Pres love concretely by serving the local community with our mission partners. Click on the link for each opportunity to sign up: Mobile Food Bank, City Team Sandwiches, and Gardening at City Team's Turning Point (formerly House of Hope). The Future of Faith, A LIVE Panel Discussion, (6–7:30 pm, Sanctuary) Rev. Dr. [...]

Invitation to Berkeley Palmer Lectureship April 29-30, 2022

2022-05-05T20:59:27-07:00March 2nd, 2022|News|

Each year, the Berkeley Palmer Lectureship examines, through current biblical theology and scholarship, issues of concern to the church and academy. The theme for this year is A Diasporic People. Dr. Uriah Kim, President of the Graduate Theological Union and Professor of Biblical Studies, presents this year’s Berkeley Palmer Lecture, In Search of God, Identity, and Home with/in Others. Join us as Dr. Kim reflects on his faith journey, scholarship, and diasporic experience, engaging with a third type of relationship in the Bible that reminds us that no matter how comfortable we may feel in our country of residence or strongly we [...]

Annual Congregational Meeting Info and Materials

2022-03-25T00:25:57-07:00February 27th, 2022|News|

Join us March 13 at 1 pm for the Annual Congregational Meeting Gather to celebrate another year of ministry, review this coming year’s budget, and vote to elect new church leadership. All are welcome, and members may vote. Meeting will virtual via Zoom. To register, click here. If you need assistance connecting to Zoom or interacting in the meeting, click here. Meeting Materials For the 2021 Annual Report, click here. To learn more about the candidates for church leadership (deacons, elders, and nominating committee), click here.

Support for Ukraine

2022-03-08T18:15:04-08:00February 25th, 2022|All Church, News, Worship|

Invitation to Support Emergency Relief Funds  For those seeking ways to support people fleeing violence in Ukraine and provide humanitarian aid, we invite you to donate to the Presbyterian Church USA Disaster Relief-International Refugee Programs fund. This is an important opportunity for us to love concretely and serve generously. The need is urgent and great. To donate, click here. Invitation to Lift Our Voices as One in Prayer As we wake to another day of news of war, death, fighting and fleeing, our hearts ache and our souls cry out. For those of you who don't have the words, may [...]

First Pres Campus Has Officially Reopened

2022-04-18T23:42:19-07:00February 24th, 2022|All Church, News, Worship|

First Pres Campus has officially reopened!  We move forward with renewed faith and new hope as to what will take place on our open campus on Mondays to Saturdays from 7:30 am–10 pm and Sundays 7:30 am–6 pm: The public, including college students, will be present on campus, enjoying the plaza and other spaces and offering opportunities for us to meet and welcome others. The Parking Garage is available to the public during open campus hours. Please note on Sundays, vehicles must be retrieved before 6 pm when campus closes. Campus entry will be primarily through the Channing Street arch [...]

Invitation to Pop-Up Church on February 27

2022-02-24T07:13:40-08:00February 19th, 2022|All Church, News, Worship|

Invitation to Pop-Up Church on February 27 Due to the Berkeley Half Marathon road closures, worship on February 27 will be offered online only, but we encourage members and friends of our community to find creative ways to connect and gather during this Sunday. Here are some opportunities for you to join: Oakland Pop-up in the Park (12 pm–2 pm, Joaquin Miller Park–Robin Perry Field) All are invited for an afternoon of fellowship, lawn games, and laughter. Bring your own food, drinks, picnic blanket, and games. Fun will be provided. Albany Pop-up in the Park for Families (11:30–1:30 pm, West Side of Albany Memorial Park, [...]

In-Person Worship Guidelines

2022-03-31T17:09:30-07:00February 7th, 2022|All Church, News, Worship|

Worship is now available in person and virtually every Sunday. We are grateful to be in community with you and want to share some safety guidelines for worship gatherings in the Sanctuary: Do not come to campus with COVID-19 or even with mild cold symptoms, such as sore throat, dry cough, stuffy/runny nose, headache, and body aches. Face masks are strongly encouraged but are no longer required in the Sanctuary during worship. Full vaccination is recommended including a booster when eligible. Please notify [email protected] if you test positive within seven days after attending worship or a ministry event on campus. We are [...]

2022 Women’s Retreat Invitation & Overview

2022-03-06T16:01:30-08:00January 28th, 2022|Classes & Discussions, Community|

Join us  for this year's retreat, Sacred Companions: The People and Practices We Need For Living. In a time filled with much disconnection, we invite you to gather with women celebrating a diversity of experiences from this community and beyond and to discover the joy of our design as humans to be connected. This year’s retreat embraces a new format and different way of being together, focused on putting into practice tools for daily living. Journey with us on this guided experience, answering the call to make deeper connections with God, ourselves, and others. Saturday, February 26, 9:30 am - [...]

Mission Partner Conversations and Week of Prayer January 2022

2022-01-24T08:29:02-08:00January 24th, 2022|All Church, Mission and Outreach|

We invite you to witness the powerful testimony of leaders from our mission partners, CityTeam Oakland, Congo Initiative, and 1951 Coffee Company during worship (January 16, 23, and 30). For more info and a downloadable flyer to share click here or on image. Mission Partner Week of Prayer, January 23 to January 31 Join us in supporting our partners and the amazing work they do in communities here and beyond by lifting them up in prayer this coming week. For the daily prayer schedule, click here. Interested in other opportunities to pray for our community, join a prayer team today!

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