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Sacred Rest Project Overview

2021-12-03T14:04:25-08:00December 3rd, 2021|Mission and Outreach, News, Serve|

With an invitation from the The UC Berkeley Chancellor’s office, First Pres has been called to partner with the University to establish a “Sacred Rest” temporary daytime drop-in service center on our campus.  What is the Sacred Rest Drop-in Center? In a recent study on the needs of unhoused communities, interviewees highlighted that access to a safe place to rest is essential to their well-being. Efforts to connect them with support services is also a priority. The Sacred Rest Drop-In Center seeks to provide folks with a safe place during the day to wash up, get a healthy meal, rest, [...]

Campus Response Team: Being a Loving Neighbor

2021-11-24T17:16:55-08:00November 24th, 2021|All Church, News|

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. –Matthew 22:37–30 The biblical basis of caring for the alien and stranger in our midst, or the widow, orphan, or alien appears in various places in the Bible. So likewise, we are to let our goodness and grace go out to all people. When asked “who is my neighbor?” Jesus' response to the lawyer was that he should act [...]

Announcing Michelle Vecchio-Lyzenga as Associate Pastor for Christian Formation at First Pres

2021-12-02T16:33:32-08:00November 24th, 2021|All Church|

At the November 7, Congregational Meeting, members voted to accept the recommendation of the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC), so it is with much joy we announce the appointment of Michelle Vecchio-Lyzenga as Associate Pastor for Christian Formation at First Pres Berkeley! Throughout our process we have been impressed with Michelle’s deep love for the work and practice of Christian Formation and her ability to hold both big-picture vision and details, with great care for individuals and the community along the way. Click here to read the full letter from the APNC. An Ordination and Installation Service for Michelle will [...]

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