March 12th Annual Congregational Meeting Info and Materials

2023-03-09T14:07:20-08:00February 24th, 2023|All Church, News|

Join us in the Sanctuary on March 12 at 11:45 am for the in-person 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. Childcare will be available for 2 years old to 4th Grade. Meeting Materials:  View Annual Report for 2022 HERE. View Church Leadership Candidate Book HERE. To request for a printed copy to be mailed to you, contact [email protected] Printed copies will also be available on campus on Sunday, March 5.

First Pres Hosts Day of Service with Project Peace

2023-02-28T23:41:10-08:00February 17th, 2023|All Church, Mission and Outreach, News, Serve|

First Pres Berkeley is excited to host the first Day of Service of the year in partnership with Project Peace. Join us on Saturday, March 11, 9 am–12 pm in various locations throughout the East Bay. Don't miss out on the opportunity to go to schools and partner organizations where we will support work in education, homelessness, youth development, and more. A remote (at home) service opportunity making teacher appreciation gift bags is also available. If you are able to assemble bags but need assistance with purchasing the materials, contact [email protected]  For an overview of the various opportunities, click HERE. [...]

Welcome to First Pres: Upcoming Opportunities for Newcomers

2023-02-26T15:02:01-08:00February 7th, 2023|Classes & Discussions, News|

New to First Pres or want to get more connected and engaged? Know someone who wants to learn more about the First Pres community?  Check out or share these events today! Open Door Community Group (Sundays, 11:45 am–12:45 pm, Geneva Hall, G205)  Drop in anytime for connection, conversation, and prayer. Together we’ll discuss the morning’s message and biblical text from worship guided by Questions for Reflection. Newcomer Lunch (Sunday, February 26, 11:30 am–12:45 pm, Calvin Room) We are thrilled you have taken your time to engage with our First Pres community.To help navigate your First Pres journey, we invite you to [...]

Lent and Holy Week 2023 at First Pres

2023-03-01T15:25:34-08:00February 3rd, 2023|All Church, Classes & Discussions, News, University, Young Adults|

Invitation to Lent & Holy Week We invite you to explore the many ways to connect, grow, serve, and worship in community during Lent and Holy Week, February 22 to April 9. We hope you will join us as we reflect on the life and death and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Together we will rejoice, confess, proclaim, and petition God through music, word, and sacrament throughout this season. To browse Lent and Holy Week events, view our online brochure or visit the following pages: CONNECT (Congregational Meeting, Newcomer Lunch, Starting Point) GROW (Community Groups [...]

Contemporary Conversations on Church with Rev. Kamal Hassan and Dr. Carolyn Chen

2023-01-26T17:11:56-08:00January 19th, 2023|All Church, Classes & Discussions, News, University, Young Adults|

First Pres Berkeley invites you to join us for two upcoming conversations exploring Christianity, religion, and the implications for the future of the church and our faith. Sunday, January 22, 12 pm, Sanctuary or Livestream Competing Christianities: A Conversation with Rev. Kamal Hasaan Join us for a discussion with Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church's Rev. Kamal Hassan and members of First Pres Berkeley's Racial Justice Working Group on William Yoo's new book, "What Kind of Christianity: A History of Slavery and Anti-Black Racism in the Presbyterian Church", and the implications it raises for the future of the church. Brief Q&A will [...]

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Services at First Pres

2022-12-22T18:40:50-08:00December 12th, 2022|All Church, Children, News, Serve, University, Worship, Young Adults|

We hope you will continue the Advent journey in community with us at First Pres! Christmas Eve Service, December 24, 4 & 7 pm, Sanctuary We invite you to this in-person special and beloved Candle and Carol service, helping us to reflect on and celebrate the significance of the birth of Jesus through word and song. An identical service will be offered at each time. Join us in person in the sanctuary. Face masks are strongly encouraged for indoor gatherings. To watch online, at 4 pm, click HERE. To watch online at 7 pm, click HERE. Free parking is available [...]

A Christmas Concert at First Pres, December 11 at 4 pm

2022-12-13T14:29:43-08:00December 1st, 2022|News, Serve, University, Worship, Young Adults|

We are excited to invite you to our annual Christmas Concert at First Pres, December 11 at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Reception to follow. The concert has been a beloved tradition in our church for over half a century. The First Pres Concert Choir will present the timeless Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah featuring professional musicians and singers from our congregation and Bay Area community. For our first concert post pandemic, we are pleased to welcome back our Children’s Choir for their debut performance. All are welcome and parking and admission is free! Free parking is available in the [...]

Christmas Eve Offering 2022

2022-12-21T15:44:34-08:00November 29th, 2022|All Church, Mission and Outreach, News|

This year, we are honored to collect a special Christmas Eve offering for two of our partners working with Refugee communities in our neighborhood and around the world. We know that Mary, Joseph, and Jesus–just like refugees today– needed a place to stay, a safe place to retreat. The Wisemen brought them helpful gifts, ones they could carry with them on their journey, gifts that could help them set up a new home in a new land. There are many ways to support a refugee, or to welcome them into the community. 1951 Coffee Company values an “extraordinary welcome” that [...]

Gift World Mission Partner Giving Opportunity

2022-11-28T23:36:21-08:00November 28th, 2022|All Church, News, Serve|

We invite you to connect with our First Pres mission partners by giving gifts that reflect your hearts’ interests and concerns and that make a difference in the world! Gifts can also be given in a friend’s or family member’s name enabling you to share with them your concerns for the needs of others around the world, thus expanding their horizons of care. In his life and ministry, Jesus consistently moved toward the oppressed and marginalized. Join us in doing the same this Advent and Christmas season.  To browse the catalog and order, click HERE .   

Advent Service Opportunities With First Pres Ministries

2022-12-13T14:31:05-08:00November 21st, 2022|All Church, News, Serve, University, Worship, Young Adults|

We invite you to experience and share the wonder and joy of the Advent season with communities locally and beyond by serving and supporting our ministries and local mission partners. Start a yearly tradition of service with your family and friends today, bringing comfort and tidings of joy to all. See the many ways to give and serve below. Advent Welcome Team (Friday, December 16, Saturday, December 24, and Sunday, December 25) The Advent season presents many sacred opportunities to extend a warm welcome and greet all who join us to anticipate and celebrate the birth of Jesus. Families, community groups, youth and [...]

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