Calling all university students! Are you a student needing a place to study with free coffee/snacks, good wifi, and a daily (free) hot dinner? Come to Cal University Study Hall! Study Hall is open 1 pm–10 pm, Thursday, May 5 to Tuesday, May 10. Help Support Cal Study Hall Want to help make study hall happen? Sign up here! Serve one (or more) 3 hour shift where you help set out snacks, serve dinner, and generally hang out with college students as they study for finals. For more information, contact Kathy Timpte at [email protected]
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. [...]
Join us in flowering the Sanctuary this Easter Sunday, April 17. Blooming and green plants may be ordered in the next two weeks in memory of loved ones. On Easter, their names will appear in the worship slides and bulletin. If you'd like to take your plant(s) home, they may be picked up after the 11 am Easter service or during the week following. Click here to place your orders! Please order by Friday, April 8.
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 [...]
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.
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! 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 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, [...]
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 [...]
Partner with CityTeam Oakland and FirstPres Hayward Shelter and Resource Center to transform local communities by helping to provide shelter, food, and care. CityTeam Oakland Currently CityTeam Oakland is undertaking a huge earthquake retrofit and renovation of their downtown Oakland men’s program building. Unfortunately, the alternate location currently housing the men’s residents will no longer be available beginning Feb. 1, so they have to move out asap. There are two ways to offer support: Building Construction Service Opportunity Beginning January 8, they are seeking unskilled and skilled people to help with sheet rock, plumbing, and other construction efforts. The sheet [...]