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 [...]

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 [...]

First Pres Reception Lobby Service Opportunity

2022-11-09T22:24:26-08:00November 9th, 2022|News, Serve, University, Worship, Young Adults|

One practical way to serve our First Pres community is to be a welcoming presence in our Reception Lobby on Sunday mornings. Whether helping direct people to locations around our campus or answering general questions, you can offer a helping hand to those in need.   We are looking for team members who can serve one Sunday each month (or more frequently) from 9 am to 1 pm. If you are interested in serving, please contact Janay Foster, Hospitality Coordinator, at [email protected]

Come Join the Christmas Concert Choir on Thursdays

2022-10-14T23:09:18-07:00October 14th, 2022|All Church, News, Serve, University, Young Adults|

Come lend your musical talents and experience the joy of singing in community with the Christmas Concert Choir! Rehearsals are in the Sanctuary Choir Room, Thursdays at 7 pm to prepare for the December 11, 4 pm concert at First Pres. We will honor the Advent season journey with songs from Handel's Messiah and more! For more info, contact, Director of Music, James Parrish Smith, [email protected]

Emergency & Crisis Care at First Pres: Supporting Our Deacon Fund

2022-09-24T13:47:16-07:00September 24th, 2022|All Church, Caring, News, Serve|

As Ecclesiastes reminds us, life can be unpredictable and difficult. At one point or another, we all need extra support. One way First Pres supports those in need is through our Deacon Fund. This fund offers confidential care for members, friends, and our local neighbors in times of crisis and great need. In past years and throughout the pandemic, the generous giving received for the fund covered more than what was being used. The situation has drastically shifted as now we have almost triple the cost of care needs than the amount of funds coming in. Needs such as: One-time, emergency financial [...]

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. [...]

Cal University Study Hall

2022-05-25T16:02:42-07:00April 27th, 2022|News, Serve, University, University News, Young Adults|

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]

Our Mission Partners and the Communities They Serve Need Immediate Help

2022-01-07T10:59:07-08:00January 6th, 2022|All Church, Mission and Outreach, News, Serve|

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 [...]

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