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 [...]

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]

Cal Move-In Days: Help Welcome New Students

2022-08-12T21:00:13-07:00August 12th, 2022|All Church, News, University|

On August 16 & 17, come help welcome new students and families at Cal as they move into their dorm rooms. Opportunities include serving at our welcome table with food, offering beverages and information. We especially need assistance directing traffic to our parking lot. This is a fun way to concretely love our university neighbors. Please sign up here for one (or more) three-hour slots August 16–17. For more information contact Kathy or (for sign up help only) David. Know a Cal student moving into the dorms? Tell them to stop by!

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]

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