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]

November 13 Worship Service Moved to 5 pm

2022-11-12T09:56:08-08:00October 28th, 2022|All Church, News, Worship|

Due to the Berkeley Half-Marathon road closures, the 10:30 am morning worship service and children's program will be moved to 5 pm. Please note, the First Pres parking garage closes at 7 pm on Sundays. Our campus will be closed until 12 pm. All 9 am and after worship morning classes and programs will be on Zoom or will not meet. For more details, see below. 9 am No programs on campus; Campus is closed until 12 pm Youth program and Children's Choir will not meet. Adult Christian Formation gatherings will still meet by Zoom or at other location. Bible [...]

Support for Ukraine

2022-03-08T18:15:04-08:00February 25th, 2022|All Church, News, Worship|

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

2022-06-06T19:12:26-07:00February 24th, 2022|All Church, News, Worship|

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

2022-02-24T07:13:40-08:00February 19th, 2022|All Church, News, Worship|

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, [...]

In-Person Worship Guidelines

2022-03-31T17:09:30-07:00February 7th, 2022|All Church, News, Worship|

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 [...]

Summer Sermon Series Launch

2021-07-21T14:34:46-07:00June 30th, 2021|All Church, Worship|

We are please to announce the launch of our summer sermon series. Every year after Pentecost, the church moves into the liturgical season of Ordinary Time — the liminal space between Easter and Advent. Yet this season is anything but ordinary. This summer, as we venture into exciting unknowns, we will rest in the time-honored tradition of preaching the lectionary. Originating in the time of Moses, the lectionary offers the church a rich and complete picture of Scripture by appointing texts from the Old and New Testaments and the Psalms. Our ten-week sermon series begins on Sunday, July 4, and continues [...]

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