If you’re new to First Pres or looking for new ways to engage with others and Scripture, you are invited to participate in any of our three Sunday morning Emmaus Communities (ECs). These intergenerational communities (with 20-65+ people) meet via Zoom, and are a great place to connect with adults in all stages of life and faith.
Sharing The Joy Of Christmas
Our First Pres Berkeley community is excited to be able to bring smiles to families and children through the Harbor House Christmas store, which looks a bit different this year! Over 70 families and more than 200 children will receive toys and gift cards. Please make your purchase
By December 4, 2020! The opportunities for sharing will be:
Harbor House Family Amazon Wish List – PLACE ORDER BY DECEMBER 4 · Shop for children’s toys through the Harbor House Amazon wish list
· Please ONLY purchase items on this list.
· Purchase at smile.amazon.com and select First Pres Berkeley as your AmazonSmile charity.
· Once items are in your cart, select the Gift Registry Address (c/o Sarah Roberts). Note that gifts are being sent directly to this Harbor House volunteer for wrapping, and distribution.
(Harbor House Tax ID: 23-7133986)
Gift Cards from Target or Walmart – PLACE ORDER BY DECEMBER 4 · Use this direct link for Target and Walmart cards. Using this link will help track how many cards have been purchased.
· Gift cards from Target and/or Walmart in the amount of $25 will greatly benefit families in need of food, clothing, and other necessities.
· Cards can be purchased online and sent to Harbor House: 1811 11th Ave, Oakland 94606. (Harbor House Tax ID: 23-7133986)
If you have any questions, please contact Sue (firstname.lastname@example.org), Becky (email@example.com), or Beth (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Practices to Live By | Alternative Liturgies for God’s People
Dates: Sundays, September 13–May 23
Time & Location: 11:15 am–1 pm via Zoom
Find an EC and request a Zoom meeting link
This year, ECs will dwell with and embody several key counter-formational practices of the people of God found in Scripture: vocation, hospitality, sabbath, justice, and testimony. Christ commissioned his disciples to be his witnesses—at home, in our local communities, to the ends of the earth. But what does witness look like in our current context burdened by pandemic, polarization, and the bitter fruit of racial injustice?
The arc of Scripture suggests that perhaps the Church’s most powerful witness is its life together—a community grounded in the ways of God and growing together through the cultivation of intentional practices. May these alternative practices—liturgies of our community— shape us more in the Way of Jesus and help us more fully witness to Christ’s radically subversive Kingdom.
For more information about Emmaus Communities, please contact Janet Sanders, Director for Christian Formation, at email@example.com.