We are asking that you not linger in the hallways as you enter and leave worship. We all long for moments of fellowship, however brief, but at this time it is important to minimize in-person social interaction with those outside one’s own household. 


If you haven’t already done so, please consider shifting to a N95 or KN95 mask. At a minimum be sure to use a multi-layered cloth masks. Better still, consider double-masking.


Please be aware that as temperatures drop, windows in the Meeting House will need to be closed and we will need to rely on the ceiling fans for air circulation during worship.


Please be sensitive to the physical distancing needs of those around you and ask before sitting within 6' of another parishioner.


Check back each week for information and updates regarding the re-opening protocols at First Church.


For all of the updates to the COVID protocols along with how this affects First Church's January events, please see the video and PDF below.

As COVID infections are spiking across Ohio, including within our county and community, First Church is taking steps to maintain our worship life and programming while keeping all of us safe.


Click on the video to hear David talk about the update to the Protocols and Guidelines and how it affects some of the events for January.

Souper Bowl Sunday is coming!


Sunday, February 13th is our annual Souper Bowl fundraiser! All proceeds are split between Oberlin Community Services and the Hot Meals Program at Christ Episcopal Church. We appreciate any and all donations as we help Oberlin Area Cooperating Ministries "tackle hunger!" We'll be collecting donations between now and Feb. 14th.


Normally, we would have our youth standing in the gallery with soup kettles. There will be a kettle in the gallery on February 13th for those attending worship in person.


You can also donate online by going here and going to the very top where there is a box labeled Operating Fund / Pledge. Please fill in your donation amount. Write SOUPER BOWL in the memo box directly below the amount, complete the form and submit.


You can also place your check in an envelope and drop it off at First Church in the DROP BOX, located directly below the mail box by the parking lot main doors. The contactless drop box is checked daily for items.


Thank you for your continued support of our community!

Genesis House Donation Drive at First Church!


First Church is hosting a donation drive to benefit Genesis House, a shelter for men, women, and children fleeing domestic violence. As Genesis House puts it, “When individuals come into [the] shelter they often come with little to no belongings. Genesis House provides residents with any basic items they may need... Genesis House relies on the generous contributions from the community for many of these items.” Additionally, the youth have written notes of encouragement to go with the collected items. We will be accepting items January 30th – February 13th in the drop-off box on the credenza outside of the office. If you have an item that cannot fit in the box, please place the item next to it or in the office. A list of the items most in need at Genesis House is available by the collection box and via the button below. Thank you for your consideration and continued support. 

Our next Adult Education class will be a Bible Study called "The World's Most Read Book!" 


It will be held in the JFO Room at 11:15 am on Sundays. It is being led by William Vanderbilt, who along with his wife Christine has been participating in worship at First Church since their return to Oberlin in 2019.   William will be leaning on his own seminary education and decades of experience leading adult workshops to provide a historical and practical perspective on the Bible.

William was raised on the west side of Cleveland where he met and married his wife Christine and started their family. In 2019, William and Christine returned to the area and joined the First Church in Oberlin. William spent 30+ years teaching a variety of topics to adult students in classrooms all over the world. However, his passion for teaching and facilitating discussions is surpassed by his love for the Bible. So, being able to lead a workshop about the Bible…well, that’s pure joy for William! William will lean on his own seminary education and decades of experience leading adult workshops to provide a historical and practical perspective on the Bible. 

Participants will engage in discussions about how and why the Bible was formed, what role it has played in history and how it is and can be used by Christians today.

Please note, all are welcome to join any session, regardless of Biblical experience. Need to miss a session or two…no problem, come to the sessions you can. Feeling like you know the Bible well already? Great! Come share what you have learned about this most widely distributed book in history! Feeling like you know very little about the Bible? That’s awesome! Let’s dig in together! Young or not so young…churchy or not so churchy…strong opinions or still forming ideas…come join us. It’s God’s Word and it’s written for you, specifically, for YOU!

Welcome Our New Members, Received on Sunday, October 31st!

Karyn Baumann


"I just moved back to Ohio after living in Portland, OR for the last 25 years. I have strong ties to Oberlin and am thrilled to be part of First Church. I am an avid lover of the outdoors and am happiest when seeing live music, reading, and exploring new restaurants, breweries and wineries."

Bill Hamilton


"I graduated from Oberlin College in 1975 with a B.A. Degree in Government. I was a resident in New York City from 1982 to 2015 when I moved back to Oberlin."

Anjanette Hignett


"Anjanette Hignett grew up in Grafton and moved to Oberlin in 2009. She likes to sing, play the piano, bake, and walk. She has an 18 year old son, James, who attends LCCC. She teaches elementary for Elyria City Schools. She was born in Pennsylvania and is an unapologetic Steelers fan. First Church called to her because of its open nature and has lived up to that. She appreciates how friendly everyone is."


  • Worship - Live Streamed on Sundays @ 10am
  • Sunday School (5-12) 11:30am via Zoom (Hot Topic discussion on the 4th Sunday each month)
  • Worship Leaders/Planning - Tuesdays at 3pm
  • Finance Committee - 3rd Monday each month
  • Facility Committee - 1st Tuesday each month
  • Stewardship - 2nd Tuesday each month
  • Office Staff Meetings - Mondays at 1:30 PM
  • Book Group  - Tuesdays at 4pm via Zoom
  • Witness and Membership - 2nd Wednesday each month
  • Christian Education Committee - 1st Thursday each month
  • Friday Night Hangout - 1st Friday of each month
  • Green Team - 1st Wednesday of each month

Faith Formation News!

  • Sunday School: 11:30am-noon on Sundays (Hot Topic on the 4th Sunday)
  • Friday Night Hangouts: First Friday at 7 pm

As always, call Jen or the office to get a link for any and all of these events!