ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS


You are invited to join us for a 4-week Bible Study of the book of Ecclesiastes!  The purpose of these Adult Education sessions will be to study Ecclesiastes and by doing so to grow in our knowledge and understanding of Scripture, to hear God's word for us and for the church today, and to grow in our friendship with one another.

 

Sometimes considered the most curmudgeonly and cynical of all the books of the Bible, Ecclesiastes is also praised for telling it like it is. It addresses eternal problems that have always troubled human society: the problem of pain, the fruitlessness of overwork, the vanity of ambition, the age of anxiety, the fear of death and being forgotten. Ecclesiastes reminds us that these are not 21st century problems.

 

This book of wisdom also reminds us that the great joys in life are fairly simple: snuggling under the covers, having close friends and/or a sweetheart, sunlight, rest, eating good food and drinking good wine, and a good days' work. It offers soothing certainty about what it means to enjoy the good life: waiting, expecting, with open arms, to receive day by day the good things that come from God.

 

The book study will be held on Thursdays in May, starting May 6th, from 7 to 8 pm.  We'll be using Pilgrim Press' Listen Up! Ecclesiastes study as our main resource. This study was written by Molly Baskette, a member of the StillSpeaking writers' group.  You can read her bio here: https://www.firstchurchberkeley.org/molly-baskette/ There will be reading and a short homework assignment you will be expected to complete before each class.

Please sign up by Tuesday, April 27th so we can order books for all those who will be participating in the study.  You will receive a copy of the first session's assignment and the class covenant when you register.

 


Congregational Meeting


Sunday, May 2nd

immediately following the worship service via Zoom

more information TBD


UPDATES FROM THE FIRST CHURCH

RE-OPENING TASK GROUP

 

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


Camp registrationis open now!


Heartland UCC has opened Camp registration for the Summer 2021 season! There will be camps on site, virtual camp, and "Camp-in-a-Box." 


The camp dates are:

June 13-19 Choir Camp (on-site)

June 16-19 Grands and Family (on-site)

June 20-26 Sports Camp (Hybrid)

June 27-July 3 MMADD Camp (on-site or virtual)

July 6-9 Grands and Family (on-site)

July 11-17 Faith Adventure (ages 9-11, on-site)

July 15-18 Hanging With The Spirit (adult women, on-site)


First Church will cover all camp costs except the registration fee.


Happy Camping!



A SPECIAL VIRTUAL GENERAL SYNOD 33

Join us July 11 – 18, 2021

 

Registration is now open. Read a welcome message and download the General Synod 33 Agenda at a Glance! This virtual event is open to anyone who would like to attend!

RECURRING EVENTS:

  • Adult Education - begins Thursday in May
  • Sunday School (K-5) 9am via Zoom
  • 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 - Tuesdays at 11am
  • Children's Storytime - 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 4pm
  • 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

Faith Formation News!


  • K-5 Sunday School: 9-9:30 am Sunday mornings
  • 5-12 Sunday School: 11:30am-noon on Sundays (Hot Topic on the 4th Sunday)
  • Storytimes: 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 4pm 
  • Friday Night Hangouts: First Friday at 7 pm
  • Adult Education - beginning Thursdays in May


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


CALENDAR OF EVENTS