First Things First!
A weekly E-News publication of The First Church in Oberlin UCC
United Church of Christ February 20, 2017
An Open and Affirming, Just Peace, Green Justice, Global Mission Congregation

No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome at The First Church.

Brandy Bring
Commissioned Minister of Faith Formation and Youth

Diana Pierson

Cate Schwaegerle
Financial Secretary

Scott & Judy Smith


Linda Gates

Christian Education

Deidre Gargasz

Brian Carter & Geoff Andrews, Finance

Norm Craig

Marci Peterson & Joanne Erwin
Witness & Membership

Colette Buck
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meets each Tuesday at 4pm in Room 3.

For more information, please email Marci Peterson at

All are welcome. 

Adult Education Session

Sunday, March 12th

for more information.

The Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast will be a re-run of the 2016 ELCF.  Everyone who was a subscriber last year will once again receive these daily emails when Lent begins.  As always, if someone wants to unsubscribe they may do so at any time... and if you do, a year from now we'll give you a heads up regarding what is planned for Lent 2018. 

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WEDNESDAY NIGHT:  Our White Privilege Adult Education series will continue on Wednesday, Feb. 22nd from 6:45pm-7:45pmWe'll be listening to others sharing their spiritual autobiography told through the lens of race. 

Please note due to IHN there will be no dinner on 2/22, and we'll be gathering in the Meeting House for Adult Education. 

CLICK HERE for a complete listing of all the sessions. 

SUNDAY MORNING: The program for February 26th will be a presentation by the First Church Green Team on the topic of "Water: A Global Crisis."  The subject is important, and will be of interest to everybody who is able to attend the session.  (As usual, it will take place in the JFO Room following the morning worship service.)


The office is looking for a few photos to use on the new website, which will be launched in March. We are primarily looking for pictures of people engaged in church activities, either at the church, or doing ministry at another location. 

Because they will be used online, the images should be high resolution. We also are looking for close-up images of 1-2 people, or small groups - not large group settings. The photos should also be of recent activities, within a year or two. We will contact anyone whose photo we receive to get permission before using any images online. 

If you have any photos that you would be willing to share, please email them to the church office at Thank you!

Want to know more about First Church?  
There will be an Inquirers' Supper at 5:30 in the JFO Room on Sunday, February 26th to provide an opportunity for folks interested in First Church to share a meal and conversation. 

If you would be interested in joining us for this exploratory supper, please email Marci Peterson at or call the Church Office and leave your name and phone number with our church secretary, Diana Pierson.  We would welcome the opportunity to get to know you better.

YOUTH GROUP will be meeting next Sunday, Feb. 26th at First Church. Middle School we'll be watching a movie from 1:00-2:30pm in the Undercroft. High School we'll be playing board games from 6:00pm-8:00pm in the Undercroft.


Our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28th at 5:45pm. Join us for all you can eat pancakes (orginal, chocolate chip, oatmeal, blueberry, multi-grain) sausage, fruit, and beverages. 

Cost is a free will offering going towards this summer's mission trip. The youth will be our cooks for the night. Youth - please arrive at church right after school to prepare for our dinner.


Interested in this summer's mission trip to New Jersey, June 11th- 17th? Join us for an informational meeting on Sunday, March 5th at 1:00pm in the JFO Room. Interested in the trip but can't make the meeting? Talk to Brandy.

Friday Night Hangout will happen on Friday, March 10th, NOT the normal first Friday of the month. Stay tuned...


The Ohio Conference's Summer Camp registration is now open. Check out the camp schedule on CE/Youth Board or online at . Register by March 31st for the cheapest camp rate. Financial assistance is available through the CE Committee, talk to Brandy.


Our 2nd annual Intergenerational First Church Day of Service will be taking place on Sunday, April 30th. Save the date and be prepared to join us in serving our community.


This task group is "Still Listening" and we hope you are "Still Speaking".  Much work has been done already and much is being done so that our church can realize the goals established during last year's planning process.  As the designated "listening post", we want to hear from you with your concerns, suggestions and/or questions.
            The Continuing Conversation task group:
                        Judith Appleton:
                        Janet Kelsey-Werner:
                        Marci Peterson:


Family Promise will be holding their 1st Annual Reverse Raffle at 6:00 pm on Saturday, March 18th at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary located in Amherst at 333 South Lake Street.  The main raffle ticket is $100 and includes one ticket for the grand prize of possibly $5,000.00, the all you can eat buffet (appetizers, corned beef, macaroni & cheese, mashed potato bar & cabbage and noodles) along with entertainment.  This is a B.Y.O.B. event.  Guest tickets are $20.00 each and includes the buffet and puts you into a secondary raffle.  There will also be sideboards and other raffles.

This is a main fundraiser for Family Promise.  Please support Family Promise by attending the event, volunteering for the event and/or donating for the event.  Contact Jack & Sue Kubicki (216) 210-0186, Chuck Leverknight at (440) 537-5791 or Family Promise at (440) 774-6743 with how you can help!

CLICK HERE for the Ohio Conference UCC Outdoor Ministries Program and Property Announcement that was released today in reference to the sale of Pilgrim Hills. 

Drawing on our heritage, we will grow by being an intentionally inclusive, multicultural, just and loving community that practices relevant and inspiring worship, mobilized to collaborate with our wider community by opening our doors to be a central gathering place that is dedicated to healing brokenness in our relationship with God, each other and the Earth. 
The First Church in Oberlin
106 N. Main Street
Oberlin OH 44074
(440) 775-1711

If you are searching for ways to become more fully 
engaged in the life of the church, 
contact Rev. David T. Hill or call the church office.
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