First Things First!
A weekly E-News publication of The First Church in Oberlin UCC
United Church of Christ March 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.

CONTACTS
STAFF:
Pastor

Brandy Bring
Commissioned Minister of Faith Formation and Youth

Diana Pierson
Secretary

Cate Schwaegerle
Financial Secretary

Scott & Judy Smith
Sextons

OFFICERS:
Moderator

Linda Gates
Clerk 
Treasurer

COMMITTEES:
Christian Education


Deidre Gargasz
Fellowship

Brian Carter & Geoff Andrews, Finance

Norm Craig
Stewardship

Marci Peterson & Joanne Erwin
Witness & Membership

Worship, 
Colette Buck
VISION PLANNING
OCS Monthly:



Just a reminder that donations should be dropped off at OCS M-F from 
9-noon, & 1-5, 
as First Church does not have a collection area for OCS. 
thank you.

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SAVE THE DATE

this summer's Vacation Bible school will be held July 17th-21st at First Church in Oberlin UCC. We'll be channeling our inner superhero at Hero Central. VBS is for children entering K-5th grade. Adult and youth helpers will be needed as well. Registration will be coming soon!

COLLECTING "CAPES"

As you know, we can't be super-heroes without capes! We're collecting adult t-shirts to be turned into capes for VBS. They must be either blank on the front OR the back and we're collecting only t-shirts that are: red, orange, green, blue, and purple. If you have any t-shirts to donate please give them to Brandy.

ADULT EDUCATION

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Our White Privilege study continues this week with the topic How Housing Practices Advantages Whites. Everyone is welcome starting at 6:45pm in Fellowship Hall. Please read this section prior to class. All our welcome.

SUNDAY MORNING: On Sunday, March 26, following the service of worship, the adult education program will feature a presentation by Rollin Conway and Kris Carter on "Not All Charter Schools Are the Same: Stepstone Academy."  This is an important and very current topic, and everyone can be assured of a warm welcome at the program, which will take place in the JFO Room. 

CLICK HERE for the Adult Education calendar.

CLICK HERE for this week's class reading.


WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPER 

We will be hosting Oberlin college students that are on break on March 22nd, so mark your calendars, bring a lasagna or pasta dish to share, and plan on coming to share a meal and conversation. 


YOUTH GROUP

Middle school and High School Youth Group will be happening on Sunday, March 26th.

Middle school will be from 1:00pm-2:30pm meeting at 1st UMC. This will be our last joint youth group of the program year. High School will be 6pm-8pm in the Undercroft.


DAY OF SERVICE REGISTRATION


Registration is now opened for our 2nd Annual Intergenerational First Church Day of Service being held on Sunday, April 30th. 

Register at church on 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, and 4/9 or online anytime before April 9th at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HNGG8NP . 
All are welcome to participate, help spread the word!


DONATIONS NEEDED

One of our projects during our Day of Service on 4/30 is assembling disaster clean up buckets for Church World Service. These buckets are sent out after disasters like tornados and floods hit. We're collecting items for the buckets. To see the list of items we're needing donated CLICK HERE. We'll be taking donations until 4/23.


BOOK GROUP
 
meets each Tuesday at 4pm in Room 3. Please note, however, that we will not be meeting on March 21st. 
For more information, please email Marci Peterson at mch@oberlin.netAll are welcome. 


EASTER LILIES

Members and friends of First Church are invited to order Easter lilies in honor or in memory of friends and loved ones. Cost per plant is $9.00. Orders must be returned to the church office by SUNDAY, APRIL 2nd. Order forms will be in next week's bulletin and are also available HERE



MISSING GRIDDLE

Following the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner there were six griddles in the kitchen. When they were collected there were only five. The missing griddle says "Gargasz" on it. If you've seen it or have it in your possession please let Brandy or Deidre Gargasz know.

 
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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