MINISTRIES  

FAITH FORMATION

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

 

WORSHIP:  A Front Row Moment is held during our Sunday morning service for all ages to participate in. Children of any age are invited to sit in the front row during that time, and then are dismissed to CHILDREN'S CHURCH for a scripture story and activity time.  Children return to worship during or shortly after the prayer time. 

 

SUMMER STORYTIME: Storytime for kids in grades K - 5 happens every Sunday at 10:15 AM during the summer. 

YOUTH FELLOWSHIP

 

K-5 YOUTH HANGOUT occurs on the fourth Sunday of the month from 5-6:30 pm in the newly renovated youth space, the Rocket Room.

 

SUNDAY NIGHT YOUTH GROUP for grades 6-12 is held on the fourth Sunday of the month from 7:30-9 pm, also in the Rocket Room. 

 

Email Jen Bertoni, Director of Faith Formation for more information.

ADULT EDUCATION

 

SECOND SUNDAYS: Join us in the JFO Room after worship for a presentation from a local agency or partnering ministry!

 

THIRD THURSDAY MOVIE NIGHT: We will gather in the Fellowship Hall at 5:45 for a shared meal (usually a potluck) and then move to the JFO Room for a movie appropriate for all ages.  Our current series focuses on animated movies with a mental health message! 

 

CLICK HERE for the time, locations, and descriptions that can be found under the EVENTS tab. You may have to scroll down a bit!  


FIRST CHURCH COMMITTEES AND SMALL GROUPS

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

 

The Executive Council has the responsibility of articulating and advancing the mission of the Church. The Council is accountable to the Congregation and draws upon the resources of the Congregation in fulfilling its responsibilities. The Council is aided by the Church’s staff as well as by the Standing Committees. The Standing Committees are responsible for overseeing the operations of the church.

 

Current Executive Council Members: 

Anne Sprague, Moderator

Rebecca Bandy, Clerk

Mike Schmid, Treasurer

Ken Cheek

RuthAnn Clark

Anne Conway

Linda Gates

Carol Longsworth

Gene Matthews

 

To email any of the current members, please see your instant church directory.

FINNEY CHOIR & MUSIC MINISTRIES

 

Music at First Church has always been an extraordinary offering and in abundance. It is an important aspect of each worship service and important to the life of the congregation. From classical organ to jazz - from children's choir to vocal soloists - there is something for everyone. First Church frequently welcomes musical groups from Oberlin, as well as, many other communities. Quarterly Music at the Meeting House concerts are held for the public, in addition to concerts and fundraisers for local organizations. Oberlin College Conservatory students hold recitals and graciously combine their musical talents with our members in the Finney Choir and the Bel Canto Handbells.

 

For more information, please contact Dr. Thomas Bandy, Director of Music at First Church. 

BOOK GROUP

 

Book Group is an important ministry at First Church that connects folks each week for an open discussion on a current book that is being read as a group, or topics that the group decides to discuss.

 

Book Group meets each Tuesday at 4pm via Zoom. Please email Laurel Price Jones  at lpricejones@gmail.com to receive the Zoom invitation or if you have questions. All are welcome.

GREEN TEAM

 

As a Green Justice Church, The First Church in Oberlin Green Team works to educate ourselves on issues of environmental sustainability and to encourage actions at the individual, congregational, and denominational levels (and in the wider Oberlin community) to foster environmental  responsibility.  At First Church in Oberlin, we act through advocacy, education and ecologically-sustainable practices, that recognizes our stewardship of God’s creation.

 

The Green Team meets at the church on the third Thursday of every month at 5pm. To receive and invitation to join our meetings contact the office at The First Church in Oberlin at 440-775-1711.


STANDING COMMITTEES

 

The Standing Committees at First Church are responsible for overseeing the operations of the church. Each Committee is led by a chairperson, has one assigned Executive Council liaison and six team members. Some Standing Committees have ad-hoc committees, or sub-committees. 

 

First Church Standing Commitees:

 

(Click on any of the standing committees to send an

email to the Chairperson:) 

 

Christian Education

Facilities

Fellowship

Finance

Nominating

Outreach & Service

Personnel

Stewardship

Witness & Membership

Worship

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Ad-Hoc Committees and Task Groups: 

Architect

Capital Campaign Committee

History 

 

FINNEY TENT SOCIETY - PLANNED GIVING & ESTATE PLANNING

 

Please click on the button below to learn more about planned giving. 

CALLED TO CARE 


The Called to Care Ministry prayers for members and friends at any time a request is made. The ministry is also available for anyone in a time of need. Whether you need help with transportation or meals due to an illness or family emergency, a team of First Church members can respond.


Other examples of ways to care for our neighbors are food and item collections, youth mission trips, Day of Service events and other planned service opportunities. 


For more information regarding ways to get involved with a Caring Ministry, please contact the church office.


"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” - Mark 12:30-31 (NIV)


COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND SERVICE MINISTRIES

SANCTUARY PROJECT


​​​​​​​Check out the revised online resource for the Oberlin Sanctuary Project at go.oberlin.edu/sanctuary. 


The initial online resource was created in 2017.  They have added two new stories related to apartheid and the Overground Railroad and are using a new website platform.  

FIRST CHURCH STATEMENT ON ANTI-RACISM

 

The First Church in Oberlin Anti-Racism Statement was prepared by the Christian Outreach and Service Committee and approved by Executive Council.  We encourage congregation members to reflect deeply on the statement.  The Committee has also prepared the document Anti-Racism Resources for the First Church in Oberlin UCC.  It is our hope that you will choose resources that speak to you and to find a way of engaging with the community.  Keep in mind that the list is a work in progress and feedback will be welcome.

PRAYERFUL STITCHERS


Prayerful Stitchers meet for knitting, sewing and conversation. This group recently made 200+ pocket prayer shawls for members and friends of First Church. 


The group is currently sewing and helping to makes face masks in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.