The Carillon: Past Issues

Past issues of The Carillon include news, events, reflections and prayers on a weekly basis. They can be downloaded in pdf format. Sign up to receive The Carillon by email.

Carillon for February 19, 2017

Green Team Learning Hour
75th Anniversary of Exec. Order 9066 Art Response
From Epiphany to Encounter
Urban Releaf on March 11
The View from Here — Derek Tam, Music Director
Mardi Gras Party!
Ash Wednesday Service
Nonviolent Communication Learning Hour on Feb. 26
“13th” to Screen Feb. 22
Marvin K. White to Preach on Feb. 26
New Venue for Rev. Molly’s Office Hours
FCCB Book Group
PSR Prospective Student Event

Carillon for February 12, 2017

Was Abraham Lincoln a Progressive Christian?
New Members Class
Mental Health Ministry Team Meeting
“13th” to Screen Feb. 22
Green Team Learning Hour
From Epiphany to Encounter
The View from Here — Kit Novotny, Young Adult Minister
February 12 Is Second Sunday Sandwiches!
Russell Announces Major Gift to CTNS
Nonviolent Communication Learning Hour on Feb. 26
Urban Releaf in March
Welcome Our New Emerging Leader
Remember Our Names Black History Month Prayer Vigil
FCCB Book Group
Berkeley Food Pantry Service Opportunity
Support Refugees/Immigrants at Nueva Esperanza Preschool

Carillon for February 5, 2017

Annual Meeting Lunch & Celebration this Sunday
Was Abraham Lincoln a Progressive Christian?
First Church Women’s Retreat
Changing the Race Dance this Week!
New Members Class
Encounters with Others
The View from Here — Molly Baskette, Senior Minister
Fire Recovery Update
Next Mental Health Ministry Team Meeting
2017 Budget Approval
Ring in the Spring
February 12 Is Second Sunday Sandwiches!
Berkeley Food Pantry Service Opportunity
Birthday Potluck at Coffee Hour
NCNC Feb. Camp

Carillon for January 29, 2017

DeShazier to Lead Progressive Revival this Sunday
Annual Meeting 2017
First Church Women’s Retreat
New Members Class
Encounters with Others
The View from Here — Lauren Jewett, Emerging Leader
Changing the Race Dance
Next Mental Health
Blue Sky Visioning Team
Interfaith Havdalah Event
Birthday Potluck at Coffee Hour
NCNC Feb. Camp

Carillon for January 22, 2017

Special Worship Time (2 pm) on Sunday, Jan. 29 with Rev. Julian “J.Kwest” DeShazier
Congregational Meeting this Sunday
Resonance Presents “Carmina Burana”
New Members Class
Annual Meeting 2017
Encounters with Others
The View from Here — Molly Baskette, Senior Minister
Comparative Meditation this Sunday
Durant House Piano Free to Good Home
Changing the Race Dance
First Church Goes to the Women’s March Oakland!
Next Mental Health Ministry Team meeting
Blue Sky Visioning Team
NCNC Feb. Camp
Interfaith Muslim Solidarity Dinner
First Church Women’s Retreat
Interfaith Candle-light Vigil & Walk — Wed., Jan. 18
Interfaith Havdalah Event

Carillon for January 15, 2017

DeShazier to Preach and Perform Sun., January 29
2017 Budget Meetings
Encounters with Others
Congregational Meeting
Resonance Presents “Carmina Burana”
Annual Meeting 2017
The View from Here — Kit Novotny, Young Adult Minister
Save the Bay on MLK Day!
Changing the Race Dance
Comparative Meditation Series Continues
New Members Class
Join First Church at Women’s March Oakland!
Save the Date for “13th,” the Movie
Getting Beyond the Bubble
NCNC Feb. Camp
FCCB Book Group

Carillon for January 8, 2017

New Visioning Team to Explore Rebuilding Options — Interested in Serving?
DeShazier to Preach and Perform
2017 Budget Meetings
The View from Here — Rachel Bauman, Minister of Community Life
Encounters with Others
Save the Bay on MLK Day!
Annual Meeting 2017
Men’s Retreat
Mental Health Ministry Team January Meeting
Comparative Meditation Starts this Sunday
Second Sunday Sandwiches this Sunday
Interfaith Havdalah Event
FCCB Book Group
Getting Beyond the Bubble
Rosie the Riveter — First Deckers Event of 2017!
Homeless Count

Carillon for December 25, 2016

All-Ages Christmas Eve Service
Services on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Christmas Eve in the Cloister
A Christmas Eve of Quiet Joy
Calling All Cookie Bakers!
A Year End Note from Your Treasurer
The View from Here — Molly Baskette, Senior Minister
Christmas Offering
Mental Health Ministry Team January Meeting
Comparative Meditation: Start Where You Are
Save the Bay on MLK Day!
Christmas Eve “Stockings” for the Unhoused
Holiday Communication Vacation
Resonance Presents “Carmina Burana”
Volunteers Needed for Homeless Count
Carillon Takes a Break

Carillon for December 18, 2016

Christmas Caroling
Amazing Family Ensembles to Play on Christmas Eve
First Church Celebrates Christmas Eve
“Blue Christmas” Service
Calling All Cookie Bakers!
The View from Here — Kit Novotny, Young Adult Minister
Christmas Offering
Mental Health Ministry Team January Meeting
EveryOne Home Seeks Volunteers for Homeless Count
Services on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Comparative Meditation: Start Where You Are
Rays of Hope Tour Info Session this Sunday
Brewsters’ Christmas Party
Berkeley Food Pantry Drive 2nd Anniversary
“Let’s Raise the Roof!” Benefit Concert in Oakland

Carillon for December 11, 2016

Advent Music Sunday
Wreaths for Sale
Beth El Chanukah Bazaar and the Sunday Schedule
Christmas Caroling
Volunteer with Second Sunday Sandwiches — It’s a Great Experience!
A Heartwarming Recycling Story
Mental Health Ministry Team Meeting this Sunday
Christmas Costume Remake Party this Sunday!
“Blue Christmas” Healing Service
First Church Celebrates Christmas Eve with Three Services
“Let’s Raise the Roof!” Benefit Concert in Oakland
Rays of Hope Tour of Israel and Palestine
Deckers Christmas Party
FCCB Book Group
Brewsters Christmas Party

Carillon for November 27, 2016

Advent Begins this Sunday
Advent Craft Workshop & Operation Love Notes
Advent Music Sunday
Wreath Sale Supports Work Camp
OMS Grants Announced
Fire Recovery Committee News
Sharing Food at Beth El
Meditation Sit Continues this Sunday
Christmas Costume Remake Party
InterPlay Ritual Response to the Fire

Carillon for November 20, 2016

Transgender Day of Remembrance & Visibility
Diverse Families Project Workshop this Sunday
Berkeley Half Marathon This Sunday, Nov. 20
Fire Recovery Committee Report
Meditation Sit Continues this Sunday
Caring for the Caregiver
The View from Here — Sonny Graves, Former Emerging Leader
First Church Recovery Sale a Big Success…and Tons of Fun!
Getting Outside the Bubble
Making Peace with the Body
BOCA Honors Transgender Day of Remembrance
“Let’s Raise the Roof!” Benefit
InterPlay Ritual Response to the Fire

Carillon for November 13, 2016

What Does a Dream Budget Look Like?
This Sunday, Nov. 13 Is Pledge Sunday!
Mental Health Team Meeting this Sunday
Meditation Sit this Sunday, Nov. 13
The View from Here — Molly Baskette, Senior Minister
Recovery Sale on Saturday!
Transgender Day of Remembrance & Visibility
Upcoming Diverse Families Project Workshop
BOCA Honors Transgender Day of Remembrance
“Let’s Raise the Roof!” Benefit
Caring for the Caregiver
Tikkun 30th Anniversary Party

Carillon for November 6, 2016

Second “Election 2016” Learning Hour
Intergenerational Service this Sunday
Fire Recovery Committee
Coffee Hour Is Turning Into a Feast!
The View from Here — "Financial Transparency" — Rachel Bauman, Minister of Community Life
Election Night Party
Mental Health Ministry Meeting, Sun., Nov. 13
Food Bank Volunteer Opportunity
Oct. Church Council News
Blessing of the Animals
Recovery Sale on Nov. 12
“Let’s Raise the Roof!” Benefit Concert
FamChY News
Young Adult News

Carillon for October 23, 2016

Sunday Worship at Congregation Beth El this Sunday
Heatherlyn to Sing in Worship this Sunday
Post-Fire News
The View from Here — Rick Ayer, Pledge Campaign Chair
Peaceful Demonstration at Ashby BART this Sunday
Food Bank Volunteer Opportunity
Election Night Party
Save the Date for the Recovery Yard Sale
Cellar Thrift Shop Community: Let’s Get Together!!
The Deckers Build a Deck!
Fall Youth Event 2016 “A Sense of the Sacred”
FamChY News
Young Adult News

Carillon for October 2, 2016

Let’s Panic about Hospitality!
Meet in the Middle: New Heaven & New Earth
Congregational Meeting Called to Consider Measure A1
Little Free Library
The View from Here — Rachel Bauman, Minister of Community Life
Upcoming Learning Hours: Comparative Meditation — Start Where You Are
New Members Class
Church Council News
We’ve Got the Power Learning Hour
Intergenerational Service this Sunday
Celebration of Rumi’s Birthday
J.S. Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” at First Church
“Surviving the Teen Years” Parent Meet-Up
2nd Sunday Sandwiches

Carillon for September 25, 2016

Wake Up & Dream!
Learning Hours on Evangelism Start Sunday
Special Church Council Meeting, Sunday, Sept. 25
New Members Class
The View from Here — Molly Baskette, Senior Minister
Waking Up & Dreaming at Camp Caz
New Resonance Season!
OMS RFPs Due Oct. 8
Next Mental Health Group Gathering: Sun, October 9
Deckers Planning Party
Seeking Van Ministry Coordinator
2nd Sunday Sandwiches
Payday Loans, Panama Papers and Poverty
FamChY News
Young Adult News

Carillon for September 18, 2016

James Schattauer to Sing this Sunday
Church Council Meeting Sunday, Sept. 25 after 11 am Service
All-Church Retreat at Cazadero this Weekend
Upcoming Learning Hours on Evangelism
Second Sunday Sandwiches
The View from Here — Phil Porter, Minister of Art & Communication
New Members Class
First Church Recalculates Carbon Footprint
Make a Difference!
Summer Bible Cabaret Was Fun for All!
Leadership Retreat Success
OMS Funding Request for Proposals Due Oct. 8
YES & Winthrop Schedule Change
Seeking Van Ministry Coordinator
Brewsters Dinner
Payday Loans, Panama Papers and Poverty

Carillon for September 11, 2016

Two Services Return this Sunday, Sept. 11
End of Summer Celebration — this Sunday, Sept. 11!
Let’s Talk! Leadership Retreat this Saturday
Register Online for All-Church Retreat
The View from Here — Derek Tam, Music Director
First Church Emerging Leaders Announced
Get Involved… Make a Difference!
OMS Funding Priorities Results
Mental Health Group Gathering this Sunday
More Opportunities to Meet with Molly
Feed the Hungry — A Faith Practice
FCCB Book Group News
Sycamore Church Bazaar
Summer Bible Cabaret Details
YES & Winthrop Youth Kick-Off Sunday!
Brewsters Gathering
Young Adult News

Carillon for September 4, 2016

Contemplative Worship this Sunday, Sept. 4
Sept. 11 End of Summer Celebration
Come to the Summer Bible Cabaret Performance!
All-Church Camp at Cazadero
The View from Here — Kit Novotny, Young Adult Minister
Truth & Reconciliation Workshop Follow-Up
Mental Health Group Gathering on September 11
Let’s Talk! Leadership Retreat
More Opportunities to Meet with Molly
Summer Bible Cabaret Dress Rehearsal
Brewsters Gathering
Open Chapel Taco Kick-Off Party & Welcome Back Worship on Sept. 7!
FCCB Book Group News

Carillon for July 31 & August 7, 2016

Anti-Racism All Ages Learning Hours in August
Gospel Choir Forming!
Save the Date for Summer Bible Cabaret!
Save the Date for Caz!
Ordination of Jorge Perry Bautista
The View from Here — Kit Novotny, Young Adult Minister
Moderator Photos in Album
Mental Health Group: Next Steps
“Real Boy” — Trans Film Night and Conversation with the Filmmaker!
“Truth & Reconciliation” with Fr. Didace Kamana
Farm Work Day at Urban Adamah
Deckers Go Swimming
“Voices Unfiltered” Art Exhibit
Food Pantry Testimony #4
Young Adult News

Carillon for July 17 & 24, 2016

First Church Responds with Love
Operation Love Notes this Sunday
New Parish Nurse
The View from Here — Molly Baskette, Senior Minister
First Church Goes Solar
Anti-Racism All Ages Learning Hours in August
Mental Health Group: Next Steps
Farm Work Day at Urban Adamah
Spiritual Discipline: Baking Bread
Bookmarks
Young Adult News

Carillon for July 3 & 10 2016

Bob Russell Lectures on the Work of Charlie Townes
One Slot Left!
Journey into Music
Tree Removal and Landscaping
The View from Here — Rachel Bauman, Minister of Community Life
Operation Love Notes on Sunday, July 17
Save the Date for “Truth & Reconciliation”
Back from Work Camp!
Pastoral Emergency Calls
No Coal Oakland Victory
Kate Noson House Concert & Fundraiser
Food Pantry Testimony #3
FCCB Book Group News

Carillon for June 19, 2016

One Great Hour of Sharing — June 19 & 26
Family: It’s Complicated
A Few Slots Left for Gathering with Molly
New Pastoral Emergency Number
Carillon Summer Schedule
Bob Russell Lectures on the Work of Charlie Townes
The View from Here — Jack Michael, Youth Programs Coordinator
Free Webinar Series on White Privilege
Staff Retreat
Childcare Available during Summer Learning Hours
Green Team News
Food Pantry Testimonial #2
Kids, Want to Learn More about the Church Organ?
Alice Clark Book Party

Carillon for June 12, 2016

One Great Hour of Sharing on Sunday, June 19
MUSA Performs at First Church this Sunday
A Few Slots Left for Gathering with Molly
New Pastoral Emergency Number
Carillon Summer Schedule
“A Time to Choose” Film
The View from Here — Kit Novotny, Young Adult Minister
Winthrop Work Camp to Help at Equine Rescue Center
Bob Russell to Lecture on the Work of Charles Townes
Mental Health Group
Book Party for Alice Clark’s New Book!
Kids, Want to Learn More about the Church Organ?
Young Adult News
YES & Winthrop News

Carillon for June 5, 2016

Sign Up for a Gathering with Molly
Carillon Summer Schedule
Church Council News
Special PSR Program for Late Career/Post-Retirement Individuals
The View from Here — Molly Baskette, Senior Minister
“A Time to Choose” Film
MUSA Performs at First Church on Sunday, June 12
Mental Health Group
Book Party for Alice Clark’s New Book!
BOCA Forum on Institutional Racism
A Testament about Giving
Sign up for UCC Camps
FCCB Book Group

Carillon for May 29, 2016

Migration & Immigration — Learning Hour this Sunday
Fifth Sunday Offering this Sunday
Celebrating Laura & Sonny
Summer Bible Cabaret this Sunday!
Congratulations Grads!
Summer Parking
The View from Here — Phil Porter, Minister of Art & Communication
Reflecting on the First Season of Open Chapel
“A Time to Choose” Film
Thank you, Sunday School Teachers!
BOCA Forum on Institutional Racism
Seniors Coming to Church — Can You Help?
Join the “First Church Berkeley Community” Facebook Group
Bookmarks

Carillon for May 22, 2016

Berkeley Councilmember Here this Sunday
Have You Signed Up Yet to Meet with Molly?
Summer Schedule
Resonance: French Organ and Choral Music
Migration & Immigration — Learning Hour on May 29
The View from Here — Rachel Bauman, Minister of Community Life
Group to Study Mental Health Issues
Be a Part of the Summer Bible Cabaret!
“A Time to Choose” Film
Calling All Children to Sing the “Gloria” this Sunday
BOCA Forum on Institutional Racism
FCCB Book Group

Carillon for May 15, 2016

Calling All Bread Bakers!
New Members Class
Resonance: French Organ and Choral Music
More Meetings with Molly
The View from Here — Laura Burkhauser, Emerging Leader
Be a Part of the Summer Bible Cabaret!
Affordable Housing Week Coming Up!
Berkeley Councilmember Jesse Arreguin to Visit First Church
FCCB Book Group
Benefit Concert for Strideforce
Diverse Families Project this Sunday
Brewsters Dine with Molly

Carillon for May 8, 2016

Meet in the Middle
Resonance: French Organ and Choral Music
Molly Baskette Begins Her First Church Ministry
New Members Class
Meetings with Molly
The View from Here — Molly Baskette, Senior Minister
Downtown Listening Session at First Church with Councilmember Jesse Arreguin
“On Seeing” Sermon Series
Green Team News
Diverse Families Project: Adolescent Development
FCCB Book Group
Save These Camp Dates
Summer Bible Cabaret

Carillon for April 24, 2016

Green Commute Sunday
New Senior Minister Molly Baskette to Arrive Soon!
Meetings with Molly
Mormon Tabernacle Choir Organist Comes to First Church
New Members Class
The View from Here — Sonny Graves, Emerging Leader
NCNC Church Day Focuses on Domestic Violence
Interfaith Power and Light Recognizes First Church
BOCA Citywide Meeting
Friday Book Group
Diverse Families Project this Sunday
Free Tickets Available for Anna Deavere Smith!

Carillon for April 17, 2016

“Easter to Earth Day” — Dr. Ambrose Carroll to Preach this Sunday
Save the Bay Learning Hour
CROP Hunger Walk this Sunday
New Senior Minister Molly Baskette to Arrive Soon!
The View from Here — Kit Novotny, Young Adult Minister
Green Commute Sunday
Fan the Flames Campaign a Resounding Success
Youth Groups Hike Dipsea Trail
New Members Class
BOCA Citywide Meeting
Friday Book Group
Deckers’ Hike
DayBreak Adult Care Centers’ Fundraiser Featuring Anna Deavere Smith

Carillon for April 3, 2016

“Service as Worship” Sunday, April 3
“Easter to Earth Day” Worship Series
Rebuilding Together
The View from Here — Phil Porter, Minister of Art & Communication
New Senior Minister to Arrive May 1
Dr. Ambrose Carroll: Green the Church
CROP Hunger Walk, April 17
First Church Café News
Friday Book Group
Tess Taylor Book Launch
Cellar Thrift Shop News
Nell Robinson House Concert
Bookmarks

Carillon for April 10, 2016

“Easter to Earth Day” Worship Series
Reclaim! this Sunday
Meet in the Middle: Fire!
Rebuilding Together
CROP Hunger Walk, April 17
The View from Here — Carolyn Ash, Families’ and Children’s Program Coordinator
A Very Successful “Service as Worship” Sunday
Welcome Our New Youth Programs Coordinator
Dr. Ambrose Carroll: Green the Church
Save the Bay Learning Hour
Easter Photos
Friday Book Group
Tess Taylor Book Launch
DayBreak Adult Care Centers’ Fundraiser Featuring Anna Deavere Smith
Deckers’ Hike

Carillon for March 27, 2016

Holy Week Events
Holy Week Help Needed
Maundy Thursday Service
Easter Offering Recipients
The View from Here — Rachel Bauman, Minister of Community Life
“Easter to Earth Day” Worship Series
Save the Dates for Rebuilding Together
“Service as Worship” Sunday, April 3
Save the Date! CROP Hunger Walk, April 17
Maundy Thursday Foot Washing on Dana St.
Young Adult Easter Brunch
The New Story of Work: Politics, Spirituality & Labor
Friday Book Group
Cellar Thrift Shop News
Bookmarks
YES & Winthrop Events

Carillon for March 20, 2016

Holy Week & Easter Sunday
Holy Week Help Needed
Maundy Thursday Service
Easter Offering Recipients
The View from Here — Phil Porter, Minister of Art & Communication
Workshop with Dr. David Richo
Diverse Families Project
Save the Date! CROP Hunger Walk, April 17
“Service as Worship” Sunday, April 3
“Easter to Earth Day” Worship Series
Young Adults @ First Church Easter Brunch, Sun., Mar. 27
Family Traditions at First Church during Holy Week
Cellar Thrift Shop News

Carillon for March 13, 2016

Learn about NCNC-UCC Summer Camps at Meet in the Middle this Sunday
“Service as Worship” Sunday, April 3
Maundy Thursday Service
Palm Sunday
Easter Offering to Support Local Organizations
The View from Here — Sonny Graves, Emerging Leader
Fan the Flames Ends Soon!
Dr. David Richo on Sat., March 19: “You Are Not What You Think”
Diverse Families Project
Church Council News
New Online Version of the Carillon
Urban Releaf & First Church
Young Adults @ First Church Easter Brunch, Sun., Mar. 27
New Cellar Hours on Sundays
Friday Book Group March Meeting
Deckers Go to the Exploratorium
After Paris: Climate & Religion 

Carillon for March 6, 2016

Extravagant Welcome Training
Intergenerational Service
Holy Week & Easter Sunday at First Church
Help “Fan the Flames”
The View from Here — Laura Burkhauser, Emerging Leader
Becoming a Jubilee Congregation
NCNC-UCC Summer Camps
New “First Church Berkeley Community” Facebook Group
Maundy Thursday Service
Green Team Advocacy Alert: No Coal in Oakland
Diverse Families Project
New Online Version of the Carillon
"Tender the Maker" Book Release Party and Reading
Friday Book Group March Meeting
Bookmarks
Deckers Go to the Exploratorium
After Paris: Climate & Religion 

Carillon for February 28, 2016

Learning Hour with Jubilee USA this Sunday
SF Girls Chorus to Sing this Sunday
Reclaim! Continues this Sunday
Plant a Tree, Help the Environment
Workshop with Dr. David Richo
The View from Here — Kit Novotny, Young Adult Minister
FamChY Ministry Leads Crisis Response
Conference Minister Installed
Deckers Go to the Exploratorium
"Tender the Maker" Book Release Party and Reading
Kids Get to Visit the Organ this Sunday!
Racial Literacy Workshop this Sunday

Carillon for February 21, 2016

Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III to Preach this Sunday
Reclaim! Starts this Sunday
Lift Ev’ry Voice & Sing II Concert this Sunday
Campaign to Close the Budget Deficit
Girls Chorus to Sing Feb. 28
The View from Here — Derek Tam, Music Director
Conference Minister Diane Weible to be Installed
Learning Hour with Jubilee USA, Sunday, Feb. 28
Greening Oakland with Urban Releaf
Carbon Fast for Lent
Save the Date! Workshop with Dr. David Richo
Friday Book Group Meeting
Up Close Look at First Church Organ for Kids

Carillon for February 14, 2016

Lent Begins — Our First Week of Prophets
Loving Our Neighbor at Meet in the Middle this Sunday
Girls Chorus to Sing Feb. 28
Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III to Preach on Sun., Feb. 21
Lift Ev’ry Voice & Sing II
Pastoral Care Offerings
The View from Here — Phil Porter, Minister of Art & Communication
Reclaim! Progressive Christian Basics & Beyond
Resonance: “Talking With Spirituals” this Friday
Annual Meeting Photos
Conference Minister Diane Weible to be Installed
Save the Date: Greening Oakland with Urban Releaf
Learning Hour with Jubilee USA, Sunday, Feb. 28
Fan the Flames! Close the Budget Deficit
Upcoming Friday Book Group Meetings
DayBreak Adult Care Centers Fund-raiser with Anna Deavere Smith
Upcoming SURJ Events

Carillon for February 7, 2016

141st Annual Meeting this Sunday
Celebrate Mardi Gras and Gather for Ash Wednesday
“Love Our Neighbor” at Meet in the Middle Feb. 14
Women’s Voices Retreat
“Talking With Spirituals”
The View from Here — Rachel Bauman, Minister of Community Life
Reclaim! Progressive Christian Basics & Beyond
“Real Good Church”
Conference Minister Diane Weible Installation
Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III to Preach at First Church
Upcoming Friday Book Group Meetings
Into the Wilderness at Lent
Lift Ev’ry Voice & Sing II

Carillon for January 24, 2016

Congregational Meeting this Sunday
“A Time to Laugh” Learning Hour this Sunday
141st Annual Meeting
Conference Minister Installation at First Church, Sat., Feb. 20
The View from Here — Rachel Bauman, Minister of Community Life
Women’s Voices Retreat
Many Hands Helping to Save the Bay
Bell Choir Update
Faith Rooted Organizing Training
Youth Spirit Artworks Honors Frances Townes

Carillon for January 17, 2016

Informational Budget Meeting this Sunday
141st Annual Meeting
Women’s Voices Retreat
Come Help Save the Bay
Conference Minister Installation at First Church, Sat., Feb. 20
The View from Here — Sonny Graves, Emerging Leader
Moderator Photos Update
“A Time to Laugh” Learning Hour on Comedy & Faith
Diversity Team Reflects on the Legacy of Slavery
SAVE THE DATES! Pancakes & Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday
Youth Spirit Artworks Honors Frances Townes
Friday Book Group Lineup
Interfaith Procession in Remembrance of Black Lives

Carillon for January 10, 2016

Rev. Laura Barnes to Preach this Sunday
“All Things Bible”
New Members Class
Come Help Save the Bay
The View from Here — Kit Novotny, Young Adult Minister
FamChY’s Diverse Families Project Begins this Sunday
Two 2016 Budget Meetings
141st Annual Meeting
The Paris Accords: What the Climate Summit Means for the US
Friday Book Group Lineup
“What Does Solidarity Look Like?”
Love Kids and Arts & Crafts?
Children’s, YES & Winthrop News

Carillon for December 20, 2015

Carol Sing this Sunday
Calling all Cookie Bakers!
No Carillon Published Next Week
Christmas Eve Worship
Christmas Offering
The View from Here — Rachel Bauman, Minister of Community Life
In Solidarity Against Islamophobia Event
Join the Advent Choir
Amazing Family Orchestra
Gun Control
Friday Book Group Lineup
Love Kids and Arts & Crafts?
Deckers Christmas Party
Cellar Thrift Shop News

Carillon for December 13, 2015

Advent Music Sunday
Winthrop Wreath Sale
Christmas Eve Worship
First Church Hires Media Assistant
The View from Here — Derek Tam, Music Director
Join the Advent Choir
Amazing Family Orchestra
A Wonder-filled Advent Craft Workshop Sunday!
Calling all Cookie Bakers!
Friday Book Group News
Deckers News
Elizabeth Forsyth Recital
Library Now on the Website!

Carillon for December 6, 2015

Advent Craft Workshop & Carol Sing this Sunday
Advent Retreat
Kids Stay in Worship this Sunday
Advent Music Sunday
Advent Events
Blue Christmas Healing Service
Winthrop Wreath Sale
The View from Here — Phil Porter, Minister of Art & Communication
Thanks for Hanging the Greens!
Calling all Cookie Bakers!
Amazing Family Orchestra
4th Annual First Church Waste Audit Shows Progress
Advent/Christmas Choir
Friday Book Group News
Traces of the Trade
Elizabeth Forsyth Recital
Deckers News
Angela Arnold Sings with Philharmonia Baroque
FamChY News
Young Adult News

Carillon for November 29, 2015

Fifth Sunday Offering
International Holiday Crafts Fair this Weekend
Advent Begins with 9 am Contemplative Service
Advent Events
Hanging of the Greens
Advent Crafting and Carol Singing!
Advent Music Sunday
Blue Christmas Healing Service
The View from Here — Laura Burkhauser, Emerging Leader
Winthrop Wreath Sale
Advent/Christmas Choir
“Between the World and Me” All-Church Discussion
Advent Retreat
The Paris Pledge Endorsed
Amazing Family Orchestra
Ministers in Covenant
Friday Book Group News
Daily Flash Advent Prayer
Elizabeth Forsyth Recital
Deckers News

Carillon for November 22, 2015

Advent Retreat
Traffic Advisory for Berkeley Half Marathon this Sunday
Hanging of the Greens
Advent/Christmas Choir
Fifth Sunday Offering
Advent Crafting Is Here!
The View from Here — Sonny Graves, Emerging Leader
Save the Date for Save the Bay!
“Between the World and Me” All-Church Discussion
Please Return Your Pledges!
Save the Date! New Member Class
March for the Climate Summit
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Green Team Protests Fracking in Sacramento
Helping Hands Ministry Team Needs Helpers
Friday Book Group News
FamChY News
Young Adult News
Cellar News
Traces of the Trade — Dinner, Film & Discussion
International Holiday Crafts Fair
19th Annual Berkeley Interfaith Celebration of Peace & Gratitude

Carillon for November 15, 2015

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Blessing of the Animals
Ancestral Lands & Human Rights in Mindanao
Hanging of the Greens
Berkeley Half Marathon, Sun. Nov. 22
March for the Climate Summit
The View from Here — Rachel Bauman, Minister of Community Life
Next Resonance Concert — this Friday, Nov. 13
Neighbors in Need Offering this Sunday, Nov. 15
“Between the World and Me” All-Church Discussion
Pledge Sunday Update
Black Campus Ministry at UC Berkeley Needs YOU!
The Season of Advent Is Coming!
FamChY News
Young Adult News
Clothes for Kids & Babies at the Cellar
Friday Book Group
Deckers Night Out
International Holiday Crafts Fair

Carillon for November 8, 2015

Meet in the Middle with Drumming
Pledge Sunday Update
Blessing of the Animals
Transgender Day of Remembrance
March for the Climate Summit
Alameda County Food Bank Service Day — Saturday, November 7
The View from Here — Kit Novotny, Young Adult Minister
“Between the World and Me” All-Church Discussion
Ancestral Lands & Human Rights in Mindanao
“Merchants of Doubt” Film Night
Next Resonance Concert — Friday, Nov. 13
Friday Book Group
Deckers Night Out
International Holiday Crafts Fair
Memorial Service Guild
FamChY News

Carillon for November 1, 2015

This Sunday, November 1 Is Pledge Sunday
Kids Stay in Worship During 9 am and 11 am!
Science & Religion Series Concludes this Sunday
Daylight Savings Ends
Alameda County Food Bank Service Day — Saturday, November 7
Be a Helping Hand
The View from Here — Phil Porter, Minister of Art & Communication
Next Resonance Concert — Friday, Nov. 13
Worship at City of Refuge
Community Meal on Oct. 29
Food for Financial Thought
“Merchants of Doubt” Film Night
Faith Against Fracking Action
YES Lock-In
Memorial Service Guild
Friday Book Group
Deckers Night Out
“Children Express” Drum Circle Final Session this Sunday

Carillon for October 25, 2015

Molly Baskette to Preach Remotely this Sunday
Pledge Sunday Is November 1
“Operation Love Notes” this Sunday
Come Help Out at the Alameda County Food Bank
The View from Here — Derek Tam, Music Director
Another Money Question
Science & Religion Series Concludes on Nov. 1
Next Resonance Concert: Kyle Stegall, Tenor
New! Helping Hands Ministry Team
Cellar Thrift Shop Gets Spooky
“Merchants of Doubt” Film Night
Worship at City of Refuge
FamChY Potluck
Deckers Meet for Dinner and Concert
Brewsters at the City Club
“Children Express” Drum Circle Continues this Sunday
Young Adult News

Carillon for October 18, 2015

Marvin K. White to Preach this Sunday, October 18
Molly Baskette Preaches Next Sunday via Intelligent Glass
Science and Religion Continues this Sunday
Volunteer at the Alameda County Food Bank
The View from Here — Rachel Bauman, Minister of Community Life
Flu Shots this Sunday
Talking About Money Quiz
Open Chapel on Wed., October 21
“Merchants of Doubt” Film Night
Next Resonance Concert: Kyle Stegall, Tenor
“Children Express” Drum Circle Begins this Sunday
FamChY Potluck and Fun
Brewsters Gathering
California Bach Society — First Church Discount

Carillon for October 11, 2015

Science and Religion Series Begins Sunday
Non-Violent Communication this Sunday
Flu Shots on October 18
Marvin K. White to Preach Sunday, October 18
Molly Baskette to Preach from Afar
The View from Here — Betsy York, Stewardship Chair
The New is Before Us: Consider Your 2016 Pledge
Talking About Money
Young Adult News
Deckers to See “King Lear”
Brewsters Gathering
California Bach Society — First Church Discount
Friday Group Morphs!!
“Children Express” Drum Circle — Correction

Carillon for October 4, 2015

Science and Religion Series Begins Oct. 11
It Was a Big Sunday!
Marvin K. White to Preach
The View from Here — Sonny Graves, Emerging Leader
“Children Express” — Drumming, Singing, Poetry
Meet in the Middle with Non-Violent Communication, Sunday, Oct. 11
Open Chapel on Wed., October 7
Brewsters Gathering
Young Adult News
FamChY News
Friday Group Morphs!!
Flu Shots on October 18

Carillon for September 27, 2015

David Ruhe to Preach, Kit Novotny to Be Installed
Green Team Learning Hour this Sunday — The Pope’s Encyclical
Come to Church Council Meeting this Sunday
Marvin K. White to Preach
“Power Through Paris” Workshop
The View from Here — Kit Novotny, Young Adult Minister
Science and Religion Learning Hour Series
Everett C. Parker, UCC’s Trailblazing Broadcast Reformer, Dies at 102
First Church Canvasses for Black Lives Matter
Church Retreat at Cazadero 2015
Pass the Peanut Butter, Please
Friday Group Goes Monthly
FamChY News

Carillon for September 20, 2015

Claudia Schmidt at First Church this Sunday
David Ruhe to Preach, Kit Novotny to Be Installed
MUSA Kicks off Resonance Concert Series this Friday
Guest Preachers in October
The View from Here — Phil Porter, Minister of Art & Communication
Science and Religion Learning Hour Series
Sept. 27 Learning Hour, The Pope’s Encyclical
Come to Church Council Meeting on Sun., Sept. 27
Church Retreat at Camp Cazadero this Weekend
Join the 11 am Choir!
Bookmarks
Black Lives Matter Photos Wanted
Save the Date for Flu Shots
Save the Date for Women’s Voices Retreat 2016
FamChY News

Carillon for September 13, 2015

Two Services Return this Sunday, Sept. 13
“Meet in the Middle” this Sunday, Sept. 13
Claudia Schmidt at First Church
New Member Class
Sunday School Starts this Sunday, Sept. 13
Youth Groups Barbecue this Sunday, Sept. 13
Church Retreat at Camp Cazadero ­Is Next Weekend!
Urban Releaf Cancelled
Join the 11 am Choir!
The View from Here — Laura Burkhauser, Emerging Leader
Children at the Border Team Meeting Sept. 13
Black Lives Matter Canvassing this Sunday
The Moderator Photos
New Resonance Season Begins with MUSA
FamChY News
What’s New at the Berkeley Food Pantry?
Young Adult News
Weekly Calendar

Carillon for September 6, 2015

“Meet in the Middle” on September 13
Sign Up for Church Retreat at Camp Cazadero ­
New Member Class
Two Services Return on Sunday, Sept. 13
Stewardship “Good News”
Singer Claudia Schmidt at First Church
The View from Here — Kit Novotny, Young Adult Minister
Urban Releaf: Greening Oakland
Black Lives Matter Canvassing: Neighbors Talking to Neighbors
MUSA Performs Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos
Sunday School Recording
FamChY News (an Abundance of News!)
Young Adult News

Carillon for August 30, 2015

End of Summer Celebration and Justice & Service Fair
Young Adult “Open Chapel” to Launch
Sign up for the Church Retreat at Camp Cazadero
Preaching Schedule
Black Lives Matter Canvassing: Neighbors Talking to Neighbors
The View from Here — Rachel Bauman, Minister of Community Life
Singer Claudia Schmidt at First Church
Urban Releaf: An Environmental Leader
“Meet in the Middle” on September 13
The Cellar Thrift Shop — 2nd Quarter 2015
Resonance New Season!
Support Puente with School Supplies
New Member Class
Two for One
Ashby Village’s Volunteer B’ Cause

Carillon for August 23, 2015

End of Summer Celebration and Justice & Service Fair
Evening of Poetry at FCCB
Save the Date — Kit Novotny’s Installation
open chapel @ first church
“Listening for God” Church Retreat at Caz, Sat.-Sun., Sept. 19-20
The View from Here — Laura Leaverton, Chairperson, FamChY
Emerging Leaders Named for 2015-16
Resonance New Season!
Organization Nominations Wanted for OMS Grants
Footwashing Meetup
Handbell Choir Starting Back Up
FamChY News
Young Adult Meetup

Carillon for August 16, 2015

Dr. Boyung Lee to Preach this Sunday
End of Summer Celebration and Justice & Service Fair
Don your Rubber Gloves!
Coming this Fall…open chapel @ first church
The View from Here — Phil Porter, Minister of Art & Communication
Join the Handbell Choir!
Evening of Poetry at FCCB
Children at the Border/Sanctuary Team Update
Organization Nominations Wanted for OMS Grants
Transition Plan Updated
FamChY News: Sunday School CD Recording
Q & A about the Food Drive for the Berkeley Food Pantry

Carillon for August 2 & 9, 2015

Rev. Molly Baskette Called to Be Senior Minister
Books & Blogs by Molly
The View from Here — Molly Baskette, New Senior Minister
More About the Senior Minister Search Process
The Word Is Out!
Evening of Poetry at FCCB
Diversity Team Screens “Traces of the Trade”
“Faith Against Fracking”
Yoga & Prayer
Listening for God: Church Retreat at Camp Cazadero
On Steady Ground: Weekly Radically Inclusive Prayer
Young Adult Meetups
Cereal & Peanut Butter for the Food Pantry
Join the Handbell Choir!
First Church to Send Funds to Rebuild Burned Churches

Carillon for July 19 & 26

Meet the Senior Minister Candidate this Weekend!
Listening for God: Church Retreat at Camp Cazadero
Yoga & Prayer, Sun., July 26
Will First Church Become a Jubilee Congregation?
Pastoral Care Is Here for You
“Faith Against Fracking”
Diversity Team Screens “Traces of the Trade”
Coffee Shop Ministry
On Steady Ground: Weekly Radically Inclusive Prayer
Synod Reflections
Help Rebuild Burned Churches
Young Adult Meetups

Carillon for July 5 & 12, 2015

Yoga & Prayer with Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny this Sunday!
Exciting Summer Events
Important Congregational Events
Singing Together with Derek
Save the Date for New Members Class, Sept. 13
The View from Here — Derek Tam, Music Director
First Church Attendees Reflect on Annual Gathering
Toni Battle to Return to First Church
Diversity Team Screens “Traces of the Trade”
Berkeley Food Pantry Needs
Cereal Boxes Wanted!
Young Adult Sacred Place Meetups
Exciting Summer Schedule at a Glance!

Carillon for June 21, 2015

Summer Worship Theme
Zentangling this Sunday!
Lesbian Comics & Coalition
One Great Hour of Sharing
The View from Here — James Schattauer, Youth Coordinator
Cereal Boxes Wanted!
Worship Culminates in “Brave” Flash Mob
Exciting Summer Events
Exciting News from Our Moderator
General Synod 2015
Help Plan Caz
Young Adult Sacred Place Meetups
Exciting Summer Schedule at a Glance!

Carillon for June 14, 2015

Lesbian Comics in Church!
Carillon Summer Schedule
New Ministry Team Seeks to Support Central American Refugees in East Bay
Yoga & Prayer with Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny this Summer!
Leadership Opportunity for Young Adults
The View from Here — Kit Novotny, Young Adult Minister
Godspeed to the Gilbert/ Wright Family
Exploration & Growth this Summer
Special Summer Sunday Event: Zentangling!
Young Adult Lunch this Sunday
“Into the Wilderness” Vacation Bible School
Children and Youth Summer News
Young Adult Sacred Place Meetups

Carillon for June 7, 2015

Summer Sunday Events
Yoga & Prayer with Young Adult Minister Kit Novotny this Summer!
The View from Here — Michelle Sepe, Emerging Leader
An Evening of Splendor
Lesbian Comics in Church!
The Cellar Thrift Shop — 1st Quarter 2015
Rx Recycling Tips from the Green Team
Next Young Adult Lunch
Calling All Musicians!
“Compassion and Choices”
Young Adult Sacred Place Meetups
Antioch UCC Church Presents Pride Concert
Leadership Opportunity for Young Adults

Carillon for May 31, 2015

Cellar Thrift Shop Is this Sunday’s “Fifth Sunday” Offering Recipient
Resonance’s “Italian Splendor” this Saturday!
Summer Schedule
Gifts from Rabbi Pearce
The View from Here — Derek Tam, Music Director
Honoring Young Adult Graduates
Family Potluck this Sunday, May 31
Lesbian Comics in Church!
Search for Senior Minister Progresses
Friday Group Retreat
Help the Cellar Thrift Shop on Clean-Up Day, Tues., June 2
Next Young Adult Lunch
Free Workshop: “Compassion and Choices”
Young Adult Sacred Place Meetups
Calling All Musicians!

Carillon for May 24, 2015

Next Sunday, May 31 Is “Fifth Sunday” Offering for Cellar Thrift Shop
Final Learning Hour with Rabbi Pearce this Sunday
Resonance Presents “Italian Splendor”
Summer Programming Convergence
The View from Here — Matt Boswell, Emerging Leader
“Faith in the Face of Empire” Travelers Issue Statement on Palestine
Bob Russell, Eco-Champ
Summer Schedule
Calling all Musicians!
We Green-Commuted!
BeFrienders Are Here for You
Brewsters this Friday!
Help the Cellar Thrift Shop on Clean-Up Day, Tues., June 2
Free Workshop: “Compassion and Choices”
Friday Group Retreat
Children and Youth News

Carillon for May 17, 2015

This Sunday is Big!
Rev. David Vásquez-Levy to Preach this Sunday
Green Commute Sunday!
Learning Hour with Rabbi Stephen Pearce this Sunday, May 17
The View from Here — Phil Porter, Minister of Art & Communication
Next Resonance Concert: “Italian Splendor”
Search Committee Completes Interviews
Summer Programming Convergence
Summer Schedule
BeFrienders Are Here for You
Pat’s Photo Book Available
Food Drive Update
Young Adults Pasta and Game Night this Sunday, May 17
Derek Tam’s Baroque Group Performs this Sunday
Friday Group Retreat — Save the Date!
Children and Youth News

Carillon for May 3, 2015

Learning Hour this Sunday: Rabbi Stephen Pearce
What a Wonderful Final Worship Service with Pat!
The View from Here — Rachel Bauman, Minister of Community Life
Pat’s Party Was Perfect!
A Great Green Party!
Resonance: Italian Splendor
Meet in the Middle in May
Transition Arrangements
Green Commute to Church
Palestine, Occupation & the Environment
Ask a Parish Nurse
Rev. David Vásquez-Levy to Preach at First Church
Youth Music Salon
Mindy Dillard CD Release

Carillon for April 26, 2015

Pat’s Final Sunday this Week — One Service at 10 am
It’s Finally Party Time!
Volunteers Needed for Pat’s Celebrations
Parking for Pat’s Party
Tree of Life
Save the Date for Lesbian Comics
Videos from Sunday, April 19
The View from Here — Pat de Jong, Senior Minister
Updated Open & Affirming Statement Adopted
Learning Hour Series: Rabbi Pearce
Green Commute to Church
Palestine, Occupation & the Environment
Church Signage Project
Ashby Village & TTN-HOME Present “Aging In Place”

Carillon for April 19, 2015

It’s Almost Party Time!
The View from Here: A Conversation with Pat
Parking for Pat’s Party
Congregational Meeting this Sunday, April 19
Walk the (CROP Hunger) Walk
The View from Here: Pat de Jong, Senior Minister
Pat’s Final Sunday Next Week — One Service at 10 am
New Conference Minister Elected
Rebuilding Together 2015 this Saturday, April 18
Rabbi Pearce — Theologian in Residence
Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus Concert
Ashby Village & TTN-HOME Present “Aging In Place”

Carillon for April 12, 2015

April Meet in the Middle
Ask a Parish Nurse
Rebuilding Together 2015
Congregational Meeting on Sunday, April 19
Walk the (CROP Hunger) Walk
The View from Here, Michelle Sepe, Emerging Leader
Rabbi Pearce to be Theologian in Residence at First Church in May
Transition Staffing Plan
It’s Almost Party Time!
Videos from Easter Sunday, April 5
Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus Concert
Handbell Choir Performs

Carillon for April 5, 2015

Holy Week Events
Maundy Thursday Supper
Easter Offering: A Beacon of Hope
Ask a Parish Nurse
Pat’s Party — Don’t Forget to RSVP!
Parking Reminder
The View from Here, Pat de Jong, Senior Minister
EcoChampions Ken Iha and Liz McBride
ONA Statement Changes
CROP Hunger Walk
Rebuilding Together 2015
Videos from Palm Sunday, March 29
Black Lives Matter Good Friday Service

Carillon for March 29, 2015

Holy Week & Easter Sunday at First Church
Holy Week Help Needed
Rebuilding Together 2015
The View from Here — Derek Tam, Music Director
Parking Reminder
Carillon Survey Results
Search Committee News
Easter Offering: A Beacon of Hope
Pat’s Party Plans: Time to RSVP
Videos from March 22
Berkeley Arts & Letters
Sotomayor Writes Friday Group
Nell Robinson, John Doe, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott at the Freight

Carillon for March 22, 2015

SF Girls Chorus this Sunday
Plant a Tree, Restore Our Urban Forest
Holy Week & Easter Sunday at First Church
Welcome to the Table Meetings
Resonance Concert this Tuesday
The View from Here — Kit Novotny, Young Adult Minister
Holy Week Help Needed
Rebuilding Together 2015
Proposed ONA Statement Language
Easter Offering: A Beacon of Hope
CROP Hunger Walk
Ashby Village Presents
Berkeley Arts & Letters: Barney Frank
Berkeley Arts & Letters: Kazuo Ishiguro
Pat’s Party Plans: Time to RSVP

Carillon for March 15, 2015

This Week’s Learning Hour: Our Muslim Neighbors
Plant a Tree, Restore Our Urban Forest
Holy Week & Easter Sunday at First Church
The View from Here — Pat de Jong
Rachel Bauman in Palestine
Berkeley Arts & Letters: Barney Frank
Holy Week Help
French Baroque Music at next Resonance Concert
SF Girls Chorus
Pat’s Party Will Be Priceless!
UCC Summer Camp
Host Families Still Needed for International Children’s Choir
Community Yoga Class
First Church Recreates Da Vinci

Carillon for March 8, 2015

March Meet in the Middle
Rev. Kit Novotny Arrives this Week
Ancora Returns to First Church this Sunday
Rachel Bauman to Travel to Palestine
Preaching during Lent “Room at the Table”
The View from Here: Phil Porter
NCNC UCC Conference Minister Candidate Announced
Room at the Table: Our Muslim Neighbors
Plant a Tree with Urban Releaf
Berkeley Arts & Letters: Barney Frank
First Church & Transgender Inclusion
French Baroque Music at next Resonance Concert
Fools Creek Concert
Community Yoga and Wellness Class
Pat de Jong to Visit Sunday School this Sunday, March 8!
UCC Summer Camp

Carillon for March 1, 2015

Room at the Table: Transgender Inclusion
James Schattauer Joins First Church Staff
Berkeley Arts & Letters: Barney Frank
The View from Here — Rachel Bauman
March Meet in the Middle
Save the Date for Urban Releaf
“Three Easy Pieces”
The Cellar Thrift Shop — 4th Quarter 2014
Confirmation Program
Ask a Parent/Ask a Youth Night
Middle Ages Gathering

Carillon for February 22, 2015

“Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”
Upcoming Learning Hour: From Lynching Tree to Healing Circle
Pat’s Party Is Coming
Gender Workshop for Parents this Sunday
We’re Serious about Cereal!
Lent Reflections
Learning Hours During Lent
Confirmation Program
Host Families Needed for International Children’s Choral Festival
Join the Deckers in Mendocino

Carillon for February 15, 2015

Emerging Leaders Share This Sunday
Mardi Gras & Ash Wednesday this Week
Resonance Concert this Sunday: “Revelations”
Lift Up Your Voice for “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”
Preaching during Lent — “Room at the Table”
Berkeley Arts & Letters: David Axelrod
Video for February 8
“Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”
Upcoming Learning Hour: From Lynching Tree to Healing Circle
Sr. Minister Search Update
Confirmation Program to Begin
Pastoral Care Update
Childcare Professionals Wanted

Carillon for February 8, 2015

Celebrate Charlotte this Sunday!
New Members Class
Lent 2015: “Room at the Table”
“Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” Concert — Come Be a Part of the Choir
The View from Here — Matt Boswell
Upcoming Resonance Concert: “Revelations”
Emerging Leaders Share Next Sunday
Confirmation Program to Begin
Non-Violent Communication
Women’s Voices Retreat
Berkeley Arts & Letters: David Axelrod
Childcare Professionals Wanted

Carillon for February 1, 2015

Annual Meeting this Sunday, Feb. 1
We Celebrate Charlotte on Sunday, February 8!
Women’s Voices Retreat
New Members Class
“Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” Concert — Come Be a Part of the Choir
Tim Specht: Profile of an EcoChampion
UCC Pastoral Letter on Racism
Mardi Gras All-Church Party
Ash Wednesday Service
Upcoming Resonance Concert: “Revelations”
Berkeley Arts & Letters: David Axelrod
Childcare Professionals Wanted

Carillon for January 25, 2015

Kit Novotny Called as Young Adult Minister
Annual Meeting Super Sunday, Feb. 1!
Derek Tam, Harpsichord, this Sunday at 4:30 pm
Congregational Meeting About the Budget
Join the Concert to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Movement
The View from Here — Pat de Jong
Sara Webber of the Berkeley Food Pantry Visits First Church
First “Family Connection” Play Date this Sunday
Mardi Gras All-Church Party
Ash Wednesday Service
Drifting East World Music Ensemble this Sunday
Women’s Voices Retreat
Join the Deckers in Mendocino
Color and Cloth: The Art of Barbara Beck
Berkeley Arts & Letters: David Axelrod, Interviewed by Robert Reich

Carillon for January 18, 2015

Kit Novotny to Preach this Sunday
Informational Meeting on 2015 Budget this Sunday
“A Prairie Church Companion” this Saturday
New Member Class
Congregational Meeting this Sunday
Resonance Premieres next Sunday, January 25 at 4:30 pm
Join Save the Bay to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Our God Is a God of Justice — People of Faith Continue to Demand Black Lives Matter
Super Sunday! Annual Meeting — Sunday, Feb. 1
“80 Chairs in 80 Days”
Berkeley Arts & Letters: David Axelrod, Interviewed by Robert Reich
Color and Cloth: The Art of Barbara Beck
Save the Date! “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”

Carillon for January 11, 2015

“Prairie Church Companion” Returns
Rev. Kathryn Novotny to Candidate
First “Resonance” Concert: Derek Plays Bach
Upcoming Congregational Meetings
Meet in the Middle: Music with Mindy Dillard
New Member Class
2015 Budget Highlights “Structural Deficit”
Mentoring Children from the Border
Kelly Ryan to Be Ordained
Celebrating Charlotte
Color and Cloth: The Art of Barbara Beck
Cellar to Reopen
Save These Dates

Carillon for January 4, 2015

“A Prairie Church Companion” Returns
Kim Novotny to Preach
Music in the Middle
First Resonance Concert on Jan. 25: Bach Transcriptions with Derek Tam
Charlotte Russell Announces Retirement
2014 Waste Audit Reveals Good News
New Member Class
Kelly Ryan’s Ordination
Upcoming Congregational Meetings
Color and Cloth: The Art of Barbara Beck
Cellar Reopens
Friday Group

Carillon for December 21, 2014

Christmas Eve Worship
Christmas Offering
Upcoming Congregational Meetings
First Resonance Concert: Bach Transcriptions
The View from Here - Phil Porter
Children’s Choir Sings this Sunday, December 21
Amazing Family Orchestra on Christmas Eve
“A Prairie Church Companion” — Back by Popular Demand!
The Cellar Thrift Shop — 3rd Quarter 2014
Save The Date: New Member Class
“Black Lives Matter” Solidarity March
Will Tanner Accepts Position
Christmas Cookie Fest & Coffee
Cellar Takes a Break
Friday Group News
Posada and Holiday Party

Carillon for December 14, 2014

Advent Music Sunday
Black Lives Matter: A Walk in Solidarity with Ferguson
Come Caroling!
Blue Christmas Service
Resonance Performance Series
Posada and Holiday Party
Children’s Music Update
Amazing Family Orchestra!
Senior Minister Position Posted on UCC Website
Thanks to the Young Adult Minister Search Committee
Kit Novotny is Young Adult Minister Candidate
Christmas Offering
Ethiopian Village Schools Foundation (EVSF) Update
WomenSing Holiday Concert
Friday Group Christmas Lunch
Winthrop Wreath Sale
The Middle Ages Christmas Cookie Swap!
Deckers Christmas Party

Carillon for December 7, 2014

Advent at First Church
Advent Crafts and Caroling!
Ancora to Sing this Sunday
Ferguson Solidarity Walk and Vigil 
Blue Christmas Healing Service
NEFFCON Service of Remembrance
Advent Music Sunday
Volunteers Needed for the Homeless Count
Gathering the “Stories” of First Church Berkeley
Intelligent Glass Update
Transition Conversations
Resonance: First Church’s Own Performance Series
The Middle Ages Christmas Cookie Swap!
Winthrop Wreath Sale
Deckers Christmas Party
Friday Group Christmas Lunch
Pacific Boychoir Concert

Carillon for November 30, 2014

“Enfleshed” — Advent at First Church
Children from the Border Learning Hour this Sunday
Final Church Profile
Berkeley Food Pantry to Receive Fifth Sunday Offering
Meet The Emersons, FCCB’s First EcoChampions
Advent Crafts Workshop!
Transition Conversations
Hanging of the Greens
Church Council Recap
Ancora to Sing Next Sunday, December 7
Friday Group Christmas Lunch
Oakland–East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Show

Carillon for November 23, 2014

Learning Hour on Silence this Sunday
Long-Time Members Honored this Sunday
Transition Conversations
Advent Retreat at the Keen Farm
A Very Musical Upcoming Sunday
Resonance: First Church’s Own Performance Series
Hanging of the Greens
Advent Crafts Workshop!
Ancora to Sing on Sunday, December 7
Children from the Border Learning Hour
Gratitude Series Concludes
Volunteer at the Berkeley Food Pantry
Calling All Painters!
Bookmarks

Carillon for November 16, 2014

Learning Hours on Faith & Spirituality Start this Sunday
Jorge Bautista to Preach
Transition Conversations
Long-term Care Workshop & Lunch This Sunday
Learning Hour on Children from the Border
Search Committee Presents Findings
Gratitude Sermon Series
Volunteer at the Food Bank
Advent Retreat at the Keen Farm
Calling All Painters!
Save the Date for Hanging of the Greens
Deckers Outing This Friday
Berkeley Arts & Letters Presents Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

Carillon for November 9, 2014

Search Committee Presents Findings this Sunday
“Enough for All”
Traffic Advisory for this Sunday, November 9
Gratitude Sermon Series
Long-term Care Workshop & Lunch at First Church
Upcoming Learning Hours on Faith & Spirituality
Musical Opportunities in the Coming Season
4th-8th Grade Choir Begins Rehearsing this Sunday
Volunteer at the Food Bank
EcoChampions Among Us
Save the Date for Hanging of the Greens
2030s/Young Adults Gathering this Sunday
First Church Kids Performing in Local Theater!
Middle Hour Child Care Starts this Sunday!
Save the Date: Berkeley Arts & Letters Presents Nicholas Kristof

Carillon for November 2, 2014

Learning Hour this Sunday: Inequality and the Ballot
Fall Women’s Retreat
New Members Class this Sunday
Ask a Parish Nurse this Sunday
Volunteer at the Food Bank
Upcoming Learning Hours
Long-term Care Workshop & Lunch at First Church
Search Committee to Present at Learning Hour
Grief Support Group Beginning in November
4th-8th Grade Choir Begins Rehearsing this Sunday
Council Meeting Changed
First Church Organist Featured in YPSO Concert
Sharing Our Food
Victoria Blythe CD Release Party
New Date for Deckers Outing

Carillon for October 26, 2014

Pledge Committee Presents Learning Hour this Sunday
Grief Support Group Beginning in November
Sharing Our Abundance, Sharing Our Food
InterPlay Honors Pat de Jong
Volunteer at the Food Bank
Search Committee News
Fall Women’s Retreat
New Members Class
Two Musical Treats this Sunday
Deckers at the Oakland Museum
Windsbacher Knabenchor and Pacific Boychoir at First Church
Benefit Concert: Nell Robinson, with Ramblin’ Jack Elliot

Carillon for October 19, 2014

This Sunday’s Learning Hour: Jewish Perspectives on the Environment
Search Committee Survey and Listening Sessions
New Members Class
First Church’s Library Transition
K–3rd Grade Children’s Choir Starting this Sunday
New Food Drive and Food Bank Volunteer Opportunities
Pledge Campaign 2015
InterPlay Honors Pat de Jong
Deckers at the Oakland Museum
Four-Week Grief Support Group Beginning in November
Vandana Shiva at First Church
Brewsters Octoberfest and Earthquake Safety
Bookmarks

Carillon for October 12, 2014

Blessing of the Animals this Sunday, Oct. 12
New Members Class
Imani to Preach on Income Inequality
Diversity Team Endorses Prop 47
Search Committee Wants to Hear from You!
Jewish Perspectives on the Environment
Children’s Choirs Starting
InterPlay Honors Pat de Jong
Brewsters Octoberfest and Earthquake Safety
Baroque Music from the Court of Louis XIV
Spiritual Practice Opportunity!
Four-Week Grief Support Group Beginning in November
Songs of the Soul Youth Choir Starting Up Soon

Carillon for October 5, 2014

Rev. Drew Nettinga to Speak this Sunday
Chase to Preach on Global Inequality
Kelly Ryan’s Last Day this Sunday
Children’s Choirs this Fall — K-3rd Choir starts this Sunday, Oct. 5
Jakada Imani to Preach
New Members Class
Congregational Input for Senior Minister Search
Neighbors in Need 2014
Jewish Perspectives on the Environment
Will Tanner to Take Over Youth Coordinator Role
Brewsters Octoberfest and Earthquke Safety
Photo Book for Pat’s Retirement
Four-Week Support Group Beginning in November
Join the Handbell Choir
Songs of the Soul Youth Choir Starting Up Soon
Memories from Camp Cazadero 2014

Carillon for September 28, 2014

Romers at First Church this Sunday
Search Committee to Hold Listening Sessions
New Members Class
Rev. Drew Nettinga to Speak on Search Process
Neighbors in Need 2014
Kelly Ryan Called to Washington Church
Response to Ebola Crisis
Music Program News
Upcoming Preachers on “Challenging Inequality”
Farmers’ Market Finale
Photo Book for Pat’s Retirement

Carillon for September 21, 2014

Romers to Speak on Income Inequality
Upcoming Preachers on “Challenging Inequality”
FCCB All-Church Retreat this Sunday­
Flu Clinic on Sunday, September 28
Nettinga to Speak on Search Process
Climate Change Film and Upcoming Rally
Musicians Needed Sunday
Experienced Painters Wanted!
“Into the Wilderness” Returns
Say Hello to Our New Café Host
The Cellar Thrift Shop — 2nd Quarter 2014
Brewsters’ Gathering
Songs of the Soul Youth Choir Starting Up Soon
Young Adult Events

Carillon for September 14, 2014

Ice Cream/Yogurt Sundae Challenge this Sunday!
FCCB All-Church Retreat at Camp Cazadero
Romers to Speak on Income Inequality
Flu Clinic on September 28
Nettinga to Speak on Search Process
Climate Change Film and Upcoming Rally
First Church Café
Green Team Lifts Up Environmental Commitment to Search Committee
“Intelligent Glass” Information Session this Sunday
September 7 Videos
The Cellar Thanks You!
“Into the Wilderness” Returns
Songs of the Soul Youth Choir Starting Up Soon
Young Adult Events
Brewsters’ Gathering

Carillon for September 7, 2014

The 2014 Election: Predictions & Possibilities
FCCB All-Church Retreat at Camp Cazadero ­
Two-Service Schedule Returns This Sunday!
Meet in the Middle with Ice Cream!
Green Team to Screen Climate Film
Fall Theme to Explore Inequality and Abundance
News from the Sr. Minister Search Committee
Music at First Church this Fall
“Intelligent Glass” Projection Screens Info
Ask a Parish Nurse this Sunday
Are You a Musician?
YES and Winthrop Kickoff BBQ
Young Adult Events
Brewsters’ Gathering

August 24, 2014 Carillon

End of Summer Celebration
Two-Service Schedule Returns in September
Ode to Joy: A Choral Celebration
Parking Lot Update
Outreach Gearing up to Make Grants
Be a Part of the 9 am Music Team!
August 31 is Cellar Thrift Shop Sunday
FCCB All-Church Retreat at Camp Cazadero ­
Attention First Church Pledgers
UCC General Minister and President to Retire
Movie Night: “John Brown’s Body at San Quentin”
Still Time to Take the Carillon Survey
Middle Ages Go to Lake Anza
Children’s Milestones Is Back!
Young Adult Events
Help Needed for Bird House Project at Sunday School
FamChY (Family, Children and Youth) News

Carillon for August 3 & 10, 2014

Vote on Search Committee at Congregational Meeting this Sunday
Rev. Neichelle Guidry Jones to Preach
Engaging Children with the Bible
Staff Vacation Updates
Ode to Joy: A Choral Celebration
“Intelligent Glass” Screens for the Sanctuary
Transition News
Save the Date! Sunday, August 24 End-of-Summer Celebration
Help Needed for Bird House Project at Sunday School
One Last Summer Choir Opportunity
Carillon Summer Schedule
Friday Group Summer Schedule
“Chariots of Fire” Screening
Still Time to Take the Carillon Survey
Young Adult Events

Carillon for July 20 & 27, 2014

Learning Hour Series: Interfaith Perspectives on the Environment
Congregational Meeting
Sam Rennebohm to Preach
Transition Update
Summer Choir Opportunities
“Chariots of Fire” Screening
Take the Carillon Survey
The Middle Ages!
Young Immigrants Links
“Finding Purpose in Retirement”
“Building the Movement Against Fracking”
Food Pantry Job Openings
The Joys of Gardening
Carillon Summer Schedule
Young Adult Events

Carillon for July 6 & 13, 2014

Young Adult Ministry Search Update
Learning Hour Series: Interfaith Perspectives on the Environment
Summer Sunday Reckless Potluck
Congregational Meeting
Committee of Involvement Seeks Names for Search Committee
“Finding Purpose in Retirement”
Summer Movie Nights
Sam Rennebohm to Preach
Diversity Team Lifts Up Racial Diversity in Search Process
Transition Communication
InterPlay to Host ArtPlunge at First Church
Opera at AT&T Park
Friday Group Summer Schedule
Summer Choir Opportunities
Young Adult Events
Carillon Summer Schedule

Carillon for June 22, 2014

Council Adopts Transition Plan
Bible Study Through Storytelling
Sr. Minister Search Committee Forming
Carillon Summer Schedule
Summer Parking Update!
Summer Choir Opportunities
Learning Hour Series: Different Religious Perspectives on the Environment
Young Adult Events
New Date for Retirement Program
Twins by the Bay Consignment Sale this Sunday, June 22
Deckers Go to SF Opera at AT&T Park
Farmers’ Market Update
Friday Group Summer Schedule
InterPlay to Host ArtPlunge at First Church

June 15, 2014 Carillon

Bible Study through Story Telling
This Week’s Learning Hour: Exploring El Camino de Santiago
New Date for Retirement Program
Parking Lot News
Carillon Summer Schedule
Coalition & Fellowship at “Uniting for Justice” Gathering
The Cellar Thrift Shop — 1st Quarter 2014
Young Adult Events
Friday Group Summer Schedule
Fellowship for 40s and 50s(ish)
Lightweight Wheelchair Needed
Farmers’ Market News
New Joseph Exhibit in the Children’s Stairwell Gallery

Carillon for June 8, 2014

Pentecost and Teacher Appreciation Sunday
Reception this Thursday
Celebrating our Emerging Leaders this Sunday
Retirement Program Postponed
Carillon Summer Schedule
First Church Bell Choir Debuts!
First Church Carbon Footprint
Leavy & Tam to Sing at Coalition Event
Exploring El Camino de Santiago
Farmers’ Market News
Young Adult Events

Carillon for June 1, 2014

Senior Minister Transition Plan Meetings
New Member Class
Pentecost and Teacher Appreciation Sunday
Coalition Exec to Visit First Church
Finding Purpose in Retirement
Celebrating our Emerging Leaders
Pilgrimage in Spain
Movie Night at First Church!
“Uniting for Justice!”
Guest Flutist this Sunday
Transportation Survey Results
Fellowship for 40s and 50s(ish)
Spring Retreat for Friday Group
Prairie Church Companion
Ashby Village Open House
Heartroot CD Release Concert
The Berkeley Festival

May 18, 2014 Carillon

Learning Hour Celebrates Affordable Housing Week
Change in Lineup for Comedy Benefit
Church Cleanup Day
Delegates Report from NCNC UCC Conference
YES Service Project —Activity Kits for Oakland Children’s Hospital
A Sixfold Win for Rebuilding Together Workdays
Healing Service & Labyrinth
New Member Class
Adoptive Families Fellowship May Gathering
Spring Retreat for Friday Group
First Baptist Celebrates 125th Anniversary
Calaveras at Freight & Salvage
Heartroot CD Release Concert
Bookmarks

Carillon for May 11, 2014

New Sermon Series — “Modern Family”
Comedy Benefit for UCC LGBT Coalition
Meet in the Middle this Sunday with Bible Games
Bibles for Youth this Sunday
Helping Your Aging Parents
Magic & Music at the Farm — May 10
YES Service Project —Activity Kits for Oakland Children’s Hospital
Learning Hour Celebrates Affordable Housing Week
Summer Worship Schedule to Start June 8
Church Cleanup Day
New Member Class
Spring Retreat for Friday Group
Berkeley Festival & First Church
Heartroot’s Upcoming Concerts
Fellowship of Families with Young Children
Café Menu for May 11

Carillon for May 4, 2014

Green Commute to Church this Sunday!
UCC Files Landmark Lawsuit in N. Carolina
New Member Class Rescheduled
Helping Your Aging Parents
Magic & Music at the Farm — May 10
Diversity Team Screens “Fruitvale Station”
YES Service Project —Activity Kits for Oakland Children’s Hospital
New Sermon Series — “Modern Family”
Free Concert by First Church’s Jesse Herrera
Thanks to Photographers!
New Show at Art@First this Sunday
Ask a Parish Nurse
Fundraiser for Ethiopian Village Schools
Mindy and Eric House Concert

Carillon for April 27, 2014

Celebrate Shelly’s Ministry
Green Commute to Church
Young Adult Minister Search Committee Selected
Magic & Music at the Farm — May 10
Church Cleanup Day
Ask a Parish Nurse
Diversity Team Screens “Fruitvale Station”
Comedy Benefit for UCC LGBT Coalition
Dan Leaverton’s Climate Ride
Fundraiser for Ethiopian Village Schools
Spring Retreat for Friday Group
New Show at Art@First
First Church Young Adult to Perform in Loper Chapel

Carillon for April 20, 2014

Holy Week Events
Easter Offering
Let’s Fill Up the Lenten Food Drive Bins!
Easter Parking Reminder
Hope for the Hungry
Holy Saturday Service
Calling All Photographers
Rebuilding Together Reminder
Berkeley Arts & Letters: Barbara Ehrenreich
A Musical Easter Sunday
Easter Sunrise Service
Celebrate Shelly’s Ministry
Green Commute Sunday
Comedy Benefit for UCC LGBT Coalition
New Show at Art@First: Perception
Fundraiser for Ethiopian Village Schools
The Cellar Needs Your Stuff!

Carillon for April 13, 2014

Holy Week Events
Easter Offering
Lenten Food Drive
Easter Sunrise Service
Special Palm Sunday “Meet in the Middle”
New Service for Holy Week: Holy Saturday
Berkeley Arts & Letters: Barbara Ehrenreich
Rebuilding Together Is Around the Corner
Health Forum in May
Celebrate Shelly’s Ministry
Nursery Cleanup
Help Needed in Sunday School!
Church Cleanup Day

Carillon for March 30, 2014

CROP Hunger Walk News
“We Are One” in One Great Hour of Sharing
Lenten Food Drive
Join the New Bell Choir!
Information on Young Adult Ministry
Young Adult Minister Search Committee Forming
2013 Rebuilding Together “Changed A Life’’
Nursery Cleanup
The Bible — According to Phil
Brewsters Gathering
Ask a Parish Nurse
Help needed in Sunday School!

Carillon for April 6, 2014

CROP Hunger Walk News
Holy Week & Easter
Celebrate Shelly’s Ministry
Young Adult Minister Search Committee Forming
Berkeley Arts & Letters: Barbara Ehrenreich
Ask a Parish Nurse
Rebuilding Together Needs You!
Pastoral Care at First Church
Nursery Cleanup
Help needed in Sunday School!
Clean Up Day

Carillon for March 23, 2014

Lenten Retreat
“Praying the Hours” Continues this Sunday
One Great Hour of Sharing
Lenten Food Drive
Join the New Bell Choir!
CROP Hunger Walk News
Memorial Service Guild
Berkeley Arts & Letters: “A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran”
Green Team Hosts 350.org
Children’s Choir
Brewsters Gathering
Adoptive Families Gathering

Carillon for March 16, 2014

“Praying the Hours” Starts this Sunday
Lenten Retreat
Plant a Tree with Urban Releaf!
Lenten Food Drive
Join the New Bell Choir!
“Into the Wilderness” Invitation
CROP Hunger Walk News
March Healing Service
Memorial Service Guild
Green Team Hosts 350.org
Sunday Salon News
The Bible — According to Phil
Children’s Choir
Brewsters Gathering
First Church Families w/Young Children Monthly Gathering
Adoptive Families Gathering
The Deckers Go to Napa

Carillon for March 9, 2014

First Church to Celebrate Pat’s 20th Year
The Season of Lent Is Here
Join the New Bell Choir!
Bible Study Learning Hour Continues
Lenten Retreat
“Praying the Hours” — A New Learning Hour
“Into the Wilderness” — A Popup Spiritual Community
Lenten Chancel Choir
March Meet in the Middle
Rev. Mpho Tutu to Speak
CROP Hunger Walk News
Plant a Tree with Urban Releaf!
Parent Connection Workshop
The Deckers Go to Napa
Brewsters Gathering
Spring Writing Workshops
Children’s Choir
Café Menu for March 9

March 2, 2014 Carillon

All-Church Mardi Gras Pancake Supper
Lent Begins: Ash Wednesday Service
Ask a Parish Nurse
UCC Summer Camps
New Members Classes
Bible Study Learning Hour Continues
“Into the Wilderness” — A Popup Spiritual Community
Plant a Tree with Urban Releaf!
Berkeley Arts & Letters Presents
Save the Date for the CROP Hunger Walk
Join the Lenten Chancel Choir
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Program
“Take Control of Your Diabetes” Conference and Health Fair
The Deckers Go to Napa
Children’s Choir

Carillon for February 16, 2014

Lent to Begin with Mardi Gras & Ash Wednesday
Green Learning Hour: Climate Change Film
New Members Classes
Shelly Dieterle Announces Resignation
Bible Study Learning Hour Continues
Writing for the Lent Daily Reflections
Upcoming Healing Service
Deckers Go Birding
Children’s Choir
Adoptive Families Gathering
Brewsters Gathering

Carillon for February 9, 2014

Meet in the Middle: “Save the Bay” Games
Upcoming Healing Service
New! Five-Week Bible Study Learning Hour
New Members Classes
Green Learning Hour: Climate Change Film
Berkeley Community Ceasefire Walk Against Violence
Writing for the Lent Daily Reflections
Women’s Retreat
Adoptive Families Gathering
Brewsters Gathering
Deckers Go Birding

February 2, 2014 Carillon

139th First Church Annual Meeting
The Development of the New Testament and Birth of Christianity
First Church Year-End Statements
New Members Classes
Sock Drive this Sunday
Berkeley Community Ceasefire Walk Against Violence
Lent Daily Devotional
Women’s Retreat
Meet in the Middle and Save the Bay!
February Healing Service
Bee Marrone’s Many Gifts
Deckers Go Birding

January 26, 2014 Carillon

Learning Hour this Week: "Fracking in California"
139th First Church Annual Meeting
Women’s Retreat
New Members Classes
The Development of the New Testament and Birth of Christianity
Berkeley Community Ceasefire Walk Against Violence
Health Forum — Food Strategies: How to Eat Healthy in the Real World
January Sunday Salon
Ask A Parent/Youth Night

January 19, 2014 Carillon

Green Team Learning Hour “Putting a Price on Carbon”
2014 Budget Information Meeting
New Members Classes
Upcoming Learning Hour: “Fracking in California”
139th First Church Annual Meeting
New Year’s Resolution: Recycle!
The Development of the New Testament and Birth of Christianity
Health Forum — Food Strategies: How to Eat Healthy in the Real World
January Sunday Salon

January 19, 2014 Carillon

Green Team Learning Hour “Putting a Price on Carbon”
2014 Budget Information Meeting
New Members Classes
Upcoming Learning Hour: “Fracking in California”
139th First Church Annual Meeting
New Year’s Resolution: Recycle!
The Development of the New Testament and Birth of Christianity
Health Forum — Food Strategies: How to Eat Healthy in the Real World
January Sunday Salon

January 12, 2014 Carillon

A Taste of Caz this Sunday at “Meet in the Middle”
Green Team Learning Hour “Putting a Price on Carbon”
New Families’ & Children’s Program Coordinator
Elizabeth Forsyth Chosen as Organist
2014 Budget Information Meeting
Upcoming Learning Hour: “Fracking in California”
Healing Service on Wed.
139th First Church Annual Meeting
New Year’s Resolution: Recycle!
The Development of the New Testament and Birth of Christianity
Save the Bay on MLK Day!
Health Forum — Food Strategies: How to Eat Healthy in the Real World
Join the Worship Choir

Carillon for December 22, 2013

Christmas Eve Worship
Advent Music Sunday Soars
Amazing Family Orchestra!
“Gifts for the World”
Winthrop Wreath Sale
Ushers for Christmas Services
Ken Medema to Sing with Youth Choirs
Time to Serve!
Pick-A-Party Update
Holiday Cookie Fest
Six Nonprofits to Share Christmas Offering
Nourish Yourself — Nourish the World
Health Forum — Food Strategies: How to Eat Healthy in the Real World
Brewsters Christmas Celebration
Cellar Takes a Break
Children’s Choir News

December 15, 2013 Carillon

Advent Music Sunday
Advent Candlelighting at Home
Come A-Caroling!
Blue Christmas
Winthrop Wreath Sale
Ken Medema to Sing with Youth Choirs
Six Nonprofits to Share Christmas Offering
Time to Serve!
Amazing Family Orchestra!
“Gifts for the World”
Deckers Christmas Party
Friday Group News
Advent Retreat
Cellar Takes a Break
Family Christmas Eve Service

December 8, 2013 Carillon

All-Church Advent Crafts Workshop this Sunday!
Pick-A-Party this Sunday!
Advent Candlelighting at Home
Christmas Eve Worship
Blue Christmas
Winthrop Wreath Sale
Advent Music Sunday
“Gifts for the World” Gift Catalog Is Here!
Ask a Parish Nurse
Deckers Christmas Party
Brewsters Christmas Celebration
Advent Retreat
Come A-Caroling!

December 1, 2013 Carillon

Advent Begins this Sunday
First Church Poet Laureate to Read
East Bay Sanctuary Covenant Holiday Crafts Fair
Hanging of the Greens
Advent Crafts Fair
Pick-A-Party — Round 4!
Letter from Pat
"Gifts for the World" Gift Catalog Is Here!
Advent Retreat
Friday Group News
Winthrop Wreath Sale
Bookmarks
Café Menu for Dec. 1

November 24, 2013 Carillon

"Wow!" — Special Worship on Nov. 24
Extending Hospitality
Pat de Jong in Indonesia
Pledge Report
Winthrop Wreath Sale
Pick-A-Party — Round 4!
Prayer Rocks
An Advent Invitation to "Simply Wait"
Children's Choir
Hanging of the Greens
Join the Choir for Advent!
Friday Group News
Sunday Salon this Sunday
Advent Retreat
Chora Nova Concert to be Dedicated to Jeff Beck
East Bay Sanctuary Covenant's International Holiday Crafts Fair

November 17, 2013 Carillon

This Sunday’s Learning Hour — Radical Hospitality
New Members’ Class
UCC Aids the Philippines
Pat de Jong in Indonesia
Hanging of the Greens
Pledge Report
Prayer Rocks
Pick-A-Party — Round 4!
Join the Choir for Advent!
Into the Future: Sunday School at First Church
Healing Service
Children’s Choir
Sunday Salon this Sunday
Brewsters November Meeting
Advent Retreat
Games & Crafts at 10 am

November 10, 2013 Carillon

Rev. Michael McBride to Preach this Sunday
Meet in the Middle — "Make a Joyful Noise!"
Help, Thanks, Wow
A Note from our Senior Minister
Nov. 17 Learning Hour — Radical Hospitality
New Members' Class
Pick-A-Party — Round 4!
Join the Choir for Advent!
Healing Service
Brewsters November Meeting
Berkeley Ceasefire Walk Against Violence
Advent Retreat
Café Menu for Nov. 10

November 3, 2013 Carillon

It’s Pledge Sunday!
Rev. Michael McBride to Preach on Nov. 10
Into the Future: Sunday School at First Church
Renewing Our Call to Radical Hospitality
New Members’ Class
Meet in the Middle — “Make a Joyful Noise”
Baskets of Creativity
First Church & The Berkeley Project
Ask a Parish Nurse
Café (Breakfast Bar) Menu for Nov. 3

October 20, 2013

Welcome to Our New Music Director!
The Sustainable Lunch This Sunday!
Caregiver Support Group Starts Soon
Cafe Menu for Oct. 20
Games & Crafts at 10 am
Stewardship Kickoff
The Blessing of our Animal Friends
Are YOU a Certified Grime Fighter?
Farmers’ Market News
Brewsters October Meeting
Deckers Go to the Oakland Museum
Introductions to “Parenting by Connection” (free)
Children’s Bookmarks

October 13, 2013

"Speak Boldly" — 2014 Pledge Campaign Begins
"Meet in the Middle" — Blessing of the Animals
Caregiver Support Group Starts Soon
Healing Service on Wed.
Important Health Forum on October 12 at FCCB
The Sustainable Lunch
UC Lot Parking Update
Adoptive Families Gathering
Dances of Universal Peace
Brewsters October Meeting
Free Medicare Webinar

October 6, 2013

Neighbors In Need Offering
Meet in the Middle in Oct. — Blessing of the Animals
UC Lot Parking Alert!
Letting the Bible Breathe
Free Medicare Webinar
New Staff Announcement!
Save the Date for Sustainable Lunch
Important Health Forum on October 12 at FCCB
Ask a Parish Nurse
Women’s Voices Leadership Series
Adoptive Families Gathering
Brewsters October Meeting
Art@First Reception this Sunday, Oct. 6

September 29, 2013 Carillon

Special Collection this Sunday for the Cellar
Jazz Harpist Destiny Muhammad to Play at First Church
Flu Shots on Sept. 29
Neighbors In Need Offering
BeFriender Ministry Info Sessions
New Staff Announcement!
Letting the Bible Breathe
Caz Photos Uploaded
Meet in the Middle in Oct. — Blessing of the Animals
Director of Music Update
Sunday Salon this Sunday
New Art@First Show
Adoptive Families Gathering
Health Forum Coming Soon
Children’s Bookmarks

September 22, 2013

Letting the Bible Breathe
Music Leadership News
New Members’ Class
BeFriender Ministry at First Church
Flu Shots on Sept. 29
Farmer’s Market News
Director of Music Search
Jazz Harpist Destiny Muhammad to Play at First Church
Special Collection for Cellar Thrift Shop
New Staff Announcement!
“What’s Next?”: First Corinthians Sermon Series
Mediterranean Food Potluck for Brewsters Meeting
Save the Date! Adoptive Families Gathering
Deckers’ Planning Meeting
Health Forum Coming Soon
Moellering Field Dedication on Sept. 21

September 15, 2013

Letting the Bible Breathe
First Church & UCC Respond to Crisis in Syria
Healing Service on September 18
BeFriender Ministry at First Church
New Member Class
The Rewarding Work of a Delegate
“Meet in the Middle” Gets Off to a Great Start!
“What’s Next?”: First Corinthians Sermon Series
Deckers’ Planning Meeting
Get Your Flu Shot on Sept. 29
Reza Aslan to Speak at FCCB
Health Forum Coming Soon

September 8, 2013

Meet in the Middle!
First Church Music News
“Finding Our Center” at Caz
BeFriender Ministry at First Church
Meet our Emerging Leaders
New Browne Barr Intern
New! Healing Service
Letting the Bible Breathe
New Member Class
Deckers’ Planning Meeting
Flu Shot Clinic Coming on September 29

September 1, 2013

Backpacks for Foster Youth
Common Hope Guatemala Trip Learning Hour
Meet in the Middle
“Finding Our Center” at Caz
BeFriender Ministry Comes to First Church
Flu Shot Clinic coming on September 29
Health Forum Coming Soon
New! “Whatever We Bring” Healing Service
Friday Group News
Deckers’ Planning Meeting
Sunday Salon
New Member Class

August 25, 2013

End of Summer Celebration — Backpacks, Bouncy House and More!
New! Whatever We Bring Healing Service
Cal Move-In Weekend
"Finding Our Center" at Caz
Backpacks for Foster Youth
BeFriender Ministry Comes to First Church
Common Hope Guatemala Trip Learning Hour
Artists Resisting Keystone
Write for Your Life! — with Joanne Brown
New Member Class
Sunday Services Videos

August 18, 2013

End of Summer Celebration
East Bay Children’s Book Project
Backpacks for Youth
Outreach, Mission and Service (OMS) Grant Making
“Finding Our Center” at Caz
Jim Armstrong Organ Recital
Write for Your Life! — with Joanne Brown
March on Washington@50

August 4, 2013

Nate Mazur Chosen as New Business Administrator
Director of Music Search Committee Formed
All-Church Camp at Cazadero
Farmers’ Market News
Green Team to Take Part in Anti-Fossil Fuel Rally
Diversity Ministry Team to Meet
Jim Armstrong Organ Recital
First Church Seeks New Staff
Write for Your Life! — with Joanne Brown
Friday Group News
Deckers Go Swimming

July 21, 2013

Leadership Retreat with Mike Piazza, Bishop Flunder Comes to First Church This Sunday, General Synod Provides Progressive Christian Voice, Green Ministry Team: A Year of Accomplishments, Friday Group News, Children’s Bookmarks

July 7, 2013

Council Moves Forward to Fill Music and Family Positions, The New Jim Crow, Sharing Worship with New Spirit Community Church, Director of Music Search Committee, Committee of Involvement Openings, Leadership Retreat with Mike Piazza, Friday Group News, Children’s Bookmarks

June 23, 2013

Sing with the Choir!, Work Camp News, Sharing Worship with New Spirit Community Church, The New Jim Crow, General Synod 29, Amy Smith to Be Installed in Four-way Covenant, Khaled Hosseini at First Church, BeFrienders Ministry, Dorothy Day House Breakfast for Homeless, Cellar Anniversary

June 16, 2013

Winthrop Work Campers to Be Commissioned, Juneteenth Celebration this Sunday, Tess Taylor to Read Poetry, The New Jim Crow, Khaled Hosseini at First Church, Summer Children’s Program at First Church, Winthrop Speaks, Farmers’ Market News

June 2, 2013

Welcome our Summer Music Personnel, Intergenerational Summer Choir and "Musical Quilt", First Church Service Trips — North & South, First Church to Share Summer Worship with New Spirit Community Church, Mental Health First Aid, Explore Your Writer's Voice…and Have Some Summer Fun!, Come to the Farmers' Market!, First Church Children's Library

May 26, 2013

Summer Schedule Begins this Sunday, May 26, Farewell and Blessings to Larry Marietta, Ask a Parish Nurse, Women! Leadership Calls!, First Church to Share Summer Worship with New Spirit, We Recognize Andrew and Meredith on May 26, Mental Health First Aid, Summer Music Personnel, Explore Your Writer’s Voice … and Have Some Summer Fun!, Nell Robinson at the Freight

May 19, 2013

Wear Red to Church on May 19!, Celebration of Larry!, Mission 4/1 Earth to Conclude on Pentecost, Summer Schedule Begins May 26, Work Campers to Travel to Washington, Thanks to Andrew and Meredith, LGBT Coalition Meets in Long Beach This Summer, Shoreline Cleanup, Sunday Salon this Sunday

May 12, 2013

FamChY Shares Findings, Celebrating Larry on May 12 with Ken Medema, Shoreline Cleanup, Task Force Reports to Church Council, Summer Music News, Wear Red to Church on May 19!, New Website Launched!, Donate to Plant Trees, Advocate for the Earth, Farmers’ Market Reopens

May 5, 2013

Sunday, May 5 — What a Day It Will Be!; Jim Wallis at FCCB on Thursday, May 2; May Is Mental Health Month; Conference Annual Gathering — May 2-5; Mollie Melching to Speak; Donate to Plant Trees; Adoptive Families Fellowship.

April 28, 2013

Music Visioning Task Force Shares Early Results; Green Commute to Church & Teacher Appreciation Sunday, May 5; Rebuilding Together; New Members Class; One Great Hour Of Sharing; Jim Wallis at FCCB; Donate to Plant Trees; Women's Support Groups.

April 21, 2013

CROP Hunger Walk; Rebuilding Together; "Do the Math" Film Screening; New Members Class; Larry Marietta and Friends Farewell Recital; Hymn Festival this Sunday; Folk/Jazz/South African Concert & Party; Upcoming Green Events; Friday Group Retreat; Adoptive Families Fellowship; Alden Club Lunch; Women's Support Groups.

April 14, 2013

CROP Hunger Walk; Get Your Guatemalan Tamales this Week!; Mission 4/1 Earth in Full Swing; Rebuilding Together Workday; Plant a Tree with Urban Releaf; Folk/Jazz/South African Concert & Party; Alden Club Lunch; Fellowship for Adoptive Families; Friday Group Retreat.

April 7, 2013

Tamale Take-Out for Common Hope Trip; From the Music Visioning Task Force; Mission 4/1 Earth Begins!; Kevin Omi Installation at Sycamore; Women! Does Leadership Become You?; Plant a Tree with Urban Releaf; Upcoming Berkeley Arts & Letters Authors at FCCB; CROP Hunger Walk; Summer Camp at Caz.

March 31, 2013

Maundy Thursday Supper; Holy Week Events; Easter Offering; From the Music Visioning Task Force; CROP Hunger Walk; Mission 4/1 Earth Begins April 1; Explore Your Writer's Voice; New Show at Art@First: Beeing Me, Seeing You.

March 24, 2013

Maundy Thursday Supper; Holy Week Events; Easter Offering; Save the Date: CROP Hunger Walk; Parish Nurse Survey; Save the Date! Fellowship Group for Adoptive Families; Deckers Pinnacles Trip.

March 17, 2013

Rob Bell at First Church; SF Girls Chorus this Sunday; Holy Week Events; Support the Common Hope Trip to Guatemala; Mission 4/1 Earth: Planting Trees; MVTF (Music Visioning Task Force) Is Listening; Citrus Sunday at the Farmers' Market.

March 10, 2013

Journey Home Retreat; Ask a Parish Nurse; Daylight Savings Begins; Unpacking the Psalms, Part 2; Mt. Tam(ale) Challenge; Summer Camp at Caz; Green Thoughts...; Mission 4/1 Earth at FCCB; Deckers at Bon Tempe Lake.

March 3, 2013

Learning Hour this Sunday: Unpacking the Psalms; Music Visioning Task Force (MVTF) Listening Meetings; Rachel Bauman to Be Installed; Creativity Pick-A-Party; Candida Moss to Speak; Controversial Evangelical Theologian to Speak

February 24, 2013

Broken Open — Journey Home Retreat; FamChY (Families, Children and Youth) Survey Now Online; Music Visioning Task Force Listening Meetings; First Churchers Protest Keystone Pipeline; Mission 4/1 Earth at FCCB; Practicing Earth-Friendliness.

February 17, 2013

Learning Hour February 17: Widening the Welcome; Ask a Parish Nurse; Williams and Mirikitani to Speak at First Church; New Member’s Class; South Africa Ministry Aids Students; Letter from Newtown, CT; Deckers Go Hiking and Birding

February 10, 2013

FCCB Preach-In on Global Warming; Ash Wednesday Service; Mardi Gras & Snail People; New Member's Class; "FamChY" Envisioning Workshop this Sunday; Williams and Mirikitani to Speak at First Church; Deckers Go Hiking and Birding.

February 3, 2013

Season of Lent Approaches; Annual Meeting Is Here!; New Member's Class; "FamChY" Envisioning Workshop; FCCB Preach-In on Global Warming; Women's Voices Retreat; Williams and Mirikitani to Speak at First Church; Deckers Go Hiking & Birding.

January 27, 2013

Annual Meeting Sunday; Food Bank Activity; Ask a Parish Nurse; New Member's Class; Season of Lent; "FamChY" Envisioning Workshop; Discover and Develop Your Unique Writer's Voice!.

January 20, 2013

Annual Meeting Sunday; Luke Series Starts January 27; MLK Day Opportunities; Women's Voices Retreat; Lenten Devotional; Ask a Parish Nurse; Deckers Trip to the Pinnacles.

January 13, 2013

Alameda County Food Bank Activity; Important Upcoming First Church Meetings; Date Change for Luke; Exciting Authors to Visit First Church; UCC Exec to Preach Annual Meeting Sunday; Videos from the January 6 Services; Book Group.

January 6, 2013

Margaret Trost Shares News from Haiti; 2013 Budget Informational Meeting; Alameda County Food Bank Activity; Pledge Campaign News; Robin Kempster, Parish Nurse; Luke: The Universal Gospel; Writing Workshop.

April 15, 2012

Rev. Vy Nguyen Guest Preaching this Sunday; Rachel Bauman, Candidate for Minister of Community Life; Dr. Robert Bellah to Share Reflections; CROP Hunger Walk; "Taking the Bible Seriously" Workshop; Art@First Opening on April 22, "What Lies Beneath."

April 1, 2012

Palm Sunday Begins the Holy Week Journey; Maundy Thursday Service and Supper; "Taking the Bible Seriously" Workshop; CROP Walk For Hunger; Women's Retreat.

March 25, 2012

Maundy Thursday Service and Supper; Silent Retreat March 31; Rebuilding Together 2012; Occupy Good Friday; Alden Club Lunch.

March 18, 2012

The Rich Journey Leading to Easter; David Coffin in Concert; SF Girls Chorus at FCCB; Occupy Faith; Food, Faith and Conservation; NCNC UCC Annual Gathering 2012.

March 11, 2012

David Coffin in Concert; SF Girls Chorus at FCCB; "Secrets of Life and Death" Film Series During Lent; The Rich Journey Through Holy Week; Three Little Boys; One Great Hour of Sharing; Alden Club Lunch.

March 4, 2012

Tithing, Lent & Lattes; Anderson on "Matters of Life & Death"; New Members Class; FCCB Café Update; Rebuilding Together 2012; One Great Hour of Sharing; David Coffin in Concert.

February 26, 2012

Three Great Series in Lent; Freed Hiker Sarah Shourd Coming to FCCB; David Coffin in Concert; Journey Home: Matters of Life; Alden Club Lunch.

February 19, 2012

Lent Begins this Week!; New Members Class; Journey Home: Matters of Life; Detained Hiker Sarah Shourd Coming to FCCB; Anderson on "Matters of Life & Death"; Got Bags?; Alden Club Lunch.

February 12, 2012

From our New Moderator; Potterveld to Reflect on "American Grace"; Anderson on "Matters of Life & Death"; A Recycling Opportunity; UCC Celebrates Prop 8 Ruling; February Brewsters.

February 5, 2012

Annual Meeting Is Here!; Lenten Events; "Secrets of Life and Death" Film Series During Lent; UC Scholar to Reflect on 400 Years of the KJV Bible; Tithing, Lent and Lattes; FCCB Book Group.

January 29, 2012

Rita Brock & the Occupy Movement; Annual Meeting, Feb. 5; Women's Voices Retreat; Taizé Service; Lenten Events; Come to the Winter Ball!; Bookmarks.

January 22, 2012

Learning Hour: Rita Brock and the Occupy Movement; Annual Meeting, Feb. 5; FCCB Members Attend Candlelight Vigil for 10th Anniversary of Guantanamo Bay Prison; New Members Classes; Alden Club Lunch.

January 15, 2012

The Film "Redemption"; Rita Brock and the Occupy Movement; New Plymouth House Tenant Introduced; Budget Prepared for 2012; New Members Classes; FCCB Book Group.

January 8, 2012

Upcoming First Church Meetings; "Redemption" - a Documentary; Christmas Offering Benefits Local Agencies; Women's Voices Annual Retreat; Alden Club Lunch.

December 25, 2011

Christmas Eve Schedule; Congregation Approves Plymouth House Plans; First Church Annual Meeting; Christmas Offering; Sunday Salon 2012.

December 18, 2011

Christmas Eve Services; Generous Giving to Alternative Gift Catalog; Alameda County Food Bank Activity; Christmas Offering; FCCB CafÈ Coffee Cake Recipe.

December 11, 2011

Congregational Meetings Called; Christmas Services; Blue Christmas; Calling All Christmas Cookie Bakers!; Decker Christmas Party.

December 4, 2011

Special Music for Advent; Advent Craft Workshop; Circle of Reflection and Remembrance; Calling All Christmas Cookie Bakers!; FCCB Children/Youth News.

November 27, 2011

Advent Is Here!; Advent Retreat; EBSC 19th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair; A Future for Plymouth House; Friday Group Christmas Party.

November 20, 2011

Mission:1 Totals; Advent Retreat; Dori Baker Coming to FCCB; A Future for Plymouth House; Multi-Faith Thanksgiving Gathering and Service; FCCB Children/Youth News.

November 13, 2011

War Veterans and "Moral Injury"; Second Chance Pick-A-Party!; Successful "National Move Your Money Day"; November Sunday Salon; Hanging of the Greens.

November 6, 2011

Pick-A-Party Sign Up Time Is Here!; Mission:1 in Full Swing; Gifts for the World Catalog; Search Committee News; FCCB Family News; November Sunday Salon.

October 30, 2011

Mission:1 and the October Fifth Sunday Offering; Pat de Jong to Visit CWS Water Projects in Kenya; "Gifts for the World" Catalog to Arrive Soon!; New Members Class; FCCB Book Group.

October 23, 2011

Stewardship's Vision; Combating Hunger in Our Community; Mission:1 Volunteer Opportunities; Homelessness & FCCB; People of Faith Respond to Occupy America.

October 16, 2011

Stewardship Call; Combating Hunger in Our Community; Mission:1 and the October Fifth Sunday Offering; Let's Talk about "Occupy America"; Alden Club Lunch.

October 9, 2011

Hopes for a Bountiful Stewardship Season; First Church to Collect Food for Mission:1; The War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality; Youth Bible Study to Begin; Long-Term Care Workshop.

October 2, 2011

Changing Lives -- Stewardship 2012 Begins!; Taizéˆ Services Begin Oct. 5; Common Hope Guatemala Events ã October 1 and 2; Walk the Labyrinth; Support Adult Day Services and Have Fun!.