First Things First!
A weekly E-News publication of  The First Church in Oberlin UCC
United Church of Christ  March 25, 2019
An Open and Affirming, Just Peace, Green Justice, Global Mission Congregation

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

Rev. David T. Hill, Pastor
Rev. Dr. Gary L. Olin, Interim Sabbatical Pastor
Brandy Bring, Commissioned Minister of Faith Formation and Youth


TABLE OF CONTENTS
  1. First Church Weekly calendar
  2. First Church Announcements & Events (scroll down)
  3. Conversations on Sanctuary - link to website
  4. Birthday List For March 
  5. First Church  Meeting House Archives
  6. General Information

 
FIRST CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS
WEEKLY LEADERSHIP

Outreach Committee, preaching, March 31, 2019.
Outreach Committee, liturgist.
Ralph Thompson, chaplain of the week, April 1-7, 2019.

Contact Information:
Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm, Office Manager, 440-775-1711.
Off hours, Rev. Dr. Gary Olin, 419-341-2257.


 
BOOK GROUP 
WILL NOT MEET AGAIN UNTIL APRIL 16TH



We will then resume meeting on the first 
Tuesday of the month in Room 4. 
Join us for great conversation about a wide variety of books.  For further information email Marci Peterson at  mch@oberlin.net




WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUPPER 

Help is needed to make these meals a success each week. Please sign up on the sheets located in the hallway, 
or call Diane Kruek at (440) 775-0976. Thank you!



 







 
 Wednesday Adult Education

Oral Interpretation of the Bible:  How to read the Bible aloud
April 3, 10, 24 and May 1 at 6:45pm

Have you ever practiced reading the Bible out loud?  A great deal of pleasure and understanding is gained when you read scripture aloud.  Learn about the eight types of literary genres found in the Bible and how each genre presents a different challenge for the oral reader.  

Participants will practice reading aloud various passages of the Old and New Testaments and reading these passages for both meaning and expression.  Whether you are an experienced liturgist, thinking of becoming a liturgist or simply to enhance your personal enjoyment of scripture, this class will hopefully enhance your skills and delight your curiosity.  Class led by Ralph Thompson.









Parent  Cafés


Parent, join us on Wednesday evening for Parent  Cafés, co-sponsored by the Child Care Resource Center.  Parent Cafés are opportunities for parents to come together in small groups and explore questions and build parenting skills.  Cafés are open to all.  They will be held on March 13th, 20th, 27th, April 3rd, 10th and 17th.  Dinner is free for anyone attending the Café and will begin at 5:45pm.  The Café will begin at 6:30pm and will run somewhere between 60 and 90 minutes.  Childcare is included during this time.  The CE Committee is also looking for parent hosts to help guide the conversation.  You'll be trained and also have a facilitator from the Child Care Resource Center with you.  If you are interested, please talk to Brandy as soon as possible.
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BENEFIT FOR OBERLIN SANCTUARY PROJECT
THURSDAY, MARCH 28
7:00PM
FIRST CHURCH IN OBERLIN


 

Annie Patterson and Charlie King in Concert
(two of North America's finest activist folk singers)
Rise Up Singing

$10-$20
Children Free
No one turned away for lack of funds



 
Honoring The Rev. James and Elizabeth (Lou) Deitz

The First Church congregation will honor Jim and Lou Deitz this Sunday, March 31st, in the 10:00am worship service with a reception for them to follow the service.  Rev. Jim and Lou have been faithful participants in the life of First Church for many years.  In the past, Jim served as the Interim Pastor, shepherding the congregation through a time of significant transition for the congregation.  Next month, Jim and Lou will be relocating to the Trinity Community of Beavercreek, a United Church of Christ retirement community near Dayton, Ohio.
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Adult Education Series 
March 10, 17, 24, April 7
"Writing Your Soul Story" 
A Lenten Series led by Ralph Thompson

Each one of us has a story to tell. It is a story of the events and people that have impacted and shaped our life experience. In a Soul Story we look beneath the surface of our experience to reflect on how God speaks to us. Writing your Soul Story is an invitation. No attending the series has to write a story to participate in the class.

Each week, class time will be spent examining scripture for its relevance in understanding the spiritual meanings our life experiences. Those who wish to write their Soul Story will be given instruction on how to begin during the first week. Your story will be written at home during the four week period.



 
Sunday, March 31
First Church Outreach and Service Committee

This committee is in charge of the Worship Service on March 31st.  Committee members  planning the Service include Anne Elder-Chair, John Gates, Tacie Hampton, Carl Jacobson, Betty Morris, Jeanne McKibben and Dennis Flood.  These folks will share in the Service, introducing not only many of the programs where we direct our budget money, but also bringing reflections from the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) vigils some of us attend.  Since much of our attention this year reflects our concerns with immigrants and the need for sanctuary, we have invited Lynn Tramonte, Director of Ohio Immigrant Alliance, to share her experiences.  

Lynn Tramonte graduated from Denison University with a degree in English Writing and began her career as a consultant for the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Washington, DC.  She worked for ten years in advocacy communications prior to returning home to Ohio. She is the founder and director of the Ohio Immigrant Alliance, a project that works with immigrants, allies and organizations to expand their voices in public discourse. We welcome her to our Service.




 

Want to know more about First Church?
We'd like to know you better as well!  Please join us for an Inquirers' Supper and conversation on Sunday, March 31st, from 
6:00-8:00pm.  Please contact Mary McDaniel for more information at mcmcdan@oberlin.net.



YOUTH GROUP
MARCH 31ST
  Youth Group will meet in the Undercroft on March 31st from 6:00pm-8:00pm.  We will be stuffing Easter eggs for the Easter Sunday egg hunt.




FIRST CHURCH IN OBERLIN
EASTER LILIES
   
MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF FIRST CHURCH
ARE INVITED TO ORDER EASTER LILIES
IN HONOR OR IN MEMORY
OF FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES.
 
THE EASTER LILIES WILL BE DISPLAYED FOR WORSHIP ON APRIL 21ST.
 
ORDERS MUST BE RETURNED TO  THE FIRST CHURCH OFFICE
BY MARCH 31ST.
 
THE COST OF THE LILIES IS $10.00 EACH.

Order forms are in the Gallery after Worship




SCT Needs Your Comments

Now that we're nearing the end of our congregation's sabbatical,  the Sabbatical Coordination Team is eager to receive your comments, insights, questions, and suggestions. What have you learned about First Church through this sabbatical experience? How do you think this sabbatical experience has affected the congregation? How has it affected you? What feelings or creative insights have you gained about our life together as a congregation? As David Hill returns and we begin to move together into the future, how do you imagine First Church might need to change so that we can be more faithful and effective in responding to God's call? What about First Church do you feel needs to remain the same?

You can pick up a comment form from the name tag table in the Gallery, put your name on it, and tell us what you're thinking. We'd like to have everyone's comments by April 10th. You can give them to a member of the SCT, or leave them in the Church Office.

You can also go  here and print off the comment form.





  SUMMER CAMP  
Registration is now open for Ohio Conference summer camp at Templed Hills.  There are camping options for adults, youth, children and families.  Last year, we sent seven kids to summer camp and the CE committee is prepared to help send more.  The camp schedule is on the CE/Youth Board and you can also find the schedule and a more detailed description of camp at http://www.ohioucc.org/outdoor-ministries.  Parents who register their kids by April 15th will only be asked to pay the $75 deposit for camps.  Parents who register after April 15th will be asked to pay $100.  If families decide to attend the CE Committee will only cover the cost of the minor child.  As you get yourself registered, please let Brandy know what camp you registered for.



  SUMMER MISSION TRIP
JULY 21-27

 This summer's mission trip is to Rockford, IL.  The trip is open to anyone 13 and older.  All youth, parents, and other adults interested in attending should talk to Brandy.  The deadline to sign up for the trip is Sunday, May 5th.

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Did you hear about someone during church who would appreciate being thought of?  

Worship & Membership Committee has cards available at the Welcome Table for you to write a note to let a person know you are thinking about them.  

If you put the whole name on the envelope, the church will address, stamp and mail the note for you.  
Let's reach out to our church and community friends!!


GENERAL
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS

Stand With Us! Interfaith Prayer Vigil, Thursdays at 4 p.m.
 
We invite people of faith and conscience to take part in a weekly interfaith prayer vigil to be held outside of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office located at  925 Keynote Circle, Brooklyn Heights. Our goal is to unite and amplify many faith voices calling for compassion and justice to guide the actions of ICE and to bear  witness to ICE-imposed injustices and human rights violations taking place in our communities.  We welcome non-partisan signage that lifts up values of justice, peace, compassion and hospitality to the immigrant.   You can help us to stand up with and for our immigrant neighbors with your "ministry of presence."  If you are able, please come to this prayer vigil which will be lead by rotating faith leadership every Thursday from 4:00pm to 4:45 p.m.


 
Oberlin Rotary Club
All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast



CLICK HERE for the website and weekly announcements!

OCS welcomes your donations. 
Please take them directly to their building  at 285  S. Professor St. 
from 9am until noon and 1pm until 5pm, M-F. Thank you! 
GENERAL
GENERAL INFORMATION
Communion - When Coming To Church Is Not Possible

The Witness and Membership Committee has members who have recently been trained by Pastor David to serve Communion to anyone in our church who is confined to home, ill or otherwise unable to come to church. One of the members of the Communion team will come to your home and share a brief service with you. If interested, please call Debbie in the church office at (440) 775-1711.

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


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




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