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 here!
Worship Resources
August 14th @ 10am
Thank you for your donations.
First Church is taking steps to maintain our worship life and programming while keeping all of us safe.

Click here to hear David talk about some of the Protocols and Guidelines and how they affect some of the events at First Church.
Announcements and Events For.....
First Church, Its Mission, and Its Ministry
David's Vacation and Pastoral Care

David is on vacation from August 15th through August 28th. While he is away, guest preachers have agreed to fill in:

  • Sunday, August 21 - Jen Bertoni
  • Sunday, August 28 - Rollin Conway

In case of a pastoral emergency, please contact Barbara Davis on her home phone at (440)774-1660 or on her cell phone at (440)732-8610, or call the office at (440)775-1711. Pastoral care instructions are also available in the Pastor's voicemail message if you contact the office after hours.
Please Sign-up to Host Coffee Hour

The Fellowship Committee would like to try a new approach to our Coffee Hour after church on Sundays. We invite all of you to sign up to host on a Sunday of your choice. Families or couples can sign up, or sign up with a friend. Now that we are once again able to gather, we know that those in the First Church family are eager to socialize. The recent coffee hours hosted by the Fellowship Committee and the Slocums have been well attended and much appreciated. All that is required is coffee (provided by the church) and a beverage for children (usually lemonade). Anything in addition to that (such as hot tea, iced tea, cookies, coffee cake) is completely up to the host. Remember, the food and drink is just an excuse to see one another! Please call Sarah Colson with any questions at (440) 774-2538. The sign up chart will be in the gallery.
Our Deepest Sympathy: Linda Ditzler

For those of you who may know and have worked with our beloved friends and colleagues (as well as Sandy Matthews' parents) Jim Ditzler - a founder of the Heartland Conference Disaster Network - and Linda Ditzler, we have learned the sad news that Linda passed away on Aug. 2, 2022. 

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 20, 2022, 2:00pm at Trinity United Church of Christ, 150 E. North St., Wooster, OH 44691 with Pastor David Zerby officiating. In remembrance of Linda's favorite color and joyful attitude, please consider wearing something yellow.

Notes of condolence may be sent to Jim at:
Jim Ditzler
12228 D Strausser Road
Canal Fulton, Ohio 44614

Our heartfelt condolences to Linda's family and loved ones. Please keep them in prayer and heart.
Community Event in Memory of Rev. Stanley Miller
All are welcome to attend a memorial event and community gathering in honor of Rev. Stanley Miller and his commitment to faith and social justice. The gathering will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 20 at the George Abram Memorial Pavilion at 273 South Main Street (behind McDonald’s) in Oberlin. There will be remarks by Rev. A.G. Miller, Darryl Q. Tucker, Rev. David Cann, Jeanine Donaldson, Dr. Melanie Satterfield, Stan Miller, Jr., and Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle.

Attendees are invited to remain after for light refreshments and fellowship. Some seating will be provided but guests are encouraged to also bring their own. In the event of rain, the event will be held at The First Church in Oberlin, U.C.C. and the location change will be confirmed on their website (firstchurchoberlin.org).
It's Moving Day!

The Christian Ed./Faith Formation Committee needs your help! We are converting the Rocket Room into a youth space, so the children of the church have a place for their games and activities while we continue our commitment to OCSI and the guest family in the Undercroft. On Saturday, August 27th, at 10 am, we're having a moving party! We'll move the games and activities into the Rocket Room, and move some furniture and materials that are in the room out. Jen will bring the donuts, juice and coffee! All are invited to help with the move - many hands make light work, and there will be jobs for different ability levels and ages. Thanks in advance for your commitment to our youth! 
Reflecting or Refracting the Holy - Discovering Racism Embedded in Christian Worship, Theology, and Practice

The Heartland Conference Anti-Racism Network is sponsoring a Zoom seminar, Reflecting or Refracting the Holy - Discovering Racism Embedded in Christian Worship, Theology, and Practice, on Wednesday, September 7th, from 7-8:30 pm on Zoom. You can find full information here.

If you plan to attend, please call or email Jen (faith@firstchurchoberlin.org, 440-775-1711) and let her know. We're hoping to plan a second discussion of the topic within the church if there is sufficient interest. Thanks for staying engaged with this very important issue!  
The Wider Community
Nordson to build 100 beds for children in Lorain county!  

The Nordson Corp has generously donated to the Good Knights of Lorain County enough funds to get 100 children off the floor! We cannot get these beds built by ourselves, so we are looking for volunteers to help!  

We need help from Monday, August 22nd, through Friday, August 26th! Click the button below to see the available time slots, how many volunteers are needed, and the location it's at.

Please call 440-420-5430 to sign up for a time slot or email roger@goodknightsoflc.org 
Enrollment in Lorain County Imagination Library
August 3, 11:00 am to August 25, 11:00 pm

Children ages birth through five years are eligible for free books to be mailed monthly to their home through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program. Help us reach 10,000 by the end of August!
Family Fun Night - Line Dancing
August 19, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | Park Street Park , 40 South Park Street - Oberlin, OH

Let JustUs Line Dance Crew teach you the moves for a fun night of line dancing in the park! Food from Steel Magnolia Food Truck & Surreal Crème ice cream available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Oberlin Recreation Office at 440-775-7254 or Recreation@CityofOberlin.com.
The Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition

Founded in 2010, the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition is dedicated to presenting an important international competitive opportunity to outstanding young musicians.

The 2022 Cooper International Competition for violinists begins August 15.

All rounds are held in Warner Concert Hall and are free and open to the public.
Each round will also be streamed live on oberlin.edu and The Violin Channel.

For more information on dates and times of the event, click the button below. For more information in general about the Cooper Competition, click here.
Oberlin City School District Open Doors Event

We at Oberlin City School District are very excited to be hosting our annual Open Doors event from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25. This is the first opportunity for our families to meet teachers/staff and tour our schools!

We will have community vendors at the event and activities geared toward school-aged children.

Would you like to be a community vendor at this event? Click here to be sent to the Google Form for potential community vendors for this event!
Oberlin Community Services Needs Donations!

Click the button below for a flyer on the food they are low on for this month!
Registration for Oberlin's After-School Enrichment Program is Now Open!

For more information, please see the website linked in the button below.
Additional Links & Information

If you are searching for ways to become more fully engaged in the life of the church, please contact Rev. David T. Hill by calling the church office at (440) 775-1711 or by sending an email to the church office.
Submission information:
Deadline for articles and information is Wednesday at 10 AM.
For entire list of submission requirements, click here. Thank you.
Email information to: office@firstchurchoberlin.org