First Things First!
A weekly E-newsletter from
The First Church in Oberlin, United Church of Christ
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
Second Sunday after Epiphany
Sunday, January 17th @ 10am

No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome in this United Church of Christ congregation.
Thank you for sharing your blessings with First Church!
Announcements and Events
Links, Registration and Information:
Wednesday, January 13th beginning at 9am

Much help is needed to redistribute items and furniture back into the rooms at First Church now that construction is near completion. There are tasks for all ages and skill levels. Help is also needed by each committee to evaluate items for sorting and saving. Please wear your mask! Thank you in advance!
I am looking for a few volunteers to help in the office on an 'as needed' basis. Times will most often be scheduled on Fridays, either between 10am-noon, or 1:30-3:30pm. I will also be present in the office. I have put dates on the First Church calendar through March, that are waiting for folks to choose from. Most tasks will consist of filing, answering the phone, helping with mailings, and a few other items. If you are interested, check out the calendar by using the link at the bottom of the enews and then EMAIL me to let me know what date and time you would like to help with. Thank you! - Diana Pierson
Our Sunday School curriculum this Winter and Spring will be focusing on the stories of our ancestors in the Old Testament. This week's activities are about Adam and Eve.

We understand that our current Sunday School schedule and format may not work for every family. If you would like to pursue faith activities at home with your kids, we invite you to explore this free resource from Illustrated Ministry, which will tie in with the Worship readings for each week. This week's topic is the Baptism of the Lord. 
  • K-5 Sunday School: 9-9:30 am Sunday mornings

  • 5-12 Sunday School: 7-7:30 pm Sunday evenings (Hot Topic on the 4th Sunday)

  • Storytime: will be held on January 12th and 26th at 11:30am. Future dates and times are being discussed.

  • Friday Night Hangouts: First Friday at 7 pm

  • Adult Ed. dates and times TBA
K-5th Grade PASSCODE: 988153
5th-12th Grade PASSCODE: 7751711
Good Housekeeping!
Just a friendly reminder to former committee members and folks in general to be mindful of confidential papers that you may have in your home. Sometimes at the new year, we clean out our homes, offices, etc. and begin to 'de-clutter'. It may be a good time to take a look and see if you have any old Executive Council documents, reports, committee documents, and other items that may need to be shredded or thrown away.
We wanted to give a shout-out to all of the wonderful performers in this December's Christmas pageant - as well as to all the other people who made the production possible. Click the link below for a "program" giving credit where credit is due!
Click the link below to get an update regarding Outdoor Ministries from the Heartland Conference, including dates for upcoming events!

The church office will be closed on Monday, January 18th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
First Church Book Group

The Book Group is reading and discussing The Wright Brothers, by McCullough. Please contact Marci Peterson if you need help obtaining a copy.
Book Group meets each Tuesday at 4pm via Zoom. Please call Marci Peterson at (440) 774-3118 to receive the Zoom invitation or if you have questions. All are welcome.
The Regular Meeting of the Congregation will look different in 2021. The Executive Council is working out details for a Financial Presentation following the worship service on Sunday, January 24th. Returnable paper ballots will be prepared and mailed to all members. The report will be distributed electronically and hard copies will also be made available on January 22nd. Thank you for your patience and participation. Please stay tuned for further information!
Additional Links and Information

If you are 65 years or older, Covid vaccinations will be available very soon:

Please click on the link below to be re-directed to the Lorain County Health Department COVID web page.

Folks can SIGN UP on the web site to be notified when vaccinations are available. You will receive an automatic email response upon registering. Please do not call the health department - please check your email for the notification.
The United Church of Christ has several career opportunities at the National Setting, as well as regional and local job postings. Click on the link below for more information and for application procedures.
VIDEO: What is herd immunity?
In this short video, Yale’s Dr. Howard Forman, physician and professor, explains herd immunity — what it is, how to achieve it, and why vaccination is the safest route.

For everyone's safety and well-being:
  • Worship, meetings and events are being held virtually.
  • The church building is currently closed to the general public.
  • Face masks are required in the building.
  • Office hours are Monday - Friday, 9am - noon, and 1pm - 4pm.
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 sending an email the church office.
Submission information:
Deadline for articles and information is Thursday at 10am. Thank you.