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
Sunday, August 2nd @ 10am
Sunday morning worship will begin at 10am. The stream will start a few minutes early so you can prepare for worship. Just click on the Facebook page link below and make sure you can see the "Videos" section of the page.
Summer Story Time and
Faith Formation Resources

There is no Children’s Church resource this summer. Instead, you are invited to check out our summer storytimes on Youtube! Our story this week is “The Fiery Tail," read by Rebecca Bandy. (Thank you, Rebecca!)

This week’s Faith For mation resource is about Wisdom, and the Wisdom books of the Bible. Our prayer practice is a look at Daily Devotionals .
Announcements and Events
Youth Hangout
Friday, July 31st at 7pm
via ZOOM
Call the office at (440) 775-1711 or Jen's cell at (440) 370-2476 and we'll make sure you get the link!  (Normally, we'd post the link publicly, but since kids are involved, please call to reserve your invitation.) 

Hope to "distantly socialize" with you soon!
Story Time
with Jen Bertoni
Wednesday, August 5
at noon via ZOOM

Story Time is held every other Wednesday at noon. Gather your kids (adults also welcome) and join the adventure!

Call the office at (440) 775-1711 or Jen's cell at (440) 370-2476 for the Zoom ID.
on Wednesdays
with Rev. David T. Hill
3 - 4 pm

Come for the whole time or just a part of it. This is an opportunity to check in with the Pastor and others while we continue to practice physical distancing.
Historical Study
Outreach and Service Committee

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson is the story of the migration of three real-life individuals and their families during the Great Migration of southern blacks to urban areas in the north and west of the United States. More than six million migrants came between 1915 and the 1970's. 

This book will surprise you about what people went through for freedom!  

I loved the book! - Carol Hall
Additional Links and Information

The Oberlin Community Services Back to School Drive is happening now! Click on the link below for more information and to donate online. Thank you.

Special Healing Service for Victims of Human Trafficking

Trinity Cathedral’s Episcopal Peace Fellowship group is planning a special virtual Healing Eucharist for the victims of human trafficking on Thursday, July 30 , which is the  United Nations   World Day Against Trafficking in Persons .

You can attend the virtual service by tuning into our YouTube channel ( youtube.com/trinitycleve ) or visiting our homepage ( trinitycleveland.org ) at 12:00 noon. The service is followed by a Zoom discussion led by local advocates on COVID-19’s impact on human trafficking in northeast Ohio. 

To participate in the discussion,  please register in advance . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.Contact Bruce Freeman  freeman.bruce@gmail.com  or Debbie Hunter  hunterd16@att.net  for more information.

COMMITTED TO THE CAUSE TO END HUMAN TRAFFICKING: The service is followed by a Zoom discussion led by local advocates on COVID-19’s impact on human trafficking in northeast Ohio. To participate in the discussion, please register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the meeting. Contact Bruce Freeman at  freeman.bruce@gmail.com  or Debbie Hunter at  hunterd16@att.net  for more information.
The theme for the World Day will focus on first responders to human trafficking. These people work in different sectors - identifying, supporting, counseling, and seeking justice for victims and challenging the impunity of the traffickers. During the COVID - 19 crisis, the role of first responders has become even more important, even as the restriction imposed by the pandemic made their work more difficult. Still, their contribution is often overlooked and unrecognized. Through stories from first responders describing their practical work in assisting victims, the UN Office on Drugs and Crimes will spotlight their contributions and their impact on fighting trafficking.

Covid-19 Updates:

  • The church building will remain closed until September 1st.
  • Face masks are required in the building.
  • Please call or email the office if you need access to the church during regular office hours. Thank you.
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.