05.18.2020
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, May 24th @ 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.
Children's Church and Faith Formation Resources:

In this Sunday's Children's Church resource, we talk about Paul's speech in Athens about "the Unknown God." The Greeks in Athens worshipped so many different gods - could they learn to focus on just one God? Can we turn from the many things that call for our attention, and focus on what really matters?

Our Faith Formation Resource is a tribute to this weekend's Virtual Camp Sunday. You are invited to celebrate God OUTSIDE this week!  

(Feel free to pray that it stays warm, while you're out there!)
Strengthen the Church grants create a faith home for seekers in Texas, California communities

Two United Church of Christ congregations in two very different communities have something in common: each is a faith home to people who thought they'd never find one again.

Ministerio Latino UCC  in eclectic Oakland, Calif., offers a special welcome to LGBTQ people rejected by their Latinx churches of origin – some of them recent arrivals in immigrant caravans.

Read the rest of the story by clicking on the STC image to the left.

Your donations help support these grants and other works of the UCC. To donate, click on the DONATE ONLINE button to the left, or scan the QR CODE. You can designate the funds specifically for this offering.
Announcements and Events
Heartland Conference - Announcement regarding Summer Camp
Dear Campers, Families, Volunteers and staff members,

We hope this letter finds you safe and well in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

As you may know the Heartland Conference Outdoor Ministry team and Conference Board of Directors have been monitoring the current COVID 19 situation closely, exploring possible solutions, and praying for discernment on how to best provide you with Summer Camp 2020.

At this time, we would like to share with you the decision to not hold on-site summer resident camp at Templed Hills, but instead offer Virtual Summer Camp 2020 2.0 (online and by mail).

Turn it Up!

First Church Video Mashups are now playing on our YouTube Channel! Just click on the icon below and enjoy the sounds. You can also access the channel on the home page of our website.

Hymns of the Week

Just a reminder - you can still submit hymn requests to Thomas Bandy at tbandy@oberlin.edu.

These videos are also posted on First Church's YouTube channel.
Youth Hangout
Friday, May 22nd 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, May 27th
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.
Book Group
Book Group is now meeting via Zoom! We are currently sharing stories from current books we are reading individually. All are welcome to join in the conversation. The next get together is Tuesday, May 19th at 4pm. Grab your coffee, iced tea, or beverage of choice - and computer (or other mobile device) - click - link in - and join us!
First Church
Calendar of Events
The weekly calendar can be accessed from the home page of the First Church website or by clicking on the button located at the bottom of the Enews. The calendar contains Zoom ID's and access information for events taking place. If you need a Zoom meeting scheduled for your group or committee, just call or email the church office. Thank you.
Brighten someone’s day!

During these challenging times, members of Witness and Membership are trying to be in contact with friends of First Church who may be feeling lonely or isolated. We’d like to invite you to pick up the phone or a pen and a paper and brighten the day of a First Church Friend. You don’t have to be a member of a committee, just have an interest in people. 

Please join us! Everyone likes to hear from a friend.

Don't forget to use your First Church Mobile Directory APP for the most recent contact information for members and friends. You can also pick up a printed directory from the church office. Just email or call Diana, M-F from 9am until noon or 1pm-4pm and she can help with either of these items.
JUST A HEAD'S UP...

Diana will be out of the office, Wednesday, June 3 through Friday, June 6. The office will be monitored by David and Jen throughout the day, however, it will not be staffed with a volunteer.

If you have any Zoom meetings that you need scheduled between June 1st and June 10th, please call the office and Diana will get them scheduled for you ahead of time.

Also, if you have any other church business that you may need done during that time, please call or email and we will take care of your needs ahead of time. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Additional Links and Information
Stay in touch with First Church!
The church building remains locked. Office hours are M-F, 9am-noon and 1pm-4pm. We ask your cooperation in calling the office prior to entering the building. Thank you for understanding.
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 Fridays at 10am. Thank you.