11.16.2020
Thank you to all who participated in Stewardship Sunday
and for your continued financial dedication to First Church.
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!
FACILITY / CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

  • Demolition of the rental house is complete - termination of the water line continues.

  • Flooring work continues in all areas of the church.

  • The JBH roof is complete and so is the roof repair on the the Meeting House.

  • Driveway and parking lot repair work will begin soon.

  • The front yard landscaping is complete.

  • Members of the Facility Committee and volunteers are working extremely hard to finish projects and put rooms back together and furnishings back in place.

  • The church building is CLOSED. For your safety, please do not attempt to enter the building.

  • Staff is working both remotely and in the office. We are available via email and phone.
Thank you. 

David T. Hill, email: pastor@firstchurchoberlin.org

Jen Bertoni, Director of Faith Formation. email: Jen@firstchurchoberlin.org

Diana Pierson, Office Manager, email: office@firstchurchoberlin.org

Office Phone: (440) 775-1711
Worship Resources
Totenfest - All Saints

As part of our worship experience on
Sunday, Nov. 22 we will take time to remember those who have died in the past year.

Worship with Us!

November 22, 2020 at 10am
via Facebook
Announcements and Events
Advent Workshop Tours

Since we cannot all gather for Advent Workshop on the first Sunday of December, we would like to offer you a unique Advent experience in these unprecedented times. We are inviting you to tour the church as a household in the first few weeks of December. Advent stations will be set up for you to view as you make your way through our newly renovated spaces. Materials to make an Advent wreath and ornaments will be available for you to take home at the end of your experience. We invite you to join us on a prayerful walk as we celebrate the child of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love - the child who is God With Us.

The opportunity to sign up to take an Advent tour will be shared during this next week on the website and in the next e-news. Only one household may be in the building at a time, and there will be a 30-minute gap between tours. Sanitization stations will be available throughout the building. Tours will be available during business hours, and limited evening and weekend hours will also be available.  

If you would like to participate in the Advent Workshop, but are unable to visit the church, please let us know and we'll deliver materials to you so you can join us in spirit.

We hope to be able to share our beautiful building and the wondrous message of Advent with you soon!
ADULT EDUCATION

Are you looking for a little peace?

As 2020 continues to throw challenges at us all, many of us have come to feel depleted and tired. We lament our losses. We feel frustrated and adrift. In this stressful season, it is important to create time and space to re-center ourselves - and to connect with the God who grounds and restores us. 

We invite you to join us for 3 of the remaining Zoom studies on Spiritual Practices. The meetings will be held at 10 am on Thursday mornings. If Thursday mornings are inconvenient for you, the sessions will be recorded and can be watched at your convenience! Each of the sessions is self-contained, so you may attend as few or as many as you like! The sessions will be led by Rev. David Hill and Jen Bertoni.

The remaining sessions are: 
Nov. 19th: "Centering Prayer Practices"
Dec. 3rd: "Prayer Practices for People Who Can't Sit Still"
Dec. 10th: "Dedicated Action and the Practice of Prayer"

Please call Jen in the office (440-775-1711), or EMAIL to sign up for the sessions, so we can send you the Zoom recording links and any supplemental materials and resources. We look forward to sharing these peace-giving practices with you!
Pecans for the Holidays!

If enjoying the excellent products of Koinonia Farm and supporting their mission is part of a holiday tradition that you'd like to keep observing, visit their website by clicking on the button below to see what they offer. 

While Linda Slocum will not order quantities to sell this year, she is happy to aggregate orders to save on shipping charges. If you'd like to place an order for Linda to deliver to you home in mid-December, please email your selection to her at lrslocum@gmail.com by Friday, November 20

Their pecans are absolutely the best!
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Welcome to Koinonia Farm!

Since our founding in 1942, we have welcomed and shared with anyone and everyone regardless of race, religion, no religion, background or anything else that divides people. We are an Intentional Christian community with a rich history — from the Jordans and the Englands founding the farm, to the bullets, bombs, and boycotts of the mid century, to launching the Partnership Housing Movement that became Habitat for Humanity, and the birthing of many, many other projects. Explore our site and plan a visit — we are a house of hospitality with plenty of guest rooms. We would love to welcome you to the farm!
Executive Council approved a plan to assign church Gmail accounts to committee chairs instead of using personal emails at their October meeting. Standing Committee Chairs can now be reached via email according to the name of the Committee. The office is implementing this plan.

All Committee Chairs, Church staff, EC Moderator, Clerk and Treasurer now can be reached via email using the extension of @firstchurchoberlin.org.

Email addresses are available on the website and in other publications for quick access. For a complete list of addresses, please click on the button below.
First Church Book Group
 
Book Group is currently exploring books by author, Marilynne Robinson.

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.
Consider Sponsoring a Child this Christmas

First Church is working with Oberlin Community Services to sponsor 35-40 families this holiday season.

A special email will be sent by the end of this week that will contain all the information needed on how to sponsor a child this year. We will have sizes and ages of the children as well as other pertinent information that is helpful when shopping and selecting items. OCS is collecting donations of gift cards and presents. Thank you for considering sponsoring a child this holiday season and spreading some Christmas cheer!
Additional Links and Information
Pre-orders are now being taken for 2020 Advent Devotionals

Journey with the Stillspeaking Writers' Group through Advent and realize God’s nearness. 

Draw Near includes a biblical text, reflection, and prayer for each day of Advent through Epiphany.
CONSTRUCTION AND COVID-19 CONSIDERATIONS

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:
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