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!


  • Demolition of the rental house is almost complete, pending the termination of the water line to the house.

  • Flooring work continues in the main hallways of the first floor and upstairs.

  • 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. The staff is monitoring the office mailbox daily as well as checking the church voicemail several times throughout the day.

  • THANK YOU to the amazing Facility Committee members and other volunteers that have worked many hours on side projects and for keeping all of us informed and updated!

Thank you. 

David T. Hill

Jen Bertoni, Director of Faith Formation

Diana Pierson, Office Manager

Office Phone: (440) 775-1711
Worship Resources
Worship with Us!
October 18, 2020 at 10am
via Facebook

Welcome to the First Church in Oberlin United Church of Christ - an Open and Affirming, Just Peace, Global Mission and Green Justice Community in Oberlin since 1834.
No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome in this United Church of Christ congregation. We invite you to become a part of our community of faith, to grow spiritually, to encounter God’s inclusive and effusive grace in worship and fellowship, and to work and witness for greater justice and peace in our world.
Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month.
Announcements and Events
First Church Book Group
First Church's Book Group is reading Kendi's book, How to Be an Anti-Racist, and invites any and all who are interested to join their discussions via Zoom. 

Book Group meets on each Tuesdays at 4pm. Please call Marci Peterson at (440) 774-3118 to receive the Zoom invitation or if you have questions. All are welcome.
Don't miss these October events for Children and Youth!

Jen will be attending the Great Lakes Association of United Church Educators meeting on October 14th, so our Story Time schedule has changed this month. Story Time will happen Wednesday, October 21st at noon; and Wednesday, October 28th at noon. Join us for tales of scary stuff and courageous people!

Youth Hangout will happen on Friday, October 23rd at 7 pm. Our theme will be Halloween, so wear a costume if you're in the mood for that!

Our Hot Topic discussion for older youth will be Sunday, October 25th at 7 pm. We will be talking about Mental Health issues.

Need a Zoom link for any of these events? Shoot Jen an email at faith@firstchurchoberlin.org!
Additional Links and Information
Keeping Faith Together:
For a More Just Society
Lecture addresses white people’s role
in racial justice work

Our nation is witnessing an alarming resurgence of white supremacy and state-sanctioned violence. We are also experiencing an uprising of hope as millions of Americans have taken to the streets to protest police brutality and racial inequities in the criminal justice system. In this moment, what can anti-racist white people do?

The Theological Commons at MTSO will present a lecture by racial-justice educator, activist and author Melanie Morrison, “Beyond Good Intentions: The Role White People Must Play in the Work of Racial Justice,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 15. The lecture is offered free to the public as a video webinar. 

Click the button below for more information and to register.
This year’s CROP WALK, under the auspices of Church World Service, will be held in Amherst on October 18th. It raises money for Second Harvest Food Bank, and other agencies.  

You can contribute directly HERE, or if you want to join the walk you can be in touch with tjewell64@yahoo.com.  

This is being organized under the leadership of Tom Jewell of the Community Congregational United Church of Christ in Amherst.
Did you attend virtual camp this summer?

If you answered yes OR no... you will want to check out the CAMP 2.0 website!

It's filled with videos and resources from this summer as well as updates regarding the Heartland Conference Outdoor Ministries. Click on the button below to connect!

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.