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Emmaus Communities 

Emmaus Communities are a great way to connect with other adults in all stages of life and faith at First Pres. In each of the four Emmaus Communities (ECs), the study of Scripture and conversations with one another are woven together to deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ and with one another, more fully follow his ways, and bear witness to his gospel. 


Imagine a Church Like This!

Reflections on the Sermon on the Mount

What does it look like to follow Jesus faithfully during this particular moment in time? Politically, socially, and economically, our world seems to be in the midst of confusion, upheaval, and disunity. What does Jesus say to us, as individuals and as a church, that points the way to engage the world in faithful and joyous witness to God’s love, mercy, compassion, justice, and peace?

For two thousand years, Christians—along with people of other faiths—have marveled in the wisdom and insight of Jesus' guidance and teachings recorded in The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1–7:29) even as they have struggled to understand how to interpret and live out his message in their day and time.

Throughout this coming year, Emmaus Communities (ECs) will explore the powerful and challenging passages of the Sermon on the Mount. In these three chapters Jesus initiates and provides guidance for a new covenantal community. He invites his listeners, his church, to imagine and live in light of the truth and reality of God’s kingdom—rather than according to the terms of a worldly empire, whether Caesar’s or any other. Jesus beckons us to imagine, and become, a church like this!

Dates and Times: Sundays, 10:15–11:15 am during Middle Hour
Location: Various, click here to find out more
More Information: Please contact Janet Sanders, Assistant Director for Christian Formation at janets@fpcberkeley.org

Meeting in the Middle |A New Gathering of Adults

Our newly formed community of couples and singles, ranging in age from our late 20s to late 40s (with many welcome exceptions), is gathering during Middle Hour for conversation and coffee. We would love for you to join us! Through our discussions, either informal or on topics of interest, we want to nurture friendships, deepen our relationships, encourage each other, and be a welcoming space for those who are new to the First Pres community. Childcare for infants through PreK is available in the Teddy Bear Lair.

Dates and Times: Sundays, 10:15–11:15 am during Middle Hour
Location: Plaza through October 28, Room G205 in November and December
More Information: Please contact Bridget Satchwell at bridget.satchwell@gmail.com or Audrey Benevedes at audreybenevedes@gmail.com

Connect (her) is a gathering place for women of all ages and circumstances to connect with one another and with Christ. Through small group discussion and prayer we encourage one another, build connections, and strengthen friendships.

This fall we will explore The Best Yes, a video series featuring noted speaker and author Lysa TerKeurst. In the midst of life's endless demands we face, Lysa invites us to dig deeper into the Bible in order to make wise decisions and live intentionally and joyfully. Whether you are new to First Pres or are already a part of our community, please join us as we grow in faith together.

Dates: Sundays, 10:15–11:15 am during Middle Hour
Location: Church Lounge, Westminster Hall
More Information: Please contact Janet Sanders, Assistant Director for Christian Formation at janets@fpcberkeley.org

Sunday Morning Study

SMS is an inductive group Bible study. We study God's word a complete book at a time, alternating between the Old and New Testaments. Rotating "facilitators" pose questions to help us go deeper together into the text to more fully discover what God is saying to us. We also support one another through prayer and encouragement. Drop-ins are welcome; preparation is not required. 

Dates and Times: Sundays, 10:15–11:15 am during Middle Hour
Location: Room G214, Geneva Hall
More Information: Please contact Susan Stewart at sleroymstewart@aol.com

On Belay

On Belay is a climbing term meaning bound and dependent on each other for safety while climbing. Comprised of both mature and new believers, we support each other along life's journey, as we deepen our faith. Our topics foster great discussion and we share refreshments, praises, and prayer concerns. 

Dates and Times: Sundays, 10:15–11:15 am during Middle Hour
Location: Room G205, Geneva Hall
More Information: Please contact Janet Sanders at janets@fpcberkeley.org

Koinonia

We are a group of single and married adults who meet for the study of issues in our Christian lives.

Dates and Times: Sundays, 10:15–11:15 am during Middle Hour
Location: Room G209, Geneva Hall
More Information: Please contact Paul Davis at paul-and-jane@comcast.net