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JPOW: Justice Poverty Oppression Women

Beginning in 2013, we began to focus our mission efforts on justice, poverty, oppression, and women: JPOW. Through events like the Girl Rising film screening, Summer Institute, Summer Reading Groups, and, most recently, the 2014 Global Church Conference, we've had the opportunity to learn about the oppression of women both locally and globally, and to examine how God might be calling us to act as people of faith. Join us as we move from education to engagement through service.

Ongoing Local Opportunities
Other Opportunities

For more information, contact Bridget Satchwell at or (510) 848-6252 ext. 298.

Read about all of our Local Mission Partners and Global Mission Partners.


Ongoing Local Opportunities

There are always opportunities to serve with some of our JPOW Mission Partners! If you would like to know more about how to get involved in the local community, feel free to contact Bridget Satchwell at

Missions Update Meeting

Dates: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 1–2 pm
Location: Mears Room, Westminster Hall
More Information: Please contact Bridget Satchwell at or (510) 848-6252 ext. 298.

Join us to learn more about our current missions partners, as well as hear about a few partners who are either rotating off or joining us. Learn more about how you can be involved with the work of missions locally and globally. For more information contact Bridget Satchwell at or (510) 848-6252 ext. 298.

IJM Bay Area Prayer Gathering

Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017
Time: 6–9 pm
Location: Peninsula Bible Church, 3505 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94306
More Information: Please contact Megan Luckhardt, Mission Outreach Coordinator, at

There are more than 45 million people trapped in slavery today. Join First Pres Mission Partner International Justice Mission at the 2017 Bay Area Prayer Gathering to pray for the freedom of every child, woman, and man being abused, trafficked, and enslaved across our world. Participate with this community who is committed to ending slavery and injustice with powerful prayer and worship and hear from those at the front lines working to rescue slaves and transform nations. For more information, pick up a flyer at the welcome cart or email Megan Luckhardt, Mission Outreach Coordinator, at

Days of Service | Project Peace East Bay

Upcoming Dates: June 3, 2017
Location: Various sites around the East Bay area
More Information: For more information, please visit

Days of Service are opportunities to gather family, friends, and neighbors to serve in our local community. Project Peace, our partner for Do Justice, connects local churches and social service providers that work together for just and sustainable communities in Berkeley, Oakland, and surrounding areas. Join friends from First Pres Berkeley and other East Bay churches to worship God together through acts of service.

Project Mercy 2017 Mission Trip

Upcoming Dates: October 14–29, 2017
Location: Yetebon, Ethiopia
More Information: Please contact Bridget Satchwell at or (510) 848-6252 ext. 298.

For the last several years, First Pres has participated in a multi-church mission trip to Project Mercy in Ethiopia. This year’s team will be comprised of a medical team (Surgical, OB/GYN, Primary Care/Pediatrics + Support Staff), an educational team (Health Education, Mentoring), and others (Tutoring, Music, etc…). The cost will be roughly $4000. For more information, contact Bridget Satchwell at or (510) 848-6252 ext. 298.

2017/2018 Thailand Mission Trip

Date: December 29, 2017–January 14, 2018
Location: Northern Thailand
More Information: Please contact Tim Buscheck at or (925) 323-2040.

First Pres Berkeley will send a team to Northern Thailand, December 29, 2017–January 14, 2018, to build houses with Fuller Center for Housing. We will also visit our Mission partners, Free Burma Rangers, New Life Center, and IJM. If you would like to learn more about attending this trip, please contact Tim Buscheck at or (925) 323-2040.

Seeking ESL Teachers to tutor 1951 Coffee Employees

First Pres is looking to identify ESL teachers interested in volunteering to give one-hour, private tutoring sessions with 1951 employees. If you are interested and would like more details, please email Karli Haugen, tutoring coordinator, at with your interest, specialty, and availability.

Habitat for Humanity Third Saturday Builds and Muir Ridge Phase II Housing Dedication

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 8:30 am–4 pm Location: Hayward
More Information: Please contact Bridget Satchwell at or Tori Bommarito

Join an ecumenical and interfaith crew of volunteers in the East Bay to build affordable homes with Habitat locally. First-timers and experienced builders welcome, ages 16 and up, on the third Saturday of each month*. We build to end generational poverty and put God’s love into action. To volunteer for a build, click here to sign up. For more information, contact Bridget Satchwell atbridgets@fpcberkeley.orgor Tori Bommarito at

*The April Saturday build has been moved to April 29.TheMay 3 Saturday build is cancelled to encourage Habitat volunteers and friends to attend the Muir Ridge celebration on Satruday, May 20 from 10–11:30 am in Martinez to dedicate the second phase of homes at the Muir Ridge Housing Development. For more information on the dedication ceremony click here or contact Tori Bommarito at

Oakland International High School

Our JPOW Partner Oakland International High School (OIHS) has a student population that is primarily comprised of refugees and immigrant newcomers who are adjusting to life here in the US. The school has an ongoing need for classroom aids, after school tutors, social service navigators, and mentors. To learn more click here to watch a short video and/or contact Bridget Satchwell at or (510) 848-6252 ext. 298.

Harbor House

Harbor House has a long history of extending love, compassion, and welcome to immigrant and refugee families in Oakland. Below are some ways that you can join them in this urgent work:

1. Tutor/mentor kids in Harbor House's after-school program, particularly with English language learners.

2. Write encouraging notes of welcome to the adults in the ESL program.

3. Provide snacks/baked goods for adults in the ESL program or kids in the after-school program.

4. Help provide childcare for preschoolers/toddlers while their mothers attend the ESL class.

5. Volunteer for a Free Immigration Legal Clinic on Saturday, March 25 from 9:00 am–1:00 pm.

For more information on any of these opportunities, please email or call (510) 534-0165.

Supporting Refugees—International Rescue Committee (IRC)

As of March 31 our partner, the Oakland office of the IRC, has received 257 Refugees (108 families) of whom 73% are Afghan, 20% are under 5 years old, and 21% are ages 5–17. Individuals and families are still arriving who very much need and deserve support and assistance. Click here to read more about the life of a refugee family relocated to Oakland from Uganda.

How can you help?

  • Donate: Clipper cards loaded with $20+ are needed to help clients get to and from appointments as well as to jobs. Bikes are also in high demand. Please email
  • Advocate: Call your senators and representatives in support of the Trafficking Victim Assistance Program. This is the funding that supports the IRC's work with trafficking victims across the country, including here in Northern California. Here is a script you can use: "My name is XXXXX and I am a constituent. Can I speak to the staffer who handles immigration? I'm calling to express my concern for victims of trafficking. Due to an increase in the number of victims coming forward, the money approved to date has already been used. $3 million is needed in additional funding for fiscal year 2017 for the foreign-born Trafficking Victim Assistance Program funded by Health & Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement. Without additional dollars, we are required to turn survivors away. In fact, we have been informed our last enrollment is March 31! I'm asking for Rep/Senator XXXX to support this request. Would you like to meet and discuss it more or should we talk now?"
  • Attend: Donors, volunteers, refugee employers, and others who want to support and advocate for refugees to join the IRC at upcoming meetings with municipal, county, state, and federal representatives to advocate for refugees. If you are interested, please email, and include in your email where you live and how you are connected to the IRC.