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.
For more information, contact Bridget Satchwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 848-6252 ext. 298.
There are always opportunities to serve with some of our JPOW Mission Partners! Click here for a full list of opportunities to serve right in our local community. If you would like to know more about how to get involved in the local community, feel free to contact Bridget Satchwell at email@example.com.
Missions Update Meeting
Dates: Sunday, May 7, 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 848-6252 ext. 298.
IJM Bay Area Prayer Gathering
Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017
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 email@example.com.
Days of Service | Project Peace East Bay
Upcoming Dates: June 3, 2017
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 848-6252 ext. 298.
2017/2018 Thailand Mission Trip
Date: December 29, 2017–January 14, 2018
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest, specialty, and availability.
Habitat for Humanity Third Saturday Builds and Muir Ridge Phase II Housing Dedication
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
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 email@example.com Tori Bommarito at tbommarito@HabitatEBSV.org.
*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 tbommarito@HabitatEBSV.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 848-6252 ext. 298.
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:
For more information on any of these opportunities, please email email@example.com 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?