Letter from Interim Senior Pastor Steve Schibsted

December 19, 2018

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." –Luke 12:34

Dear Friends,

SustainAbility: Year-End Giving 2016

I have served as your interim pastor with great joy these past eighteen months. My tenure has not been without its challenges. We have tackled some tough issues, worked hard and made great strides toward becoming a thriving congregation once again. At our last Session meeting, our elders and staff shared what we are most thankful for as we looked back on the life of our church in 2018. It was a wonderful time of remembering God’s faithfulness and generosity. Our Session members expressed thankfulness for the many ways the ministries of this church transformed lives this year. I expressed gratitude for the commitment and hard work of so many who have given time and energy to help rebuild our church. Remembering all the good that has happened in 2018 reaffirmed that a new spirit and momentum is present at First Pres. We are not where we were. I am confident that God is doing a new thing and good years are ahead.

In order to continue this momentum, we have one more challenge to meet before year’s end. In order to meet the 2018 budget target and start 2019 strong, we have to close a gap of $1,079,000. We have done this in years past and believe we can do it once again. It will take all of us giving what we can to help our church remain financially healthy. Every gift, of every size, matters.

Please join me in praying for our church. I also encourage you to fulfill the financial pledge you made for 2018. In addition, will you prayerfully consider giving a special year-end gift?

There are many ways to give:

  • Click here to make on online gift.
  • Stock donations can be made through December 20 (stock transfers after that date are welcome, but cannot be guaranteed to be sold and credited in 2018). Click here to download the stock donation form.
  • Bring your gift to church for worship on Sunday, December 23, Christmas Eve, or Sunday, December 30, or to the Reception Desk during business hours. 

If you have questions, please contact Stewardship Chair Paul Davis at pedavis@comcast.net, or Sue Burger at (510) 280-6124 or sueb@fpcberkeley.org.

Thank you for being such a wonderful congregation. Together and by God’s grace we can continue the forward movement we have experienced this past year. Thank you, too, for your continued faithful and generous giving.

With gratitude in being your pastor,


Click here to give online before December 31.
Click here for the Year End Giving update.