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The First Church in Oberlin, United Church of Christ

An open and affirming, Just Peace, Green Justice, Global Mission Congregation

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Sunday, June 30th, @ 10am

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Sunday's Hymns

There is Room in God's Great Welcome

NCH 177: God of Change and Glory

Sunday's Hymns

Sunday's Lessons:

Psalm 139:1-15, 23-24 from Psalms/Now by Leslie F. Brandt

Sunday's Order of Worship

Click the button below to follow along with the plan of Sunday's service.

Order of Worship

Talking Across Differences

In last Sunday's sermon, I highlighted an approach to non-confrontational conversation created by The Episcopal Church that included four questions:

  • What do you love? 
  • What have you lost? 
  • Where does it hurt? 
  • What do you dream?

These four questions are taken from the resources, From Many; One: Conversations Across Difference. You can see the full resource here: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/from-many-one/

Pride Sunday Worship - June 30

Featuring LGBTQ+ reflections from Tom Konkoly, Jen Bertoni, and David Hill

Announcements and Events For.....

First Church, Its Mission, and Its Ministry

Adult Ed this Sunday - learn about CATSS!

Please join us for Adult Ed this Sunday and learn more about the kittens First Church is hosting upstairs! Shari Rubin from Community Action to Save Strays (CATSS) will join us in the JFO Room after worship to talk about the work CATSS does, her experiences as a cat rescuer, and how you can get involved. Refreshments will be provided. 

Do you love music, and would you like to offer music during worship?

We would love to have you do some summer music. It can be any style, any instrument or voice, and Tom can play with you or you can sing/play a cappella. Let Tom Bandy know at musicdirector@firstchurchoberlin.org what Sunday would work for you, and we’d love to have you, not just during the summer but anytime at all during the year!

Highlights from the Executive Council meeting, June 25,2024

Below is a brief summary of topics discussed at the monthly Executive Council meeting.

  • An updated edition of the First Church Financial Policies and Procedures is nearly complete. The document is to ensure financial policies are consistent with the best interests and mission of First Church.

  • A task group will begin addressing the updating and revising of the church Constitution to more accurately reflect current actions.

  • Discussion focused around the possibility of groups using our facility on a long term temporary or permanent basis, and what parameters should be used to determine which groups should be included and in what spaces.

  • Methods of air circulation for the classroom area were discussed.

Summer Storytime Signup!

Come get to know the church's wonderful kids - by reading a story to them during the sermon portion of worship this summer! Stories will be provided, and Jen will be there to lend a hand most weeks. A sign-up sheet is in the hallway next to Fellowship Hall, or you can sign up by emailing Jen (faith@firstchurchoberlin.org). Thanks in advance for taking the time to get to know the youth of the church! 

Do not force automatic doors

Please do not force the two automatic doors shut (located at the main parking lot and James Brand House entrances). In the summer, these doors are often intentionally set to remain open. Manually forcing the doors closed damages the door opening mechanism. If you need to shut an automatic door, please see a staff member for assistance. Thanks.

The Wider Community

Can you help?

We get a LOT of requests for diapers and wipes from parents who are struggling to make ends meet. The supply in the OCS pantry has been nearly used up — can you help? If you're looking to help local families with small children, this is a GREAT way and parents are VERY appreciative! Donations are accepted at 500 E. Lorain St., Oberlin.

Good afternoon! We're coming into the warm months, when there are LOTS of volunteer opportunities at OCS. We're reaching out to faith groups to see if there are volunteers who would like to assist us in our mission of meeting basic needs of southern Lorain County residents. Through the summer, we'd love to have volunteers who come every week, or even host your faith group for a service day! The work isn't very hard — but it takes lots of hands. If you want to get in on the fun, please reach out to Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Rosa Gadsden at rosa@oberlincommunityservices.org!

Oberlin Farmers Market

Parking lot

The Oberlin Farmers Market provides locally grown, seasonal, fresh, high quality produce and farm fresh products. This is an outdoor market, open rain or shine, featuring a wide variety of local seasonal fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, honey, artisan bread, baked goods, mushrooms, crafts and more. Hours: 9am - Noon, every Saturday; May 18th - October 12 Visit our website: https://www.oberlinfarmersmarket.info/ The market is located at 69-85 South Main Street, downtown Oberlin, Ohio, in the parking lot between the Oberlin Public Library and police station and across from the post office.

Special Social Equity Steering Committee Meeting

July 2, 08:30 AM to July 2, 09:30 AM Oberlin Enrichment & Activity Center, Meeting Room

To hear a review and update on the progress of the Social Equity Plan Steering Committee Working groups and to provide feedback. Will also meet on July 9 and July 30 at the same time.

Additional Links & Information
City of Oberlin
Oberlin Bus. Partner.
ORSL Newsletter
Oberlin Community Services
Oberlin Heritage Center
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United Church of Christ
Heartland Conference
Streams of Connection Newsletter: stay connected with the Living Water Association!
Living Water Association

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 by sending an email to the church office.
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Anti-Racism Statement
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Email information to: office@firstchurchoberlin.org

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