Our leaders encourage us to extend welcome and concern for the well-being of all God's children.
The Session is the governing body of the church, elected by the congregation, with the responsibility for watching over the work of the congregation and guiding its witness to God's activity in the world. The goal of the Session is to help the congregation live into its vision to make God's welcome known and to guide them toward being a true community of faith, hope, love, and witness.
Elders are elected for three year terms and are in three year rotations. Here are some of the areas of ministry they oversee:
Congregational Life: This team organizes fellowship gatherings to develop and foster deeper connections between members and friends.
Buildings and Grounds: This committee is responsible for the stewardship of the beautiful buildings and grounds of our church. We offer space to non profit organizations that serve the Oakland community: Habitat for Humanity, Early Head Start and Center for Student Mission. We also provide a home for Food Not Bombs who provide food for the hungry twice a week.
Food Ministry: First Church's Food Ministry program is hard at work on Sundays providing a bag lunch at midday and on Mondays when they serve a hot lunch in Fellowship Hall.
If you're interested in learning more about how to join the work of one of these groups or find out how you can volunteer, let us know!
The Deacons are responsible for congregational care. From home communion delivery for those who can't make it to church, visits to home bound members and friends, and care for grieving families, to all church gatherings and Senior Celebrations, our Deacons help keep us connected to one another.
Here at First Church, the ministry is shared with the whole congregation. There are opportunities for everyone to get involved from gardening, to food preparation for the Food Ministry, to coffee hour hosting, to worship leadership, to lending a hand in the office.