Communion Celebrated Sunday


For those joining us for worship virtually Sunday, this is a reminder to prepare your elements for communion prior to the service.

Did You Know? 

We have hearing loops that are compatible with t-coils in hearing aids in the Meeting House, JFO room, and Fellowship Hall that can be accessed to help with hearing!

Office Closed for Inventory Duties


The office will be closed on Friday, February 10th, and Friday, March 3rd, for Miranda to take care of inventory duties. The church will still be open for the pre planned events on those days, but we ask people refrain from going into the office for those two days. We thank you for your patience and understanding in these busy times. 

Come to Country Skateland on February 20th! 


Calling all youth! Come celebrate Presidents' Day with us! On Monday, February 20th, from 1-3 pm, we will be going roller skating at Country Skateland. Please meet at the rink - 45841 State Route 303, Oberlin. The church will pick up the cost of admission and skate rental - please bring your own money if you'd like to visit the concession stand or play the arcade games at the rink. 

After our skating time, we'll come back to church and set up for the Pancake Dinner the next night! Yay! Pancakes! 


Please let Jen know if you're planning to come by texting, emailing, or calling the office. ADULTS: We need at least one other person to chaperone this event. Please let Jen know if you're interested and available! 

Everybody's Birthday Luncheon is Back!! 


Please join us on Sunday, February 5th after church for a potluck and birthday celebration. If your last name begins with A-M, please bring a main dish for the potluck. If your last name begins with N-Z, please bring a salad or side dish. We also need people to "adopt a month" for the birthday celebration. Please sign up outside the church office to provide a dessert (cake or other) and table decorations for one of the months. If you have any questions, please direct them to the church office or to Sarah Colson at 440/774-2538.

The Pancake Dinner Returns! 


The Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner is making its triumphant return!


(...and we will need some help to pull this off!)


We are hoping the congregation will join us on Shrove Tuesday, February 21st, for pancakes and fellowship! Dinner will be served starting at 6 pm. A donation basket will be at the door, and all proceeds will go towards camp scholarships for our youth!  

We have traditionally borrowed electric griddles for this event. If you are willing to lend yours, please let Jen know!


The youth will be doing some set up for the event on the 20th after their roller skating event, but we will also need folks on the 21st to help cook, serve, and clean up afterwards. A sign up sheet is posted on the wall outside the office - please help if you can! 

Good News!


Jens served as organist at First Church while he was an organ student at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. We are delighted to share that he has been appointed Associate Professor of Organ at Baylor University, beginning in August. Congratulations, Jens!


Here is Jens' personal website for more info. (and pictures!)

Would you like to sing in the Community Masterworks being Conducted by Tom Bandy?


Hi everyone!

I’ll be conducting the Community Masterworks (with assorted choirs and the True North Orchestra) in the Mozart Krönungsmesse, K317, on Sunday March 12 at 3 PM at St. Peter Catholic Church, Lorain, with a call time probably at 1 PM. There is a joint rehearsal the Sunday before (3/5) at 3 PM. If you’re interested in singing with the group, I’d love to have you participate! Thank you 


Tom Bandy

OCS sent thank yous to First Church for the help with Empty Mugs and Holiday Helping Hands that we all provided! Click the buttons below to see their notes!

Thank you!


Thanks to all who attended the Empty Mugs Fundraiser for Oberlin Community Services, and thanks as well to those who volunteered their time to make this event possible. With your help, we were able to raise more than $10,000 for OCS.


We still have pottery available for purchase if you were unable to make a purchase during the event. A table is set up in the Gallery near the staircase with pieces on display and a box for contributions.


Thanks again for your support!

Book Group


The First Church Book group meets via Zoom every Tuesday at 4 pm and ends at around 5:30 pm. To join, you just need to let the First Church Office know that you’d like to be on the list and you’ll receive an email invitation to the Zoom meeting every week. 


Have questions? Contact anyone in the Book Group Task Force which (roughly) organizes the meetings: Laurel Price Jones, Anne Elder, Heather Laughman, Lindsay Graves, or Linda Gates. 


Look ahead to see what books are being discussed. One book mentioned by Jeanne McKibben in her reflection on Sunday, October 30 - Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing - will be read and discussed in January. See the attached schedule.

Everyone Is Worthy

Issue #1120 | October 6, 2022

Edith Rasell


Click the button below to read this issue of the Witness For Justice newsletter involving economic justice.

Guest Columnist: Ed Long

Public Authority and Private Behavior: Lessons from Prohibition for the Abortion Controversy


From time to time, we would like to feature articles and reflections from members and friends of First Church. If you have a piece you've written that you would like considered for inclusion in First Things First please email it to the Pastor at

There Are NEW Requirements for Making Submissions to our First Things First eNews!


In an effort to make our eNews more readable and shorten the length, we have created new guidelines for submitting posts! The guidelines are as follows.


  1. As usual, the deadline for submissions for the upcoming First Things First is Wednesday prior to 10 AM.
  2. We will not be putting in any non-First Church job postings.
  3. We will not be putting in any full flyers as the submission (however, we will put in a button that links to a PDF of the flyer).
  4. There is a word limit of 100 words for the text of a submission.
  5. You may insert links into the text post for more information, either by button or hyperlink in the text.
  6. You may insert PDFs (accessible by buttons) for more information, a flyer, or anything else that would be helpful for the post, but the document must be in PDF format. Any other document format will not be included in your submission.
  7. You may send one picture that you have the rights to use (i.e. a picture that is not subject to copyright, we suggest using the site
  8. The submission will run for a maximum of 2 weeks in the eNews. These 2 weeks do not have to be consecutive.


When sending in your submission, you must have


  • The title of the post
  • The text of the post (maximum of 100 words)
  • Which 2 weeks you'd like for your submission to run



When sending in your submission, you could have


  • If you'd like, one picture
  • If you'd like, PDFs (and what you'd want the title of the button that links to it to be)
  • If you'd like, the links for spots in the text post (and which word(s) you'd like to be the hyperlink or what you'd want the title of the button to be)


Thank you for your patience and understanding as we try to make our eNews experience more manageable for our readers!

Open and Affirming Committee Openings


June is Pride Month and a perfect opportunity for growth. ( The Open and Affirming Committee (ONA) has openings. What is the ONA Committee you ask? It is a committee without meetings. It is a team of committed people supporting the ONA Statement of The First Church in Oberlin adopted in 1995 and amended in 2013. If you want to help make sure our congregation is living up to the welcoming and affirming spirit of the following statement, please contact Marty Buck or 440-225-7160 or a member of the Outreach and Service Committee @ Let us make the ONA Committee an ONA Team!


We know that as the Church we are many members but are one body in Christ. Each bringing individual pieces and gifts, only together do we find completion. With Christ we affirm that we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves, and that we are called to act as agents of reconciliation and wholeness within the world and within the church itself. Recognizing the presence of ignorance, fear, and hatred in the wider church and in our culture toward specific members of Christ’s body:

We pledge to welcome people of all races, ages, genders, gender identities, gender expressions, abilities, socioeconomic levels, and sexual orientations into the full life and ministry of the church.

We seek actively to include and support those who because of fear and prejudice find themselves in exile from a spiritual community.

We commit ourselves to caring and concern for all.


  • Worship - Live Streamed and in the Meeting House on Sundays @ 10am
  • Children's Church (grades K - 5) 10:15 AM each Sunday. Will resume in the Fall
  • Summer Storytime - 10:15 AM each Sunday.
  • Sunday School (grades 5 - 12) 11:30am each Sunday (Hot Topic discussion on the 4th Sunday each month). Will resume in the Fall.
  • Friday Night Hangout (all grades) - first Friday each month from 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM via Zoom
  • Sunday Night Youth Group (grades 5 - 12) - last Sunday each month from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Finance Committee - 3rd Monday each month
  • Facility Committee - 1st Tuesday each month
  • Stewardship - 2nd Tuesday each month
  • Office Staff Meetings - Mondays at 10:00 AM
  • Book Group  - Tuesdays at 4pm via Zoom
  • Witness and Membership - 2nd Wednesday each month
  • Christian Education Committee - 1st Thursday each month
  • Outreach and Service Committee - 1st Monday each month
  • Executive Council - 4th Tuesday each month
  • Friday Night Hangout - 1st Friday of each month
  • Green Team - 1st Wednesday of each month

Faith Formation News!


  • Children's Church: 10:15 AM on Sundays resuming in the Fall
  • Sunday School: 11:30am-noon on Sundays (Hot Topic on the 4th Sunday) resuming in the Fall
  • Summer Storytime is beginning! Children are invited to join us on Sundays at 10:15 AM for a story
  • Friday Night Hangouts: First Friday at 7 pm
  • Sunday Night Youth Group: Last Sunday at 6:00 PM


As always, call Jen or the office to get a link for any and all of these events!