Sunday July 14, 2024 – The Ministry of Pastoral Care

The Pastoral Associates program began at First Oakland under the tutelage of the late Mary Ann Haw. A nurse educator by profession, she envisioned a team of compassionate lay members who would be trained to accompany congregants when they were in crisis, challenge, and transformation. Since its inception, the PA program has journeyed along side numerous church members and their families with the guidance of the professional ministry and the support of countless volunteer lend-a-handers. Rev. Claire Eustace, Evelyn Sheridan, and Sherry Larsen-Beville will reflect upon their experiences being allowed the privilege of sharing tender moments in the lives of members of our community. Dick Bailey will worshipfully associate while the talented Susan Keiter will provide musical accompaniment. We hope you will be inspired to consider becoming a Pastoral Associate.

There are two ways to attend this worship service:

  • In person: Worship service starts at 10:20 AM. We strongly recommend that you wear a mask while in the building. All are invited to stay after worship for Coffee Hour in Wendte Hall.
  • Via Zoom: Click here to join us online for the service and Virtual Coffee Hour. Closed captions will be provided. The first part consists of watching the live stream, and the second part continues our practice of online Coffee Hour. The virtual “doors” open at 10 AM and music commences at 10:20 AM.

Checking out First Unitarian Oakland?

If you’re joining us for the first time, we would like to extend a full welcome!  Please answer a few questions on our online Newcomer Connection Card.  When at church on Sunday, you can also ask questions and get help at the Greeting Table on the patio before the service.

On most Sundays right after the service, we have a quick Newcomer Welcome in the sanctuary — meet up with a church member in front by the pulpit, for a quick introduction to the church and answers to your questions — then join us in Wendte Hall for Coffee Hour.  If you attend via Zoom, you can stay in the Zoom session after the service for informal discussion in our Virtual Coffee Hour.

We look forward to you joining us for worship service each week! For more information, check out About Worship.