Emmaus Communities



Whether you’re just getting to know First Pres or you’ve been around for awhile but haven’t yet explored becoming a member of this community, Starting Point is for you. Throughout this seven-week, conversational group environment, you’ll experience community, discover what we believe and who we are as a church, and explore your next best step here, including making this your home church through membership.

Many who participate in Starting Point find a place to serve or continue on in a Community Group with others they’ve met over the course of the seven weeks together, so it’s an ideal place to start if you’re looking for a place to begin or belong here. Wherever you are, come join us on the journey!

Dates & Times: Sundays, September 29–November 10, Middle Hour, 10:15–11:15 am
Location: Room G208, Geneva Hall  
Registration: Click here to register by September 22
Questions: Please contact Michelle Vecchio-Lyzenga at (510) 848-6252 ext. 220 or michellev@fpcberkeley.org

What to Expect

Our gatherings will typically take the following form:
10:15-10:25 am    Fellowship
10:25-10:30 am    Welcome
10:30-11:15 am    Table discussions

Each participant will be provided with a Conversation Guide containing weekly reading and group discussion questions. 

Weekly Topics

September 29    Start
October 6          Problem
October 13        Rules
October 20        Grace
October 27        Invitation
November 3*    Community: Who First Pres Is
November 10*  Community: What It Means to Be a Member of First Pres

All Starting Point participants and their families are invited to join First Pres elders and staff for a luncheon Sunday, November 10, beginning at 1 pm.

* If you are interested in becoming part of the First Pres family as a member, please plan to attend these final sessions. Also, save the date to be received into membership in worship services on Sunday, November 29.