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Kevin Kling Comes to First Cong!

Event Date: 
September 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

First Congregational's Accessibility Committee is excited to host an evening with Playwright, Actor, Storyteller, and Inspirational Speaker Kevin Kling on Saturday, September 23 at 7:00pm. 

Posted on September 5, 2017 at 8:15 am in Featured Content.

Prayer & Action

Prayer and action...can never be seen as contradictory or mutually exclusive. Prayer without action grows into powerless pietism, and action without prayer degenerates into questionable manipulation.
~ Henri Nouwen

Posted on September 12, 2017 at 11:46 am in Featured Content.

Fall Offerings at First Cong

Participating in Adult Education opportunities at First Cong is one way we continue to learn as we engage our mind and heart for action in the world. It takes intention and effort to make space in our calendars for these classes, but the investment is worth it!  ~Ann Beaty

Posted on September 6, 2017 at 10:27 am in Featured Content.

A Just World for All

As a response to the violent clashes between white supremacists and counter demonstrators in Charlottesville, Va.,the national leadership of the United Church of Christ issued this Pastoral Letter:

Posted on August 22, 2017 at 10:14 am in Featured Content.

A Word from Eldonna Given in Worship on August 13, 2017

I want to take a moment this morning to address the violence in Charlottesville, Virgina. Last Friday night an interfaith prayer service was planned in anticipation of a "Unite the Right" rally on Saturday led by white nationalists. Rev. Traci Blackmon, Executive Minister of Justice and Witness ministry of the United Church of Christ was present at the vigil representing the UCC.

Posted on August 15, 2017 at 9:33 am in Featured Content.

2017 United Church of Christ Musicians Association Conference

"Clang, clang, clang went the trolley," and the 2017 United Church of Christ Musicians Association Boston conference was off and running. Following an unofficial opening with a Sunday afternoon reading session of choral music selected by four members of the UCCMA board of directors, including myself, the 125 registrants boarded trolley cars for a short, scenic ride around Boston in the early evening before heading to the official beginning at United Parish of Brookline for the opening worship service.

Posted on August 8, 2017 at 10:37 am in Featured Content.

Thanks for your Spirit of Generosity!

You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. "For God loves a person who gives cheerfully."
2 Corinthians 9:7
The Spirit of Generosity at First Congregational is alive and well!  I am grateful for the many individuals who step up when a step is needed.  During the last stewardship campaign the congregation stepped up the annual giving by nearly 30%, enabling deferred maintenance to be addressed, so the church can continue to be a beacon of hope in the community.

Posted on August 1, 2017 at 10:36 am in Featured Content.

First Cong Youth Mini-Madison-Mission-Expedition

First Congregational Church was well represented last week as a group of Youth ventured out into the Madison Community to serve those in need as part of their Mini-Madison-Mission-Expedition. 

Posted on July 25, 2017 at 11:18 am in Featured Content.

Monarch Butterflies

Last December I was invited to serve for a week as the UCC Chaplain in residence at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York. The ten-week summer institute is a 150-year old celebration of the arts, music, education and religion, and I was there the first week in July. It was a great experience, and I thank Eldonna for making it possible for me to attend. Every day there were at least a couple of "aha" moments.

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 10:52 am in Featured Content.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God. ~ Psalm 46:4

The theme for our UCC General Synod 2017, held in the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore, was focused around images of streams and water, but I spent a lot of time at my first General Synod up on the mountaintop being inspired by our denomination! Thousands from across the country (and abroad) came together at the Baltimore Convention Center June 30-July 4 for this bi-annual event. Delegates discerned resolutions of witness, church structure, and function. Delegates and visitors were given opportunities to stand up for issues that called for a faithful witness in Baltimore. There were daily times to be together for inspirational worship and workshops featuring creative ways to be in ministry. Leaders from the national office spoke at gatherings to let us know what they are doing to support local churches on issues and program ministries. Our own Rev. John Tyler was a delegate from the Wisconsin Conference. A few (a very few!) of the highlights for me included:

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 10:45 am in Featured Content.

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