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Congregational Meeting and Chili Luncheon is this Sunday, February 24

Join us after Sunday Worship in the Dining Room for the Chili Luncheon and Congregational Meeting to vote on the budget. 

Posted on February 19, 2019 at 1:32 pm in Featured Content.

Volunteer Sunday!

This Sunday we will celebrate the people who volunteer time at the church. We have many people who invest their precious time to serve others.

Posted on September 11, 2018 at 11:14 am in Featured Content.

A Leap of Faith and Learning

This week marks a return to school for many Madison area students. As I was stopped in a school crossing on my way to work Tuesday, I witnessed a wonderful "first-day" interaction. A daycare van pulled up to the curb of an elementary school and the kids tumbled out. I watched as one child from the van saw an adult he recognized from the school staff. He ran down the sidewalk, and leapt up into her arms for a big hug! It warmed my heart to think about what a special relationship one can have with learning - especially if there are strong relationships that support learning.

Posted on September 11, 2018 at 11:09 am in Featured Content.

More Than Death

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.

Norman Cousins

Last Saturday the nation received the news that Senator John McCain had lost his life a year after he had been diagnosed with brain cancer. He has rarely been seen in the last year as he went through treatment, but he stayed as engaged as possible with his work in the Senate. Since his death he has been hailed as a maverick and hero. He was a man known to embody the words character, integrity, courage, and honesty. Whether you agreed with him politically or not, he was a man that spoke truth, was invested in the good of all people, and wasn't afraid to say he had made a mistake if proven wrong. Senator McCain's death is a loss to his family and friends, because they loved and cherished him. But because he was a man of principle, his voice and challenges will be missed on the wider stage.

Posted on August 28, 2018 at 10:40 am in Featured Content.

Sunday School Kicks Off September 9!

Many thanks go out to the adults who gave of their time and talents to make the Summer Sunday School program a success! The Summer Theme of WAYZ 2 PRAYZ took the children on several different paths to explore ways people pray to, and praise God. Praying and Praising through service, students made cards for residents of an area nursing home and baked cookies for those in our community who are homeless. Children learned about pilgrimages and journeys to find God by walking the Labyrinth. Using drums, students experienced 'making a joyful noise' as part of an ensemble or community. Offering praise was also shared through movement and dance. The Summer program wrapped up with the children experiencing the mysteries of the call of God, through an art project that took an unexpected turn.

Posted on August 21, 2018 at 9:54 am in Featured Content.

Prison Ministry Restorative Justice Program

Fifteen years ago I was in prison. I had been invited to go inside the hundred year old walls of the prison in Green Bay to be part of something called Restorative Justice. That was all I knew. I stayed for three days, and those three days changed my life. I sat in a circle with thirty inmates, twenty volunteers and three survivors of violent crime.

Posted on August 14, 2018 at 9:34 am in Featured Content.

Team Comma Rides Again!

Last weekend Team Comma was on the road again, raising funds for AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW). This year Team Comma consisted of Sue Jones, Kristin Kanitz, Paul Karch, and Jeanne Marshall. The ride kicked off on Friday morning and returned at the end of three days and 250 miles for a celebration at the closing ceremonies sunday afternoon. The ride is critical in raising funds to support people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Posted on July 31, 2018 at 9:51 am in Featured Content.

Versatility of the Renovated Chapel

If there is anyone who is still wondering if the church made the right decision about renovating the Chapel space, let me review what has happened in the space over the last month.

Posted on July 24, 2018 at 9:51 am in Featured Content.

TRUTH

On Saturday, June 30th, I spoke at a Press Conference focused on the topic of families being separated at the border. Below is the text of my remarks. Today it would be possible for me to add to the lists of 'truths' I listed. But I know that everyone who reads this article will have the ability to add to the lists of truths, and could also start a list of 'untruths.' Our commitment as Christians is to speak the truth, and to call out the untruths. Today, I pray that we will all be able to find the strength to speak truth and call out the untruths.

Posted on July 17, 2018 at 11:01 am in Featured Content.

Rainbow People Picnic

We are so fortunate to belong to a church that has embraced being "Open and Affirming" for 26 years! "Open and Affirming" (ONA) is the official status in the United Church of Christ for congregations declaring themselves welcoming of LGBTQ+ persons. For those of us at First Cong, we can't imagine how a church could exclude or judge beloved children of God based on sexual orientation or gender expression. As individuals and a congregation, it is easy to take this welcome for granted. However, there are people coming to our church regularly who are newly coming out to themselves, family, and the world. There are people coming to our church who are struggling with discrimination and hatred. There are people coming to our church who are afraid to be their full and whole selves at work or in other public places. And, there are even MORE people NOT YET coming to our church who need our extravagant welcome!

Posted on July 10, 2018 at 9:07 am in Featured Content.

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