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The Silent Work in the Church

A week ago I wrote about the weekend events of the King Coalition celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. I had the opportunity to be with colleagues of different churches and different denominations. This last week I was able to attend the breakfast for Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice (ICWJ). The speaker for the breakfast was Dalia Mogahed. The title of her speech was “Increasing Our Compassion Footprint: A Muslim perspective on economic and worker justice.” It was so good to hear about the work for justice from the beliefs of the Muslim faith. Again, I was reminded of how much work can be done in the community, even though we come from different faith traditions. Although both events have prodded me to want to do more work with a diverse group in the community, it has also caused me think about all of the work that is done within the diverse membership of this community of First Congregational.

 

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 3:28 pm in Featured Content.

New Year's Resolutions

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes.

~ G.K. Chesterton

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 11:38 am in Featured Content.

All Boards Canceled!

The All Boards meetings scheduled for tonight have been canceled due to the cold weather. They are rescheduled for next Monday, January 13.

Posted on January 6, 2014 at 11:00 am in Featured Content.

An Unexpected Reality Occured!

Last Sunday, for reasons of safety, we chose to cancel our worship services and Christmas pageant. We do live in Wisconsin, we know we have unfavorable weather in the winter - and it IS winter. But it is always unexpected and a little disconcerting when we are not able to continue our Sunday routine, especially when it is the Sunday before Christmas.

Posted on December 24, 2013 at 12:30 pm in Featured Content.

Today's Worship Service is CANCELLED

Worship Service for Today, December 22 is canceled due to the weather. Tonight's Christmas Pageant is also canceled.

Posted on December 22, 2013 at 8:47 am in Featured Content.

Advent 2013 Liturgical Artwork "Rivering"

In October 2011, Janet Pugh, Jessica Taft and Eldonna Hazen spent three days with Nancy Chinn, a well-known liturgical artist in California. The time spent with her was not to design a piece of liturgical artwork, but to learn a process so our church could continually design liturgical artwork for the church. Each piece designed uses the same process. The only part of the process that changes is the scripture. The scripture leads the rest of the process in a direction that is unique. Using this process, a design has a very small chance of ever being repeated. A different group of people, or these same people at a different time, could experience the text in a very different way, thus changing the art itself.

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 11:26 am in Featured Content.

Advent & Nelson Mandela

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead. ~ Nelson Mandela

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 11:08 am in Featured Content.

Thanks Giving

Thoughtfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts. 

~ Henri Frederic Amiel

Posted on November 26, 2013 at 11:16 am in Featured Content.

Advent Traditions: When Old Becomes New

Advent points us to a future reality that reaches backwards and embraces us in worship, even while we journey toward its consummation.

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 11:44 am in Featured Content.

Thanksgiving Day Meals Celebrates 22 Years of Serving

Former members of our congregation Clarence and Bonnie Edwards started the Thanksgiving Day Community Meal in 1991. At first the event was completely run by volunteer coordinators, but it is now under the leadership of the Board of Outreach. The earlier Thanksgiving meals were surved buffet style, but now our guests are seated and are served their meals by our volunteers.

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 2:29 pm in Featured Content.

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