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Two Exciting Adult Education Opportunities

The Adult Education Committee is pleased to announce two wonderful classes that will be offered during Lent. Each of these classes will be offered before worship at 8:45am, and childcare will be provided. Both infant/toddler and elementary options for care will be available. Advance reservations are not required, but helpful for planning for adults and childcare.


Posted on February 18, 2014 at 11:41 am in Featured Content.

The Blessings of First Congregational

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.”

Matthew 5:3-11

Two Sundays ago I preached on these words from Matthew. To summarize my sermon for those not here on Sunday, my point was that Jesus might have been using these words to foreshadow his ministry and set an example for all of us to follow. “Blessed” can be a funny term to define in our context, but most of us can acknowledge that when we ‘feel’ blessed, we ‘feel’ loved, supported, cared for and ‘feel’ the presence of God in our lives. We don’t just feel the love because we have given X dollars to the church, because of our position in the church or community, or because we have the biggest and best gifts, but because of the ministry of the members. 


Posted on February 11, 2014 at 11:09 am in Featured Content.

2014 Budget: Dollars & Sense

Money never stays with me. It would burn me if it did. I throw it out of my hands as soon as possible, lest it should find its way into my heart. John Wesley

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 1:27 pm in Featured Content.

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.

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