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First Congregational United Church of Christ Celebrates 175 years!

This Sunday, October 4, 2015, First Cong will celebrate exactly 175 years since the congregation was chartered on October 4, 1840.  The day will begin with 10:00am worship, with Rev. Ron Buford preaching.  Ron was the architect of the United Church of Christ’s ‘Stillspeaking’ campaign.  Former General Minister and President of the UCC John H. Thomas said, “Ron leaves a permanent legacy on the UCC for which the church will always be grateful.  The Stillspeaking Initiative will continue to be a transforming movement within the life of the church and Ron’s creativity and devotion have been a driving force behind it.”  Ron is currently the Pastor of the Congregational Community Church of Sunnyvale, UCC, Sunnyvale, California.  

Posted on September 29, 2015 at 9:05 am in Featured Content.

175 Years of History, Church, Community & University

We will have a great opportunity this Sunday to get a bigger picture of what has happened in the 175 year history of First Congregational. Beginning at 2:00pm Sunday, September 27th we will explore the history of the Church, Community and the University. We have three very qualified individuals to lead us through this history.

 

Posted on September 22, 2015 at 10:40 am in Featured Content.

Accessibility means ACCESS!

It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.
~ John Joseph Powell, The Secret of Staying in Love

 

Posted on September 15, 2015 at 9:58 am in Featured Content.

Anniversary Celebration Plans for September and October

“It is well for a church to keep its anniversaries, that in reviewing the story of its life it may be awakened to new thankfulness

and trust and holy consecration as it beholds the tokens of Divine guidance through all its hardships and dangers and successes.”

~ Rev. Dr. Charles H. Richards on October 10, 1880 at First Congregational’s fortieth anniversary celebration

 

Please join us for these two Sundays that are part of the ongoing celebration of our 175th Anniversary!

 

Posted on September 1, 2015 at 9:28 am in Featured Content.

Thank You!!

This year's Wisconsin AIDS Ride (ACT 13) raised more than $183,000 for the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin. Team Comma, one of the top five fundraising teams again this year, raised almost $11,400 of the total. Thank you for your generous support and for your prayers!

 

Posted on August 25, 2015 at 8:24 am in Featured Content.

Seaking the Sacred Thread

Thanks to your generosity, we (Eldonna & Ann) were able to attend a retreat in Minneapolis last week.  “Seeking the sacred thread” was our theme for three days with Barbara Brown Taylor and John Philip Newell.   Through presentation, dialogue, prayer, silence, song and fellowship, we joined 200 others seeking to discern more deeply how the threads of the major religious traditions can touch and enrich each other.

 

Posted on August 11, 2015 at 9:32 am in Featured Content.

Youth Mission Trips

First Congregational Church was well represented by its young people on two recent trips. Thank you to adult chaperones Peggy Ludlow & Katrina Dwinell for making these trips possible!

High School Youth spent a week near Monticello, IA working at Camp Courageous, a year-round recreational and respite camp for individuals of all ages with disabilities. The work included washing windows, cleaning chairs, sealing picnic tables and a large deck, loading and unloading 200 large bags of mulch, and sealing cracks on nearly ½ mile of pavement in preparation for resurfacing. www.campcourageous.org

Here are some thoughts from those on the trip:

 

 

Posted on August 4, 2015 at 9:17 am in Featured Content.

Ecclesiastes Sermon Series: It's more than a few common phrases

During four Sundays in the month of August, Ann and I will be doing a preaching series from the book of Ecclesiastes. The series will be based on a Listen UP! Bible study, written by Rev. Molly Baskette. Each Sunday the sermon will be based on a part of Ecclesiastes, readings and questions will be provided a week in advance, to allow participants to read the scripture and think about the questions.

 

Posted on July 28, 2015 at 9:54 am in Featured Content.

UCC Musicians Association Conference

The United Church of Christ Musicians Association, Inc. is a non-profit national organization with a membership made up of musicians, clergy and interested laity. It began as the dream of a small group of musicians in Connecticut who felt a strong need for professional support from colleagues in the denomination. In 1993, this group banded together and launched UCCMA as an independent organization; it was incorporated in 1994. As it has grown both in membership and mission the focus broadened to include individuals from many different denominations and with many different roles (formal and informal) in their churches’ music and worship.

 

Posted on July 21, 2015 at 9:52 am in Featured Content.

By loving you more, you love the person you are caring for more.

The Inspired Caregiver: Finding Joy While Caring for Those You Love, by Peggi Speers

While caring for a loved one often brings rewards, it is also normal for it to have its unique challenges. Several months ago, we began a “Caregiver Support” group here at First Congregational. We agreed that some of our meetings would be to gather for supportive conversation and that some would be for educational programming with experts in the field.

 

Posted on July 14, 2015 at 9:12 am in Featured Content.

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