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New JAZZ Worship

Jazz has proved to be very difficult to define, since it encompasses such a wide range of music spanning a period of over 100 years, from ragtime to the present day. Attempts have been made to define jazz from the perspective of other musical traditions, such as European music history or African music. But because of the individuality of the jazz musicians themselves, and because of the improvisation so closely linked to jazz, no definition is broad enough to cover jazz. So instead of defining, we as the performer or listener, immerse ourselves in the music itself, not being constrained by a definition.


Posted on July 7, 2015 at 8:37 am in Featured Content.

"Draw the Circle Wide": Living the Commitment to Radical Hospitality

As I write this article for the Tower, I am enjoying God’s gifts of summer – the warmth and beauty of the setting sun, the rainbow colors of wildflowers and woods, the music of the whip-poor-wills, phoebes, mourning doves and loons. I am in the north woods of Michigan for several days of writing and respite. In the calm of the evening, I have ventured out in the kayak and observed the stillness of the lake occasionally disturbed by the tail of a damsel or dragonfly. I am always amazed at how something so small results in such a large rippling effect. The concentric circles spread amazingly fast and grow so large.


Posted on June 30, 2015 at 9:19 am in Featured Content.

JOIN THE CIRCLE! Summer Children's Musical

In light of recent events across our country, it seemed apropos for a group of children to gather in a circle and sing about God's love and the need to make sure that circle is wide enough to include everyone.

Posted on June 23, 2015 at 9:18 am in Featured Content.

Wisconsin Annual Conference 2015

If you would like additional information, please talk with any of the following members who attended: Janet & Tom Pugh, Paul Karch, Susan Shands, Rich Fluetching, Ann Beaty, Julie Kramer, Jerry Hancock, Eldonna Hazen and Jeanne Tyler, who wrote this summary.


Posted on June 16, 2015 at 8:36 am in Featured Content.

Great relationships are like vitamins to the soul

Great relationships are like vitamins to the soul. They help us connect, laugh, dream and grow. Make time for friendship and fellowship.

Posted on June 9, 2015 at 9:01 am in Featured Content.

The Gift of Welcoming

First Congregational has always been attentive to the needs of members with disabilities. Structural changes like the addition of the elevator and the garden entrance have provided for better access to the Sanctuary and meeting rooms. As we plan for remodeling in the building, attention is given to how we use this opportunity of physical changes in the building to enhance accessibility. Accessibility and welcome are an ongoing need for the church.  

Posted on June 2, 2015 at 8:28 am in Featured Content.

Something to Ponder

Following the shooting of Tony Robinson, the community and especially the clergy, have been asking questions about how we take this moment in time to change systems, to keep these kinds of events from happening again. We clearly know there are racial disparities in Dane County. All institutional systems must take a look at whether they are adding to or are part of the problem, or if they can make adjustments to squash or eliminate inequality due to race or poverty. Rev. Jerry Hancock asks one of these questions in an opinion editorial he recently wrote. It is indeed, something to ponder. ~ Eldonna Hazen


Posted on May 26, 2015 at 9:49 am in Featured Content.

Pentecost? What's That?

This Sunday we will celebrate Pentecost in worship. It is appropriate to wear red, because it is a day of celebration. Matter of fact, I encourage you to wear red, to set the tone for the day. Below are excerpts from a blog written by Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts. I hope it answers some of the common questions about Pentecost, and provides an avenue of understanding the celebratory day in the church. Come Sunday to find out what the Holy Spirit might have in store for each of us!

                                                       ~ Eldonna Hazen


Posted on May 19, 2015 at 10:39 am in Featured Content.

Confirmation -- another opportunity!

This Sunday we will have two opportunities. The first opportunity is to be a part of the Confirmation of five of our First Congregational family. The second opportunity is to think back on our own Confirmation. As we think about our own Confirmation, we have the chance to evaluate what we learned, or what we didn’t learn. While evaluating, we can ask some questions of ourselves. How has our faith developed or changed? What has become clearer or more confusing in our own theology?


Posted on May 12, 2015 at 9:02 am in Featured Content.

Two Great Opportunities for our Community

We are excited to have a well-regarded, award winning musician come to First Congo to play for us! Bobby Jo Valentine performs his “hopeful folk/pop music” in an intimate, acoustic performance at 7:00pm on May 13.  Let’s give Bobby Jo a real First Congo welcome by setting aside this evening as an opportunity to be together in fellowship and enjoy some excellent songwriting and music that has received glowing reviews in the music industry.  


Posted on May 5, 2015 at 9:11 am in Featured Content.

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