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Prayer: Connecting & Sustaining

I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God- it changes me.
C.S. Lewis
 

Posted on October 29, 2013 at 9:44 am in Featured Content.

For all the Saints!

For all the saints who from their labors rest, who to the world their steadfast faith confessed, Your name, O Jesus, be forever blessed. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Posted on October 22, 2013 at 10:14 am in Featured Content.

Madison Area CROP Hunger Walk

First Congregational Church will again be hosting the Madison CROP Walk. For 39 years, people from the Madison are have been gathering on a fall day to walk in solidarity with those around the world, and in our own neighborhoods, who have felt the harp pangs of hunger or endured the lasting effects of poverty. "We Walk Because They Walk" has been a long standing phrase in CROP circles.

Posted on October 15, 2013 at 9:52 am in Featured Content.

Seeking Justice: The House I Live In

The Adult Education Committee, guided by priorities of our Outreach Board, is offering a Seeking Justice movie series. The first movie, Street Pulse, filmed in Madison, addressed homelessness. We now look forward to the second movie in the series, The House I Live In.

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 10:11 am in Featured Content.

Weaving our Welcome

First Congregational Church has a long history of being an inclusive community, striving to welcome all into its doors and hearts. On Sunday, October 13, we will be weaving two important inclusive ministries together in our worship service.

Posted on October 1, 2013 at 10:24 am in Featured Content.

What's the "big deal" about the Installation?

Sunday, October 6th at 3:00pm we are all invited to participate in an Installation service affirming the commitment we made together in the call process in January. What is the big deal?

Posted on September 24, 2013 at 10:11 am in Featured Content.

Because of your Generosity

Since May 26th this year, we have led off our time of offering in worship with the statement Because of your generosity...A member of the congregation has generously volunteered to share something that was/is directly related to the ministry of First Congregational that has been transforming in some way to them personally or something they witnessed that was transformational to others. This time in worship was started by the Board of Stewardship, to help us appreciate the many ways we benefit from the generosity of each other. It may be related to a gift of time, money or sharing our talents, but it ALL helps to make the church stronger in ministry.

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 9:32 am in Featured Content.

Seeking Justice: A Movie Series

First Congregational has a long history of responding to issues affecting life in the community and beyond. The Adult Education Committee in cooperation with the Outreach Board is excited to offer a movie series related to three issues that are important to our outreach in Madison, state-wide and nationally. The movies will be held on a Friday night in September, October and November. The evening will begin with a light meal at 5:30. Sandwiches/veggies/chips/drinks will be provided, then the movie begins at 6:00pm. Discussion will follow each of the movies. We will also have people knowledgeable on the topic join us during our discussion time. Movies will be held in the Fellowship Room. 

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 10:54 am in Featured Content.

The Fall Brings a Breath of Fresh Air!!

Welcome to September and the beginning of the church's Fall programming. There are many new programs in place for the community to enhance our own spiritual lives, to focus on social justice issues, and a way to get to know our fellow members in a small group setting. These activities have been planned by different boards of the church or the Adult Ed committee. Please mark your calendars now for those activities that interest you and plan to attend. If you have an idea for another activity, please let a member of a board know, so we can make arrangements to offer even more programs for our community. These are all GREAT opportunities!

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 11:34 am in Featured Content.

Our Hearts Should Ache

Our Hearts Should Ache...

.-when we hear that someone cannot be treated for a disease because they don’t have health insurance.

-when we hear that someone has died because they couldn’t afford a prescription.

-when someone is shot and killed because of a “stand your ground” law.

-when a woman no longer is thought of as able to make good decisions about their own health.

-when many people are killed because a person is able to buy a weapon that shoots multiple rounds of ammunition.

-when people who are dying are not provided a death with dignity.

-when human services are cut for our brothers and sisters.

-when children are forgotten or dismissed by our institutional systems.

-when a person is judged by the color of one’s skin or who they love, or the level of their income.

-when a person is misunderstood because of mental illness.

 

Posted on August 6, 2013 at 9:58 am in Featured Content.

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