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Holy Week begins Sunday

Sunday, March 20th marks the beginning of the final week in Lent. There are many opportunities for us to gather in community to be reminded of the events of Holy Week thousands of years ago. This year our Maundy Thursday service will include a Cantata and Reader's Theatre that will help us to experience the profound emotions of Jesus' journey during his final steps. Your presence is encouraged to make the resurrection even more meaningful. Services offered include:

Posted on March 15, 2016 at 9:50 am in Featured Content.

Seeing Your Building as Ministry

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, First Congregational hosted a workshop titled Seeing Your Building as Ministry. Consultant Susan Eaton Mendenhall led a seminar educating us about the influence of our building on human behavior, spiritual formation, community building and hospitality. She discussed first impressions, accessibility and the qualities related to physical and emotional safety. At that point in time, First Congregational was considering the ways Reach and Renew funds could be used for our home, health, and hospitality. 

Posted on March 8, 2016 at 12:13 pm in Featured Content.

Walk the Extra Mile in Solidarity

In a world where communities are being displaced by the catastrophes of war, famine and natural disasters, the Church is called to reclaim the spiritual discipline of solidarity. If WE are the church, then we need to prayerfully consider how we can accompany our brothers and sisters without homes as they search for safety, food and a place to rest. Through the One Great Hour of Sharing offering on Sunday, March 6th, we as the body of Christ, have the opportunity and power to help those who are living in despair as refugees. If refugees had a chance to return home, many would not have a place to return to because their home most likely has been destroyed - either burned, bombed, or left with no source of food.

Posted on March 1, 2016 at 10:28 am in Featured Content.

Join the Conversation

The Executive Council is offering three opportunities for the congregation to hear and give input into the long term needs of the church. The conversation will include immediate needs and longer goals for the properties, and the possible ways these needs might be met. Conversations will be held:

Posted on February 23, 2016 at 10:38 am in Featured Content.

What is SCRIP?

The First Congregational UCC Scrip Program promises to be a simple and effective fundraising program. SCRIP is simply a word that means "substitute money" - in other words, SCRIP is gift cards from national and local retailers. The program offers gifts cards for over 700 of the most popular stores in the country. Families can use SCRIP to pay for gas, groceries, restaurants, home improvement, clothing, travel and entertainment.

Posted on February 16, 2016 at 12:48 pm in Featured Content.

What Wondrous Love

We tend to talk about justice far more often in every community that's been in turmoil 
and we rarely talk about forgiveness and mercy.
Robert Enright
 
This coming Sunday, February 14, we enter into the season of Lent. The Lenten season marks a time when we examine Jesus' life, when we attempt to understand the people of the time, and Jesus' interaction with his disciples and the wider community. We are often amazed by Jesus' reactions to people of various parts of the community. Not that he didn't show anger and frustration at times, because he did; but his focus was always on love, and his willingness to forgive, not to hold grudges and to move forward. What lessons do we learn from Jesus about forgiveness? 

Posted on February 9, 2016 at 11:23 am in Featured Content.

Worship with The Crossing

Sunday, February 7th, Worship will include leadership by students from The Crossing. The Crossing is a campus ministry here at UW Madison. As a matter of fact, it is a short walk down University Avenue. First Congregational annually provides financial support to this ministry. Plus, we provide Sunday night meals on occasion. Executive Director of The Crossing, Rev. Manny Santiago will be preaching on Sunday. 

Posted on February 2, 2016 at 12:01 pm in Featured Content.

Bible Conversations

Due to the weather forecast Tuesday's Bible Conversations has been canceled.

Posted on February 1, 2016 at 2:29 pm in Featured Content.

Celebration of Ministry and Community

This last Sunday in Worship, we were able to celebrate the great work done for and by First Congregational. There were three celebrations during Worship. We celebrated the baptism of Clara Cochran, reminding us of the commitments we make each time we celebrate a baptism. We commit to being a community of love and support surrounding the baptized individual and family, with no conditions attached. A celebration of ministry and community! 

Posted on January 26, 2016 at 11:16 am in Featured Content.

The New Look of First Cong!

In September 2013, Inspired Heights began working on the exterior painting of the church. The project has now been completed. The work took much longer than expected, and presented some challenges along the say, but I think we can all agree the completed painting has been an incredible face-lift for the church.

Posted on January 20, 2016 at 3:43 pm in Featured Content.

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