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Holy Week

We have celebrated Palm Sunday, hearing how the people ran to meet Jesus on his entry into Jerusalem. We waved our palms and sang “Hosanna.” We are thrilled to welcome Jesus into our city, our Sanctuary and our lives. But are we prepared to stand by him during this Holy Week?

Come and experience ALL of Holy Week.


Posted on April 15, 2014 at 9:56 am in Featured Content.


13 teams of Youth from 10 Madison area churches filled the First Cong dining room for the 9th annual running of the Amazing gRace this past Sunday. 85 youth, and adult chaperones completed challenges and followed clues around the church and city on a quest to complete the race first. Prize money will be sent to chosen charities of the top two placing teams. First Cong had two teams competing, one for 7th and 8th graders, and one for High Schoolers. The High School team came in first place and will hold the traveling trophy for the year. The charity they played for was the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The second place team was from Madison Christian Community, who played for the Homeless Teen Backpack Project.


Posted on April 8, 2014 at 9:55 am in Featured Content.

Judgment and Forgiveness

You’re going to come across people in your life who will say all the right words at all the right times.

But in the end, it’s always their actions you should judge them by. It’s actions, not words, that matter.

~ Nicholas Sparks, The Rescue


Posted on March 25, 2014 at 10:57 am in Featured Content.

Sunday School Prayer Faire

Understanding prayer can be a challenge for even a seasoned person of faith, much less a child just learning the wonders of God. Prayer comes in all shapes and forms and takes on the essence of culture and traditions. Consider the Whirling Dervish, or an Ojibwa Sweat Lodge, or a buddhist Meditation. All very different practices, but all intent on helping the individual make a connection to a greater source.

In an effort to help them better understand prayer practices....

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 10:01 am in Featured Content.

Lenten Vespers

Thursday Nights March 27, April 3 and April 10, 7:00pm in the Chapel Ecce Homo: Here is the man

So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them "Here is the man!"  John 19:5

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 9:44 am in Featured Content.

Who and Where is Jesus?

Loving God, we live in a land of winter. Not the winter of the seasons, but the bleak

winter of a life lived far from You.  Easter was so long ago. It has been hard to hold on to the

joy of Resurrection in the constant clamor and chatter of a dark world that can only

be illuminated by having more, having it now, having it loud, boisterous, colorful, unsatisfying.

What we truly need is Your light to shine bright among us once more. Remind us again how

You came to live among us, to share our humanity and to show us how to truly live a life in

Your love.  Come, O God, again to be among us. Your people wait in hope.

LL Kroouze DuBreuil


Posted on March 4, 2014 at 1:15 pm in Featured Content.

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.

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