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Donating Used Coats for People Being Released From Jail

From now until January 16 we are collecting used coats for people being released from the Dane County Jail. Please bring your used coats to church any time before January 16, and we will deliver them as part of our Dr. Martin Luther King Day celebration. There will be collection boxes in the Sanctuary and in the parking lot entrance. Here is why:

Posted on January 3, 2017 at 1:03 pm in Featured Content.

Gratitude & Challenge

As we approach the end of 2016 and set our sights on 2017, it is important to take time to reflect on the past and imagine the possibilities ahead. I encourage all of us to take a few minutes to write down (not just hold in our head) all we have been grateful for in 2016. We have had times of pain, frustration and challenge, but I would guess even in those moments, there have been people or events that have given us reason to be grateful. It's always amazing to me that people who come to the church needing assistance have no problem listing all of the ways they are grateful. Gratitude is energizing! Gratitude can help us push the "reset" button in our lives and in our relationships. The New Year gives us opportunity to begin anew. How many pages can you fill? 

Posted on December 28, 2016 at 2:32 pm in Featured Content.

Merry Christmas!

The staff has been hard at work preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The Advent season has been a flurry of activities. We will gather together Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to remind ourselves of how the birth of Jesus changed the world. We hope during Christmas you will be surrounded by friends and family, but we also want to remember those who will struggle as Mary and Joseph did to find a warm place to call home. May our prayers be for a world filled with peace and justice for ALL!
The staff of First Congregational wishes each of you a Merry Christmas!
Ann Beaty, Don DeBruin, Jill Farnsworth, Jennifer Flaten, Agustin Garcia, Jerry Hancock, Eldonna Hazen, Kristin Kanitz, Jeff Rabe, Alfonso Reyes, Bob Zeier

Posted on December 20, 2016 at 12:47 pm in Featured Content.

Sermon December 11

Due to church being cancelled for weather December 11, there is no sermon posted for that date. Our Advent series will continue this Sunday, December 18.

Posted on December 12, 2016 at 2:27 pm in Featured Content.


On November 27th a new Liturgical Art piece was installed for Advent at First Congregational. The art floats above the seats in the Sanctuary calling us to look UP and open ourselves to a new Advent season. This project started back in July, using a process taught to us by Nancy Chinn, a well-known liturgical artist in California.

Posted on December 8, 2016 at 10:53 am in Featured Content.

55 Alive! Recap

As long as I'm learning every day of my life, I will never feel old. Never.
And I don't feel old, I feel in my head and in my heart - I don't know, ageless!
~ Pat Mitchell 
Each month on the first Wednesday from 11:30am-1:00pm, adults of First Cong and other friends, gather in the Dining Room for lunch and an engaging program. Many of our programs focus around learning more about our community. We've heard about city initiatives from our Mayor, learned about opportunities for outreach through Madison Area Urban Ministries, and discovered how the changing face of media is impacting the news we hear. Students from East High recounted their experience of spending time in Africa. The Chancellor gave us a "state of the University" address. One program focused on our Madison symphony and we listened to beautiful music. And the Raging Granny's sang for us their songs of protest! This is just a small sampling. 

Posted on November 29, 2016 at 11:10 am in Featured Content.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Children & Youth Service Day

Grades 1 - 12
Monday, January 16
9:00am – 2:00 pm
(drop off 8:30 – 8:50am)
Registration is Closed

Posted on November 23, 2016 at 12:10 pm in Featured Content.


When the heart is supple, it can be "broken open" into a greater capacity to hold our own and the world's pain: it happens every day. When we hold our suffering in a way that opens us to greater compassion, heartbreak becomes a source of healing, deepening our empathy for others who suffer and extending our ability to reach out to them.
Parker J. Palmer, 
Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit

Posted on November 22, 2016 at 1:40 pm in Featured Content.

How Do We Respond?

Since the election last week, there has been much pain experienced, pain on many different levels. As Christians we are directed to show love to ALL brothers and sisters. As each of us process the events of the last week, let us take time to grapple with our emotions, and then find space to move forward. We would recommend the use of the listed resources to find assistance in the move forward, as time and energy permits. We hope they may help in finding a centered place.
Ann & Eldonna

Posted on November 16, 2016 at 11:23 am in Featured Content.

A Prayer for Voting

With my vote today, I am prepared and intending to seek peace for this country, as it is written:
"Seek out the peace of the city where I cause you to roam and pray for her sake to God, for in her peace you all will have peace." (Jeremiah. 29:7)

Posted on November 8, 2016 at 11:14 am in Featured Content.

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