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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.

STEPPING UP: Consecration Sunday

Sunday, November 6th in worship, we will have the opportunity to carry our pledges forward during communion and place them in a basket. I understand that some people will have already turned their actual pledge form into the office, but there will be consecration forms in the bulletin to use for the act of consecration. Consecrating our pledges should not be taken lightly, or thought of as insignificant.

Posted on November 1, 2016 at 11:09 am in Featured Content.

Counting the Days

This last Sunday in worship, I took the brave step of addressing the political atmosphere of today. Don't worry, I didn't endorse any political candidate, or belittle any candidate either. What I did was use the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector to talk about how the parable might help us better understand prayer for this time in history. Clearly the Pharisee only wanted to point out his own righteousness. He did not admit to any faults of his own. He just compared himself to people like the Tax Collector, and reminded God of how much better he was than people like the Tax Collector. The Tax Collector, recognizing his faults, cried for mercy. He didn't make any promises to change his ways, he just wanted mercy.

Posted on October 25, 2016 at 10:25 am in Featured Content.

For All the Saints!

Saints are sinners who kept on going. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

On Sunday, October 30th, we will celebrate All Saints Sunday during our morning worship, but our preparation will begin THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 and all are invited to participate. All Saints' Day invites us to look way back to the very early days of the Church and at people whose lives are an inspiration for us. It also invites us to remember those whom we love who have left us on this earth. It calls us to notice those in our midst who show us a brighter way to live. In some mysterious way we will gather with all those who have gone before, with those we love who live in different parts of the world, as well as with those in the room with us. From the earliest days, the church has taken this opportunity to celebrate and we are invited to join in the celebration. 

Posted on October 18, 2016 at 9:36 am in Featured Content.

Madison Area CROP Hunger Walk

First Cong, for the eighth consecutive year, will be hosting the Madison Area CROP Hunger Walk this Sunday, October 16. Registration for the Madison Walk begins at 12:45pm with the Walk stepping off at 1:30 pm. Two different routes, 1 & 3 miles, will take walkers on and around the Regent Neighborhood as well as place them in step with those around the world who struggle to feed their own families.

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

Embracing Emergence Christianity - The Church's Next Rummage Sale

Every time Carol and I have moved to a different house, we have gone through the process of sorting through boxes, piles, and drawers of "stuff" to determine what needs to move and what can be sold in a garage sale or given away. This is not a process that I look forward to or get excited
 
about, but it is one that I find fulfilling and freeing once it is completed. "De-cluttering" has become a national phenomenon. All you have to do is google it and you get multiple lists of books written to help us cope with getting rid of stuff. Some of the questions offered include: Do I need this? Am I holding on to this because it has a significant memory? Can someone else use it? Am I keeping it because I think I should love it? I think these are good questions and they can be applied to the ways we hold on to physical stuff and even to the ways we hold on to old ways of thinking.
 

Posted on October 4, 2016 at 10:50 am in Featured Content.

World Communion Sunday

Imagine, as you take communion Sunday, being in community with the world. A world that is very different from us, yet united by the bread and juice we will share. It is in that community we will be united to remember Jesus, who is our guiding principle of love, acceptance, grace and forgiveness.

Posted on September 27, 2016 at 10:56 am in Featured Content.

A Day of Fellowship

This Sunday provides a unique opportunity for us to be together with our church community in a number of ways. The day begins with the STEPPING UP Pancake Breakfast, starting at 8:30am, sponsored by the Stewardship Board. The breakfast is intended to be a time to celebrate the friendships we have already made, and to cultivate new friendships with people we have never met, or have not had the chance to chat with in another setting. The Stewardship Board works hard to provide many food choices, including gluten-free pancakes. Oh, and of course there will be plenty of coffee to wake you up!

Posted on September 20, 2016 at 11:44 am in Featured Content.

Upcoming Educational Opportunities

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember.

Involve me and I learn.

~ Benjamin Franklin

 I love learning - maybe even more now than I did when I was officially enrolled in school! Participating in Adult Education opportunities at First Cong is one way we continue to learn spiritually as we engage our head, heart and hands. It is also a time to meet some great people on this path with us and learn more about how we can serve in the community. It takes intention and effort to make space in our calendars for these classes, but the investment is worth it! We have a great fall line-up of options. Please take the time to consider attending one of more of these upcoming classes.

~Ann Beaty

Posted on September 13, 2016 at 3:19 pm in Featured Content.

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