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Four to be Confirmed Sunday

Sunday, May 22nd we will celebrate the rite of Confirmation for four youth at First Congregational. These four students have explored the Bible with Director of Children and Youth, Jeff Rabe. They have experienced exile, parables, studied the Trinity, and the variety of ways we minister in the world today. After their studies, students make a choice to be confirmed into full membership of the church. In addition to their weekly homework, the students write a statement of faith and adorn a stole using symbols of the church. 

Posted on May 17, 2016 at 10:19 am in Featured Content.

Vision & New Members

Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.

Jonathan Swift

We are between two exciting Sundays in the life of the church. This last Sunday we celebrated ten people joining the church. The new members felt First Cong was a "good fit" for them in their spiritual journey and their desire to be part of a community that "walked their talk" concerning issues of social justice. We welcome Emily & Roger Brooks, Kristopher Breister, Cindy Graham, Cassandra Kight, Lawren & Jeremy Lange (Christopher & Lily), Diane Paoni, Stephanie Turner, and Marcia Wirt into membership at First Cong. 

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 10:48 am in Featured Content.

Who is My Neighbor?

The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus,
 "And who is my neighbor?" Luke 10:29
This morning I was driving my son to school. As we approached one of the exits/entrances on Stoughton Road, I could see an ambulance with lights coming up the entrance ramp. Cars were racing ahead in the left lane, beyond the posted speed limit. I began to slow down because the ambulance would be entering the right lane. The ambulance entered the lane several cars in front of me, but no one was moving to the right. I could see the lights and hear the siren, but no one was moving over. The ambulance had to go out of the way to adjust to traffic that was not cooperating. The few cars that did move over quickly re-entered the traffic behind the ambulance wanting to take advantage of getting ahead of the rest of the traffic. The question that came to my mind was, "Who are we thinking of, when it is more important for US to get where WE need to go as fast as we can?" It was far more important for the ambulance to reach their destination in a timely fashion than it was for others to be a minute or two later than planned. A minute or two really could make a difference in a life or death situation!

Posted on May 3, 2016 at 10:02 am in Featured Content.

The Future of The Church

This last Sunday, the Children and Youth of the congregation lead the Worship service.  It was a committed group of Children and Youth who took the task of leading Worship seriously and provided a wonderful Worship experience for all of us.  At a time in the world when we often hear the phrases, "What is the world coming to?  What's wrong with the younger generation?  Kids don't have the same values as when I grew up," those of us in attendance participated in a meaningful service. 

Posted on April 26, 2016 at 10:15 am in Featured Content.

Nothing We Can Do??

Do you get tired of watching or listening to the news or reading the newspaper? Does it depress you to hear and see what is happening in the world, our community, or our neighborhood? Does it seem that there is nothing to be done to make the world a better place?

Posted on April 19, 2016 at 10:06 am in Featured Content.

Mariposa & the Saint: From Solitary Confinement, A Play Through Letters

Event Date: 
April 26, 2016 - 7:00pm

Mariposa and the Saint, by Julia Steele Allen, an award-winning playwright and activist, brings to life the true story of a woman locked in solitary confinement for nearly three years, in her own words. 

Posted on April 12, 2016 at 9:31 am in Upcoming Events and Featured Content.


First Congregational Church was again host for the ninth running of the AMAZING GRACE this past Sunday, April 3. 11 teams of youth from 9 Southwestern Wisconsin Churches completed challenges and followed clues on a race to the finish. The winning team gets a traveling trophy and the top two teams have prize money sent to the charity of their choice. 

Posted on April 5, 2016 at 9:55 am in Featured Content.

Invitation to Holy Week

The staff cordially invites you to attend the services of Holy Week.
Careful planning and preparation has been done to make the services of the week a meaningful walk through Jesus' experiences.

Posted on March 22, 2016 at 9:41 am in Featured Content.

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.

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