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Space Utilization Committee Recommendations

This past Sunday after worship, the Space Utilization Committee of the Reach & Renew campaign presented to the congregation its recommendations for us of Reach & Renew funds, along with estimated costs. Here are their recommendations, in order of suggested priority. 

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 10:49 am in Featured Content.

A Member's Opportunity and Reflection

In March, Chris Schoenwetter was able to attend Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C. Please read her reflections, and then thank her for attending and sharing her experience with us.


Posted on May 13, 2014 at 9:29 am in Featured Content.

Annual Meeting at First Congregational UCC

Sunday, May 4th was the Annual Meeting of the congregation. At this meeting the regular elections shall take place, the annual reports shall be received and long range plans should be reviewed. Other business, as needed can be addressed at this meeting. The following notes are not intended to be minutes of the meeting, but a summary of what happened at the meeting. The minutes are always available in the church office. 


Posted on May 6, 2014 at 9:12 am in Featured Content.

Because of your Generosity...

As we approach our Annual Meeting, it is important to reflect on the work of the many boards of the church. We will vote and install leadership of the church this coming Sunday. Some of our board members have completed the maximum number of terms on their given board, others have chosen to re-focus their energies and still others have chosen to join a different board. Whatever position our members are in at this point, I want to recognize the time that has been given by each of our members, whether staying for another term or finishing a term.

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 9:37 am in Featured Content.

A Message from Ann Beaty

“Because Christian community is founded on Jesus Christ,

it is a spiritual and not a (human) reality. 

In this, it differs from all other communities.”

Life Together; Dietrich Bonhoeffer


I’ve often wondered what it must have been like for Jesus’ followers in those early days following his death. While the gospel accounts vary slightly in the details, it is clear that they were struggling – hurt, confused, stunned, and lost. With Jesus as their teacher and friend gone, they had to re-define community and discover what the present and future would mean as his followers.


Posted on April 22, 2014 at 9:40 am in Featured Content.

Eldonna on the cover of Isthmus!!

Rev. Eldonna Hazen is the cover story on Isthmus newspaper this week! Read the story on the daily page

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 1:23 pm in Featured Content.

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 8:56 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 8:55 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 9:57 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 9:01 am in Featured Content.

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