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The New Look of First Cong!

In September 2013, Inspired Heights began working on the exterior painting of the church. The project has now been completed. The work took much longer than expected, and presented some challenges along the say, but I think we can all agree the completed painting has been an incredible face-lift for the church.

Posted on January 20, 2016 at 3:43 pm in Featured Content.

Rev. Ann Beaty Called by First Congregational

Christian life is not a life divided between times for action and times for contemplation. 
No. Real social action is a way of contemplation, 
and real contemplation is the core of social action.
~ Henri J.M. Nouwen

Posted on January 12, 2016 at 11:07 am in Featured Content.

Candidate Weekend for Rev. Ann Beaty

This weekend will provide an opportunity for the congregation to meet and greet Rev. Ann Beaty. On Saturday afternoon a reception will be held from 1:00-3:00pm in the Dining Room, with refreshments provided by the Search Committee. At 2:00pm those in attendance will have a chance to ask Ann questions about her past ministry and what she imagines her ministry to look like in the future. 

Posted on January 5, 2016 at 10:55 am in Featured Content.

Ten Years of Prison Ministry

When I was ordained 10 years ago I never dreamed this Sunday would come. Ten years ago none of us had any idea what a prison ministry would actually look like. This Celtic Cross image was just basically drawn on a napkin. It was not a mission statement, or a business plan. At best it was a "might be nice" list. Basically, this church started the Prison Ministry Project with hope, prayer and the Gospel command that we should visit people in prison. It also started with your faith in me.

Posted on December 29, 2015 at 12:32 pm in Featured Content.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

As we celebrate Christmas this week, the staff would like to wish you a Merry Christmas! We hope your travels are safe and that you will have the opportunity to share the joys of being part of the community of First Congregational United Church of Christ.
We encourage you and your family to join us for Christmas Eve services: 
Family service at 5:00pm
Traditional Candlelight Service at 9:00pm.

Posted on December 22, 2015 at 10:54 am in Featured Content.

Standing with our Neighbors

Following the recent shootings in San Bernardino, California, there has been the resurgence of hateful words and actions directed toward our brothers and sisters of the Muslim faith. Some of those hateful words and actions have come from individuals or groups who claim to be Christian. There are many Christian clergy here in Madison who have been troubled and find hate to be inconsistent with our beliefs and teachings. Over two dozen churches were represented at a meeting held at Orchard Ridge last week to address the clergy and congregational frustration and try to plan some collective action. This group of clergy will be meeting again in January to continue the conversation. The tagline agreed upon by the clergy to promote our efforts is "Love over Fear.

Posted on December 15, 2015 at 3:12 pm in Featured Content.

The GIFTS of Christmas!

This last Sunday something BIG happened after worship - it was the Advent Workshop! I say BIG because it takes an incredible amount of work, time, and hands to pull it off every year. Work started at least six months ago. There is the fun job of cleaning out the Advent workshop closet every year to inventory the leftovers from the previous years, planning the meal, planning the crafts, recruiting the hands to staff each of the craft tables, purchasing the items needed for each craft, purchasing the food, setting up all of the craft tables, getting the food ready, clean up, oh yes clean up, and the hundred other jobs that I have failed to mention. It is no small task to pull this event off year after year. In fact, it has been on the "should we continue" list for more than one year in my ten years at First Cong. Is it worth the time and energy expended?

Posted on December 8, 2015 at 10:55 am in Featured Content.

New Associate Recommendation

On behalf of the Associate Minister Search Committee and the Executive Council of First Congregational Church, we joyfully share with you our recommendation to call the Reverend Ann Beaty for the full-time Associate Minister position at First Congregational Church. 

Posted on December 1, 2015 at 11:38 am in Featured Content.

Shaking the Family Tree!

History is the essence of innumberable biographies. ~ Thomas Carlyle

Advent 2015 is upon us! November 29th marks the first Sunday in Advent. This year the staff has chosen the theme "Shaking the Family Tree!" for the preaching/study series. Our focus text is Matthew 1:1-17, which provides us a genealogy of Jesus. During the four weeks of Advent, and the Sunday following Advent, we will trace Jesus' ancestors and how their lives may have influenced Jesus' ministry.

Posted on November 25, 2015 at 3:29 pm in Featured Content.

Demonstrating Gratitude

With Our Brothers and Sisters from Beth Israel....

Posted on November 17, 2015 at 12:47 pm in Featured Content.

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