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Back to School Blessing of the Backpacks

School starts this week, so it's time to bring your backpacks to church 

Posted on August 30, 2016 at 9:17 am in Featured Content.

Sunday School Begins!

Sunday, September 11 marks the beginning of the Fall Semester of the Sunday School. Regular Sunday classes will again be offered for children age 3 (by Sept 1) through 6th Grade. Children participate in Worship with their families up until the Time With Children, after which they move on to their classes.

Posted on August 23, 2016 at 8:29 am in Featured Content.

Stepping Up: Stewardship 2016

Dear First Cong Family,
Before becoming involved in  the Executive Council a couple of years ago, I did not pay much attention to the church's finances.  They seemed pretty complicated, and I figured that knowledge was the purview of a few experts-the treasurer, the book keeper, and a handful of really dedicated members who actually read the annual financial reports. 

Posted on August 16, 2016 at 10:02 am in Featured Content.

Rainbow People Regrouped

Ten plus years ago First Cong had a group of LGBTQ Friends and Allies called Rainbow People that met monthly after worship for potluck lunch together. Sometimes the group had programming. Sometimes it was just a social gathering. Over the years, attendance at these gatherings diminished. The unspoken word seemed to be that the group was not needed anymore. Everyone felt comfortable and at home in the congregation. 

Posted on August 9, 2016 at 9:07 am in Featured Content.

Who is Rick Raemisch and Why is He Coming to First Congregational on September 23?

Rick Raemisch is the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections and the leading advocate for the reform of solitary confinement in this country. He is coming to First Congregational to be the keynote speaker at the celebration of the Tenth Anniversary of The Prison Ministry Project.

Posted on August 2, 2016 at 9:22 am in Featured Content.

Youth Mission Trip Report

A group of First Cong High School Youth, accompanied by Ann Beaty and Jeff Rabe, spent a week in St. Louis, MO for their Summer Mission Trip. These annual trips give youth a chance to do service work, explore a new environment, and build community within the group. Eden Seminary was home base for the trip.

Posted on July 26, 2016 at 9:58 am in Featured Content.

What was caught on that Fishin' Trip?

What was caught on that Fishin' Trip?
Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may 
return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.
Herbert Hoover

Posted on July 19, 2016 at 9:12 am in Featured Content.

Jazz Worship Returns

Last summer we experimented with a Jazz Worship service. By popular demand, Jazz Worship is returning THIS summer! The worship is an informal service lasting about 30-40 minutes. (Even the ministers don't dress up!) The focus of worship is to experience the Holy through a different style of music and liturgy. There are a few familiar parts of liturgy, but there are some additions too. Each week, a member of the church will share a 5 Minute Faith Journey. Last year these proved to be a highlight. The people who shared last year found it fascinating to put their journey into words, and those of us at the service learned new insights into people we thought we knew so well. Communion will be offered each time we worship.

Posted on July 12, 2016 at 9:26 am in Featured Content.

White Priviledge: Let's Talk

In issues of anti-racism, it's important for white folk to do their own work. 
Understand your own spiritual autobiography of racism.  
Understand the cost of privilege. 
Ally-ship doesn't mean you are doing it for their sake. 
You do it for all of us - none of us are free until all of us are free.
Traci Blackmon; Acting Executive Minister of the UCC's 
Justice and Witness Ministries

Posted on July 6, 2016 at 10:58 am in Featured Content.

A Church of "Firsts"

The United Church of Christ is a church of "firsts" 
and I wonder what our next "first" will be?
Cameron Trimble; CEO Center for Progressive Renewal

Posted on June 28, 2016 at 9:09 am in Featured Content.

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