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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.

Visitors in the Neighborhood!

The 2016 school year is in full swing! Classes have started, the streets are buzzing, and we have visitors joining us on Sunday mornings. As you know, we start every worship service by saying, "Whoever you are and wherever you are on life's journey you are welcome here." But I know there are always questions in people's minds, does that mean me? The answer to that question is - yes it does mean you --- and everyone else, member or visitor! I hope you have noticed new faces with us on Sunday mornings and have taken the opportunity to introduce yourself. If you have not noticed new faces, now is the time to start looking around. We have had new faculty and new students joining us. Please take a few minutes to introduce yourself. Ask for their name and what brought them to Madison. They might just be visiting, but they might have moved here. Either way, it gives you a chance to strike up a conversation, to remember their name, and to greet them again on another Sunday. What if they are a member and not a visitor? Sounds like a perfect occasion to get to know another member!

Posted on September 6, 2016 at 2:50 pm in Featured Content.

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 10:17 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 9:29 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 11:02 am in Featured Content.

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