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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.

November is National Caregivers Month

"Each day, courageous individuals step forward to help care for family members in need, their quiet acts of selflessness and sacrifice telling a story of love and devotion. Across our country, parents and children, siblings and spouses, friends and neighbors heroically give of themselves to support those in their lives affected by illness, injury, or disability. During National Family Caregivers Month, we salute the people who play difficult and exhausting roles, and we recommit to lifting up these Americans as they care for their loved ones while protecting their dignity and individuality."
  From the Presidential Proclamation 2014 for declaring November as National Family Caregiver Month.

Posted on November 10, 2015 at 2:59 pm in Featured Content.

Many Hands Make Light Work: The GREAT Thanksgiving Reunion!

Event Date: 
November 26, 2015 - 12:00pm

Every Thanksgiving our church provides a free Thanksgiving dinner for any and all who wish to attend. This annual tradition is one of the highlights of the year. The entire church community and friends come together to make this meal a success. You can be a part of this wonderful tradition, as well. No task is too small.

Posted on November 3, 2015 at 10:33 am in Upcoming Events and Featured Content.

Who Are the Saints?

Contrary to popular belief, it is not the New Orleans football team that is considered to be the Saints! As defined by Merriam-Webster, a saint is "a good and holy person and especially one who in the Christian church is declared to be worthy of special honor." Most of us have many saints in our lives. Saints present themselves as people who have played a significant role in our faith formation, understanding, or ongoing struggles of life. They may be parents, grandparents, neighbors, teachers, coaches, or any mentor in our life. 

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 9:16 am in Featured Content.

Celebrating 175 Years....

Our wonderful Holtcamp organ...

Posted on October 20, 2015 at 9:59 am in Featured Content.

What is the Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery?

This last Sunday there was an insert included in the bulletin calling us to action regarding the Doctrine of Discovery.  At General Synod 29 held this last summer an amendment passed titled, "CALLING FOR THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST TO REPUDIATE THE DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY WHICH AUTHORIZED THE GENOCIDE OF NATIVE PEOPLES AND THE THEFT OF NATIVE LANDS."  What does that mean to us, and why should we be concerned?  As we find "Columbus Day" on the calendar this week, we should be asking what discovery means, and what, if any rights or privileges it carries.   
~ Eldonna Hazen


Posted on October 13, 2015 at 9:50 am in Featured Content.

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