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What Wondrous Love

We tend to talk about justice far more often in every community that's been in turmoil 
and we rarely talk about forgiveness and mercy.
Robert Enright
 
This coming Sunday, February 14, we enter into the season of Lent. The Lenten season marks a time when we examine Jesus' life, when we attempt to understand the people of the time, and Jesus' interaction with his disciples and the wider community. We are often amazed by Jesus' reactions to people of various parts of the community. Not that he didn't show anger and frustration at times, because he did; but his focus was always on love, and his willingness to forgive, not to hold grudges and to move forward. What lessons do we learn from Jesus about forgiveness? 

Posted on February 9, 2016 at 11:23 am in Featured Content.

Worship with The Crossing

Sunday, February 7th, Worship will include leadership by students from The Crossing. The Crossing is a campus ministry here at UW Madison. As a matter of fact, it is a short walk down University Avenue. First Congregational annually provides financial support to this ministry. Plus, we provide Sunday night meals on occasion. Executive Director of The Crossing, Rev. Manny Santiago will be preaching on Sunday. 

Posted on February 2, 2016 at 12:01 pm in Featured Content.

Bible Conversations

Due to the weather forecast Tuesday's Bible Conversations has been canceled.

Posted on February 1, 2016 at 2:29 pm in Featured Content.

Celebration of Ministry and Community

This last Sunday in Worship, we were able to celebrate the great work done for and by First Congregational. There were three celebrations during Worship. We celebrated the baptism of Clara Cochran, reminding us of the commitments we make each time we celebrate a baptism. We commit to being a community of love and support surrounding the baptized individual and family, with no conditions attached. A celebration of ministry and community! 

Posted on January 26, 2016 at 11:16 am in Featured Content.

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.

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