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Are We Expecting?

Children and adults were in the living room talking, laughing, playing and eating pizza from the Glass Nickel. It was a delightful small group gathering for Judy and me to meet members of the congregation. As the level of noise and enjoyment rose, our host Jessica Taft gently spoke three, stunning words: “I am expecting.” Words as clear and winsome as heaven itself. “I am expecting.” Filled with hope and life changing impact, these three words held me in complete and utter awe. “I am expecting” filled my heart with Advent and the beautiful knowledge that nothing will ever be quite the same in the Taft home.

 

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm in Featured Content.

Sharing our meal in Community

 

How can we eat our bread when we know there are others who are hungry?

How can we drink our juice when we think of our brothers and sisters whose mouths are parched for lack of clean water?  How can we eat our meal in the comfort of our home when we know many who do not have a home to spend the day/night?

 

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 11:45 am in Featured Content.

Gathering Time

As a recent "Call to Worship" reminded us, the autumn of blue skies and golden lands is also a time when "apple-gathering children and nut-gathering squirrels alike prepare for winter." 

Posted on November 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm in Featured Content.

The Blessing of Stewardship

 

November is Stewardship Month at First Congregational Church.  It is my first at First but it seems familiar. The campaign runs for two or three weeks, a letter and a card asking for money and pledge are mailed to the membership, there is a theme ("Now More Than Ever") and a clever logo: a church moving forward. There will be a sermon and we will hear wonderful testimony from some members. The unspoken goal of this relatively short campaign is to garner enough in pledges to meet the budget for 2013.

 

Posted on November 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm in Featured Content.

Stewardship Campaign

Event Date: 
November 5, 2012 - 8:02pm
Many members have returned their pledge cards for the 2013 annual budget. If you have not yet made your pledge, please bring your pledge card to worship this next Sunday to put in the offering plate, or mail it to the church office, so that we can plan our church's budget for 2013. As we continue to discuss the new opportunities made possible by our successful Reach and Renew capital campaign, your annual pledge will enable us to maintain the ministries and missions that are meaningful to us all, and that will anchor our Reach and Renew work.  More information about how we support church activities can be found on the Stewardship page. 

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 9:40 pm in Featured Content.

Reach and Renew: Next Steps

The heat is on! How wonderful to be warm in our church as the days get colder! Thanks be to God for the generous gifts to the Reach and Renew campaign that provided funds for the replacement of our old failing heating system, for gifts to the Foundation that boosted our total available funding to over $2 million, and for the skills and persistence of the many who have worked hard to ensure that the heating and air conditioning improvements were made as authorized by the congregation.

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 10:46 am in Featured Content.

A Full and Joyful Season

We are moving towards the end of the Christian year and the fascinating beginning of a new liturgical season. The transition from November to December is more than the passing of months: It is the recognition of the sovereign Christ and the waiting for the infant Jesus. We, your staff, have been thinking hard on how we can hep this significant time be even more exciting and informative for our church. Read more for a rough sketch of what lies ahead.

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 10:49 am in Featured Content.

Jesus took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them. Mark 10, 16

In my day Sunday School was a terrifying experience. It was all about not getting in trouble, not moving, not speaking, and not doing anything to upset the adults. 

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 10:49 am in Featured Content.

Madison Area Crop Walk

On October 17, 1969, a thousand people in Bismark, ND walked in what may have been the first-ever CROP hunger walk--and raised $25,000 to help stop hunger.

Posted on October 9, 2012 at 10:46 am in Featured Content.

Who Is Antrim Caskey?

Antrim Caskey is coming to First Congregational on Friday, October 19th! So, who IS Antrim Caskey?

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 9:44 am in Featured Content.

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