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Team Comma

August 2-5, First Congregational had a team of 11 riders (Team Comma) who rode to benefit Aids Network, a non-profit agency serving people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. We also hosted a pit-stop along the route on Friday. Read more for responses from the riders and pit-stop host about their experiences.

Posted on August 14, 2012 at 10:52 am in Featured Content.

Sr. High Mission trip


A crew of five First Cong Sr High Youth and two adults spent a week at Camp Courageous near Monticello, IA. Camp Courageous is a non-profit, year-round respite care and recreational facility for individuals of all ages with disabilities. The crew had a busy week building trails, digging trenches, power washing buildings, cleaning, unloading food, and washing windows. The group also had time for some fun activities and community building. 

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 10:47 am in Featured Content.

Interim Ministry - Helping Congregations Make Successful Transitions

Interim ministry is the ministry provided to a local church or other ministry setting during a pastoral vacancy. Every change of pastoral leadership presents a unique opportunity for the local congregation to assess its mission, consider its strengths and weaknesses, and search for a new pastoral leader in cooperation with its association and conference.

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 1:29 pm in Featured Content.

Welcome to Our Interim Senior Minister

The Interim Minister Search Committee was delighted to recommend Doug Moore to the Executive Council to serve as our Interim Senior Minister, and the Executive Council approved a contract with Doug at its June 18 meeting. Doug brings a wealth of experience to the position.

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 10:26 am in Featured Content.

Thank You

I was truly honored by the luncheon and program Sunday, and I want to begin by thanking everyone involved in planning it and pulling it off. 

Posted on June 5, 2012 at 10:33 am in Featured Content.

Politics and Christian Faith

Here in the United States, we seem to have entered an era in which political campaigns are continual and ongoing. 

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 10:42 am in Featured Content.

Listen to Each Other, Be Nice to Each Other

The title of this article is the fourth point of outgoing Moderator Phil Certain's Reflections in worship Sunday morning.

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 10:29 am in Featured Content.

Weight Loss

Many of you have commented positively and asked questions about the weight I have lost in the last 8-9 months. This essay is an attempt to explain what I am doing and why and how it has affected me. 

Posted on May 1, 2012 at 10:37 am in Featured Content.

Life After Resurrection

I love Easter Sunday in worship. The music is beautiful and uplifting. The church is full with members and visitors. All the flowers make for a beautiful sanctuary. Having that time in our service when so many people come forward to sing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah with our choir is just soul-stirring. And in our church this year, we had the tremendous bonus of having that wonderful liturgical art piece appear for the first time on Easter Sunday morning. Easter, and the worship service that Sunday morning, is inspiring to me.

But then what? We don’t live on Easter Sunday every day. Once Easter is past, do things simply revert to the same old world? Or does the fact that Jesus was raised from death change things for us? John Buchanan is the editor of Christian Century Magazine and the former Senior Pastor at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. He wrote an editorial in the April 18, 2012 issue of Christian Century which touched on these questions. The following is part of what he said.



Posted on April 24, 2012 at 11:19 am in Featured Content.

May is "Sustainable Travel to Worship" Month

Each year for the last several years, we, along with other faith communities in Madison and Dane County, have participated in “Sustainable Travel to Worship” month during May. We have encouraged all of us to travel to worship in a more “energy-sustainable” manner than we usually do, in an effort to model behavior that can cut down on petroleum use and environmental pollution. This year, we will be participating in this program once again.


Posted on April 17, 2012 at 10:37 am in Featured Content.

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