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Capital Campaign Resolution to be Presented to the Congregation

Event Date: 
May 10, 2011 - 10:15am

 
The Executive Council presents the following resolution to the congregation to be discussed and voted on at the Sunday’s congregational meeting following worship. This will be distributed as a ballot to the congregation members who are present.

Posted on May 10, 2011 at 10:57 am in Featured Content.

It Takes A Village

Event Date: 
May 3, 2011 - 1:11pm

 
For those who grew up in the Church, it wouldn’t take much effort to conjure up the memory of a Sunday School teacher or Youth Leader who made an impact on their life. First Congregational Church is blessed to have a valuable crew of volunteers who bring alive the stories of the Bible, share Jesus’ message of love, model Christ-like behavior, and build bonds of relationships.
 

Posted on May 3, 2011 at 1:15 pm in Featured Content.

May is Sustainable Travel to Worship Month

Event Date: 
April 26, 2011 - 10:15am

 
As we have for the past six years, our church will highlight and celebrate sustainable, car-limited travel to worship during the month of May. Our goal is that a high proportion of all trips to worship use car-limited transportation modes such as carpooling, biking, walking, skating, riding the bus, sharing a taxi with others – anything other than driving alone or only with other family members. Throughout the month we’ll encourage each other in taking the next steps toward year-round sustainable travel to worship and in finding other ways that we can improve our stewardship of God’s creation.  
 

Posted on April 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm in Featured Content.

Worship Services this week

 

 

Posted on April 19, 2011 at 12:21 pm in Featured Content.

Holy Week Worship April 17-24

Event Date: 
April 12, 2011 - 10:15am

 
In the worship services from Palm Sunday through Easter, we will remember and think about some of the events in Jesus’ life during this period we call Holy Week. We hope you will join us regularly for worship during this special week in Jesus’ life and in the life of the church.
 

Posted on April 12, 2011 at 10:46 am in Featured Content.

Southwest Wisconsin Association UCC Spring Meeting

Event Date: 
April 5, 2011 - 10:15am

The Spring Meeting of the Southwest Association of the Wisconsin Conference UCC will take place on Saturday May 7, from 9am to 3pm at Community of Hope UCC at 7118 Old Sauk Road, Madison.

Posted on April 5, 2011 at 1:25 pm in Featured Content.

Teachers and Education

Event Date: 
March 22, 2011 - 10:15am

 
              You can read such interesting things in the newspaper. On Thursday, March 17, there were two articles in the “A” section of the Wisconsin State Journal that caught my eye. One was entitled simply “Collective Bargaining Q & A.” It was an article describing the effects of the Collective Bargaining law passed so quickly by the legislature and signed by the Governor a couple of weeks ago. The article was formatted as a series of questions and answers about what was in the law and how it would affect various people. It is what we have understood. Public employees will have to pay more for health insurance and pensions. Their collective bargaining rights are taken away except for the right to bargain about wages, and that is capped at any increase in the cost of living. This is going to make various differences for various different kinds of public employees, but it is likely to take away about 8-10% of a teacher’s purchasing power based on her/his individual salary. For beginning teachers it will be a larger loss; for long-time teachers, it will be a little less. That’s a pretty significant cost for teachers.
 

Posted on March 22, 2011 at 11:46 am in Featured Content.

Executive Council Action

Event Date: 
March 15, 2011 - 10:15am

At its regularly scheduled meeting on February 21, the Executive Council of the church discussed, voted on, and passed unanimously the following resolution. While in one sense the events of the day have overrun this action (the legislature passed and the Governor signed a bill taking away collective bargaining rights for public employees), this is going to be an issue in Wisconsin for some time to come. By this action, the Executive Council has placed itself on the side of the workers. It has also reaffirmed that discussion and negotiation, rather than dictating answers on behalf of one side, are the proper ways of solving the kinds of problems that Wisconsin faces.
Curt
 

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 10:18 am in Featured Content.

Artists and their Art of the Bible Gathering Class, March 16-April 13

Event Date: 
March 8, 2011 - 10:15am

Great art has dreadful manners.  The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things … but actually they are thugs…. The greatest paintings rearrange your sense of reality…. The power of art is the power of unsettling surprise.(The  Power of Art, Simon Schama).

 

I believe that the words above say something true about great art. There have been times when I have been walking through art galleries and a work of art has reached out and grabbed me, and insisted that I stand and look at it. The first time that ever happened to me was almost 40 years ago at the Art Institute of Chicago. They had a Monet exhibition; and when I came to one of the larger “Water Lilies” paintings, I was almost physically forced to stop walking and stare at it.

 

Posted on March 8, 2011 at 12:56 pm in Featured Content.

United Church of Christ Clergy and Members Rally in Support of Workers' Rights

Event Date: 
March 2, 2011 (All day)

As tensions over collective bargaining rights for unions and state workers escalate in locations around the country, UCC members and clergy have added their voices - along with declarations of the UCC's General Synod - decrying legislative efforts underway to strip workers of their negotiating power.

 

Posted on March 4, 2011 at 7:10 pm in Featured Content.

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