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Octoberfest Costume Polka Party!

Event Date: 
October 27, 2017 - 6:30pm

Everyone is invited to...

Posted on October 17, 2017 at 12:00 pm in Upcoming Events.

The Big Reveal!

Event Date: 
October 18, 2017 - 5:30pm

Come and See Our New Spaces!

Posted on October 17, 2017 at 11:20 am in Upcoming Events.

Congregationalism Comes to Madison

Some members of the congregation are familiar with the history of First Congregational United Church of Christ, many are newer to the congregation and are not as aware of the rich and long history. As we look forward to having Margaret Bendroth, Executive Director of the Congregational Library in Boston with us in worship on October 29th, it seems appropriate to review the beginnings of First Congregational. The following words were taken from the 125 year book of celebration. First Cong has a fascinating beginning that holds an important place in history, both for the church and for Madison. If you are interested in reading more, please let me know, I have a few copies available to check out in my office.
~ Eldonna Hazen

Posted on October 17, 2017 at 11:08 am in Featured Content.

Sunday School UNICEF Costume Party

Event Date: 
October 29, 2017 - 10:15am

All children are invited...

Posted on October 10, 2017 at 11:25 am in Upcoming Events and Sunday School.

New Member Class

Event Date: 
November 12, 2017 - 8:45am

Are you interested in...

Posted on October 10, 2017 at 11:24 am in Upcoming Events.

Octoberfest Costume Polka Party!

Event Date: 
October 27, 2017 - 7:00pm

Everyone is invited to...

Posted on October 10, 2017 at 11:22 am in Upcoming Events.

Pancake Breakfast

Event Date: 
October 22, 2017 - 8:30am

A YUMMY breakfast...

Posted on October 10, 2017 at 11:19 am in Upcoming Events.

Behind the Plastic

For over four years we have had members of the congregation participating on a renovation committee. They have worked diligently to find the most efficient use of the space, weigh the needs with the budget, and make presentations/recommendations to the congregation. In May 2016, the congregation voted to move forward with those renovations.

Posted on October 10, 2017 at 10:56 am in Featured Content.

Celebrating 25 years of being Open and Affirming

In 1985, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ accepted a resolution that called on congregations to declare themselves open to and affirming of gay, lesbian and bisexual people in the full life and ministry of the church. In 1990, a committee was formed at First Congregational to study the possibility of becoming an Open and Affirming congregation.  After two years of study and writing a resolution, the church voted in May of 1992 to become an Open and Affirming congregation. The church was the 76th church of the United Church of Christ to declare their welcoming stance. Since the original vote, the church has intentionally added and welcomed individuals who identify as trans, or questioning. These actions and commitment need to be celebrated!

Posted on October 3, 2017 at 11:42 am in Featured Content.

Women's Book Study

Event Date: 
October 28, 2017 - 8:00am

The fall session of...

Posted on September 26, 2017 at 11:33 am in Upcoming Events.

It's time to MOVE BACK!

Event Date: 
October 13, 2017 - 3:00pm

And we need your help!

Posted on September 26, 2017 at 11:32 am in Upcoming Events.

SUKKOT: An Interfaith Experience & Potluck Picnic

Event Date: 
October 9, 2017 - 6:30pm

Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice invites...

Posted on September 26, 2017 at 11:28 am in Upcoming Events.

55 Alive!

Event Date: 
November 1, 2017 - 11:30am

Join us to hear...

Posted on September 26, 2017 at 11:10 am in Upcoming Events.

Neighbors in Need UCC Special Mission Offering

Event Date: 
October 1, 2017 - 10:00am

We are a people of action...

Posted on September 26, 2017 at 11:08 am in Upcoming Events.

World Communion Sunday

World Communion Sunday is a celebration observed by several Christian denominations, taking place on the first Sunday of every October, that promotes Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation. The tradition originated in the Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1933, was adopted throughout the US Presbyterian Church in 1936, and subsequently spread to other denominations. In 1940, the Federal Council of Churches (now the National Council of Churches), led by Jesse Moren Bader, endorsed World Communion Sunday and began to promote it to Christian churches worldwide.

Posted on September 26, 2017 at 11:05 am in Featured Content.

Blessing of the Animals

Event Date: 
October 7, 2017 - 10:00am

Pets come and...

Posted on September 19, 2017 at 11:16 am in Upcoming Events.

The Greatest Prayer Class

Event Date: 
October 15, 2017 - 8:45am

Using resources written about...

Posted on September 19, 2017 at 11:15 am in Upcoming Events.

Madison Area CROP Hunger Walk

Event Date: 
October 15, 2017 - 12:45pm

First Cong will again be hosting...

Posted on September 19, 2017 at 11:11 am in Upcoming Events.

Neighbors in Need - UCC Special Mission Offering

Event Date: 
October 1, 2017 - 10:00am

This special offering...

Posted on September 19, 2017 at 11:07 am in Upcoming Events.

Stary Olsa

Event Date: 
September 28, 2017 - 7:00pm

Be amazed by...

Posted on September 19, 2017 at 11:06 am in Upcoming Events.

Transformation

I hinted in last week's Tower that we would use our Sunday morning worship as a time to be still, but that we would also find space to act on our prayers. ACT we did! We transformed an empty communion table by filling it with 50 flood buckets and 50 hygiene kits. These kits will be transported to Church World Service, who will then distribute the buckets and kits to those who are recovering from the devastation of Hurricanes in Texas and Florida. I'm sure many of us have felt the desire to help in some way. Financial contributions are always needed, but even our financial contributions sometimes leave us feeling like we haven't done enough, or we don't know how or if our contributions have had an impact. Assembling buckets and kits with our own hands to be sent directly to people in need, makes an impact on us as well as the people who will receive them.

Posted on September 19, 2017 at 11:02 am in Featured Content.

A Brisk Walk Through the New Testament

Event Date: 
October 11, 2017 - 7:00pm

Jeff Rabe will be offering...

Posted on September 12, 2017 at 11:54 am in Upcoming Events.

Fall Outing

Event Date: 
October 1, 2017 - 2:00pm

Need apples?

Posted on September 12, 2017 at 11:51 am in Upcoming Events.

Volunteer Recognition

Event Date: 
September 17, 2017 - 10:00am

We want to honor those...

Posted on September 12, 2017 at 11:47 am in Upcoming Events.

Prayer & Action

Prayer and action...can never be seen as contradictory or mutually exclusive. Prayer without action grows into powerless pietism, and action without prayer degenerates into questionable manipulation.
~ Henri Nouwen

Posted on September 12, 2017 at 11:46 am in Featured Content.

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