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Prison Ministry Restorative Justice Program

Fifteen years ago I was in prison. I had been invited to go inside the hundred year old walls of the prison in Green Bay to be part of something called Restorative Justice. That was all I knew. I stayed for three days, and those three days changed my life. I sat in a circle with thirty inmates, twenty volunteers and three survivors of violent crime.

Posted on August 14, 2018 at 9:34 am in Featured Content.

Blessing of the Backpacks

Event Date: 
August 26, 2018 - 10:00am

We invite all students...

Posted on August 7, 2018 at 10:14 am in Upcoming Events.

Join in the Pride Parade

Event Date: 
August 19, 2018 - 12:15pm

Come help...

Posted on August 7, 2018 at 10:12 am in Upcoming Events.

Our Art in Our Space

Event Date: 
September 23, 2018 - 10:00am

Bring your art pieces...

Posted on August 7, 2018 at 10:03 am in Upcoming Events.

Hearing Loop Receiver Round-Up

The Hearing Loop, installed in...

Posted on July 31, 2018 at 10:29 am in Featured.

Young Adult Address Changes

Jeff Rabe is updating...

Posted on July 31, 2018 at 10:28 am in Featured.

Silent March: Americans Against Gun Violence

Event Date: 
July 31, 2018 - 10:00am

Will be collecting pairs of...

Posted on July 31, 2018 at 10:18 am in Upcoming Events.

Team Comma Rides Again!

Last weekend Team Comma was on the road again, raising funds for AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW). This year Team Comma consisted of Sue Jones, Kristin Kanitz, Paul Karch, and Jeanne Marshall. The ride kicked off on Friday morning and returned at the end of three days and 250 miles for a celebration at the closing ceremonies sunday afternoon. The ride is critical in raising funds to support people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Posted on July 31, 2018 at 9:51 am in Featured Content.

Prayer Labyrinth Availability

Event Date: 
September 19, 2018 - 9:00am

Our Chapel labyrinth will be...

Posted on July 24, 2018 at 9:56 am in Upcoming Events.

Caregiver Support Group

Event Date: 
August 26, 2018 - 11:15am

If you are caring...

Posted on July 24, 2018 at 9:54 am in Upcoming Events.

Team Comma About to Start Pedaling!

Event Date: 
July 26, 2018 - 7:00am

Don't forget to support...

Posted on July 24, 2018 at 9:53 am in Upcoming Events.

Versatility of the Renovated Chapel

If there is anyone who is still wondering if the church made the right decision about renovating the Chapel space, let me review what has happened in the space over the last month.

Posted on July 24, 2018 at 9:51 am in Featured Content.

The Gift of Joy

An exhibition of ...

Posted on July 17, 2018 at 11:03 am in Featured.

TRUTH

On Saturday, June 30th, I spoke at a Press Conference focused on the topic of families being separated at the border. Below is the text of my remarks. Today it would be possible for me to add to the lists of 'truths' I listed. But I know that everyone who reads this article will have the ability to add to the lists of truths, and could also start a list of 'untruths.' Our commitment as Christians is to speak the truth, and to call out the untruths. Today, I pray that we will all be able to find the strength to speak truth and call out the untruths.

Posted on July 17, 2018 at 11:01 am in Featured Content.

Summer Singers

Event Date: 
July 29, 2018 - 9:15am

Join us in the choir loft...

Posted on July 10, 2018 at 9:13 am in Music and Upcoming Events.

Rainbow People Picnic

We are so fortunate to belong to a church that has embraced being "Open and Affirming" for 26 years! "Open and Affirming" (ONA) is the official status in the United Church of Christ for congregations declaring themselves welcoming of LGBTQ+ persons. For those of us at First Cong, we can't imagine how a church could exclude or judge beloved children of God based on sexual orientation or gender expression. As individuals and a congregation, it is easy to take this welcome for granted. However, there are people coming to our church regularly who are newly coming out to themselves, family, and the world. There are people coming to our church who are struggling with discrimination and hatred. There are people coming to our church who are afraid to be their full and whole selves at work or in other public places. And, there are even MORE people NOT YET coming to our church who need our extravagant welcome!

Posted on July 10, 2018 at 9:07 am in Featured Content.

Service of Reflection and Healing

Event Date: 
July 6, 2018 - 7:00pm

Feeling dismayed by recent events...

Posted on July 3, 2018 at 9:40 am in Upcoming Events.

Job: A Summer Series

Why Job? Job's story is the timeless story of what it's like to be human. Job can guide us as we seek to discern how to live in the world. Like Job, we live with blessing and curse, innocence and guilt, suffering and joy; appreciation for the gift of life and despair in the face of its ultimate inscrutability. As we navigate this life and our faith, we can use all the good guides we can find. Job shows us how to live with steadfast integrity and faithfulness even amid life's tumult and confusion. Why Job? Because the story of Job is a thrilling, challenging, and compelling account of the spiritual transformation that's possible as we find ourselves in-between the falling apart of the old world and the building up of the new. 

Posted on July 3, 2018 at 9:38 am in Featured Content.

Just Bakery Expands to Store Front Location!

Many of us enjoy...

Posted on June 26, 2018 at 10:16 am in Featured.

Families Belong Together March

Event Date: 
June 30, 2018 - 2:00pm

Please join us...

Posted on June 26, 2018 at 10:12 am in Upcoming Events.

Church Office Closed

Event Date: 
July 4, 2018 - 8:00am

Due to the...

Posted on June 26, 2018 at 10:10 am in Upcoming Events.

UCCMA Board visits Madison!

Last Tuesday and Wednesday (June 19-20) First Congregational hosted the National Board of the United Church of Christ Musicians Association (UCCMA). They had their own business to discuss, but much of the time was spent talking about UCCMA'S 2019 Conference, which will be held here in Madison at First Cong! Don DeBruin serves on the National Board and was instrumental in securing the conference for First Cong. The two days were spent touring housing facilities, a concert venue, and learning more about how we can provide the best possible conference.

Posted on June 26, 2018 at 10:09 am in Featured Content.

Groups on Realm

Are you interested in...

Posted on June 19, 2018 at 9:50 am in Featured.

Our Children!

The future which we hold in trust for our own children will be shaped by our fairness to other people's children. ~ Marian Wright Edelman

Posted on June 19, 2018 at 9:47 am in Featured Content.

First Cong Outdoor Weekend

Event Date: 
June 22, 2018 - 3:00pm

Picnic on Saturday, camping Friday to Sunday...

Posted on June 19, 2018 at 9:38 am in Upcoming Events.

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