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The Amazing GRace

Event Date: 
April 6, 2014 - 2:00pm

Teams of youth from Madison churches will...

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 9:40 am in Upcoming Events.

Who and Where is Jesus?

Loving God, we live in a land of winter. Not the winter of the seasons, but the bleak

winter of a life lived far from You.  Easter was so long ago. It has been hard to hold on to the

joy of Resurrection in the constant clamor and chatter of a dark world that can only

be illuminated by having more, having it now, having it loud, boisterous, colorful, unsatisfying.

What we truly need is Your light to shine bright among us once more. Remind us again how

You came to live among us, to share our humanity and to show us how to truly live a life in

Your love.  Come, O God, again to be among us. Your people wait in hope.

LL Kroouze DuBreuil

 

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 1:15 pm in Featured Content.

Adult Education Lenten Series

Event Date: 
March 9, 2014 - 8:45am

Our Lenten Series begins....

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 1:07 pm in Upcoming Events.

Community Meals Day

Event Date: 
March 6, 2014 - 10:00am

Thursday, March 6 is....

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 12:03 pm in Upcoming Events.

First Sunday Food Donation

Event Date: 
March 2, 2014 - 10:00am

March 2 will be...

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm in Upcoming Events.

Just Bakery at First Cong

Event Date: 
March 2, 2014 - 10:00am

On the first Sunday of each month...

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 11:59 am in Upcoming Events.

Ash Wednesday Service

Event Date: 
March 5, 2014 - 7:00pm

Communion and...

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 11:56 am in Upcoming Events.

Please Join us in Cleaning the Nursery!

Event Date: 
March 22, 2014 - 9:00am

We are looking to...

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 11:55 am in Upcoming Events.

Dead Man Walking Author to Speak at First Cong

In 1982, Sister Helen Prejean became the spiritual advisor to a convicted murderer, Patrick Sonnier, who was on Death Row in Louisiana’s notorious Angola Prison. In the months before his execution, Sr. Helen came to know both the man and the families of the victims of his horrifying crime – the double-murder of two teenagers. Jerry Hancock credits Sr. Helen as a guiding light for the Restorative Justice program of the Prison Ministry Project. Over the years, Sr. Helen has been a leading advocate for the abolishment of the death penalty and for the value of Restorative Justice.

 

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 11:52 am in Featured News.

Cantata Choir Begins Rehearsals

Event Date: 
February 26, 2014 - 7:30pm

It's time for the...

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 11:44 am in Music and Upcoming Events.

Two Exciting Adult Education Opportunities

The Adult Education Committee is pleased to announce two wonderful classes that will be offered during Lent. Each of these classes will be offered before worship at 8:45am, and childcare will be provided. Both infant/toddler and elementary options for care will be available. Advance reservations are not required, but helpful for planning for adults and childcare.

 

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 11:41 am in Featured Content.

A huge thank you goes out to...

God Loves Science Faire!

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 11:22 am in Featured.

Thanks to Chili Lunch Helpers

Many hands make light work AND a ....

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 11:19 am in Featured.

Special Change Offering

Event Date: 
February 23, 2014 - 10:00am

During the last hymn...

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 11:18 am in Upcoming Events.

PiPS Potluck

Event Date: 
March 2, 2014 - 11:00am

All families with Infants and Pre-Schoolers are invited to...

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 11:18 am in Upcoming Events.

Introducting Rev. Ann Beaty

In November of 2013...

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 11:13 am in Featured.

The Blessings of First Congregational

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.”

Matthew 5:3-11

Two Sundays ago I preached on these words from Matthew. To summarize my sermon for those not here on Sunday, my point was that Jesus might have been using these words to foreshadow his ministry and set an example for all of us to follow. “Blessed” can be a funny term to define in our context, but most of us can acknowledge that when we ‘feel’ blessed, we ‘feel’ loved, supported, cared for and ‘feel’ the presence of God in our lives. We don’t just feel the love because we have given X dollars to the church, because of our position in the church or community, or because we have the biggest and best gifts, but because of the ministry of the members. 

 

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 11:09 am in Featured Content.

Movie Night brought to you by Board of Community Life

Event Date: 
February 21, 2014 - 6:00pm

Beat the cold and snow and warm up with...

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 2:17 pm in Upcoming Events.

Join the Women's Book Study

Event Date: 
March 15, 2014 - 8:00am

We will be reading and discussing the book....

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 2:15 pm in Upcoming Events.

LGBTQ in Faith Communities Conference

Event Date: 
February 16, 2014 - 12:30pm

Outreach and Seekardia are joining together to....

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 2:14 pm in Upcoming Events.

The Church Basement Ladies

Event Date: 
March 29, 2014 - 5:00pm

The Church Basement Ladies are at it again!!

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 2:11 pm in Upcoming Events.

2014 Budget: Dollars & Sense

Money never stays with me. It would burn me if it did. I throw it out of my hands as soon as possible, lest it should find its way into my heart. John Wesley

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 1:27 pm in Featured Content.

The Silent Work in the Church

A week ago I wrote about the weekend events of the King Coalition celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. I had the opportunity to be with colleagues of different churches and different denominations. This last week I was able to attend the breakfast for Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice (ICWJ). The speaker for the breakfast was Dalia Mogahed. The title of her speech was “Increasing Our Compassion Footprint: A Muslim perspective on economic and worker justice.” It was so good to hear about the work for justice from the beliefs of the Muslim faith. Again, I was reminded of how much work can be done in the community, even though we come from different faith traditions. Although both events have prodded me to want to do more work with a diverse group in the community, it has also caused me think about all of the work that is done within the diverse membership of this community of First Congregational.

 

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 3:28 pm in Featured Content.

Men's Fellowship

Event Date: 
February 9, 2014 - 8:45am

Be Provoked by the Church's Men's Group!

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 1:14 pm in Upcoming Events.

Newlywed Game!

Event Date: 
March 16, 2014 - 11:00am

Lunch and game!

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 1:13 pm in Upcoming Events.

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