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Celebrating 175 Years....

Event Date: 
May 5, 2015 - 10:00am

Long-term members present at....

Posted on February 17, 2015 at 11:35 am in Featured.

Lent: What are your practices?

This Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, we enter the season of Lent. Lent is the forty (week) days that precede the celebration of Easter. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving, atonement and self-denial. Often Lent is marked by fasting, both from foods and festivities, and by other acts of penance. Today we perhaps limit these preparations, or possibly combine them into three practices that many still observe. The three traditional practices taken up with renewed vigor during Lent are prayer (justice towards God), fasting (justice towards self), and almsgiving (justice towards neighbor).  However, in modern times, observers give up an action of theirs considered to be a vice, add something that is considered to be able to bring them closer to God, and often give the time or money spent doing that to charitable purposes or organizations. Do any of us still practice prayer, fasting or almsgiving during Lent? Do we need to?

 

Posted on February 17, 2015 at 11:33 am in Featured Content.

Lenten Series Books

You can borrow a copy of....

Posted on February 10, 2015 at 11:47 am in Featured.

Congregational Meeting

A powerpoint can be seen....

Posted on February 10, 2015 at 11:45 am in Featured.

Elizabeth Luncheon

Event Date: 
February 22, 2015 - 11:15am

When Mary, a pregnant, unwed...

Posted on February 10, 2015 at 11:43 am in Upcoming Events.

Saint John's Bible

Event Date: 
March 8, 2015 - 11:30am

Don't Miss It!

Posted on February 10, 2015 at 11:42 am in Upcoming Events.

in the midst of . . . dark and light

Then the king said to the attendants, “Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness,where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth”

Matthew 22:13

I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places,so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name.

Isaiah 45:3

 

Posted on February 10, 2015 at 11:40 am in Featured Content.

Church Camp Opportunities

NOW is the time to look into....

Posted on February 3, 2015 at 11:56 am in Featured.

Madison Area CROP Hunger Walk

The CROP Walk may have taken place last October, but...

Posted on February 3, 2015 at 11:53 am in Featured.

Living in the Light

There are two kinds of light - the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.  ~ James Thurber

In next week's Tower we will unveil the Lenten worship series. A huge hint, I encourage you to read a book by Barbara Brown Taylor. But until the series is revealed, and until you have the opportunity to read the book and hear some sermons, I want you to take some time to process "living in the light."

Posted on February 3, 2015 at 11:44 am in Featured Content.

Dr. King Children and Youth Service Day

First Congregational Church was the host of a special day of service, education and community for Children and Youth to honor the life and on-going work of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. 70 children and youth, along with 30 adult volunteers from 9 Madison area Congregations, gathered on Monday, January 19. 

 

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 12:09 pm in Featured Content.

Phil Haslanger Published

Former First Cong member Phil Haslanger had....

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 12:03 pm in Featured.

Duck Soup Cinema!!!

Event Date: 
March 7, 2015 - 5:00pm

The Board of Community Life invites you to...

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 11:59 am in Upcoming Events.

Community Meals Program Needs Volunteers

First Cong serves lunch at Luke House on....

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 11:56 am in Featured.

The Newlywed Game!

Event Date: 
February 15, 2015 - 11:15am

This year's panel of contestants is....

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 11:42 am in Upcoming Events.

Women's Book Study

Event Date: 
March 28, 2015 - 8:00am

We are reading and discussing...

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 11:35 am in Upcoming Events.

Sunday Singers

Event Date: 
January 25, 2015 - 9:15am

It's the last Sunday of the month...

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 2:53 pm in Upcoming Events.

Chili Lunch and Congregational Budget Vote

Event Date: 
February 8, 2015 - 11:15am

The Annual All-Church Chili Lunch will be...

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 2:49 pm in Upcoming Events.

Legacy: Not Just for Old People

Event Date: 
February 22, 2015 - 8:45am

"Legacy" continues with . . .

 

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 2:48 pm in Upcoming Events.

Legacy: Not Just for Old People

Event Date: 
February 1, 2015 - 8:30am

This Adult Ed Series will be offered...

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 10:59 am in Upcoming Events.

Praying in Color

While most of Madison was watching....

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 10:47 am in Featured.

Adult/Teen Movie Night

Event Date: 
January 23, 2015 - 6:00pm

Walking the Camino, Movie and Discussion for adults AND teens.

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 10:47 am in Upcoming Events.

First Congregational United Church of Christ Celebrates its 175th Birthday in 2015

Nine pioneers organized our church on October 4, 1840, meeting for the first time in the library of the territorial capitol. This was only four years after creation of the Wisconsin Territory, and eight years before Wisconsin statehood.  Names of our church’s charter members, seven women and two men from New England and New York, appear on the wooden plaque in the narthex, placed there during our church centennial in 1940.

 

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 10:45 am in Featured Content.

Church Office Closed Monday

Event Date: 
January 19, 2015 - 8:30am

In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 10:43 am in Upcoming Events.

Shelter Thanks

Residents of the Single Women's Homeless Shelter were thrilled...

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 11:46 am in Featured.

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