Love One Another

“Many of us follow the commandment 'Love One Another.' 
When it relates to caregiving, we must love one another with boundaries.
 We must acknowledge that we are included in the 'Love One Another.”
~ Peggi Speers, The Inspired Caregiver: Finding Joy While Caring for Those You Love

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 10:59 am in Featured Content.

Is Easter Over?

When we celebrate Christmas, we follow with the twelve days of Christmas. Even moving ahead to Epiphany, we talk about the magi experiencing the birth of Jesus. Then we move from the birth, a little bit of childhood, and forge into Jesus’ ministry. We can get a few days, or even a week out of Christmas. What about Easter? Is it a one and done Sunday? After Jesus has risen, what is there to talk about?


Posted on April 7, 2015 at 1:15 pm in Featured Content.

The Office will be Closed

Event Date: 
April 6, 2015 - 8:30am

Due to Easter Monday...

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 9:48 am in Upcoming Events.

Bible Conversations

Event Date: 
April 7, 2015 - 12:00pm

Bible Conversations will meet in...

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 9:42 am in Upcoming Events.

Caregiver Conversation & Support

Event Date: 
April 26, 2015 - 11:15am

Are you a caregiver?

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 9:26 am in Upcoming Events.

Holy Week 2015

We have celebrated Palm Sunday, hearing how the people ran to meet Jesus on his entry into Jerusalem. We are entering into a week that would seem very dark in how we have originally thought of darkness. But within this darkness we will learn new things about Jesus, his message, and how it will not only affect us, but the role we can play in carrying out this message. What if we entered this week searching for the ways we can find growth in our own understanding of what Easter morning will mean to us, rather than being mentally beaten down by the perceived darkness of Holy Week? Come and experience ALL of Holy Week.


Posted on March 31, 2015 at 9:23 am in Featured Content.

Reflections on in the midst of . . dark and light

During this Lenten series, in the midst of . . . dark and light, we have been examining the ways we experience dark and light.  Not only have we been using the sermons, but we have read books, sang hymns, and viewed dark/light through liturgy, art and poetry. Each of us sees the benefits and challenges of dark and light through different eyes. I have asked the other clergy and a few members to reflect on what this series has meant to them before we enter Palm Sunday and Holy Week.                      

 ~ Eldonna Hazen


Posted on March 24, 2015 at 11:17 am in Featured Content.

Long Term Member Lunch

Event Date: 
April 19, 2015 - 11:15am

Imagine being dedicated to something for...

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 11:12 am in Upcoming Events.

Flowering the Cross

Event Date: 
April 5, 2015 - 10:00am

We ask everyone to bring...

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 11:10 am in Upcoming Events.

Pew Warmers Softball

First Congo's co-ed team.....

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 11:09 am in Featured.

Earth Hour

Event Date: 
March 28, 2015 - 8:30am

Since 2007, people worldwide have been...

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 11:07 am in Upcoming Events.

Southwest Association Annual Meeting

Event Date: 
April 11, 2015 - 8:30am

This year is the perfect time to see...

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 11:03 am in Upcoming Events.

Easter Egg Hunt!

Event Date: 
April 5, 2015 - 11:15am

Children are invited to....

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 11:01 am in Upcoming Events.

Sermon Talk Back

Event Date: 
March 22, 2015 - 11:30am

The Talk Back is a time to...

Posted on March 17, 2015 at 10:15 am in Upcoming Events.

Processing Space Conversation

This last Sunday we offered a “Processing Space” after worship for youth and adults to have a safe space to share emotions following the shooting of Tony Robinson. We began and ended the time with prayer and Biblical text. The scripture used was Micah 6:6-8. 

With what shall I come before God, and bow myself before God on high?

Shall I come before God with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?

Will God be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil?

Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does God require of you

but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

First Congregational is a justice-driven church, but the foundation of working for and toward justice are the two bottom pieces of the triangle: love kindness and walking humbly with God. 


Posted on March 17, 2015 at 10:05 am in Featured Content.

Just Bakery

Event Date: 
November 1, 2015 - 11:00am

On the first Sunday of the month...

Posted on March 10, 2015 at 10:26 am in Upcoming Events.

Congregational Meeting

Event Date: 
March 22, 2015 - 10:00am

The members of the....

Posted on March 10, 2015 at 10:25 am in Upcoming Events.

The Grinnell Singers

Event Date: 
March 16, 2015 - 7:30pm

The Singers will be performing a repertoire of...

Posted on March 10, 2015 at 10:24 am in Upcoming Events.

One Great Hour of Sharing

Event Date: 
March 15, 2015 - 10:00am

Why Give to One Great Hour of Sharing?

Posted on March 10, 2015 at 10:22 am in Upcoming Events.

Youth Movie Meditation

Event Date: 
March 29, 2015 - 11:15am

All youth are invited...

Posted on March 10, 2015 at 10:21 am in Youth and Upcoming Events.

Pain Strikes Madison

This last Friday night Tony Robinson, a teenager, was killed in a confrontation with a police officer. There are many stories swirling about the incident and we will have to wait for an investigation to understand the circumstances of the death. In the meantime, our city has been turned upside down with fear, anger, and grief. There are many people who need to be held in our prayers: the family of Tony Robinson, the family of Matt Kenny, the Madison Police Department and their families, neighbors of the Robinsons and the community in general. I shared the following statement in worship on Sunday:


Posted on March 10, 2015 at 10:18 am in Featured Content.

Concert at Oakwood

Event Date: 
March 14, 2015 - 10:30am

Don DeBruin will be playing in...

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 12:33 pm in Music and Upcoming Events.

Cherub Choir

Event Date: 
March 8, 2015 - 9:30am

Cherub are singing this Sunday...

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 12:31 pm in Upcoming Events and Sunday School.

Newlywed Game!

Ann Beaty & Carol Kreuscher were this year's winning couple at the 9th edition of the Newlywed Game! PICTURES!!!

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 12:23 pm in Featured Content.

Lakeland College Choir Tour Stops in Madison

Event Date: 
April 17, 2015 - 7:00pm

The program includes...

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 11:19 am in Upcoming Events.

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