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Christmas Pageant

The X-Mas Files
The Truth is Out There. I Believe.
First Congregational
Christmas Pageant
Sunday, December 17
6:00 pm
 
A retelling of the traditional nativity story will be offered, with a twist, by the children and youth of First Cong on Sunday, December 17 at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary. All the children of the Sunday School are invited to be a part of the program. The title "The X-MAS FILES: The Truth Is Out There, I Believe" may offer a hint of the twist being portrayed. Connecting with the sci-fi/mystery theme of the popular TV series, Lox Mulder and Dana Schooly are special agents of the FBI (Faith Bureau of Israel) being sent to investigate three strange, yet seemingly unrelated, phenomenon happening in Bethlehem:
 

Posted on December 12, 2017 at 11:35 am in Featured Content.

Christmas Caroling

Event Date: 
December 10, 2017 - 9:45am

It's time to start singing!

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 11:45 am in Upcoming Events.

Blue Christmas Service

Event Date: 
December 20, 2017 - 6:00pm

A service for Comfort and Light...

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 11:42 am in Upcoming Events.

Christmas Pageant

Event Date: 
December 17, 2017 - 6:00pm

A retelling of the...

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 11:40 am in Upcoming Events.

Christmas Fund Offering

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

Our joy at Christmas is...

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 11:39 am in Upcoming Events.

The Season of Gifting

This last Sunday, we officially kicked off Advent 2017 at First Congregational. We sang Christmas carols before worship, we began What's in the Box?, we began our Advent preaching series, Fear Not!, and we crafted together at the Advent Workshop. Yes, Advent has arrived. With the arrival of Advent, we also have the arrival of the secular season of gifting.  Every family has already begun their shopping for the perfect gift under the tree. What is it that will make the recipient smile in appreciation and joy? We will all spend hours and dollars between the first day we start purchasing gifts, till we come to the end of our list.

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 11:37 am in Featured Content.

Christmas Concert

Event Date: 
December 14, 2017 - 7:00pm

The third annual...

Posted on November 28, 2017 at 11:43 am in Upcoming Events.

Advent Vespers

Event Date: 
December 13, 2017 - 7:00pm

Join us in the...

Posted on November 28, 2017 at 11:42 am in Upcoming Events.

World AIDS Day 2017

Event Date: 
November 30, 2017 - 5:30pm

In honor of...

Posted on November 28, 2017 at 11:38 am in Upcoming Events.

First Art Installation

We have all had the opportunity to see the newly renovated space. We all are living into the space - finding new ways to utilize the multi-purpose space of the Chapel, Student Lounge, and Kitchenette.  Until now, we have not been able to visualize the use of the Chapel space, which was fitted with proper display railings, as a space for art installations. Starting this Sunday, December 3, we will have our first exhibition hung in the Chapel.

Posted on November 28, 2017 at 11:37 am in Featured Content.

Community Thanksgiving Meal

Event Date: 
November 23, 2017 - 12:00pm

Join us tomorrow for Thanksgiving!!

Posted on November 22, 2017 at 9:50 am in Upcoming Events.

High School Youth Christmas Shopping

Event Date: 
December 10, 2017 - 1:00pm

High School Youth are invited...

Posted on November 21, 2017 at 12:36 pm in Upcoming Events.

Bright Stars of Bethlehem

Event Date: 
December 3, 2017 - 7:00pm

First Cong will host...

Posted on November 21, 2017 at 12:26 pm in Upcoming Events.

"Open and Affirming 201" Webinar

Event Date: 
November 28, 2017 - 5:30pm

Join a group in...

Posted on November 21, 2017 at 12:24 pm in Upcoming Events.

Thanksgiving

 In a time when we can easily become discouraged by the actions of people around us, the inequalities related to race, religion, disabilities, healthcare, and income, we should use Thanksgiving as an opportunity to look at our own lives, and give gratitude for the blessings we experience.Too often we lose track of the everyday needs we take for granted. Most of us have plenty of food in our cupboards, freezer, or easy access to groceries. We don't stress about where we will sleep at night. We can go to the doctor when needed, and purchase the medication prescribed. We have transportation at our fingertips. We have friends who are willing to provide meals when we are sick or are facing struggles. We have people who are willing to wrap their arms around us when we are overwhelmed. 

Posted on November 21, 2017 at 12:23 pm in Featured Content.

STEPPING UP and MOVING FORWARD Pledge Campaign Update

Thank you to everyone who...

Posted on November 14, 2017 at 12:02 pm in Featured Content.

Church Office Closed

Event Date: 
November 23, 2017 - 8:00am

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday...

Posted on November 14, 2017 at 11:52 am in Upcoming Events.

"Fear Not"

          Sunday, December 3 is the beginning of Advent, a season of anticipation for the birth of Jesus, who is to save the world. Yes, it is a season of anticipation, but it is also a time of fear. The words "do not be afraid" are used by angels in multiple situations to remind people who are experiencing fear in their lives that God is with them and everything will be fine.  When the angels reveal the forthcoming birth of John the Baptist to Zechariah, they begin by saying, "do not be afraid." The angels reassure Joseph, saying, "do not be afraid," when they tell him Mary's child is from the Holy Spirit. The angels begin with "do not be afraid," when they announce Jesus' birth to the shepherds. There are also times in the Older Testament where we are reminded, "do not be afraid."  However as we live in the 21st century we are not immune to fear.

Posted on November 14, 2017 at 11:44 am in Featured Content.

Youth Cookie Baking

Event Date: 
November 19, 2017 - 11:00am

Youth will roll, cut and bake...

Posted on November 7, 2017 at 11:55 am in Youth and Upcoming Events.

Greening of the Sanctuary

Event Date: 
November 26, 2017 - 11:00am

Help First Cong get ready for...

Posted on November 7, 2017 at 11:54 am in Upcoming Events.

Healing Party

Event Date: 
November 17, 2017 - 7:00pm

Every year...

Posted on November 7, 2017 at 11:52 am in Upcoming Events.

Consecration Sunday

Event Date: 
November 12, 2017 - 10:00am

This Sunday we'll all have...

Posted on November 7, 2017 at 11:50 am in Upcoming Events.

Saving Lives

We know we can't stop every act of violence, every act of evil in the world. But maybe we could try to stop one act of evil, one act of violence.  Some of you may recall at the same time that Sandy Hook happened, a disturbed person in China took a knife and tried to kill a bunch of children in China, but most of them survived because he didn't have access to a powerful weapon.
Barack Obama

Posted on November 7, 2017 at 11:49 am in Featured Content.

All Saints Sunday

Event Date: 
November 5, 2017 - 10:00am

All Saints Sunday is...

Posted on October 31, 2017 at 11:30 am in Upcoming Events.

Celebration and a "Jolt" of Reality!

On October 8th First Congregational celebrated the 25th anniversary of voting to be an Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation. Every year on the second Sunday of October, worship focuses on being an ONA church. In the recent past, I have had church members ask if we even needed to set a Sunday aside to celebrate the public stance taken so long ago. My answer continues to be that our voice of inclusivity is as important today as the day the vote was taken in the church. Sometimes when we ourselves are surrounded by a community of love and support, we can become complacent, as individuals and a congregation. Last week, the news in Madison gave us a "jolt" of reality. 

Posted on October 31, 2017 at 11:28 am in Featured Content.

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