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March for Our Lives! Two Opportunities to Participate!

Event Date: 
March 24, 2018 - 8:00am

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Posted on March 13, 2018 at 9:35 am in Upcoming Events.

Sermon Series Conversation

Event Date: 
March 18, 2018 - 11:15am

We will meet...

Posted on March 13, 2018 at 9:25 am in Upcoming Events.

LISTENING to the Honorable Everett Mitchell

Of all the experiences he's had as a lawyer, perhaps one of the most life-changing was that of working as a pro bono attorney. "Sometimes people need to be  iven hope, and that hope requires some of us to make the sacrifice to be present with them," Judge Mitchell said. "So I started this four-year pro bono journey,  epresenting families, children, fathers and mothers, grandmothers, activists, the incarcerated, homeless, the mentally ill," with the goal of ensuring that the  ommunity sees the justice system as just. "It was through these cases that I learned to witness and experience the system through the eyes of countless  oments of inequality, and too many moments of disrespect."
A quote from Inside Track, a publication of the State Bar of Wisconsin, April 2017

Posted on March 13, 2018 at 9:21 am in Featured Content.

An Evening with Rev. Dr. Stephen Ray, Jr

Thanks to a generous gift given for Adult Education in our church, we are pleased to host this evening of listening and learning. Dr. Ray, Jr. was one of the authors that helped guide our Sacred Conversation on Race last year while using the White Privilege: Let's Talk curriculum. He appeared in the webinars we watched in class. His knowledge of black history and theology helped guide our conversations and brought new understanding to us. When the curriculum was written, Dr. Ray, Jr. was a professor of systematic theology at Garrett- vangelical Seminary. In January 2018, he was appointed as the President of Chicago Theological Seminary. Whether or not you participated in the classes, please plan to join us for this great opportunity to LISTEN, and learn!

Posted on March 6, 2018 at 11:32 am in Featured Content.

Knitters, Crocheters, Needleworkers and Other Crafts Alert!

Event Date: 
March 11, 2018 - 11:15am

Your skills are needed...

Posted on February 28, 2018 at 12:24 pm in Upcoming Events.

Chapel Concert Series

Event Date: 
March 16, 2018 - 6:00pm

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Posted on February 28, 2018 at 12:23 pm in Upcoming Events.

Listening Opportunities: What Have you Heard?

Event Date: 
March 25, 2018 - 8:45am

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Posted on February 28, 2018 at 12:22 pm in Upcoming Events.

An Evening with Rev. Dr. Stephen Ray, Jr

Event Date: 
March 7, 2018 - 7:00pm

We are pleased to host...

Posted on February 28, 2018 at 12:18 pm in Upcoming Events.

What Makes Us so "Special?"

The following text was presented by Faye Whitaker as a Because of your generosity moment this last Sunday. Although you won't hear Faye's inflection, it is rich in content.Thanks Faye!

Posted on February 28, 2018 at 12:14 pm in Featured Content.

Youth Trip to Escape Room

Event Date: 
March 11, 2018 - 11:15am

All Youth are invited...

Posted on February 20, 2018 at 10:51 am in Youth and Upcoming Events.

55 Alive!

Event Date: 
March 7, 2018 - 11:30am

"Movement is Life"

Posted on February 20, 2018 at 10:50 am in Upcoming Events.

World Day of Prayer

Event Date: 
March 2, 2018 - 9:00am

Church Women United invite...

Posted on February 20, 2018 at 10:48 am in Upcoming Events.

Sunday Morning Office Volunteers Needed!

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Posted on February 20, 2018 at 10:47 am in Featured.

Offering Envelopes

For those who want...

Posted on February 20, 2018 at 10:46 am in Featured.

Realm Day

Event Date: 
February 25, 2018 - 11:15am

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Posted on February 20, 2018 at 10:45 am in Upcoming Events.

Lead Us from Death to Life

Last Wednesday, February 14th, a young man entered a school building in Parkland, Florida, opened fired with a semiautomatic AR-15, and killed 17 students and teachers. This is not the first time I have had to write words like this in our newsletter. Shootings have become all too common in schools and public places. Again, the focus seems to be on the mental health of the individual who did the shooting. I have preached about mental illness. I realize that not addressing mental illness, not providing adequate resources to organizations who work with people needing assistance, and not making medications available for people with mental illness, can put people with mental illness in a desperate situation. Many times individuals dealing with mental illness become overwhelmed and look for ways to hurt themselves or others. Mental illness is a problem, and needs to have the funding and support to be addressed, BUT . . . if people didn't have access to weapons like the one used last Wednesday, or the one used in Las Vegas, or in the nightclub in Orlando, or the one used in Sandy Hook (the list is long), we wouldn't need to be talking about ANOTHER mass shooting.

Posted on February 20, 2018 at 10:41 am in Featured Content.

Adult/Teen Supper & Movie Night

Event Date: 
March 2, 2018 - 6:00pm

Pizza, Potluck & a movie...

Posted on February 13, 2018 at 9:43 am in Upcoming Events.

Lenten Devotional Guide

Copies of the...

Posted on February 13, 2018 at 9:37 am in Featured.

Lenten Vespers

Event Date: 
March 21, 2018 - 7:00pm

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Posted on February 13, 2018 at 9:33 am in Upcoming Events.

Lenten Listening

This Wednesday we embark on the season of Lent beginning with an Ash Wednesday service. During Lent many Christians commit to fasting, or giving up "luxuries," adding daily devotionals, or adjusting life in some way to replicate the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness. It is a way for us to be intentional in our own lives, turning our attention outward rather than inward; giving up some of our own needs in order to understand the needs of others.

Posted on February 13, 2018 at 9:27 am in Featured Content.

Youth Winter Retreat

Event Date: 
February 23, 2018 - 5:00pm

All Youth are invited...

Posted on February 6, 2018 at 12:24 pm in Youth and Upcoming Events.

Chapel Concert Series: Bryan Sirchio

Event Date: 
February 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

First Cong is...

Posted on February 6, 2018 at 12:21 pm in Upcoming Events.

Lend me your ears: Listening to God and Neighbor

This past Advent, we engaged in a sermon series on "fear." It became clear as the series unfolded that fear often comes from the unknown. To ease the unknown, communication is helpful. It seems that fear of others who are not like us, or situations unfamiliar to us, often come because we don't interact enough to understand one another.  Communication with others can happen using a variety of tools, but the most common method involves speaking and listening. Some of us are good at speaking articulately. Some of us are good at listening attentively. Both are necessary. We want to take the opportunity this Lenten season to enhance our listening skills as a means of deepening our connection with God and neighbor. Using the gospel texts for Lent, our sermon series will pay close attention to the people, places, and messages in the scriptures as we listen to the words we hear and what they might be asking of us.

Posted on February 6, 2018 at 12:17 pm in Featured Content.

OWL: Our Whole Lives

Event Date: 
February 28, 2018 - 6:00pm

First Cong will be offering...

Posted on January 30, 2018 at 10:57 am in Upcoming Events.

Ash Wednesday Worship

Event Date: 
February 14, 2018 - 7:00pm

The season of Lent begins...

Posted on January 30, 2018 at 10:52 am in Upcoming Events.

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