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First Congregational Receives Partners in Change Award from Madison-area Urban Ministry (MUM)

It was an honor and joy to accept the Partners in Change award at the MUM luncheon on Thursday, April 27th on behalf of the congregation.  Linda Ketcham, Executive Director of MUM said the Board of Directors had voted unanimously in January to give the award to a group that was a longtime friend of MUM, and a group with a relatively new relationship. The awards were given to United Way of Dane County for their work with the re-entry program, UW Health for their new relationship with Just Bakery, and First Congregational for the longtime support.

Posted on May 2, 2017 at 9:55 am in Featured Content.

Summer Singers!!

Event Date: 
August 6, 2017 - 9:15am

Last chance!

Posted on April 25, 2017 at 10:15 am in Music.

Farmer's Market

Mark Your Calendars!

Posted on April 25, 2017 at 10:14 am in Featured.

Children & Youth Sunday

The Children and Youth of First Cong will be leading worship this Sunday. Sunday School Students will stay through the whole service and will lead a Call to Worship in song, Youth will read scripture and lead prayers, and the Youth Musical Survivor Babylon will be presented for the Sermon.The script of this year's Youth Musical was written by First Cong Youth Emma Bittner! 

Posted on April 25, 2017 at 10:07 am in Featured Content.

Long-Term Member Lunch

Event Date: 
May 7, 2017 - 11:15am

Imagine being dedicated to...

Posted on April 19, 2017 at 11:22 am in Upcoming Events.

55 Alive!

Event Date: 
May 3, 2017 - 11:30am

Our speaker will be...

Posted on April 19, 2017 at 11:21 am in Upcoming Events.

White Privilege Class

Event Date: 
May 10, 2017 - 6:30pm

We continue the conversation...

Posted on April 19, 2017 at 10:52 am in Upcoming Events.

Children & Youth Sunday

Event Date: 
April 30, 2017 - 10:00am

Children and Youth...

Posted on April 11, 2017 at 10:09 am in Youth and Upcoming Events.

Caring for the Least Among Us: Economic Justice in Our Nation

Event Date: 
May 6, 2017 - 9:00am

St. John's UCC will host...

Posted on April 11, 2017 at 9:49 am in Upcoming Events.

White Privilege: Let's Talk

Event Date: 
April 23, 2017 - 8:45am

Four more sessions are planned...

Posted on April 11, 2017 at 9:46 am in Upcoming Events.

Holy Week

The events of Holy Week are the cornerstone of our Christian beliefs. The events are both horrific and promise hope for each of us, and for the world we live in today. Please join us for the services of Holy Week listed below. How might we be moved by the path of Jesus?

Posted on April 11, 2017 at 9:43 am in Featured Content.

Fresh Flowers

Event Date: 
April 16, 2017 - 10:00am

Don't forget!

Posted on April 11, 2017 at 9:41 am in Upcoming Events.

Youth Mystery Trip

Event Date: 
May 7, 2017 - 11:15am

All Youth...

Posted on April 4, 2017 at 9:58 am in Youth and Upcoming Events.

Easter Sunday for Children

Event Date: 
April 16, 2017 - 10:00am

A one-room ...

Posted on April 4, 2017 at 9:56 am in Upcoming Events.

The Amazing GRace Trophy Comes Home!

The High School team from ...

Posted on April 4, 2017 at 9:54 am in Youth.

Construction Zone Info

The University Ave. door....

Posted on April 4, 2017 at 9:49 am in Featured.

Next Stop: Jerusalem! Are we ready to enter?

Faith in action is love, and love in action is service. By transforming that faith into living acts of love,
we put ourselves in contact with God Himself, with Jesus our Lord.
~ Mother Teresa
 
We are just days away from Jesus arriving in Jerusalem and the beginning of Holy Week. We will begin the week with Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem, followed by days that will bring pain, both emotionally and physically, to Jesus and his followers. In our travels with Jesus during this Lenten season, we witnessed his baptism, including him hearing God's blessing. We also eavesdropped on his first sermon to the disciples, telling them what his ministry would look like and what he expects of his followers. His expectations should be a mirror of his own ministry.  Jesus' ministry included mourning with people, being humble, working hard for justice, showing mercy, having a pure heart, working for peace, and enduring pain for doing what is right. We also have witnessed his presence with people who have been marginalized. Jesus goes out of his way to engage with people who are beyond what we would call his "inner circle."

Posted on April 4, 2017 at 9:47 am in Featured Content.

Trashed! Don't Trash our Healthcare

Event Date: 
April 9, 2017 - 5:00pm

Please come and help....

Posted on March 28, 2017 at 12:40 pm in Upcoming Events.

Pizza, Potluck, Movie & Discussion

Event Date: 
April 7, 2017 - 5:30pm

Who is Dayani Cristal? tells...

Posted on March 28, 2017 at 12:34 pm in Upcoming Events.

Prayer in Motion: A Community-created Lenten Yoga Meditation

Event Date: 
April 8, 2017 - 12:00pm

Join us for an hour of....

Posted on March 28, 2017 at 12:31 pm in Upcoming Events.

People of Faith United For Justice

Event Date: 
April 4, 2017 - 9:00am

This is a day-long gathering to....

Posted on March 28, 2017 at 12:28 pm in Upcoming Events.

Construction Zone Ahead! Please Read!

Construction is the art of making a meaningful whole out of many parts. Buildings are witnesses to the human ability to construct concrete things. I believe that the real core of all architectural work lies in the act of construction.
At the point in time concrete materials are assembled and erected, the architecture we have been looking for becomes part of the real world. 
~ Peter Zumthor
 
We have been talking about the renovation on the west side of the building for a very long time. Plans have been drawn and re-drawn. Bids have been submitted by contractors, and approved by the Executive Council. Over three years of work has been done by our Renovation Committee. And now . . . THE WORK HAS BEGUN! 
Many changes will need to be made by members of the congregation and outside groups who use our space. Please read the following updates about entry for all activities happening in the building:

Posted on March 28, 2017 at 12:13 pm in Featured Content.

Respite Room Moved

Due to renovation...

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 10:03 am in Featured.

Advocacy: Letter Writing

Event Date: 
March 26, 2017 - 11:15am

Are you worried about...

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 10:02 am in Upcoming Events.

One Great Hour of Sharing

Paul's letters remind us as members of the church, we are so closely connected, we can think of ourselves as parts of one body, as a family-brothers and sisters. Our church lives this out when someone is ill, mourning, or facing a crisis. We show up. We show that love in tangible ways, with casseroles and cards, hugs, and spoken words of prayer. These acts of kindness let our brothers and sisters in Christ know that we are present with them. They know that they are not forgotten in their times of trouble. 

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 9:54 am in Featured Content.

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