Around the Table

I grew up in a church tradition that taught that there are two official sacraments in the church: Baptism and Holy Communion. I will always remember the phrase from my confirmation class:  “Sacraments are outward and visible signs of an inward and spiritual grace.”


Posted on August 26, 2014 at 9:29 am in Featured Content.

Where do we go NOW?

These are exciting times for First Congregational. We are now half-way through our Reach and Renew Campaign. We have already been able to accomplish many projects/programs that would not have been possible without the R&R Campaign. We have a new heating system throughout the building. We have air conditioning in the Sanctuary. We have started painting the exterior of the building. The Youth Room has been given a face-lift, and Membership Renewal has been working hard to keep people engaged in the life of the church.


Posted on August 12, 2014 at 9:10 am in Featured Content.

All-Church Outdoor Weekend

Event Date: 
August 22, 2014 - 3:00pm

Come join us for a weekend of fun and...

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 8:57 am in Upcoming Events.

An Open Letter on Child Refugees

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The Council of Conference Ministers of the United Church of Christ and the Collegium of Officers offer this open letter to the church in response to the flood of child refugees coming to the United States from Central America. We write it in solidarity with our sister churches in the Southern California/Nevada Conference, the Southwest Conference, and the South Central Conference whose boundaries are coterminous with our neighbors to the South.

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 8:34 am in Featured Content.

Why do we pass the offering plate?

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. ~ Winston Churchill


Sunday after Sunday, I sit in the front and watch the offering plates passed back and forth across the aisles. People accept the plate if they have something to put in or if someone else in the row has something to give. Many of us today do not bring regular Sunday offerings. We give by checks mailed periodically, we tive by a regular debit to our account, or we give by transfer of stock We give our offerings in a very different way today than we did a couple of years ago when I was a child. So, why do we pass the offering plate?

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 9:16 am in Featured Content.

Rev. Jerry Hancock on NPR

Jerry recently was featured on NPR speaking about...

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 2:04 pm in Featured.

New York Times Article on Restorative Justice

Read more about the Restorative Justice program in....

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 2:01 pm in Featured.

ACT 12 Pit Stop

Event Date: 
August 1, 2014 - 11:30am

Have you ever wanted to participate in...

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 9:31 am in Upcoming Events.

School Supplies Donation

Event Date: 
August 9, 2014 - 9:00am

The Board of Outreach coordinates a ....

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 9:28 am in Upcoming Events.

Children's Summer Musical

Thanks go out to ....

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 9:27 am in Featured.

Pride Parade!

Event Date: 
August 10, 2014 - 1:00pm

Want to spend time with church friends, 

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 9:26 am in Upcoming Events.

High School Mission Trip

Event Date: 
July 6, 2014 - 11:00am

A group of high school youth will be....

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 9:21 am in Upcoming Events.

Soft on Crime?

The following was an opinon-editorial piece submitted to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 9:16 am in Featured Content.

Community Meals Day

Event Date: 
March 5, 2015 - 10:00am

Please have your donated items to...

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 8:51 am in Upcoming Events.

Just Bakery

Event Date: 
March 1, 2015 - 11:00am

Stop by the Just Bakery table...

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 8:49 am in Upcoming Events.

First-Sunday Food Donation

Event Date: 
March 1, 2015 - 10:00am

The first Sunday of the month is when...

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 8:47 am in Upcoming Events.

Regent Neighborhood Race Discussion

Event Date: 
June 25, 2014 - 7:30pm

Join members of the community for...

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 11:06 am in Upcoming Events.

Strengthen the Church Offering

Event Date: 
June 22, 2014 - 10:00am

An all-church offering ....

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 11:04 am in Upcoming Events.

Looking for NEW First Friends!

Since the beginning of the year we have...

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 11:03 am in Featured.

Summer Singers

Event Date: 
August 24, 2014 - 9:15am

All are invited to participate in...

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 11:01 am in Upcoming Events.

Men's Fellowship

Event Date: 
July 13, 2014 - 8:45am

This is a great opportunity for...

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 10:58 am in Upcoming Events.

Make Music Madison

Event Date: 
June 21, 2014 - 2:30pm

It's an all-day musical extravaganza!!!...

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 10:55 am in Upcoming Events.

The Missions of 303 Lathrop

One of the many wonderful pieces of the history of First Congregational United Church of Christ, is to understand the importance and the dedication of its members to mission. Although in recent times we have considered the property at 303 Lathrop to be a source of income, the historical use of the house has been mission based. It’s not to say that the leases didn’t produce some source of income, but it is clear from all of the records I read, the rent was always reduced to the lowest possible amount to make the organization as successful as possible. Most of the time it is also clear that the members of the congregation were actively involved in the mission of the organization itself. The following is a summary of the use of 303 Lathrop, with additional information explaining the mission of the program.


Posted on June 17, 2014 at 10:47 am in Featured Content.

Blessing of the Bikes

Event Date: 
June 29, 2014 - 10:00am

You are invited to bring your bike....

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 10:46 am in Upcoming Events.

Church Tour

Event Date: 
June 15, 2014 - 11:00am

Are you interested in the nooks and crannies of our building?

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 9:23 am in Upcoming Events.

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