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The Blessings of First Congregational

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.”

Matthew 5:3-11

Two Sundays ago I preached on these words from Matthew. To summarize my sermon for those not here on Sunday, my point was that Jesus might have been using these words to foreshadow his ministry and set an example for all of us to follow. “Blessed” can be a funny term to define in our context, but most of us can acknowledge that when we ‘feel’ blessed, we ‘feel’ loved, supported, cared for and ‘feel’ the presence of God in our lives. We don’t just feel the love because we have given X dollars to the church, because of our position in the church or community, or because we have the biggest and best gifts, but because of the ministry of the members. 

 

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 11:09 am in Featured Content.

Movie Night brought to you by Board of Community Life

Event Date: 
February 21, 2014 - 6:00pm

Beat the cold and snow and warm up with...

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 2:17 pm in Upcoming Events.

Join the Women's Book Study

Event Date: 
March 15, 2014 - 8:00am

We will be reading and discussing the book....

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 2:15 pm in Upcoming Events.

LGBTQ in Faith Communities Conference

Event Date: 
February 16, 2014 - 12:30pm

Outreach and Seekardia are joining together to....

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 2:14 pm in Upcoming Events.

The Church Basement Ladies

Event Date: 
March 29, 2014 - 5:00pm

The Church Basement Ladies are at it again!!

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 2:11 pm in Upcoming Events.

2014 Budget: Dollars & Sense

Money never stays with me. It would burn me if it did. I throw it out of my hands as soon as possible, lest it should find its way into my heart. John Wesley

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 1:27 pm in Featured Content.

The Silent Work in the Church

A week ago I wrote about the weekend events of the King Coalition celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. I had the opportunity to be with colleagues of different churches and different denominations. This last week I was able to attend the breakfast for Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice (ICWJ). The speaker for the breakfast was Dalia Mogahed. The title of her speech was “Increasing Our Compassion Footprint: A Muslim perspective on economic and worker justice.” It was so good to hear about the work for justice from the beliefs of the Muslim faith. Again, I was reminded of how much work can be done in the community, even though we come from different faith traditions. Although both events have prodded me to want to do more work with a diverse group in the community, it has also caused me think about all of the work that is done within the diverse membership of this community of First Congregational.

 

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 3:28 pm in Featured Content.

Men's Fellowship

Event Date: 
February 9, 2014 - 8:45am

Be Provoked by the Church's Men's Group!

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 1:14 pm in Upcoming Events.

Newlywed Game!

Event Date: 
March 16, 2014 - 11:00am

Lunch and game!

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 1:13 pm in Upcoming Events.

New Handbell Ringer Needed!

The handbell choir is looking for...

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 1:11 pm in Music and Featured.

God Loves Science Faire!!

Event Date: 
February 15, 2014 - 1:00pm

All Families with ....

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 1:10 pm in Upcoming Events.

A Weekend of MLK Events

It was a pleasure to be part of the events sponsored by the King Coalition of Madison and Dane County this last weekend. The King Coalition spends a year planning the events of Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, to honor the work Dr. King started, remind us the work is not done, and then encourage us to do the work that we each have the ability and responsibility to do. 

 

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 1:05 pm in Featured.

Chili, Cornbread & Congregational Camaraderie

Event Date: 
February 16, 2014 - 11:00am

A chili lunch and a vote!

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 12:21 pm in Upcoming Events.

Congregational Conversation

Event Date: 
February 9, 2014 - 11:00am

A discussion of the upcoming budget....

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 12:19 pm in Upcoming Events.

Shelter Thanks

Residents of the Single Women's Homeless Shelter were thrilled with...

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 12:18 pm in Featured.

Introducing "Just Bakery"

Madison Urban Ministry, in conjunction with...

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 12:17 pm in Featured.

The Church Will Be Closed

Event Date: 
January 20, 2014 - 9:00am

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 12:13 pm in Upcoming Events.

And JUSTICE for all!

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. 
 

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 12:10 pm in Featured.

Recycle the Warmth Blanket Drive

Event Date: 
January 24, 2014 - 9:00am

Look through your linen closet or...

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 12:02 pm in Upcoming Events.

Annual Faith Labor Breakfast

Event Date: 
January 23, 2014 - 8:00am

You are invited to attend the 14th Annual....

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 12:01 pm in Upcoming Events.

New Year's Resolutions

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes.

~ G.K. Chesterton

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 11:38 am in Featured Content.

Men's Fellowship

Event Date: 
January 12, 2014 - 8:45am

Meet in the Fellowship Room for...

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 11:36 am in Upcoming Events.

New Staff Person

At the November meeting of...

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 11:34 am in Featured.

What WAS in the box??

A PENCIL!!

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 11:33 am in Featured.

All Church Skating Party

Event Date: 
January 26, 2014 - 1:00pm

EVERYONE is invited to join the fun!

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 11:32 am in Upcoming Events.

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