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Backpack Patch Party Rescheduled

Event Date: 
August 20, 2015 - 5:30pm

Bring your iron and ironing boards to....

Posted on August 11, 2015 at 9:39 am in Upcoming Events.

55 Alive!

Event Date: 
November 4, 2015 - 11:30am

The next 55 Alive! program....

Posted on August 11, 2015 at 9:37 am in Upcoming Events.

Prayer Practice Reflection Group

Event Date: 
November 8, 2015 - 11:15am

This is an opportunity to share....

Posted on August 11, 2015 at 9:35 am in Upcoming Events.

Caregiver's Conversation and Support

Event Date: 
August 30, 2015 - 11:15am

Do you have concerns for...

Posted on August 11, 2015 at 9:34 am in Upcoming Events.

Seaking the Sacred Thread

Thanks to your generosity, we (Eldonna & Ann) were able to attend a retreat in Minneapolis last week.  “Seeking the sacred thread” was our theme for three days with Barbara Brown Taylor and John Philip Newell.   Through presentation, dialogue, prayer, silence, song and fellowship, we joined 200 others seeking to discern more deeply how the threads of the major religious traditions can touch and enrich each other.

 

Posted on August 11, 2015 at 9:32 am in Featured Content.

Youth Mission Trips

First Congregational Church was well represented by its young people on two recent trips. Thank you to adult chaperones Peggy Ludlow & Katrina Dwinell for making these trips possible!

High School Youth spent a week near Monticello, IA working at Camp Courageous, a year-round recreational and respite camp for individuals of all ages with disabilities. The work included washing windows, cleaning chairs, sealing picnic tables and a large deck, loading and unloading 200 large bags of mulch, and sealing cracks on nearly ½ mile of pavement in preparation for resurfacing. www.campcourageous.org

Here are some thoughts from those on the trip:

 

 

Posted on August 4, 2015 at 9:17 am in Featured Content.

The Summer Handbell Ringers

Event Date: 
August 26, 2015 - 6:00pm

The handbell choir will meet...

Posted on August 4, 2015 at 9:13 am in Upcoming Events.

Celebrating 175 Years....

Our church has extended an....

Posted on August 4, 2015 at 9:07 am in Featured.

Youth Mission Trip Presentation

Event Date: 
August 2, 2015 - 11:15am

First Cong Youth invite you to...

Posted on July 28, 2015 at 10:16 am in Youth and Upcoming Events.

Celebrating 175 Years....

Last week's note mentioned...

Posted on July 28, 2015 at 9:55 am in Featured.

Ecclesiastes Sermon Series: It's more than a few common phrases

During four Sundays in the month of August, Ann and I will be doing a preaching series from the book of Ecclesiastes. The series will be based on a Listen UP! Bible study, written by Rev. Molly Baskette. Each Sunday the sermon will be based on a part of Ecclesiastes, readings and questions will be provided a week in advance, to allow participants to read the scripture and think about the questions.

 

Posted on July 28, 2015 at 9:54 am in Featured Content.

Celebrating 175 Years....

Our new church was dedicated and celebrated...

Posted on July 21, 2015 at 10:12 am in Featured.

UCC Musicians Association Conference

The United Church of Christ Musicians Association, Inc. is a non-profit national organization with a membership made up of musicians, clergy and interested laity. It began as the dream of a small group of musicians in Connecticut who felt a strong need for professional support from colleagues in the denomination. In 1993, this group banded together and launched UCCMA as an independent organization; it was incorporated in 1994. As it has grown both in membership and mission the focus broadened to include individuals from many different denominations and with many different roles (formal and informal) in their churches’ music and worship.

 

Posted on July 21, 2015 at 9:52 am in Featured Content.

Volunteers Needed

Event Date: 
August 1, 2015 - 12:00pm

8-10 people are needed to...

Posted on July 14, 2015 at 9:24 am in Upcoming Events.

It's Backpack Time!

Event Date: 
August 8, 2015 - 10:00am

Please join the fun and...

Posted on July 14, 2015 at 9:19 am in Upcoming Events.

Celebrating 175 Years

In 1924, 75 percent of the congregation and all....

Posted on July 14, 2015 at 9:14 am in Featured.

By loving you more, you love the person you are caring for more.

The Inspired Caregiver: Finding Joy While Caring for Those You Love, by Peggi Speers

While caring for a loved one often brings rewards, it is also normal for it to have its unique challenges. Several months ago, we began a “Caregiver Support” group here at First Congregational. We agreed that some of our meetings would be to gather for supportive conversation and that some would be for educational programming with experts in the field.

 

Posted on July 14, 2015 at 9:12 am in Featured Content.

Pride Parade

Event Date: 
August 9, 2015 - 1:00pm

Time change for line-up!!

Posted on July 7, 2015 at 8:46 am in Upcoming Events.

New JAZZ Worship

Jazz has proved to be very difficult to define, since it encompasses such a wide range of music spanning a period of over 100 years, from ragtime to the present day. Attempts have been made to define jazz from the perspective of other musical traditions, such as European music history or African music. But because of the individuality of the jazz musicians themselves, and because of the improvisation so closely linked to jazz, no definition is broad enough to cover jazz. So instead of defining, we as the performer or listener, immerse ourselves in the music itself, not being constrained by a definition.

 

Posted on July 7, 2015 at 8:37 am in Featured Content.

Blessing of the Bikes

Event Date: 
July 19, 2015 - 10:00am

You are invited to bring your bike...

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 9:26 am in Upcoming Events.

ACT 13 U-Pit Volunteers Needed!

Event Date: 
July 31, 2015 - 8:00am

The ACT 13 Wisconsin begins.....

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 9:25 am in Upcoming Events.

"Draw the Circle Wide": Living the Commitment to Radical Hospitality

As I write this article for the Tower, I am enjoying God’s gifts of summer – the warmth and beauty of the setting sun, the rainbow colors of wildflowers and woods, the music of the whip-poor-wills, phoebes, mourning doves and loons. I am in the north woods of Michigan for several days of writing and respite. In the calm of the evening, I have ventured out in the kayak and observed the stillness of the lake occasionally disturbed by the tail of a damsel or dragonfly. I am always amazed at how something so small results in such a large rippling effect. The concentric circles spread amazingly fast and grow so large.

 

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 9:19 am in Featured Content.

Jeanne Tyler Honored at General Synod

We are so proud of Jeanne Tyler!

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 9:16 am in Featured.

Jazz Worship

Event Date: 
August 13, 2015 - 7:00pm

Discover the role of improv ...

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 9:15 am in Upcoming Events.

Celebrating 175 Years....

Event Date: 
July 7, 2015 - 11:15am

Our fifth and current meeting house....

Posted on June 23, 2015 at 9:59 am in Featured.

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