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Christmas Eve Services

Event Date: 
December 24, 2014 - 5:00pm

This is a family-oriented service...

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 2:21 pm in Upcoming Events.

Blue Christmas

Event Date: 
December 22, 2014 - 5:30pm

We begin this time by...

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 2:19 pm in Upcoming Events.

Children and Youth Christmas Pageant

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

"This Jesus" is a musical....

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 2:18 pm in Upcoming Events.

Holiday Organ Concert

Event Date: 
December 16, 2014 - 7:00pm

Enjoy some beautiful music by...

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 12:01 pm in Upcoming Events.

Sermon Talk Back

Event Date: 
December 21, 2014 - 11:15am

An opportunity to have...

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 11:41 am in Upcoming Events.

Advent Devotional Discussions

Event Date: 
December 21, 2014 - 8:45am

Come to discuss....

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 11:39 am in Upcoming Events.

Advent Vespers

Event Date: 
December 18, 2014 - 7:00pm

A time of evening worship including....

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 11:36 am in Upcoming Events.

'Tis the Season of Advent!

"Take time to be aware that in the very midst of our busy preparations for the celebration of Christ’s birth in ancient Bethlehem, Christ is reborn in the Bethlehems of our homes and daily lives. Take time, slow down, be still, be awake to the Divine Mystery that looks so common and so ordinary yet is wondrously present. 

~ Edward Hays, A Pilgrim’s Almanac

 

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 11:34 am in Featured Content.

Through the eyes of....

The staff of First Cong is excited to share the theme of this year’s Advent series:  Through the eyes of  . . .  Often times we get in a rut of re-telling the story of the birth of Jesus as we have heard it told for many years. We look through the eyes of the storytellers we have heard for years. We look through the eyes of the Gospel writers, or the Older Testament writers of Isaiah. These sources of information give us great insight into the feeling of the story as it was told, but we are somewhat limited to the author’s eyes. During the four weeks of Advent and the Sunday following Advent, we hope to present the story through specific eyes, using the scripture as a guide with additional readings to enhance the text. Imagine with us, how the original characters might have experienced the time shortly before, during, or after the birth of Jesus.

 

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 11:53 am in Featured Content.

Advent Workshop

Event Date: 
December 7, 2014 - 11:00am

You can frost cookies, create candy houses...

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 1:23 pm in Upcoming Events.

Advent Devotionals Are Almost Gone!

Event Date: 
November 30, 2014 - 10:00am

There are only a few booklets left....

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 1:20 pm in Upcoming Events.

Conversation on Gratitude

Event Date: 
November 26, 2014 - 7:30pm

Beth Israel Center and First Cong will be...

Posted on November 11, 2014 at 11:34 am in Upcoming Events.

Greening of the Sanctuary

Event Date: 
November 23, 2014 - 11:00am

Let's get a good start on Advent by...

Posted on November 11, 2014 at 11:30 am in Upcoming Events.

Is First Congregational a GFC?

We are in the strong part of the programming year in the Christian church. We are weeks away from being in Advent, a time when people think more about church, and a time when more people are “checking out” churches to see if they “fit.” During a time when Stewardship has asked us to check our vision about giving, it might be a good time for us to check our vision as a church. Thomas Rainer from Rainer Group, a church and denominational consulting firm, assembled data on what he calls GFCs  (Genuinely Friendly Churches.) He set certain parameters for GFCs; and then attempted to measure those churches guest return rates. A guest return rate is simply the percentage of guests who will return to the church for at least a second visit.

 

Posted on November 11, 2014 at 11:22 am in Featured Content.

Cherub Choir

Event Date: 
November 9, 2014 - 9:30am

Cherubs will be singing...

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 11:25 am in Upcoming Events and Sunday School.

Movie Night

Event Date: 
November 14, 2014 - 6:00pm

Join us in watching...

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 11:19 am in Upcoming Events.

First Congregational & Beth Israel Center

The letter below was written by Cynthia Hirsch as an OpEd for the Wisconsin State Journal. First Congregational was proud to be able to host Beth Israel Center for their High Holy Days this year. Beth Israel Center and First Congregational will be celebrating Thanksgiving together on Thanksgiving Eve with “A Conversation on Gratitude,” led by Rabbi Joshua Ben-Gideon and Rev. Eldonna Hazen. Please plan to join us at 7:30pm on November 26th at First Congregational.

 

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 11:11 am in Featured Content.

Daylight Saving Time Ends!

Event Date: 
November 2, 2014 - 2:00am

Don't forget to turn your clocks back!

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 10:41 am in Upcoming Events.

All Church Breakfast

Event Date: 
November 9, 2014 - 8:30am

Chefs for the Day, the Stewardship Board, invite all to....

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 10:40 am in Upcoming Events.

Shelter Gifts

In December, we will be...

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 10:38 am in Featured.

First Cong Youth

Event Date: 
November 9, 2014 - 10:15am

Youth Bible Study will be held....

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 10:37 am in Youth and Upcoming Events.

Christmas Pageant Auditions

Event Date: 
November 9, 2014 - 11:15am

All Sunday School children are in the pageant, but....

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 10:35 am in Upcoming Events and Sunday School.

All Saints/Stewardship Sunday

"One of the things I love about the lives of the saints is that hardly any of them followed the rules.  They all departed from what the rules of their own time were, in their pursuit of the radical practice of the life of Jesus in their world." 

~ Diana Butler Bass

This Sunday we will have the unique opportunity to celebrate All Saints Sunday and Stewardship Sunday. Most of the time we honor the saints on one Sunday and take another Sunday to encourage people to be good stewards of the gifts they have been given. When the Board of Stewardship was planning the Stewardship campaign, it seemed natural to me to combine these two Sundays. 

 

 

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 10:21 am in Featured Content.

PIPS Potluck

Event Date: 
November 16, 2014 (All day)

All parents of infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers...

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 10:08 am in Upcoming Events.

All Saints' Sunday

Event Date: 
November 2, 2014 - 10:00am

You will have the opportunity to...

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 9:56 am in Upcoming Events.

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