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Spiritual Practice Academy: Examen as Spiritual Practice

Event Date: 
January 10, 2018 - 6:30pm

The Daily Examen is...

Posted on December 19, 2017 at 10:45 am in Upcoming Events.

Prison Ministry Celebration

Event Date: 
January 7, 2018 - 10:00am

We will celebrate the...

Posted on December 19, 2017 at 10:43 am in Upcoming Events.

College Scholarships Available

Members of First Cong are invited to...

Posted on December 19, 2017 at 10:42 am in Featured.

Holiday Office Closings

Event Date: 
January 1, 2018 - 8:00am

The church office...

Posted on December 19, 2017 at 10:40 am in Upcoming Events.

Opportunities this week at First Congregational

Blue Christmas Service - A Service for Comfort and Light
Wednesday, December 20 in the Student Lounge & Chapel
Potluck at 6:00pm/Service at 6:30pm
When we live in a world surrounded by pain, we often need a place to find hope. Join us for our Blue Christmas Worship and potluck meal. We will begin at 6:00pm with the meal, followed by Worship at 6:30 which includes scripture readings and Advent candles lit to reflect our grief, pain, fears and struggle, whether they are related to the season or just at this moment or time in our life. Come to either or both as your schedule allows.
 
Homeless Memorial Service
Thursday, December 21 (3:00pm or you can come later)
This interfaith service remembers the homeless in Madison who have died this past year. The afternoon will begin with a short service at the square (East Main & Pinckney) at 3:00pm, followed by a walk around the square with a horse drawn wagon. We will finish at First United Methodist Church for a bread and soup dinner, followed by another short indoor service at First United Methodist Church (203 Wisconsin Ave). Come for part or all of the remembrance.
 
Sunday, December 24
10:00 am:  Fourth Sunday in Advent Worship Service. We will finish our Fear Not! sermon series and learn WHAT'S IN THE BOX!! After-worship refreshments will be served.
 
5:00pm:  Family friendly Christmas Eve Service
9:00pm:  Traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
 
If you can help deliver poinsettias to some of our older members, there will be postcards on the back table with their addresses. Feel free to take the poinsettias any time after the 9:00pm service.
 

Posted on December 19, 2017 at 10:38 am in Featured Content.

Join Us for Christmas Eve Service

Event Date: 
December 24, 2017 - 5:00pm

We have two opportunities...

Posted on December 12, 2017 at 10:42 am in Upcoming Events.

Homeless Memorial Service

Event Date: 
December 21, 2017 - 3:00pm

The afternoon will begin...

Posted on December 12, 2017 at 10:39 am in Upcoming Events.

Christmas Pageant

The X-Mas Files
The Truth is Out There. I Believe.
First Congregational
Christmas Pageant
Sunday, December 17
6:00 pm
 
A retelling of the traditional nativity story will be offered, with a twist, by the children and youth of First Cong on Sunday, December 17 at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary. All the children of the Sunday School are invited to be a part of the program. The title "The X-MAS FILES: The Truth Is Out There, I Believe" may offer a hint of the twist being portrayed. Connecting with the sci-fi/mystery theme of the popular TV series, Lox Mulder and Dana Schooly are special agents of the FBI (Faith Bureau of Israel) being sent to investigate three strange, yet seemingly unrelated, phenomenon happening in Bethlehem:
 

Posted on December 12, 2017 at 10:35 am in Featured Content.

Christmas Caroling

Event Date: 
December 10, 2017 - 9:45am

It's time to start singing!

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 10:45 am in Upcoming Events.

Blue Christmas Service

Event Date: 
December 20, 2017 - 6:00pm

A service for Comfort and Light...

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 10:42 am in Upcoming Events.

Christmas Pageant

Event Date: 
December 17, 2017 - 6:00pm

A retelling of the...

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 10:40 am in Upcoming Events.

Christmas Fund Offering

Event Date: 
December 17, 2017 - 10:00am

Our joy at Christmas is...

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 10:39 am in Upcoming Events.

The Season of Gifting

This last Sunday, we officially kicked off Advent 2017 at First Congregational. We sang Christmas carols before worship, we began What's in the Box?, we began our Advent preaching series, Fear Not!, and we crafted together at the Advent Workshop. Yes, Advent has arrived. With the arrival of Advent, we also have the arrival of the secular season of gifting.  Every family has already begun their shopping for the perfect gift under the tree. What is it that will make the recipient smile in appreciation and joy? We will all spend hours and dollars between the first day we start purchasing gifts, till we come to the end of our list.

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 10:37 am in Featured Content.

Christmas Concert

Event Date: 
December 14, 2017 - 7:00pm

The third annual...

Posted on November 28, 2017 at 10:43 am in Upcoming Events.

Advent Vespers

Event Date: 
December 13, 2017 - 7:00pm

Join us in the...

Posted on November 28, 2017 at 10:42 am in Upcoming Events.

World AIDS Day 2017

Event Date: 
November 30, 2017 - 5:30pm

In honor of...

Posted on November 28, 2017 at 10:38 am in Upcoming Events.

First Art Installation

We have all had the opportunity to see the newly renovated space. We all are living into the space - finding new ways to utilize the multi-purpose space of the Chapel, Student Lounge, and Kitchenette.  Until now, we have not been able to visualize the use of the Chapel space, which was fitted with proper display railings, as a space for art installations. Starting this Sunday, December 3, we will have our first exhibition hung in the Chapel.

Posted on November 28, 2017 at 10:37 am in Featured Content.

Community Thanksgiving Meal

Event Date: 
November 23, 2017 - 12:00pm

Join us tomorrow for Thanksgiving!!

Posted on November 22, 2017 at 8:50 am in Upcoming Events.

High School Youth Christmas Shopping

Event Date: 
December 10, 2017 - 1:00pm

High School Youth are invited...

Posted on November 21, 2017 at 11:36 am in Upcoming Events.

Bright Stars of Bethlehem

Event Date: 
December 3, 2017 - 7:00pm

First Cong will host...

Posted on November 21, 2017 at 11:26 am in Upcoming Events.

"Open and Affirming 201" Webinar

Event Date: 
November 28, 2017 - 5:30pm

Join a group in...

Posted on November 21, 2017 at 11:24 am in Upcoming Events.

Thanksgiving

 In a time when we can easily become discouraged by the actions of people around us, the inequalities related to race, religion, disabilities, healthcare, and income, we should use Thanksgiving as an opportunity to look at our own lives, and give gratitude for the blessings we experience.Too often we lose track of the everyday needs we take for granted. Most of us have plenty of food in our cupboards, freezer, or easy access to groceries. We don't stress about where we will sleep at night. We can go to the doctor when needed, and purchase the medication prescribed. We have transportation at our fingertips. We have friends who are willing to provide meals when we are sick or are facing struggles. We have people who are willing to wrap their arms around us when we are overwhelmed. 

Posted on November 21, 2017 at 11:23 am in Featured Content.

STEPPING UP and MOVING FORWARD Pledge Campaign Update

Thank you to everyone who...

Posted on November 14, 2017 at 11:02 am in Featured Content.

Church Office Closed

Event Date: 
November 23, 2017 - 8:00am

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday...

Posted on November 14, 2017 at 10:52 am in Upcoming Events.

"Fear Not"

          Sunday, December 3 is the beginning of Advent, a season of anticipation for the birth of Jesus, who is to save the world. Yes, it is a season of anticipation, but it is also a time of fear. The words "do not be afraid" are used by angels in multiple situations to remind people who are experiencing fear in their lives that God is with them and everything will be fine.  When the angels reveal the forthcoming birth of John the Baptist to Zechariah, they begin by saying, "do not be afraid." The angels reassure Joseph, saying, "do not be afraid," when they tell him Mary's child is from the Holy Spirit. The angels begin with "do not be afraid," when they announce Jesus' birth to the shepherds. There are also times in the Older Testament where we are reminded, "do not be afraid."  However as we live in the 21st century we are not immune to fear.

Posted on November 14, 2017 at 10:44 am in Featured Content.

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