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No Pew Warmers

Event Date: 
April 5, 2011 - 10:15am

Due to personal schedules and lack of interest, the Pew Warmers will take a summer off this year.  

Posted on March 14, 2011 at 1:48 pm in Featured.

One Great Hour of Sharing April 3

Event Date: 
April 3, 2011 - 10:15am

The theme of this campaign is:Sharing resources, changing lives, bringing joy.

Posted on March 14, 2011 at 1:43 pm in Upcoming Events.

A new year for the Food Resource Bank project

Event Date: 
March 13, 2011 - 10:15am

2011 marks the 5th year of participation of First Congregational in supporting the Cambodia-South Foods Resource Bank project. 

Posted on March 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm in Featured.

UCC Prayer Vigil

Event Date: 
March 14, 2011 - 10:15am

UCC members from the Madison area were invited to attend a prayer vigil Sunday evening at the Capitol. 

Posted on March 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm in Featured.

Week of March 13-19, 2011

Event Date: 
March 13, 2011 - 10:15am

Gracious God, I so easily fall prey to patterns of behavior that separate me from you and others. I want to do the right thing, the good thing, the loving thing, but temptation stalks the rim of my life like a prowling animal. Before I know it, I’ve fallen into its grasp and begun the downward spiral into what is less than full life. Help me, God, to see when temptation is trying to cleverly captivate me. Give me the strength and fortitude to make choices for health and spiritual wholeness. Keep me faithful in my love for you and faithful to the wonder of being given the gift of life. Amen.

Posted on March 10, 2011 at 12:37 pm in Prayer for Daily Use.

Community Hymn Sing at the Overture Center

Event Date: 
March 26, 2011 - 11:00am

Our music director, Don DeBruin, will be the accompanist for this event. 

Posted on March 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm in Upcoming Events.

The Amazing GRACE!

Event Date: 
April 10, 2011 - 1:00pm

First Cong Sr. High Youth will again be hosting The Amazing GRACE! 

Posted on March 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm in Youth and Upcoming Events.

Artists and their Art of the Bible Gathering Class, March 16-April 13

Event Date: 
March 8, 2011 - 10:15am

Great art has dreadful manners.  The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things … but actually they are thugs…. The greatest paintings rearrange your sense of reality…. The power of art is the power of unsettling surprise.(The  Power of Art, Simon Schama).

 

I believe that the words above say something true about great art. There have been times when I have been walking through art galleries and a work of art has reached out and grabbed me, and insisted that I stand and look at it. The first time that ever happened to me was almost 40 years ago at the Art Institute of Chicago. They had a Monet exhibition; and when I came to one of the larger “Water Lilies” paintings, I was almost physically forced to stop walking and stare at it.

 

Posted on March 8, 2011 at 12:56 pm in Featured Content.

United Church of Christ Clergy and Members Rally in Support of Workers' Rights

Event Date: 
March 2, 2011 (All day)

As tensions over collective bargaining rights for unions and state workers escalate in locations around the country, UCC members and clergy have added their voices - along with declarations of the UCC's General Synod - decrying legislative efforts underway to strip workers of their negotiating power.

 

Posted on March 4, 2011 at 7:10 pm in Featured Content.

Prayer for Daily Use

Event Date: 
February 27, 2011 - 10:15am

Week of February 27-March 6, 2011

Posted on March 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm in Prayer for Daily Use.

Gathering Class and Supper

Event Date: 
April 13, 2011 - 5:30pm

This week: The Biblical Art of Marc Chagall

Posted on March 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm in Upcoming Events.

Healing Service on Ash Wednesday

Event Date: 
March 9, 2011 - 7:00pm

A Healing Service will take place at 7pm in the Sanctuary on Ash Wednesday

Posted on March 1, 2011 at 3:01 pm in Upcoming Events.

By-Laws Review Committee

Event Date: 
March 12, 2011 - 10:30am

The By-Laws Review Committee has been working hard.

Posted on March 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm in Upcoming Events.

Sunday School Goes Fishin'

Event Date: 
March 13, 2011 - 10:15am

Sunday School will make a Splash!

Posted on March 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm in Upcoming Events and Sunday School.

Are We There Yet? The Story of Moses Part II

Event Date: 
February 27, 2011 - 10:15am

Are We There Yet? Goes on Tour!

Posted on March 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm in Youth and Featured.

Towering Totem of Toilet Tissue

Event Date: 
January 2, 2011 - 10:15am

112 rolls of toilet tissue!

Posted on March 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm in Youth and Featured.

Clergy Join Protest at Capital

Event Date: 
February 22, 2011 (All day)

 

Reverends Jerry Hancock, Eldonna Hazen and Curt Anderson at the Capitol on Tuesday, 2/22/2011. They were part of a group of 60-some clergy from various religious traditions who participated in a faith-rally against the budget repair bill on the steps of Grace Episcopal Church, and then marched across the street and into the Capitol, all chanting "This is what religion should look like." After brief prayers in the middle of the rotunda, they went outside the Assembly chambers for prayers, also.

 

Posted on February 23, 2011 at 8:59 pm in Featured Content.

BOUNCE Bowling Blast!

Event Date: 
March 27, 2011 - 1:00pm

All Mid-High Youth are invited to Bowling on Saturday, March 26 from 1:00 - 3:30pm
 

Posted on February 22, 2011 at 1:24 pm in Youth and Upcoming Events.

Prayer for Daily Use

Event Date: 
February 20, 2011 (All day)

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

Posted on February 20, 2011 at 6:23 pm in Prayer for Daily Use.

Prayer for Daily Use

Event Date: 
February 13, 2011 (All day)

Gracious and merciful God, you have given me wonderful gifts – gifts of intelligence, of training, of friends and family. You have blessed me beyond my imagining.

Sometimes, however, I use your blessings only for myself, rather than also using them to help others.

I pray that you would make me more aware of the needs of others – people across the living room, across the street, across the state. And as I become aware of their needs, help me find ways to share your blessings with them.

Posted on February 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm in Prayer for Daily Use.

Rev. Curt Anderson Gives Invocation at Madison Rally

Event Date: 
February 17, 2011 (All day)

Curt Anderson is the Senior Minister at First Congregational Church and a member of the Interfaith Board for Worker Justice.  He gave the invocation at the rally to fight Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's bill to end collective bargaining with state employees on Wednesday February 16, 2011.

Posted on February 18, 2011 at 12:08 pm in Featured Content and Social Justice.

February 20 Congregational Meeting 2011 Budget and New Website

Event Date: 
February 15, 2011 (All day)

There is a congregational meeting this Sunday following worship. The main purpose of the meeting is to discuss and approve a budget for the church for 2011. Copies of the 2010 budget and expenses and the proposed 2011 budget have been available in the back of the sanctuary the last two Sundays; and last week’s Tower contained a one-page insert with a written, narrative budget summary and a very short (one side of one page) summary of the 2010 budget and expenditures and the proposed 2011 budget.

Posted on February 18, 2011 at 11:51 am in Featured Content.

UCC Conference Minister Sends Note on Wiscsonsin Rally

Event Date: 
February 21, 2011 - 10:00am

Date: February 18, 2011

To: Pastors and Churches in the Wisconsin Conference

Dear friends and partners in the ministry of the Gospel. Grace, mercy, and peace be with you.

In a time of conflict and danger for his community, the prophet Isaiah offered an invitation from God to the people: “Come, let us reason together.” (Isaiah 1:18)

Posted on February 18, 2011 at 1:00 am in Featured and Social Justice.

Are We There Yet? The Story of Moses Part II

Event Date: 
February 27, 2011 - 10:15am

ARE WE THERE YET? The Story of Moses Part II After The Red Sea

Posted on February 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm in Youth and Upcoming Events.

New Website is Live!

Event Date: 
February 11, 2011 - 9:00am

As you can see, we have a new website!

Posted on February 11, 2011 at 10:49 am in Featured.

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