Thanks for your Spirit of Generosity!

You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. "For God loves a person who gives cheerfully."
2 Corinthians 9:7
The Spirit of Generosity at First Congregational is alive and well!  I am grateful for the many individuals who step up when a step is needed.  During the last stewardship campaign the congregation stepped up the annual giving by nearly 30%, enabling deferred maintenance to be addressed, so the church can continue to be a beacon of hope in the community.

Posted on August 1, 2017 at 10:36 am in Featured Content.

Fill the Backpacks!

Event Date: 
August 5, 2017 - 10:00am

We have 80 ....

Posted on July 25, 2017 at 11:22 am in Upcoming Events and Featured.

First Cong Youth Mini-Madison-Mission-Expedition

First Congregational Church was well represented last week as a group of Youth ventured out into the Madison Community to serve those in need as part of their Mini-Madison-Mission-Expedition. 

Posted on July 25, 2017 at 11:18 am in Featured Content.

Men's Fellowship

Event Date: 
December 10, 2017 - 8:45am

Final date for...

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 10:55 am in Upcoming Events.

Rainbow People Summer Potluck

Event Date: 
July 22, 2017 - 4:30pm

Rainbow People is....

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 10:53 am in Upcoming Events.

Monarch Butterflies

Last December I was invited to serve for a week as the UCC Chaplain in residence at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York. The ten-week summer institute is a 150-year old celebration of the arts, music, education and religion, and I was there the first week in July. It was a great experience, and I thank Eldonna for making it possible for me to attend. Every day there were at least a couple of "aha" moments.

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 10:52 am in Featured Content.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God. ~ Psalm 46:4

The theme for our UCC General Synod 2017, held in the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore, was focused around images of streams and water, but I spent a lot of time at my first General Synod up on the mountaintop being inspired by our denomination! Thousands from across the country (and abroad) came together at the Baltimore Convention Center June 30-July 4 for this bi-annual event. Delegates discerned resolutions of witness, church structure, and function. Delegates and visitors were given opportunities to stand up for issues that called for a faithful witness in Baltimore. There were daily times to be together for inspirational worship and workshops featuring creative ways to be in ministry. Leaders from the national office spoke at gatherings to let us know what they are doing to support local churches on issues and program ministries. Our own Rev. John Tyler was a delegate from the Wisconsin Conference. A few (a very few!) of the highlights for me included:

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 10:45 am in Featured Content.

Responsible Social Media

I am a fan of Facebook. It has allowed me to connect with former classmates, former students, and family in ways that I would never be able to maintain. I would not be able to respond to the joys and sorrows they experience via mail, or even email. First, I would have no way of knowing that was happening in their lives, unless I was in regular contact with them, but secondly, even if I knew about a significant moment in the lives of my friends and family, how often would I take the time to write a note or send a card? Through Facebook, I can, within seconds, send a word of encouragement, celebration, or support (if I saw it in my Facebook feed). Fortunately or unfortunately, when people sign up for social media accounts, there are very few rules that need to be followed.

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 10:37 am in Featured Content.

Addressing Multicultural Challenges in the Mental Health Field

Event Date: 
July 24, 2017 - 9:00am

NAMI is offering an...

Posted on June 27, 2017 at 9:43 am in Upcoming Events.

Glad You Are Our Neighbor

Have you taken...

Posted on June 27, 2017 at 9:41 am in Featured.

Join "Chance Allies"

Event Date: 
July 15, 2017 - 7:00pm

For a fantastic night of jazz...

Posted on June 27, 2017 at 9:39 am in Upcoming Events.

Men's Fellowship

Event Date: 
July 9, 2017 - 8:45am

Summer and beyond dates for...

Posted on June 27, 2017 at 9:37 am in Upcoming Events.

Church Office Closed

Event Date: 
July 4, 2017 - 8:00am

In honor of Independence Day....

Posted on June 27, 2017 at 9:34 am in Upcoming Events.

Division and Despair

Last Sunday in the lectionary we heard the story of Hagar and Ishmael being sent away by Abraham. Abraham sent them into the desert at the request of Sarah. Even though Ishmael was Abraham's son, as Isaac was his son, according to the ancient culture the eldest son would be the heir. To ensure that Isaac would be the heir of Abraham, Ishmael had to be sent away, either to die in the desert, or be forgotten as a son of Abraham. 

Posted on June 27, 2017 at 9:32 am in Featured Content.

Join the Wisconsin AIDS Ride: New 25 mile Option!

Event Date: 
July 30, 2017 - 10:30am

This year's Wis AIDS ride is...

Posted on June 20, 2017 at 10:55 am in Upcoming Events.

ACT Ride Volunteers

Event Date: 
July 28, 2017 - 1:00pm

15th Annual AIDS Ride Begins this Friday!

Posted on June 20, 2017 at 10:46 am in Upcoming Events.

Congregational Meeting

Event Date: 
June 25, 2017 - 11:15am

The Executive Council has called...

Posted on June 20, 2017 at 10:44 am in Upcoming Events.

Report on Wisconsin Conference Annual Meeting

What a lovely setting for the 2017 Wisconsin Conference Annual Meeting-the Green Lake Conference Center!  My room at the Roger Williams Inn overlooked the lake, and I took full advantage of the site by strolling, sitting and birdwatching by the lakeshore in the early morning hours and during breaks. Other First Congregational UCC members who were there were Rev. Eldonna Hazen, Rev. Ann Beaty, fellow delegate Casey Newman, Janet Pugh (who was in charge of the overall planning for the event), Tom Pugh, Paul Karch, Rev. Susan Shands and Julie Kramer (who co-led a Faith Formation Gathering with Ann). Rev. Jerry Hancock was there to lead a workshop on Saturday, and Don DeBruin, who staffed the Association of Church Musicians table.

Posted on June 20, 2017 at 10:41 am in Featured Content.

Realm Mobile App

Have YOU connected...

Posted on June 13, 2017 at 10:02 am in Featured.

"Way of Blessedness" Class

Event Date: 
August 6, 2017 - 8:45am

This summer we will cover...

Posted on June 13, 2017 at 10:01 am in Upcoming Events.

Hallelujah Yippie Kie Yay!

Event Date: 
June 18, 2017 - 10:00am

First Cong Children, 

Posted on June 13, 2017 at 9:59 am in Upcoming Events.

Congregational Meeting June 25, Renovation Loan Detailed Approval

On Sunday, June 25th following worship, the Executive Council has called a special meeting of the congregation to approve the details of a loan previously approved for the renovation of the west half of the building. The current situation is this:

Posted on June 13, 2017 at 9:57 am in Featured Content.

All Church--Outdoor Weekend

Event Date: 
August 18, 2017 - 3:00pm

NEW Directions to campsite!

Posted on June 6, 2017 at 11:19 am in Upcoming Events.

Beautify the Church

Event Date: 
June 10, 2017 - 9:00am

Calling all those who...

Posted on June 6, 2017 at 11:14 am in Upcoming Events.

A Grand Day of Celebration

Many thanks to everyone who made Sunday a wonderful day in the life of First Congregational!

Posted on June 6, 2017 at 11:13 am in Featured Content.

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