News & Events

Annual Campaign

At First Congregational UCC-Madison, we know that when we come together, miracles happen. Together, we rise by lifting others.

During this year’s annual campaign, the Board of Stewardship calls you to help lift one another by lifting the mission of the Church. All the good we accomplish together; we do through a commitment to annual giving.

Women's Summer Book Study

Saturdays, June 15 & 29, July 13 & 278:00 – 9:00 a.m. | In-person and Zoom

Growing up in a deeply evangelical family in the Midwest, in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Sarah McCammon was taught to fear God, obey him, and not question her faith. After spending her early adult life striving to make sense of an unraveling worldview, by her 30s, she found herself face-to-face with it once again as she covered the Trump campaign for NPR. She witnessed first-hand the power and influence evangelical Christian beliefs have on the political right. The Exvangelicals: Loving, Living, and Leaving the White Evangelical Church is part memoir, part investigative journalism. It describes the post-evangelical movement: identifying its origins, telling the stories of its members, and examining its vast cultural, social, and political impact. Contact Associate Minister Ann Beaty if interested.

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Forest Bathing

Saturday, June 229:00 a.m. | Holy Wisdom Monastery

Rev. Zayna Thomley, Middleton UCC, is a certified forest therapy guide with The Forest Therapy School. Rev. Thomley will lead a forest bathing walk on Saturday, June 22, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Holy Wisdom Monastery. This 1.5-2-hour guided forest walk offers encouragement to slow down in the atmosphere of the outdoors. This Japanese practice of shinrin yoku, or “forest bathing” is shown to promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being. This walk requires nothing of you but to show up. Join us as we combine a love of nature, spiritual practice, and community connection in this time with nature.

Register today!

Annual Meeting

Sunday, June 2311 a.m. | Chapel

This year’s Annual Meeting will include approval of the 2024-25 budget, nominations for boards, and a proposed Constitution and by-law change. We need at least 50 members present for a quorum. The meeting will be hybrid (in person and via Zoom). The Zoom link will be in the Saturday, June 22, email. 

2023-2024 Annual Report

Community Bike Ride

Saturday, August 3 | 10:00 a.m. | Lake Farm Park

Come enjoy a bike outing with First Cong friends of all ages and stages! We will meet at Lake Farm Park at 10:00 a.m. for a bike ride and end with a picnic lunch around 11:30 a.m. You are welcome to show up, but letting us know you are coming helps with lunch planning.

Register today!

Walk the Chapel Prayer Labyrinth

First Sunday of each month | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Chapel

The prayer labyrinth is an archetypal pattern, a “divine imprint,” found in religious traditions in various forms around the world. In recent years, walking a prayer labyrinth has been rediscovered as a meditative way of praying. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has only one path. It is designed to quiet the mind and lead the walker by a winding route to the center, and then, by the same route, to return to the exit.

The labyrinth is free and open to the public.

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Just Bakery

Following Worship you can purchase bread and other baked goods from Just Bakery at the back of the Sanctuary! Just Bakery is a 12 week educational and vocational training program. The program works with individuals who are experiencing significant barriers to employment (homelessness, justice involved, lack of education, and/or a lack of work history or skill).

Just Bakery will be with us after Worship May 26, July 28, and September 22.

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After-Worship Refreshment!

Weekly on Sunday (except first Sunday of the month) | 11:00 a.m. | Narthex

Come for Worship, stay for fellowship! Enjoy refreshments after Worship in the Narthex on Sundays with the exception of the first Sunday of the month. It is a great opportunity to connect with church members and friends.

Bible Conversations

Weekly on Tuesday | Noon | Zoom

A weekly discussion group and conversation around Sunday’s scripture reading. The group is currently meeting via Zoom. Drop-in anytime!

If you are interested in attending, please contact Associate Minister Ann Beaty.

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Fiber Arts Group

Weekly on Wednesdays | 12:00 p.m. | Hearth Room

Gather with other fiber artists and crafters in the Hearth Room. Bring your knitting, crochet, sewing, or other handmade works-in-process to work on while socializing. Light refreshments will be available, but you are welcome to bring your own lunch or snack.

New to fiber arts? No problem! Contact Melissa Baumann or Jessica Taft to ensure someone is available to teach or guide you.

Environmental Justice Group

2nd Sunday of the month | 11:15 a.m. | Hearth Room and Zoom

Are you interested in knowing more about creation care and advocacy opportunities related to the environment? First Cong’s Environmental Justice group is for you! 

Join the join in making a healthier, brighter, tomorrow!

If interested, contact Associate Minister Ann Beaty.

Men's Fellowship

2nd and 4th Sunday of the month | 8:45 a.m. | Hearth Room and Zoom

If you are interested in small group discussion, this group is for you! A group of men gather monthly to share coffee and fellowship. Typically the discussion is formed around an article on recent event that was distributed in advance. It’s a great forum to get to know one other and engage in contemporary topics from a Christian perspective. 

If you are interested in attending, please contact Associate Minister Ann Beaty.

Caregiver Support Group

Last Sunday of each month | 12:15 p.m. | Zoom

Are you caring for a friend or loved one? Do you anticipate assisting someone in the future with decisions about care? This group offers supportive conversation and opportunities to learn from one another. It is also a great way to get connected to resources available to help.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Associate Minister Ann Beaty.

First Cong History 1990-2022

What do you remember our Church during the years 1990 to 2022? What was important to you during these years? Janet Pugh, Faye Whitaker, and Sue Jones compiled “Snapshot Reflections on the Years From 1990 to 2022.”

Binders of the featured slides from the presentation are available in the office for checkout.

Solar Panel Dedication

On Sunday, February 20, First Cong dedicated the solar panel installation during worship. The project grew from environmental justice discussions. The 61 kW solar array provides about 65% of the church’s electricity – significantly reducing our carbon footprint. The energy savings from switching to solar will go toward local social justice initiatives.