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Church Office Closed

Event Date: 
July 4, 2017 - 8:00am

In honor of Independence Day....

Posted on June 27, 2017 at 8:34 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 8:32 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 9:55 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 9:46 am in Upcoming Events.

Congregational Meeting

Event Date: 
June 25, 2017 - 11:15am

The Executive Council has called...

Posted on June 20, 2017 at 9:44 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 9:41 am in Featured Content.

Realm Mobile App

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Posted on June 13, 2017 at 9:02 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 9:01 am in Upcoming Events.

Hallelujah Yippie Kie Yay!

Event Date: 
June 18, 2017 - 10:00am

First Cong Children, 

Posted on June 13, 2017 at 8:59 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 8:57 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 10:19 am in Upcoming Events.

Beautify the Church

Event Date: 
June 10, 2017 - 9:00am

Calling all those who...

Posted on June 6, 2017 at 10:14 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 10:13 am in Featured Content.

An Evening of Learning

Over the last six months, there have been plenty of reasons for us, as Christians, to be discouraged. The Gospel authors, documenting Jesus' ministry, made it clear what Jesus called us, as disciples, to do in our ministry. The words were not written as suggestions, they were written as direction. We are to love our neighbors, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the prisoner, and give drink to the thirsty. And who are we to love, feed, clothe, visit, and provide drink for as neighbors? Jesus says it is anyone who is our brother or sister. 

Posted on May 31, 2017 at 12:12 pm in Featured Content.

Church Office is Closed

Event Date: 
May 29, 2017 - 8:00am

In honor of....

Posted on May 23, 2017 at 10:19 am in Upcoming Events.

Caregiver Support Group

Event Date: 
June 24, 2017 - 9:00am

Due to the congregational meeting....

Posted on May 23, 2017 at 10:11 am in Upcoming Events.

Neighbors!

We become neighbors when we are willing to cross the road for one another. (...) There is a lot of road crossing to do. We are all very busy in our own circles. We have our own people to go to and our own affairs to take care of. But if we could cross the road once in awhile and pay attention to what is happening on the other side, we might indeed become neighbors.
Henri J.M. Nouwen
This quote comes from Nouwen's book Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith. The book was published in 1996, two months after his death. Although these words were written in 1996, they still ring true today. We have a tendency to get caught up in our own busy lives, or get preoccupied by our own interests and desires. Sunday, June 4, we will have the opportunity to be good neighbors in two ways. 

Posted on May 23, 2017 at 10:10 am in Featured Content.

Neighborhood Party

Event Date: 
June 4, 2017 - 11:15am

This annual event...

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 9:45 am in Upcoming Events.

Strengthen the Church Offering

Event Date: 
June 4, 2017 - 10:00am

Money to support clergy ...

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 9:42 am in Upcoming Events.

Women's Book Study

Event Date: 
July 8, 2017 - 8:00am

The summer session of...

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 9:40 am in Upcoming Events.

e-Recycling Made Easy!

Event Date: 
June 4, 2017 - 9:15am

As part of our...

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 9:30 am in Upcoming Events.

Thanks for your generosity!

This Sunday after worship, we will be having the Annual Meeting of First Congregational. There are several items on the agenda, but one of them is voting on the new membership of the boards for the church. We will install the members of the boards, and say thank you to the many that have served on boards and have concluded their terms on the boards. 

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 9:23 am in Featured Content.

Help Us Beautify the Church

Help us beautify the....

Posted on May 9, 2017 at 8:10 am in Featured.

Annual Meeting

Event Date: 
May 21, 2017 - 11:00am

The annual Congregational meeting...

Posted on May 9, 2017 at 8:08 am in Upcoming Events.

Caring For the Least Among Us: Economic Justice

Looking through the lens of faith, the purpose of economy is to provide all things people need to thrive and live in fullness of life.
~ Edie Rasell
This was the theme for our May 2017 Annual Meeting of the SW Wisconsin Association of the United Church of Christ held at St. John's UCC in Monroe. For those of you not familiar with our denominational structure, First Congregational is part of the SW Association, which is one of four Associations in the Wisconsin Conference. Beyond that, our Conference is part of General Synod - the national UCC body.

Posted on May 9, 2017 at 8:04 am in Featured Content.

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