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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.

Youth Cookie Baking

Event Date: 
November 19, 2017 - 11:00am

Youth will roll, cut and bake...

Posted on November 7, 2017 at 10:55 am in Youth and Upcoming Events.

Greening of the Sanctuary

Event Date: 
November 26, 2017 - 11:00am

Help First Cong get ready for...

Posted on November 7, 2017 at 10:54 am in Upcoming Events.

Healing Party

Event Date: 
November 17, 2017 - 7:00pm

Every year...

Posted on November 7, 2017 at 10:52 am in Upcoming Events.

Consecration Sunday

Event Date: 
November 12, 2017 - 10:00am

This Sunday we'll all have...

Posted on November 7, 2017 at 10:50 am in Upcoming Events.

Saving Lives

We know we can't stop every act of violence, every act of evil in the world. But maybe we could try to stop one act of evil, one act of violence.  Some of you may recall at the same time that Sandy Hook happened, a disturbed person in China took a knife and tried to kill a bunch of children in China, but most of them survived because he didn't have access to a powerful weapon.
Barack Obama

Posted on November 7, 2017 at 10:49 am in Featured Content.

All Saints Sunday

Event Date: 
November 5, 2017 - 10:00am

All Saints Sunday is...

Posted on October 31, 2017 at 10:30 am in Upcoming Events.

Celebration and a "Jolt" of Reality!

On October 8th First Congregational celebrated the 25th anniversary of voting to be an Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation. Every year on the second Sunday of October, worship focuses on being an ONA church. In the recent past, I have had church members ask if we even needed to set a Sunday aside to celebrate the public stance taken so long ago. My answer continues to be that our voice of inclusivity is as important today as the day the vote was taken in the church. Sometimes when we ourselves are surrounded by a community of love and support, we can become complacent, as individuals and a congregation. Last week, the news in Madison gave us a "jolt" of reality. 

Posted on October 31, 2017 at 10:28 am in Featured Content.

Youth Corn Maze Trip

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

All Youth are invited...

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 9:56 am in Youth and Upcoming Events.

Christmas Pageant Auditions

Event Date: 
November 12, 2017 - 11:00am

Open to all kids...

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 9:55 am in Youth and Upcoming Events.

Daylight Saving Time Ends

Event Date: 
November 5, 2017 - 2:00am

Don't forget!

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 9:53 am in Upcoming Events.

Big Shirts and Sweats

The Single Women's Homeless Shelter ...

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 9:49 am in Featured.

Advent Workshop

Event Date: 
December 3, 2017 - 11:30am

This year's....

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 9:48 am in Upcoming Events.

Evergreen Boughs Needed

If you or your neighbors...

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 9:38 am in Featured.

All Saint's Sunday November 5

Event Date: 
October 29, 2017 - 10:00am

All Saint's Sunday is...

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 9:35 am in Upcoming Events.

What is the Congregational Library?

This Sunday, October 29, we will welcome Margaret Bendroth as our guest preacher. Margaret serves as the Executive Director of the Congregational Library in Boston. In last week's newsletter, through an historical document, I reminded us of the decision to become a Congregational church in 1841.  Although we still carry the Congregational title in our name, many Congregational churches linked arms with the Evangelical and Reformed churches in 1957 to become the United Church of Christ. Congregationalism has a rich history of helping to shape society. The Congregational Library defines itself best in these words taken from the website.
~ Eldonna Hazen

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 9:32 am in Featured Content.

The Big Reveal!

Event Date: 
October 18, 2017 - 5:30pm

Come and See Our New Spaces!

Posted on October 17, 2017 at 10:20 am in Upcoming Events.

Congregationalism Comes to Madison

Some members of the congregation are familiar with the history of First Congregational United Church of Christ, many are newer to the congregation and are not as aware of the rich and long history. As we look forward to having Margaret Bendroth, Executive Director of the Congregational Library in Boston with us in worship on October 29th, it seems appropriate to review the beginnings of First Congregational. The following words were taken from the 125 year book of celebration. First Cong has a fascinating beginning that holds an important place in history, both for the church and for Madison. If you are interested in reading more, please let me know, I have a few copies available to check out in my office.
~ Eldonna Hazen

Posted on October 17, 2017 at 10:08 am in Featured Content.

Sunday School UNICEF Costume Party

Event Date: 
October 29, 2017 - 10:15am

All children are invited...

Posted on October 10, 2017 at 10:25 am in Upcoming Events and Sunday School.

New Member Class

Event Date: 
November 19, 2017 - 8:45am

Are you interested in...

Posted on October 10, 2017 at 10:24 am in Upcoming Events.

Octoberfest Costume Polka Party!

Event Date: 
October 27, 2017 - 7:00pm

Everyone is invited to...

Posted on October 10, 2017 at 10:22 am in Upcoming Events.

Pancake Breakfast

Event Date: 
October 22, 2017 - 8:30am

A YUMMY breakfast...

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

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