What Our Members Say about First Congregational UCC

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Each year, our members and friends write down the ways in which they’ve been “blessed” by being part of the First Congregational UCC community.  Here’s just a sampling of the 2016 thoughts.  Maybe you’ll find something that you’d like to ring true for YOU as a member of a church!

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BLESSING BOWL 2016

 

Thru this church I am blessed with continued growth and acceptance of who I am and who I continue to become.

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This church allows me to, for one hour, sit still and quietly restore my soul and sense of purpose. Thank you.

 

I am thankful for this community of faith that encourages me to help others, encourages me to study scriptures, encourages me to share with youth, encourages me to me to accept others, as God has made them.

 

I am often moved and inspired by the journeys we share together, especially through hard times to better times, with hope and loving support, careful to give respect and care right for each person.

 

There’s an old movie, starring Lionel Barrymore, entitled “You Can’t Take It With You”. Barrymore is a “Father figure” for a large houseful of all sorts of people. This church is like that too, all sorts of people, thank God.

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For many, this church is a place to throw off the shackles of past hurts and restrictions and, in new freedom,  choose to connect and be bound to one another.

 

I am grateful for this family, this spirit family, where I feel I am home.

 

We joined 1st congregational in the early 70’s because everyone was welcome here. This was long before we became an open and affirming congregation. We’ve been truly blessed by this wonderful church family all these years.

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This church is truly one which judged a person “by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin”

 

I find it a blessing that this church has provided me with a feeling of such belonging.

 

Blessings from my church family:

  • A home for my worship, which is open and loving.DSC00180
  • Support to follow God’s will for my life service and helping others.
  • the opportunity to study and follow in Jesus’ footsteps.
  • Love, Love and more Love
  • Healing of my former church “wounds”

-I love you UCC

 

I have experienced the blessings of unconditional acceptance, no questions asked. Also, a genuine interest in what I have to offer to the church community, and to the world itself. Overall, there is a true sense of connection amongst the people, and a palpable presence of Jesus the Christ’s love. God is Present!

 

Blessings of abundant love!!GretchD_3691&3690

 

This church is always talking about the hope Christ preached.

I am thankful for this church – it is the foundation of our faith.  This church guides us direction and strengthens our faith and our walk with the Lord

 

I am blessed to be part of this community of faith at First Congregational church Baraboo where I have been nurtured and guided on my faith journey for over 35 years.  Here I have felt enfolded in God’s love through the fellowship we share and the ways in which server the greater community.

 

This church is a ray of positivity in a dark world. Every Sunday I am able to worship here I am rejuvenated.  I am grateful that my family has been embraced by this special church.

 

In a time of chaos, our church and the people here, remind me that there is always something we can do that is positive to make things better.  With God’s help we are never alone.

 

The church is a family with many views and ages.  We support each other in time of need and in between times of great need.  We hope to challenge each other to represent the Love of God in the community.

 

Blessed in many ways by the Parish Nurse program sponsored by the church and blessed by a very special nurse as well.

 

Though many aspects of UCC Baraboo are a blessing, the music is a particular blessing for me.  I love the varied kinds that find their way into the service.  One phrase from a hymn has particularly become a mantra for me: “All I have needed thy hand hath provided” says it all.

 

I am thankful for having a good grandma and grandpa.

 

Repeatedly, the church family has encouraged and received my thoughts, my gifts and talents with a supportive and gracious spirit.

 

For celebrating our differences, not condemning them!  Open heart, open mind…  thank you.

 

 

 

Geri Schoenoff & Greg Hollenback

Geri Schoenoff & Greg Hollenback