Advent and Christmas

Yes, Christmas is coming pretty quickly.  There will be midweek Advent suppers on Wednesdays, Dec. 5, 12, and 19, with devotions and then a meal, starting around 5:50, and then about 45 minutes of crafts and activities, ending at 7:15.  Choir rehearsals will move to 7:30 PM on Wednesdays during Advent.  We’ll need individuals or groupings of your own choosing, or families to light the Christ Candle on Christmas Eve.  The church Christmas program worship service will be on December 16th, at 10:15.  The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols will be Dec 24 at 7 PM.  Readers and … [Read more...]

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols, 7 PM

December 24 at 7 pm-- Start your Christmas celebration with this traditional worship service of readings, carols old and new, and truly special instrumental and vocal selections.  It’s hard to think of a better way to warm your spirit on a cold December Christmas Eve than singing “Silent Night” by candlelight!  And extend an invitation to friends and family, too … [Read more...]

What Our Members Say about First Congregational UCC

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 2017 thoughts.  Maybe you'll find something that you'd like to ring true for YOU as a member of a church! BLESSING BOWL 2018 I feel blessed to participate in church activities with others to help me focus on values and ideals beyond myself and for the chance to “do” and just think or intend. I am blessed by this church its constancy in my life—my second family—reminding me every Sunday of who I want to be—and how … [Read more...]

We Are a “Just Peace” Congregation!

As of our annual Congregational Meeting on January 28, First Congregational United Church of Christ is a "Just Peace" congregation.  This follows nearly a year of conversation and study, prayer and drafting and editing covenant statements. Here is the Just Peace covenant: In 1985, the Fifteenth General Synod of the United Church of Christ made a landmark decision to become a Just Peace Church and called on congregations to become communities of Just Peace.  Just Peace, as used in this covenant, is our understanding of God's will for all people and is based on the concept of peace … [Read more...]

Done with church? Come Un-Done with Us!

Done with church? Come Un-Done with Us!  It's among the banners we display outside the church to let passers-by know we're here and maybe pique some curiosity.  But what does "Done with church? Come Un-Done with Us!" really mean? Lots of folks have had bad experiences of church:  worship that is boring or meaningless, being pushed away by official policies around gender, sexual orientation, political persuasion, mean-spiritedness, expectations that the church is only about personal righteousness and not making a difference in real life and the world around us, denying science and trying to … [Read more...]