Introducing the New Allen Digital Organ

On Monday, May 22, a new Allen Bravura L-324e, three manual, one pedal board digital organ was installed (pictured here).  In addition to expanding keyboards from two to three, the new instrument has touch-ready options to go from Allen classic to digitally sound-sampled American romantic Aeolian Skinner of the late 1800s to early 1900s, the German Schliker a la Bach, the French blazing of Caveille-Coll, and English cathedral.  The new instrument also has the technology of synthesized voices also sampled from actual instruments as well as a wide range of percussive tones, from chimes to … [Read more...]

Organ Dedication and Concert: June 4

organ recital_flyer Pentecost Sunday, June 4, is also Organ Day at First Congregational United Church of Christ.  The new Allen organ will be dedicated in a service of dedication at 9:30 AM and a public dedicatory concert by Gregg Punswick will begin at 4 PM.  Gregg is familiar to many of us from his time playing here before Larry Stout and Sue Lappin came to bless us with their gifts.  Gregg is an Oberlin Conservatory of Music graduate who is the organist of Olivet Congregational UCC in Columbus.  He has presented concerts, workshops and lectures and a performance of an arrangement of … [Read more...]

UCC Kids Grow in Service

UCC Kids Grow in Service "I serve because God commands me to" was spoken by Lili Carey, adult UCC member and member of One Heart, Inc., during the Black History event held at First Congregational UCC on February 18th.  Lili and One Heart were gracious enough to show the UCC kids the ropes for preparing a meal for the Transition Center. While the meal was cooking, Lili and the UCC kids and parents dropped in on the Black History event being held upstairs. The kids were asked to say a few words on why they thought service was important. Many of them spoke and offered words like "it's our … [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 2016 thoughts.  Maybe you'll find something that you'd like to ring true for YOU as a member of a church! BLESSING BOWL 2016   Thru this church I am blessed with continued growth and acceptance of who I am and who I continue to become. 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 … [Read more...]

APRIL 23: Caring for the Spirit, Bring a Friend to Church, Holy Humor, and Blessing the Pets!

  It's going to be a VERY FULL day on April 23rd! Care of the Spirit:  Rev. Jody Wheldon--Adult Study class, 9 AM Our 9 AM Adult Study class will welcome the Rev. Jody Whelden on April 23.  Jody speaks and writes on the Care of the Spirit.  As a Unitarian-Universalist minister and nationally board-certified chaplain, she has written and spoken about heart centered healing, living dying.  People from all walks of life say they are helped by her work and messages of clarity and peace.  She is passionate about the book she is working on now.  The Spirituality of Illness : Cracking Open, … [Read more...]