Jazz in the Church…Well Isn’t that SPECIAL?!?! (Yes. Yes it is.)

Join us on Thursday, October 19 at 7 PM for a very special night with Larry Stout & Friends.  Larry is not only a member and organist/pianist for First Congregational United Church of Christ.  He's a renowned keyboardist and jazz pianist.  He'll be joined at the baby grand by his friends for a night of Jazz standards.  The invitation even includes dancing in the sanctuary (yes, dancing in church!).  Enjoy a night of cool jazz and standards.  A $10 (or more) donation is suggested and includes not only music by a great, professional jazz combo but also light hors d'ouevres (spelling doesn't … [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 2017 I am blessed and amazed by how many members of this congregation are quick to volunteer to help [spouse’s name] up or down stairs. Church for me is a pause—a blessed pause –in a hectic life, my own choosing, I admit!  It is a time for my children to lean into me in quiet, peace and … [Read more...]

Done with church? Come Un-Done with Us!

A new banner on the outside of the church declares: Done with church? Come Un-Done with Us! What does that 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 prove that scripture is beyond question and exploration, even being chastised and judged...from the pulpit or in … [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...]