Because of the weather forecast overnight and into Sunday, 4/15, there will be no church activities.  Stay safe, warm and dry as best you are able!  Pastor Doug … [Read more...]

TRANSforming Our Understanding: A Mother’s Journey to Acceptance

A Mother’s Journey to Acceptance Monday, April 30, 6:30 PM, UW/Baraboo-Sauk County, Pleger Science Building, A001 Lecture Hall.  “TRANSforming our Understanding…Standing with LGBTQ Youth: A Mother’s Journey to Acceptance”. Joanne Lee, R.N. will speak of her experience and subsequent education and advocacy since the suicide of her transgender son, Skylar, at age 16 in September 2015.  A time for discussion will follow.  Resources will be available.  Free and open to all.  Presented and sponsored by UW/Baraboo-Sauk County PRIDE, First United Methodist Church and First Congregational United … [Read more...]

Holy Humor/Bring a Friend to Church

Bring a Friend to Church/Holy Humor Sunday, April 8, 10:15 AM On Sunday April 8 we want to fill our Church with friends and laughter. The Outreach Committee has designated the Holy Humor Sunday service as Bring a Friend to Church Day. It is a perfect service for friends who often say or think that if they went to Church, they would come to ours. Plus, there’s added incentive—POTLUCK after worship!  Experience our good spirit and welcoming nature among friends Sunday, April 8. Small children are encouraged!   One Sunday, a young child was "acting up" during the morning worship hour. … [Read more...]

Holy Week and Easter

Holy Week and Easter Community Maundy Thursday communion service, March 29, 7 PM (at our church); community Good Friday service, March 30, 7 PM (First United Methodist).  Easter Sunday, we’ll have Sunrise Communion Service at Walnut Hill Cemetery, 6:30 AM, at “Old Veterans” section D near the white cross.  Back at church: breakfast starting 8 AM; decorating the cross and children’s egg hunt starting 9 AM; worship at 10:15 AM. Maundy Thursday On Maundy Thursday, rather than the ritual of foot washing being offered, worshippers are asked to bring items for “Blessing Bags” to be … [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...]

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!

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...]

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...]