Worship with Us this Sunday,
December 22, 2019
Join us this Sunday as we light the fourth candle on our Advent wreath, the candle of Love. We’ll reflect on the amazing things God will do to reach out in love to those who are lonely, hurting, or afraid. We’ll explore what may keep us from making room for God’s presence to enter our lives and shape us into vessels of God’s healing love. We’ll have the opportunity to hear an unusual and humorous portrayal of the nativity in a skit presented by our Sunday School kids. And we’ll find reason to rejoice in the One who did not wait for the best time or the ideal location or the most suitable people, but showed up in the midst of heartbreak, injustice, suffering and despair to bring us love that makes our hearts sing with joy.
Christmas Eve Service
December 24, 2019, 7:30 pm
As night falls on Tuesday, December 24th, and we wait with eager anticipation for the arrival of the greatest Gift of all, we invite you to bring your friends, your family, and your neighbors to a beautiful Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols at 7:30pm. Glorious vocal and instrumental music will delight us, the readings will inspire us, and our hearts will soar as we sing beloved carols. And then, as the service draws to an end, the lights will dim and we will share in the magnificent glow of candles as we form a huge circle of light throughout our sanctuary. We hope you have made your plans to join us.
What’s Happening in Sunday School
This Sunday, after our skit performance in worship, we’ll be talking about Advent and then we’ll move on to our regular curriculum. Our focus this week will be on families remembering God. Our scripture will be Deuteronomy 6:5 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your being and all your strength.” We’ll also be adding in Matthew 22:39 “love your neighbor as you love yourself”. We’ll be playing a game, watching our Navigation Guide dvd and talking about what it means to love God the way the scripture tells us to.
Blessing Our Neighbors!
Sunday, January 5, 2020
- Clothing (including socks and underwear)
- Hygiene products
- Fellowship & Conversation
- Come and see more
Sharing Sunday has been so beneficial to those in our community most in need. This ministry is under the direction of the Board of Deacons and has the blessing of the Church Council.
Sing With Us
If you would like to share your talent with us (if your talent is music or song!), please contact our Music Director, Deb Bucher, or Tracy at the church office.
Mission Statement Adopted (October 2017)
The mission of First Congregational United Church of Christ is to build inclusive community, nurture disciples of Jesus, and be a blessing to our neighbors.
or as Rev. Heather invites us each Sunday to declare:
We are creators of inclusive community.
We are disciples of Jesus.
We are a blessing to our neighbors.
Vision Statement Adopted (June 2018)
United in Christ’s love, a just world for all.
Updated Congregational Photo (November 2017)!
Coffee Hour or Fellowship Hour immediately follows most of our worship services. It provides a setting for our current members and friends to catch up with one another and it offers an opportunity for visitors to engage in conversation and see what kind of community we really are. But it’s also an expression of our commitment to the Christian practice of hospitality – of welcoming people to the table where all can find refreshment and nourishment not just of food and drink but of connection and care.
Coffee Hour can’t take place without coffee hour hosts. Hosts set up the coffee pots during worship and get the yummy stuff brewing! Then they set out the cookies or cakes or treats that will be consumed while we greet and visit with each other. Hosts are an important part of the success of this ministry!
Could you be the one to provide nourishment for body and soul that day? Food can be provided so all you’ll need to do is to physically set everything up. Please use the sign-up sheets in Margaret Chapel to sign up.
Our fellowship hour coordinators will ensure that we have sufficient supplies of coffee and paper products on hand every week. They are also looking for contributions of freezable or non-perishable food items that could be available for anyone who would like to host fellowship hour but may not have the means to shop for it. Could you be the one to provide nourishment for body and soul that day?