Month: August 2018

Most of you know that Mariah and I have a dachshund named Hildegard. A while ago, we started having a little problem with her: she started refusing to go for walks. She would be fine in the fenced-in yard, and she was willing to step out into the rest of the yard and maybe even walk around the house a little bit. But, once we got to the sidewalk, she would tuck her tail and shake and sit down and refuse to move. A trip to the vet ruled out any medical problems. And we know that Hildegard has…
Many of you know that First Congregational United Church of Christ is going through a visioning process right now. Over the last couple of months, Pastor Chris and Mark Ohnemus (our moderator) have been interviewing the members of the church council. Now it’s their turn to do interviews (and your turn to be interviewed)! Over the next couple of months, members of council will be talking to members of the congregation to discover what your fondest memories are, what you think the core values of the church are, and where you imagine the church might be headed. Your answers…
Pastor Chris will begin leading a Bible study at First Congregational United Church of Christ on September 5, 2018. We will use the time to explore the Abraham cycle of stories in the book of Genesis. The study will be held after confirmation, so we will start between 7pm and 7:15pm. Here is the tentative schedule of readings (some of these may look like a lot, but they really aren’t): September 5, 2018: Genesis 11:27-31, 12:1-20, 20:1-18 September 12, 2018: Genesis 13:1-18, 14:1-16, 18:16-19:38 September 19, 2018: Genesis 15:1-21, 17:1-27, 18:1-15 September 26, 2018: Genesis 16:1-16, 21:1-21, 25:7-11 October 3, 2018: We…
We held worship in Fellowship Hall today as the work on replacing carpet in the Sanctuary continues. We hope to have recordings again next week. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” That’s not from our reading today. It’s from our call to worship. It’s from a Psalm. The psalmist sings that he will praise the Lord. He sings that the Lord’s works are great; they are full of honor and majesty; they are faithful and just. He sings that the Lord is renowned for her wonderful deeds; she has provided food to the people; she…
We held worship outside this morning, so there’s no recording today. As we have established in earlier sermons, I am a nerd. Almost every week, I get together with a group of friends and we play… well, not Dungeons & Dragons, but a similar game. For a few hours, we play characters who are wizards and thieves and warriors, who are elves and dwarves and halflings, who are fighting dragons and defeating evil sorcerers and saving the world. And what it all comes down to is this: we sit around a table and work together to tell a story….
School starts on August 23! In preparation, we’ll be having a blessing of the backpacks on Sunday, August 19, for students, teachers, and anyone else who would like to have their backpack or other school gear blessed. Please bring your backpack, messenger bag, bookbag, rucksack, knapsack, kitbag, or whatever to worship at 9:30am on that Sunday and we’ll bless them during services. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
Our Jamaica Mission Trip team returned from their trip recently and had some great photos to share with us! If you’re a member of the team and have other photos from the trip that you would like to share, please send them to Pastor Chris and he’ll add them to this gallery. [ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”5″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_thumbnails” override_thumbnail_settings=”0″ thumbnail_width=”240″ thumbnail_height=”160″ thumbnail_crop=”1″ images_per_page=”20″ number_of_columns=”0″ ajax_pagination=”0″ show_all_in_lightbox=”0″ use_imagebrowser_effect=”0″ show_slideshow_link=”1″ slideshow_link_text=”[Show slideshow]” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] Facebook Twitter Buffer…
August is one of First Congregational United Church of Christ’s months to support the DeWitt Referral Center! Please help us stock the pantry by bringing non-perishable food items and leaving them by the coat rack (or where the coat rack would usually be). There is a special need for jello, pudding, peanut butter, peas, tuna, Hamburger Helper, brownie mix, and cake mix. Thank you for supporting the DeWitt Referral Center and making sure that people in our community are getting the help they need! Facebook Twitter Buffer…

Pin It on Pinterest

Subscribe

Ash Wednesday (February 26)

Ashes to Go

Can't make it to worship? Join Pastor Chris in the church parking lot for ashes to go on Wednesday from noon to 1pm (weather permitting).

Dinner and Worship

Join us at DeWitt's United Methodist Church for a light dinner at 6pm and worship at 7pm.