Month: November 2018

On Wednesday evening, a bunch of us gathered to decorate the church for Christmas (and Advent). It looks wonderful! Thank you to everyone who helped!…
Where are you from? It’s one of those questions that seems important… and it’s a question that’s worth pondering on this Sunday after Thanksgiving. Just a few days ago, you might have thought about the old story. A group of people from across the sea, our Congregationalist ancestors, arrived on this continent. They met the Wampanoag who already lived here, and those Wampanoag taught them how to survive in this land. And, as winter and harvest festivals approached, the settlers and the Wampanoag celebrated together. There’s more to the story, of course. And our ancestors are not the heroes…
The season of Advent begins on December 2, 2018! During this winter season, we look towards the past and the future as we anticipate the arrival of Christ. First, we look to the past: to the birth of God incarnate in a manger in Bethlehem. Second, we look to the future: to the return of the risen Christ in glory. And, always, we look to the hope that Christ embodies for ourselves and our world. At First Congregational United Church of Christ, we’ll recognize the season of Advent in two ways. During worship, we will light the traditional Advent…
I’ve told you this before: before I was your pastor, I worked for Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Mississippi. In fact, I worked for the Mission when I was ordained. And not long after I was ordained, something amazing happened. I was visiting the Mission—I spent most of my time working from my home here in Iowa and from the road—when the woman who directed our food pantry and emergency assistance program came to my office. She had a client in her office who was distraught. And she wanted to know if I would come to her office and…
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been talking about stewardship. You’ve received letters that talked about imagining what this church could do if we stemmed the tide of a decreasing budget and grew it, instead. You’ve heard stewardship moments from people who believe in, and give to, this congregation. You even heard a sermon that spoke to nurturing the seeds that were planted by people who came before us, and to planting new seeds for those who will come after us. Now, it’s time to start turning all of this talk about stewardship into action. During the offering in…
https://uccdewitt.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Stewardship-Moment-102818.mp3   On October 28, our own Chris Maricle gave a stewardship moment and talked about First Congregational United Church of Christ as his family’s DeWitt family. Please take a moment to listen to his story! Here’s a transcript: Good morning. I hope you will bear with me for a short story. In 2002, Holle and I were living in Davenport and she was starting a job at Finley hospital in Dubuque. We knew that making that jaunt every day wasn’t going to be ideal so we thought it would be good to look for a home somewhere in…
Today is All Souls’ Sunday. It’s a day when we remember those who have gone before us. We’ll take some time to read their names and ring a chime and light a candle for them. And, if we have a photo of them, we’ll show that, too. And, as part of that, you’ll see a photo of my dad. You’ll see the official photo. The photo we used for his obituary. And, while that’s a good photo, I wanted you to see this one, too. Because, while the official photo is definitely a picture of my dad, this one…
The winter Endowment grant applications and scholarship applications are available on the website! You can find the general grant application here and the scholarship application here. Applications are due on December 3, 2018 Facebook Twitter Buffer…

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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.