Month: April 2019

The Extravagant Welcome committee is making plans to participate in the QC Pride Unity Parade on Saturday, June 8. The Extravagant Welcome committee will be a part of this parade by joining others to give free Mom (and Dad) hugs, sharing hugs, acceptance, and unconditional love with members of the LGBTIA+ community. To join in this celebration of love, please indicate that you are going on the event’s Facebook page and order your Mom Hugs or Dad Hugs shirt from the organizer using this convenient web form. Please join the committee in sharing an extravagant welcome with our LGBTQIA+…
Right before today’s reading from Matthew, there’s another story. In this story, some soldiers discover that the tomb where Jesus was laid is empty, and they go to the chief priests and the elders and tell them. And the chief priests and the elders give the soldiers some money and tell them, “When people ask what happened, you must say, ‘His disciples came in the night, while we were asleep, and stole the body.” And the soldiers did that. They had a story about Jesus. It was a false story, but it gained traction. Matthew tells us that it…
Sunday sermon preview: We take a Sunday to celebrate extravagant welcome so that we can work together every day to be a church of extravagant welcome. And I want you to understand how strange that is. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
God loved the world this way: she created it. We’re never told why. We’re never told for what purpose. Maybe it was just a joyful act of creation; the kind of thing an artist does. But, for whatever reason that she made a world, she made a world, and she made it good. And she gave it as a gift to itself. God loved the world this way: she created it. We’re never told why. We’re never told for what purpose. Maybe it was just a joyful act of creation; the kind of thing an artist does. But, for…
Sunday sermon preview: You are forgiven because God loves the world this way. In spite of all the things we’ve done and all of the things we’ve left undone, God meets us on the road and says, “Do not be afraid.” Facebook Twitter Buffer…
When I was in middle school, I competed in the Optimist Club Oratorical Contest. I don’t remember what any of the official topics were, but I remember that my very first speech for that contest was about how people don’t listen to kids or respect the rights of kids… and about how people really should listen to kids and really should respect the rights of kids. And, of course, when I gave the speech at some ungodly morning hour—because Optimists meet for breakfast—the adults who were listening and judging… laughed. Because the idea of listening to kids and respecting…
Sunday sermon preview: Jesus chases out the people who are buying and selling. He flips the tables of the money-changes. He hurls the seats of the people selling sacrificial doves. He throws a tantrum… and the children are crying, “Hosanna” Facebook Twitter Buffer…
This is a reprint of my column from the April 2019 Carillon Notes. Read the whole newsletter here. Spring is officially here! Spring is a busy time at First Congregational United Church of Christ. In the coming months, we’ll recognize Holy Week, celebrate Easter, have a Service of Extravagant Welcome, recognize our seniors, confirm our confirmands, throw a beef dinner, start a couple of new programs, and do a lot of other things. Whew! Some of the events we’ll have—especially Easter and our Service of Extravagant Welcome—are great opportunities for us to invite visitors and welcome new people to…

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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.