Christmas Program Practice Begins Sunday, November 11!

This year’s children’s Christmas Program will be held during worship on Sunday, December 16th. And rehearsals start soon! There are different options for participating for different age groups:

Children 4 years old through 6th grade can participate in the program. Rehearsals for that group begin on Sunday, November 11th, and will be held on Sundays before worship, at 8:30am.

Youth from 7th grade through 12th grade can offer a talent to the program. They can play an instrument, sing a song, or offer another talent; and they can do that solo, as a duet, or in a group. Interested youth can contact Jen Froeschle or Cheri Mills.

Thank you to everyone who will make this year’s Christmas Program amazing!

Join Us for Cultural Humility: A Foundation for Extravagant Welcome!

Join First Congregational United Church of Christ for a workshop on cultural humility, the practice of approaching other people with an openness to learn and a willingness to reflect on your own assumptions, practices, and privilege! This workshop will be at First Congregational on October 3 at 6pm and presented by Dr. Chris Martin.

Dr. Martin teaches across the social work spectrum specializing in teaching practice courses. Her areas of practice have been child welfare, child bereavement, youth homelessness, and domestic/sexual violence prevention and intervention. She is a licensed social worker in the state of Iowa and focuses her research on implicit racial bias and its effect on decision making.

Child care will be available!

Save the Date for Pastor Chris’s Installation!

Pastor Chris has been with us for a few months, and we have scheduled his official installation as our pastor! In the United Church of Christ, the service of installation is an opportunity for the wider church to recognize, affirm, and celebrate our pastor’s ministry with us.

We will install Pastor Chris at First Congregational United Church of Christ on July 22nd at 3pm. Clergy are invited to robe and process in red. There will be a dessert reception afterward. To make sure that we have enough dessert for everyone, please RSVP to the church office by calling 563-659-3166 or sending an email to Pam.

Please join us for this celebration!

Save the Date for Church Directory Photos

It’s time to make a new church directory! Be sure to save the date, July 25 and 26 for Universal Church Directories to take your family photo. If you’re not available on those days, you can also submit a family photo to be included in the directory (there will be a small charge for including those photos). We’ll have more information on times and scheduling as we get closer to the date.

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