2019 Lenten Program: Searching for Sunday

Please join us for special Lenten programming this year. Pastor Chris will lead a discussion of Rachel Held Evans’ book Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church. Here’s the back cover copy:

Like millions of her millennial peers, Rachel Held Evans didn’t want to go to church anymore. The hypocrisy, the politics, the gargantuan building budgets, the scandals–church culture seemed so far removed from Jesus. Yet, despite her cynicism and misgivings, something kept drawing her back to Church. And so she set out on a journey to understand Church and to find her place in it.

Centered around seven sacraments, Evans’ quest takes readers through a liturgical year with stories about baptism, communion, confirmation, confession, marriage, vocation, and death that are funny, heartbreaking, and sharply honest.

A memoir about making do and taking risks, about the messiness of community and the power of grace, Searching for Sunday is about overcoming cynicism to find hope and, somewhere in between, Church.

We will meet on Wednesday nights at 6pm, beginning on March 13 and finishing up on April 17.

New Member Classes

Have you been attending First Congregational United Church of Christ for a while? Are you interested in becoming a member of our community?

Pastor Chris will start leading new member classes on Sunday, March 3! The time and number of classes will depend on how many people are interested. If you would like to explore membership at First Congregational, or if you know of someone who might like to, please send a message to Pastor Chris!

2018 Decorating for Christmas (and Advent)

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!

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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!

Photos From Pastor Chris’s Installation

Pastor Chris has been with us for a few months, and we officially installed him on July 22, 2018! A huge thank you to everyone who joined us for worship and celebration on this special day!

If you have photos from the installation service or reception, please send them to Pastor Chris and we’ll add them to the gallery here.

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Photos from Our Work Day at Joyce’s

Many thanks to everyone who came out to work at Joyce’s house on Saturday! And many thanks to Joyce and Chris for providing lunch! Here are a few photos from that day. If anyone has more, please send them to Pastor Chris and we’ll add them to this gallery.

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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.

Photos from the 2018 Beef Dinner

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