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Episode 2 of our podcast is available now! Join Pastor Chris to hear a version of our most recent I Have Questions. The question for this session was, “Why do bad things happen?” We also have this week’s scripture and sermon, and a time for prayer. You can listen to the pod right here (the player is at the end of this post), listen to it or download it from Podbean, or find it on Spotify, iTunes, or Apple Podcasts. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
Back when I used to travel a lot for work, there was always this question: fly… or drive? Sometimes, that was an easy decision. If I had to go to Chicago, I drove; if I had to go to Houston, I flew. But… there were these trips that were in-between. There were trips where the cost of mileage was a little bit less than the cost of a flight, and the amount of time it would take wasn’t all that different. And there were complicated trips where I would have to fly into one airport and rent a car…
Sunday sermon preview: The path to the kingdom of God is not the nice smooth evolution of the world that we know. It is a revolution. And revolutions are… messy. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
Did you know that First Congregational United Church of Christ now has a podcast? The first full episode came out yesterday! Join Pastor Chris to learn why we have a podcast all of a sudden, learn how the church is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, hear last Sunday’s sermon, and pray. You can listen to the pod right here (the player is at the end of this post), listen to it or download it from Podbean, or find it on Spotify. We hope to be available on iTunes and Apple Podcasts soon. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
Just in case you haven’t noticed, we are in the midst of a pandemic. And the thing about a pandemic—just like any other disaster or emergency—is that it peels back the layers of society and shows us what lies underneath. And one of the things that lies underneath—one of the things that we get to see in the midst of this pandemic—is incredible compassion. People are stepping up in amazing ways. Just in our own church community: we have had people offer to pick up groceries for folks who were exiling themselves for the good of the realm… text…
Sunday sermon preview: People are loving each other. And, maybe a little bit, we’re thinking about how we can love each other. Better. All the time. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
Last week, we heard Jesus tell the disciples what was going to happen… again. He told them how they were on their way to Jerusalem, the capital of their dispossessed people and their occupied land. He told them that he would be handed over to the Jewish authorities, who would condemn him to death. He told them that those authorities, in turn, would hand him over to the Roman authorities, who would mock him… and spit on him… and flog him… and kill him. And he told them that on the third day, he would rise again. This week,…
Sunday sermon preview: Life is a series of compromises between the world-God-is-calling-us-to and the world-as-it-is. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
After a several year hiatus from traditional Sunday school, UCC First Congregational Church offers a reimagined way for our youngest learners to engage in Christian teachings. Beginning in Fall 2019, we once again offered a six-week Sunday School series. A second six-week session picked back up February 2020.  The 30 to 45 minute was provided during the second half of Sunday Services and taught by several congregation members in our Sunday school rooms.  Pupils were invited to leave the sanctuary after “Time with Young Worshipers”.  This year learners from Pre-K to Grade 5 are being offered lessons from the…
We are excited that our sixth series of Faith in Motion began on February 12th. Thank you to everyone in our church for supporting this great program! We wanted to take a few minutes to update you on what we’ve been doing. We began this series three years ago, knowing that kids’ lives are busy, and hoping that we might leverage their love for sports and extracurricular activities to start converations about how their faith goes with them everywhere. We wanted to talk about how their faith influences everything they do, everyplace they go: churches and baseball diamonds, soccer…