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This is a reprint of my column from the May 2020 Carillon Notes. Read the whole newsletter here. As we face (at least) another month of not meeting in person, this might not seem like the right time to invite someone to church. But we’ve been using this time…
Episode 6 of our podcast is available now! In this week’s episode, Pastor Chris talks about one of the catchphrases of the United Church of Christ: Our faith is 2000 years old, our thinking is not. Plus, this week’s scripture, sermon, and a time for prayer.  You can listen…
Every year, on the very first day of confirmation, I take the kids on a scavenger hunt. Some of the things that they have to find are things: hands, a lamb of God, a ship, a manatee. And some of the things that they have to find are people:…
A new issue of the Carillon Notes is available! Check it out here! And a reminder that the due date for the next Carillon Notes is May 20, 2020. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
Sunday sermon preview: These people are turning the world upside-down! Facebook Twitter Buffer…
Episode 5 of our podcast is available now! In this week’s episode, Pastor Chris talks about extravagant welcome and First Congregational United Church of Christ’s Open and Affirming covenant, and gives an update on how we’re dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, this week’s scripture, sermon, and a time…
I’ve told you this before, but in my former career, my life was ruled by numbers. Every year, the Board of Directors would give me one number: the amount of money that I needed to raise for my organization… so that we could do the work that we were…
Sunday Sermon Preview: Maybe that miracle happened because Peter and John, through the power of Christ, saw him in all of his walking, running, leaping, dancing glory. Facebook Twitter Buffer…
Episode 4 of our podcast is available now! Join Pastor Chris to learn about how the United Church of Christ understands statements of faith. 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…
This is a strange Easter. On any normal Easter Sunday, we would be packed together in our church buildings. We would hug and shake hands and pass the peace. We would shout, “He is risen!” in chorus. The scent of flowers in the chancel would fill our noses. The…