From the Pastors

  • Dear Church, We had a bit of a surprise at the church building on Monday morning.  When Kurt, our stalwart Custodian/Maintenance staff person, showed up for work, there was some damage to one of our windows.  It seems that at some point during the night or early in the morning of Monday, someone threw a brick through one of our windows. 

  • Lead Pastor’s Annual Report 2021: I give thanks to the Spirit and First Congregational members for helping our church through this year. We are living through a time of cultural and societal change, and it is rare to recognize that is happening when in the midst of it.

  • Dear Church,

    If you’re anything like me, you spent much of Sunday evening and Monday watching the rain, worrying about neighbors, and looking at pictures and videos online of the flooding throughout our community.

  • This week we return to hybrid worship, which means both in-person and online opportunities to gather for our Sunday service. While the spread of coronavirus continues, we will be cautious. That caution, along with some of the insights shared in this past summers’ Backyard Conversations, has led several boards to look at what the time immediately following worship might look like. So we’re trying some things!

  • I just finished an inspiring video call with Rev. Phiwa Langeni of the UCC’s Center for Analytics, Research & Development, and Data (CARDD). These last six weeks they’ve been leading a group of clergy through something called the Exodus Experiment, in which we each look at our local ministry setting and consider what wilderness we might be wandering and where God might be leading. Part of the introduction to the Exodus Experiment read: “just as God cared for those in the literal wilderness of yesteryear, God does the same for us [now] … God has been, is still, and will yet be with us every single step of the way, wherever it may take us.”