From the Pastors

  • What do you need?

    Are some of you finally finding a smoother groove in this time? Are some of you creating new routines that work? Or are you discovering that each time you think you are on track to a new “normal” (whatever that means), you once again feel upended, like one of Jesus’ parables?


  • What is 2020 going to bring in our life together as First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ? In 2019 there were expected and unexpected moments; there were planned joys, and there were challenges for which we couldn’t have prepared.


  • When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you. –Isaiah 43:2

     

    Thank you all volunteers who have kept track of various needs throughout the past weeks since a couple of sprinkler lines burst above the ceiling in our sanctuary. Your hours of cleanup, connecting with contractors and insurance, moving pews, and other acts of care have been a gift to our whole congregation.


  • I'm writing this as I come back to work, after about eight weeks off for parental leave. I want to share some thank you's: Thank you to everyone who prayed for me and Rachael and for Ezekiel (and for poor underappreciated Rutabaga the cat) ... 


  • Trigger warning for sexual assault. October is domestic violence month - this is only one aspect for our contemplation. 

    Sarai could’ve said #MeToo (Genesis 12).

    Dinah could’ve said #MeToo (Genesis 34).


  • It’s been a hard year for some of us, and many wonder about the future. We witness physical and spiritual violence happening from the halls of power to our home hallways.


  • What Is Called to Care? Called to Care is the ongoing ministry of wellness for our whole congregation. This is the current Called to Care team at First Congregational Church: Maridel Johnson, Kathleen McGuinness, Karen Mills, Brenda Nicholson, Carol Nicolay, and Deanna Murray. We are a group of representatives from our church’s care teams: Parish Visitors, Faith Community Nurses, Stephen Ministers, Diaconate and Pastoral staff.