• Advancing God’s Love and Justice

    Greetings friends, Over the years, I have heard from a number of you that you’d be interested in having a Confirmation class for adults. Perhaps you came to First Congregational from another tradition, or perhaps you didn’t grow up in church. I’ve also heard from confirmation mentors who’ve attended one

  • A Word About the Women’s Spiritual Retreat

    Connecting Beyond Sunday: Women’s Spiritual Retreat March 10-11, 2018: Eaglewood Resort & Spa Connecting Beyond Sunday. When the committee of women from several different ministries set out to plan a retreat, we had an idea of direction, but it was only through meeting together on regular basis, brainstorming, and many emails flying

  • Advancing God’s Love and Justice

    Greetings friends, As people come and go, and as things change with technology, it’s helpful to have a periodic refresher on the various ways we communicate with each other and how they can be used. In particular, I want to talk a little about First Congregational’s social media options. On

  • Advancing God’s Love and Justice

    Greetings friends, When I lived in Northern Ireland, I became acquainted very quickly with the old divisions they have between Protestant and Catholic. You can’t usually tell by looking at someone which “side” they were on, so people asked each other a series of questions. If your name didn’t give

  • Advancing God’s Love and Justice

    Greetings Friends, Why would I want to face difficult issues today, when I could put them off until tomorrow? Right? My kids are all 10 or younger, so for all of my experience as a parent so far, I’ve mostly been able to avoid some of the really thorny topics

  • A Word from the Trustees Ministry

    During the past year, the Trustees Ministry continued to improve our procedures for oversight of the church’s governance, finances, and buildings and grounds. We successfully onboarded our church’s new bookkeeper, Kathy Clolinger, and oversaw a projected budget deficit turn into an end-of-year surplus, thanks to the generosity of our church

  • Advancing God’s Love and Justice

    Greetings Friends, I wanted to make sure you all know what’s happening in the upcoming week for special Advent and Christmas Eve services. First, our annual Christmas Pageant is this coming Sunday, December 17 at our normal worship time, 10:00 a.m. Our fearless director, Cheryl Newman has, as usual, outdone herself, and

  • A Word from the Community Life Ministry

    When I reflect on this season of Advent, my feelings are mixed. I treasure the quiet moments, the reflection, and the meditation leading up to Christmas, but I also feel a little overwhelmed by the excitement, the chaos, and the preparation. Sometimes it seems that Advent and Christmas have two

  • Advancing God’s Love and Justice

    Greeting friends, Lent and Advent are the two prominent seasons of the church year. A lot of people are used to doing something different during Lent—giving something up, or taking on a spiritual practice of some sort. But during Advent, I think we’re often too busy getting ready for Christmas

  • Advancing God’s Love and Justice

    Greetings friends, There is a bit of consternation in my social media feed about when it is permissible to decorate for Christmas. I have always been a staunch defender of waiting until after Thanksgiving. I don’t want to be sick of Christmas carols before Christmas actually gets here! But more