First Congregational United Church of Christ
WELCOMING YOU HOME
Welcome! We are glad you are visiting us here on our website. We are about welcoming everyone, no matter where you are on your journey. If you have been looking for a community of faith yourself, or would like your children to grow in their understanding of faith, or are interested in coming back to a church community that engages your mind, imagination, heart, and hands, in making a positive difference in our community; then please feel free to check us out here and join us in one of the activities we have going on at our church.
ABOUT OUR CHURCH
We are about unconditional acceptance aimed at developing a shared sense of commnunity that wishes to reach out and make a positive difference in our community.
We are a community
--formation of self
--service to our community.
Meets on Sunday before Worship at 9:30 am.
On Zoom and in person.
This is an interactive series for adults and older youth led by our Intergenerational Education Coordinator, Todd Siefker. Each session is designed to introduce us to ancient and modern Christ-like examples of faithful living. The goal is to will become more like those we admire.
From the Bridge Pastor:
Rev. Del Olivier
With all the craziness being reported in news stories, I look forward to the closing few minutes of the evening news when I am able to watch. The reason is that normally there is a story that warms peoples’ hearts…the actions of a Good Samaritan, a young child raising money for a good cause, someone being rescued from a perilous situation, etc. Hymns sung in church can have the same effect. Knowing the circumstances behind the lyrics of these hymns is very interesting. A Google search can assist in this process. One of my favorite “oldies” is “It Is Well with My Soul.” Here’s the story.
Horatio G. Spafford had been a successful attorney in Chicago. He was the father of four daughters, an active member of the Presbyterian Church, and a loyal friend and supporter of D.L. Moody. When Mr. Moody and his music associate, Ira Sankey, left for Great Britain for an evangelistic campaign, Spafford decided to lift the spirits of his family by taking them on a vacation to Europe. He also planned to assist in the MoodySankey meetings there.
In November 1873, Spafford was detained by urgent business, but he sent his wife and four daughters as scheduled on the S.S. Ville du Harve, planning to join them soon. Halfway across the Atlantic, the ship was struck by an English vessel and sank in 12 minutes. All four of the Spafford daughters—
Tanetta, Maggie, Annie, and Bessie—were among the 226 who drowned.
Mrs. Spafford was among the few who were miraculously saved.
Later, Horatio Spafford stood hour after hour on the deck of the ship carrying him to rejoin his sorrowing wife in Cardiff, Wales. When the ship passed the approximate place where his precious daughters had drowned, Spafford received sustaining comfort from God that enabled him to write the words of this hymn: ‘When sorrows like sea billows roll…It is well with my soul.”
I can only imagine the grief the Spaffords experienced and, thanks be to God, I have not had to experience the grief of a child. The loss of my parents and two adult sisters was enough. But the grief of losing someone who has only begun his/her life…unimaginable. That is where a church community rallies around families with condolences and other acts of kindness including gifts of meals, lodging of out-of-town relatives, cards, hugs, and other loving
Soli Deo Gloria (to God alone be the glory)!
Church Office Hours
Pastor's Office Hours
Monday 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm
Thursday 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm
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Fully vaccinated people are not required to wear masks in church. We will continue to Live Stream services on Facebook and YouTube streamed live at 10:30a.m. every Sunday morning. You can also find our past services to watch on our page.