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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

dedicated to:

--unconditional acceptance

--formation of self

--service to our community.

THE ADIMIRATION 
SERIES

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.

SERVICES

Sundays Service 10:30 a.m.

 

Sunday Adult Study 9:30 a.m.

 

For all other activities, click on

the Straight to the Point page 

From the Bridge Pastor:

Rev. Del Olivier

I have watched a little bit of the ceremonies involved with Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. My mind moves from the austere pageantry of the royal funeral to the stark burial of Jesus following his crucifixion. Rather than dignitaries from all over the world attending the funeral Mass, the Gospel according to Luke records Jesus’ burial like this as found in the Contemporary English Version: “There was a man named Joseph, who was from Arimathea in Judea. Joseph was a good and honest man, and he was eager for God’s kingdom to come. He was also a member of the council, but he did not agree with what they had decided. Joseph went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. He took the body down from the cross and wrapped it in fine cloth. Then he put it in a tomb that had been cut out of solid rock and had never been used. It was Friday, and the Sabbath was about to begin. The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and they watched how Jesus’ body was placed in the tomb. Then they went to prepare some sweet-smelling spice for his burial. But on the Sabbath, they rested, as the Law of Moses commands.” 
The Queen has been laid to rest until the last day when she and all those who have died will be raised to a new life which will have no ending. 
Thank you to all members who attended the build for Sleep in Heavenly Peace last Saturday. With assistance from the women’s volleyball team from Morningside University, other volunteers from the community, and our members who attended we worked so hard that we ran out of some boards to prepare! As a member of the Core Team of SHP, I thank you for your participation and ongoing support of Sleep in Heavenly Peace!! 
In our Prayers. We have received word that Kenwood “Kenny” Cleveland died in Hemet, California. Kenny is the brother of Marly van Berkum. May God bless Marly and her family as they mourn their loss.
“Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Kenwood. Acknowledge, we humble pray, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, and a son of your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the company of the saints in light.” (Commendation from Order for Thanksgiving for One Who Has Died.) 


As always, if you are someone you know would benefit from a pastoral visit, please call the office, and let Michael or me know.

In Christ, 
Pastor Del

Church Office Hours

Sunday 11:30am-3:30pm 

Monday-Thursday 9am-1pm

Pastor's Office Hours

Monday 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm
Tuesday 2pm-5pm
Wednesday 2pm-5pm
Thursday 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm

Directory:
Please fill out the New Church Directory Info Form available below. Completed forms can be sent it to our Church Administrator Michael at our church email -office@firstcongregational.net

Church Surveys:
If you haven't filled out our surveys, please take a few minutes to take our survey and survey on spirituality here online.

COVID-19 NOTICE:

 

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.

Be the change you want to see.

--Mahatma Gandhi