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9:15 a.m. - Children's Christian Education
& Soul Search (Adult Christian Education)
Worship service is at 10:15!
We are Open and Affirming and ALL are welcome!

SACK LUNCHES: Every Saturday and Sunday, between 12:15 and 1:00 p.m, our church gives to "those in need" a lunch usually consisting of a sandwich, cookies, and chips or pretzels plus water and fruit. If you would like to help please call the church and offer to make a donation of money or ingredients or time in the making and serving.
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calendar 2-2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 17:22

 

Feb. 2-- 7:00 Faith Ministry Team

Feb. 5-- Justice and Witness Team

Feb. 6-- 6:30 Discovery Toys Party

Feb. 10--  5:30 Stewardship Ministry Team

Feb.14-- 4:30 Holy Family

Feb.17-- 6:00  VCT

Feb.18 --7:00 Ash Wednesday service

Feb. 20 --7:00 Jr. Blues Game

Feb.25-- 6:00 Lenten Gathering

Feb. 28 -- 4:30 Holy Family 

 
SEASON OF LENT PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Thursday, 05 February 2015 15:33

 


SEASON OF LENT ACTIVITIES


ASH WEDNESDAY:  The season of Lent begins on Wednesday, February 18, with Ash Wednesday.  Ash Wednesday is a day that is intended for contemplation and preparation for the time of Lent, which itself is a season of preparation for Easter.   Ash Wednesday is the day that you see people around town with a cross made of ashes on their foreheads; the cross of ashes is a sign of our mortality, a sign of the hope that we have in Jesus Christ, and a sign of our turning from that which steals life and holds us back in our relationship with God, neighbor and creation. Congregational UCC will hold a meditative and interactive Ash Wednesday service, with the imposition of ashes available (on forehead or hand, your choice) on February 18 at 7 p.m.

 

LENT: Lent is the season of preparation for Easter, the holiest and most joyful event in our walk with Jesus.  One emphasis of the season of Lent is a focus on deepening our relationship with God and others. Sometimes, perhaps especially in faith traditions within Christianity such as the Roman Catholic Church, people were encouraged to give something up in Lent, to focus awareness away from the more trivial, to gain some knowledge of denial and our dependence on God, and to give the money saved from the foregone activity to charity. More and more, there is an emphasis on taking on a new practice, or recommitting to a flagging practice, like daily prayer or Scripture reading. The goal of any such discipline, whether one of austerity or abundance, is to deepen our relationship with God. 

One reason that the UCC churches, and the traditions that comprise the UCC, as well as many other Christian traditions gather on Wednesdays in Lent for fellowship, or study, or prayer, or worship or a combination of the above, is to give people a time to think about their faith and their relationship to God.

 

At Congregational UCC, we want to build community, deepen relationships and increase our head and heart knowledge of God. This year we will offer mid-week Lenten Gatherings on Wednesdays, beginning on February 25, at 6 pm. Our theme is Anticipating Grace and Sharing the Journey. We will begin with a simple meal. Over dinner, we hope that people will share the highs and lows in their lives as we get to know each other better. Then, at 6:30(ish), we will hear from one of our community as they share something about his or her journey. We may hear about someone’s faith journey or where they see God present or about something else important to the one speaking. There will be time to ask questions or talk further. This is very casual. Feel free to bring a friend, to share a meal and to learn from our fellow travelers.

 

 
pastor's note PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Thursday, 05 February 2015 15:40

 

pastors note

Dear Friends:

Is anyone else sort-of surprised that it is already February? We just finished putting away the Christmas decorations and cleaning up from the annual meeting on January 31. How can it possibly be true that Lent is around the corner?!

 

I have grown to like the season of Lent. It’s a time for reflecting on faith and following Christ. Lent is not about giving up chocolate or Facebook (although, if either help you in your walk, go for it). It is about confronting our brokenness and embracing a life fully integrated with God’s will for restoration and wholeness.

 

Once again, Congregational United Church of Christ will offer: worship services on Ash Wednesday, February 18, 7:00 pm (see below), mid-week Lent Gatherings, Wednesdays at 6:00 pm, beginning on February 25 (see below), and Holy Week worship services on Maundy Thursday (April 2, 6:00 pm) and Good Friday (April 3, 7:00 pm). More information will be published closer to Holy Week.

 

Please join us for as many worship or casual gatherings as you can. We deepen our faith and build our community. Both help us to be agents of God’s love and compassion in a hurting world.

Wishing you all God’s peace.

Pastor Lynn

 
Weather closings PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Fawkes   
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 16:19

 

Weather Closings

When the weather forecast indicates concern for safety in travel to worship, the minister and the Faith Ministry Team will make a decision.  Please consult the church website, Facebook page, and radio announcements on WEAI for announcement of church closings. An all-church e-mail will also be sent. 

 
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