THE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
We are members of the
United Church of Christ
“No matter who you are
God is still speaking,
A SPECIAL MEETING OF
BUSINESS TO BE CONDUCTED:
Vote to approve by 2/3rds of the members present and voting, the Council of Ministries nomination of members to serve on the Pastoral Selection Committee (5 to 9 members per the ByLaws), plus two alternates, each to serve in place of a Committee member, should a Committee member be unable to serve.
With what feels like little time to pause in stillness and
reflection, we have strolled past the innocence of the manger, barely
taking time to kneel in adoration and praise, as we then quickly
splashed a little water on our foreheads, as we received the blessing
and reminder of our name, Beloved. Then with a rush of fear and hope, we
said "yes" to the call to follow Jesus, only after a death
defying journey with Jesus through the trials of the wilderness. And now
we are here, out of breath, exhausted, anxious, and if we are honest a
little fearful, yet hope-filled, ready to point our tired feet towards
the path that will lead Jesus to the cross.
P.S. If you haven't received a star-word yet and would like one send me a message, stop by the office, or get one on any Sunday before or after worship from the basket.
Church School News
It has come to my
attention that there is some talk around town regarding some unhappiness
about the noise and disruption that the younger children are making at
the beginning of the church service.
Right now, our church school roster has 18 kids on in, and HALF
of these cherubs are under 5 years old.
As those of you who have had or cared for children know and
remember, young children are not the quietest and need a lot of guidance
and reminders to sit still! Please
understand that parents and grandparents, as well as the RE committee,
are doing our best to help children learn appropriate behavior in
church. We have added some
more quiet materials to the back of the church to aid in this.
It saddens me that we have had suggestions to keep the children
out of church completely, because then there is no way that they will be
able to learn and grow in the church, thus becoming church members
themselves and continuing the church into the future.
that we cannot grow the church or church school by leaving out our
children and young families. If
you have concerns and/or ideas, please, please feel free to bring them
to me – I will listen! On
another note, we also REALLY need people to teach church school and/or
play with our youngest in the nursery – you do not have to be a parent
to share your love with our kids! Let
me know if this is something you would be interested in.
Thank you all for
your time, your love, and your patience!
SHROVE TUESDAY, February 13 - join us for a Pancake Supper (Gluten free pancakes will be available) and worship. Dinner will be at 5 and worship at 6.
THINK SUMMER - THINK SILVER LAKE
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