Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Join us tonight at 7 pm in the East Chapel for our Ash Wednesday service. We will offer the imposition of ashes and share the sacrament of Holy Communion.
We will gather tonight at 5:00 p.m. for our monthly Saturday evening service! Dress is always casual --come as you are. And remember there will be no church tomorrow, Sunday August 20th.
Services switch to summer hours tomorrow, June 11, so instead of 10:30 a.m., be at church by 9:30 a.m. to enjoy Pastor Craig's weekly sermon!
Today's the day! First Congregational UCC's semi annual Thrift sale begins at 3 p.m.! Lots of wonderful items to choose from--come fill a bag for only $3. We also have furniture in the church garage--all priced to sell. Other items specially priced. The sale runs 3-6 pm today, and Saturday (April 22) from 8 am--noon.
It's time for the Semi-annual Thrift Sale this Friday afternoon and Saturday morning! (April 21 & 22, 2017) Friday 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon.
Join us for our Easter celebration tomorrow! Our Easter continental breakfast begins at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. An activity for children of all ages will be held in the lower level beginning around 9:45 a.m. The Easter worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. with pew communion being served. There will be no Sunday School tomorrow, and there will be no coffee following worship. Come celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, and the new life he offers to us!
The weather is bitterly cold this morning but there is no wind, so we are continuing with our regularly scheduled church activities. We are asking that the children participating in the Christmas program be at church at 9:15 for rehearsal. We will gather for worship at 10:30 and enjoy the children's Christmas Pageant "A Not So Silent Night." Dress warmly-- and see you in church!
A Thanksgiving message from our Conference Minister, Rev. Dr. Rich Pleva:
If you drive the roads of Iowa, you know that by now the harvest is, in fact, gathered in, and in nearly all places it has been abundant. To top it off, commodity prices not so poor as many had feared. Assuredly this is cause for thanksgiving.
It is also true, of course, that not very many of us are directly engaged in agricultural. If, like me, your livelihood is only indirectly related to agriculture..., then my pastoral counsel is that you still sing the hymn, but sing it metaphorically.
I need Thanksgiving because it challenges my instinct to the dour. I used to see a bumper sticker that I well understood, but still found cringe-worthy: "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention."
Maybe, but I'd prefer a slightly different take: "If you're not thankful, you're not paying attention."
It is true that blessings....at least material blessings.... are not so evenly distributed as what I'd wish, but thanksgiving is not a zero-sum game. It's right to give thanks even if you'd prefer that the world were ordered a bit differently than it currently is.
Perhaps the capacity to joyously - even raucously - give thanks can become one of the underpinnings of justice work. Anger may have its place, but when it excludes joy it is something of which to be wary.
In fact, I'm thankful for many, many blessings. You, dear reader, are among those for whom I am thankful.
So, sing the hymn. Eat a feast. Embrace your family and friends. Take a nap, or watch a game. Then sing the hymn again.
God's best to you!
UCC in Iowa
Our last Saturday evening service for the season is this Saturday, October 15, and features the musical gifts of “Sister Act,” a women's’ singing group out of Jewell who know how to make a joyful noise! They will share their gospel message of joy and celebration during the service, and following the service we will hold a reception in their honor in Fellowship hall and enjoy root beer floats provided by the Worship Board. If you have never heard Sister Act before, you are in for a treat! Please join us!