SATURDAY, December 4:
Boulder Parade of Lights and Jingle Mingle
on the Church Plaza
Meet at the church at 5:00 pm to don costumes and join the Parade at 6:00 pm. Afterwards, join friends at 7:30pm for hot cider and cookies. Santa Claus will be showing up to say hello!
RSVP to Deborah Voss at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAYS Through December 19:
Alternative Gift Market in the Link
Thoughtful gifts that make a difference, addressing hunger, literacy, shelter, and more, offered by Alternative Gifts International (AGI). Sandstone paintings and jewelry from Navajo artists Burke and Vivian Burbank, our 2019 Artists in Residence, and fabric crafts and home décor items from Mindful Works will also be offered.
Prayer Stations Pilgrimage “Covenants”
Prayer stations will be open only on the following dates and times:
11/16 (TUE) ~ 9:00-11:30am & 3:00-5:00pm
11/17 (WED) ~ 9:00am-4:00pm
11/18 (THU) ~ 9:00am-6:00pm
11/19 (FRI) ~ 9:00am-4:00pm
11/20 (SAT) ~ 9:00am-1:00pm
11/22 (MON) ~ 9:00am-5:00pm
11/23 (TUE) ~ 9:00-11:30am & 3:00-6:00pm
11/24 (WED) ~ 9:00am-8:00pm
NAACP Forum: Criminal Justice Committee
Sawyer Memorial Organ
Join us in the sanctuary on Sunday, November 14 at 4:00 pm or on YouTube via livestream for our annual Sawyer Memorial Organ Concert. Our organist this year is Dr. Stephen Hamilton. For more information about him, follow this link: Dr. Stephen Jon Hamilton, Concert Organist Masks are required for this event. The concert will also be live streamed via the church’s YouTube channel. A free will donation will be taken at the door. Proceeds will support the Music Endowment Fund at First Congregational Church.
Feast, Pray, Love
Saturday October 2, from 5 pm-8 pm
Feast Pray Love is back this Fall! Our annual youth fundraiser will be hosted on Saturday October 2, from 5pm-8pm. In order to safely accommodate all of our guests that evening, Feast Pray Love will be hosted outside on the plaza. Dinner will be served, and two auctions will be hosted! As always, all the proceeds from Feast Pray Love go toward our high school mission trip. This year our students will be headed to the island of Grand Bahama to aid in the hurricane relief effort by helping to clean and repair the damage done by Hurricane Dorian. Support our students by registering for Feast Pray Love here and donating items to the auctions. For the safety of all who attend this event that everyone planning on joining us be vaccinated. Please get in touch with Calvin (email@example.com) as soon as possible with auction donations.
The 2021 MacKenzie Lectureship Welcomes Dr. Kristin Kobes Du Mez
Friday 24 September 2021 at 7 pm
Dr. Kristin Kobes Du Mez will give the 2021 MacKenzie lectureship. An online link/registration for the lecture will be available soon.
Saturday 25 September 2021 at 10 am
Mapping our own Histories: exploring spiritual formation, religious deconstruction, and community building in our current moment. A conversation with Kristin Kobe’s Du Mez.
About the Speaker
Kristin Kobes Du Mez is a New York Times bestselling author and Professor of History and Gender Studies at Calvin University. She holds a PhD from the University of Notre Dame and her research focuses on the intersection of gender, religion, and politics. She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC News, Religion News Service, and Christianity Today, and has been interviewed on NPR, CBS, and the BBC, among other outlets. Her most recent book is Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation.
On Sunday, September 12, following 10:30 am worship, we’ll hold a church picnic at Foothills Community Park at 800 Cherry Ave., Boulder. We hope to be able to claim the shelter for our gathering and then expect to spread out on the ample lawn. Boxed lunches will be served, kids will be able to play on the playground, and lawn games are being planned. Bring your mask to wear when you’re not eating and a lawn chair or picnic blanket to sit on. To order your lunch, please rsvp here. Please follow the registration all the way to end until you receive a Confirmation at the top of the page. Alternatively, call the church office to let us know you plan to attend – 303-442-1787, ext. 0
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Music & Meditation
Thursday, July 15 at 6 pm Outdoors on the Plaza
Join us this coming Thursday, July 15, for a Meditation by Matt Hess, Music by Ekaterina Kotcherguina, soprano, Kajsa Teitelbaum, and hymn singing by the congregation! Sign up here to attend. Can’t make it this time? Sign up for another Thursday. Bring your mask and a chair.
Gun Violence Prevention at FCC
Tuesday, July 13, from 5:30-6:30 – Zoom
Meeting ID: 843 7376 6466 Passcode: GVP
Since the wonderfully successful response from our legislature to laws promoting gun safety and the welcomed approval by Church Council to form a Gun Violence Prevention Team, we are ready to hold our initial meeting via Zoom next Tuesday, July 13, from 5:30-6:30. Whether you wish to do a lot or a little to support this mission, we welcome you. Please join us to learn how FCC can be an effective voice for gun violence prevention. Contact Carol Young with questions.
Roger Easton Memorial Service Livestream
Friday July 9 at 11AM
The memorial for Roger Easton will be livestreamed on YouTube on Friday morning. To view the service simply go to this link https://youtu.be/I8B_57lmvZ8 or go to the First Congregational Church YouTube page as early as 10:50AM on Friday July 9.
ARTS Camp Worship
How Are the Palestinian Children?
UCC Resolution on Israel/Palestine and Next Steps
What’s New With Mission Partner, Mindful Works
What’s Up With Our Endowment Funds?
Sunday May 23, Noon on Zoom
Have you ever wondered about the history of our six Endowment Funds? How big or small are they? How much do they generate each year and where does the money go? Attend this forum to find out the answers to these and other questions. Join us to learn how our church and our wider church community benefit from our growing Endowment Funds.
Racial Justice Ministry
Monday, May 24 at 7pm
Please join us to explore how our congregation is being called to engage in racial justice. There is still time to join! The Racial Justice Ministry will be meeting Monday, May 24th at 7pm. Contact Jessica Austin to be added to the email list.
NOBO and McMane Arts Exhibit & Reception
Friday, June 4, 6 to 9 pm
You are invited to a McMane Arts Ministry Reception as we open our building to welcome the wider community for a walk through to see the Butterfly Memorial Project and to enjoy The Poetry of Fabric exhibit by Barbara Olson, on display in the Link and Heritage Room. Come to see the exhibits one last time before Barb’s quilts move on and the butterflies are trimmed to make room for people in worship! Wear you mask, sign in at the table in the Link, and be mindful of keeping physical distances.
Lectio Divina Small Group
Thursday Evenings from 7 – 8:30 pm, through May 27
An online Lectio Divina small group will be offered during April and May. Lectio Divina is a Latin term that means “sacred reading.” It is an ancient practice of engaging with scripture. We spend some time reading and reflecting on a scripture text, then join in prayer together, and conclude with 20 minutes of silent prayer or meditation. Beginners are welcome.
If you are interested, please contact Bob von Trebra or, call 801-641-7019 with any questions and to get the Zoom link.
The Story of the UCC
Tuesday, April 27 at 7:00pm via Zoom
Meeting ID: 854 7878 1797 Passcode: 801583
Have you ever wondered how the UCC came into being? What makes it distinctive from other Protestant denominations? The UCC’s unique history and covenantal foundation welcomes, empowers and celebrates all of God’s children and their gifts in the church. Join our seminary intern, Linda Kowatch, for a one-hour gathering on Tue., April 27 at 7pm to learn more. If you plan to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ministry of Last Things Forum
Sunday, April 25 at Noon on Zoom
Meeting ID: 858 9293 4543 Passcode: MLT
“Dementia: Part 1 — Planning to Serve our Loved Ones?” – A gift you can offer loved ones is to help them understand your wishes if you develop dementia and can’t make decisions for yourself. What do you want them to know? What kind of medical support would you want or want to avoid? Join with members of the Ministry of Last Things in a discussion that will review some of the conversations and tools that can help you with this important part of planning.
Earth Day Celebration
From Allies to Abolitionists
One Great Hour of Sharing
Sunday, March 21
One Great Hour of Sharing is a 75-year ecumenical effort to support relief efforts around the world. The 2021 United Church of Christ theme for OGHS is Let Love Flow. To see stories and photos about the impact of OGHS, click here. First Congregational will be collecting offerings this Sunday, March 21. Please give online (select “One Great Hour of Sharing” from Fund drop-down on Giving site); or mail a check with OGHS listed in the memo line.
The Butterfly Memorial Project
As we mourn the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans and the millions worldwide who have died or suffered illness in the pandemic, we invite you to participate in a collective expression of our grief and our healing. We are making thousands of origami butterflies, which the McMane Arts Ministry is stitching together, to lift and float from the rafters in our sanctuary in time for Easter. Bring your finished butterflies to the church during weekday office hours on or before Monday, March 29. Need a little help folding your origami butterflies for the Memorial Art Installation in the sanctuary? Watch the instructional video with Sue Allman here.
Mindfulness Meditation Class
Mondays, 2-3 pm, March 22 – April 26th – Zoom
Connecting with Each Other and Ourselves: Mindfulness and Self-Care
Dealing with emotions and anxiety is painful, especially when we’re separated from each other and life is no longer “normal” or familiar. Mindfulness is about being aware of what’s really going on in the present moment, on purpose, without judgment. Meditation eases stress and tension, and opens understanding and resilience. This 6-week class is about taking a pause and sharing time, while learning on our own individual path. Contact Judy Ludwig-Keller email@example.com
Women’s Spirituality Group
New Study Starting March 16, 2021
Women’s Spirituality Group (WSG) begins a 6-week study on 12 Tiny Things by Ellie Roscher & Heidi Barr. Journey with us through 12 areas of life: work, spirituality, creativity & more. In each area we will take one tiny action sure to open up growth & renewal. WSG meets Tuesdays from 12:00-1:30p via Zoom.
For info contact: Linda Kowatch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lent Centering Prayer Group
Global Day of Climate Action
Down By the Riverside
March Food Drive
2021 Annual Congregational Meeting
Blue Christmas Prayer Service
Christmas Eve Lessons
and Carols Online
Christmas Eve Outdoor Candlelight
at the Church
December Spiritual Support Groups
at Only Sunshine Farm
Mowed through a field at the home of David and Laura Skaggs, this labyrinth is a little longer than a half mile walk to a manger shed. Visit prayer stations and reflect on your life in relation to Mary and Joseph’s journey. No signing up in advance. Come and go any time from morning light to evening dusk, any day of the week starting Sunday, December 6, through Christmas Eve. Wear your mask and sturdy shoes. 7428 N 73rd Street, Niwot, near the intersection of Niwot Road and Route 119.
Advent and Christmas Eve
Journey to Bethlehem
This holiday season will be different than any we have experienced before! First Congregational Church is here with you to celebrate in new ways outdoors and online with worship services and opportunities to connect with others in our community throughout the season of Advent and on Christmas Eve. Click here to find out more!
The Music of Our Lives
Vocational Journey Interview: Harriet Simons
A Cornucopia of Grace
Climate Action Team Invites You To Celebrate Colorado Recycles Week
November 29: Noon to 12:45 pm on Zoom
Forum: Embracing Gratitude
Join Linda Kowatch, our seminary intern, and members of Women’s Spirituality Group for a conversation based on the book, Grateful: The Subversive Practice of Giving Thanks, by Diana Butler Bass. Together we will imagine what it would mean if we truly believed Emmanuel, God With Us. What would our lives and God’s world look like? Even in the midst of physically distancing from loved ones, can we be grateful?
Alternative Gift Market 2020
November 22 at Noon – Zoom
Join Pedro Silva and Diana Shellenberger today on Zoom when we will read and listen to poetry that inspires us in these uncertain times. This week’s theme will be “Faith”. Feel free to bring or write a poem that you would like to share. Or you can just come in to listen and discuss. For more information visit the church’s Facebook page.
Sunday, November 22 at 5 pm
Sawyer Organ Concert: David Cherwien
In this time when we are missing our singing together, we are honored to welcome David Cherwien to lead us in an online hymn festival. The music director of the National Lutheran Choir, David Cherwien is a nationally known conductor, composer and organist, recognized for his contributions to the field of church music and liturgy.
November 16 – 20
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Participate in our monthly Food Drive to help your neighbors in need through the Emergency Family Assistance Association. EFAA’s current most wanted items are rice, spaghetti sauce, hearty canned stews, chili, pork and beans, eggs, paper towels, dish soap, toothpaste, deodorant and shampoo. Any donation of food, including perishables in good condition, and household items are appreciated. Contact your neighborhood leader to coordinate your donation: Bob Matthias, SE Boulder; Roy McCutchen, North Boulder; Bob Patoff, Lafayette/Louisville; Kristen Aldretti, Gunbarrel/Heatherwood; and Phil Braudaway-Bauman, Longmont/Niwot. Questions: Don Reed, Drive Coordinator.
Sunday, November 15
Sunday Evening Panel Discussion
Larry Rasmussen, Ph.D.
Environmental Theologian Larry Rasmussen, Ph.D., will speak on Sunday evening, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. He has written A Love Letter from One Geological Age to Another, to his grandson, Eduardo, that contrasts his lifetime (the late Holocene) with Eduardo’s (the early Anthropocene). Kirk Nordstrom, an internationally recognized geochemist at the USGS, will facilitate a panel discussion with Dr. Rasmussen, Marty Hoerling, a NOAA climate scientist specializing in connections between extreme weather events and climate change and Patty Limerick, Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at CU.
Sunday, November 15
Larry Rasmussen, Ph.D.
Dr. Rasmussen’s sermon, In the Midst of New Dimensions, will focus on differing factors of climate change going forward. He is an environmental theologian and 2020 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Christian Ethics.