Sawyer Organ Concert with Stephen Hamilton
Sunday, 3/26 at 2 PM – Sanctuary

Join us for a mesmerizing organ concert featuring Marcel Dupré’s “Le Chemin de la Croix, Op. 29” (The Stations of the Cross) with poetry by Paul Claudel. Poetry will be read by Nancy Wade and Susan D’Autremont, adding another layer of depth to Hamilton’s organ performance. This concert, free to the public, is made possible by the Sawyer Organ Fund of the Endowment of First Congregational UCC, Boulder. Donations to the Fund are welcome!

Day of Remembrance
Wednesday, 3/22 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM – Doors Open at 5 PM

The City of Boulder, along with several local partners, will be holding a remembrance event to mark the two years that have passed since the March 22, 2021 mass shooting in Boulder. That day, Boulder lost 10 beloved community members. The community is invited to join us in person or via livestream as we remember those who are no longer with us, offer support to one another and come together as a community. eTown Hall, 1535 Spruce St. in Boulder, free and open to the public. Advance registration is required and in-person attendance is limited.

Nowruz (New Year) Celebration
Sunday, 3/19 at 12:30 PM – Standish Room

In celebration of our current exhibit of art from Afghanistan, the McMane Arts Ministry invites you to a Nowruz celebration at 12:30 PM in the Standish Room. Nowruz, which means “new day” is a holiday marking the arrival of spring. Celebrated for more than 3000 years, Nowruz is also the first day of the new year in Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern countries All are welcome. RSVP required for Nowruz Celebration meal click here.

Soup Kitchen Volunteers – Serve HOT Meals 
Sunday, 3/26/23 – SignUp Here 

Our next Soup Kitchen Sunday, March 26, 2023 and we need volunteers for both shifts. We will train you on the spot. There is no need to be nervous! The first shift is 9:00-11:30am and you will help prepare food and serve it. The second shift is 11:30a-2:00pm and you will serve food and clean up. Sign up here as an individual, family or small group.

For info or questions contact: Soo Rhee soo.rhee@colorado.edu or linda@firstcong.net

Receiving New Members
Sunday, March 26, 10:30 AM Worship

We invite you to jump in, roll up your sleeves, and enter deeply into the life and ministry of our congregation. We’re receiving new members during 10:30 am worship on Sunday, March 26. Please contact Julie Griffitts for more information.

From Afghanistan to “Banistan”
An Exhibit by Afghan Artists – Third Thursday ArtWalk 3/16 from 5-8 PM

Come and see the art of Afghan artists at the exhibit, “From Afghanistan to ‘Banistan.'” Exhibit will be held on Third Thursday ArtWalk, 3/16, from 5-8 PM at the First Congregational Church on 1128 Pine Street in Boulder. All art sale proceeds will be donated to Afghans4Tomorrow.org

Dedication of the Soul Box Project Sunday 3/19
King Soopers Shooting Memorial Events – 3/22 more details to come

The second anniversary of gun violence at King Soopers on Table Mesa is March 22. Our Soul Box Project, a collaboration of our Gun Violence Prevention Team, the McMane Arts Ministry and many of you, will be dedicated in Worship on March 19. We also will pause to remember our Boulder neighbors who died. The exhibit will be open to the public Tuesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 23 from 9 AM –2 PM, as well as 9 AM –6 PM on Wednesday, March 22. Watch for updates for other events happening on March 22 to remember those lives lost.

Social Justice Movie Night Kick Off
Saturday, 3/18 from 6 – 9:30 PM Starting with Pizza and Salad

Racial Justice Ministry kicks-off Social Justice Movie Night with True Justice. The documentary follows 30 years of EJI’s (Equal Justice Initiative) work on behalf of the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned. Told primarily in his own words, True Justice shares Bryan Stevenson’s experience with a criminal justice system that “treats you better if you’re rich and guilty than if you’re poor and innocent.” The burden of facing this system is explored in candid interviews with associates, close family members, and clients.

Duet Azure in Recital with Women Composers
Sunday, 3/12, at 6 PM – Sanctuary

Join Ekaterina Kotcherguina, soprano, and Jessica Kressin, piano, as they present a program of all women composers, including Barbara Strozzi, Pauline Viardot, Amy Beach, and Margaret Garwood. Tickets are free but required and can be found at this link. Donations will be accepted, and 10% of proceeds will go toward the Emergency Family Assistance Association.

From Afghanistan to “Banistan”
Art Show Opens Sunday, 3/5

View the art starting this Sunday. The exhibit is a fundraiser to help Afghan women in peril. Then on Sunday, 3/19 at 9:30 AM Wahid Omar, co-curator of the show will give a talk titled The Impact of the Taliban on Women and Artists. The talk will be devoted to Omar’s own life and experience, the lives and work of the artists on display, and the dangers facing Afghan women, followed by a Q&A. The talk preceeds a Nowruz (New Year) celebration at 12:30 PM in the Standish Room. All are welcome. Register for Nowruz Celebration here.

Seeking: Honest Questions for Deeper Faith
Three Devotionals for Lent – Click Here

During this Lenten season of spiritual seeking, reflection, and growth, we are pleased to offer three devotional resources:

– A Booklet of art, poetry, Scripture, and reflections in print or as an ereader.

– Daily Devotional Cards with questions and prayers for 52 days.

– Faith at Home resources for children and families following the same themes as the devotionals for adults.

From UCC to FCC
An Orientation for Newcomers/New Members
Sunday, 3/12, 11:45 AM to 1:30 PM

Join Chris Braudaway-Bauman and Linda Kowatch for lunch and a conversation about the United Church of Christ and First Congregational UCC, Boulder – our history, our covenants, our organizational structure – our peculiar way of being the church. Attendance at this session is not a prerequisite to joining as members. Let us know if you’d like to attend, if have any dietary restrictions, and if you need childcare, so that we can plan accordingly. Contact Julie Griffitts to sign up, julie@firstcong.net

From Afghanistan to “Banistan” Art Show Opening 3/5
Forum on Afghan Art, 3/19, 9:30 AM – Standish
Nowruz (Afghan New Year) Celebration, 3/19, 12:30 PM – Heritage

We are delighted to welcome an exhibition of brilliant photos of Afghan life by Gloriann Liu, and beautiful, regional paintings by five Afghan artists, in exile and/or in peril. On Sunday, 3/19, at 9:30 am Afghan artist, educator, and co-curator Wahid Omar will lead a Forum on the art. Then at 12:30 pm on March 19, join us for a Celebration of Nowruz, an ancient “new year” festival with traditional Nowruz food. Please register to attend by March 5. To help with food, contact Allison Hamm

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED
The Sum of Us

Continuing the Community Conversation – Sunday, 2/26 from 2 – 4 PM
Boulder Friends Meeting, 1825 Upland Ave and Zoom

The Religious Affairs Committee of the NAACP of Boulder County invites you to a community conversation regarding our shared commitment to anti-racism and social justice, based upon the book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee. The goal is to engage the community in conversations and calls-to-action. Register to Attend. To prepare for this event, pick up a copy of Chapter 10 of The Sum of Us in the church office.

MacKenzie Lectureship Weekend
“The Body of Christ” Keeps the Score:
Trauma, Spirituality, and Faith

 

Dr. Serene Jones, author of Trauma and Grace: Theology in a Ruptured World and President, Union Theological Seminary, New York City

Current events – a global pandemic, ongoing racial violence, mass shootings, massive wildfires, the climate crisis – all serve to remind us that that we live in a profoundly broken world. We carry this trauma, both individual and collective, in our bodies. Drawing on recent research on the science of trauma, Dr. Serene Jones speaks to these realities, naming them and what they mean for our lives and our community, and also how in the Body of Christ, God meets us in our suffering with hope, love, and healing grace.

Friday, 2/24, Lecture 7:00 PM – Sanctuary and YouTube

Saturday, 2/25, Workshop 9 – 11:30 AM – Standish Room and Zoom

Sunday, 2/26, Dr. Jones in Worship 10:30 AM – Sanctuary and YouTube

Ash Wednesday Worship
Wednesday, 2/22, Chapel at Noon | Sanctuary at 5:30 PM
Soup Supper in Standish and Heritage Rooms at 6:30 pm

 

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent and our journey with Jesus to the cross. Join us for a Service of Worship which includes the Sacrament of Holy Communion and the ritual of Anointing with Ashes. For those who would like to linger afterwards, a simple supper prepared by our Board of Spiritual Life, will follow in the Heritage and Standish Rooms.

Nashville African American Wind Symphony
Sunday, 2/19 at 3 PM – Macky Auditorium – 1595 Pleasant Street, CU

We are pleased to join Boulder County NAACP in welcoming the Nashville African American Wind Symphony for a Concert in Macky Auditorium. This Freedom Fund Celebration event of classic and cultural music is free to the to the public. Please Register to receive your free ticket, NAACP needs to know attendance numbers.

Memorial Service for Bill Jones
Saturday, 2/18 at 10:00 AM – YouTube

We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Bill Jones, and pray for his wife Martha, their children, and grandchildren. Bill, a member of First Congregational Church for 52 years, died on January 26. A Service of Thanksgiving for Bill’s life will be held in the Sanctuary on Saturday, February 18, at 10:00 am. with a reception following in Plymouth Hall.

February Fellowship of the Grape
Friday 2/17 from 6 – 8 PM at 8956 Prairie Knoll Drive, Longmont, 80503

The February FOG is right around the corner! We will meet at Alan Norton and Carol Hasselbacher’s home. Wine choice is “your favorite”. Non-alcoholic beverages are also supplied. Couples bring both an appetizer and a bottle of wine. Singles bring either. All over 21 are invited. An RSVP is appreciated carol.hasselbacher@gmail.com

Dignity, Not Detention
Sunday Forum, 2/12 at 9:30 – Standish Room and Zoom
Presented by leaders from Together Colorado

People navigating their civil immigration case should be able to do so with their families and in their communities, not behind bars. Join us to learn about the bill, HB23-1100, that Together Colorado is supporting to end Intergovernmental Service Agreements between ICE and sheriffs, which means ICE will no longer be able to use local and state jails and prisons to house immigrants. This bill will also prevent additional privatized detention centers from coming into Colorado. For more info, contact Alan Norton 303-829-3736.

Soul Box Project
Art Revealing the Gun Violence Epidemic

Our Gun Violence Prevention Ministry in collaboration with McMane Arts Ministry is preparing a memorial for those killed in gun violence at King Soopers two years ago. Composed of origami art boxes, our Soul Box Project raises awareness about the prevalence of gun violence, including suicide by guns. Pick up supplies in the Link to make boxes at home. Gather at coffee hour after worship to decorate them. Come to the church on Monday, February 20 from 10 to 11 AM, or Ash Wednesday at 1 PM or 4:45 PM for more opportunities to make boxes.

February Food Drive
Donate Starting Next Friday, 2/3

Our first Food Drive of the New Year starts next Friday, Feb. 3 and runs through Feb 10. Your donations go to EFAA’s Food Bank to support our needy neighbors. Shop for items to donate by using this list of current needs, then contact your local neighborhood leader to deliver 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? Contact Don Reed, Drive Leader.

Spring 2023 Small Groups Booklet

Small groups are an important way for people to connect with others while pursuing spiritual transformation in our lives. The Small Groups Booklet Spring 2023 edition has just been updated. Click here to peruse the small groups available at First Congregational. Also, paper copies are available in the Narthex.Take special note of the first section titled NEW THIS Fall: Forums, Studies and Workshops. If you have more questions, contact Susan Wilkinson.

MS & HS Youth Group Ice Skating Event
Sunday, 1/29 from Noon – 2:30 PM

Ice Skating in Longmont – FCC Boulder, Community UCC and Longmont UCC bring youth together for the first of many joint youth events. FCC Youth meet at noon for lunch and then carpool to Roosevelt Park. FCC will cover admission. Bring your skates or rent them ($4.00). So that we may purchase food and admission tickets, PLEASE sign up here. Carpooling parents are also welcome to skate – sign up as “adult”. here.

2023 Boards and Committees
Sunday, 1/29 at 11:45 AM

The members of the boards and committees for 2023 will be elected at the annual meeting on March 5, and the Nominating Committee is meeting on January 29 to identify candidates. Ministries are open at any time. Now is your chance to get connected! If you are interested in any of the Boards or Committees, or want more information, contact Chris Shearer Cooper, Carol Hasselbacher, Karen Cumbo, or Julie Griffitts. There is much to do and learn and be in our caring community. Learn more here.

Call it Grace – with Serene Jones
Wednesday, 1/18 and Wed 2/8 from 7 – 8 PM – Zoom

All are invited to discuss the book Call It Grace by Serene Jones, President of the Union Theological Seminary and this year’s MacKenzie Lectureship speaker in February. Led by Monika Rutkowski and Jane Thomas, we will meet on Wed., Jan. 18 and Wed., Feb. 8 on Zoom from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The book is available at the Boulder Book Store at a discount, on the “Book Study” shelves near the back door. For more info contact Jane Thomas 303 570-2447 or Monika Rutkowski 303 501-7615

2023 Boulder County NAACP Black History Month Celebration: Evidence of Who We Are
Black Futures in Art: We’re Not Just History
Sunday, January 15, 9:30 am – Standish Room

Join Adderly Grant-Lord, painter and member of the Boulder County NAACP, as she introduces us to the work of several local artists of color on display in our McMane Arts gallery hallway and Heritage Room starting Sunday, January 15, 2022, an exhibit in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and Black History month.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebrations 2023
Sunday, 1/15, 4:00 pm – Boulder Jewish Community Center
Monday, 1/16, 10:00 am – Silver Creek High School

Our Racial Justice Ministry and Boulder County NAACP invite you join A Tribute Through Song, Poetry & Community Recognition. Keynote Address: Dr. Reiland Rabaka, Founder and Director, Center for African & African-American Studies at CU. Sunday’s festivities include a musical performance of The Spirituals Project Choir, and Monday features an MLK Youth Art Workshop.

Board and Ministry Fair
Sunday, January 15, 11:45 am – Plymouth Hall

What does the Board of Management do? How do I join the Stewardship Team? Who makes decisions about the annual disbursement from our Benevolence Funds? Come find answers to these questions and so much more at our Board and Ministry Fair. Meet church members who serve on one of our five Boards and many committees and ministries. Learn what they do and how you can get involved.

Church Office Holiday Closing

The Church Office will be closed for the holidays, Monday, December 26, Tuesday, December 27, and Monday, January 2. If you leave us messages, we’ll be glad to back to you mid-week of both holiday weeks. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Marshall Fire Anniversary Service
Friday, December 30 at 5:30 pm In-Person Only

One year ago the Marshall Fire destroyed over 1000 homes and our sense of safety. It caused incredible grief that still lingers. Please join us for a service of lamentation and hope. Through prayer, Scripture and song we will acknowledge our grief, pray for relief and be reminded of God’s steadfast love. Invite any who were affected by this fire. All are welcome.

New Year’s Day Christmastide & Epiphany Celebration
January 1, 10:30 am, Sanctuary and YouTube

Join us for an Epiphany Celebration as we join the magi, following the star to the place where the Christ child lay. Sing the carols of the season and hear Deborah Voss, and Julie Graf Frye offer Star Word witnesses. Begin the New Year with a service of Holy Communion.

Blue Christmas Worship
Tuesday, 12/20 at 7 pm – YouTube

Although Christmas is a season of celebration, we are also familiar with how joy and sorrow can intertwine. Many find this time of year difficult as they grieve the death of a loved one, struggle with depression, experience estrangement, or worry over the state of our world. When the shadows feel overwhelming, we take comfort in knowing that God meets us there. Join us to worship on this evening just before the Winter Solstice, the Longest Night. Scripture, soft carols, and candlelight surround this expression of our Advent longing.

Christmas Eve Worship

4:00 pm Children’s Christmas Pageant – Sanctuary | YouTube

Mary and Joseph join angels dancing, shepherds scurrying, and magi searching to find the baby Jesus lying in a manger in a story narrated by our middle school youth. Joyful Noise and the Faith Singers will provide choral music.

 

7:00 and 9:00 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

Rejoice in the promise coming, the starlight guiding, the new life being born. Celebrate how God has come to be with us! In both services, our worship culminates in the soft singing of Silent Night, lighting candles, and finally, the sounds of Joy to the World!

 

7:00 pm – Sanctuary | YouTube

Enjoy the music of the season with our Congregational Bells

and Chancel Choir.

 

9:00 pm – Sanctuary

Christmas music will be offered by a Brass Ensemble and Vocal Soloists.

College Student Christmas Eve Reception
Saturday, 12/24 at 9pm in the Heritage Room

We invite all of our college students to a Christmas Eve Reception at 8pm in the Heritage Room to reconnect before heading back to school. So that we have a count for food, please RSVP to Deborah. AND If you would like to help organize hospitality for this party, contact Deborah.

Sunday, December 25 – From Generation to Generation: A Charlie Brown Christmas
10:30 am Worship in the Sanctuary and on YouTube

Christmas has inspired some of the world’s most memorable children’s literature including A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz. Join us as we read aloud this classic story. We’ll sing carols too! Call out your favorites for everyone to sing.

New Year’s Day Christmastide & Epiphany Celebration
January 1, 10:30 am, Sanctuary and YouTube

Join us for an Epiphany Celebration as we join the magi, following the star to the place where the Christ child lay. Sing the carols of the season and hear Deborah Voss, and Julie Graf Frye offer Star Word witnesses. We will come together to share communion, but with COVID still in the red, we’ll skip the Breakfast Church we had previously planned for this day.