Men’s Retreat: With A Little Help from My Friends
Friday, 3/15 6 PM – Sunday, 3/17 11 AM – Registration Deadline: 3/4

The Beatles sang, “I get by with a little help from my friends” and that is the theme of this year’s Men’s Retreat March 15-17, 2024 at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park. We will explore characteristics of friendships, levels of friendships, what prevents us from developing friendships and how to nurture friendships. The retreat cost $185.00 with partial and full scholarships available. Click here to register. Email Peter Oakes or Linda Kowatch for more info.

Faith and Art: Reflections with Mark Meyer
Saturday, 3/9 from 9:15 – 10:45 AM

“Has Evangelical Christianity Forgotten the Repentant Peter? “Artists Considerations of Peter’s Desire for a Do Over”
Ever wish you could have a “Do over”? Need a “Back to the Future” rewind? Caught in a “Groundhog Day” moment? As part of our Saturday, “Spirituality and Art” Retreat, Mark Meyer will lead us as we reflect together on artwork of the life of the apostle Peter, considering his “do over” moments and their relationship to the current path of the larger evangelical church in America.

Spirituality and Art Morning Retreat
Saturday, 3/9 from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Join members of the McMane Arts Ministry and others for a morning of creative play and art appreciation. Three workshops – Zentangle, Origami Hearts, and Art in Scripture – will be offered as well as a “Stations of Art” where members of our community will share some of their artwork and speak about their inspiration and artistic process. Youth and children as young as 8 are invited to participate. Click here to learn more. Heritage and Standish Room, Chapel and the Link.

A Conversation with Rabbi Marc
Sunday, 3/3 at 2 PM – Sanctuary

We are honored to welcome Rabbi Marc Soloway of Bonai Shalom in Boulder. Shortly after the events of October 7, he traveled to Israel. On March 3, he is coming to be with us and with others from member congregations of the NAACP, Boulder Chapter, to share his reflections as a progressive Jew and a rabbi during this very tense time in our world.

Call to the Annual Meeting
Sunday, 3/10 – Plymouth Hall
The Annual Meeting of First Congregational Church will be held on Sunday, 3/10 following the 10:30 AM Worship Service. Agenda items will include election of officers, board and committee members, and approval of the 2024 budget. The annual meeting will be held in Plymouth Hall following a shared meal of salad, bread, and chili. Please join us for fellowship and conversation! All are welcome. Members are strongly encouraged to attend the annual meeting to participate in these important decisions about the future of our congregation.

Local Youth Offer “Climate Justice HOPE!”
Sunday 3/3 9:15 to 10:15 AM – Standish Room, Childcare Provided
Recently, young climate activists at Fairview High School convinced the Boulder Valley School Board to pass the Green New Deal for Schools! This visionary policy is designed to fight the climate crisis by transforming all aspects of our schools including curriculum, safety, and green job training. Join the Climate Action Team in meeting these inspirational youth and hearing about their groundbreaking work!

Dinners for 7—Second Round!

The first Dinners for 7 in the fall included six groups of seven, and many are ready to sign up again with a new group! D7 is a fellowship program intended to build relationships and connections among adults through sharing a meal—one of our favorite things. Participants are organized into groups of seven, who will meet three times, on their own schedule. Groups can meet on a potluck basis at homes, rotating hosting duties. Or meet for breakfast or lunch, or at a restaurant. A group leader will work with participants on specific details. Register here or contact Karen Cumbo for more information.

Call to the Annual Meeting
Sunday, 3/10 – Plymouth Hall

Please mark your calendars for the Annual Meeting of First Congregational Church on Sunday, March 10, following the 10:30 AM Worship Service. We will gather in Plymouth Hall, where we will enjoy a lunch and fellowship prior to the meeting. Everyone is welcome and members are strongly encouraged to participate in these important conversations about the future of our congregation.

Newcomers Coffee
Sunday, 2/18 Following 10:30 AM Worship – Heritage Room

Are you new to the First Congregational Church community, looking to find out more, and get better connected? Join us on Sunday, February 18 after 10:30 AM worship to get to meet some of the staff and leaders of our congregation, ask your questions, and learn more about the many ways you can get involved.

 Ash Wednesday Dinner Church
Wednesday, 2/14 at 6 PM – Plymouth Hall

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent and our journey with Jesus to the cross. Join us for a simple Soup Supper and Service of Worship which includes the ritual of anointing with ashes and the sacrament of holy communion. Jean Abbott from the Ministry of Last Things will offer a reflection. All are welcome and no reservations are needed for this intergenerational service. We begin at 6:00 PM.

Receiving New Members
Sunday, 2/11 During 10:30 AM Worship

Ready to join us and dive more deeply into the life of First Congregational Church? We’re receiving more new members on Sunday, February 11 during our 10:30 AM worship service. For more information, contact our membership coordinator Julie Griffitts at julie@firstcong.net

2024 Board and Committee Nominating
Sunday, 2/4 at 11:45 AM – Plymouth Hall

The members of the Boards and Committees for 2024 will be elected at the Annual Meeting of the Congregation on Sunday, March 10. The Nominating Committee is meeting today to identify candidates. Now is your chance to get connected! If you are interested in any of the Boards or Committees, or want more information, contact Brad Sissom, Chris Shearer Cooper, or Carol Hasselbacher. There is much to do and learn and be in our caring community. Learn more here.

Fellowship of the Grape
Friday, 1/26 at 6 PM – 905 Rain Lilly Lane

Roy and Laura McCutchen will be hosting FOG this month on Friday January 26 at 905 Rain Lilly Lane, 6-8 PM. We will enjoy wines that lighten our lives. Singles may bring a bottle of wine or a plate of finger food to share; couples may bring one of each. Sparkling water will be provided.

Women’s Spirituality Group (WSG)
Dr. Anthea Butler Book Discussion
Tuesdays, Noon -1:30 PM – Heritage Room | Zoom

WSG has started a new book discussion on Dr. Anthea Butler’s book, White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America. Dr. Butler is our MacKenzie Lecture Speaker on 1/23 & 1/24, 2024 of this year. If you have never attended WSG, now is the time to join us! For more information contact linda@firstcong.net. If you cannot be a part of WSG, please consider reading this book in preparation for the MacKenzie Lecture Series on Friday, February 23 and Saturday February 24.

Your Voice Matters:
Participate in Our 2024 Interest Survey

First Cong values your evolving interests and faith. Please check your email and take our 2024 Interest Survey. Your responses will help us understand your passions, plan intergenerational activities, inform you of meaningful opportunities, and create flexible volunteer roles. A summary report will be shared to highlight our community’s trends. Thank you!

Caregiving for People Living with Dementia: Balancing Stamina with Compassion
Forums: Sundays, 1/21 and 1/28 at 9:15 AM – Standish Room

Join the Ministry of Last Things for a video and group discussion on the various aspects of caregiving for People Living with Dementia and others with serious illnesses (Jan. 21st). The second session (Jan. 28th) will feature a caregiving panel who will share their experiences and the wisdom gained through their journeys

Black Futures in Art
Sunday, 1/14 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM – Heritage Room

The McMane Arts Ministry invites you to our opening reception for “Black Futures in Art”, featuring Colorful Abstract Paintings by Adderly Grant-Lord, and AI inspired Digital Art by Lydia Carlis, on January 14, from 11:30 to 1:30 in the Heritage Room, celebrating Martin Luther King’s Birthday and Black History Month. Meet the artists and view their amazing works of art.

Reception of New Members
January 28

A highlight of our life together are the Sundays when we are blessed to welcome new members into our congregation. We’ll be receiving new members on Sunday, January 28 during our 10:30 worship service. If you are ready to join us, or are simply curious about what that might mean for you, please contact Julie Griffitts in the church office. We’ll be glad to follow up!

Worship in the Chapel
Beginning Again – Sunday, 1/14 at 8:30 AM

Sunday morning’s early service will resume weekly starting Sunday, January 14 at 8:30 AM. For this first week, we’ll gather for a Contemplative Prayer service of readings, extended moments of silence, and Taizé chants. Future weeks will follow an order similar to our 10:30 AM service with a sermon and hymn singing. Welcome to all!

Donuts and Downing of the Browns
Saturday, 1/13 at 9 AM

Join members of the Board of Spiritual Life in putting away the Christmas decorations in the Sanctuary, the Link, and Plymouth Hall. The coffee will be on and we’ll have morning treats to fortify you as you fill bins and boxes, putting the Greens away until Advent rolls around again.

Live the Light!
Sign up for Stewardship House Party!

The season of Epiphany is also the season for Stewardship at First Cong, the time when we pledge our financial commitments to support the church for the new year. During this season, we rejoice in what the church means to us and reflect on the contributions we are called to give. We hope you will join us at one of the small house parties in members’ homes to enjoy each other’s company and talk about the church year ahead. Sign-up in person this week at the House Party table before or after Brunch Church.

Epiphany Worship, Farewell to Deborah Voss, and Welcome to Kajsa Teitelbaum
Sunday, 1/7 at 10:30 AM – Sanctuary and YouTube

Join the magi following the star, as we also say farewell to Deborah Voss after 26 years as our Director of Christian Education, and thank her, blessing her on her way. A festive coffee hour and Open House following Worship in Plymouth Hall. We are collecting cards and letters for Deborah to present to her at her celebration. Bring them with you on January 7, or send them to the church, 1128 Pine Street, Boulder, CO 80302. We are also collecting a financial gift for Deborah. You may contribute here, or with text2give by texting… JOY2GIVEFCCdeb to 73256 using your mobile device.

Christmas Eve
Sunday, 12/24 at 10:30 AM, 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM

10:30 AM 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 Services of Lessons and Carols
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 the sounds of Joy to the World!

7:00 PM – Sanctuary | YouTube | An extended Prelude begins at 6:45 pm.
Music offered by our Congregational Bells and Chancel Choir.

9:00 PM – Sanctuary | An extended Prelude begins at 8:45 pm.
Music offer by a Brass Ensemble and soloists, Dean and Marj Fowler.
Invite friends and neighbors to join you! You can pick up a postcard or two when you are at the church or share this digital invitation via email.

Blue Christmas Evening Prayer
Wednesday, 12/20 at 5:00 PM – Chapel

On this evening before the Winter Solstice, the Longest Night, we invite you to join us for a service of soft carols, Scripture, poetry, candlelight, and quiet prayer, expressions of our Advent longing.

Looking for Angels and Shepherds and Magi!
Christmas Pageant Sign Up Happening Now Here

This year, as Christmas Eve is on Sunday, our Christmas Pageant will be the worship service on Sunday morning! As many of our elementary families are traveling this Christmas, we are in need of Shepherds and Angels (we have a few, but we’d love more!). If you have grandchildren that would like to be in the pageant, please contact Deborah for details you need to know! Children from Kindergarten (and maybe 4 year olds) through 5th grade are welcome to participate! No lines to learn (the Middle Schoolers narrate).

Dedication and Delivery of Advent Lights
Sunday, 12/10

During Worship, we will bless the Advent Lights to be given to members and friends of First Congregational Church who are mourning the death of a loved one or who we know have experienced a challenging year in other ways. At the end of the service, after to Postlude, you will be invited to participate in the delivery of these gifts of light and care to people at home. Names and addresses are on the lights in the Link. The Advent Lights were made by the children and youth of First Congregational Church. When you deliver them, please turn the lights on and deliver them some time in the next week. Thank you!

Advent Photo a Day 2023 Facebook Group

Experience the wonder of the season through photographic images. In the Advent Photo a Day Facebook Group, members of First Congregational UCC Boulder and Plymouth Congregational UCC Fort Collins reflect on the season by sharing photos that are prompted by a daily word drawn from our Advent devotional How Does a Weary World Rejoice? Photos can be ones you take yourself or ones you find that are meaningful to you. Join the group here. Contact phil@baumanhome.com

Advent Prayer and Conversation
Thursdays at Dusk Beginning November 30

Join Charley Rastle and Chris Braudaway-Bauman on Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:00 PM online for a time of quiet prayer, readings, and conversation on the themes of our Advent Devotional.Joins us from office or home on Zoom: https://tinyurl.com/advntpryr

Advent Calendars for Children, Youth, and Adults

Each day in December, children can color in a new shape on the calendar, then complete the daily action prompt together with their family. For youth and adults, there is another calendar with daily prompts for practicing joy in a weary world. Pick up a copy of the calendars in the narthex of the Sanctuary. Families will receive a special email from Deborah each Friday with Advent activities and liturgies designed for you.

How Does a Weary World Rejoice?
An Advent Devotional

These daily offerings of art, poetry, and reflections are an invitation to enter more deeply into the Scripture texts and themes of Advent and Christmas. A Sanctified Art, the collaborative creators, have provided a special e-reader version, which you can access on your computer, tablet, or mobile phone: How does a weary world rejoice?. To honor their work, please refrain from sharing this link or posting it on social media. If you prefer a print version of the Devotional, you may pick one up in the narthex just outside the Sanctuary.

Colorado Mosaic Artists Holiday Show and Sale
Running Now through 1/12

Discover the perfect, handmade holiday gifts at the Colorado Mosaic Artists’ Holiday Show & Sale at First Congregational Church, Boulder. Running from November 1 to January 12, it’s the first-ever “buy off the wall” event. For unique art pieces, contact individual artists directly. Don’t miss this festive fusion of creativity!

Lights of December Parade
Saturday, 12/2 from 4:15 – 9 PM – Sign-Up

Everyone is welcome to join us in the Lights of December Parade as we “Take PRIDE in Christmas”. Join us for a pot-luck dinner at 4:15, change into costumes (adult & children available) at 5:15 PM, and join the float on the Parade route at 6 PM. We’ll hand out glow sticks and candy canes along the parade route and share our passion for proclaiming the Joy of Christmas! Stay after for cookies, hot chocolate and cider, and coloring a banner or making ornaments for the Plymouth Hall Lobby tree. Sign up!

Calling All Cookie Bakers!
Jingle Mingle is December 2nd

Jingle Mingle is December 2nd and Board of Comunity Life needs 20 dozen homemade cookies for kids and families. If you would like to bake, please contact Marj Fowler with the number of cookies you would like to donate. Cookies need to be brought to Plymouth Hall on Friday the 1st 9 – 2PM or Saturday the 2nd, 6 – 7 PM. Thank you for your help. marjfowler@gmail.com

Alternative Gifts Market Coming in Advent
Learn More on Sunday, 11/26 and online – https://alternativegifts.org/

First Cong will once again host an Alternative Gifts International market. AGI partners with proven organizations in communities worldwide to provide training, medicine, seeds, water pumps, and so much more. Stop by table in the Link on November 26 to learn about this year’s projects. New this year: Fair-trade tea, coffee, and chocolate! Open in December in Plymouth Hall joined by our mission partner Mindful Works and the art and jewelry of the Burbanks.

 Hanging of the Greens
Sunday, November 19, at 11:45 AM

All are invited to join members of the Board of Spiritual Life and friends for the traditional Hanging of the Greens in the Sanctuary on Sunday, November 19, following worship. Trees, garlands, nativity scenes and lights will grace our church home before the First Sunday of Advent on November 26. Sweet and savory snacks, and good spirits will lighten the workload; bring your energy! All are welcome.

Gratitude Sunday
Sunday, November 19, 10:30 AM Worship

Join us for this treasured tradition when church members share testimonies of gratitude during worship. Patrick Mason, Caitlin Smith, Ed Hall and Bob Patoff will be our witnesses. Rebecca Flintoft will sing. We’ll take a special offering for Neighbors in Need.

Fellowship of the Grape
Friday, 11/17 from 6 – 8 PM – 980 Crescent Drive

Fellowship of the Grape will be meeting next Friday, November 17th, 6-8 PM at Bob and Louisa Matthias’s home, 980 Crescent Drive in Boulder. It’s an early Thanksgiving gift to have so many wonderful, interesting people. They have requested South American wines as the theme. Couples please bring wine and an appetizer. Singles bring either. Non-alcoholic beverages are also available.

Adopt a Family for the Holidays with FLC
Friday, 11/17 from 6 – 8 PM – 980 Crescent Drive

🌟 Join us in spreading holiday cheer! Adopt a Family for the Holidays with the Family Learning Center. Help brighten the season for families facing challenges. Receive a wishlist, bring gifts by Dec 11, or make a monetary donation for our Holiday Helpers to pick out gifts. Let’s make a difference together! Contact L’Shawn Howard at shawnh@flcboulder.org. 🎁✨

Memorial Service for Sue Birkeland
Saturday, 11/11 at 10 AM – Sunday – YouTube

We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Sue Birkeland, including her children, Karl and Robin and their spouses and children, and her sister, Gail. Sue died on July 3, 2023, and there will be a memorial service held at First Congregational Church on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at 10:00 AM with a reception to follow.

All are welcome.

Parents of Young Children Meet-Up and
Conversation about Mental Wellness
Sunday 11/12, at 11:45 AM – Heritage Room (childcare available)

Following Worship, parents and grandparents of preschool and elementary kids are invited to meet for a conversation on Resilience. The conversation will be led by Dr. Aimee Sullivan, a child, adolescent and young adult psychologist, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at CU Medical School, and a member of FCC’s 4th Soil Parenting Project Team. Feel free to invite your friends to this important conversation!

“My Sister Liv” a Film Screening and Discussion
Sunday 11/5, at 2 PM – Trinity Lutheran Church, Boulder

Trinity Lutheran Church invites us to join them for a meaningful event, “My Sister Liv,” a film screening and discussion. Research highlights that openly discussing suicide can reduce its impact. Let’s bring this vital conversation to light. Engage in a panel discussion and Q&A with The Liv Project and local community partners. Register now to participate in this crucial dialogue. Suitable for ages 14+. #MySisterLiv

LoBo UCC Youth Group Halloween Party
Sunday 10/29, from 5 to 7 PM – FCC, Boulder 1128 Pine Street

All middle and high school students are invited to join the collaborative youth program of First Congregational, UCC Longmont, and Community UCC, Boulder for our first Halloween Party! We will have games, movies, cookie decorating and just all around fun. All students are encouraged to wear costumes! Enter the building through the south entrance by Plymouth Hall. Join us and feel free to bring friends!

Contact UCCYouthLoBo@gmail.com

Community Conversation Colorado’s Black History
Sunday, 10/29 at 11:45 AM

Following worship, at 11:45 AM, Minister Glenda Strong Robinson will lead a community conversation in the Sanctuary about the oral history project of the Colorado’s Black History exhibit at the Museum of Boulder. “There’s a saying that says if we neglect the history of our past, we’re bound to repeat it. We’re capturing the history of the past, hopefully so that we won’t repeat it.” – Glenda Strong Robinson

Environmental Justice Town Hall- RSVP Below
Sunday, 10/29 from 3 – 5 PM
Hosted by NAACP of Boulder County Climate Justice Featuring Dr. Sheila Davis

Climate disruption is accelerating, and it is having an outsized impact on communities of color. Boulder County environmentalist activists need to figure out how to align our efforts. Dr. Sheila Davis, NAACP State Health Chair and NAACP of Boulder County Climate Justice Chair, will lead us in this town hall to organize our efforts to make a just world for all of God’s children. To reserve your spot please RSVP to climate.NAACPboco@gmail.com

Autumn’s Early Light
Wednesday Contemplative Prayer Worship, 10/25 at 8 AM

On the 2nd and 4th Wednesday begin your week gathering with others on Zoom for a half hour of med­itative readings, silent centering prayer, and music. This time of prayer on October 25 features read­ings by Richard Rohr. This gathering of gentle community, is hosted by Charley Rastle from 8:00 to 8:30 AM. Join the group whenever you’d like.

Zoom Link. Zoom Meeting ID: 841 3204 9057 Passcode: Prayer

Support Groups
Sunday, 10/22

These are open door groups. You are welcome to join if it is your first time or even if it’s been a while. Contact Bill Forbes

Caregivers: from 12:30 to 2 PM Bill Forbes

Grief: from 2:30- 4 PM Bill Forbes

Spiritual Support Group: Monday 10/23 from 6:30 – 8 PM Anne Weiher

Newcomers Coffee
Sunday, 10/22 at 11:45 AM – Heritage Room

Are you new to the First Congregational Church community, looking to find out more and get better connected? Join us on October 22 after 10:30 am worship to get to know some of ministers and leaders at FCC, ask any questions you may have, and learn more about the many ways you can get involved.

Get Out the Vote – Volunteer Opportunities
Sunday, 10/15 from 12 PM – 3 PM

Put your faith into practice by encouraging our neighbors to vote! We will focus on Boulder neighborhoods with high percentages of low propensity voters with lists provided by our community partner Together Colorado. This Sunday we will meet at noon at the church for training from Together Colorado, then go out in pairs to canvas encouraging people to register and to vote. On Sunday, 10/29 from 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM – Literature Drops We will meet at the church at noon for training and then we will do a literature drop on voting registration and reminders to vote. Please join us! Contact Laura Riihimaki Lauradian@hotmail.com or Alan Norton valan.norton@gmail.com if you would like to participate.

Dementia Part II: Q & A
Sunday, 10/15 at 9 AM – Standish Room

Q & A with Dr. Jeffrey Foster, M.D., Geriatric Psychiatrist. Join the Ministry of Last Things on Sunday, October 15th, from 9 to 10:15 AM, in the Standish Room when Dr. Foster will facilitate a discussion and participants will share their thoughts, experiences, and questions about the challenges of caregiving and relating to people with Alzheimer’s.

Annual Meeting of the Church
Sunday 11/5, at Noon – Childcare and Kids Activities Will Be Available

The Annual Meeting of FCC will be held Sunday, November 5. Agenda items include presentation of the 2024 Target Budget and a report on implementation progress of the Strategic Plan. We will also vote to confirm Brad Sissom’s Church Council election as Moderator-Elect. Brad replaces Tom Riis, who moved from Colorado in August. Everyone is welcome and members are strongly encouraged to participate in these important conversations about the future of our congregation.

Celebrating Colorado’s Black History
Sunday, 10/29 10:30 and 11:45 AM

Join us as welcome Minister Glenda Strong Robinson as our preacher and Madelyn Strong Woodley, musician, during 10:30 am Worship. Members of Boulder’s 2nd Baptist Church, Minister Glenda and Madelyn are leaders in the ongoing work for Racial Justice. They are friends of FCC, fellow pilgrims on our trip to Selma and Montgomery last spring. Following worship, Minister Glenda will lead a community conversation in the sanctuary about the oral history project of the Colorado’s Black History exhibit at the Museum of Boulder.

October is CROP WALK Month
Sunday, 10/22 – Central Presbyterian Church, 402 Kimbark St.,Longmont

Please join us in our walk to raise funds to feed our hungry neighbors here and in the greater community. The walk date is October 22, registration is at 1 PM and the walk begins at 2 PM. There will be both a short and long route are planned. Click here to join our team or make a donation. For questions or to donate in person contact Joanne O’Keefe, our team captain.

36th Anniversary Open & Affirming Celebration
Sunday, 10/22 9:15 and 10:30 AM

In 1987, we became the 16th congregation in the UCC and the first in Colorado to become Open and Affirming, making a covenant to embrace all LGBTQ+ people. Join us on Sunday, 10/22, as we celebrate our 36th anniversary! At 9:15 AM in Standish, Michael Chifalo, LGBTQ+ Program Specialist for Boulder County Area Agency on Aging, will present a forum on gender identity and pronouns. At 10:30 AM, Mardi Moore, Executive Director of Out Boulder County will preach. Come to learn and worship. Wear your “Love is Love” t-shirt and stay for cake!

Autumn’s Early Light
Wednesday Contemplative Prayer Worship, 10/11 at 8 AM

On the 2nd and 4th Wednesday begin your week gathering with others on Zoom for a half hour of med­itative readings, silent centering prayer, and music. This time of prayer on October 11 features read­ings by Meister Eckhart. This gathering of gentle community, hosted by Charley Rastle from 8:00 to 8:30 AM. Join the group whenever you’d like. Zoom Link. Zoom Meeting ID: 841 3204 9057 Passcode: Prayer

Vegan Potluck Dinner with Boulder Food Rescue
Saturday, 10/21 at 5:30 PM – Plymouth Hall

Join us for our vegan potluck featuring a presentation from our community partner, Boulder Food Rescue. Register and pick-up a recipe following Sunday Worship services in October. If you won’t be attending church on any of those Sundays, please call Julie at the church 303-442-1787. Let us know how many there will be in your party, and what you will bring. If you need a recipe, simply request one and it will be emailed to you. All are welcome, including children!

Guns to Garden Tools
Saturday, 10/14, at 12 PM – BVUUF, 1241 Ceres Drive, Lafayette

FCC’s Gun Violence Prevention (GVP) Ministry invites you to join Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (BVUUF), newest member of Boulder County’s Colorado Faith Communities United network, as they hold their first firearms surrender event. Click here, for further information and share with family and friends. “We are a justice-seeking people. WE MUST DO MORE.” For more info or to join the GVP Ministry of FCC, contact Carol Young, ccyoung2010@gmail.com

Route 36 Clean-Up
Saturday, 10/14 at 9 AM

Please join us for the clean-up of Route 36 between Neva and Nelson Road on Saturday, October 14. We meet at the corner of Rte 36 and Left Hand canyon (near the Greenbriar restaurant) at 9 AM. Bring garden gloves and sturdy shoes, sunscreen and a hat. Safety vests and snacks are provided. To sign up, email Monika

Dementia: What We Know and What We Don’t Know
Sunday, 10/8 at 9 AM – Standish Room

Join the Ministry of Last Things on Sunday, October 8, from 9 to 10:15 AM, when Dr. Thomas Blumenthal shares his expertise on this topic. Then on Sunday, October 15th, 9-10:15 AM, MLT will host a session titled Small Group Conversations and Q & A about the challenges of caregiving and relating to people with Alzheimer’s. Please join us as we think about the different aspects of this important subject.

Dinners for 7
To Register, Click Here

Dinners for 7 is a fellowship program intended to build relationships and connections among adults through sharing a meal. Participants will be organized into groups of seven, who will meet once a month for three months, providing opportunities to get to know one another. Groups can meet on a potluck basis at homes, rotating hosting duties, with the host providing an entrée and others providing salad or dessert. Or meet for breakfast or lunch, at a restaurant. Group assignments will be made by 10/1, a group leader will work with participants on specific details.

Get out the Vote/Together Colorado Potluck and Planning
Monday, 10/2, 6 PM, Plymouth Hall

You are invited to join the Voter Engagement Team of FCC and members of five other Boulder County congregations as we come together to get organized to Get Out the Vote. We’ll gather for a potluck dinner in Plymouth Hall at 6 PM followed by a planning meeting let by Together Colorado organizers who will help us focus our efforts to engage, encourage, and inform voters to participate in the November election.

Youth Parents Meet-Up and
Conversation about Mental Wellness
Sunday, 10/1, from 5 to 7 PM – Standish & Heritage Room

While the youth group is meeting, parents are invited to gather for BYOD (Bring Your Own Dinner) followed by a facilitated conversation on Resilience and Mental Wellness at 6 PM. The presentation and conversation will be led by Dr. Aimee Sullivan, a child, adolescent and young adult psychologist, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at CU Medical School, and a member of FCC’s 4th Soil Parenting Project Team.

Forum – Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR)
Sunday, 9/24 from 9:15 – 10:00 AM

Even Talking About Suicide is Frightening, it’s a topic that we’d rather avoid. In this month of Suicide Awareness, the Mental Health Ministry is hosting a forum about QPR. This proven and practical method for suicide prevention and Mental Health First Aide (MHFA), is a training course that teaches about mental health and substance abuse issues. These programs, much like CPR, present easy to use techniques and valuable information for dealing with those in mental health crisis. Presenters will be Jay Winstead and Annette Visbeck from Mental Health Partners.

Family Gathering for Young Children and Elementary Children & Families
Sunday, 9/24 at 1 PM

Families will meet at the Junkyard Social Club, 2525 Frontier Avenue, Unit A, Boulder 80301, (www.junkyardsocialclub.org) for lunch, tons of fun for the kiddos and socialization for the adults. Admission is $12/child (under 2 years is free). Suggested donation for Adults is $5. Look in your emails for more information!

Faith and Politics Conversation
Sunday, September 24 – Sanctuary (Childcare Provided until 12:45 PM)

As we get ready to participate in Voter Engagement as a congregational activity and our Social Justice Ministries are becoming more involved in advocacy, we take time on Sunday, 9/24 to reflect together on the relationship of Faith and Politics. During Worship, Chris Braudaway-Bauman will preach on – How do we engage faithfully in the public square with compassion for all?. Following Worship, Stewart Hoover will facilitate a Community Conversation. Join us as we explore together the intersections and edges of faith and politics.

Third Thursday Art Walk
Thursday, 9/21 – Member Reception from 5 – 7 PM

Join us for the Boulder Third Thursday Art Walk and member reception of the McMane Arts Ministry new exhibit. Photography, paintings, drawings, fabric art, and mixed media, made by First Congregational Church artists will be featured in the Heritage Room and Gallery Hall.

8th Grade Questformation Q&A
Sunday, 9/17 at11:45 in Plymouth Hall Lobby

Questformation is our Confirmation Program for 8th Graders which will start in October. Deborah will be at the desk in Plymouth Hall following worship with schedules and information, and will answer parents’ questions.

All Church Fall Picnic (RSVP by Wed. 10/27)
Sunday, 10/1 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM (Register by 10/27)
Foothills Community Park – 800 Cherry Avenue Boulder, CO

Please join us on Sunday, October 1st following worship for our All Church Fall Picnic. This year Lindsay’s Deli of Boulder will be providing box lunches and BCL will provide drinks. To RSVP for this event please click here. You can also reach Julie Griffits at julie@firstcong.net or on Sundays when Julie will have a clipboard. All are welcome and warmly encouraged to join us for food, fellowship, games, and a playground!

September Food Drive
Donations Start Next Friday 9/15, and Run Through Friday, 9/22
Donations go to food pantries, BCAP (Boulder County AIDS Project), and EFAA (Emergency Family Assistance Assoc). Click the links above for the list of needs, then contact local neighborhood leaders to deliver: 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.

FALL 2023 Small Groups Fair & Booklet
Fair – Sunday, 9/17AM at 11:45 AM – Plymouth Hall
Small groups are an important way for people to connect with others while pursuing spiritual transformation in our lives. The Small Groups Booklet Fall 2023 edition has just been updated. Click here to peruse the small groups available at FCC. Take special note of the first section titled New This Fall. Also we will have a Small Groups Fair on Sunday, 9/17 during Coffee Hour for you to ask questions of members of various small groups. If you have more questions, contact Julie Griffits.

Pick-Up Choir Is Back!
Sunday, 9/17 – Short Practice at 9:45 AM
Yeah, but what is it? It is your chance to be part of the choir at FCC to sing at a Sunday morning worship service, NO need to come to the Thursday rehearsal, just show up at 9:45 for a warm-up and run-thru of a relatively easy anthem and sing your heart out. The first one is Sunday, 9/17 C’mon, you know you wanna!

Climate Action Team (CAT) Forum
Sunday, 9/17 at 9:15 AM – Standish Room

CAT is committed to providing learning opportunities to mitigate climate change. Please join us as First Cong Member, Steve Nerem who is the Director of the Center for Astrodynamics Research at CU, discusses his work on “Sea Level Rise: A Result of Climate Change and Predictions for our Future.” The more informed we are, the more action we can take to heal God’s creation and leave it healthier for future generations.

“Proclaiming Colorado’s Black History”
NAACP Monthly Meeting – Monday, 9/11 at 6:30 PM

Join us for the first in-person meeting of NAACP since before COVID, featuring a special presentation of the new exhibit “Proclaiming Colorado’s Black History,” opening on 9/29 at the Museum of Boulder. This preview includes a panel with Adrian Miller, Exhibit Director and Food Writer Extraordinaire; Lori Preston, Director of the Museum of Boulder; Emil Zinn, Director of Education at the Museum of Boulder; and Glenda Robinson, Oral History Advisor. They will discuss the details of this exciting exhibit.

Welcome Back! September 10
All-Church Worship, 10:30 AM in the Sanctuary!

Join us for One Worship Service at 10:30 am as we return to our historic Sanctuary and celebrate the installation of a new floor, a new hearing loop, new cushions on the chairs, and new dimmers on the lights. It’s the same old space we love, polished and renewed for now and another hundred years.

Youth Parents Meet-Up
Sunday, 9/10 from 5 to 7 pm – Heritage Room

While the youth are meeting, parents will gather for a time of refreshments, relaxation, socializing and conversation facilitated by Deborah Voss, Director of Christian Education, in the Heritage Room. This Meet Up offers parents a time to get to know other parents in a relaxed environment and realize that they are not isolated in the joys
and concerns they have for their own youth.

Middle and High School Youth Program Beginning
Sunday, 9/10 from 5 to 7 pm – Grace Gallery

Our Youth Group Collaboration with UCC Longmont and Community UCC is launching! The first meeting will be held at FCC. Games, Dinner, Small Group Conversations, and a Prayerful Closing will be the pattern for most weeks. Once a month there will be a service project, and in five Sunday months, a special big event! You can learn more at our info session on 9/10 after Sunday morning worship in the Standish Room, with Youth Directors, Rob Cronin and Sam Bauman. Youth registration forms are available here.

Worship on Sunday, September 10, at 10:30 AM
All Church Worship and Party on the Plaza

On Sunday, September 10, our worship returns to 10:30 AM. If the new floor is ready and all the furniture is moved back in, we’ll also be in the Sanctuary. Wherever we are, we’ll celebrate with children’s and adult Choirs singing in worship followed by a party with balloon animals, face painting and cake!

Worship on Sunday, September 3
9:30 AM – Plymouth Hall

Next week, we’ll be worshipping in two places on Sunday morning –
at the Women and Friends Retreat at Highlands Retreat Center in Allenspark and in Plymouth Hall. Rev. Mark Pickett will be preaching
and the Chancel Choir will sing! Patrick Mason arrives back in town next week and the choir will be rehearsing on Thursday, August 31.

Youth Program Update for Parents & Youth
Sunday, 8/20, 11 AM, Grace Gallery

Our Collaborative Youth Program will begin Sunday, 9/10 – 5 to 7 PM!

Most weeks: Games, Dinner, Small Group Conversations, and a Prayerful Closing, but also once a month a Group Service Project or Big Event, and a Work Trip next June! Middle School and High School Youth and Parents are invited to an information session on Sunday, 8/20, in Grace Gallery at 11 AM, following Brunch Church. Another session will be held at UCC Longmont on Sunday, 9/3 at 11:15 AM. Watch your email early next week to find out much more!

Come to hear more about the plans for the year, to offer your input, help us get organized about the best ways to communicate with parents and youth, and meet the new Directors of Youth Ministry: Rob Cronin and Sam Bauman. Both Rob and Sam have academic degrees in religious studies and education and experience in youth ministry and enrichment activities from Girl Scouts to Renaissance Adventures.

Special Offering for Hawaii Wildfire Relief

In response to the devastating wildfire in Maui, Hawaii, our congregation will be taking a special offering on Sundays, August 20 and 27, to provide emergency and long term relief for those whose lives have been impacted by the fire. As requested by the Hawaii Conference of the UCC, our donations will go to UCC Disaster Ministries. Their team and partners stand poised to help people rebuild their lives. Your support allows UCC Disaster Ministries to bridge the gaps between the assistance offered by first-time responders and community revitalization. To give go to link.

The Breakfast Brunch

The Breakfast Bunch was started many years ago by Shirley Whitely. We go to a restaurant for breakfast every Monday morning at 8:30 AM (separate checks). There are several regulars, and we always have a good discussion of a variety of topics. We changed location to Doug’s Diner, 2574 Baseline Road in Boulder (BaseMar Shopping Center) as of Monday, August 14. Everyone is welcome. If you have questions, contact Louisa Young (louisamyoung@gmail.com or 303-444-6428). Bon Appétit!

Walking with Friends
Wednesday, 8/23 at 7:00 PM – Frasier Meadows, Boulder

Join us for a walk with friends on Wednesday, August 23rd at 7:00 PM at Frasier Meadows. We will meet at the covered shelter in Admiral Arleigh A. Burke Park across from Frasier Meadow at the corner of Ponca Place and Pawnee Dr. Park on the surrounding streets. There will be walks of 1/2 mile, 1 mile or 2 miles and more. We will all walk the first ½ mile together. Invite a friend and join us. For more info contact linda@firstcong.net

Youth Program Update for Parents & Youth
Sunday, 8/20, 11 AM, Grace Gallery

Our Collaborative Youth Program will begin Sunday, 9/10 – 5 to 7 PM! Most weeks: Games, Dinner, Small Group Conversations, and a Prayerful Closing, but also once a month a Group Service Project or Big Event, and a Work Trip next June! Middle School and High School Youth and Parents are invited to an information session on Sunday, 8/20, in Grace Gallery at 11 AM, following Brunch Church. Another session will be held at UCC Longmont on Sunday, 9/3 at 11:15 AM. Watch your email early next week to find out much more!

Mindful Works and Buffs4Life Booth
Saturday, 8/12 from 8 AM – 2:00 PM – Boulder Farmers Market

This Saturday First Cong’s ministry partner Mindful Works will be at the Boulder Farmers Market & Artisan Fair celebrating their partnership with Buffs4Life by hosting special guests, Jaylyn Sherrod and Quay Miller, members of the CU Women’s Basketball Team who went all the way to the Sweet Sixteen last season. Hear all about their journey to the quarter finals, get their autographs, or get a selfie! Support Mindful Works and Buffs4Life!

August Mission Moment For Rise Against Suicide

Rise Against Suicide aids at-risk youth by removing financial and social barriers to treatment, fostering hope and healing. In the past, RISE supported our Mental Health Sunday Worship and forum. Our LGBTQIA+ Allies, Mental Health Ministry, and Board of Missions Christian Social Action jointly sponsor August’s Christmas event to raise funds for counseling and student support as they navigate the stress of returning to school. Support RISE’s cause by donating this month. To donate click here.

Providing for your Family Series: Follow-up Forum
Sunday, 8/6, 8:30 AM – Standish Room

For participants in the June Ministry of Last Things (MLT) series on Providing for Your Family, please join us to review your successes and challenges in starting conversations with loved ones and filling out your paperwork. Bring your questions and share your experiences or plans you have made. If you didn’t attend the series, you might want to come and glean some information so you too can Provide for Your Family. For more info contact Nancy Wade nmwade1@gmail.com

UCC Climate of Hope Cards Campaign – Next Steps
Sunday 7/30 & 8/6 at Brunch Church

To further live into our Climate Justice Covenant, CAT (Climate Action Team) is continuing the UCC’s Climate of Hope Cards Campaign in an effort to save thousands of lives, address social inequities, and get our nation on track to meet its climate goals. Sunday there will be cards on your table to write your name and information. We will send them to the UCC to be sent with thousands of other cards on 8/15 to the EPA and President Biden urging the strongest possible protection for creation. To see a sample of the card click here. For more information contact Bill Young

Contemplative Prayer Worship
Wednesday, 8/2 at 5:30 PM, Celebrating Meister Eckhart – Chapel

You are invited to join us on Wednesday evening, August 2, from 5:30
to 6:15 PM in the Chapel for a service of candlelight, Taizé singing, readings, and short periods of contemplative silence. During the service we will settle into the lyrical words of Meister Eckhart. After August 2, the next Contemplative Prayer Worship will be held on Wednesday, August 30.

Midsummer FOG!
Friday, 7/28, from 6-8 PM

Please join us for Fellowship of the Grape at the home of Karen Cumbo and Jay Rourke, 3808 Florentine Circle in SW Longmont. Newcomers welcome! Bring a bottle of wine from an unexpected place (Norway? England? Michigan?) if you can, or just bring your favorite summer wine. Couples bring both an appetizer and a bottle of wine, singles bring one
or the other. All over 21 are invited. Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Parking is on the street, addresses and front doors are on an interior drive. (970) 222-0176.

Boulder Walks: Older Adult Walk
Thursday, 7/27 at 9 AM – 767 Pearl Street

Boulder Older Adult Services is a great resource for meals, health & wellness appointments, technology help, life-long learning, activities and more. One activity we’d like to highlight is Boulder Walks: Older Adult Walk co-led by one of our own members, Jane Ireland. The walk is this Thursday, July 27th at 9:00 AM beginning at Spruce Confections at 767 Pearl Street, Boulder. To register or to find out more information click here. For more information on programs of Boulder Older Adult Services click here.

Walking with Friends
Wednesday, 7/26 at 7 PM – McIntosh Lake, Longmont

Join us for a walk with friends on Wednesday, July 26 at 7 PM at McIntosh Lake in Longmont. We will meet at the covered shelter in Dawson Park across from the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Drake Street. Park on the street. There will be walks of 1 mile, 2 miles or 3.5 miles. We will all walk the first mile together. Invite a friend and join us. For more info contact linda@firstcong.net

Summer’s Early Light: Monday Centering Prayer
Monday, 7/24, at 8:00 AM – Click Here for the Zoom Link

On the 2nd and 4th Mondays begin your week gathering with others on Zoom for a half hour of meditative readings, silent centering prayer, and music. We’ll begin with readings from the Christian Contemplative Tradition. This gathering of gentle community, hosted by Charley Rastle, will be held twice a month during the summer on Mondays from 8:00to 8:30 AM. Join us whenever you’d like.  Meeting ID: 841 3204 9057 Passcode: Prayer

Mindful Works – Pop-Up Sale
Saturday, July 15 – 10 AM – 4 PM on the Plaza at First Cong

Our mission partner Mindful Works is hosting a Pop-Up Shop sale this Saturday, on the FCC Plaza from 10 AM – 4 PM. Support Mindful Works
by purchasing and enjoying poufs, meditation cushions, bags, pillows, napkins, and more items all on sale. Mindful Works is a social enterprise providing empowering work to individuals striving to overcome obstacles due to mental health challenges. For more information go visit https://mindful-works.org

A Journey Through Matthew’s Gospel
Wednesday, 7/19 from 5:30 to 6:45 PM – Zoom

Join First Cong’s long-running Bible Study group, which meets on Zoom from 5:30 to 6:45 PM on the first, third, and fifth (when applicable) Wednesdays each month. Each Bible Study session is designed as a free-standing conversation, so attend as often as your schedule permits. On July 19th, we will continue our adventure exploring the Gospel According to Matthew together. To be added to the email list for the Bible Study group, which is led by John Bisceglia, email Keith Lance at keithlance@comcast.net

A Celebration of Mental Health and Wellness
with Rev. Dr. Lorraine Leist
Sunday 7/23, 10 AM – Frasier Meadows

Join us for worship at 10 AM at the Canyons Center at Frasier Retirement Community as we warmly welcome The Rev. Dr. Lorraine Leist as our preacher for the morning. Lorraine is a beloved former member of First Congregational Church, a palliative care chaplain at Swedish Hospital
in Seattle, and a recent Doctor of Ministry graduate of Iliff School of Theology where her study focused on unfinished business near the
end of life and its relationship to preparing for a good death. Lorraine’s sermon will focus on the spiritual journey of aging, how we both wrestle with it and seek blessing in the process.

Following worship, Lorraine will lead us in a community conversation exploring both the challenges and the gifts of growing older.

Take Me Out to the Ballpark
Sunday, 8/20 at 1:10 PM

The Church is sponsoring a trip to Coors Field in Denver to see a Colorado Rockies baseball game on Sunday, August 20 at 1:10 PM vs. the Chicago White Sox. Tickets are $21 each and must be reserved and prepaid through Jane Strohm: jestrohm@comcast.net or 303.717.5432. Also, RTD is free in July & August, so you have a free ride to and from the game. Get your tickets now!

Fifth Annual All Church Camping Trip
Friday 8/25 – Sunday 8/27, 2023

Join us for our 5th Annual All Church Camping Trip gathering at Deb Voss’s Cousin’s wooded mountain property up in Coal Creek Canyon, just 30 minutes from Boulder. There is room for 20 tents and a camper van or two (no trailers). There are several areas to congregate in small groups, available internet, hiking 4.5 miles away AND there is an awesome campfire circle. Come and string your hammock in a tree or be a part of the planning for our Saturday hike. The CE Board cooks for you and appreciates your help in cleaning up! Register here.

Walking with Friends
Wednesday, 7/12 at 7:00 PM – Frasier Meadows, Boulder

Join us for a walk with friends on Wednesday, July 12th at 7:00pm at Frasier Meadows. No reservations needed. We will meet at the covered shelter in Admiral Arleigh A. Burke Park across from Frasier Meadow at the corner of Ponca Place and Pawnee Dr. Park on the surrounding streets. There will be walks of 1/2 mile, 1 mile or 2miles and more. We will all walk the first ½ mile together. Invite a friend and join us. For more info contact linda@firstcong.net

School Supply & Backpack Drive
Sunday, 7/9 through Sunday 7/30

Help the kids of Boulder’s Family Learning Center get a good start for the new school year! During the month of July, join us in collecting backpacks and school supplies – notebooks, pencils, pens, crayons markers. Pick up the full list of school supplies needed on the table with the coffee, write a check to First Congregational Church with “Backpacks” in the memo
or give electronically using this link

Fourth Soil Initiative
Please Take This Short Survey

Our congregation has been selected to be one of 20 congregations across the country to participate in a project called the Fourth Soil Initiative. It’s hosted by Vibrant Faith, an organization we’ve partnering with for nearly a year. As they collect information to develop this program for children, youth, families, and congregations, we’ve been asked to share a survey. If you have children or teens in your life, please take a few minutes to complete the multiple choice questions in this link.

How Can We Keep From Singing? Women’s Retreat 2023
Friday to Sunday, 9/1 – 9/3 – Highlands Retreat Center, Allenspark

This fall, we’ll reflect on how our faith helps us to keep singing during times of tumult, confusion, and challenges to our beliefs. Join us for a time of sharing, connecting, and nurturing our faith together, and let your life be your song. Our time together begins with dinner on Friday and concludes mid-morning on Sunday. Can’t attend for the whole weekend? A Saturday only option is available. Click here to find out more details and to register by Tuesday, August 15.

Summer’s Early Light: Monday Centering Prayer
Beginning 7/10, 8:00 AM – Zoom

On the 2nd and 4th Mondays begin your week gathering with others on Zoom for a half hour of meditative readings, silent centering prayer, and music. We’ll begin with readings by Thomas Keating that come from the Christian Contemplative Tradition. This gathering of gentle community, hosted by Charley Rastle, will be held twice a month during the summer on Mondays from 8:00 to 8:30 AM. Join us whenever you’d like. Meeting ID: 841 3204 9057 Passcode: Prayer

Contemplative Prayer Worship
Wednesday, 7/5 at 5:30 PM, Celebrating Irish Poets – Chapel

On occasional Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 6:15 pm throughout the summer, we will gather in the Chapel for a service of candlelight, Taizé singing, readings, and short periods of contemplative silence. In the service on July 5th, we will settle into the lyrical words of John O’Donohue and David Whyte. The next Contemplative Prayer Worship will be held on Wednesday, August 2.

A Prayerful Patriotism
Sunday 7/2, 10:00 AM – Frasier Meadows, 350 Ponca Place

Join us for worship on July 2 as we welcome Timothy Wirth, former U.S. Senator from Colorado and President Emeritus of The United Nations Foundation, as our preacher, speaking on “Unconventional Threats to our Republic: the 2024 Election.” Music will be provided by our Easter Brass Quintet. Following worship, Former U.S. Representative and beloved member of the Chancel Choir, David Skaggs will join Tim Wirth in a community conversation. Note the time – 10:00 SM – and the place – Frasier Canyon Center, 350 Ponca Place, Boulder.

Walking with Friends
Wednesday, 6/28 at 7:00 PM – McIntosh Lake, Longmont

Join us for a walk with friends on Wednesday, June 28th at 7:00 PM at McIntosh Lake in Longmont. We will meet at the covered shelter in Dawson Park across from the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Drake Street. Park on the street. There will be walks of 1 mile, 2 miles or 3.5 miles. We will all walk the first mile together. Invite a friend and join us.For questions or more info contact linda@firstcong.net

Access Sunday
Sunday, 6/25 in Plymouth Hall at 9:30 AM
In 2010 we made a covenant to express our intention to extend God’s extravagant welcome to all persons, seeking to understand, include, and empower people with all differing abilities and disabilities, apparent or unapparent. Please plan to join us next Sunday, 6/25 for Access Sunday.

Mindful Works – PRIDE and Father’s Days Items
Our mission partner Mindful Works is ready to help you with those last-minute Father’s Day gifts and also is celebrating Pride Month by donating 25% of their Pride Line sales to Queer Asterisk. Mindful Works is a social enterprise providing empowering work to individuals striving to overcome obstacles due to mental health challenges. For more information go to: https://mindful-works.org

Church Office Closed
Monday, 6/19
The church office will be closed on Monday, June 19, 2023.

Calling All Artists! FCC Member Show
Arts Ministry wants your work for our FCC member group show this fall; time to start planning what you will submit by Labor Day. We are looking for photography, paintings, drawings, fabric art and mixed media – anything we can hang on our walls September-October. For more information and framing and hanging requirements contact Melody Fuller: 303.596.0734 or melodyfuller@comcast.net. We are looking forward to showcasing our members!

NAACP Juneteenth Celebration
Free Youth Storytelling with Nyasha Williams
6/18, from 11:45 AM – 1 PM at First Congregational Church

Join us for the Nyasha Williams Kids Storytelling Event, where the magic of storytelling comes alive for children of all ages. With captivating tales, interactive activities, and a vibrant atmosphere, this event will transport young minds into a world of imagination and wonder. For more NAACP sponsored Juneteenth events, click here.

First Cong PRIDE Booth at Boulder
Sunday, 6/11 from 11 AM – 5 PM at Central Park

In 1987 First Cong became an Open and Affirming Congregation, meaning we invite and affirm our LGBTQ+ siblings into membership and leadership. Please join us for the visibility parade from 11:15 – 11:30 AM through Boulder and then visit First Cong’s PRIDE booth 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM on the east side of 13th Street, 6th booth north of Arapaho.We will leave for the parade from the plaza at 10:45 AM. For more info email linda@firstcong.net

Colorado Phase Out Fracking by 2030 Rally
Saturday, 6/10 from Noon – 5 PM – Pearl Street Mall

Fracking is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. The Climate Action Team (CAT) and 350 Colorado are working to place on the statewide ballot in November 2024 a measure to block new permits for fracking in CO by 2030. Come to our rally in front of the courthouse on the Pearl Street mall on Saturday, June 10 from noon to 5 PM. Hear great speakers including Nicole Speer and Sarah Schulte and enjoy face painting and live music!

June is Gun Violence Awareness Month
Sunday June 4 at 9:30 AM – Wear Orange to Worship 

The Gun Violence Prevention Ministry and the non-profit, WEAR ORANGE, invite you to wear orange all of June especially June 2- 4 to show support for this cause. Orange bandanas will be available in the Link on May 28. Wear orange to worship at First Cong on June 4 to show your support. Orange is the color hunters wear to protect themselves and others while in the woods. Note: Moms Demand Action has events on June 3 and 4. Please check website for info.

Soul Box Project Exhibit & Video
Exhibit Ends June 4 – Click Here for Exhibit Video

The Soul Box exhibit commemorating those lost to gun violence will leave our church sanctuary on June 4th. Please be sure to take time to view this meaningful exhibit before it moves on. Many thanks from the Gun Violence Prevention Ministry to Cathy Woods, the Arts Ministry, and all church members for your loving participation in this project. Click her
to see the powerful video about the exhibit in remembrance of the King Soopers tragedy of 2021.

Providing for Your Family in Four Lessons
June 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 8:15 AM – Standish Room

Join the Ministry of Last Things to gain peace of mind and provide or your family as you tackle end-of-life conversations and paperwork. You will be given a notebook to help you in the process. Please join us for all or individual sessions.

Session 1, 6/4: What matters to you at the end?

Session 2, 6/11: What documents are most important for my family?

Session 3, 6/18: Getting your financial house in order.

Session 4, 6/25: Hard conversations that will bless your family.

Click here for more information on each session.

Attention All Outdoor Enthusiasts!
Convenient drop off at Victory Camera! – 2875 28th St, Boulder

Your gear has the power to make a life-saving impact in Ukraine! Join our humanitarian mission by donating lightly used outdoor gear and clothing. Clean out your closets and give your gear a second life. We urgently need camping and hiking gear like boots, dark-colored jackets, fleece, tents, backpacks, and more. Click here to see the complete list of urgently needed items. Help us save lives in Ukraine today!

Outdoor Service Opportunity
Thursday, 7/13 and Saturday, 7/29 – First Sign Up by 6/22

Join a hands-on service project with our mission partner, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers. Children as young as age 8 with a parent are welcome to join a group of ten from our church to experience a beautiful sunset or enjoy a cool morning while you collect native seeds, grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs for re-vegetation efforts. The deadline to sign up is three weeks before the event; the first deadline is 6/22. Contact Jill von Trebra at vontrebj@comcast.net to save your place!

Pride Sunday
Sunday, 6/4 at 9:30 AM – Sanctuary

As we begin a month long PRIDE celebration, we welcome Rev. Quinn Caldwell, Chaplain of the Protestant Cooperative Ministry at Cornell University, who will preach on “Jericho, The Stonewall Inn, and God using size-15 heels to bring the walls down.” Adam Ewing, baritone, will sing three songs from the “It Gets Better” Movement for LGBTQ+ youth. Quinn, a friend of our congregation, joined us while Chris was on sabbatical. Adam, who earned his Doctor of Music at CU, is about to join the faculty at College of Wooster in Ohio, just down the highway from Patrick Mason’s home.

Fellowship of the Grape
Friday, 5/26 from 6-8 PM – 287 West Pearl Street, Boulder

Join us for the next gathering of FOG, Fellowship of the Grape. Our hostess, Louisa Young, has graciously asked for wines from Argentina, if available. Don’t forget to bring a delicious appetizer and a bottle of wine, or if you’re a single, choose one of those items. Kindly RSVP to assist with seating. Let’s make it a memorable evening!

40th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial
Sunday, 5/21, 6:00 PM at First United Methodist Church

The Interfaith AIDS Coalition (IAC) and Boulder County AIDS Project (BCAP) invite you to an in-person candlelight memorial to remember people with HIV/AIDS who have died. Arrive at the covered porch of First Methodist Church at 1421 Spruce St. in Boulder. The program includes live music, short reflections, and reading of names of people who lived with HIV/AIDS who have died.

Contemplative Prayer Worship
Celebrating Female Mystics
Sunday, 5/21 at 8:30 AM, Chapel

Join us for Contemplative Prayer Worship, our final 8:30 AM Chapel service of the season, a service of quiet community with Taizé chant, Readings from Julian of Norwich, Hildegard of Bingen, and Teresa of Avila, and Centering Prayer with periods of extended silence and meditation.

Palestinian Cultural Day
Saturday, 5/13 from Noon – 5 PM – Museum of Boulder

First Congregational Church’s Palestine-Israel Network (PIN) invites you to celebrate Palestinian Cultural Day at the Museum of Boulder!  Enjoy Palestinian food, live music, Dabke dance instruction, henna artistry, traditional clothing, and more. Programs start at noon with guest speakers. Museum admission is $10, $8 for seniors. Click here for more details. If you have other questions please contact Jane.Thomas@colorado.edu

Furthering Our Pilgrimage Reflection
Sunday, 5/21 from 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM – Standish Room

Members of the pilgrimage group who traveled to Alabama in March and anyone else who is interested will meet to continue to reflect on our time in Selma and Montgomery. We’ll share stories and insights with others from our congregation. Please bring stories, pictures, and questions to share with our group.

Newcomers Coffee
Sunday, 5/21 at 11:45 AM – Heritage Room

Are you new to the First Congregational Church community, looking to find out more and get better connected? Join us on May 21 after10:30 AM worship to get to know some of ministers and leaders at FCC, ask any questions you may have, and learn more about the many ways you can get involved.

Parents of Youth Support Group
Wednesday, 5/17 from 7 – 8:30 PM (concurrent with Youth Group)

We invite parents of youth to come together in the Heritage Room to socialize, and support one another through the ups and downs of parenting tweens and teens. This group will explore and grow together in both faith and trusting, supportive relationships. Come and get to know other youth parents who face similar joys and challenges and discover you are not alone. If you have questions, please contact Deborah (deborah@firstcong.net). We look forward to seeing you on May 17.

Genealogy Interest Small Group Forming

You are invited to join the Genealogy Interest Group. Members with expertise in research based on family and public records and DNA will share their knowledge and experience as they are able. Newcomers to genealogy and family history research are especially welcome. Face-to-face meetings will be scheduled as needed and at the convenience of those interested in the topic at hand. To join this group, contact Keith Lance at keithlance@comcast.net, or speak with him on Sunday.

End of Year Youth Gathering of Boulder County UCC Churches
Sunday, May 21 from 12:30-2:30

Join us for Pizza and Games at a Boulder Park (TBD) as we close out the school year and say hello to summer fun! First Congregational UCC and Longmont UCC youth will eat, play and laugh together as we share our favorite outdoor games and lots of pizza. First Cong is hosting this May event, so sign up now.

Parents of Youth Support Group
Wednesday, 5/3 from 7-8:30 pm

While your children are at youth group, we hope you’ll join us for this organizational meeting where we’ll discuss the details of starting a support group for parents of youth. Come with your hopes, dreams, and ideas! Bring snacks to share and beverages will be provided.

Ministry of Last Things:
Donor Alliance Presentation
Sunday, May 7 from Noon-1:30 PM

Melisa Bilic from the Donor Alliance will share details about the donation process, the donor registry, and facts about donation. Please join the Ministry of Last Things for this important session. Donor Alliance is a non-profit organization that facilitates all organ and tissue donation in Colorado. A light lunch will be served. To register, click here.

Highway Cleanup
Saturday 4/29, at 9 AM

Please join us for the clean-up of Route 36 between Nebo and Nelson Road on Saturday, April 29. We meet at the corner of Rte 36 and Left Hand canyon (near the Greenbriar restaurant) at 9 AM. Bring garden gloves and sturdy shoes, sunscreen and a hat. Safety vests and snacks are provided. To sign up, email Monika

Fellowship of the Grape
Friday, 4/28 from 6 to 8 PM

We look forward to welcoming everyone to the Fellowship of the Grape on April 28th, from 6-8. Please join us at the home of Neil and Martha Palmer – 1900 Bluebell Ave, the southeast corner of 19th and Bluebell, in Boulder, the brick and yellow frame house. Come to back porch entrance near the garage. We’re hoping it will be dry enough to be outside as well as inside. Bring your favorite wine, white or red or an appetizer. If there are two of you, bring both. See you soon!

Mindful Works Breakfast Celebration & Fundraiser
4/26, from 7:30-9:30 am at the Dairy Arts Center

Please join our mission partner, Mindful Works (mindful-works.org), to celebrate its First Annual Fundraiser Mindful Works Moves Mountains. This free festive breakfast offers a chance to meet and hear the stories of the folks who create the beautiful items and tasty baked goods we enjoy. Also, there will be silent and live auctions, to raise funds to support a brighter future for those in recovery from mental health challenges. RSVP here.

Join Us for a Jewish-Christian Dialogue
Sunday, 4/23 and 4/30 Forums and Lunch, 11:45 to 1:30 pm

Also Friday, 5/12 at 5:30 pm – Worship followed by Shabbat Meal
at Congregation Bonai Shalom

“Remember the Sabbath Day and Keep it Holy”….and a lot more instructions as to how. It’s actually the most instructive of all 10 commandments, as our society and culture is pulling us in many directions. We will adventure into the age old “Shabbat” practices that will be brought to us by two friends from Boulder’s Jewish community, Rabbi Eva Saks Bolder and Avraham Kornfeld.

Register here to sign up for lunches during the Sunday forums and for the Friday Shabbat meal. Your experience will be enriched by attending the forums first, but it’s also fine to sign up for Friday worship and meal only. The Friday Shabbat meal is $35 for adults and $17.50 for children under 12.

Pick-Up Choir This Sunday!
Sunday, 4/23 – Short Practice at 9:30 AM

We want you! The Chancel Choir wants you to help us sing our hearts out to celebrate Earth Day. We’ll be singing a joyful, soulful 2-part anthem titled A Prayer for the Earth. It is easy to learn and lots of fun to sing. Join us for a short practice at 9:30am on Sunday, April 23, in the Chapel and let that voice of yours soar!

Bike!Hike!Bus!Plus*! To Church on Earth Day
Sunday, 4/23

The Climate Action Team (CAT) invites you to travel to and from worship this Sunday using a greener method of travel than normal.If you routinely drive alone in a gas guzzler, then carpool! Or take a bus! Or bike! Or walk! In whatever way you can get to church, we’ll be glad to see you!

Mindful Works Breakfast Celebration & Fundraiser
4/26, from 7:30-9:30 am at the Dairy Arts Center

Please join our mission partner, Mindful Works (mindful-works.org), to celebrate its First Annual Fundraiser Mindful Works Moves Mountains. This free festive breakfast offers a chance to meet and hear the stories of the folks who create the beautiful items and tasty baked goods we enjoy. Also, there will be silent and live auctions, to raise funds to support a brighter future for those in recovery from mental health challenges. RSVP here.

Bike!Hike!Bus!Plus*! To Church on Earth Day
Sunday, 4/23

The Climate Action Team (CAT) invites you to travel to and from worship on April 23rd using a greener method of travel than normal. Transportation accounts for 25% of all greenhouse gas emissions! If you routinely drive alone in a gas guzzler, then carpool! Or take a bus! Or bike! Or walk! This Sunday CAT members will be at a table in the Link before worship and at coffee hour to provide details.

The Solidarity Dividend: Continuing the Community Conversation
Sunday, 4/16, 4:30 to 6:30 PM – Congregation Har Hashem and Zoom

Engage with area congregations and ethical organizations in a community conversation and call-to-action in the spirit of the “Solidarity Dividend” as expressed in Heather McGhee’s book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. Dive deeper into the lived experiences of the false “Zero-Sum” philosophy and the promise of solidarity. Read Chapter 10 of McGhee’s book to prepare; available in the church office. Register here to attend. See a recording of the previous conversation meeting here.

Collaborative Youth Gathering
Sunday, 4/16 at 11:45 AM

Our Tri-Church Collaborative Youth Gathering on April 16 will be held at Longmont UCC from 1:00-3:00, where we will make food for HOPE, an organization which is trying to change the narrative around homelessness in Longmont. There will be snacks, and lots of fun and laughter. Please bring a sack lunch and First Cong Youth will eat together in the Faith Cave starting at 11:45 AM. We will then travel to Longmont UCC at 12:2O PM

Forum: Together Colorado 2023 Priorities
Sunday, 4/16 at 9:30 AM – Standish Room – Zoom

You are invited to a presentation on April 16 at 9:30 AM in the Standish Room to hear about Together Colorado’s efforts during the current state legislative session to protect children, immigrants and their families, renters, and our climate. Our church is a member of Together Colorado, a statewide organization made up of over 220 congregations and faith leaders across the state. Please contact Sarah Schulte at scschulte50@gmail with questions.

April Food Drive – Donate Starting Next Friday 4/14

FCC’s Food collection runs through 4/21. Our last Drive generated 911 lbs. of food and supplies for our neighbors in need! Donations will go to food pantries in Boulder and Longmont run by BCAP (Boulder County AIDS Project) and EFAA (Emergency Family Assistance Assoc). Please check EFAA’s list of needs here and BCAP’s here, then contact your local neighborhood leader to donate: 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.

Outdoor Service Opportunities With Wildlands Restoration Volunteers
Saturday, 4/22 or 4/29

In honor of Earth Day, you are invited to join a hands-on service project with our mission partner, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers. Children age 6 and up with a parent are welcome. On April 22, from 10 am to 2 pm, plant trees and shrubs at Barr Lake State Park in Brighton. On April 29 from 9 am to 4 pm in Big Thompson, Loveland, collect native willows for future Cameron Peak Fire restoration projects. Deadlines to sign up for 5 to 8 participants are Sunday, 4/2 and Sunday, 4/9 respectively. Contact Jill von Trebra at vontrebj@comcast.net to save your place!

The Risk of Suicide in Older Adults, Gun Safety, QPR and Mental Health
Sunday, 4/16, 1:30-3:30 PM – FCC UCC Boulder

Former Denver Broncos player, Bucky Dilts, will share his personal story and reveal the alarming rate of suicide by guns of older adults in Colorado and the factors that contribute. Then we will have a panel with Bucky, Rep. Judith Amabile and Jay Winsted discussing mental health, gun safety and how to change the outcomes for us all. Rep. Amabile is the Representative from District 49 in the Colorado House of Representatives and is an advocate for mental health and gun safety. Jay Winsted is from Mental Health Partners of Boulder and will discuss QPR, the CPR of mental health. This presentation on Sunday, April 16 at 1:30pm at First Congregational Church is presented by its Gun Violence Prevention Ministry, Mental Health Ministry, and Ministry of Last Things. Please join us for this very important conversation. Register here – when registering, please make sure to click next until your screen reads “thank you for registering”. You will also receive an email confirmation.

Tri-Church April Youth Gathering
Sunday, 4/16 at 1 PM – Location TBD

Our fourth monthly tri-church youth event for April will be hosted by Longmont UCC. This will be a Service project, more details coming soon. So far, the youth from FCC, Community UCC, and Longmont UCC have gone Ice Skating, Rock Climbing, and to a movie in Boulder. We have had excellent participation from all of our churches and the youth are getting to know each other in anticipation of a new Youth Director who will facilitate programming among all three churches. Put this date on your calendar and join the fun and make some new friends!

Five Points Pilgrimage in Denver
Saturday, 4/22, 10 AM to 1:30 PM

Our Racial Justice Ministry invites you to join a walking tour of the Five Points Historic Cultural District as we learn together about the people, places, and ideas that brought the power of Denver’s African-American community to life. This is a repeat of last year’s tour. We’ll meet at the Blair Caldwell African American Research Library. Terri Gentry, a docent for the Black American West Museum and enthusiastic storyteller of the black experience in Denver, will be our guide. Tickets are $15. We will have lunch at Tea Lee’s Tea House. Sign up by clicking HERE.

Bike!Hike!Bus!Plus*! to Church on Earth Day
Sunday, 4/23

The Climate Action Team (CAT) invites you to travel to and from worship on April 23rd using a greener method of travel than normal. Transportation accounts for 25% of all greenhouse gas emissions! If you routinely drive alone in a gas guzzler, then carpool! Or take a bus! Or bike! Or walk! This Sunday CAT members will be at a table in the Link before worship and at coffee hour to provide details.

Join Us for a Jewish-Christian Dialogue
Sunday, 4/23 and 4/30 Shabbat forums
Friday, 5/12 at 6 pm – Shabbat Meal

“Remember the Sabbath Day and Keep it Holy”….and a lot more instructions as to how. It’s actually the most instructive of all 10 commandments, as our society and culture is pulling us in many directions, a practice around Sabbath can be incredibly grounding. We will adventure into the age old “Shabbat” practices that will be brought to us by two friends from Boulder’s Jewish community, Rabbi Eva Saks Bolder and Avraham Kornfeld of Congregation Har HaShem.

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.