First Church is a progressive Christian community that gathers to listen, speak and then act, with a spirit of compassion, justice and stewardship.
Theme for Epiphany
As we cross into a new year, we also enter Epiphany. Epiphany is the season of light, the time of revelation. This Epiphany our theme is “thresholds.” Each day, we stand in doorways. Our feet and our hearts occupy many different kinds of thresholds. During this season, we’ll be considering how we observe the sacredness of these transitional times and spaces.
Lent Small Group Survey
For the past six years, we have been offering short-term small groups twice a year, during the fall and the Lenten seasons. These groups have covered a variety of topics and met at all different times of the day and week. As we rethink small groups at FCC in order to improve them, please help us by answering a few short survey questions. There are several ways to respond to the survey:
• With a SurveyMonkey account you can answer this survey online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/create/?sm=MMro ZJj2OAifDU5R8iHGOfOLmGnGcwkKk6XfJEAL L_2BY_3D
• You can email your answers to Daniel at email@example.com
• You can write your answers and mail them to Daniel at the church address.
Book Bazaar and “Treasures” Sale
Public Sale – January 26- 9:00-3:00
Join us for a chance to find books, treasures, DVDs, CDs, and vinyl records at great prices!
Congregation Only Pre-sale – Friday, January 25, from 6:30 to 9 p.m
Public Sale – Saturday, January 26 – 9:00-3:00
We are now accepting donations of books, treasures, DVDs, CDs, and vinyl records. We are also going to need cardboard boxes for purchases, as well as paper bags or cloth totes. No plastic bags, please! If you have questions, contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Faces Gathering
We are planning a dinner gathering for those new to First Church on a Sunday evening in January (the 13th, 20th, or 27th). This gathering is a time to get to know each other, build community, and explore the possibility of church membership. Please let Jane know if you are interested in attending the gathering, and which date(s) work in your schedule.
Ministry Fair: February 24
Epiphany is a time in the church year when we reflect on how we are called to ministry. As part of our new cycle of planning, we will also be making a yearly habit during this season of renewing (or shifting) our commitments to be involved in the ministries of the church. At our ministry fair on February 24, each ministry team will have a table (worship, faith formation, hospitality and engagement, justice and congregational care). At these tables, you will be able to learn more about the groups that are gathered under the umbrella of that ministry team.
“Paths to Faithful Caregiving” Class
The Wilder Foundation will be offering this class at First Church on five Saturday mornings, Feb 2–Mar 2, 10–11:30 a.m. It focuses on providing education and caregiving tools, including managing stress and difficult emotions, effective communication, creating balance in life, accessing resources, and finding caregiving strength through your own unique spiritual practices. In addition to providing the class for First Church members, we will also open it up to the community. Please sign up by contacting the office.
“Better Than Average”Pancake Breakfast
The annual “Better Than Average”Pancake Breakfast, cooked and served by our Chancel Choir, will be held on Sunday, February 3 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. If you’ve attended in the past, you know how true the “Better Than Average” description is! Bring your friends! Free will donations will be gratefully accepted at the door. All proceeds benefit First Church music programming.
First Gallery News
First Gallery in Pilgrim Hall will be graced with inspirational tapestries this winter, woven by artist Susan Gangsei. Susan uses her tapestries to tell stories about her life that are universal to humankind. She has been creating tapestries for more than 15 years and found that she enjoyed designing them as much as she enjoyed weaving them. These tapestries tell of life challenges that are overcome and illustrate loss and unexpected gifts. They talk about creation and re-creation that comes from grace.
The exhibition will be up for viewing on December 9, and the Art Team will host a reception for Susan Gangsei and her tapestries on Sunday, February 10, during coffee hour.