First Church is a progressive Christian community that gathers to listen, speak and then act, with a spirit of compassion, justice and stewardship.
Sign up for Lenten Small Groups
Small groups will take place during the weeks of March 10-April 7, unless otherwise noted. The groups for this Lenten season are:
“Climate Change Discussions,” Thursdays at 7 pm, led by Kristen Anderson and James Schmit
“Internet Faith,” Mondays at 6 pm, led by Daniel.
“Introduction to the Bible,” after worship on Sundays March 10, 17 & 24, led by Sandy Johnson
“Cultivating Hope,” Fridays at 1 pm, March 22-April 12, led by Mary Byers
“Lectio Divina”, either Wednesdays at 2 pm or Thursdays at 7 pm, led by Jane (indicate which time works for you)
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.
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 Art Team will host a reception for Susan Gangsei and her tapestries on Sunday, February 10, during coffee hour.