- Sunday, August 20 at 10 a.m. – Congregational Conversation: Lay Leadership Structure Ideas
- Sundays, 8/20, 8/27 & 9/3 – Temporary Worship Schedule Change: One Worship at 9 a.m.
- Seeking Nominations for the Minister Search Committee by August 18
- We’re Hiring: Community Ministries Coordinator
- July 29: AMAZING YARD SALE: Something for Everyone!
Category Archives: Ministers’ Messages
With these words, the Rev. John Dorhauer opened our Clergy Convocation on White Privilege. The question also implies what we do not – or cannot – see. Even for Sally May and me (neither one of us new to this … Continue reading →
How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? – 1st Thessalonians 3:9 Are you as excited as I am? I can’t wait for Sally’s ordination … Continue reading →
July and August. My long, hot summer of shifting sands in a new location is receding. Soon we will gather joyfully for Homecoming Sunday in joint worship (one worship service at 10am) on September 11. Over these two months, I’ve … Continue reading →
I am a cradle roll Congregationalist; here are two brief stories about that identity. First, I was an ardent teen-aged member of the church during the height of the Vietnam War. As happens too often in our tradition, our congregation … Continue reading →
As of tomorrow (Friday, July 22), I will have been with you for three whole weeks! Many faces are starting to look familiar, as well as a few names, and I am settling into my new home environment next to … Continue reading →
My friends: Sunday, July 3 was a beautiful day in worship. I hope you were as glad to listen as I was to preach. After inviting someone to invite me, I enjoyed companionship for the evening fireworks high above the … Continue reading →
Dear First Church Family and Friends, On February 7th, we celebrated, to the day, the founding of our Church. The exact date of our founding was February 7, 1805. On that day we became a Family of Faith planted here … Continue reading →
Dear Friends, It is Easter. Some may believe that Easter was over on Easter Sunday, April 5th. In truth, we celebrate the power of the risen Christ for 50 days leading up to Pentecost on May 23. As we make … Continue reading →
Dear Friends, For many of us, God can feel like our adversary. We struggle with many things in the world and our lives, where we may conclude that God has brought this struggle upon us. Instead of a God who … Continue reading →
Dear Friends, As many of you know, First Church was actively considering renting our building on late Sunday afternoons to Redeemer Burlington. In December, the Executive Committee was pleased to entertain this overture from Redeemer and we decided to pursue … Continue reading →