Welcoming All, Seeking Justice, Finding God

First Congregational Church of Burlington

Welcome to First Congregational UCC of Burlington

Our summer 2024 Sermon Series – “Friendship: no greater love than this” – starts on Sunday July 21.  Let’s gather in worship at 10am on Sundays – in person at First Church UCC/BTV – or on YouTube – as we explore the foundational relationship of the church.  Want to know more?  Read Ava Bilton’s 7.18.24 letter to the congregation:



You are invited to worship in person at First Church at 10am on Sundays in our beautiful Sanctuary at 38 South Winooski Avenue in Burlington OR via the live-stream (or later recording) on the FirstChurchBTV YouTube Channel. Fellowship time follows worship at First Church.

The Rev. Elissa Johnk, Lead Minister

Worship at First Church is live-streamed (and the recording is available later) on the FirstChurchBTV YouTube Channel.  The Order of Worship, Announcements, etc. for Sunday’s worship are updated prior to the worship service weekly and are posted here:



CLICK HERE to read Director of Congregational Life Ava Bilton’s letter about the Summer Bucket List project… there are many ways to get involved – to do good together at First Church and in the community this summer. Step in and make connections – invite a friend to participate with you – find what works for you and enjoy summer together!


RSVPs to [email protected] invited but not necessary – let’s meet for a great lunch!


Bring coffee, a simple breakfast,  meet at the BTV Waterfront by the Coastguard Station – where the Dragon Boats are docked. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket – let’s  share the fresh air and good company – anytime between 7am-9am.



Our Dragon Boat Team – “PULL TOGETHER” – will be paddling during the August 4th Dragon Boat Festival on the Burlington Waterfront!

CLICK HERE to connect to information about participating – or supporting one of our paddlers – in 2024!


Let’s gather in solidarity on Sunday August 4th – bring a chair if you’d like – and a sign representing solidarity for racial justice – or use one of the ones we have at church – all are welcome to participate.


All are invited – please RSVP to Baki Nelson – [email protected]
so we know how many to prepare for – thanks!


Annual “ALL CHURCH YARD SALE” on Saturday August 17:  It’s that time of year again – you are needed to help make the First Church – ALL CHURCH – Yard Sale a success!

  • Do you have some items that need a new home? You can make donations to the yard sale early on the morning of the Yard Sale!
  • Do you want to volunteer? We need volunteers to help organize, and staff the yard sale.
  • Email Jennie Coleman or find her at church to learn more and check out the sign-up sheets for volunteers at church!
  • Plan to search for treasures at the Yard Sale – we’ll be open from 9am to mid-afternoon.

The FCCB Climate Justice Team offers articles via the Climate Corner (website page) to share ideas about what we can do to help preserve this beautiful world and the life on it that we’ve inherited. 


Let’s JUMP in for GOOD: The First Church Outreach Team invites you to donate hygiene supplies to folks in need in our community through JUMP during July.  The shopping list below can be used and packed in any bag – or pick up a reusable bag (and shopping list) in the Church Office during office hours – or on Sunday morning – and return with requested items.  Thank you!


For a full update about upcoming services, programs and volunteer opportunities – use this LINK to go to “First Church this Week”

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