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First Congregational Church of Burlington

 Welcome to First Congregational UCC of Burlington

This Sunday – July 14 – we are worshipping at the College Street Church in a collaborative service that will lift up and celebrate the themes of Peace Camp 2024!

Meet at First Church at 9:30am on Sunday July 14 to walk over to the College Street Church with others from the congregation – or – park near 265 College Street and we’ll see you in the College Street sanctuary for this special collaborative worship service.


The virtual option for worship at the College Street Church is via Zoom using this LINK: ZOOM LINK      

The Sunday July 14 Order of Worship/Bulletin is available HERE:  BULLETIN LINK



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:


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 friendship and faith.


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!



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!


CLICK HERE to connect to information about participating in 2024!


Annual “ALL CHURCH YARD SALE – Saturday August 17:  It’s that time of year again! The First Church – ALL CHURCH – Yard Sale will be on Saturday, August 17.   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!  We will need volunteers to help organize, and staff the yard sale. Contact Jennie Coleman to learn more and look for sign-up sheets for volunteers at church soon!


Each month the Climate Justice team offers articles under the Climate Corner to share ideas about what we can do to help preserve this beautiful world and the life on it that we’ve inherited.

It’s spring and our thoughts are looking forward to lush lawns and bounteous gardens.  The members of the Climate Justice team have looked into how these hopes can be realized without negative impacts on the environment.

Here are a few suggestions regarding lawn fertilizers from our Chittenden County Planning Commission:
https://rethinkrunoff.orgDo your best to keep the fertilizer on your lawn and don’t over fertilize.  As the saying goes, too much of a good thing is too much. Runoff from farms is the largest source of excess nutrients but, runoff from lawns with too much fertilizer is a part of the problem = too much nutrition for the lake.  These nutrients cause cyanobacteria and algae blooms, nursing the growth of “no swimming” signs at beaches instead of growing vegetables and they generally spoil everyone’s enjoyment of the lake. Even moderate rainfall can cause runoff to streets adding to storm water and eventually reaching, and damaging, Lake Champlain water quality.


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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