Welcoming All, Seeking Justice, Finding God

First Congregational Church of Burlington

Welcome to First Congregational UCC of Burlington

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

Worshiping virtually?  The link to the live-stream (and later recording) of today’s Pentecost Worship is posted below – enjoy the beautiful music of Vermont string quartet Eclectica! 

Worship 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:




This is an open creative community hosted by the church, who will meet weekly.
Coffee provided, craft supplies are up to you!  Questions? Contact Ava – [email protected]



In the First Church Dining Room at 9am on Sunday May 26



Do you ever wish you had a better understanding of scripture? Have you wondered what’s hidden within the depths of Leviticus or 2 Chronicles? Do you find yourself picking up the Bible to read Revelation and putting it down five minutes later when nothing makes sense? Then this Bible study with Director of Congregational Life Ava Bilton is for you.

Join us as we Read Through the Bible together – from Genesis to Revelation (well, a few chapters at a time) – Wednesday evenings starting April 10 from 6:15-7:30pm. This Bible Study is designed to give you the context, clarity, and community you need to read through scripture in a way that is accessible while still being meaningful and sacred.

All you need to bring is your dinner and your Bible. Don’t have a Bible? We recommend the NRSV translation. As church parking is limited on Wednesday evenings, we ask that all attendees who are able use street parking for this event.


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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