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 Sunday 10am worship live-stream (and later recording) will be posted here:

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 Sunday – May 26:


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



If you are – or if you have a family member – your partner, a child or grandchild – who is graduating – including: completing middle school, or graduating from high school, or from a technical program, or from a college or university – including advanced degrees –
CLICK HEREto complete the form by Wednesday May 29.
Paper forms will also be available at the church.


Upcoming Events:

CLICK HERE to register as a VOLUNTEER
CLICK HERE to register as a PARTICIPANT (All ages)
Paper forms will also be available at the church

SAVE Monday July 8th – Thursday July 11th for PEACE CAMP 2024

  • Peace Camp – a truly joyful multi-generational experience – will run from July 8 thru 11, 2024 (5 to 7:30pm) and will be a collaborative event with the College Street Congregational Church.  Dinner is included each evening – and activities are organized by age group from the adult group with the Rev. Elissa Johnk and the Rev. Ken White to groups for youth, older and younger elementary and nursery & preschool.
  • Registration and volunteer information will be available soon – meanwhile mark your calendar and plan to participate!
  • CLICK HERE for a quick video glimpse of a “closing campfire” from July 2023.



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]


This Bible Study is in-person at the Church.
Questions? Email Ava – [email protected]




CLICK HERE for more information and to read Michael’s obituary.
CLICK HERE to access the livestream link for Michael’s service.




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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