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Minister’s Message – “What Do You See?”

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

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Forum on Sun, Sep 25 – Susan Cottrell

Join us Sunday, September 25 to hear speaker Susan Cottrell, former Evangelical and mother of a LGBTQ offspring, and founder of an organization called FreedHearts. She will speak for a few minutes at both the 8am and 10am worship services. … Continue reading

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Pastor May’s Ordination – Sun, Sep 18

All are invited to Pastor Sally May’s ordination this Sunday, September 18th at 2pm at the Second Congregational Church of Jeffersonville, United Church of Christ. We hope that many from First Congregational Church UCC of Burlington will be able to … Continue reading

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Fall Beginnings – Minister’s Message

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

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Vermont Pride On Parade in BTV – Sun, Sep 11

On Sunday, September 11th, Pride Vermont is hosting a parade in Burlington, followed by a festival at Battery Park. In celebration and recognition of our “Open and Affirming” status, our Christian Action Committee invites all from First Church to participate … Continue reading

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The Art of Discernment – Minister’s Message

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

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Faithful Friday Worship & Dinner – Sep 2

The theme for our September Faithful Friday Worship and Dinner is “Changes & New Beginnings”. All are invited to bring backpacks, keys, or some object that represents a new beginning in your life, to be blessed as part of our … Continue reading

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Vermont Ibutwa Initiative Receives UCC Grant!

The United Church of Christ Genesis Fund has awarded the Vermont Ibutwa Initiative (VIBI) a $12,000 grant in support of the organization’s efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo! VIBI’s mission is to bring healthcare access, sustainable livelihood opportunities … Continue reading

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Outreach & Mission Opportunities – Summer 2016

There are many ways to be involved with mission and outreach efforts at First Congregational Church this summer! Please see below for several opportunities: One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) OGHS is our annual all-church, ecumenical,  international emergency relief offering … Continue reading

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Summer Church School

Jennifer Jorgenson, our Summer Church School Coordinator and Lucy Samara, our Interim Church School Coordinator, are collaborating to schedule volunteers to serve in the two age group settings that will meet during the 10am worship services this summer. From now … Continue reading

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