Category Archives: Ministers’ Messages

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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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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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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A Message from Minister Carrie Bail (July 21)

As of tomorrow (Friday, July 22), I will have been with you for three whole weeks! Many faces are starting to look familiar, as well as a few names, and I am settling into my new home environment next to … Continue reading

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Easter Message from Rev. Lee Moore

Dear First Church Family and Friends, On February 7th, we celebrated, to the day, the founding of our Church. The exact date of our founding was February 7, 1805. On that day we became a Family of Faith planted here … Continue reading

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Relationships, Community and the Risen Christ

Dear Friends, It is Easter. Some may believe that Easter was over on Easter Sunday, April 5th. In truth, we celebrate the power of the risen Christ for 50 days leading up to Pentecost on May 23. As we make … Continue reading

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Love, Forgiveness and Hope

Dear Friends, For many of us, God can feel like our adversary. We struggle with many things in the world and our lives, where we may conclude that God has brought this struggle upon us. Instead of a God who … Continue reading

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Moving Forward Together

Dear Friends, As many of you know, First Church was actively considering renting our building on late Sunday afternoons to Redeemer Burlington. In December, the Executive Committee was pleased to entertain this overture from Redeemer and we decided to pursue … Continue reading

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Changing Pace

Dear Friends, One reason we like being in the United Church of Christ is that we value the decision-making abilities of the local church. On basic things like the direction of the church, approving a budget, and calling a minister, … Continue reading

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Finding Our Silent Night

Dear Friends, Advent is a time of anticipation. Awaiting the birth of Jesus, and his coming again to bring peace and justice to the earth. But, during this period of waiting and anticipation, it is important to be attentive to … Continue reading

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