First Congregational UCC
We have a a new online worship tab!
We have a new tab on our website. The Online worship tab will be the new hub to find our live-streamed service on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. along with the copy of the bulletin that you may follow along. _____________________________________________________________
The Church office is now open!
All office staff have completed their vaccines and reached full immunity. Staff will continue, for a time, to mask when people who are not staff come into the office. For now, members and visitors to the building are encouraged to mask and to limit the number of people in the office to no more than three at a given time.
- We will continue to host Anonymous groups (AA, Al-Anon, NA, SA) during this time. We are asking them, if they have more than ten participants, to split into multiple groups. We are also asking them to perform specific cleaning/disinfecting processes before leaving their meetings.
- We will continue to support Thursdays Table’s efforts to feed people. They will be offering a “to go” meal every Thursday from 5-6pm please come to the West doors and they will let one person at a time in to pick up the meals.
Pledges and Special Offerings
A number of you have asked how you should pay your pledge during this time. Thank you for asking! The ministry of the church continues during this time and our costs are likely to remain stable.
- If you already pay your pledge through automatic withdrawal/automatic payment, there is no need to change anything you’re doing.
- If you pay your pledge by cash or check, you may either mail a check to the church office or pay online through the website. There is a Giving tab on our website http://www.menomonieucc.org/home/giving/ that directs you to Give Now at a secure location for paying pledges and special offerings.
Welcome to First Congregational United Church of Christ
When I first began serving here in September of 2016, I asked more than 70 members to tell me what they love about this church. The two most common responses were: “This is a welcoming, friendly, nonjudgmental community,” and “We love the unique blend of traditional worship and progressive theology.”
At First Congregational, we’re not afraid to ask questions. And we’re okay with not having all the answers. We believe that our faith calls us to the work of love and justice—even when we don’t necessarily agree on what that means. We lend each other a hand as we seek to walk in the Way of Jesus.
We take our faith seriously, but we take ourselves pretty lightly. Folks express a sense of humor and play and a willingness to try new things. There are lots of actors and musicians in the congregation, so we sing with gusto and don’t mind making fools out of ourselves once in a while. The many gardeners and visual and textile artists in our midst help to surround us in beauty, which draws us close to the heart of God.
This is a congregation of people who are willing to show up in life—whether that means showing up to shovel snow early on a Sunday morning or bring bars to an event or plan Messy Church, or whether it involves more public activities like running for City Council or attending School Board meetings or volunteering at a local food shelf.
First Congregational UCC is a place for prayer and a school for love. We embrace the call to love God and one another, understanding that call as a life-long journey towards healing, wholeness and right relationship. And we recognize that we’re all in it together.
Come for a visit; you may want to stay for a lifetime.
With blessings and gratitude,
Resources from the Blanket Exercise (click here)
Video of Blanket Exercise October 13, 2019
Mission Statement of First Congregational UCC
We are called together:
- to celebrate God’s presence;
- to help each person to grow in his or her relationship with God;
- to create a welcoming and supportive community of all God’s people, affirming the diversity of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, social and economic status, and the differently abled;
- to observe and share life’s passages and our faith traditions;
- to reach out in love seeking justice and peace;
- and to tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love.