First Congregational UCC
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The church office will be closed until the Covid-19 safer at home restrictions are lifted. Staff will be working from home as much as possible. Please feel free to email any of the staff and we will get back to you as soon as we can. You can also leave us a phone message at 715-235-5838 and we will get back to you.
- 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 Give Now button on our website http://www.menomonieucc.org/home/giving/ that directs you to a secure location for paying pledges and special offerings.
- We will be collecting two special offerings during Lent: One Great Hour of Sharing and the Free Clinic. You can pay these special offerings either through the website or by check. Donations to the Free Clinic (especially needed at this time) may also be made directly to the Clinic. We will link you to that information later in the month.
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.