Author: <span>Mary Pat Kleven</span>

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Sunday (Jan. 23) is our Annual Meeting. Not only is it a business meeting, it is also a time to gather as the body of Christ to see where the Spirit has been among us in the past year and where we are headed into the new year. I encourage everyone to attend this important time in the life of our congregation. The Annual Meeting follows our regular worship service.

Peace, Pastor Grace

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We at First Congregational are a family. Family does not always agree, but family does love and care for each other. We all wish the pandemic were over and life could return to “normal” – live music, coffee & treats after service, socializing without distance and no masks.

                                                                            We know there are differing opinions regarding the level of safety precautions. Church leadership continues to make difficult decisions to keep all members of the family safe. Let us continue to support one another so we all reach the other side of this pandemic healthy and whole. Thank you for helping us protect each other!

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Each year, as we anticipate the birth of Christ, we often gather together with family and friends. It is in this season, some people’s days are filled with activity, while others experience silence. Some may gather in large groups and some may relish a smaller time with loved ones. And it is often the case, we remember in our grief those no longer with us. We also share in a collective grief this year that gatherings in homes and at church continue to be impacted by our global pandemic. People are weary of trying to outrun COVID, with some in our midst being caught by it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So as we gather in our worship here throughout the Christmas season, may we take moments of silence to remember Christmas’ in our past, the uniqueness of Christmas this year and hold in hearts hope that next Christmas our world is a little saner and the pandemic has waned. Until that time, I offer a prayer of gratitude the opportunity for our coming together, in the safest ways possible, to celebrate the birth of Christ into our midst full of expectation and hope.
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Join us at 4 pm for our Christmas Eve Service. The service will be in person and our normal COVID worship protocols will apply. Planning to attend? Please call the church office to RSVP so our ushers can arrange enough socially distanced seating. A recording of the service will be posted on YouTube Christmas Eve night.

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