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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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As a nation, we celebrate the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King this Monday, January 17th. And it is fitting that our scripture this Sunday is Paul’s letter to the Corinthians outlining the different and all important spiritual gifts. One of which is the gift of wisdom. Dr. King, full of intelligence and wisdom, used his gifts to create a vision, a vision of peace among all people. In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, King “did not go where the path may lead, he went instead where there was no path and left a trail.” He envisioned a world in which he dreamed that his four little children would one day live in a nation where they are not judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. His dream was so much more and one that to this day, we strive for. So as we celebrate his courage, wisdom and legacy, may we continue to work to make his dream a reality.  

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Let us follow the angels in our midst as the shepherds did to find the Mary’s and Joseph’s of our world seeking refuge. Let us find the child swaddled in bands of cloth lying in a crib cold and hungry. It is when we find those in the shadows that we find God and we find Jesus walking among among them. Because when we shine the light on all who live in our world, it is when we see the fullness of God.   Merry Christmas to all!  Pastor Grace

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1st Congregational Church Christmas Eve Service 2021
CHRISTMAS MEDITATION “Where is the Light?” by Pastor Grace Anderson
Music By Dawn Humann

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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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