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May 21, 2017 • 10 am • Don’t Shrink Back

Rev. Alan Johnson, Chair of the UCC Mental Health Network, was First Church’s guest preacher on Mental Health Sunday. He encouraged the congregation to “not shrink back” from the reality of mental illness—our own stories, those of our family members and our church family. The stigma around mental illness is strong. By breaking the silence and stepping forward we can offer and get support.

July 10, 2016 • 10 am • Boiling Point

Sunday, July 10, 2016 followed a week in which two black men, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling were killed by police, and five Dallas police officers "Michael Smith, Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Patrick Zamarripa and Brent Thompson" were shot by a sniper.

Mar 20, 2016 • 11 am • Things to Come

Palm Sunday represents one of the few celebrations that Jesus received as an adult. The people recognized the power of his teaching and healing. His prophetic words of God?s inclusive love touched the hearts of those who chose to follow him. He had such integrity?his words and actions so clearly congruent.

Mar 20, 2016 • 9 am • Things to Come

Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter suggests that although Jesus was a prophet, his style was quite different from other prophets. He communicated his message in both word and deed teaching, healing, preaching, telling stories and parables. He was quite humble and generally low-key.

Sept 6, 2015 • 10 am • True Stories

First Church members Curt Wands-Bourdoseau, Diana Graham and Tim Sweetser share their stories in testimony to their faith. Curt speaks of times in his life when he "quaked" in God's presence upon being challenged to help victims of poverty and oppression.