Stewardship Update

Many thanks to all who have already committed to be sustaining givers to First Church and help our church continue to thrive as a faith community and place of transformation. As of Oct., 29, the church has received 121 commitments totaling $582,355 for 2020. We are on our way to having the level of sustaining giving that will allow First …

The View from Here

Jeanne Strauss  FamChY Chair  The Best of Intentions  Last Saturday, we held an engaging event organized by our Family, Children, and Youth (FamChY) Ministry: celebrating el Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. People of all ages gathered to enjoy Mexican crafts, pan de muertos (a sweet Mexican bread), Mexican hot chocolate, and other snacks, and to participate …

Nov. 17 Learning Hour — Moms Demand Action

Adult Education is pleased to sponsor Moms Demand Action at the Learning Hour on Sun., Nov. 17, 11:45 am, in Loper Chapel. Moms Demand Action is the largest grassroots gun safety advocacy organization in the country, with currently more supporters than the National Rifle Association. While they support the second amendment, they believe there is much more that can be …

Tree of Life

Prayers of blessing for Paul & Helen Chapman on the birth of their new grandson, Arjun Elliott Chapman, on Oct. 19, to son Will and his wife Natasha Raja.  Congratulations to Kelly Colwell on her upcoming Ecclesiastical Council. All are invited to attend on Sat. Nov. 9, 9–11 am in Loper Chapel. Kelly will present briefly on her ordination paper …

Neighbors in Need Sunday

 This Sun., Nov. 10 is Neighbors in Need (NIN) Sunday. The special offering collected will contribute to the UCC’s ministries of justice and compassion throughout the US. Two-thirds of the offering will be used to fund a wide array of local and national justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects. The remaining third of the offering supports the Council …

Nov. 10 Learning Hour: “The Resurrected Mind”

This Sun., Nov. 10 at 11:45 am in Loper Chapel, join the Mental Health Ministry as we read aloud the sermon by Rev. Timothy Ahrens titled “The Resurrected Mind.” This is part of a series of sermons on mental illness. Our discussion of the sermon will continue the path of living into our covenant as a Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive, and …

Art Meets Life Sundays!

 Beginning Sun., Nov. 17 we will experiment with a new form of worship — Art Meets Life Sundays! Each quarter we will invite a luminary in the field of art, music, poetry, journalism, or another discipline to contribute to our Sunday morning worship. Rev. Molly or Rev. Kit will interview them on the chancel during the sermon slot on a …

Upcoming Sundays

 NOVEMBER 10, 2019 NEIGHBORS IN NEED SUNDAYLuke 20:27-38  10:00 Worship, Kit Novotny, preaching; Amar Khalsa, musician; Elizabeth Forsyth, organist; Derek Tam, director of music, SanctuaryMusical Highlights, “All the Ends of the Earth,” performed by First Church Uke-atastrophe; Kate Lucchese, director; Kara Korbel-Chinula, drums; “My Lord, What a Morning,” traditional spiritual, performed by Sanctuary Choir 11:15After Party, Terrace 11:15Second Sunday Sandwiches, Cloister …