Dec. 8 Mental Health Ministry Forum on Nonviolent Communication

 Part of supporting our mental health is the awareness of our own internal dialogue. Learning Nonviolent Communication (NVC) skills can help transform challenging messages we tell ourselves and improve our connection with others, which can also improve our mental and spiritual well-being. As part of our Mental Health Ministry Forum series, join Jim Coates & Louise Halsey on Sun., Dec. …

Thanksgiving Sharing

 Turkey Day is around the corner! Are you hosting dinner, and do you have room around your table for 1 or 2 more? Are you flying solo on the holiday, and would love some chosen family to feast with? If so, email Louise Halsey at lhalsey@fccb. org. She’ll do some holy traffic direction so that we can live more deeply …

Hanging of the Greens

 Come gather for the Hanging of the Greens and join Kit Novotny and other church friends to transform the Sanctuary & Hall of Entrance for the Advent season on Sat., Nov., 30, 1–4 pm. All ages welcome! We will put up and decorate the trees, decorate the pews, haul down the Advent wreath and its stand, hang the Christmas bunting …

Mental Health Ministry: Sharing Our Closing Prayer

At each Mental Health Ministry gathering (Forum, Spiritual Support Group, Companionship Gathering, and Leadership Team Meeting) we open and close with prayer. At our last Forum, it was requested that our Closing Prayer be shared with the whole congregation. We share this same prayer each time; it grounds us as we close our time together, and move forward into the …

The View from Here

Louise Halsey Congregational Care Program Manager  I’m excited to share with you a change in my role here at First Church. As part of a number of strategic staff restructuring shifts we’ve made in 2019, I’m letting go of some administrative duties and shifting into the role of Congregational Care Program Manager (CCPM). What does this mean exactly? Congregational Care is …

The Carillon Goes Digital in 2020

As part of a series of strategic communications shifts at First Church, The Carillon will take on a new look and form beginning this January 2020. Our Communications Specialist Ben McKnight will launch a new, user-friendly format for the digital Carillon, highlighting church news and events in a weekly email blast that links to featured stories on our new website. …

Host a Neighborhood Caroling Mob!

Mob! Right around the corner are Advent and Christmas! We’re looking for a handful of folks to host neighborhood caroling parties throughout December to help us live into our vision of growing in intimacy as the weird and wonderful Body of Christ, and share some much-needed joy with our neighbors! We’re calling them “Caroling Mobs”: A potluck, with optional tree-trimming, …

Summer Small Group Book Group Continues

The First Church Summer Small Group Book Group decided to continue during the winter months, with meetings every other month. The next meeting is Sat. Jan. 11, 2020, 10 am–12 pm. They will be reading The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates, his first novel. All are invited to join them. If interested, contact Willem VandeKamp by Sat., Nov. 30. They …