Gleaning April 2015

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On Saturday morning April 11, 2015, you are invited to join us in our second group gleaning day of the year with C.R.O.S. Ministries. Gleaning is the ancient, biblical practice of picking produce from a field that has already been harvested. Less than grocery-store-perfect peppers, cucumbers, and corn are picked, boxed and distributed to the hungry in Palm Beach County. We will not know until the week before where we will be gleaning. If you are interested in participating, contact Ginny Somerville, Janet Lisle, or email us to let us know you will be participating.

Easter Sunday Worship

 

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Join us at 10:30 as we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ – with inspiring music, experiential worship, and practical teaching from Pastor Jason. We’ll also have plenty of coffee and donuts before and after the service!

PEACE Nehemiah Action 2015 Welcome

Pastor Jason had the opportunity to give the welcoming address and “vision for justice” to the PEACE Nehemiah Action on Monday evening, March 23rd. You can watch below:

 

Nehemiah Action 2015 from First Congregational Church on Vimeo.

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Church Picnic & Talent Show

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Our annual picnic on the grounds and our FIRST annual congregational talent show will be Sunday, April 19th! Do you sing, juggle, dance, play an instrument? We would love to have you share your talent with us.

Maundy Thursday Service

maundythursdaybannerJoin us Thursday evening, April 2nd at 7:00 PM for a service of scripture, song, silence, and communion as we gather together to commemorate the last meal shared by Jesus and his disciples.

The Daily: Monday March 9, 2015

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 84 (NRSV, The Message); 1 Kings 6:1-4, 21-22 (NRSV, The Message)

The Inner Sanctuary within The Temple was for housing the Chest of the Covenant of God. This Inner Sanctuary was a cube, thirty feet each way, all plated with gold. The Altar of cedar was also gold-plated. Everywhere you looked there was pure gold: gold chains strung in front of the gold-plated Inner Sanctuary—gold everywhere—walls, ceiling, floor, and Altar. Dazzling!            1 Kings 6:21-22 (The Message)

It sounds lovely, it really does. And who doesn’t love a worship space that at least attempts to come close to the glory, to the beauty of the God whom we worship? But who paid for all this? It turns out the King Solomon was requiring a lot from his subjects. People were being heavily taxed to pay for Solomon’s temple. Walter Brueggemann noted that Solomon married the daughter of a Pharaoh, and it appears he learned well from his father-in-law. Remember, God has another narrative for us to live, another place for us to be than under the thumb of Pharaoh. IS there anywhere more beautiful to worship than the beach? Or even in a simple room decorated with the diverse faces of God’s people, chose and called?

In our prayers: Mark Stanford, Ron Pearson, Kelly Craig, Miriam McIlvaine, Dot Zook (fell and injured head), Rosemarie VonWald’s sister, June Pennoyer,  died 

 

How can your church family be praying for you today? Leave your requests in the comments below.

Click links below to read these daily devotionals:

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You can see the bulletin here.

Justice Ministry Rally 2015

IMG_1275IMG_1271Monday night our justice ministry team attended the PEACE Justice Ministry Rally at St. Juliana Catholic Church. We gathered with over 420 other Justice Ministry Network members from all over Palm Beach County. We heard updates on the issues being raised at the Nehemiah Action Assembly and committed to bring 40 people to the assembly, being held Monday, March 23rd 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

Beach Cleanup

cleanupOn Saturday morning, March 28th, we are going to hit the beach for Sea Angels‘ monthly beach cleanup. The cleanup begins at 8:00 AM and goes until 10:30 AM at Ocean Inlet Park – 6990 N. Ocean Blvd. Boynton Beach, FL 33435. See Janet Lisle for more information.