Painting Party

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We are looking for a group of 2-3 people to help paint the parlor kitchen before we put down our new flooring. If you are able to help, either on a Saturday or during the week, contact Janet Lisle for more information.

Valentine’s Day Dinner

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On Saturday Evening, February 13th, we will be holding our annual Valentine’s Day Dinner. We will gather together to enjoy a wonderful meal prepared under the direction of our own Chef Christopher Lepard. Tickets are $25 apiece with proceeds benefitting our kitchen renovation fund. Menu will include cornish game hen, mixed vegetables, wild rice, and a special chocolate dessert. Tickets are available on Sundays after worship or by calling the office.

Gifts of the Dark Wood

giftsofthedwfacebookThe season of Lent is the 40 days before Easter. In the Christian tradition, it is a season of preparation and attentiveness to our spiritual lives. This Lent, we at First Congregational United Church of Christ will journey together through the Dark Wood.

Though commonly understood as a place to be feared and avoided, the Dark Wood is the surest place to meet God. It is a place where you may feel uncertain, empty, lost, tempted, and alone. Yet these feelings—these gifts of the Dark Wood—can be your greatest assets on your journey because they invite you to probe, question, and discover. According to the ancients, you don’t need to be a saint or spiritual master to experience profound awakening. You don’t even have to be “above average.” All you really need to be is struggling.

Join us for worship at 10:30 on Sunday mornings as we discover and experience together how our failures and uncertainties can be gifts on the spiritual path. We will also gather at 6:30 PM on Wednesday evenings to discuss the book “Gifts of the Dark Wood” and learn together from interviews with contemporary teachers and theologians about the Dark Woods path. “Gifts of the Dark Wood” books will be available for purchase.

 

Bruce Linser Sings Broadway and the American Songbook

Bruce Head CroppedJoin us on Sunday January 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM for an afternoon of the music you love brilliantly performed by our own Bruce Linser accompanied by Paul Reekie on the piano. The concert will be in two acts. The first act is comprised of the songs you love from the American Songbook as made famous by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble and others.  The second act will be some of the best of Broadway. Tickets are $20.00 for adults and free for children and students. They may be purchased from a member of the  Men’s Fellowship or online on our giving page.

In addition to being our organist and choir director, Bruce Linser teaches musical theatre and in the dean of the theatre department at Dreyfoos School of the Arts and has acted and sung his way around the country and around the world for nearly two decades.

Theatrically, he’s performed Off-Broadway in New York City, as well as regionally in California, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Locally he has appeared at Caldwell Theatre Company, FAU Festival Rep, GableStage, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, New Theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks and Take Heed Theater Company.

He’s appeared on TV in “All My Children” and “The View,” and in the movies “Drop Dead Gorgeous” and “Bumping Off Burt”. Bruce has twice been a cover model for the Palm Beach Post, as the Barefoot Mailman and as the Go Guy. He also voiced a character for the animated holiday special, “The Littlest Light On The Christmas Tree”.

In addition to acting and singing, Bruce is an accomplished pianist and musical director. See more about Bruce at www.brucelinser.com.

Newcomer Orientation

If you are new to First Congregational United Church of Christ or would like more information regarding being a member of our church, consider joining us on January 31st from 11:45 AM until 1:30 PM for lunch and an information session about membership in First Congregational Church and the United Church of Christ. For those who would like to join our church, we will receive new members on Sunday, February 6th.