Newcomer’s Class

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If you would like to learn more about what it means to be a part of First Congregational United Church of Christ, you are invited to join us on Sunday mornings at 9:15 in February to discuss what it means to be a Christian, what Christian community looks like, and what makes our church unique. Yes, it’s early, but we’ll have plenty of coffee and snacks!

Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dance

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Join us Saturday evening, February 14th, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM for an evening of dinner and dancing. The meal will be prepared by the men and women of our recent cooking class taught by Chef Christopher Lepard. After dinner, there will be dancing with music by DJ Marcus and special guests. Tickets are $25 with proceeds to benefit the renovation of Studebaker Hall. Tickets may be purchased on Sundays after worship or by calling the office.

 

Souper Bowl Sunday

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It’s that time again. Sunday February 1st, besides a pretty important football game, is a Sunday we collect money and food for the hungry here in Palm Beach County. Bring your spare change (or bills!) to throw in the soup pots are children will be holding after worship.

Also, our Men’s Fellowship puts on a great “tailgate” spread during our fellowship time with all of your favorite game day food (and this year with some healthy options as well!).

It is one of our favorite Sundays and we will look forward to seeing you there!

Doing Justice in 2015

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We have formed a Justice Ministry in our congregation so we can live out the Biblical mandate to “do justice”. And we have joined PEACE (People Engaged Actively in Community Efforts) a group of 24 other congregations so we can have enough power to act on this mandate.

Claiming that mandate to “do justice”, PEACE, is taking on the injustices youth face in our Criminal Justice System. Across Florida 73,000 youth are arrested each year for non-violent offenses. All too often those arrests are the beginning of a downward spiral for that child. We believe in rehabilitation and redemption, but our criminal justice system is focused on punishment, creating a revolving door as these children become hardened criminals. There is a way to stop this spiral through the use of civil citations, a state supported program. Children that commit a first time misdemeanor can be given a civil citation which prevents an arrest record and gives this child a second chance.

The problem is that last year, Palm Beach County only gave civil citations to 10% of eligible children, arresting 732 children for first time misdemeanors. To justify this low number of life-saving civil citations, our law enforcement officials said that children are more dangerous than ever before and that certain children “show little potential for turning their lives around.”

We refuse to accept that story. We know that children should not be punished forever for committing a misdemeanor. Our children deserve that second chance – not a life behind various bars! To make that a reality, all of our member congregations will gather together under the banner of PEACE at our large Nehemiah Assembly. At this assembly, over 3000 people will gather and demand that the Palm Beach County Sheriff and 18 local law enforcement agencies start using Civil Citations for all first offenders – saving hundreds of children each year.

I invite you to join our justice work! If you want to learn more about this issue, please consider attending PEACE’s next Youth Arrest Committee Meeting to be held Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 7 pm at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church. This committee is fervently investigating the issue, and will be reporting on their visits with all stakeholders.

If you are interested in becoming a Justice Ministry Network Member or just want to be informed about the work of PEACE, please join us Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 11:45 am in the Church Parlor. Most important of all, I ask that you please circle your calendar and reserve Monday, March 23, 2015 at 7pm so you may join your fellow church and community members at the Nehemiah Assembly to be held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

“…We know that alone we are limited in what we can do, but together we are powerful. Our Strength comes from our unity…” PEACE Closing Prayer

Deborah Copeland, Justice Team Member

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

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The City of Lake Worth does a fantastic job of commemorating the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Take a look and plan to participate in one or more of these events:

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Of Ebony Embers-Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance – 3:00 PM St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, (Lucerne Avenue & Palmway) Jazz and stage performance by national touring company, Core Ensemble, celebrating the lives of the great African-American poets, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay as seen through the eyes of the great muralist and painter Aaron Douglas.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, 7:30 to 9:00 AM St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church (South E Street & 10th Avenue South) Music, prayer, food and fellowship in honor of Dr. King and reflection on the work for social justice that lies ahead.

Candlelight March, Gather at 5 PM Beginning at Lake Worth City Hall (Lake Ave & Dixie Hwy) Individuals, school groups, churches and community organizations march through downtown Lake Worth in a tribute to the freedom marches of the Civil Rights Movement.

MLK Commemorative Program, 5:30 PM Cultural Plaza, Downtown Lake Worth (Lake Ave & M Street) Music and Inspirational Program.

MLK Fellowship Dinner, 6 to 8 PM First Baptist Church (M Street & 2nd Ave South) Music and Inspiration continue as we break bread together.

MLK Day Events Free to the Public.

Call Retha Lowe at 586-7276 to volunteer and for further information

Sponsored by City of Lake Worth, Lake Worth Interfaith Network, Kiwanis Club and Lake Worth MLK Committee

 

 

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Valentines Cooking Class

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Join Chef Christopher Lepard for another series of cooking classes!

Classes will be held on Wednesday Nights starting January 14th through February 11th from 630-830 pm in the Fellowship Hall. The cost for each class is $15 which includes instruction and food that will be either eaten or can be taken home after each class. Please commit to all 5 weeks plus working on Saturday February 14th for the Valentines Dinner, proceeds of which will go to Fellowship Hall renovation.

Day of Silent Meditation

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The Monday morning meditation group will hold it’s next Day of Silent Meditation on Monday, December 15th, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Bring lunch, drinks and a jacket. Requested donation is $20. Call Nancy Lydon at 632-5040 if you have questions.

Christmas Eve Service

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Join us Christmas Eve for a service of glorious music and a telling of the Christmas story. Many people have made First Congregational Church’s Christmas Eve service part of their Christmas tradition. We invite you to make it a part of yours!

Painting the Stars

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Beginning Thursday evening, January 8th, at 7:00 PM we will begin a new 7-week series of teachings and discussions on science, religion, and evolving faith. The study, facilitated by Pastor Jason and featuring over a dozen leading theologians and progressive thinkers, celebrates the communion of science and faith. Each session will include a 20 minute video and guided conversation. This will be a great opportunity to invite friends and family who have a hard time reconciling scientific and spiritual knowledge. There will be a $15.00 for materials.

Painting the Stars Trailer from Living the Questions on Vimeo.

November Renewal Book Group

mamanshomesickpieMaman’s Homesick Pie: a Persian Heart in an American Kitchen by Donia Bijan is the biography selected for the November Renewal Book Club meeting. Because of a conflicting activity on the third Tuesday of the month, we will meet on Wednesday, November 19 at 6:30 pm in the parlor. Please contact Carol Lewis if you are willing to prepare one of the recipes in the book for the meeting. The book for December will be from the Mission Study list: A Place at the Table, a novel by Susan Rebecca White. Both books are available in the Palm Beach County libraries.