Evening of Worship and Prayer November

glennonsmallYou are invited to join us as we begin a new tradition at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Each month on the third Wednesday we will gather together to worship and pray. We will sing hymns and simple songs, engage a series of teachings on “The Art and Practice of Prayer,” and lift up one another and our world in prayer. Let’s take the opportunity to turn our hearts toward God and practice together living in His presence.

On Wednesday, November 19th at 6:30 PM,  we come together to pray and sing and hear a brief teaching on “Pray Ceaselessly” by author and blogger Glennon Doyle Melton, a member of Naples United Church of Christ who writes at momastery.com.

Annual Meeting 2014

hands_2399cOur congregational Annual Meeting, for the purpose of approving our budget and electing officers for 2015, will take place after our worship service on Sunday November 16th. All are invited to attend and members are requested to be present to vote.

Partners in Ministry Sunday

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On Sunday, November 9th, we will finish up our series “Blessed to Be a Blessing”  with a celebration of our ministry together here at First Congregational Church of Lake Worth. We will consecrate our financial faith promise gifts for 2015 as well as recognize the ways so many are involved in ministry within our church and in the community. We will then celebrate together with a lunch after worship. We look forward to celebrating together with you>

Evening of Worship and Prayer October

Fr-Richard-RohrYou are invited to join us as we begin a new tradition at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Each month on the third Wednesday we will gather together to worship and pray. We will sing hymns and simple songs, engage a series of teachings on “The Art and Practice of Prayer,” and lift up one another and our world in prayer. Let’s take the opportunity to turn our hearts toward God and practice together living in His presence.

On Wednesday, October 15th at 6:30 PM,  we come together to pray and sing and hear a brief teaching on “Prayer and Surrender” by Franciscan priest and spiritual teacher, Father Richard Rohr.

Blessed To Be a Blessing

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Just about everyone you talk to around our church would agree that we are a “blessed” church. We have dedicated lay leadership, a caring, down-to-earth pastor, great music and worship, and a wonderful congregation that supports our church with their time and finances. In fact, things are so great here that it’s easy for us to get comfortable and enjoy the blessings we have and forget that one of our purposes for gathering together as a church is to bless others.

The church is God’s plan to bless the world. God has gathered us (including you!) to be a part of God’s Kingdom that Jesus proclaimed is here now (Mark 1:13-14). Like our forefather Abraham, God has blessed us to be a blessing to the world (Genesis 12:3).

I invite you to join us in worship on Sundays from October 19th – November 9th as we explore God’s instructions and stories from scripture about being a blessing to others. We will also take the opportunity to explore the many ways that our church is currently blessing our community (I can almost guarantee one or two might be new to you!)

I am looking forward to spending these weeks together, wrapping up on November 9th when we promise our financial gifts to God for the new year and celebrate the many ways God is blessing the world through us.

 

 

PEACE Listening Meeting

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Update 9/29/14: We had a great meeting yesterday with 10 people joining our Justice Ministry Network. We are off to a great start and will be sharing with you how you can be involved to make a big difference in our community.

 

You are invited to join us next Sunday, September 28th, for our PEACE kickoff meeting. This meeting will introduce you to how the People Engaged in Active Community Efforts organization operates, what issues we will be working with this year, and how you can be a vital part of  practical change in Palm Beach County. We hope to see you there!

Evening of Worship and Prayer

The_Art_and_Practice_WIDEYou are invited to join us as we begin a new tradition at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Each month on the third Wednesday we will gather together to worship and pray. We will sing hymns and simple songs, engage a series of teachings on “The Art and Practice of Prayer,” and lift up one another and our world in prayer. Let’s take the opportunity to turn our hearts toward God and practice together living in His presence.

If you play and instrument or would like to assist in leading worship, see Pastor Jason.

CROS Ministries End Hunger Walk

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This year, we will once again be participating in Christian Reaching Out to Society’s End Hunger Walk. The End Hunger Walk is a 5K (3.1 miles) along Flagler Drive. We walk rain or shine. Walkers are encouraged to make banners, posters, and/or tee-shirts to identify themselves. Each walker is encouraged to collect a minimum of $100 in monetary pledges for their participation as well as a can of tuna or jar of peanut butter. All funds raised at the Walk go to support CROS Ministries’ programs. For more information or to sign up, please contact Janet Lisle.

Since 1978, CROS Ministries has provided food and basic needs assistance to people living in food insecure and low-income households in South Florida. Utilizing the talents of more than 3,000 volunteers, our programs help families and individuals from falling into the downward spiral of poverty, food insecurity, and in many cases homelessness. They include: seven community food pantries; The Caring Kitchen, a hot meal and social services program, summer camps, an after-school snack program, a weekend food backpack program, and a gleaning and food recovery program. All services are provided without regard to race, religion, national origin, marital status, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or age.

Children & Family Picnic

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Mark your calendars for Sunday October 5th. After an intergenerational worship service, we will be meeting at the South Olive splash park for a picnic with our families with children. Food and drink will be provided, just bring yourselves and a towel! We look forward to seeing you there.

Another World Is Possible: Mission Night

Another World is Possible:

20 Years – Responding to Changing Needs with Nicaragua’s Poor

Friday, September 19th at 6:15 PM

Potluck, Presentation, Crafts

Sarah Junkin Woodward comes to us from the Center for Development in Central America (CDCA), the Nicaraguan project of the non-profit, faith-based organization, the Jubilee House Community (JHC). Before moving to Nicaragua in 1994, the JHC operated shelters for the homeless and battered women in Statesville, NC. Working in Nicaragua for the past two decades, the CDCA continues to adapt, seeking to respond to human needs created by poverty in the second poorest nation in the western hemisphere. The CDCA focuses on justice now, working towards freedom from poverty, helping communities become self-sufficient, sustainable, democratic entities, specifically in the areas of sustainable economic development, organic agriculture, appropriate technology, education, and healthcare.

Sarah says, “The CDCA has been called to work with, and speak on behalf of, the poor in our area of Nicaragua, and to share their lives and stories with folks in the U.S., to bridge the gap between us and our neighbors.” Tax-deductible donations and proceeds from craft sales got to the operating expenses of the project.

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