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, 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.

What is Happening to Churches?

wgltbYou are invited to preview the film “When God Left the Building” with Pastor Jason on Thursday evening, November 20th, at 7:00 PM, with discussion following.

A pervasive part of the American fabric is fraying and decaying before our eyes. THE CHURCH IS WITHERING.

Though the vast majority (77%) of Americans identify themselves as Christians, they have largely stopped attending church. LESS THAN 20% OF THE POPULATION now makes it to church in a typical week. Some 4000 churches are closing every year. It’s a major and unprecedented social upheaval.

The film follows a church that has seen its attendance plunge from 900 to 40. In addition to external cultural factors that affect all churches, this church is disintegrating from the inside from a variety of human storms. A pastor who doesn’t know who or what God is. Fights over petty things. A faction of angry ex-members that devises a plan to take over the church.

Throughout the story, cameras also visit other dying churches—as well as innovative new forms of church that are thriving. These range from a ministry in a Pennsylvania pub to an outreach in Los Angeles that brings joy to skid-row moms.

By the end of the film, viewers will EXPERIENCE HOPE and a refreshing glimpse into how faith may be pursued in the future.

 

 

 

Musicians Wanted

guitar_4610cnpAs our Sunday morning worshiping congregation continues to grow in diversity, the desire has been expressed that we explore a wider variety of music and worship styles when we gather. To do that, we need your help! Do you play an instrument? Did you play an instrument and are you willing to pick it up again? We want to worship in ways that connect with people of many cultures and generations. Would you be willing to accompany congregational singing on a guitar? How about a flute solo at the offertory? How are you willing to participate in our worship service? Let Pastor Jason know.

New Talents, New Gifts

11-2-14 FlowersLynne Serratore has recently retired from her career at Florida Power and Light, but she hasn’t slowed down! With her new found free time, she has been creatively engaged. She continues her participation in the local women’s chorus Women of Note, where she sings with friend Lois Atchley. She has also embarked on a new endeavor, flower arranging. Many of the beautiful arrangements that have graced our altar in the past weeks have been Lynne’s work, including the autumnal piece from this past Sunday. Thank you Lynne for sharing your gifts with us. We are blessed to have you in our midst!

Pancake Breakfast

pancakes_8844cJoin us Sunday after worship for a pancake breakfast prepared by our Men’s Fellowship. It’s also a great opportunity to invite a friend to meet all of the fine folks at First Congregational United Church of Christ!

CROS Walk 2014

IMAG0336Congratulations to our walkers involved in the 20th Annual End Hunger walk to support CROS Ministries. A record-breaking $35,000 was raised to help end hunger in Palm Beach County. You can read the Palm Beach Post article here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.