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

Faith Promises 2016 living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house… 1 Peter 2:5

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

As we enter a new year of ministry together (our 104th!), it is difficult to ignore the signs around us. Polls tell us that fewer and fewer people are attending church services or claiming to belong to a faith tradition. Most of us can name at least one church that we know of that has closed in the past couple of years. “Yikes!” we may cry out, “what is to become of us?”

On one hand, we do not know. Church, at least as most of us have come to know it, has changed significantly. The days of the large neighborhood church, flush with enough money and staff to provide programming to be consumed are largely over. What will emerge to take their place is not fully known.

On the other hand, we know exactly what will become of us! God’s words to God’s people echoes through the millennia. “For surely I know the plans I have for give you a future with hope.” While we do not know the form that the institution will take, God will not abandon those who are engaged in God’s work.

Trusting God’s future for us, we continue to follow the instructions God has given us. We are a people “called to practice faith, justice, and mercy in community.” And that is what we are about at First Congregational United Church of Christ.

Each of you are an important part of this practicing community. The letter-writer of 1 Peter reminds our forefathers and mothers, and us, that instead of an organization we support, the church is us, living stones that are built into a living spiritual house with Christ as the cornerstone. As we each consider our financial participation in the life of our church in 2016, we are invited to imagine ourselves the same.

You will find a summary of our 2016 Spending Plan here. When you return a faith promise card over the next two weeks,  you enable our leadership to better administer our life together and steward our resources. Thank you.



Advent Day of Silent Meditation


The Monday morning meditation group will hold it’s next Day of Silent Meditation on Monday, December 7th, 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.

Thanksgiving Service


This Thanksgiving, November 26, 2015, the Lake Worth Interfaith Network will hold a service of gratitude right here at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Take a break from your cooking and join together as participants in the many faith traditions of Lake Worth come together sharing readings, prayer, and songs from their faith traditions.

Thank You!

Thank you to all of our walkers who participated in the CROS End Hunger Walk on Sunday, October 4th, 2015.  You raised $1056 and counting to feed the hungry of Palm Beach County. And, of course, thank you to all of you who supported them with your donations!

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