From The Pastor’s Pen

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From the Pastorʼs Pen – March 2016

by FirstUCC

Christ the Lord is Risen Can you picture the glory of Easter morning? Spring flowers adorn the front of the sanctuary, the choir is full voice leading us in singing “Christ the Lord is Risen today”, a trumpet sound may even add to the stirring sounds of the triumph of faith and life over the […]

From the Pastorʼs Pen – February 2016

by FirstUCC

Our spiritual journey of Lent begins on February 10, 2016 with the Service of Ash Wednesday. This service will be observed with our congregation, alone. The following 5 Wednesday services will be shared with others at various churches in our community. (A schedule is listed.) On Ash Wednesday evening we will offer the opportunity to […]

From the Pastor’s Pen – December 2015

by FirstUCC

As I begin this message, I wish to thank the congregation for your participation in this community of faith known as First United Church of Christ, where we are determined to keep Christ’s hope alive!  It seems that everywhere we look a time of great unrest, death and killing, power struggles and violations of peace […]

From The Pastor’s Pen – June 2015

by FirstUCC

Thanks and Appreciation in God’s World Try to imagine this: A family is sitting at the dinner table and the children thank mother and father for their dedication in serving of the needs of the family. Thank you mom, for the really great meals, the clean home and clothes that we value so highly. Mom and Dad, thank […]

From the Pastor’s Pen – May 2015

by FirstUCC

Confirmation Tops the List On Sunday May 24, 2015 we will celebrate the Festival of Pentecost. This tradition of the Church remembers the gift of the Holy Spirit and its founding or “birthday”. Our traditional text for that day is Acts 2: 1-21. With the gift of the Holy Spirit, the foundations are shaken and […]

From the Pastor’s Pen – April 2015

by FirstUCC

William Penn’s father once said to the King of England, no cross, no crown. Now, the king did not like that very well, but the old Quaker did know what he was talking about. Our Lord’s passion (his suffering and death) is remembered especially during this time of Lent. It is a time of special […]

From the Pastorʼs Pen – March 2015

by FirstUCC

Celebrating God’s Victory The beginning of Lent becomes a time for us to look inward, so that we may see outward! Nowhere in the Bible do we read that “life will be a bowl of cherries”, and as I recall, Jesus said to his disciples, “ pick up your cross and follow me”. Is it […]

From the Pastorʼs Pen – February 2015

by FirstUCC

Lent begins a few weeks! Easter is on Sunday April 5, this year, with Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent on Wednesday February 18, 2015. That beginning day of Lent will be with us before we know it! Lent is a time of spiritual preparation for us to journey to the Cross with our […]

From the Pastor’s Pen – January 2015

by FirstUCC

New Beginnings Think of the many expressions there are that describe the opportunity and the ability to start over. Wipe the slate clean is one. Reset is another. How about reboot? Sorry can I make a fresh start? Sorry, my mind wasn’t in gear when my mouth engaged; may I start over?  You get the picture. […]

From the Pastor’s Pen – December 2014

by FirstUCC

The gifts of God for the people of God As we prepare to enter the holy season of Advent and Christmas, I think of that phrase within the Communion service that describes the bread and wine at the communion table as the gifts of God and us as the people of God. We belong to […]