From The Pastor’s Pen

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From the Pastorʼs Pen – June 2016

by FirstUCC

And what is so rare as a day in June? Most of the month of June falls within the season of spring. I think as a young person I considered June to be summer all the way through. School ended, usually in the second week of June and a wonderful transition came about in my […]

From the Pastorʼs Pen – May 2016

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Confirmation Is Confirming Our Faith On Sunday May 15, 2016, at the 10:30 A.M. service of worship, four young people from our congregation will be taking their part in the Rite of Confirmation.  I have been helped this year by my assistant teacher, Jared, who was confirmed in the 2014 class of confirmation. He has […]

From the Pastorʼs Pen – April 2016

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Annual Miracles There is a miracle or should I say a whole series of miracles that accompanies the change from winter to spring. During those times of great cold without a blanket of snow it seems that nature itself has died! The daylight is short and the darkness long. Yet, with the passage of time, […]

From the Pastorʼs Pen – March 2016

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]