Ways to Stay Connected All Week Long
Join us from the comfort of your couch as
we worship together at 10:30 am through a Facebook Watch Party and YouTube Premier.

During the service we will be able to greet one another through the comments sections of these channels. Before and after our worship service broadcasts, there will be a time of fellowship through Zoom. Instructions and links are below.

Download a printable version of the bulletin here.
Worship in the Digital Domain
Facebook Watch Party 10:30AM Service -
Simply go to our Facebook page and the video will populate.
If you Like our page, you will get an alert about the Watch Party.
Youtube Premier 10:30AM Service –
Simply go to our Youtube page and the video will populate.
If you Subscribe to our page, you will get alert about the Premier.
A recording of the service will be available on our website at
https://firstcong.net/worship/sermons following the service.
Virtual Coffee Hours
Pre-service Fellowship Hour Zoom Link –
Go to https://zoom.us/j/217214336 and connect to our online gathering.

Post-service Fellowship Hour Zoom Link -
Go to https://zoom.us/j/349641499 and connect to our online gathering.
Conversation on COVID-19 with our
Church’s Health Care Professionals
Sunday, March 29, 5 pm on Zoom

Join Dr. Amy Duckro, Infectious Diseases Specialist at Kaiser Permanente, Kelly McDevitt, Nursing Director with UC Health, Sarah Hess, Family Health and Emergency Nurse, and Dr. Jean Abbott, Emergency Medicine Physician who teaches medical ethics, for a conversation on the latest news as we seek to offer our support for health care workers and for those who are suffering. Join on Zoom. This meeting will be recorded to post on the church’s website afterwards.
Special Offering for COVID-19 Relief
For the next 3 weeks, we will receive a special offering to serve those in our wider community most vulnerable to the financial, social, and mental health effects of the Coronavirus. At that time, our Board of Missions & Christian Social Action will assess community needs and direct these funds to where they can do the most good.  Click here to contribute online, or contribute by Text-to-Give by texting to 73256 with the message joy2givefcc.Click on a link to complete your donation information. From there, select Benevolence-Missions from the dropdown and put COVID RELIEF in Memo. You may also write a check to the church with COVID RELIEF in Memo.
ONLINE EVENTS   Join us to meet, to sing, and to pray!
Friday Noontime Poetry Today!
Fridays at Noon

Join Pedro Silva and Diana Shellenberger at noon on Fridays on Zoom when we will read and listen to poetry that inspires is in these uncertain times. This week's theme will be "Reminiscing. Feel free to bring or write a poem that you would like to share. Or you can just come in to listen and discuss. For more information visit the churchcs Facebook page.

Concert Tonight with Er-Hsuan Li!
Piano Performance of Beethoven, Ravel & More
Friday, March 27, 7 – 7:30 pm

Join Er-Hsuan Li, our Children’s Choirs accompanist and Doctoral Piano student at CU for another half hour piano performance feature the music of Mendelssohn, Ravel, and Beethoven.

Watch and listen on the church’s Youtube page.
Virtual Hymn Sing with Kajsa
Monday, March 30, and Wednesday, April 1 at 9 am

How Can I Keep from Singing? Join us on the church Facebook page
for a live hymn sing on Monday and Wednesday. Three hymns each day.  Click here for Monday’s hymns and here for Wednesday’s hymns. 
Looking for God:
Small Groups on Prayer and Discernment
Tuesdays, March 31, 5:30 to 7 pm or April 2 10 to 11:30 am

Wondering how to discern God’s calling in your life? Prayer is one path. This week’s practice is Lectio Divina. Translated from the Latin as “sacred reading,” lectio divina is the slow prayerful reading of Scripture. As we linger over the text, we are not seeking to study Scripture, but to listen for God’s guidance through it, listening “with the ear of the heart.” Contact Amy Ostwald to join the group and get the Zoom link.
The Morning Link
Tuesday, March 31 and Thursday, April 2 - 9 to 9:30 am

The Link, the connecting corridor in our church building, is a favorite place for greeting and gathering. In this season, we’re moving the Link online. Hop onto your compute or tablet to check in and see each other face to face on Zoom. Stop in for a few moments or stay for the whole half hour. We’ll end with prayer at 9:30 am. Click here to join.
Wednesday Evening Vespers
Wednesday April 1 at 7 pm

Join us for a brief service of Evening Prayer, April 1, at 7 pm.  
We give thanks for the day that has been, and for the light of Christ that has guided us. Join us for prayer on the church’s Facebook page.
Parents of Elementary and Pre/K Children
Join us TONIGHT for our TGIF gathering at 9pm on Zoom...

TGIF Zoom Chat on Friday 3/27 at 9pm.

Tuesdays and Thursdays - Zoom

Matthew will host Youth Zoom calls on Tuesdays and Thursday for the youth to check in with each other, play some virtual games and find peace and solidarity in the midst of quarantining. The calls will be split between middle and high school. Middle school calls will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon-1:30 pm. High school calls will be 1:30-3:00 pm. Links will be sent out to families before the calls. Zoom call for Parents of Teens on Sunday, March 29 at noon. Link is in Youth Email.
Young Adult
Weekly - Zoom

Matthew will host at least a once weekly Zoom call with the young adults. We will go through the Sanctified Art devotional booklet for Lent together and find ways to share with one another, meditate and pray during this time of isolation. 
Zoom Assistance
If you need some help connecting on Zoom, you can meet with Matthew Benz-Whittington on Friday, March 27 at 2 pm by clicking on this link or with Pedro Silva on Saturday, March 28 at 10 am at this link. They will guide you through the process of connecting your computer or table webcam to Zoom, and if you like, learning how to use the Chat box, and manage your microphone. Email Pedro or Matthew if you would like to participate.
Let's Get Together to Prepare (Virtually)
For A Very Special Palm Parade
We invite you to send us a photo of you and your family waving your indigenous “palm” branches. These can be anything found in your yard or nearby park. Pine/spruce boughs, tulips, iris, the tall uncut decorative grasses from last fall, your construction paper or colored palms—be creative! Send your pictures to christopher@firstcong.net and we will create our online parade for Palm Sunday (next Sunday, April 5).
Please send your photos by Friday April 3.
Making Masks for Colorado Healthcare Workers
Colorado hospitals need your help. They’re running out of masks and gowns to protect our health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our mission partner, Mindful Works has signed up to make and provide masks via the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) website and are seeking volunteers to help make masks. We are seeking loaner sewing machines as well. If you are interested in participating in this effort, please contact Lind Roan-Yaeger at lroan@ecrossculture.com.
We are currently working on a plan to coordinate pick and delivery of completed masks.
Need A Hand/Lend A Hand
Can we grocery shop or pick up a prescription for you? Can we call you to check in? We need each other now more than ever. Let Jessica Austin know if there is something your First Congregational family can do to support you or if you would like to sign up to help out.
Death of Our Beloved Roger Easton
It is with a heavy heart that we share with you the news that our dear friend, Roger Easton died Monday March 16th. Suzie Helburn, the partner of Roger has said that services for Roger will be postponed
until the summer. Roger’s death was not connected to the virus.
Please keep Suzie and the Easton family in your prayers. Roger’s obituary can be read here.
The Church Office is Closed
but the Staff is Here for You
In keeping with Boulder’s Stay at Home order, the church staff is now working completely from home and the church office is closed. Please contact any of us by email (first name: Chris, Pedro, Kajsa, Deborah, Matthew, Christopher, Garry-- name@firstcong.net:) or by phone. We are able to pick up our voicemail messages from the church’s phone system. Garry Garcia, our Office and Facilities Manager can be reached at garry@firstcong.net or at 303-442-1787 ext. 0. All church postal mail is being forwarded to Chris’ home address. Chris and Pedro have set up a direct pastoral care phone line which you can call at 303-720-8235. We are available to you, so please feel free to reach out to us.
Just A Closer Walk: A Visual Pilgrimage
Through Our Chapel and Sanctuary
In this time when we are physically separated from one another and worshipping from our homes, we are powerfully reminded that the church is not a building. The church is the people! Still, we thought you’d like to see the places where we usually gather for worship so that you can have them in your mind’s eye as Chris, Pedro and Kajsa lead worship from our homes. We’ll meet you online to praise God together at 10:30 am.
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