2020 Annual Meeting, Stations of the Cross,Lent in Plain Sight, and More...
Prayer Meeting
Hebrew 10:24-25

8:30 am  Worship in the Chapel
9:30 am  Children’s Choir
9:30 am  Station of the Cross
9:45 am  Chancel Choir Rehearsa l
10:30 am  Worship in the Sanctuary
11:45 am  Youth Choir
11:45 am  Annual Meeting

2020 Annual Meeting
Sunday March 1, 2020 after 10:30 Worship

The congregation will gather in Plymouth Hall, fill our plates with lunch, and find a good seat. Along with the business meeting--passing the 2020 budget and electing officers and board members--we will also be hearing updates about changes to our Financial Policy, a new photo directory, Mindful Works Ministry, and reflections on the coming year from Rev Chris Braudaway-Bauman. Everyone is welcome. Voting members are strongly encouraged to attend. Childcare and lunch will be provided. 
Stations of the Cross: A Road to Remember
Sunday, March 1st and 8th at 9:30 am - Standish Room

Contemplating the Stations of the Cross is not a tradition that many
in the Protestant church have experienced. The Art Lectionary class will introduce the origins and development of the Stations of the Cross and prayerfully consider various artwork of the stations.
February Fellowship of the Grape (FOG)
Tonight! Friday, February 28 from 6 to 8 pm - 287 Pearl, Boulder

Louisa Young invites you to bring cold climate wines (like South Island of New Zealand) Please bring an appetizer and wine if coming as a couple, or a snack or wine if coming solo. Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Everyone over 21 is welcome. Contact Louisa (303-444-6428) with questions. Parking is limited in the cul de sac, please park on Pearl.
Lent in Plain Sight
Books available for $10 in the Link

“Through the mundane we can hear God’s quiet voice.” Jill Duffield says. In this Lenten devotion, she reflects on ten ordinary objects Jesus would have encountered on his way to Jerusalem: dust, bread, the cross, coins, shoes, oil, coats, towels, thorns, and stones, and connects them to Scripture and prayer.
Lenten Family Devotionals
Lenten Family Devotionals are available in the back of the church for both children and youth. Please check on the “Children’s Table” in the Narthex and pick up a copy. These devotionals have also been sent via email and as an attachment in the Children & Youth Newsletters. If you are not on any of these emails and would like to add your family, please send a request to Deborah for children or Matthew for Youth.
First Sunday Food Donations
Your donations support the important work of EFFA (Emergency Family Assistance Agency) and BCAP (Boulder County AIDS Project). EFAA needs cereals, dried & canned beans, brown & white rice, canned tomato products, dish & laundry detergent. BCAP needs canned meats and soups, canned fruits, canned beans, bath soap & shampoo. NO glass containers, please. Collection on the Link every first Sunday!

Please contact  Don Reed with any questions -720-226-8337
Via Dolorosa
Art in the Sanctuary
Via Dolorosa, an art exhibit by Trine Bumiller, a Denver artist, will surround us while we worship in the until Maunday Thursday. Using natural elements to describe Christ’s last day, she alludes to the expressive and emotional elements of the theme and the period of Lent.
Community Table
Wednesday, March 4 from 4:30 - 6:30 Bridge House

Gather around the Community Table and help serve a meal to Bridge House Path-to-Home residents and others who need a helping hand.
The meal is served at 2691 30th Street from 4:30 - 6:30 or anytime in between that works for you. Kids are welcome too! Sign up using the Useful Links at the bottom of this email.
Men & Friends Retreat 2020
March 6-8 - YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park

All are invited to this year's Men and Friends Retreat. Each year,
we gather for fun, fellowship, food, and reflection. This year's topic is Managing Crossroads. Each topic is designed to help us challenge one another to use the space we’ve created to contemplate, be in wonder, and use our blessings to bless others. To learn more, click here.
Newcomers Coffee
Sunday, March 8, following 10:30 Worship - Standish Room

Are you new to the First Congregational Church community, looking
to find out more and get better connected? Join us on March 8 after 10:30 am worship to get to know some of ministers and leaders at FCC, ask any questions you may have, and learn more about the many ways you can get involved. 
Looking for God:
Small Groups on Prayer and Discernment
Tuesdays, 5:30 to 7 pm beginning March 10
or Thursdays, 10 to 11:30 am beginning March 12

Wondering how to discern God’s calling in your life? Prayer is one path. Learn about and experience four different prayer practices for discerning God’s presence and the leading of the Spirit: Journaling, Examen, Praying with Color, and Lectio/Visio Divina. Choose one practice to attend or all four. Click here to learn more, or here to sign-up.
Welcoming New Members
Sunday, March 15 during 10:30 Worship

We invite you to jump in, roll up your sleeves, and enter deeply into
the life and ministry of our congregation. We’re receiving new members
at 10:30 am worship. If you would like to join us, please contact
Mental Health Ministry Presents
Voices of Adoption Forum
Sunday, March 15 at 9:30 am - Standish Room

Some of our stories were formed before we had the words to tell them. During this forum we will have a conversation with Annie Brook, Ph.D, LPC, RSME about her work with adopted children and their families. Annie will share how to help adoptees process preverbal experiences that can shape adult or child behavior and identity beliefs. This can bring relief to the heart and mind.
How are the Children?
Palestinian Children in Israeli Military Detention
Sunday, March 15 and 22 at 12 pm - Standish Room and Grace Gallery

Join church members Barbara Hanst and Jane Thomas to see and discus the film, “How Are The Children?” which reveals the ill treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli detention centers. In 2017, delegates to the United Church of Christ General Synod passed a Resolution of Witness calling for an end to this practice with video testimony from UCC national executive leaders. A light lunch will be available and each session will last approximately 45 minutes.
Roots/Shorashim/Judur: An Interfaith Initiative
of Israli Settlers and Palestinians.
Monday, March 16 at 7 pm

Join the members of several Boulder congregations for an interfaith conversation to learn about an inspiring initiative involving Israeli Settlers and Palestinians where two communities that don't typically interact are creating a new reality. See www.sipprojects.org/roots.pdf or contact
Peter Ornstein for more details.
Held at Congregation Har Hashem, 3950 Baseline Rd, Boulder.
Dinner Church
Saturday, March 21 at 5 pm – Plymouth Hall

Worship for all ages includes dinner, communion, table talk, a short sermon, and singing! Join us for a great meal of meat and vegetarian lasagnas (a gluten free option too).  Sign up here to help set up or to be part of the clean-up team with the porter. In Plymouth Hall

The Olive Grove
Women’s Spirituality Group
Tuesday, March 24 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm - Heritage Room

The Olive Grove by Deborah Rohan, historical fiction, traces three generations of a Palestinian family, from the 1900s to 2000. Based on an actual family, the story gives us a window into the Israel/Palestine conflict which persists today. The book, sold in the Link between Sundays services for $15, A Talk with the Author will be held April 16, at 5:30 pm. 
Chancel Choir to Perform the Mozart Requiem
Saturday, March 28 at 7 pm - Sanctuary

Saturday, March 28, the FCC Chancel Choir will perform the Mozart Requiem in our beautiful sanctuary. The concert begins at 7 pm and will be a great opportunity for you to prepare for Holy Week. Orchestra and soloists supported by the Music Endowment Fund.
The event is free and open to the public.
Larry Rasmussen, Th.D.
20th Anniversary of the MacKenzie Lectureship
Lecture: Friday, April 24
Climate Change and Church Renewal

Workshop: Saturday, April 25

Worship: Sunday, April 26
Outerwear Donations Needed
Please consider donating your gently used gloves, mittens, hats, and scarves, and new socks to have on hand at FCC for adult visitors who need them. Large sizes especially needed. Thank you for your generosity. 
Choir Concert - Central College of Iowa
Tuesday, May 19

The Central College Choir, (50 voices) will give a concert at 5 pm and then spend the night. FCC is providing dinner before the concert. We
are looking for families who can provide overnight accommodations, breakfast on Wednesday, and rides back to the church. Most likely, the students will prefer to be housed in pairs. To sign up as a host family, contact David Skaggs To help out with the coordinating/preparing the pre-concert dinner, contact Joanne O’Keefe Thank you in advance!
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