Called Together Stewardship Season, Board/Committee/Ministry Fair
Called Together into the Deep
Matthew 3:13-17

8:30 am  Worship in the Chapel
9:30 am  Children’s Choir
9:30 am  Art Lectionary
9:45 am  Chancel Choir Rehearsa l
10:30 am  Worship in the Sanctuary
10:45 am  Church School
11:45 am  Youth Choir
11:45 am  Church Board and Committee Fair

Called Together - 2020 Stewardship
Stewardship season is off to a great start with House Parties bringing us together, check your inbox for an invitation email - sign up to join a party! If you have not yet received a stewardship mailing in US mail, please
let us know. You can also view the materials online. And, if you are ready to pledge, you may do so online through the Church web page. We can only meet our 100% participation goal if YOU pledge! We are grateful to you for your commitment to the Church and for your serious and prayerful consideration of your 2020 pledge. Thank you! Lastly, you don’t want to miss Karen and Stewart Hoover’s testimony from last Sunday.
Dr. Eric Smith Presents Paul the Progressive?
January 12 and 19, at 9:30 am - Standish Room

Join Iliff Seminary professor Eric Smith for a new perspective on the apostle Paul. Based on his new book Paul the Progressive? The Compassionate Christian’s Guide to Reclaiming the Apostle as an Ally, Smith will show us how new scholarship about Paul can change our perceptions. The Paul who emerges is not the hateful, exclusionary Paul we have sometimes thought him to be, but instead is someone who appears to us as an ally for the work of justice and inclusion.
Board/Committee/Ministry Fair
January 12, at 11:45 am

Join us during coffee hour for our Church Council sponsored Board, Committee, Ministry fair. There will be representatives from almost all
of the Boards, Committees, and Ministries to inform you about the work they do on behalf of the church. These working groups represent our congregational approach to polity in the church, and we presently have over 200 people who volunteer their time and talents on these working committees. Come learn more about volunteer opportunities
and how you can serve our church community.
Mental Health & Wellness Spiritual Support Group
Monday, January 13 from 7 to 8:30 pm - Heritage Room

Are you or family members dealing with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or some other mental health challenge? Join us for
a safe and confidential meeting to explore the issues surrounding
these challenges.

For more information email  Anne Weiher.
The Four Sacred Gifts
Tuesdays, Noon to 1:30 pm in Women’s Spirituality Group
or Thursdays, 6 to 7 pm

Join members of the MacKenzie Lectureship Committee in reading and discussing  The Four Sacred Gifts  by Dr. Anita Sanchez, one of the MacKenzie lecturers for 2020. Drawing on her Mexican American and Aztec heritage, she brings indigenous wisdom into her consulting work. Her book is available at the Boulder Bookstore and on line. To sign up, contact Louisa Matthias for the Tuesday noon group and Carol Green for the Thursday evening group.
MLK Day Interfaith Youth Lock-In
and Day of Service
Sunday, January 19 - St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

This will be a night of fun and fellowship and allowing youth of different backgrounds and faiths to get to know one another. The following morning, the youth will go to various service opportunities in the Boulder area to serve in places where help is needed. 1st Cong and Community UCC will partner to provide lunch on Monday afternoon. If you would like to help with this, please contact Matthew.
Living Room Conversation Forum
Sunday, January 26 from 9:30-10-15am - Chapel

Living Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation with those with whom we may not agree. Join Pedro Silva and Mary Gaylord of Living Room Conversation for a brief introduction to this powerful conversational tool.
Making a Place For All
Faith Communities Creating Housing Justice
Wednesday, January 29 from 6:15 - 8 pm at UUCB

All people in Boulder County deserve to live a life of dignity; Affordable Housing is key. We will be focusing specifically on mobile homes as an important part of the housing panorama in the county, including the challenges faced by residents, and the critical role that our local and state government can play in protecting the dignity of all members of our community. Light Snacks, Child Care and Interpretation (for Spanish speakers) will be available. 5001 Pennsylvania Ave, Boulder, CO 80303
Women & Friends Retreat: The Stories We Live
January 31 – February 2, 2020
Deadline to Register January 15

What are the stories of your life that make you who you are? What might you learn about yourself and who you are becoming by sharing your stories with others? How might our relationships grow and our faith deepen as we tell them? What might we discover about God? Join us as we explore our stories in conversation, in writing, in art, and in worship at the Highlands Retreat Center in Allenspark. This year’s retreat begins with dinner on Friday evening. Find out more and register.  
Feast, Pray, Love, Lite
Sunday, February 9, 2020

Join us for FPL Lite on Sunday, 2/9/20 in Plymouth Hall following 10:30 am worship. Every mission trip attendant and their family will host a Pick-a-Party and there will be opportunities for all to sign up - plus food, music and a raffle drawing for great prizes. Contact Matthew for more info.
20th Anniversary of the MacKenzie Lectureship
Anita Sanchez, Ph.D.
Friday, February 21 at 7 pm
Lecture: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times - The Four Sacred Gifts... The Power To Forgive the Unforgivable, The Power of Unity,
The Power of Healing, The Power of Hope in Action.

Saturday, February 22 at 9 am
Workshop: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times -
Embracing the Four Sacred Gifts
20th Anniversary of the MacKenzie Lectureship
Larry Rasmussen, Th.D.
Climate Change and Church Renewal
Friday, April 24 - Lecture

Saturday, April 25 - Workshop

Sunday, April 26 - In Worship
Do You Use Realm For Your Pledge Payments?
If you have a recurring pledge payment set up in your FCC Realm account, be sure to edit the payment amount to your new pledge amount. You will also need to change the fund paid from “2019 Annual Budget”
to “2020 Annual Budget” so your current payments will be credited
to pay THIS year’s pledge!
Men & Friends Retreat 2020
March 6-8 - YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park

All are invited to this year's Mens Friends Retreat. Each year,
we gather for fun, fellowship, food, and reflection. We choose a particular topic to challenge one another to use the space we’ve created to contemplate, be in wonder, and use our blessings to bless others.
Get On The Train
If you’d like to cook a meal, send a note or card to encourage someone, or give someone a ride, sign up to receive the  Trains of First Cong email list. Information about the MEAL, CARE, AND RIDE  trains can
be found on our website  here.
Thank You to Mens Breakfast
Friday Mornings 7–8:30 am

Thank you to the members of the Men’s Breakfast who joined the Stewardship Team last Friday for a mailing party, stuffing all the
materials into envelopes to launch our Called Together Stewardship Season. Men’s Breakfast meets every Friday morning throughout the year from 7 to 8:30 am for fellowship, prayer, conversation and lots
of laughs. Drop in any Friday. No commitment required.

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