Second Sunday After Christmas, Epiphany Dinner Church, Art Lectionary
Called Together to Follow the Light
Matthew 2:1-2

8:30 am  Worship in the Chapel
9:30 am  Children’s Choir
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  Taking Down the Greens

The Magi - Henry Siddons Mowbray 
Called Together
Starting January 4, 2020

The wait is simply suspenseful isn’t it? What fun adventure will the Stewardship Team have for us this year? You have only a few days to wait, but here is a sneak preview - a Party! If you love a party, you can see the invitation and RSVP now! Also, look for a mailing from the church early next week (yes, USPS) which contains everything you need to know about Stewardship season as well as a print version of the party invitation. View the Invitation here.
Epiphany Dinner Church
Saturday, January 4, at 5:00 pm

We celebrate the visit of the Magi and the baptism of Jesus with a
special evening service that includes hearty carol singing and a silent walk through the church in the dark, blessing every corner with candlelight. On this evening we will also dedicate Liv and Signe Teitelbaum, daughters of Kajsa and BenTeitelbaum followed by
a service of baptism renewal in the chancel of the sanctuary. The
service ends with supper in Plymouth Hall followed by Kings' cupcakes.
“Don’t Be Dream Deprived” . . . Joel
Sunday, January 5, at 9:30 am - Standish Room

The Art Lectionary Class completes its three-part series exploring dreams described in Matthew’s text with sculptural art from the 12th Century Romanesque Cathedral at Autun. We will also delve into Gustav Dore’s imaginative conception of the dream of Pilate’s wife described near the end of Matthew’s gospel account. 
Taking Down the Greens
Sunday, January 5 at 11:45 am

Following 10:30 am worship, you are invited to join members of the Board of Spiritual Life to take down the Christmas greens and put our decorations away until next Advent.
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 in the Link every first Sunday!

Please contact  Don Reed with any questions -720-226-8337
The Four Sacred Gifts
Tuesdays, Noon to 1:30 pm in Women’s Spirituality Group
starting January 7 - Thursdays, 6 to 7 pm, January 9, 16, 23, and 30

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.
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.
Dr. Eric Smith Presents Paul the Progressive?
January 12 and 19, at 9:30 am - Standish Room

Join Iliff Seminary professor Rev. Dr. 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 of him. 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. Books available starting January 5 in the Link.
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.
Making a Place For All
Wednesday, January 29 from 6:15 - 8 pm at UUCB

An action hosted by faith communities creating housing justice.
Together Colorado - Boulder County Interfaith Leaders Caucus
5001 Pennsylvania Ave. Boulder
Women & Friends Retreat: The Stories We Live
January 31 – February 2, 2020

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.  
Change in Dates for Feast, Pray, Love
Saturday, November 14, 2020

Beginning this year Feast, Pray, Love will move from February to November 14th. We believe that this will help the fundraiser grow and allow for a better planning period leading up to the event. As a one-time hold over the youth and families will host a FPL Light 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
In celebration of this milestone, First Cong will host two lectures in 2020.

Anita Sanchez, Ph.D., will speak on Friday, February 21st, and will lead
a workshop on Saturday, February 22nd, centered around her book:
The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times. 

Larry Rasmussen, Th.D., will speak on Friday, April 24th, will lead a workshop on Saturday, April 25th, and will preach in worship on Sunday, April 26th. His topic will be Climate Change and Church Renewal. 
Christmas Offerings: A Wellspring of Generosity
Through your generosity, organizations - local, national, and around the world - will more equipped to serve those who come to them for support. For the 25th Anniversary of our relationship with Alternative Gift Market, you gave nearly $9600. Through our Christmas Eve offering, you gave just over $6,250 to support Meals on Wheels of Boulder and the United Church of Christ’s Christmas and Strengthen the Church Funds.

Thank you for all your gifts!
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