Live Streaming of 10:30 am Worship, and Online Opportunities...
SUNDAY, MARCH 22
We continue to worship and meet virtually this week, and we are discovering new ways to connect our community.  Join us!

Becoming Prayer
John 17:20-26

10:30 am  Worship on Facebook
Download a printable version of the bulletin here.
SUNDAY DETAILS
How to Join Sunday's Worship Service
To watch the live service, simply go to the FCC Facebook page here - you should be able to view Worship as soon as it goes live.

You can also watch the recorded service on our website, starting Sunday afternoon - click here.
Special Offering for COVID-19 Relief
For the next 4 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. In either case you will be prompted to 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!
Poetry Share and Conversation
Fridays at Noon

Join poets Rev. Pedro Silva and Diana Shellenberger for a virtual poetry reading and discussion on Fridays starting March 20 a t noon. The first topic is The Power of a Common Dream, inspired by Adrienne Rich’s book The Dream of a Common Language. We will use her poem, “Phantasia for Elvira Shatayev,” as a starting point. Participants are welcome to join the discussion and read a poem of their choice.
Virtual FOG
Saturday, March 21, from 6-8 pm

We can keep our physical distance, and still gather for Fellowship of the Grape (FOG) through a virtual connection. We can each sit down at our dining room table, or wherever, with our computers, and raise a glass together. We could just check in with each other, or actually discuss wine, or whatever you like. (You'd be on your own for food!). 
Virtual Hymn Sing with Kajsa
Monday, March 23, and Wednesday, March 25 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. You do not need to be a member of Facebook to join this choir and make a joyful noise from home!
Looking for God:
Small Groups on Prayer and Discernment
Tuesdays, 5:30 to 7 pm or Thursdays, 10 to 11:30 am

Wondering how to discern God’s calling in your life? Prayer is one path. This week’s practice is “Praying In Color,” a visual and kinesthetic practice. It’s less about words and more about color and shapes, prayer as meditative play and improvisation, and creating a visual reminder, a design or drawing of the time spent in prayer. Contact Amy Ostwald to join the group and get the Zoom link. Series facilitated by Amy Ostwald, Heidi Lindeman, Nancy Wade and Chris Braudaway-Bauman.
The Morning Link
Tuesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 26 - 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 computer 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. Here’s are links for Tuesday’s Zoom and for Thursday’s Zoom.
Evening Prayer Service
Wednesday March 25, at 7 pm

Often called “Vespers,” which means evening or “Compline,” for completion, this brief service is for those longing for peace at the end
of the day. A distinctive feature of traditional Vespers is a thanksgiving for light. As the day closes and darkness gathers, we will give thanks for
the light of Christ, a light that even death could not extinguish. Join us
for prayer on the church’s Facebook page.
New to Zoom?
You can just click on the link and Zoom will guide you, but if want more information there is also this One Minute video with reassuring guidance about how to join a meeting.

Need help connecting online? Contact Pedro and he will connect you to some tech support.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
Parents of Elementary and Pre/K children
Please join Deborah this week for these half hour drop in chats...

Morning Zoom Coffee Chats at 8am

TGIF Zoom Chat on Friday 3/20 at 9pm.

These half hour drop in chats will give us a chance to explore where we are, what we need and how we can support one another during this time.
Links to Zoom calls will be sent via email to families before calls.
Pre/K Parents
Please join Deborah this week for these half hour drop in chats...

Zoom Coffee chats - Monday 3/23 from 8-8:30am.
And Wednesday 3/25 from 8-8:30am.

Elementary Parents’ Zoom Coffee Chats - Tuesday 3/24 from 8-8:30am.
And Thursday 3/26 from 8-8:30am.

Parent TGIF Zoom from 9-9:30pm on Friday 3/20.
Youth
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 22 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. 
NEWS
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.
Part of Being Church in Uncertain Times
is Taking Care of One Another
Do you need groceries, or a prescription picked up for you? Would you like to learn how to sign up for online grocery or meal delivery? Would you appreciate someone emailing or phoning you to check in on a regular basis? Or do you have free time right now and want to help
fellow congregants? Email Jessica Austin with any requests or offers
of assistance. We are here for each other.
We are Here for You
Whether you need a listening ear, some encouraging conversation, or a prayer, Chris, Pedro, Deborah, Matthew, and Kajsa are available to you in this time of physical distancing. We won’t be able to visit you in person, but we want to do our best to stay connected and be present to you.
If you'd like to connect with a pastor, we have set up a direct phone line - 303.720.6694, or you can email any of us.
Ways to Reduce Coronavirus Anxiety
As we seek to care for your emotional and spiritual needs in this time
of uncertainty, we found this article help and wondered if you would too.

Church Office Hours Will Vary
Office hours at the church are variable as our staff is following safety guidelines, often working from home. If you need to get into the church building, please email Garry Garcia, Office and Facilities Manager at garry@firstcong.net or call 303.442.1787, ext. 0 to make arrangements.
MISSION PARTNERS UPDATE
Donations Made to Support COVID 19 Relief
In the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic, First Congregational Church,
has donated funds from the church’s Benevolence grants in the amount of $1020 each to the following organizations:

• Boulder Food Rescue
• Meals on Wheels
• Community Food Share
• Emergency Family Assistance Association

Thanks for all you do.
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