Straight to the Point

February 6, 2024

From the Bridge Pastor

Debrah Timblin

It has pleased Almighty God to receive to Godself the soul of our Sister-in-Christ, Debrah Timblin on February 5. Please keep Mike and all of Deb’s family in your prayers. The date for her memorial service at First Congregational Church is yet to be finalized. 

Gary Shaner

It has pleased Almighty God to receive to Godself the soul of our Brother-in Christ, Gary Shaner on January 31. Please keep Anne, Ellen, and Janet in your prayers. A memorial service is being planned for February 15 at 11:00 AM. More details will be forthcoming.

The Transfiguration of Our Lord.

The writer of Mark’s Gospel uses the transfiguration of Jesus to convey a truth about him—his full identity and role. This would have been reassuring for Mark’s community who were suffering and asking the question of “Who do you say I am?” It begins with Jesus’ prediction that “I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power”. The chapter then recounts the transfiguration of Jesus, a healing miracle, and Jesus' teaching about the return of Elijah, humility, and temptation.

Easter Egg Tree

It’s almost time for the Easter egg trees for Sleep in Heavenly Peace. Once again, we will have a tree at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Last year SHP had 21 trees in various churches throughout Siouxland. They are currently hoping to have around 30 trees this year! 

Ours will be put up on Sunday. Thank you in advance, for your wonderful generosity!

Souper Bowl Fun.

There will be two soup bowls for each team. Our Noisy Offering buckets will be temporarily transformed into voting receptacles. You will "vote" for the team you want to win with a monetary donation that will go to the SIouxland Soup Kitchen.

As I wind down my days as your Bridge Pastor

I continue to be blessed to serve you. My last Sunday will be February 25 and my last day in the office will be February 26. During February, I will have office hours only on Mondays. Please call the office to make sure I am here if you want to visit with me.

The Family of Deb Timblin

   The Family Gary Shaner 

William Cook 

Mary McInnis

Steve Lundberg

Tia Iddings

 If you have any prayer requests, please notify the office!

Do you have questions or concerns about how things are going at First Congregational UCC?

Included in my duties as your Bridge Pastor is listening to those questions and concerns and doing what I can to answer the questions and/or to facilitate a resolution to the concerns.

If you are not able to visit me during my regular office hours, please call my cell phone and we can arrange a time and location that works best for you. Thank you. (712) 490-6510.

If you are someone you know would benefit from a pastoral visit, please call the office, and let Michael or me know.

In Christ,

Pastor Del

MOB Ministry

This week the Moving-On box workers met to fill five boxes to support those who are having to make a new start in their lives. We really emptied the shelves in the MOB room and would appreciate any donations from the congregation for the following items:

Laundry soap

Window cleaner

Toilet bowl cleaner and brushes

Pot holders 

Dish towels

Paper towels


Storage containers

Thank you so much for all that you do to help us with this ministry!

The MOB team


        Shop for tools in Shaners basement.

        Hand tools, power tools--large and small

        Nuts, bolts, screws. Ladders

        Tools are free with a monetary donation to the church rummage sale

        Call Anne for an appointment. 712-252-2182

Free Used Recliner

      Brown rocker recliner in good condition.

Call Penny Fee at 712-212-5851 if interested

Pick up at 2901 Nebraska St.

Choir schedule

Choir is currently on hiatus,

Fellowship Hosts

   Please find an open day on the list posted in the narthex that will work for you and sign up.

Thank You, Volunteers!

A big "thank you" goes out to our volunteers who helped with services this week.

Worship Leaders - Anne Shaner

Ushers - Ellen Shaner

Live Stream - Pam Ridgway

Sound/Lighting - Pam Ridgway

 Screen - Jerrod Kiernan/Donna Popp

Managed by the Office
We are using Instant Church Directory. Printed versions of our directory are available in the narthex or by request. Please inform the office of any directory updates that you would like to include for yourself or your family. You can also pick up one of the directory update forms on the table outside the church office or find it on our website.

To access the directory online visit and you should be able to create a login using the email listed in the church directory. If you need any help accessing the directory or would like a copy emailed to you, contact the church office for assistance.
Join Us

We invite you to engage and strengthen your faith with these practices:

THE PRACTICE OF WORSHIP: Live Streamed on Facebook and Youtube, and recorded
We Live Stream our Sunday morning worship service via the church’s page on Facebook and Youtube at 10:30am on Sunday mornings. Every service is recorded and available to play at any time on those platforms. If you have trouble, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the church for help. 
THE PRACTICE OF LEARNING: Zoom learning sessions each week 9:30 a.m. each Sunday.
Engage your mind in learning through theological reflection, asking hard questions about God and life, and test your embedded theology to see if that where you want to be.
A Closing note about ZOOM:
If you don’t have the ability or the equipment to use Zoom or Facebook to participate in these practices, please call the office. We will be happy to help you find a solution to fully participate in the life of the church.

Link to our Youtube where you can watch our services live and recordings of past services:
Click HERE

FCUCC Finances for January 2024

Updates from Church Treasurer

Giving last month amounted to $7,351.51 from mail-in, online giving, and Sunday offerings.

You can help us stay on track by mailing in your check or setting up an automatic payment from your bank. You can also contribute through a simple app called  is our online, app and web-based giving system. It's convenient because it:

  • Accepts debit, credit or bank account info
  • Can be set up for a one-time payment, or automatic regular payments
  • Can be changed at any time (there are no contracts or commitments)

Go to to sign up online, or download the app on any iPhone/Apple or Android device.

Remember to Support FCUCC Financially During this Time!

Church Office Hours

Monday-Friday 9am-1pm

Pastor Del's Office Hours

Monday 8:30am-12pm, 1pm-4:30pm

During posted hours, Pastor Del might be called to visit someone in the hospital or who is homebound. It will be a good idea to call ahead to ensure that he is available for an in-person visit.

Church Staff:

Rev. Del Olivier

Michael Danner, Church Office/Organist

Todd Siefker, Intergenerational Coordinator

Jim McCrory, Custodian

Jessica Orr, Nursery Coordinator

Church Contact Information

(712) 239-3385

Pastor Contact Information


Pastor Del is also available for emergencies in addition to office hours. Please call his cell phone at (712) 490-6510.

4600 Hamilton Boulevard
Sioux City, IA 51104
(712) 239-3385
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