There are church groups for everyone at the First Congregational Church! We offer traditional programs to support our ministries of education, caring, mission, and outreach.We also engage in bold, new initiatives to proclaim the radical welcome of God. You are invited to join us in any and all of our ministries and groups. We know that through action as a community of faith, we can make a difference in our world.
Church Council – Our leadership team, made up of representatives from each committee and from elected lay officers of the congregation. The Council meets monthly to share resources, approve new efforts, and support the ministries of the congregation.
Adult Education – Provides support and direction for the adult education activities of the church. In addition, the committee organizes and conducts after-church adult education programs (AfterWords) throughout the year on timely and relevant topics.
Building & Grounds – Supports the routine maintenance, repairs, inspections, and service contracts required to maintain our beautiful building and grounds.
Caring – Takes on the important areas of personal needs of individual church members. In general, the committee oversees the visiting, caring, and prayer cares of our church family. It gives dedicated people the opportunity to share their time and compassionate talents with someone who may need support, a cheerful voice or written message, or friendly encounter.
Children’s Ministries & Youth Ministries – We offer a broad Christian education to our children and youth which will give them a foundation for building a lifelong set of personal, moral, ethical, and faith-filled beliefs.
Communications – Responsible for promoting and sharing the church’s mission and programs with the congregation and the wider community.
Finance – Responsible for the financial planning and management of the church’s fiscal affairs, ensures that the financial records of the church are audited annually at the close of each calendar year, recommends financial, operating, and compensation policies to Council, and develops the annual budget for Council and Congregation approval.
Growth and Membership – Work to invite new people to our church, with a particular focus on young adults and families with children. The committee also ensures that everyone, including new friends and longtime members, has a chance to use their gifts and talents to build up the Body of Christ. One way this is done is by identifying and nominating people to serve on the church committees and teams.
Outreach – Responsible for sponsoring and recommending the church’s mission in both domestic and foreign fields and inter-church relations. Monetary support is given in the broad categories of food, shelter, children/families, and education. Special monthly offerings are taken for designated outreach.
Staff Support – Strives to build capabilities of people, help staff grow professionally, and assist Ministers and staff in maximizing their impact through their work and service in the church.
Stewardship – Responsible for inspiring our generosity by raising the funds necessary to meet the church’s budget for the next year. It is also responsible for stewardship education, making members aware of the need to be good stewards by giving of their time, talents, and financial resources.
Women’s Ministries – Offers opportunities for women to find spiritual encouragement, education, support, and community in the life of the church. Programs include the monthly Women’s Study Group annual retreats.
Worship – Responsibilities include envisioning, creating, planning, preparing, and implementing meaningful and faithful worship for our members and the wider community. We discuss ways our services can reflect new ideas. However, we also ensure constant occasions for encounters with the living God, and work closely with the Ministers, staff and members to achieve this.
Against Hate Action – For more information, click on the link to this group under the “Justice” tab.
Dish to Pass – On the 1st Sunday of each month we gather in the Fellowship Hall for a meal together. Each family is invited to bring a dish to share with other members of the church family.
Sunday morning Bible study – Every Sunday morning at 9am, a group meets in our chapel for fellowship and Bible study. All (really!) are welcome!
Kids & Family Fellowship Groups – A group of families with children meets regularly for Bible study or book discussion and fellowship.
Lunch Bunch – Every third Sunday, a group goes to the Brunch Buffet at the Ramada Inn – all you have to do is sign-up! A great way to meet new people.
Men’s Ministries – A breakfast group meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 8:30am at the Royal Court Restaurant. We discuss various topics that intersect with our faith from the worlds of politics, history, economics, theology, etc. A group of articles will be circulated in advance – usually from a major newspaper or journal – to get the conversation started around a tasty breakfast.
Yarn Group – We enjoy knitting and/or crocheting prayer shawls to bring comfort or to celebrate events in people’s lives. The shawls are delivered by the Caring Committee to recipients identified by the Caring Committee, Minister, and other members of our congregation. We meet in each other’s homes every second and fourth Tuesday and enjoy conversation and tea while we work on our projects.