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First Congregational

United Church of Christ

... exploring the frontiers of faith in Jesus

Guest Column: David Walters

DavidRetirement is a death, the end of our work, job, career and of an intimate part of how we lived our life. We look forward to it, we dread it, or both! It is also an act of faith that a full meaningful life awaits us with newness and joy. It's different for everyone! This poem is how it was for me.

retirement
"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven."
Ecclesiastes 3:1


Funny, how dying can be so common,
Ordinary and part of a day's living,
Retirement slyly becomes a bitter lemon,
Beckons with joy or dread unrelenting.

Gone, strict schedules, required tasks,
Persons no longer clamor for attention,
Without guilt, rest, at last!
Needs of people don't demand I listen.

Watch her drive to work, honor God's call,
Sitting alone, I wonder if she sees me as less,
On the Dow Jones' averages would I fall?
Have I finished what I could, done my best!

Do favorite things, write poetry until sated,
Walk forest trails, enjoy nature's wildness,
Join me, lively Chickadee, so underrated,
Corral timid thoughts escaping happiness.

Always, the end comes to each beginning,
We are born, return to the ground,
We die with hope that we are rising,
Faith carries us to new life rebound.

david walters

Beautification Day!!

Master Diggers at work!

We had a great turnout for our work day Saturday, May 13, and appreciate everyone's help. Thank you to everyone who came and helped. Many hands made light work, except if you were on the clay job!! Thank you for planting, pulling weeds, cleaning downspouts, spreading rock, sweeping sidewalks, raking, smiling, laughing, and being a part of a fantastic day.

The clay team!

A special thank you to Kelly Conrad for supplying his own mower and coming back on Monday to mow the church grounds when our mower had to be sent away for repair.

Doesn't our sign look great?!

You can click on one of these photos to get a larger image of it! You will also find a whole album of selected pictures of the day's workers and activities here.

Church Picnic, June 4, 2017

picnic The annual church picnic will again be held at Lookout Park in Cedar Falls on Sunday, June 4th. Worship will begin at 11 am followed by the picnic. The church will provide the chicken and the drinks and everyone who is able is asked to bring a dish to share. We always enjoy a wonderful day of worship and fellowship!

Worship
Eastertide and Pentecost

to all peoples everywhere

How do Christian brothers and sisters in other cultures worship our God and what have we to learn about them and from them? Join us as we explore this topic during Sunday worship.

May 28
Haiti (Port-au-Prince)

June 4
Church Picnic
Pentecost Sunday

June 11
Moldova (Chişinău)

June 18
Germany (Bremen)

June 25
Scotland (Iona)
60th Anniversary of the United
Church of Christ

Sunday School
is on summer break and will resume in September!

Memorial Day

Youth Sunday!

Gathering

In case you missed Youth Sunday, May 14, it was a great day and what a terrific service! The youth at the church are truly amazing!

Prayer

They put a lot of work into their special day. Thank you to all who participated!

Children's Lesson

Graduations

graduationIt's that time of year again! Now is the time to let the church office know if you have someone graduating from high school or college. Please submit their names to the church office for publication in Tidings at a later date. Include future plans they may have in mind such as colleges they will be attending.

Need Help? Call our Youth!

lawnmowingOur church youth would like to help with any projects or needs that congregation members may have. Any donations will go to the Appalachian South FolkLife Center. If you are interested in their services, please contact our youth director, Hannah (hannah@firstcongucc.org).

We are Still Listening . . . YOUR VOICE is IMPORTANT!!

Thank you to those who have already returned their surveys. If you haven't returned the survey that was mailed to you a few weeks ago, please take the time to fill it in and mail it back this week. Our Transitions Team wants your input as we go through the process of selecting a new minister and choosing our future path.

Syd Thomas Memorial

The memorial service for Syd Thomas, who died on April 14, 2017, will be held here at the church on Saturday, June 10th at 10:00 am. A luncheon will follow the service.

Abbey's Fundraiser Update:

Abbey's cardOn behalf of Team Abbey, we could not have planned a better turnout or outcome. We cannot thank everyone enough for all your help, your donations and most importantly, your support and love for our dear Abbey. It was evident that anyone who knows Abbey, is inspired by her strong faith.

We are very pleased to announce the Spaghetti Dinner along with both Silent and Live Auctions were a HUGE success. The total raised to date is $12,600! All proceeds have been given to Abbey to help with the expenses incurred as she fights Breast Cancer. Thank you so much for your generosity. It is greatly appreciated.