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First Congregational

United Church of Christ

... exploring the frontiers of faith in Jesus


Sunday, January 27, 2019

You may pick up a copy of the 2018 Annual Report and 2019 Proposed Budget in Crossroads this Sunday to review before the meeting.

The potluck will be held right after the church service with the Annual Meeting to follow. Please remember to bring a dish to share and your own plates and silverware.

Membership Directories

Michelle will begin working on the new Membership Directory in February. Please let her know of any corrections to your family information or if you would like to send in a new picture by the end of this month. (319-234-8927 or

Thanks to Paul & Hannah

Sunday January 13 we honored Paul and Hannah with a reception after the worship service. We thank you both for the service you have provided for our youth the past two years as Youth Directors.

Thank you so much for your dedicated service!!

Thank you also to the RE Board for providing the lunch that was enjoyed by all who attended.
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Prescott Thanks

Prescott Thanks

Prescott Thanks

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University of Iowa
Dance Marathon

Donation Opportunity from
Katherine Kaliban

KatherineOn the weekend of February 1st, I will again be participating in the University of Iowa's 25th Annual Dance Marathon, benefiting the University of Iowa Children's Hospital in the heart of Iowa City. I will be joining thousands of other University of Iowa students in a 24-hour marathon that involves dancing, eating, participating in games and activities, and listening to patients' heartwarming stories. We will do all of this while standing and without any sleep or caffeine.

As a leadership member, I have been challenged to raise at least $1000 before our big event. I am well on my way at $684 but still have a ways to go. If you're interested in supporting me in my efforts, check out my fundraising page:

For more information about our organization please visit our website:

Thank you in advance from the University of Iowa Dance Marathon family.

Snow or Inclement Weather Closing Policy

weatherDuring the winter months, not only heavy snow but also icy or extreme cold conditions can cause a Sunday Worship Service cancellation. If weather conditions seem questionable, check our Facebook page or watch the announcements on

Sunday School
January 20, 2019

Gathering (9:00 - 9:15 am)

Youth and adults meet for singing, praying and mission news.

Classes (9:15 - 10:15 am)

Children from Pre-K up to 5th grade meet with Jayne Slaughter in the upstairs Sunday School Room.

Students 6th grade and up will gather upstairs in the Murphy Youth Room.

Adults meet in the chapel to discuss how the Bible relates to our lives today.

Women's Book Study meets in the Friendship Room

Women's Book Study

Starting Sunday, January 20th the Women's Book Study group will be reading Nadia Bolz-Weber's book, Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People. You can find the book at the library, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc. All women of the church are invited to participate in what is sure to be a lively discussion. We meet from 9:15 to 10:15am in the Friendship Room on Sundays. See you there!

Thursday Evening Dinner Class!

Our Thursday Dinner Class series is taking a look at Carol Howard Merrit's Tribal Church. This is a great chance for our FCUCC to discuss what it means to be a truly multi-generational church for the Cedar Valley. Potluck dinner starts at 6 and discussion begins at 6:30. All are welcome.

Scott's January
Public Office Hours:

Pastor Scott will be doing Public Hours from 3-5 pm as follows:
*1/16 - Fat Cup on 37 Fletcher
*1/23 - Sidecar on 21 West Jefferson

It's Time for Super Bowl Subs!

subsPurchase a Ham, Turkey, or Veggie Sub for $6 each or a Roast Beef Sub for $7 each to go with your Super Bowl Snacks on Sunday, February 3rd.

Please sign up in the Library with your choices by Sunday, January 27th.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will go to the June Missions Trip. Thank you in advance for your support of our youth!

Long Journey for Sara

As you may know by now, Bob and Beth Hurley's daughter, Sara, has a large brain tumor and will be having surgery to remove it. Two funds have been set up to help the family afford the travel and medical expenses. Thank you for any help you can provide. The family is truly appreciative of your support.

The "Sara Bruce Fund" is available for Veridian Credit Union Members or you can make a direct deposit by calling Beth Hurley at 319-234-6223.

You can also learn more about Sara's diagnosis and make a donation by visiting

Historic Church Row Neighborhood Opportunity

Food Bank We are again partnering with Blessed Sacrament to package meals for the NE Iowa Food Bank on March 13, 2019. Right now they are raising funds to purchase the ingredients so a new goal of 50,000 units serving 4-6 people at a price of $0.25/ serving can be reached. If you would like to contribute financially to this very worthwhile local, ecumenical project, please just mark your donation "Blessed Sacrament Food". Thank you for your support!