Group Juggling

My favorite team building activity is called Group Juggling – maybe you’ve played it. The group stands in a circle, and the action starts with one ball being tossed from person to person until everyone has caught and thrown it once. Everyone has to then remember who threw them...
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Greetings from Milwaukee

Dear Church, I am currently writing to you from the great state of Wisconsin, and I promise to do my best to bring cheese curds for the Congregational Meeting on Sunday. As with most travel, the most important part of this trip for me is people. I am part of a program through the...
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New Beginnings

I have loved the “back to school” pictures of kids this year—folks taking a snapshot to mark a new beginning for the first day of school, usually in a snappy outfit. We need a ritual to mark new beginnings, and these photos can also be a yard stick as time goes on. We can see how...
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Urban Immersion

The weekend of August 18 and 19, a group of youth from the church spent a weekend doing an Urban Immersion. They volunteered at various places, and spent time talking about poverty and social justice. Maggie Topel, 9th grade, shares a reflection from her experience: We’ve...
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Reflection from Brenda Hounjet

These articles are titled “Reflection” and for the past several weeks I’ve been afforded opportunities to “reflect”. Although we are supposed to live in a paperless society, now when a person leaves a place or position they are required to houseclean...
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Welcoming Refugees

Last week volunteers from our church completed the final step in the Outreach Committee’s project to furnish an apartment for refugees. The project, which has been in the works for a couple of months, was through the International Rescue Committee (IRC). One aspect of their...
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“Mustard Seed Moments” from the Youth Mission Trip

This week the youth who attended the Mission Trip to the Yakama Nation and Campbell Farm are delighted to share some photos with the congregation. The group worked hard priming and painting a house despite the triple-digit heat. Another day was spent packaging over 7,000 lbs of...
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Smoke

By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Exodus 13:21 I have been thinking about this as we have been seeing weather reports that say not...
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A View From the Office

Hello First Congregation Church community! This is Mariah Pepper, your (still relatively new) Office Manager. I have been meeting you one by one over the past few months, and this week I asked Lisa if I could share a reflection that’s been rolling around in my head lately...
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