A message from Rev. Christine Hribar – October 25, 2019

Beloved families,
It’s a story of abuse of power, of the rich wielding their might and the poor working hard, but staying bound.  It’s the story of a person without a perfect past who starts to speak truth to power, who asks for what’s needed and who leads a people through trials and into freedom.  This is the story of Exodus.  People might ask why we read the Bible.  We read it because we need to, because the stories help us untangle our present.

We need places that do this, places that are political without being partisan, places that help us navigate this wild, windy world. We brought our pledges forward last week, and they continue to be welcome!  To pledge, you state upfront how much you’ll give the church this year.  It helps the church discern it’s budget and it also can help us stabilize our own relationship with money.  It’s powerful to align your money with your values.  It’s important to model the generosity we hope for.

So this Sunday!:

  • We’ll study the Ten Commandments, or Ten Best Ways—let’s ponder these rules to live by!
  • The second and third graders will finish their sewing project (which is such a draw!)
  • And bring in your pledges!  Consider making a pledge of any amount to support the ministries of this church.  
With gratitude for you and yours,


All are welcome at our church school program
Sunday mornings at 10 am.

  • For the smallest babies and children, come to our nursery, and meet Hind, who welcomes the youngest children of the church.
  • Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade, come downstairs to our Godly Play workshop, led by Christine Hribar, Stacey Keane, and Paige Menchini.
  • Second and Third Grade, join Barbara Mahoney and Judy Eldredge in the Sunday School for Scripture studies and play.
  • 4th and 5th grade retreat to the parlor after the sermon. With snacks and a game, join us in conversations about how God speaks to us through Scripture and our lives.
  • Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers retreat to the youth room after the sermon, for reflections on the meaning of life, God, justice, and kindness.
  • Adults: meet after church many Sundays for classes on great themes of the faith, including the many names of God, the singing of praise, the seeking of wisdom, the practice of justice.
We come to church school to be the Body of Christ– to seek the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit to follow the Word of God, according to the dictates of our own consciences, and to live according to the teachings of Jesus Christ. In Church school, we seek to strengthen ourselves and continue to build our life together, to work to heal the world, and to ask God to break into our lives and help us heal ourselves as well.

The Safe Church Policy: All children are protected at First Church by our Safe Church Policy. Children and families are invited to sign in at the start of church. All of our teachers and staff are screened for safety backgrounds, and are trained in the Safe Church principles of the United Church of Christ.