There is no shortage of things to do at First Congregational! Activities are open to members and friends alike. We encourage you to find your place and join us.

In addition to the activities in this section, our Adult Forum, music program, and Ashley Lecture Series welcome members of the community.

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On most Wednesday evenings, from 5:00 to 6:30, First Congregational holds a Bible survey discussion group in the parlor. Rev. Barbara M. Rathbun, a retired UCC minister and member of the church, directs the conversation and provides scholarly context for each week’s reading. Parallels are often drawn between Biblical content and current events and culture.

Participants hold various understandings of God, Jesus, the Bible, mission, and ministry, resulting in lively dialog in a supportive setting. Attendees are also encouraged to use their preferred translation of the Bible, which adds to the richness of discussions. The group welcomes both congregants and the community, and can be joined at any time.


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First Congregational UCC Book Group

The First Congregational book group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2:00 to 3:00 in the church library. Works are chosen based on recommendations from participants and span a wide range of genres and topics, including fiction, historical fiction, history, philosophy, politics, progressive Christianity, and more. Representative titles include Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and Boys In the Boat by Daniel James Brown.

Lifelong learning, fellowship, and fun are just a few benefits of participation. Church membership is not necessary; all are welcome.

Compassionate Book Group

The Compassionate Book Group began in 2014 with a discussion of Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong. The group now meets the third Thursday of each month from 2-3:30 in the church library to discuss a current, non-fiction, spiritual book. Recent titles have included Immortal Diamond and Falling Upward by Richard Rohr and A New Harmony by John Phillip Newell.


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On the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30, we hold a potluck supper designed to strengthen the bonds of fellowship. Members bring the food while volunteer “kitchen angels” prepare the room and provide cleanup. Each event also features a guest speaker, often a representative from one of the organizations supported by our Missions and Service group.

If you are considering First Congregational as your spiritual home, attending Fellowship Supper is a great way to start getting to know us. No need to bring anything; just stop on by!


Congregants and community members alike are welcome to attend First Congregational’s study of the world's great religions and philosophies through a series of DVD’s from the Great Courses organization. The upcoming 8-week installment – Great Figures of the New Testament, presented by Amy Jill Levine – runs from September 28 through November 16 at 10:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Please join us. 


Individual lecture titles include:

1.    The New Testament (9/28)

2.    John the Baptist (9/28)

3.    The Virgin Mary (9/28)

4.    Joseph, Magi, and Shepherds (10/5)

5.    Peter (10/5)

6.    John and James, the Sons of Zebedee (10/5)

7.    Martha, Mary, and Lazarus (10/12)

8.    Thomas (10/12)

9.    The Gentile Mother (10/12)

10.  The Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son (10/19)

11.  The Samaritan Woman (10/19)

12.  Mary Magdalene (10/19)

13.  Pharisees and Sadducees (10/26)

14.  The Herodians (10/26)

15.  Judas Iscariot (10/26)

16.  Pontius Pilate (11/2)

17.  James (11/2)

18.  Stephen (11/2)

19.  Philip (11/9)

20.  The Centurions (11/9)

21.  Paul, the Hero of Acts (11/9)

22.   Paul, the Epistolary Evangelist (11/16)

23.  Jesus of Nazareth (11/16)

24.  The Christ of Faith (11/16)

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Our group knits and crochets prayer shawls and lap robes to support members and friends of the Congregation who are struggling with bereavement, disease, or other challenges, or who are celebrating events such as births, baptisms or weddings. Since we started in 2006, we have delivered over 1,000 items and have given many more to Pardee Memorial Hospital and to Elizabeth House, our local in-patient hospice facility. 

Shawls and lap robes are available in closets in the narthex and between Fellowship Hall and the reception desk for anyone who would like one. The prayer shawl group meets the first Tuesday of each month at 10:00 in the church parlor. We welcome anyone who likes to knit or crochet; please join us.


Writers' Roundtable

First Congregational’s Writers' Roundtable meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 11:30 in the parlor. Writers from the church and the community read from their poetry, fiction, and/or non-fiction, and are encouraged to share copies of their work with the group. Discussion follows the readings. Listeners are equally welcome.

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