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 Service amd Giving 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 is A Preview of Lost Christianities,  and runs from October 4 through November 22 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Please join us. 

The early Christian was a chaos of contending beliefs.  Certain sects claimed that Jesus was human and not divine while others held that he was divine but not human.  These groups claimed that they followed the teachings of Jesus and they all possessed writings that supported their claims.  Modern archaeological work has recovered a number of key texts that reveal a broad religious diversity and shows how history can be tilted in favor of the winners of the competing sects.  This presentation is a preview of the upcoming video series The Lost Christianities by Bart D. Ehrman, one of the earliest Ashley Lecture Series speakers.

Mark Fagerlin received a graduate degree in Physics from the University of Florida specializing in Radio Astronomy.  He spent his career in the support of Space and Missile Defense projects before retiring to Hendersonville in 2007.  He and his wife, Ericka, "discovered" First Congregational Church through the Ashley Lecture Series and have been members since 2008.

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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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