FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
1735 FIFTH AVENUE WEST
HENDERSONVILLE, NC 28739


SUNDAY MORNINGS

Sunday mornings at First Congregational are designed to enhance the spiritual life of members and visitors alike.

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ADULT FORUM

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Most Sundays at 9:00 am, First Congregational holds our Adult Forum, which offers programs designed to encourage participants to explore new ideas and deepen their religious faith.


Congregants and visiting presenters provide lectures, videos, and discussions examining multiple aspects of spirituality, philosophy, other religions, Scriptural topics, health-related subjects, and more. All points of view are encouraged at this open exchange of ideas and views; there is no “correct” doctrine. Everyone, including visitors, is welcome to attend.

I came first to the Ashley Lecture Series and remember thinking any church that would have such interesting and challenging speakers must be special. So I came back to a service or two and went to a few Adult Forums. Consistently, I have been intellectually engaged by First Congregational's commitment to questioning, thinking, and life-long spiritual growth.

Roger Smith

UPCOMING FORUMS

May 27: Giving and Receiving Love

Facilitator: Don Emon

Each of us has a language as we best understand.  When we want to communicate words of love, we need to use the language that the other person best understands.  Gary Chapman has defined five love languages:  Words of affirmation; Quality time; Receiving gifts; Acts of service, and Physical touch.  The definition and use of each one of these will be presented with time for discussion.

 

Don Emon, a frequent Forum presenter, is very active in the community.  A retired nuclear scientist, he has Ph.D.'s in Nuclear Science and English.  He has been President of Compassion and Choices of the Western Carolinas for a number of years.  Don has over 10 years' volunteer experience as an intake worker for IAM (Interfaith Assistance Ministry).


June 3: Pre-Distinguished Lecturer - Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

Facilitators: Larry Anderson

       

 

This spring's Distinguished Lecturer, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III is a part of a new generation of ministers committed to preaching a prophetic message of love and justice, which he believes are inseparable companions that form the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Dr. Moss has built his ministry on community advancement and social justice activism, preaching a theology that unapologetically calls attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental injustice, and economic inequality.

 

As is custmary, our own Larry Anderson retired minister and former psychologist, will prepare us for our Distinguish Lecturer who will speak on June 8 and 9.

 




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WORSHIP SERVICE

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Our worship service is a balance of participation among our pastor, the lay leader for the Sunday, and the congregation. Each Sunday, beginning at 10:30 am, the pastor offers a sermon based on a scripture reading, often connecting the passage to current events. We believe that Jesus had a passion for social justice and mission, and so does our pastor. It would not be unusual to hear him speak out against the denial of civil rights due to racism, sexism, and homophobia; inequality of opportunity and income; abuse of the environment; violence and war, and other injustices that contribute to brokenness in a world that needs healing.

Worship is enhanced by a variety of musical offerings, including our choir, member instrumentalists, and guest musicians from the community.

I finally found a church in which my understanding of God has been stretched, my experience of God’s spirit enlarged. In this place I feel surrounded by folks who take Jesus’ message seriously. I am so grateful to be part of this loving community.

Charlotte Shipley

MUSIC AT FIRST CONGREGATIONAL...


lifts spirits...offers hope...inspires joy...

expresses love...

nurtures potential...creates unity...praises God

                                                               Music Heals + Beauty Heals + Love Heals

                                                     These three simple phrases guide the work of our choir.


The choir rehearses each Thursday afternoon from 3:30 to 5:00. Members of our choir family are enthusiastic,

committed, encouraging, and welcoming to all. Read about the joy being in the choir has brought to one of our members.


Membership in the choir is open to everyone, high school through adult; members of the church and friends from the 

community are all welcome.


We sing a variety of literature in our 10:30 worship service each Sunday, from traditional classical anthems to spirituals

to songs of social justice.


Instrumentalists both from within our church and our community are also a regular part of our Sunday gatherings.


To learn more about the choir and other musical opportunities, call our Minister of Music, Mark Acker, at 615-430-3506.


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CHILDCARE

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We provide a child-centered, caring facility for children during the worship service, including nursery, childcare, and a Sunday School program that uses the Progressive Christianity curriculum, incorporating free play time with guided instruction in basic Christian values through stories and activities.

First Congregational is what my husband and I were looking for in a church community...a place to question, a place to reflect, and a place to take action. My children get to experience the support and love of an open and affirming community and are taught values not just literal biblical stories. As a couple in our 40s, many of our peers have left organized religion. First Congregational is a place where we can raise our children by modeling social justice, inclusion, environmental stewardship, and progressive Christianity.

Kirsten Cone

COFFEE HOUR

Each Sunday after worship, congregants and visitors gather for coffee hour. Members volunteer to host and provide refreshments, while the church supplies fair-trade coffee. This special gathering offers opportunities to welcome newcomers, to experience the warmth of fellowship, and to be an integral part of church life.

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PARKING AND ACCESSIBILITY

The Church has ample parking on each side of the building, including reserved spots for visitors.


Handicapped parking is located in both lots. The building is also accessible to wheelchairs and to people with special needs. During Worship, hearing devices and large print bulletins are available.

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DIRECTIONS

We are located in Laurel Park at the corner of Fifth Avenue and White Pine Road. This interactive map provides directions to the church from your location.

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UCC
1735 FIFTH AVE W
HENDERSONVILLE, NC 28739
828-692-8630

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