SUNDAY MORNINGS

Worship 10:30 a.m.

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

October 6 : Habit of Love 3:  Truth

Facilitator:   Karel Bodamer

We continue our monthly discussions of Ashley lecturer Ed Bacon's 8 habits of love with a focus on Truth.  What does Truth have to do with Lov?  How does Truth help you find your path to knowing :how deeply the Beloved treasurers you and every other human being"?  Are you following your own guidance or the script that has been passed on by other's fear-based conditioning?  Karel will share her story of claiming her truth following the death of her son.  Questions and discussion will encourage others to share their stories.


Karel has been a member of FCCH since 2006.  She's been a religious education teacher, social worker, counselor for the blind, interior contractor, massage therapist and energy healer.  She is currently coordinator of the church's mental health group.


October 13:  Healing Power of Story

Facilitator:   Darcy

Too often we focus on our shortcomings and troubles within and around us.  Story can offer a fresh perspective.  Hear Darcy tell a relatable folktale that illustrates the healing power of story.


The heart of this program is our group experience.  With a few guided exercises we honor and celebrate our own strengths.  We talk, draw and write a little.  These activities foster connections with ourselves and others.  In the closing circle we share gratitude and appreciations.  Expect a lively group.  Join us for a fun, interactive experience.


Writer, teller, teacher, actor.  It's all in the stories!  Darcy has been a storyteller and workshop presenter since 2007.  A retired psychiatric social worker, Darcy considers storytelling her third act.  Watching living history characters come to life was so compelling she created a one-woman show, performing in costume as Laura Ingalls Wilder.



October 20:  Ashley Lecture:  The Quest for Balance

Facilitator:   Rev. Molly Marshall

The Adult Forum will be the third talk from this year's Ashley Lecture series speaker.  "The Quest for Balance:  Prayer, Work, and Holy Leisure" Ashley Lecturer Dr. Molly Marshall.  Join us as Dr. Marshall leads us ina lively discussion in how Benedictine spiritual practice can inform our eternal quests for balance in our lives.  We long for the rhythmn in our lives of prayer, work, and leisure, and the Rule of Benedict can help us!

 

October 27:  Post Ashley Lecture Discussion

Facilitator:   Rev. Karla Miller

 

Moving Forward With The Rule:  Post Ashley Lecture Forum.  Rev. Karla Miller will create the space for us to share our learnigns and experiences from the weekend with Molly Marshall.  How will we integrate our learnings and take-aways?  What was amazing for you?  What questions do you still have?  Join us!

 


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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.

If needed, there is overflow parking available across the street (White Pine & 5th) at the Laurel Park Town Hall and the Park.


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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