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Mark Your Calendars

If you missed our Words & Music event on Sunday, January 17, 2021

You can still enjoy the 30-minute performance! Click below to watch a recording of the event.

Preschool Registration Begins

January 21, 2021

First Congregational Church Preschool Registration for the 2021-22 school year begins Thursday, January 21 at 6am for church member families. Church members receive first priority on all class selections and reduced tuition rates.

Memorial Service for Susan Bonnevier

January 22, 2021 at 11:30am

A memorial service for Susan will be live streamed via YouTube from the Santuary of the First Congregational Church of Western Springs.

2021 Annual Meeting

January 24, 2021

The annual meeting will include a review of the church’s financial results for 2020 and an overview of the proposed 2021 budget. A copy of the proposed 2021 budget is available by clicking the button below.

You can watch the live-stream meeting here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzMFNjDWDrE&feature=youtu.be

New Member Orientation

February 9th, 2021 @ 7pm via Zoom

Please RSVP to jeannette@wscongo.org by January 31, 2021 to learn more about membership here at First Congo.

Lectio Divina: Lenten Connection Small Groups

Week of February 17 – April 3, 2021 via Zoom

Please RSVP to jeannette@wscongo.org by January 31, 2021 to learn more about membership here at First Congo.

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A Call for Submissions to our 2021 Lenten Devotional Again & Again

In Lent, we’re reminded that, again and again, suffering and brokenness find us. We doubt again, we lament again, we mess up again. Again and again, the story of Jesus on the cross repeats — and yet, in the midst of chaos, God offers a sacred refrain: “I choose you, I love you, I will lead you to repair.” Again and again, God breaks the cycle and offers us a new way forward.

This theme provides a clear invitation in a time when much is unclear. Even while apart, we come to God again and again in prayer. Even if from a distance, we will continue to be community to one another — especially when it’s hard —by choosing each other over and over again. We will continue to love God with the same persistence God chooses and claims us.

The deadline for submissions is February 5th, 2021. If you would like to contribute, please email your submission to devotions@wscongo.org or mail it to the church at 1106 Chestnut St. in care of Beth Tracy.

In this spirit, please consider contributing to our 2021 Lenten Devotional: Again & Again using the following prompts:

People:

  • Offer a reflection about a person, group, place or practice that helps you feel closer to God whenever you experience that person, group, place or practice.
  • Often as we reflect on our lives, we can recall instances when God presented just the right person, words, or event into our lives. Share some of those memories.
  • Again and again, we turn to one person who stands by us, who understands us to our core, and who inspires us. Who is that special rock you turn to in time of need?

Activities:

  • Is there a particular issue, habit or behavior that repeatedly plagues you? What is God’s response to you and yours to Her when you talk together about the issue, habit or behavior?
  • Reflect on how learning something new requires us to repeat the skill “Again & Again.”
  • Often we turn to a certain author, phrase, or book that comforts us in our time of need. The right word or phrase gives us deep peace. What piece of writing speaks to you?
  • Have you ever found yourself trapped in an unhealthy cycle, in which you make the same mistakes again and again? How have you opened yourself to being transformed by God’s love in these times?

Emotions/Memories:

  • What memories are brought to mind and what feelings arise when you hear the words “Again & Again”? Are you comforted by them or do feel despair?
  • What experiences of doing something “Again & Again” bring you closer to God?

Art/Music/Rituals

  • Again and again we are invited in when we hear a cherished song that makes us stop and listen to what’s in our hearts. What song touches you and why?
  • What activities or practices, spiritual or otherwise, provide a sense of community?
  • What prayers or meditations do you bring to God, again and again?
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