Church News & Events
Written by Diana Graettinger
Shimmering sunshine, peaceful palm trees, and the Lord’s Prayer all brought alive the Easter Sunday Sunrise Service at the Sun Bowl in Sun City. More than 600 people attended.
For the past three years, the United Church of Sun City at 11250 N. 107th Street has hosted this Easter morning event in association with the Recreation Centers of Sun City. The church, the first established in Sun City, has been around for more than 50 years.
The United Church of Christ was present in full loving force for nearly three hours of testimony at a public hearing Wednesday night, as the Santa Fe City Council unanimously voted to reaffirm and strengthen the city's welcoming of immigrants and refugees. More than 20 members came to the hearing, some getting into council chambers and others standing in the overflow in the hall, many wearing their green “Love God. Love Neighbor. Love Creation” T-shirts.
The final worship service for First Congregational UCC in Tempe Arizona has been set for the end of March. A formal invitation to follow will be sent out soon.
Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
Shrove Tuesday is the last day before Lent, which is a time when people traditionally fasted and avoided food containing eggs and dairy products. Families would have a feast on Shrove Tuesday. It was a time for them to eat food that contained these ingredients so that meals would not be wasted.
Please join us as we continue this tradition.
Written by Diana Graettinger - United Church of Sun City
The New England Patriots Sunday may have won what can be described as a clash of the gladiators, but the real winners were the people of Sun City.
Because Sunday February 5 also ended the weeks-long competition known as the “Souper Bowl of Caring Competition” between three area churches. More than 8,300 cans and packages of soup were collected for local food pantries.
First Congregational UCC in Albuquerque was mentioned in the National UCC news last week.
'God's Open Doors' in Albuquerque prominently proclaim church welcome
by Connie Larkman
Ask just about anybody in Albuquerque, New Mexico about the church with the doors and they'll know what you mean.
God's doors. Six of them. Bold and beautiful -- with bright colors and a vivid proclamation "GOD's DOORS OPEN TO ALL."
"We stole the idea for the cool doors from Westfield UCC in Connecticut," said theRev. Sue Joiner, pastor of First Congregational UCC, Albuquerque, N.M. "I loved them so much and wanted to put them up at our church because we are in such a prominent location." (Next to University of New Mexico and across the street from a local middle school.)
Vigil to Launch Sanctuary for Immigrant Families
January 26th at 5:30 PM
Phoenix, AZ – On January 25th, 2017, President Trump issued two Executive Orders related to immigration. As part of the orders, all jurisdictions that attempt to ensure family unity within immigrant communities now risk losing federal funds. In response, First Congregational United Church of Christ (FCUCC) makes a public declaration of sanctuary to all families facing separation because of deportation.
Ktizo UCC received a $2,000 Neighbors in Need grant for their outreach ministry to Burmese Refugee children. Volunteers host a Homework Club, helping elementary school students with their English and other school subjects.
It is with joy and gratitude for your support that the search committee recommends to Church of the Beatitudes members that the Rev. Dr. Anthony Thomas Minear be named Senior Minister. Let this be your introduction to the person that we believe God wants us to have as our leader.