Jan. 16 and 23 — Adult Ed: Evangelical Christianity and Politics, 9:45 a.m. via Zoom
Jan. 23 — Fourth Sunday offering: Disaster aid for tornado victims
How to help tornado victims
December's deadly tornadoes swept across five states and killed at least 88 people, mostly in Kentucky. The devastating storms caused at least $18 billion in property damage and left hundreds of thousands without power, perhaps for weeks to come.
Many of you likely want to know how you can help. One way is to donate to the United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries program at the link below. You can give directly or write a check to First United, indicating in the memo field that the funds are for tornado disaster relief.
First United is offering online fellowship and events. Here's how to join in the life of the church:
Second and fourth Mondays — Prayer Shawl Ministry via Zoom, 10 a.m. at this link
Thursdays — Fostering Connection and Support drop-in via Zoom, 10-11 a.m. at this link.
Sundays — Chapel Prayer with deacons after 11 a.m. worship, via Zoom, after worship at this link
Wednesdays and Saturdays — Kids Kloset open for clothing distribution
Jan. 18 — First United Nursery School virtual open house
Isaiah 40: 1-8
The small hope for a righteous king to protect the people has been replaced by the grand vision of a holy people doing what is needed to care for one another. ... The small hope of one god scrabbling for supremacy among a host of gods just as nations scrabbled for supremacy among a host of nations has been replaced by the grand vision of God who embraces all of humanity, just as one day we pray all will be one, embracing one another as God embraces us.
— John Edgerton
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Living in a never ending, or at least undetermined amount of “in-between” time is difficult. For the last two years, days, dates, and time have been somewhat arbitrary, yet life has somehow persisted in this strange “in-between” time. Even though part of me wonders, “Where have these last two years gone?” I know that the last two years have been filled to the brim. Maybe not with all the fun, wonderful, and exciting things we planned or hoped for, but filled, nevertheless.
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