Welcome to First United Church
God calls us to create a community of faith where all are welcome and encouraged to participate fully. No matter where you are from, when you were born, how you self-identify, whom you love, or what you believe. We are a community that encourages free inquiry and searching. We are intentional about creating a safe space where diversity (such as age, sexual orientation, gender identity, health, ability, race, socio-economic status or belief) is valued, even when it challenges us. We do this by living God’s welcome, seeking to love as Jesus Christ loves and laughing with the Spirit along the way.
You’re invited to be part of a faith community that cares, worshiping in person and on-line each Sunday,  and active during the week in strengthening community. Worship services are live-streamed to our Facebook page and You-Tube channel each Sunday beginning with announcements about 10:20 am and worship at 10:30 am.  Links and text versions of the services are available on the Prayer and Care page of this site.
 
Links for Memorial Services can be found on the “Memorials” page of this site.
 
Although most public health measures have been lifted, we continue to encourage all those who worship or use this facility to be respectful of others, to sanitize and maintain appropriate distances where possible. We want to ensure the utmost safety for the many partnerships in our community and the people who call First United home. 
 
 
In this time of winter, we become more familiar with deep darkness. The night starts earlier and lasts longer. We are also surrounded by other shadows – the hurts of the world, the pains of our living. Like people who walk in darkness long for the light, we wait and we watch.
In this Advent season we gather as people of faith, to tell each other stories about the light, that we might strengthen our hope. But Advent and Hannukah are not the oldest stories about darkness and light. The oldest story about darkness and light is the story from before the dawn of time. In the beginning, in the beginning when there was nothing. Darkness covered everything until the Spirit of God moved like a great wind over the face of creation to be. And God said “Let there be light”. This is how we begin. Life and all of its blessings begin with God’s gift of light.
Let us sit for a moment in the darkness, restless, waiting, like it was in the beginning, and know what it is to receive the gift of light.
Prayer  Timely and Timeless God, You wait for us. Your Advent disturbs the rhythms of our busyness as usual season. Teach us to stop. Listen. Pay attention. Something amazing is about to happen. Emmanuel – God be with us in all our getting ready. Amen.