Gordon L. Morales was processing some old glass negatives and came across this one of the Court St. bridge, with the First Congregational Church in the background. He kindly sent it to Renee. This image is dated sometime around the turn of the century.
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Gordon L. Morales was processing some old glass negatives and came across this one of the Court St. bridge, with the First Congregational Church in the background. He kindly sent it to Renee. This image is dated sometime around the turn of the century. ...
September 4, 2016, 10:00am - September 4, 2016, 10:15am
It is World Goddess Day, Sunday September 4th, and I’m inviting you to a worship service that I will be doing that morning at 10 AM in the Sanctuary of the United Church of Christ, 30 Main Street, Binghamton, NY
The title of the Sermon is “Divining the Sacred Feminine”
The service was originally inspired by our “Cakes for the Queen of Heaven” Christian education class that focused on images, stories and beliefs around the divine feminine. And what life would have been like if we grew up believing in the Sacred Feminine as a society.
With so many recent events happening in our world motivated by hatred, fear and violence, how is the soft, gentle, silent but powerful loving presence of the Sacred Feminine to ever make a difference or survive in these man-made times? As we learn to “Divine the Sacred Feminine” we begin to understand what must be done and rise to the occasion to do so.
This is also the day that Mother Theresa will be canonized as a Saint and we will be recognizing her efforts and self-less work as well.
I invite you, your loved ones, and our sisterhood of women to this full bodied experience that will delight all your senses, move your soul, and inspire you to act from a place of hope, power, and peace.
Thank you for your time, consideration and heart,
Rev. Renée Guidelli
The First Congregational Church of Binghamton is hosting the People of Blessing Service as part of Pride Month. The Service affirms diversity in community , lifting up the common thread amongst us and affirming people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. The theme for this year's service is " It's Just Love" . The service will include music, readings, speakers and a shared blessing by community clergy. The offering for this evening will go to support this annual service and other programs of the Pride Coalition. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served following the service.
Come to Funday School “where every Sunday is a Funday”
*Children bring unique gifts of wonder, excitement and creativity that can make worship more meaningful for all.
*Children have important things to teach us about God. Children worship with each new discovery in their lives with reverence, adoration, respect, love awe and praise.
We invite you and your children to become a part of a community that laughs together, cries together, struggles together and worships together.
The following are some reasons why church matters to kids:
The church matters (deeply) to Jesus.
The church is his body and kids matter deeply to Jesus.
Jesus wants to run to our kids and embrace them as his own children through love and prayers, song and praise.
The church matters because your kids matter to Jesus, and through his church, Jesus blesses them.
If Jesus matters to us, then what matters to Jesus will matter to us.
FUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR SEPTEMBER
Seasons of creation will begin in September with the following lessons
Where each Sunday will evoke a connection with the story of Genesis
*Please note that Sunday Service starts at 10 Am and Children are encouraged to stay with their parents/caretaker until the end of the first Hymnal when we leave for Sunday school. Sunday School is typically over at 11:30 PM
“Let the little children come to me for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” Matthew 19:14
Feel free to contact the church office at 607-723-8981 with any questions. We look forward to educating, enlightening and inspiring your children to experience God’s Love.
In this edition of the UCC Binghamton Forecaster, the Rev. Dr. Arthur Suggs shares some witty and soul-stirring reflections on some of the traditional Advent and Christmas hymns, including an uncle named Harold (Hark the Herald Angels Sing), and Mary, the First Theologian (What Child is This, Who, Laid to Rest).
About In the Bleak Midwinter, Pastor Art shares this: “Christmas occurs right after the Winter Solstice. And this is not a coincidence. And this hymn serves as one of the deepest, yet most subtle, reminders of the light breaking forth when it is darkest, of warmth breaking forth when it is coldest. The “earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone” is symbolic of when life is hard, operating at a primal, Jungian level in our souls. So also the image of a tender newborn, asleep on the hay, with a radiant Mary looking on, instills a message of love, hope, peace in our souls, softening the ice and iron.”
Read the rest of the reflections, and other notes from the church family, here:
Because Jesus was teaching spiritual freedom in a time of brutal occupation and slavery, where there was no sense of justice for oppressed peoples.
As Pastor Art notes in the sermon, “So this cute story, with animals and angels, and wise men and shepherds is at the root of a parabolic overture to a deeper and grander story of spiritual freedom and spiritual healing for all of us.”
In the second sermon in his series on Christianity 2.0. the Rev. Dr. Art Suggs (a.k.a. Pastor Art) started with a provocative excerpt from Brian McLaren’s book, A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That are Transforming the Faith.
As the title of this sermon suggests, Pastor Art’s sermon delved deeply into some of the stickier questions that confront and invite spiritual growth among contemporary Christians — including one questions that changed the life and ministry of a Michigan mega-church pastor.