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Sunday for Worship at 10am 

Welcome Statement

First Congregational United Church of Christ, Watertown, SD Welcoming Statement

Based on welcoming statement from Prince of Peace Lutheran, Philadelphia, PA

Who is welcome here?

If you are Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Black, White, or multi-racial . . .

If you are three days old, 30 years old, or 103 years old . . .

If you are male or female or transgender . . .

If you are a Republican, Democrat, Independent, or not registered to vote . . .

If you are single, married, divorced, separated, or partnered . . .

If you are straight, gay, lesbian, or bisexual . . .

If you are Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist, Jewish, Buddhist, atheist, agnostic, or a life-long Congregationalist . . .

If you have never set foot in a church, attend only on Easter and Christmas, or attend every Sunday . . .

If you are fully-abled, living with a disability, or a person of differing abilities . . .

If you have or had addictions, phobias, mental illness, or physical illness . . .

If you own your own home, rent, live with your parents, or are homeless . . .

YOU ARE WELCOME HERE!

This congregation is committed to being a loving and welcoming community.

In faithfulness to God, and to the best of our ability, we work to provide programs, ministries, fellowship, and pastoral care to all who seek God in this place.

We dedicate ourselves to living the UCC church’s motto:

“No matter who you are, no matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!”

Pastor's September Message

Siblings in Christ,

 

As September rolls around, most parents and young people are settling in to the back to school routine.  Last Sunday, I offered a blessing of the backpacks and a blessing for teachers.  Just in case you missed it, I wanted to share it with you so that you can use it at home to bless that special student or teacher in your life.

 

Blessing of the Backpacks

“Oh God, bless these backpacks.  Make them strong for their job of helping our children to learn.  May their straps never break; their padding never give out; their zippers never jam.  May they never be forgotten in strange places.  May the burdens they carry always be light, and may children who carry

them be safe and strong and growing and whole and blessed – forever and always blessed.  We ask this in the name of the Great Teacher at whose knee we are all students.  Amen.”

 

Blessing for Teachers:

“Oh God, bless these teachers.  Sustain them in health – physical and especially mental health.  May they find inspiration at the beginning of the school year, and may they continue to be inspired as the year goes on.  May they be blessed with supernatural patience.  May they catch tiny glimpses of the big impact they have.  May they be open to learning from their students.  And may the lessons they teach come, not only from books, but from the heart.  Amen.”

 

We’re hoping to start having regular choir and bell choir practices, which is

a ministry that’s been on hold since the pandemic started.  We’re hoping to

start sometime in September, so if you’re interested in participating in either choir or bell choir, talk to Bruce or myself.

 

Finally, I have to let you all know that I am once again positive for Covid-19.  We’ll be in communication about how that impacts church events moving forward.

 

Blessings,

 

Rev. Dustin Bartlett