Please come and join us every
Sunday for Worship at 10am
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 February Message
Siblings in Christ,
One of the things that emerged during our retreat to Joy Ranch in 2022 was a desire to have more social events at the church, where members and friends can get together to have fun and get to know one another better. I’m excited to announce that our first social event is in the works!
On February 21st, our church will hold its first ever Shrove Tuesday / Mardi Gras celebration! We’ll meet at the church at 5:30 pm for a pancake supper. There will be games, activities, and some non-alcoholic Hurricanes to sip on while we have some good fun. I’ll be letting you know more about this fun, family-friendly Mardi Gras celebration in the weeks ahead, but I hope you’ll mark it on your calendars and plan to attend.
After all, you know you’re the life of the party!
Then, on Wednesday, February 22nd, our church will have its Ash Wednesday service that marks the beginning of Lent. Ash Wednesday comes from the Biblical tradition of putting on “sack cloth and ashes” as a sign of contrition. Having partied the night before, Ash Wednesday (and Lent) is a time to reflect on the ways we fall short as disciples and recommit ourselves to being followers of Jesus. Worship will be at 5:30 pm.
Rev. Dustin Bartlett