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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 . . .


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 March Message


Siblings in Christ,


This morning, as I was taking my dog out for his, um, morning constitutional, I was pleased to see buds on the trees.  True, there’s none opening yet.  Nothing green is visible.  But the trees know that the worst of winter is over, and it’s time to get ready for sun and warmth and spring.


With the worst of winter behind us, there’s also a lot happening this month in the life of First Congregational Church.


I continue to preach a sermon series during the Sundays in Lent, which I’m calling “Gifts of the Wilderness.”  It is inspired by Eric Elnes’ book, “Gifts of the Dark Wood,” which is the book we’re studying.  Because I’ll be gone on March 10th, the first book-studies of March will be on the 13th (second Wednesday) and 17th (3rd Sunday).


On March 3rd, we’ll have a special congregational meeting after worship in order to vote on proposed changes to the congregation’s constitution and bylaws.  A copy of these proposed changes can be found on a table in the back of the sanctuary; they are the same as those that were printed in the annual meeting booklet.


The ministerial association is once again sponsoring a series of lunch-hour worship services during Lent.  This year, the services will all be held at First United Methodist Church.  The services begin at noon, and simple lunch follows.  Our church is leading worship and providing lunch on March 13th.


And, believe it or not, after that we’re not too far from Holy Week!


Palm Sunday is on March 24th.  In addition to the usual Liturgy of the Palms, we’ll also be doing our Mardi Gras celebration after church which we had to reschedule due to the weather.


Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are on the 28th and 29th, respectively, and will have worship services beginning at 5:30.


Easter Sunday is on the last Sunday of the month, March 31st.




Rev. Dustin Bartlett

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