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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 July Message

Siblings in Christ,

 

I’m excited about the things that are happening at First Congregational!

 

First, I want to let you all know that I’m going to be starting a Bible study!  Bible study will happen on the 2nd and 4th Sunday and the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 3:00 pm.   I’ll be preparing one Bible study each week, so you can choose to attend either or Sunday or on Wednesday, whichever is more convenient for you that week.  In other words, our first Sunday Bible study will be on July 10th, and our first Wednesday Bible study will be on July 13th, but those will be the same Bible study, so if Sunday doesn’t work for you, come Wednesday, and vice versa.

 

I write my own Bible study curriculum, and usually cover a single topic or a single part of a particular book of the Bible in one setting.  I am happy to prepare studies based on what you want to study, so you can let me know if there’s a particular topic that’s interesting you or a particular passage that doesn’t make sense to you, and I’ll prepare a study on it!  While I usually do these Bible studies as one-shot studies, I have also spent months going through a single book of the Bible before, if that’s what you’d prefer.

 

I really encourage you to come to the first Bible study (the one on the 10th/13th of July), because it provides some insight into how I interpret the Bible and why.

 

Second, we’re going to start doing Pub Theology on the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:00 pm at Dempsey’s Pub.  Pub theology is a fun, informal time to talk about our faith while you enjoy a pint of beer (or root beer, or whatever).  It’s also a great place to invite a friend who may not be excited about participating in a formal church service but who is curious about faith.

 

Finally, I want to let you know about something exciting we’re doing this Sunday, July 3rd.  In addition to our regular communion service in worship, we are going to bring communion outside of the building and offer it freely to the people of Watertown.  

 

Our Welcome Committee is now up and running, and we’re planning an all-church retreat for the month of August.  So much happening, so stay tuned!

 

Blessings,

 

Rev. Dustin Bartlett