MINISTRIES

There is a ministry for everyone


Senior Choir  

 

Senior Choir meets weekly on Sundays before church.  We are always looking for more singers.  Time is 9:00 a.m. and while regular attendance is appreciated, please don’t let an irregular schedule prevent you from participating.  We accept singers at any time during the choir season. 

During March we will sing on Mar. 3, 10, 17, Maundy Thursday, Mar. 28, and Easter Sunday, Mar. 31.

Choir will not rehearse or sing on March 24 (Palm Sunday) due to my being out of town.

The choir has two responsibilities in the service, one is serving as leading voices for congregational singing and the second is to share a musical rendering of scripture or focus of the service in the form of an anthem. 

Thank you  to Cooper Wood who played piano for the service on February 11, and to Tom Rusch who continued his faithful playing as both service musician and choir accompanist for the remaining February services.

 

Looking Deeper into the Music

The choir recently sang “We Walk in Love” as an anthem, but it came out of the recent collection named the “Justice Choir Songbook.” I thought that I would share some insight into the composition from the composer herself:    Reflections on “We Walk in Love” from Deanna Witkowski:

“In early 2017, I responded to a call for scores for a new collection of social justice songs being curated by Abbie Betinis, Tesfa Wondemagegnhehu, and Ahmed Anzaldúa. The songs to be selected as part of a new movement called Justice Choir would be offered free of charge for anyone to sing for non-commercial use: at concerts, marches, protests, and in houses of worship.

The idea was to have accessible, easy-to-learn songs that speak into the moment that we are living in now, and to provide opportunities for all to create community by singing together. When I saw a Facebook post from Abbie about the call for scores, I immediately responded by sitting down at the piano. I wrote and harmonized a simple tune in 3/4- not rangy, no big jumps, something that everyone could sing.

Next, I went to my living room couch with a large sketchbook on my lap. I started writing lists of nouns: “love, purpose, voice, compassion, truth, bridge, justice, kindness.” Then I pulled out the text to James Weldon Johnson’s hymn, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and started adding more nouns: “hope, faith.” I began a list of verbs: “dream, stand, fight, cry, walk, join, speak.”

My boyfriend sat with me when I got stuck on a phrase or two and contributed to the lyric. We sang the three verses to each other multiple times before I returned to the piano and recorded myself singing and playing the song, “We Walk in Love.””

 


MUSICIAN Position Available at First Congregational UCC

 We are seeking a musician to share their talent with our Congregation. The ideal candidate will be proficient in accompaniment and performance on a piano and/or organ.  This individual will partner with the Choir Director and Pastor to coordinate selections for the weekly Worship services.

To be considered, contact our Church Secretary at 920-261-6213 or email    lbentz@firstcongwttn.org 

NEW - Social Justice Team approved by Church Council 

 

First Congregational UCC and three other congregations in the Watertown area began offering joint programming that consisted of a series of Sunday afternoon sessions (usually once a month) at the public library called "Building a Welcoming Watertown."  These sessions were co-hosted by the four pastors but also featured keynote speakers from the WISDOM statewide interfaith organizing network :

http://wisdomwisconsin.org/

This led to the idea of forming a Social Justice Team for our church. The idea was to work with the other churches as we can, but we would like to work as a team and determine our own methodology and goals. At its February meeting, our Church Council approved this new Team.  We have scheduled our first meeting for Sunday, March 3 at 11:30 a.m. (during the last part of fellowship time following Sunday worship).

You are invited to join us!  We are just getting started and are looking for interested folks and possible ideas.  If you know of others who might be interested, please extend this invitation to them as well!  Although serving as a witness of an inclusive Christianity that lives in direct contrast against Christian nationalism is part of what has brought together, we are looking at getting involved in many areas. 

Here is one resource to help get us started:   http://www.wcucc.org/justice-ministries/

If you're interested in joining this new Team or just want to check us out, we look forward to seeing you on March 3.  


Youth Group 

For Middle School and High School

YOUTH GROUP: We will begin meetings in the spring. Watch for Updates

Children Ministry

 

Sunday School   For Preschool through 5th grade

Children are in worship with their family each Sunday (except Communion Sundays) and leave for class after Melissa’s Family Time.   Our groups may be small, but we do have fun! We have talked about what we can pray about and what is the right way to pray…oh, there isn’t a right way to pray!!!

We will continue to meet on Sundays during the worship service.

Come join the fun.


Intentional Faith Formation

 

Church History Study

Pastor Chris is leading a basic church history class that covers the era between the New Testament and Crisis in Watertown.  And to help make this class more accessible for folks’ schedules, we’ll be meeting on Sunday mornings at 8:45 in the office conference room..


The Confirmation Experience

Confirmation Sunday 

WATCH THIS SPACE:  2024-2025 update