Pastor’s Message

Welcome to First Congregational - United Church of Christ!


I am excited and honored as we begin a new ministry at this church!


           “Be alert, be present.  I’m about to do something new.

         It’s bursting out!  Don’t you see it? 

   (Isaiah 43:19, from The Message Version)


What a great time to come and join in as we value our healthy roots

    of the past, and make strong our wings to soar into our future!

All are invited: children, youth & women, men of all ages, ideas, 

            traditions, opinions, styles, gender identities, etc...

         ALL are welcome in this place!!


          Why did I move from the Chicago area 

         to accept a call to be Pastor of this church?


*I know some wonderful colleagues who live or vacation in the area. 

*I am getting to know church family and friends and conversing with friendly people in the community. I look forward to meeting YOU!


*I am encouraged by the openness, dedication and down-to-earth nature of this church.  I am excited about the possibilities of working with children, teens, 

young adults and older adults in areas of social and educational events, 

serving others in local and wider missions and caring for church family and friends.


*The natural beauty (yes, even with long winters) of this area.  Currently, I am 

enjoying towering pine trees, rippling lakes, a variety or birds, including a mother 

turkey with her turkeylings, graceful deer and perky wildflowers.  No wonder many 

call this area ‘God’s Country!’


Indeed, ‘God is still speaking,’ in our ‘neck of the woods!

Blessings, Rev. Jane Courtright