The Christian scriptures offer many images of where love, grace, forgiveness,
righteousness, and healing can REALLY be found. And it is not in the “usual” places. Isn’t it as true of us today as it was of the scriptural authors? Don’t we often look for wholeness and happiness in places that offer only temporary “good feelings” and satisfaction? Lent is a wonderfully reflective time to reassess where we are searching for meaning and purpose. We’ll move through stories of Jesus to find out who offers the “real deal.”
The story at the center of our look for love this week is the story of the temptation of Jesus in the desert after his baptism. We see the futility of looking for love in the things that only provide temporary satisfaction — in seeking empty highs, tempting fate, and in mindless adoration. Rather, as Jesus
demonstrates, it is in our resistance to evil that we find true communion with God. Resistance to evil starts with our own confession of complicit acts that move us further from love. Our groaning can turn to “glad cries of deliverance” as we choose good over evil time after time — even and especially if it isn’t the “popular” thing to do.
What is your "Lookin' For Love" Testimony?
Where have you found love? How do you let more love into your life? Share with us by video or in-person during worship. This week, we will hear from Johana Castillo.
For the next 6-8 weeks we will be taking time to listen to one another and to our community to discern how we might best live the gospel and participate in God's reign. This will take place in series of gatherings of
our friends and members, facilitated by Jill White from the national setting of the United Church of Christ. The dates and times are:
Saturday March 11 9:30-11:00
Saturday April 1st 9:30-12:00 Saturday April 22nd 9:30-12:00
The first session will be for gathering information from our members and friends about what you think are the most important
priorities for First Congregational during the next five years. Everyone is invited to sign up. It will be held via Zoom. If you would like to participate but won't be able to connect via Zoom, let us know and we will find someone to connect you with. Please reserve your spot here.
Lunch With SDA on March 4th
On Sunday, March 4th, the leadership of Lake Worth Spanish Seventh Day Adventist Church will join us in worship and after the worship service will host us for
lunch in appreciation for the sale of the campus.
On Saturday, February 28th, we picked several pecks of peppers, gleaning a field in West Delray. Over 5,000 lbs of green peppers were picked and delivered to
Palm Beach County food pantries. Thank you First Congregational Church! You can see more pictures on our website.
"Build a Better World" March
A five-day March by farm worker and allies will culminate on March 18, with a rally at Lake Drive Park in Palm
Beach beginning at 10:30 AM followed by a 2-mile march in Palm Beach. Over 50 farm workers and allies are expected to take part in the entire five-day march, with hundreds more joining for the final 2-mile stretch and rally. The march and final-day rally will be open to the public and all those who support freedom for farm workers are encouraged to participate in this peaceful protest. For more information and to register, go to https://ciw-online.org/.
On Monday, March 27th, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, we will
gather with people of faith from across the county to ask our public officials to commit to solutions to problems we are facing as a community. We will be arranging rides for those who do not drive at night. When you register, let us know if you will need a ride. You can register here.
The FCCLW Women's Fellowship will host a St. Patty's Day Dinner, Friday, March 17, 2023 at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall at 1415 N K St., Lake Worth. Tickets are $20 per person.
Ticket sales begin 2/26. Choice of Corned Beef and Cabbage or Lamb Stew. Includes beverge, bread and dessert. Wear your favorite St. Patty's Day attire and enjoy an evening of fellowship and fun. Who knows what you may find at the end of the rainbow. You can purchase tickets on Sunday or online.
Wisdom Lenten Study
For almost 1,700 years the Benedict order has been operated using the Rule of Benedict. Within the Rule one can find most of the ways that a human community can be operated. Joan Chittister OBS (Order of Saint Benedict) wrote a book, Wisdom Distilled From the Daily, that for the better part of ten years Rev. Nelson Stone taught in a course titled The Wisdom of Benedict. For this Lent you are invited to join
him in person and on Zoom to spend some time reflecting on Sister Chittister's vision of a life ruled by The Rule. This week we will discuss the first chapter, "Wisdom." Please register here. The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9548808629?pwd=MlRpa0tHU1JHZzFBOENhdEIvQkpDdz09
Practicing Faith, Mercy, and Justice in Community?
There's an App for That!
Our new church app has been released in the Apple App and Google Play stores just for our church. You can stream our worship services, keep in touch with friends, keep up with events,
and financially support First Congregational Church all in one place. If you are an iphone user, you can download the app in the App Store, if you have an Android phone, you can download from Google Play.
Along with this platform change, our online giving platform will be changing. If you have a regular giving plan set up with us, you should have received an email with instructions on how to switch that over to our new platform. You can find those instructions here.
We will once again be
observing "28 Days of Antiracism" during the month of February with the Lake Worth Interfaith Network. If you are on Facebook, you can follow along at facebook.com/lwindiversity. We will share their posts on our Facebook page and in our new app.
February 26th, at 2:00 PM, Union Congregational Church is hosting a free concert by the Ebony Chorale of the Palm Beaches, highlighting historical Black American music. 5088 Summit Blvd. WPB 33415.
Dan Hecker will be in rehabilitation for the next couple of weeks at
The Legacy Room #438 6363 Verde Trail S Boca Raton, FL 33433
Have you explored the opportunity of electronic giving? You can choose to have a
set amount taken from your bank account on a regular basis or you can make a one (or more) time gift by checking account or credit card on our website. Your regular electronic giving means that your gift is available for ministry even when you are away (or forgot your checkbook!). Thank you for your continued support of the ministry of First Congregational
Pouches of Tuna and/or chicken
Canned Vegetables (tab top and/or single serve sizes are best)
Ravioli, Spaghetti, Beefaroni (tab top)
Canned Soups/Stews (tab top)
Single serve ready to eat
We are in desperate need of the following mens' clothing items:
T-Shirts sizes L & XL
Boxer Briefs sizes L & XL
Athletic shorts sizes L &
Dan Hecker, Mark Stanford, Barbara Forsyth, Harvey Littlefield, Gary Sitler, Terry Ralston, Pat Gregg, Victor Stanley, Bob and Gail
Howell, Brigitte Ermansons, The Zook Family, Barbara Derryberry, The Family of Bob Davis, The Gonzalez Family, The Spangler Family for the loss of Benjamin, The Stone Family, Bob Lily
Thursday Morning Chat & Fellowship
Join us on Thursday mornings at 10:00 for virtual chat and fellowship in our “virtual parlor.”
You can join us by clicking here. The password, if you need it, is fcclw. If you join us by computer, clicking the link will download the necessary software and take you right into the “parlor.” If you are joining on your smart phone or pad, you will need to download the Zoom app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. You can also call 646-558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 718 419 400 and then Passcode: 839769.
Connect with our congregation and community through our YouTube channel. Watch (and share) sermon and
teaching videos, as well as videos from our life together. Be sure to subscribe and share with others.
Go to our Facebook page and "like" us. To make sure you see everything from us, go to the pull-down menu and click "Get Notification."
As much as we love gathering together on Sundays, there are times when we are out of town or unable to be together in person. You can watch our worship service live on Facebook right on your computer, tablet, or smart phone. At 10:30 on Sunday, just head over to our Facebook page and join us!
First Congregational Church of Lake Worth
1415 North K St.
Lake Worth, FL 33460