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March 2016 Mission of the Month

South Street Ministries South Street Ministries (SSM) is a ministry in the South Akron/Summit Lake area that is committed to the physical, socio-economic, and spiritual well-being of this neighborhood. Founded in 1997 by Duane and Lisa Crabbs, SSM has offered 18 years of programming, ministry, and shared life with the people in this area. SSM reaches across racial, economic, cultural and religious…

Praying about Addiction this Lent

Today, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of the season of Lent in the Christian calendar. Ash Wednesday is named for its central ritual – the imposing of ashes on the foreheads of believers in the shape of a cross. This cross is a penitential symbol that reminds us of our human frailty and, in light of that, of our need both for…

Congregational Budget Meeting

As we begin, I am requesting a few minutes of personal privilege as your Moderator. Ordinarily, I would offer a “state of the congregation” report at our annual meeting in May. Given the number of things that are happening, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on some of these things with you now. A mere five months ago, our…

January 2016 Mission of the Month

First Glance has been selected to be the January Mission of the Month. It is a youth center that operates in Akron’s Kenmore community. Their programs are designed for students from grades 6-12 and for young adults ages 18-29. Programs include a recreational night, a young adults program, an assistance program, Teen Mom and Young Moms programs. Please make your check payable…

A Letter from the Pastor (December 2015/January 2016 Chronicle)

Beloved friends, We have decked the halls here at First Congregational – the church is looking beautiful and I am eager for us to spend our first Christmas Eve celebrating together. The holiday season promises many old favorites (id-e-o-o-o!) as well as some new highlights. Specifically, this year we’re moving to an unrehearsed pageant format. Our 11am worship service on the Fourth…

December 2015 Mission of the Month

Mason Community Learning Center has been selected as the Mission of the Month for December by the Outreach Board. The funds collected will purchase one interactive whiteboard, which connects to a computer in the classroom. To support this project, please write your check to FCC and write Mason on the memo line. Thank you for your help!

UA Symphony Orchestra, with violinist Ilya Kaler

Thursday, November 19, 2015 – 7:30 PM Ilya Kaler One of the most outstanding personalities of the violin today, Ilya Kaler is a world-renowned performer and educator. Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Diamond’s “The Enormous Room,” Stravinsky’s “Firebird” Suite. Guy Bordo conducts. First Congregational Church is at 292 East Market St., one block north of campus. Kulas Concert Series: $12 general, $6 non-UA students,…

November 2015 Mission of the Month

Limitless Ambition Outreach has selected Limitless Ambition as the November Mission of the Month. Its mission is to nurture emerging women by shaping their confidence in their ability to lead where leadership is critically needed. Their focus is on teens to women of all ages from economically disadvanted areas across Northeast Ohio. The organization builds on the tenets of empowerment, leadership, integrity,…