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The First Congregational Church of Sonoma

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Welcome to the First Congregational Church of Sonoma


WHO WE ARE

Our community of faith knows some measure of God’s grace, compassion, mercy, justice and peace. It is our desire to share that love with you regardless of your age, race, gender, marital status, physical condition, sexual orientation, ethnic or economic background.

We are an Open and Affirming Church. 

Pride Banner

No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey,
you're welcome here.

Church Ladies for Gay Rights
Church Ladies and Gents for Gay Rights makes news
throughout the U.S.! Here, the Kansas City Star.
More photos and video to follow. Stay tuned.

Church Ladies and Gents for Gay Rights video.
Church Ladies and Gents for Gay Rights

Empowered by the spirit of God, we seek peace and justice for all human and other living species on Earth, following the teachings of Jesus Christ.

SCOTUS's DOMA and Prop. 8 decisions opens the way for your weddings to take place at this church. As an Open and Affirming church, we celebrate with all LGBT people in their right to marry. Congratulations!
Photos from S.F. Pride Parade showing members of our church supporting LGBT people.


If you are new to the community or planning to move to Sonoma, please give us a call, 707.996.1328, and we shall be very pleased to provide information and assist where we can. You may also want to visit the Sonoma Visitors' Bureau.


Families are WELCOME at FCC in Sonoma. Visit our new Sunday School classroom/Nursery in the Community Room. Nursery care available from 10:30 a.m. until the end of Worship. Children ages 5 to 12 are excused for Sunday school early during the Worship Service.


WHAT'S NEW

We're on Facebook! Friend us now. :)Facebook
Check out the Youth Service video on our FB page.

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Sunday, July 27 The Rev. Dick Ridenour will be preaching and leading worship, once again blessing the congregation with his spiritual insights and passion for justice.

Sunday, August 3 FCC Sonoma will gather for its quarterly Taize service, using the music of the Taize community in France.

Sunday, August 10 Rev. Nancy will be preaching and leading worship as we continue our sojourn in the part of the church year known as "Ordinary Time."

Sunday, August 17 While Rev. Nancy is in Burlingame with the Academy for Spiritual Formation, Veda Lewis will be preparing to lead worship and will, most likely, be sharing her extraordinary blend of humor, creativity, and spiritual depth.

Sunday, August 24 We will be worshipping outside on FCC's patio, with Rev. Nancy leading the service.

Sunday, August 31 We will return to the sanctuary for our Sunday service, with Rev. Nancy preaching.

Click on the Facebook link to see some photos from the group's visit to Pine Ridge Reservation!!

FCC Pine Ridge Group


• Save the Date:

Seekers - The Seekers will resume their twice monthly meetings starting Tuesday, May 6 at 7pm in the Community Room. All are welcome.

Next 40-Day Journet postponed until September.

Camp Caz weekend October 3-5.

Sunday, November 1 from 5-8pm Family Food, Fun and Games night.


• Earth Care Committee Water Saving Tips.

• Carl Sagan's "The Pale Blue Dot"

FCC Sonoma Advocates for Earth Care - join us today!!
butterfly heart           earth care
Please take a moment to fill out the form to this Advocates for Earth Care flyer and give it to one of our Earth Care committee members: John Donnelly, Cathy Webber, Janet Volkman, Tim Boeve, and Jackie Steuer.


Call 211 for Non-Emergency Help

• We Care Cards We Care Cards

Are you interested in joining the handbell choir? Contact Janice.
Listen.

ESCRIP program info. Raise $$ for the church!

Peace Pole Dedication photos by Veda Lewis

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ONGOING MEETINGS:
The Seekers, Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. Community Room.
All are welcome to join us!
Meditation Group: Fridays 8 a.m. Community Room


CELEBRATE DIVERSITY  
RESPECT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US

A handful of our members represented this church and marched with various religious affiliations in the S.F. Pride Parade. Read about one Church Lady's experience! - Church Ladies for Gay Rights.

Life is worth living and that it's okay to be who you are. I'm a daughter, a sister, a mother, a grandmother and a friend. I am all of those. And I am gay. Check out Terri Johnson's story here or on Vimeo or YouTube!

A 4-Year-Old Girl Asked A Lesbian If She's A Boy. She Responded The Awesomest Way Possible.
Rainbow symbol
---->  Her Mom wanted her to wear a dress to the prom.
She didn't. <-----tiny dress


Handbell choir
FCC Handbell Choir

Video of handbell performance "Joyful Joyful" and "Abbott's Leigh".

Interested in joining the handbell choir, we'd love for you to contact us.

Links to Taize Music

Camp Caz Photos

Faith in Action! Photos

CROPWalk Photos 2013 - A Successful Day - Walking to Feed the Hungry

CROPWALK Photos 2014

See story and photos from the 'Caring for the Earth - Linking Faith, Hope, Love, Justice and Action in Our Churches' conference.


Sharing the Bounty Breakfast photos

Thrift Shop Hours

2011 First Congregational Church of Sonoma, CA S.F. Pride Group
Click to see larger image

Watch the Church Ladies on
YouTube here and here.

 

 

May the love of God surround you always.
Peace be with you
.

 


     

 

Rev. Nancy Taylor

Sunday Worship Services

• Worship Service - 10:30 a.m.
• Sunday School and Childcare Provided
• Wheelchair Accessible

REV. NANCY'S SCHEDULE

Work week is Tuesday through Sunday. With some exceptions, I am at the church in the mornings, Wednesday through Friday, but I'm also available to meet with you at the church or elsewhere on Tuesday mornings, as well as most Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. I do not check my e-mail or voicemail from Sunday afternoon until Tuesday morning, so, please, if you have a pastoral emergency, call me on my cell phone.

FCC goes to Sacramento

David McFarland, Cathy Webber, Jan Edwards, John Donnelly
We joined with some 30 + California Interfaith Power & Light members from diverse faith congregations in Sacramento to lobby for Earth-friendly bills now before the State Assembly and Senate. We were divided into groups of 4-5, each group calling upon 8 different Assembly or Senate offices. Our 4-person FCC Sonoma Advocates lobbied 32 offices. Truly, a most interesting, challenging, and exhausting day ---democracy is hard work! Attached are (1) a Calif IP&L fact sheet showing the talking points we used to lobby for the various Senate and Assembly Bills, and (2) a photo of the "FCC Four." (June 25, 2014)

FCC Goes to Sacto

The California Interfaith Power & Light members including Rev. Sally Bingham.

 

communion
Rev. Nancy Taylor - the communion table is set
• Weekly Communion Service after worship in the Sanctuary.

Rev. Nancy at youth service
Rev. Nancy participating in the Youth Service
(photo by Patricia Serota)

Youth Service Movie Youth Service graphic or click here.




Karen Boon
Karen Boon brings joy to folks at the convalescent hospital. She is yet another great example of church members providing loving service to the community.

A Pledge for Grateful Living

 

Randy States
Randy States strums softly

RevNancy and Jack
Rev. Nancy and Jack - photo by Patricia Serota


coexist

LGBTQ Youth: YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!
Check out OurSpiritNow.org  pride colors
"We believe that the true basis of religion is love and that all people deserve to be loved, especially youth who struggle fitting the traditional straight model of sexuality. Watch our movies, explore and, above all, know that you’re loved." You are not alone!!
Yes, you are loved and not alone.

The 'Not All Like That' Christians Project
A Christian website proclaiming their belief in full LGBT equality. The purpose of the NALT Christians Project is to give LGBT-affirming Christians a means of proclaiming to the world—and especially to young gay people—their belief and conviction that there is nothing anti-biblical or at all inherently sinful about being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Check out their videos.

Wonderful videos to check out!

Son Gives His Gay Dads The Best News Ever. This Is Their Mildly NSFW Reaction.

Her Dad Thinks Being Gay Was Her Choice. The Words She Said Back? Couldn't Have Chosen Them Better.

A Man Slams Down A Bigoted Question So Hard He Brings Down The House.

Read about Anthony Venn-Brown who is passionate about ending the unnecessary suffering caused to gay and lesbian people and their families because of the ignorance about sexual orientation.

Andrew Solomon - Love, No Matter What. What is it like to raise a child who's different from you in some fundamental way (like a prodigy, or a differently abled kid, or a criminal)? In this quietly moving talk, writer Andrew Solomon shares what he learned from talking to dozens of parents — asking them: What's the line between unconditional love and unconditional acceptance?

 


 

252 West Spain Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 • 707.996.1328
E-mail: contact@sonomacongregational.org Website: http://www.sonomacongregational.org