God

is Still

Speaking...

Welcome to First Congregational Church

A community of diverse Christian believers empowered by love and guided by the Holy Spirit

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SHARE IN OUR WORSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP

Live Interactive Online Sunday Services via Zoom

When weather does not permit Drive-in Church

10am Sunday, December 6th

Contact church office for information on how to join.

You can view pre-recorded worship services at our YouTube Channel. Subscribe to always get the latest. 

We are dedicated to the health and safety of our community.

We are abiding by the best medical guidance, and the directives of county and state officials regarding pandemic policy.

Our leadership in the Pacific Northwest United Church of Christ Conference wisely advises to err on the side of caution.

All in-person indoor activities at the church have been moved online or with safe, masked, distanced, small group outdoor alternatives.

Please contact us about our outdoor meeting policy.  

Information about recovery groups is available through our office and at 

https://bluemtnarea-na.org

Changes to our indoor meeting policy will not likely be considered until the county is in Phase 3 reopening.

WORSHIP THE WEEK OF CHRISTMAS 

Silent Night Candlelight Solstice Service

Tuesday, December 22nd

7pm

Outside the Sanctuary

Organ music will waft out from the sanctuary as we hold silent and sacred vigil by candlelight

Wear masks, dress warmly, keep 6 feet apart.

This is weather permitting, but we’ll hold out for the hearty. It won’t be a long affair.

 

Drive-in Christmas Caroling

Christmas Eve

Thursday, December 24th

3pm

This will be an opportunity to sing our favorite Christmas carols while safely gathered in our cars.

The music will be courtesy Jackie, Julie, and Phil.

Tune your radios to AM 1590

 

Christmas Eve Live Zoom Service

Thursday, December 24th

7pm

See your friends, share in the blessing of the Christmas story, pray, and bask in beautiful music. There will be a special message for children.

If you do not have a computer or smartphone, you can call into the meeting.

If this is your first time trying Zoom – you can do it! We have friendly people who are happy to help you get set up. Contact our office for the Zoom meeting information 

 

Drive-in Church

When forecast is for 40F or above

Weather Will NOT Permit This Sunday

1. Please arrive early, before 10am. We will have prelude music starting early.

2. Please enter via the Marcus St entrance. – See the map below for traffic flow

3. Parking Ushers will direct you to a parking spot.

4. Hospitality Ushers will hand out worship sheets and prayer cards.

Please have masks up when interacting with them.

5. You may roll down your driver’s side windows. You may NOT roll down the passenger’s side window. This way you can take down your masks for the service

6. Everyone participating outside will wear masks.

7. Offering and prayer cards will be collected in a box at the exit

8. For those who come without a car, there will be distanced outdoor seating. Masks mandatory.

9. The service will be amplified via a P.A. system and low-power AM radio. Dial radio to AM 1590

10. Please do not idle motors.

11. Do not come if you are exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms, have tested positive, are awaiting a test or have had recent contact with someone who has tested positive.

We will still have weekly online worship videos as well as online prayer and bible study meetings.

 

View some of our latest Sermons and Worship Videos below. More available here. 

 
Our Vision & Mission

 

We are a congregation of diverse Christian believers empowered by love and guided by the Holy Spirit.

It is our mission to enable personal spiritual growth, collective outreach to the community, and stewardship of God's creation. We are an open and affirming church.  Because of who you are and where you are on life's journey, YOU are welcome here!

Church Statement Committing to Antiracism, Nonviolence, and Police Reform

 

    As people of faith and disciples of Jesus, our community at First Congregational Church of Walla Walla stands with those struggling for racial justice who are speaking out about racism and White supremacy in our culture and institutions. We declare that Black lives matter.

     We share the grief over the violent death of George Floyd, and of many other unarmed Black, Brown, and Indigenous people who have died at the hands of those we entrust to provide fair and equal protection under the law. Our faith compels us to confront racism as a false idol and a force that crucifies.

     We know that God’s grace, as a gift, is free, but it is not cheap. It calls us to a change of heart and of actions, seeing clearly the role of sin in ourselves and our society. We are humbled to acknowledge the sin of racism and White supremacy in ourselves, in our institutions, and in our country’s living history. We seek, with God’s help, and with the confidence that nothing truly separates any of us from the love of God, to do our part to overcome racism and heal the injustices in our society.

    To that end:

     We are committed to better understanding our own White privilege and racism, for those of us who are White, and to address its subtle and overt manifestations in our church culture. To aid us, we will use small group curricula developed by our national leadership in the United Church of Christ, such as “White Privilege - Let’s Talk: A Resource for Transformational Dialogue.” We invite others in our community to this work, and gladly will share these resources.

     We are committed to supporting and responding to the leadership of Black and Brown people in our city and state who are developing policy measures that can reduce the risk of police violence and increase democratic oversight and accountability.

      We are committed to finding appropriate ways as a church to help bring our local police and political leaders into conversation with the Walla Walla Black Lives Matter movement, as well as the Walla Walla Immigrant Rights Coalition, as they request, to discuss meaningful reforms and reconciliation.

     We are committed to peace and nonviolence, knowing all people are fellow children of God. We will do our part to reduce the level of violence in our society overall. This requires attending to larger injustices in our nation, largely impacting People of Color. This also requires attending to the seeds of violence in ourselves. A less violent society will reduce the level of risk and stress for all, including police officers who often respond to violent situations.

     We are above all committed to following the Way of Jesus with integrity, confronting the forces of violence and racism with love in our hearts and with our trust centered on the God of resurrection at work through history and beyond.

Rev. Nathaniel Mahlberg, Pastor

J.R. VanSlyke, Moderator

Jen Rickard, Vice-Moderator

Dana Taggart, Chair, Board of Trustees

Judy Chacon, Chair, Board of Deacons

Heidi McFarley, Chair, Mission & Social Concerns Committee

Dot Willis, Chair, Christian Education Committee

We are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of our voting to become Open & Affirming of the diverse sexual orientations and gender identities God has seen fit to imbue humanity.

 

This bold stance on behalf of the belovedness and blessedness of each and all of God's children has been a rich source of blessing and challenge for this congregation.

For the 20th Anniversary, we're exploring ways of honoring this year by lifting up the stories of LGBTQ people of faith and allies in town, and to further explore what an affirming faith means.

 

If you want to be a part of dreaming up how we can make this a special year please let us know!

© 2015 by First Congregational Church of Walla Walla - United Church of Christ

  • facebook-square
  • Twitter Square
  • Google Square