Blue Zones Celebration, September 13th

Blue Zones Celebration, September 13th - Our congregation has achieved official Blue Zones designation, and we will celebrate this accomplishment with a 9:00 a.m. congregational walk/run before worship, and a healthy Blue Zones brunch after worship on September 13. There will be an official acceptance of our Blue Zones status during announcements just prior to worship.

If you would like to walk or participate in brunch, please fill out and return the acceptance form, found in the newsletter, or contact the church office.

Start and End Dates: 
Saturday, August 29, 2015 to Monday, September 14, 2015

Annual Fall Kick Off Is Sunday August 30

Bouncy slide at a fall kickoff with children and water.The beginning of the school year also means the beginning of our fall programming!  FCC's annual fall kick-off celebration is this Sunday, August 30 at 11:30 am!  Stay after worship for lunch (pulled pork sandwiches, vegan alternative available), followed by carnival games, water slide, bouncy house and reverse dunk tank on the back lawn.  Kids and youth are invited to bring swim suit and towels for water games.

Bring along a friend or neighbor - all are welcome!

Please see the newsletter for more details!

Start and End Dates: 
Friday, August 28, 2015 to Monday, August 31, 2015

Meteor Shower Watch Aug. 14 at 5:30 pm

The Anna Gay and Sally Smith Annual Meteor Shower Watch

Friday, August 14th starting at 5:30 pm
Event Location: First Christian ChurcGraphic showing meteors plummeting to Earthh back lawn area

Please bring a side dish. Brats and burgers will be provided.

$2.00 per person - Suggested donation
(To help pay for chips, drinks and sandwiches)

Everyone is invited and visitors are welcome.

We invite all to enjoy a spectacular opportunity to view the Perseid meteor shower on the new moon on August 14. We will be starting with a cookout at 5:30 PM. The church will be providing main dishes to grill and we are asking families to bring a side dish or dessert to share. After we eat we will have a campfire and a great time of fellowship. As it gets dark, we will be able to watch the meteor shower. We will have a few telescopes set up, but extra binoculars or telescopes could be helpful. Astronomers say that because of the new moon a larger number of meteors than normal will be visible so it should be an awesome sight.

This year, we are adding the option of camping out on the church grounds to enjoy the shower deep into the night as well as an opportunity to commune with nature.

Please sign up at so that we can have an accurate count for food.

We look forward to this event. The majesty of God’s creation is spectacular and the combination of little light pollution near the church and the new moon should make the Perseids a spectacular show!


Start and End Dates: 
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 to Saturday, August 15, 2015


Masks were made for Vacation Bible School 2015

June 6-10,
5:30 pm (family meal),
6:00 - 8:10 pm program

“In God we live, move and exist.” 
Acts 17:28a

Kids Register Here

Volunteers Register Here

Parachute game as part of Vacation Bible School 2015

Get ready for an amazing adventure with your friends at FCC and CAVEQUEST!
All week, kids will deepen their faith and explore who Jesus is - the light of the world!

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Please join us, and invite a friend or two to come also!

Children and Youth of all ages are welcome to attend.  
Nursery care is available for children of volunteers.  

vbs 2015 singing vbs 2015 mascot, G-Force a leopard

vbs 2015 crafts

Contact Kara Seaton with any questions
319-337-4181 (church office)



We hope to see you there!

Start and End Dates: 
Monday, May 18, 2015 to Friday, June 12, 2015

Activities Cancelled Feb. 25, 2015

Due to ongoing snowfall and the slickness of the streets in the vicinity of Lincolnshire Place, Lenten Worship services and music practice at First Christian Church, are cancelled for this evening, Wednesday – February 25, 2015.

Please take extra care if you travel anywhere this evening.

Start and End Dates: 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 to Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lenten Classes

The following classes are offered during Lent.

A Women’s Bible Study on the Book of Jonah will be led by Colée Hospers at her home, 1550 Churchill Place, Iowa City every Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. beginning February 18. The class involves watching a video, having a discussion, attending Wednesday evening worship and, of course, some refreshments. To register for this group please call Colée at 339-9951 or sign up in the Gathering Space at the back of the sanctuary.

Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted - Member Book by Priscilla Shirer provides a personal study experience five days a week, leader helps, and viewer guides for the group video sessions of this in-depth women's Bible study. This group will meet for seven weeks prior to Easter. What do we do when God interrupts our lives? Many times, like Jonah, we run! In this 7-session Bible study, Priscilla redefines interruption and shows that interruption is actually God's invitation to do something beyond our wildest dreams. When Jonah was willing to allow God to interrupt his life, the result was revival in an entire city.

Lenten Bible Study led by Al Zimmerman at 9:00 a.m. Sundays in the lounge: Sabbath as Resistance to the Culture of Now by Walter Brueggemann. To join this class simply come to any session beginning February 15 or sign up in the Gathering Space at the back of the sanctuary. Discussions about the Sabbath often center around moralistic laws and arguments over whether a person should be able to play cards or purchase liquor on Sundays. In this volume, popular author Walter Brueggemann writes that the Sabbath is not simply about keeping rules, but rather about becoming a whole person and restoring a whole society. Importantly, Brueggemann speaks to a 24/7 society of consumption, a society in which we live to achieve, accomplish, perform, and possess. We want more, own more, use more, eat more, and drink more. Keeping the Sabbath allows us to break this restless cycle and focus on what is truly important: God, other people, all life. Brueggemann offers a transformative vision of the wholeness God intends, giving world-weary Christians a glimpse of a more fulfilling and simpler life through Sabbath observance.

Start and End Dates: 
Saturday, January 17, 2015 to Sunday, March 29, 2015

Lenten Worship Services (Taizé) 7:00 p.m. Wednesdays during Lent

Lenten Worship Services (Taizé) will be led by our Elders at 7:00 p.m. each Wednesday during Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 18.

Candles surrounding a Celtic crossThese 30-minute services are quiet and calming and will take place in candlelight around the base of the cross in the chancel. A time for community and contemplation in the middle of our hectic week can be refreshing like a cool drink of water on a blistering summer day. During Holy Week, the service will be moved to Thursday (April 2) for a Maundy Thursday service which will start with a meal beginning at 6:30 p.m. in fellowship hall, followed by the 7:00 p.m. service.

Iona MonasteryThe Taizé Community is an ecumenical monastic order in Taizé, Burgundy, France. It is composed of more than one hundred brothers, from Protestant and Catholic traditions, who originate from about thirty countries across the world. The community was founded in 1940 by Brother Roger, a Swiss Protestant, and blossomed into an ecumenical community of service and prayer with a strong youth component. Every year over 100,000 people make a pilgrimage to Taizé. The music of the Taizé community has global sources, but is especially known for short phrases from Scripture, sung repeatedly in candlelit sanctuaries all over the world. The Iona Community, a dispersed ecumenical community based in a 5th century abbey on the island of Iona off the coast of Scotland, has also contributed a distinctive musical style. Thousands of people make the pilgrimage to Iona each year, including our own pastor who stayed there for 2 weeks in 2009. Some songs from Iona and Taizé will be used in our midweek Lenten worship services.

Start and End Dates: 
Saturday, January 17, 2015 to Thursday, March 26, 2015