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

Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser Feb 1 after worship

The Third Annual Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser at FCC for the Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry is Sunday February 1st, 2015, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

There is no fee to eat or to enter the contest. To vote for your favorite chili, you will need to purchase tickets at 25 cents per ticket and place them by the chili of your choice. The winner will be the person whose chili received the most tickets for that category. All proceeds go to the Coralville Food Pantry.

Please contact Mark Hall if you have any questions, at 319-325-1194 or

Start and End Dates: 
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 to Sunday, February 1, 2015

2015 Work Camps

2015 work camps will be during Spring Break next year, March 15-20, 2015, at the Pilgrim Heights UCC Campground, and then again on June 22-26 at the Village Community near West Liberty, IA. Both work camps allow for weekly as well as daily volunteering. Please call the church office if you’d like to be added to the work camp email list to get the latest updates.

Start and End Dates: 
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 to Sunday, June 21, 2015

FCC Thanksgiving Dinner, Sunday November 23rd

Come to the FCC worship service and feast on Sunday, November 23, starting at 10:00 am. If you want to bring something or participate in the preparation or cleanup, check your email for a link to a signup website or sign up during worship. But you don't have to bring anything. Come and enjoy a good Thanksgiving meal, and enjoy each other at one of our biggest events of the year. There will be vegan and gluten-free dishes.

Start and End Dates: 
Saturday, November 1, 2014 to Sunday, November 23, 2014