We marked our 175th Anniversary with a Historic Birthday Recognition Celebration during Sunday morning Worship on March 1st. We welcomed special guests State Representative Ben Glardon, Owosso Mayor Ben Fredrick, Owosso Mayor Pro-Tem Chris Eveleth and United Church of Christ MI Congerence Minister Campbell Lovett in the celebration of this historic occasion.
175th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration
We began our Anniversary year with the dedication of our anniversary quilt and a potluck
Throughout history, God's people have dedicated their churches, their homes, their possessions, and their lives to God in recognition of His Lordship. First Congregational desires to dedicate this gift - this 175th Anniversary Quilt - crafted by Jan Croy, a labor of love made by the hands of our congregational members - in the same manner this quilt will hang as a visible sign of God's provision. It is a gift - from His Hand - through His people - and today we humbly ask for God to bless the work of so many hands, past and present - and all the story it will tell for decades to come in and through this building.
September 7th "We Gather Together"
"We Gather Together"
And Congregational Child Development Center (CCDC)
Glenn Brittian and Tom Dorey playing during the Historic Home Tour
In Honor of our 175th Year we presented free to the public Handel's Messiah, Saturday December 6th at 7pm. Conducted by Dr. J Ellsworth Jackson with full chorus, harpsichord, pipe organ and chamber orchestra. Handel's Messiah is a musical righ of the holiday season, the barque-era oratorio still awes listeners years after the composer's death. For
327 N. Washington St.
Owosso, MI 48867
Sunday Morning Worship 10:30am
In Honor of Rev. Halley B Oliver
Throughout our 175th Year we will be playing from CD four sermons given by Rev. Hal Oliver. Each Sermon is hand-selected by his son John Oliver.
Rev. Hal Oliver was the reverend here at First Congregational Church from 1954-1987. We are often referred to as Hal's Church.
What an experience it will be to hear Hal's words resonate once more in the sanctuary.
First Sermon: "History of the Reformation" given in 1984 by
Rev. Hal Oliver
Owosso Historic Home Tour
Stone Soup Luncheon
We were the featured Church for the annual Historic Home Tour this year. We opened the church up for the community to tour. Through out the church you could find information about our historic church dating back to its creation in 1840. We had an Organ concert going on during the day for peoples listening pleasure and a FCCUCC gift shop. We were also the lunch stop on the tour. The Stone Soup Luncheon was wonderful. We were excited to have so many people come and enjoy the rich history of our town and our beautiful historic church.
Thank You to all the Volunteers!
Thank You to all the people who volunteered and helped with the Historic Home Tour. Your hard work and dedication to the church is much appreciated. The church looked welcoming and beautiful. The Stone Soup Luncheon was delicious and elegantly done.
175th Birthday Recognition Celebration
First Congregational Church UCC
The seder, a festive holiday meal, actually means “order”. It is called this because the meal is done in a certain order which takes us from slavery to freedom. The seder involves a retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. By using all of the senses, the Passover Seder tells the story of God’s grace in history and calls the participants to experience and share in the story as their own story.
Dedication of our Baptismal Font
On November 2, 2014 we dedicated our new baptismal font, provided by memorial gifts given in memory of Karen Davis Friday. The font was designed and fashioned by Amish Craftsman arranged by Marrs Furniture. We humbly thank Ron Marlatt for his generous memorial gift in Karen's name. We would also like to thank Linda Ruehle for her beautiful pottery baptismal bowl and pitcher she crafted.
In addition a Christ Candle and stand is also dedicated in Karen's memory. The Paschal candle (Christ Candle) is a large, white candle used at liturgy in the Western Rites of Christianity (Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, etc.) A new Paschal candle is blessed and lit every year at Easter, and is used throughout the Paschal season which is during Easter and then throughout the year on special occasions, such as baptisms and funerals.
Dedicated to the glory of God and the future members baptized here
in loving memory of Karen Davis Friday