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Grief Group

“Grieving is a sacred art and when it is fully known and made to actively happen in all its grandeur and integrity, is the backbone of all real peace.”
– Martin Prechtel

No one wants to grieve and yet, when we love others, it is inevitable.  All of us have experienced grief and all of us will experience loss.  Grief cannot be outrun or unattended without manifesting somehow or somewhere in our future, even into generations to come.  Our culture tries to avoid sorrow at all costs which only hardens us with emptiness and a vague sense of longing.

Grieving needs time and must be purposefully done, if new life is to be lived and experienced. Together in community we can welcome grief in all of its terrible magnificence and be transformed so that we may be thankful for and live life again.

  • GRIEF GROUP GATHERING
    GRIEF GROUP GATHERING
    The Grief Group meets on the first and third Tuesdays, October through February, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.  Whether your sorrow is long held or more recent, you are welcome.  Grief Group will start up again in October, but if that is too long to wait without...
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If you would like to learn more, please call Suzanne Congdon, Spiritual Director, at 541-343-0817.

“Grief group was important work for me. It was not easy, but it was very important. It gave me a space and time to be with my grief – in the midst of our hectic lives, that in and of itself can be a real challenge.  The others in the group were able to meet me where I was spiritually, because they were in very similar places themselves. We were able to join our hearts together and support one another on our grief journeys. Our Spiritual Director, Suzanne Congdon, gracefully and gently led us to new understandings and resources that eventually helped me to return to the “hearth” of my soul, where the one whose loss I was grieving, had been all along. To those considering joining a grief group or doing grief recovery work – I recommend that you take a leap of faith and go for it. Then, when you feel lousy and tired and you just want to quit – stay with it. The blessing of spiritual wholeness awaits you at the end of the journey.”

-Mark Lindberg

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    Position Description for Childcare Supervisor The care of our young children is a vital ministry of First Congregational Church. The Childcare Supervisor will provide leadership, coordination, training, and supervision related to the church childcare needs. The...
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  • Fourth Sunday Breakfast - July 23
    Fourth Sunday Breakfast – July 23
    Volunteers are needed each fourth Sunday to help prepare and serve a delicious and nutritious hot breakfast to those in our community in need of food. First Congregational partners with numerous faith congregations, and Food for Lane County...
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  • High School & College Musicians meet July 23
    High School & College Musicians meet July 23
    We will meet again Sunday, July 23, in the sanctuary right after worship service to rehearse special music for August 6.  ...
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    Rummage Sale planning July 30
    The Facilities Committee is planning a rummage sale for Saturday, September 23, with the proceeds to be divided between the Housing Initiative and Tasajera, El Salvador, but we need your help. This is a brief task...
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  • Ukulele Choir ~ July 30
    Ukulele Choir ~ July 30
    Uke players! Join us on Sunday, July 30 for FCC’s first UKULELE CHOIR. The ukes will play in service on July 30.  Rehearsal will be Wednesday, July 26, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Wheeler Room with...
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  • Annual Outdoor Worship & Potluck - August 6 
    Annual Outdoor Worship & Potluck – August 6 
    Plan for a summer Outdoor Worship Service (lower entrance) at 10:00 a.m. and potluck picnic at 11:00 a.m. Wear your favorite hat and/or bring an umbrella for shade and enjoy chair or blanket (please bring your own blanket) seating.  Canopies...
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