Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

Our theme for this year’s Christmas Eve service is “Christmas Lullabies and Dreams.” Reflections and meditations will be accompanied by carol singing, soloists, and selections by the choir. The service will end with the candlelight singing of Silent Night. Following the service, we will celebrate with wassail and cookies. The service begins at 8 pm. Childcare is provided in the nursery. First Congregational United Church of Christ is located at 1220 NE 68th Street in Vancouver.




Arun_GandhiArun Gandhi is an internationally renowned nonviolent activist and scholar. On Sunday, January 18th, he will visit First Congregational United Church of Christ in Vancouver as we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday. During our 10 am worship, Arun Gandhi will join Pastor Brooks in a dialogue sermon that focuses on the nonviolent philosophies and practices of Mahatma Gandhi and King.  From 11 am to 11:30 am, we will transition to a presentation by Arun Gandhi by having refreshments and breakfast breads in our fellowship hall. At 11:30 am, Arun Gandhi will speak on the subject “Stories About My Grandfather Mahatma Gandhi and Educating for Peace.” At the end of his presentation, he will sign copies of his books, including his new children’s book Grandfather Gandhi  and his autobiographical Legacy of Love: My Education in the Path of Nonviolence. To attend the presentation, a $15 donation is requested of adults. Children are free. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

New Photo Book with Prayers by Pastor Brooks

IMG_3970Pastor Brooks just published a new book entitled Gratitude for a Daughter: Fifty Pictures and Fifty Prayers of Thanksgiving. In the introduction, Pastor Brooks writes, “During the process of deciding whether or not to have a child, I recall reading to my wife Eunita a newspaper article that cited a statistic claiming that parents are statistically more likely to be depressed than non-parents. If my wife had not so diligently and persuasively pushed for a child, at this moment we would likely be childless and I would be writing a book on the theological conundrums of 16th century catechisms. Instead, I find myself writing with a different purpose as I share how gratitude for my daughter Danalyn has not only brought joy into my life but has also drawn me closer to God.” Pastor Brooks accomplishes his purpose by sharing 50 photos of his daughter that inspired 50 corresponding prayers. The photos were taken during a sabbatical in which he traveled with his family to London, Cornwall, Paris, and Nice. Short descriptions interspersed throughout the book give a colorful travelogue of the family’s adventures. Copies of the book can be purchased at Proceeds go to the church.

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In a Season of Strife, the Advent and Christmas Spirit!

candlesDear Church Family and Friends,

I can imagine someone saying, “What’s happening in Ferguson, New York, Cleveland, and Phoenix is ruining the Advent and Christmas spirit?” To such a person, I would suggest “flipping the script.” Think instead of how Advent and Christmas can bring hope to a situation that can often seem hopeless. On Saturday, I read a New York Times article on how conversations about race have exposed sharp divisions and differences among family members, friends, and co-workers. The reporter wrote, “Put bluntly, many people say, they feel they are being forced to pick a team.”


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