Worship services at First Church

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Limited In-Person 10 am Worship –  Suspended thru October

We are suspending in-person services until November, please tune in via the Live Stream on YouTube.

With new precautions for distancing and contact now in place, in-person services are once again being offered, we just ask that you pre-register by Thurday to save your spot. During these challenging times, your health as well as the health and safety of our ministerial and office staff during these challenging times are what is most important to us.

Please, if you are in any high-risk category, or if you are uncomfortable with being in close proximity to others, we urge you to stay home and enjoy our continuing on-line worship experience, which is live-streamed at 10 am each Sunday morning and is available on YouTube after that. Below are the guidelines we will have in place to protect all attending.

How we can return to in-person worship?

  • People must contact the Church by noon Thursday to make a reservation to ensure social distancing. There will be a limit of 25 households. This helps us be sure we have enough room for all while maintaining social distancing. We will be sitting by households since members of the same household can share the same seating area. Please register to attend by calling the church office at 414-258-7375 or by emailing marianne@firstchurchtosa.org.
  • Masks will be required at all times when in the church building and at all church functions.
  • A host will be positioned at each door, to open door, remind people of the facemask requirement (paper mask will be available if one is needed), and invite all to use the hand sanitizer.
  • An additional host will be available in the Narthex to direct you to available seating.
  • Orders of worship will be at each area available for seating.
  • Seating in the Nave will be sectioned off to maintain social distance. People may choose to sit in any open designated seating area.
  • Plexiglas barriers have been placed in front of the pulpit as well as the lectern to permit the worship leaders to speak without a mask.
  • Unfortunately, there will be no fellowship time after worship.
  • Childcare and an activity for the children will be available.

As we adjust to new safety practices because of our love for one another and for the world around us we deeply appreciate your cooperation and understanding. If you have questions please feel to contact any one of us.

— Viewing Services Online

You can attend services virtually at First Congregational Church as video messages will be posted each week. Video for Saturday Under the Steeple and Sunday 10am streaming services will be posted each week. Our minister on-call line will remain there for urgent needs.

Saturday and Sunday Message Videos

Video messages are posted here and on our Facebook page. View current and past video messages or other posts at link below:

Services on Youtube or Facebook

Past sermons can be viewed on archive page link below:
Sermons Archive

Weekend at a Glance

First Congregational Church invites you to join us for worship each week on Sunday mornings or Saturdays at four pm. Worship at First Congregational Church is traditional, but open to all. It calls us to hear God’s Word, to reflect and to pray, to voice a response, and to go forth to serve.

If you miss a sermon or want to listen again to a past sermon you can listen to them again or view the bulletin in our extensive sermon archive.

Sunday services

Times
For Adults
For Children and Youth
8:00-9:00 AM
Worship in the Chapel
Worship service in an especially intimate setting
8:45-9:30 AM
Adult Learning Hour
Group discussion of topical books and applicable religious topics
Discovery Kids
Kids join for fun, adult led activities and games prior to Sunday School while their parents attend meetings or choir practice.
10:00-11:00 AM
Worship in the Nave
Worship services in the sanctuary including sermons, announcements, music featuring our Choir accompanied by our organist.
Sermons
Sacraments
Sunday School
Children age 3 through children in 5th grade
We encourage children to join their families in the Nave at 10:00 AM for the start of the worship service and children’s sermon, after which they will be called to Sunday School.
10:15-11:00 AM
Pilgrim Youth Fellowship for Junior and Senior High School Students
Young adults join together in fellowship to explore ways in which faith can help them navigate their challenges and opportunities.
11:00AM-Noon
Coffee Fellowship – FOR ALL
Everyone is welcome to Social Hour for coffee, lemonade, snacks and the chance to meet-up with friends and welcome new members and visitors.

Saturday service – Saturday Under the Steeple

4:00–4:45 PM
Individuals and families are welcome at this casual service
Message and music presented by laypersons during an informal Saturday gathering exploring monthly themes. Click for more information and topics.