New Spanish Language Children’s Choir

Kit2Our church is excited to announce a new Spanish language children’s choir that will begin practice on September 21st. The choir will be led by church member Kit Stowell. Kit has the perfect background and ability for this choir. In terms of Spanish, Kit has taught Spanish and Latin American Studies as a college professor. Moreover, he lives part of each year in Ecuador. In terms of music, Kit is an accomplished harp player with special knowledge of Latin American harp traditions. Kit has also given public performances with his guitar. Finally, Kit works well with young children! He currently teaches music to children at a Spanish immersion school in Camas.  The choir will practice before Sunday worship from 9:30 to 9:50 on Sundays starting September 21st. Practices will go until a Christmas performance in worship on December 21st. If you have a child that you would like to have join the choir, let us know by calling (360)693-1476. (more…)


Church Joins in Solidarity with Michael Brown

MikeBrownSolidarityThe members of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Vancouver could not bear staying silent after watching events unfold this past week in Ferguson, Missouri. After worship, many of them gathered on the front steps of their sanctuary to join with faith communities across the nation in showing their solidarity with those seeking justice after the killing of Michael Brown by a police officer. Members stood with their hands raised above their heads in what protestors have turned into a symbolic way of evoking “Don’t shoot! I’m unarmed!”



MachoThis Sunday during worship you will find out what happens when the most macho guy in the world talks with God. His conversation with God challenges his ideas about how self-reliant each of us can be. It also gives him fresh insights into the power and importance of compassion.


A Divine Summer

IMG_6944Dear Church Family and Friends,

In a poem, Walt Whitman once wrote, “As to me I know of nothing else but miracles.” Whitman then proceeds to enumerate miracles found in places as diverse as Manhattan streets and shoreline beaches. He sees miracles everywhere from the work of honeybees on a summer afternoon to “the exquisite delicate thin curve of the new moon in spring.” Whitman summarizes his thoughts in declaring:


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