Annual Meeting Dates
This year’s Annual Meeting of the First Church will be held directly after the service on Sunday, May 4. Draft copies of the Annual Report will be available for review onsite by Sunday, April 20, Easter Sunday.
The deadline for submissions to this year’s Annual Report is Friday, April 4, to give the office two weeks to format and prepare the report.
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Compassion Book Group
Wednesday, April 23 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
The winter and spring is a great time to “go deep.” Please join the Minister and several other church members as we read together 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life, by Karen Armstrong. In this important and thought-provoking work, Karen Armstrong—one of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world—provides an impassioned and practical guide to helping us make the world a more compassionate place.
The twelve steps she suggests begin with “Learn About Compassion,” and close with “Love Your Enemies.” In between, she takes up self-love, mindfulness, suffering, sympathetic joy, the limits of our knowledge of others, and “concern for everybody.” She shares concrete methods to help us cultivate and expand our capacity for compassion, and provides a reading list to encourage us to “hear one another’s narratives.” Armstrong teaches us that becoming a compassionate human being is a lifelong project and a journey filled with rewards.
To sign up for the book group, please speak with the minister or call the Church Office.
For April 23, we are reading, Chapters 10-12, pp. 156-194
Bible as Literature:
The New Testament as Literature