As we welcome the new year with open arms and open hearts, there is plenty to be thankful for. Another year past means another year of your relationship with Christ and a time for reflecting on how to continue to grow in his Spirit. First Congregational Church in Clear Lake has spent the past year focusing on community outreach, helping others, and giving back. It’s something they plan to continue for many years to come.
First Congregational Church focuses more on the major tenets of the Christian faith and looks past the small differences that come with different denominations. In doing so, they have created a community of open-minded congregation members who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty in the name of Christ.
Each holiday is a time to reflect, to give thanks and praise the God. At First Congregational, members are making sure that others are feeling the Spirit during the holiday season.
One of the most recent projects the church has participated in was the Christmas Shoe Box Project. Members of the church were invited to bring in a shoebox stuffed full of Christmas spirit. Toys, trinkets, necessities and the love of Christ all packed up in a small box that could be sent across the globe. While this is one of their most recent projects, the giving at First Congregational doesn’t stop there.
Community members created Thanksgiving baskets for local families with help from North Iowa Community Action. They also raised funds to give grocery gift cards to those in North Iowa who are in need and held a drive to collect winter clothing for children. On the global giving front, money was raised to help build a refuge in Haiti and church members participated in Mission Mazahua in Mexico.
A little giving goes a long way and sharing God’s love is a top priority for the staff and congregation at First Congregational Church. As church members look ahead to the new year, they plan to continue many of their outreach programs and hope to form new opportunities to help spread the word of God and the love that comes with it.
First Congregational Church
205 W 10TH Ave North
Sunday service: 10:10 a.m.