Church Night

“No Longer Junk”

Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 8:30 & 10:00 a.m.

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:7-12


Last Sunday we explored the Riches of God described by St. Paul in Ephesians. The apostle teaches that one spiritual jewel provided by our Heavenly Father is our adoption as Children of God. This is more than a theological concept. This is a reality that helps restore damaged relationships. You may review our message at and share it with others from the FCC Facebook page.


Paul’s letter to the Ephesians also teaches about the abundant riches provided by Jesus, the Son of God. On Sunday morning we will be examining the riches given to us by Jesus, and consider how Christ’s gifts working in us and through us can make a profound impact on our Redlands community. Please begin thinking about Ephesians 1:12: “You, too, should become the means whereby God’s glory is praised” (Barclay translation).


Our fabulous organist, Stephen Moore, returns from summer vacation this Sunday; we will also be blessed by the special music of Carole Ley, who will be singing “I Believe in a Hill Called Mt. Calvary.” The children continue their Summer Surprise Series with a look in the Book of 2 Samuel.


A couple weeks back, I shared about an exercise called THREE GOOD THINGS. Many people have reported the difference this makes in shaping a positive mental spiritual attitude. When I use this exercise as a spiritual practice, it is particularly beneficial to consciously reflect upon my own active participation creating and embracing good things. For more detailed instructions on this exercise, take a look at THREE GOOD THINGS on my blog.


I am working together with my colleague, Lori Hovren, to help us develop our church community as a place of vital Christian care for one another. If you are interested in exploring participation with us in the development of the FCC Care Ministry, please come out to our organization meeting on August 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Church Lounge.


Peace and Grace,
Pastor Steve

Find your home at First Congregational Church

  • An environment of warmth and welcome
  • Sermons that extol the Bible while challenging us to live within its guide posts
  • Traditional form of worship with wonderful music
  • Family oriented programs for all ages: Sunday School, Bible studies, retreats, and  group dinners
  • Friendly gathering on our patio after services for getting to know each other

Sunday Meeting Times

Worship Services: 8:30 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. Sundays

  • Nursery care provided during Worship Services. 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (located in the classrooms on the north side of the patio).
  • Adult Bible Studies 8:45 a.m. in the Church Lounge with Michael DiMuro.
  • Sunday School during the 10:00 a.m. Worship Service for children grades K through Jr. High. (Children Worship with us in the Sanctuary, then leave for their classrooms.)
  • Jr. & Sr. High Youth Groups meet Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday Kirk Night  dinner and discussion
  • Contemporary Worship Services on the first Sunday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in Kimberly Hall
  • Annual “Girlfriends’ Getaway” women’s retreat.

You may know our church, the First Congregational Church of Redlands, by our bells that ring hourly over downtown or by the historic stained-glass windows we illuminate each night. Or you may recognize us by the crèche we hoist onto our roof each Christmas. But come inside the oldest church in Redlands and experience the wisdom of our sermons and the warmth of our handshakes.

We are a self-governing and Bible-based church which has met the spiritual needs of area Christians for generations. We arrived in Redlands in 1888 and laid the cornerstone to our brick church in 1900.

We are located on the northwest corner of Olive Avenue and Cajon Street, known locally as “God’s corner.” (Parking is in our lots to the north of the church.)

We are as independent now as we were in 1620, when our spiritual ancestors sailed the Mayflower. We hold the Bible as dear now as Pilgrims did then when they bravely brought God’s book to the New World.  And the Mayflower is never far from our thoughts – the weather vane on our roof is a reminder of our religious heritage for all those who look up.

If you enter, you will find an array of services and programs for young and old alike.

  • Our Sunday Worship Services focus on traditional Worship. Our recently renovated organ accompanies our choir. We also offer a monthly Contemporary Worship Service.
  • Our  sermons extol the Bible while challenging the audience to live within its guide posts.
  • Our strength is faith and fellowship. After service, we congregate on a patio shaded by trees and surrounded with roses. Coffee and tea are served as the children’s choir begins to practice. A statue of Jesus cradling a child oversees the courtyard.
  • Our music ministry includes bells, chimes and singing for adults and children.
  • Our spiritual ministry includes Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and adult Bible studies as well as Bible discussions and meetings throughout the week.

Thank you for visiting our home page. Please explore the rest of our website. Then, if you so choose, we would love to have you visit and experience our church from the inside. God bless!