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Scripture: Luke 5:1-11
Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 8:30 & 10:00 a.m.

Come and sing with the new Redlands Community Kids’ Choir…

 The Clarion Kids’ Community Choir
(Click the photo to find out more!)

Clarion Choir 2


While Cindy and I were visiting Orthodox Churches in Russia, we started noticing the images of the four Gospel writers above the pillars supporting the central domes in churches. The evangelists were often depicted holding a Gospel text in Russian Cyrillic script. It looked like the structures were designed to show the church built upon the written word of God.

While walking around Moscow near the Red Square, we saw a statue of two brothers who gave the Russian people their writing: Cyril and Methodius. They were scholars and monks who developed an alphabet closely based on the Greek language and invented a dozen additional letters to represent Slavic sounds uncommon to Greek. They used their writing to translate scripture into the heart language of the northern people. The Cyrillic writing is named after Cyril, the younger monk.

Seven of the Orthodox Churches that we visited were inside the Kremlin Walls. Although the word kremlin refers to a walled fortress and most people think of the Kremlin as the residence of the Russian leader and the seat of the Russian or Soviet governments, it is also a fortress filled with gorgeous Orthodox Churches. The Soviet Communist regime persecuted those practicing their faith, while the churches all around them stood as bold witnesses to the centrality of God’s Word. This message was de-emphasized under Soviet power, as some churches were demolished and many of the grand cathedrals were re-purposed as museums.

In recent years some of the churches have been re-commissioned as places of worship. We joined with them in worship in their celebration of the Orthodox Palm Sunday last week.

 You can see several pictures on my blog (stevenjaydavis.com). I have been requested to share more from our recent travels at Kirk Night. I will plan to do that on May 18th. It was good to get away for travel, study and refreshment; and it’s great to be back home.

See you Sunday for worship on Mothers Day!

Dr. Steven Jay Davis

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
  • 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!