Independent, Bible-Based Church Celebrating

Faith, Fellowship, and Families.

Sunday, November 2, 2014     SERMON:  Two Small Coins!

Real giving seems to have certain “recklessness” to it. This poor woman could have kept a coin for herself, but she gave it all. But we must remember that when God asks something of us, then God has something to give back to us as well.


Dr. Peter G. St. Don

Happenings -


All men of the congregation are welcome to join us for breakfast.

IT’S TIME FOR HARVEST FESTIVAL!  Sunday, November 2  at 4:00 p.m

We want to see everyone at Harvest Festival this Sunday, November 2! Family Activities begin at 4:00 p.m. and the Family Style Dinner will be served at 5:00 p.m.

CONTEMPORARY SERVICE Sunday, November 2 at 6:00 p.m. Families are welcome and nursery care is provided.

Dust off your Cowboy Boots and Hat! Make plans to join us at this year’s Harvest Festival on Sunday, November 2 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Read More

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS   Don’t forget to change your clocks on November 2!

CHRISTIAN ROUND TABLE- November 5, 2014  Topic: Election Results

This group meets each Wednesday at 12 noon in the church lounge. All are welcome to bring a sack lunch and join in the discussion. 


Kirk Night will continue on Wednesday, November 5, at 6:00 p.m. in Kimberly Hall for dinner ($6.00) and continue in the chapel at 7:00 p.m. for singing and discussion. PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATION FOR DINNER BY SIGNING YOUR NAME ON THE CLIPBOARD ON THE GARTH OR BY CALLING THE CHURCH OFFICE.

ADVENT BIBLE STUDIES-  Topic: Joseph: Faithful Obedience to God

The second Advent Bible Study will be held on Wednesday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. as the discussion during Kirk Night.


The church office will be closed on Tuesday, November 11 in honor of Veteran’s Day. Thank you to all of the brave men and women who have served our country and who continue to serve. We appreciate you!

YOUNG ADULT COFFEE CLUB- November 16 at 8:30 a.m. at Café Royale (PLEASE NOTE THE CORRECTED DATE!)

Last month, Wes and Audrey held the first Young Adult Coffee Club. They had a fantastic time and made new connections with other young adults. We encourage all of our 20- and 30-somethings to consider attending the next Young Adult Coffee Club.  It’s a wonderful time of fellowship and sharing with other people in the same season of life. Mark your calendars today!


On November 23 at 4:00 p.m. Temple Emanu El will be hosting the Redlands Area Interfaith Council Thanksgiving Service. There will be a community choir, with guest choral director Richard Steffan from First Baptist. If you are interested in joining the community choir for this service, please contact Linda Apmadoc at


This month marks the beginning of the holiday season, which makes us think of words like thankful, merry and happy. But what if a loved one will be missing from your holiday celebration this year? Holidays can create fresh memories of our losses and renewed pain and grief. For information about grief and the holidays, or if you would like to speak with Dr. St. Don or Lori Hovren about your holiday concerns, please contact them through the church office. We welcome the opportunity to be a spiritual resource for you and provide you with support for the holidays.


Find your home at 1st Congregational

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

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. – Adult Bible Studies
10:00 a.m. – Sunday School for children grades K–5th.
Jr. High and Sr. High Youth groups meet Sunday evening 6:30
Wednesday night dinner and instruction
Contemporary services monthly
Annual women’s retreat

Church Night

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 at the intersection of Olive Avenue and Cajon Street, known locally as “God’s corner.”

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 services focus on traditional worship. Our recently renovated organ accompanies our choir. We also offer a monthly contemporary service.
  • Our Senior Pastor Lowell Linden has been our leader since 1976. He is a widely known and respected in Redlands. His 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!