First Congregational Church
(United Church of Christ)
Rev. Toby Jones, Pastor

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720


Guest Patti Ulrich

~ Sunday ~ August 7th, 2016 ~ Guest Patti Ulrich  Christians have always believed in a God who is concerned with the natural world. We have prayed to God from the depths of coal mines to the heights of Everest and from outer space. We have blessed ships and planes in God’s name, built soaring cathedrals to the honor and… Read More »

Would You Like to Supersize That?

Sunday ~ July 31, 2016 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson ~ Luke 12:13-21 A few years ago a new series aired on BBC which was called, The Men Who made us Fat.  In the opening scene of one episode the journalist who narrates the series goes into a diner for breakfast.  He orders a breakfast with the innocuous sounding name: The… Read More »

Amos: The End

Sunday ~ July 17th ~ Pastor Neil Wilson  This is what the Lord GOD showed me – -a basket of summer fruit. He said “Amos, what do you see?” I said, “A basket of summer fruit.”  Then the LORD said to me, “The end has come upon my people Israel;   I will never again pass them by.    Amos 8:1-2… Read More »

Harsh Words from a Herdsman

Sunday ~ July 10, 2016 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Amos 7:7-17 Then Amos answered Amaziah, “I am no prophet, nor a prophet’s son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees, and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ Amos 7:14-15 Early in my… Read More »

Just Jesus (Nothing Else needed)

Galatians 2:15-21 Sunday ~ June 12, 2016 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson “We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and… Read More »

On the Outskirts of Town

1 Kings 17:8-16 Sunday, June 5th 2016 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson It was supposed to have been a big day for the congregation of Rockhaven’s Old First Church on the Common.  Supposed to have been.  About a month ago Rev. Williams received word that the Rev. Sylvia Buckholt, Minister for Small Town and Rural Congregational Life from the national office,… Read More »

Will You Offer the Blessing?

Luke 7:1-10 Sunday ~ May 29th, 2016 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson I knew a pastor who said they didn’t have the gift of prayer.  “You call yourself a pastor and you say you don’t have the gift of prayer!  Preposterous!  How can you not!”  I mean after all, isn’t that a prerequisite for pastoral ministry?  And if you’re not blessed… Read More »

Street Wisdom

Sunday ~ May 22, 2016 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Proverbs 8:1-4,22-31   Wisdom.  We talk about it quite a bit.  We seem to know it when we see it or hear it.  We say that a person is very wise; or has a “wisdom beyond their years.”  We also use it dismissively, “He’s just a wise guy.” But just what… Read More »

Let Me Be There.

Sunday, May 15th, 2016 ~ Pastor Neil WilsonJohn 14: 7-12. 25-27 Wherever you go . . . Wherever you may wander in your life Surely you know . . . I always wanna be there Holding you hand . . . And standing by to catch you when you fall Seeing you through . . . In everything you do… Read More »

Don’t Just Stand There . . .

Sunday ~ May 8, 2016 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Acts 1:1-11 When was the last time you remember celebrating Ascension Day? Or heard sermon on the Ascension passage? (Actually it was June 1, 2014!) Ascension Day always falls on a Thursday (40 days after Easter) so it is often passed over in most Protestant congregations. In only one of the… Read More »