First Congregational Church
(United Church of Christ)
Greg Briggs,
Interim Pastor

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720


In Spite of Ourselves

~ Sermon ~ Sunday, January 14, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson In Spite of Ourselves. 1 Samuel 3:1-20   “And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not wide spread.”  We live in confusing, some would say uncertain times.  Many refer to it as a post-Christian era, and to be sure the church is not… Read More »

Okay, Let’s Try This Again. Only This Time…

Sermon ~ Sunday, January 7, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson   Okay, Let’s Try This Again.  Only This Time . . . Genesis 1:1-5   Mark 1:4-11 Yesterday was Epiphany!  Yea!   I bet you’re tired from all the Epiphany parties last night! Most people outside church circles and many times within them are not familiar with Epiphany.  We have Christmas,… Read More »

I Am Not…But He Is!

Sermon ~ Sunday, December 17, 2017 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson I Am Not . . . But He Is! John 1:6-8, 19-28 Going to church can be a risky thing! I’m not thinking about the danger of persecution like some Christians face even today. Nor am I thinking about bad preaching, which is a very real concern (especially for those… Read More »

Council Agenda

Sermon ~ Sunday, December 10, 2017 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Council Agenda Isaiah 40:1-11   Prophets do not speak and their words are never recorded in a vacuum.  There is always a political, historical social context.   So allow me to bore you with a brief history lesson. In the seventh century BCE the Assyrians swept from the north and conquered… Read More »

Composers and Cleaning Women

Sermon ~ Sunday, November 19, 2017 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson “Composers and Cleaning Women” Matthew 25:14-30 To me they are more than words, more than a nice little slogan many churches print in their worship programs.  I take very seriously what is stated in the “Staff listing” of our worship program: “Every member, Ministers to the Community.”   This is not… Read More »

Dr. Hend Azhary – Guest Speaker

Dr. Hend Azhary joined us on Sunday, October 29th, 2017 to share her experience of the medical and humanitarian relief trip to the Syrian refugees in Jordan through the Syrian American Medical Society.  In July, Dr. Azhary led a team of 65 medical providers, medical students, nurses and translators to provide primary and secondary health care to thousands of refugees… Read More »

Two Pegs

Sermon ~ Sunday, October 29, 2017 Pastor Neil Wilson Two Pegs Matthew 22:34-46 In our house as in many homes, we have a small area that you step into when you enter the door from our driveway.   Some call it simply an entry way or foyer, in New England and perhaps here as well, we call it a mud room…. Read More »

It’s All About Image

It’s All About Image Matthew 22:15-22   Image. People worry about their image.  I used to more preoccupied with it than I am now!  Weren’t you?  As a teenager I was concerned about my image. For me, the image I wanted to portray was not the popular kid or the athlete but the quiet outdoorsy type, if you can believe… Read More »

Give Us This Day

“Give Us This Day” Exodus 16:2-15   Matthew 20: 1-16   “Why didn’t God let us die in comfort in Egypt where we had lamb stew and all the bread we could eat? Moses, you and your brother Aaron brought us out into this wilderness to starve us to death . . .” whined the newly freed Hebrew people. They had… Read More »

There Goes the Neighborhood

“There Goes the Neighborhood” Romans 13:8-14     Matthew 18: 15-20 If it hadn’t been for the all rain there wouldn’t have been much to talk about this summer at Old First Church on the Common. But in fact it has been so rainy that when the Church Council found it necessary to expand the Clarice Mae Bradley-Stemple Memorial Garden (Earlier plans… Read More »