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

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720


Prophetic Reflection

Prophetic Reflection 9/9/18 by Pastor Greg Briggs Prayer and Introduction “May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in your sight, our rock and redeemer. ” Sermon Title “Prophetic Reflection” Brief note about sermons. From my point of view they aren’t a lecture, they are a flow between the preacher, the congregation, and God…. Read More »

Confirmation Sunday August 5 2018

This was Confirmation Sunday… Enjoy a view from our youth.    

Dining on The Living Bread

~ Sermon ~ Sunday, August 19th ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Dining on Living Bread Luke 11:2-4         John 6:25-35   I love bread . . . honey wheat, honey oat, French bread, multi-grain bread, cinnamon bread, English muffin bread, brown bread (a New England Church bean suppah staple!)  I love bread!  Donna likes to bake bread.  I’d say that’s a… Read More »

Love Is Our Defense

~ Sermon ~ Sunday, September 2nd ~ Patti Ulrich ~ Guest Preacher Love is Our Defense Many years ago, our church here in Charlevoix took on a huge expansion project. My feelings about the project were mixed, at best. We took up temporary residence at the Christian Science Church across the parking lot which was kind enough to let us… Read More »


~ Sermon ~ Sunday, August 5th, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson ~ Original Sermon date:    April 28, 1985 by Pastor Neil Wilson CALLED TO COMFORT GOD USES MANY PEOPLE IN MANY WAYS TO SEE THAT HIS WILL IS DONE.  QUOTE FROM A SALADA TEA BAG:  “LIVE AND LET LIVE IS FINE, BUT LIVE AND HELP LIVE IS BETTER”. AS… Read More »

July 28, 2018 Why Am I here? Why Are You Here?

~ Sermon ~ Sunday, July 28th, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Why Am I Here?  Why Are You Here? John 6: 1-21   Believe it or not I spend a fair amount of time and effort selecting the hymns that we sing on Sunday morning.  First, I try to match the hymns to the scripture I will be speaking on,… Read More »

A Song of Trust

~ Sermon ~ July 22nd, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson A Song of Trust Psalm 23   “Love is patient, love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude . . . And now faith, hope and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is . . .” (1 Cor. 13:4)  Where do these… Read More »

You Are Blessed

~ Sermon ~ Sunday, July 15th, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson ~ You Are Blessed Ephesians 1:3-14   Reading and hearing this passage from Ephesians can be a bit challenging in the best of times.  But to subject you to it in the midst of the summer season in Charlevoix can be a bit like sitting down to a picnic… Read More »

Thus Says the Lord…But Who is Listening?

~ Sermon ~ Sunday, July 8th, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson ~ “Thus Says the Lord . . . But who is listening?” Ezekiel 2:1-5   It is always an interesting worship service at Old First Church on the Common on a Sunday after Rev. Williams attends one of those Spiritual Revival in Leadership conferences.  Especially if it is one… Read More »

Grace & Power in Weakness

~ Sermon ~ Sunday, July 1st, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson ~   Grace and Power in Weakness The Lord said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9   “My grace is sufficient for you.” Here we are on the weekend before the Fourth of July where in the United States of… Read More »