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

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720
231-547-9122


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Family Devotional- Episode # 8

Read John 14 verse 16 and verse 26 from a family friendly translation such as the NIV or The Message. Ask your family if they’ve ever heard of the Holy Spirit before and what they think it is. Brainstorm together about how Jesus might get such a Counselor or Spirit to us AND how such a Counselor or Spirit might… Read More »


Weekly Newsletter- July 29, 2021

First Congregational U.C.C. Charlevoix July 29, 2021   Sunday Services:  8:45 a.m.- Our FirstLight Service is held at Michigan Beach every Sunday morning between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  10:30 a.m.- Please join us for in-person worship each Sunday morning with live-streaming options available on our website at www.chxucc.org. Our 10:30 am worship service will be held outdoors, weather permitting…. Read More »


“Who & What is the Holy Spirit?” July 27th @ 10am (Zoom & in-person)

Tues. July 27 – John 14:15-20 & 26-27, John 16:5-15, Acts 1:8 – Why do you suppose Jesus uses the word “Counselor” here?        (Some other translations use “’advocate” or “friend.”) – What will this counselor do? What are some of His/Her functions? – In what ways could it be for our “good” that Jesus goes away and the      … Read More »


Family Devotional- #7

Read Matthew 4:18-22 together in a family friendly translation like the NIV or The Message. Ask what these fishermen would have been giving up and setting aside to follow Jesus. (You might want to make it clear that this following wasn’t just for an afternoon or a brief period but for years.) Ask why someone might make a choice like… Read More »


Weekly Newsletter- July 22, 2021

First Congregational U.C.C. Charlevoix July 22, 2021 Sunday Services:  8:45 a.m.- Our FirstLight Service is held at Michigan Beach every Sunday morning between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  10:30 a.m.- Please join us for in-person worship each Sunday morning with live-streaming options available on our website at www.chxucc.org. This Sunday, July 25th, our 10:30 a.m. worship service will be held… Read More »


Sermon: The Imitation of Christ: A Sure Sign of Discipleship 07/18/2021

The Imitation of Christ: A Sure Sign of Discipleship Based on Matthew 14:22-33 and I John 2:3-6 A Message Offered by Toby Jones to the People of FCUCC on July 18, 2021 This is part 3 of our 4-part series on Discipleship, in which we are trying to be followers – not fans – of Jesus. The working definition of… Read More »


Family Devotional- Episode #6

  1. Set up and execute a “trust fall” for your child or children. Perhaps use a picnic table outside as the place from which your child will fall back into the safe and waiting arms of the rest of you. * You may want to recruit a couple adolescent or adult neighbors to help you do this super safely…. Read More »


Weekly Newsletter- July 15, 2021

First Congregational U.C.C. Charlevoix July 15, 2021 Join us for either in-person or virtual worship each Sunday at 10:30 am Click Here for Online Worship and the Digital Bulletin! A Message from Toby…            In my devotions earlier this week, I was reintroduced to Psalm 139:23-24 which says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart;… Read More »


Wanted: Followers NOT Fans! July 13, 2021 @ 10am (In-person & Zoom)

Tuesday, July 13 – Passages: Matthew 14:22-33 & I John 2:3-6             Questions:  What do you remember being taught about this moment when Peter steps out of the boat to join Jesus in walking on the water?                         According to I John 2:6, is Peter more of a follower or a fan? What about the other 11 disciples on the… Read More »


Sermon: “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done ON EARTH” 07-11-2021

“Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done ON EARTH!” Based on Matthew 6:6-15 & Romans 12:1-2 A Message Offered by Toby Jones to the People of FCUCC on July 11, 2021 As we continue to explore the true meaning of discipleship as followers of Jesus – NOT fans but followers – it’s time we consider one of the most misunderstood… Read More »