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 #12

Begin by reminding everyone that we have been exploring the Holy Spirit, that piece of God that lives inside each of us. Remind them of the wind – the Ruach – that blows not only outside of us in the form of wind, but inside us in the form of breath. Introduce today’s reading by explaining that Jesus has now… Read More »


Weekly Newsletter- August 26, 2021

First Congregational U.C.C. Charlevoix August 26, 2021 Sunday Services:  8:45 a.m.- FirstLight Service is held at Michigan Beach this Sunday! Our LAST FirstLight Service will be Labor Day, 09/05 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 »


Holy Spirit: August 24, 2021 at 10am (In-person or Zoom)

Tues. August 24 – Acts 1:8, Acts 3:1-16 – Of whom does the Acts 3 story remind you? Try re-reading the story, taking out Peter’s name, and inserting Jesus’s in its place. Does that work? What does this suggest about the Holy Spirit and how it works? – How in the world could stumbling, denying Peter have changed this much?… Read More »


Family Devotional Episode #11

Read Galatians 5:22-25 from the N.I.V. translation Remind everyone that we have been studying the Holy Spirit, that piece of God’s presence that God puts inside all of us. Explain that this Spirit starts small but begins to grow inside us. Over time it actually spills out of us into the world. What Paul calls the “fruits of the Spirit”… Read More »


Weekly Newsletter- August 19, 2021

First Congregational U.C.C. Charlevoix August 19, 2021 Sunday Services:   Please Note: There will NOT be a FirstLight Beach service on August 22, please join us for worship at the church at 10:30 am.  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… Read More »


The Holy Spirit: 08-17-2021 @ 10am (In-person or via Zoom)

Tues. August 17 – Galatians 2:20, Galatians 5:16-18 & 22-26 – When do you feel the fruits of the Spirit being most active in your life? What triggers or unleashes them for you? – When do the fruits of the Spirit seem most blocked or unavailable to you? Why? – Have you experienced significant growth in any particular fruit? Can… Read More »


Sermon: “Getting In Tune with God’s Spirit” 08-14-2021

                                      Getting In Tune with God’s Spirit                                Based on Romans 8:5-17 and John 15:1-17     A Message Offered by Toby Jones to the People of FCUCC on Aug 15, 2021               A long, long time ago, in ancient Israel, the Hebrew people had a noble notion that they should build God a house, and not just… Read More »


Family Devotional Episode #10

Read John 15:1-5 in a child friendly translation such as the NIV or The Message. Take a walk outside in a woods or where there are a good number of trees. Have everyone search for a tree branch or even a twig that has fallen off of its tree. See if they can also find the tree that the branch… Read More »


Weekly Newsletter- August 12, 2021

First Congregational U.C.C. Charlevoix August 12, 2021 Sunday Services:  8:45 a.m.- Our FirstLight Service is held at Michigan Beach every Sunday morning between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Please Note: There will NOT be a FirstLight Beach service on August 22, 2021. Please join us for worship at the church at 10:30 am.  10:30 a.m.- Please join us for in-person… Read More »


Who & What is the Holy Spirit? 08/10 @ 10am (in-person & Zoom)

Tues. August 10 – Romans 8:5-17, John 15:1-17 – What characterizes those who live according to the Spirit? What are the signs? – Do you think one could have the Spirit in him/her, but still not live according to or empowered by it? Why or how might that happen? – What are the best ways you’ve found to stay connected… Read More »