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

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


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Winter: The Endurance Test, A Prayer

Winter: The Endurance Test Lord, Here I go again thinking in absolutes, winter being all bad but the beauty…  especially on a sunny day  is breathtaking!  Winter is so beautiful.  The first snowfall  is so exciting.  The sparkle of the snow as the wind blows it into sculptures.  Sitting around a fireplace,  fellowshipping with a friend,  learning to cope together. … Read More »


Sermon: When Doubt & Questioning Deliver Us to Stage Two-Complexity

When Doubt & Questioning Deliver Us to Stage Two – Complexity                   (Based on Deuteronomy 20:10-18 & Luke 6:27-36) A Message Offered by Toby Jones to the People of Chx UCC on 2/28/21             Last week I introduced you to the first phase or stage of faith in Brian McLaren’s 4-part typology. It is a phase that every one of… Read More »


Lent Book Study: Week Three Study Guide- Wednesday, March 3rd at 7pm via Zoom

Week Three – Faith After Doubt Study Guide for Wednesday, 3/3/21 (103-128) Reminder – this week is a deviation from looking at the stages of faith McLaren is laying out. In Ch. 9 we wrestle with “A Human Problem” Ch 9 – Begin by wrestling with the quotation from C.S. Lewis on the top of Pg 107: “Those most willing… Read More »


Dropbox: A Beginner’s Guide

If you are serving on a church committee or board you may have recently received an email granting you access to the Church Council Consent Agenda files in Dropbox. In order to view the items and documents in this file, you will need to create a Dropbox account if you do not already have one.  Below are the steps to… Read More »


Weekly Newsletter- February 25, 2021

First Congregational U.C.C. Charlevoix February 25, 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…             If I had to use one word to describe the most damaging by-product of this now year-long Covid-19 pandemic, that word would be “isolation.” So many… Read More »


Bible Study 02-23-2021- Covenant: From Generation to Generation

Covenant: From Generation to Generation *Bible Study is held every Tuesday at 10:00 am. Both in-person and Zoom options are available. The in-person study is held in the Fellowship Hall with both facemasks and social distancing required. Zoom invites are sent out via email. Please contact the office at 231-547-9122 if you would like to join via Zoom and did… Read More »


Weekly Newsletter- February 18, 2021

First Congregational U.C.C. Charlevoix February 18, 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…              Have you ever been in a Bible study or a worship service and felt a question rise up inside you that you wish you could ask… Read More »


Weekly Newsletter- February 4, 2021

First Congregational U.C.C. Charlevoix – February 04, 2021 Join us for virtual worship each Sunday at 10:30 am Click Here for Online Worship and the Digital Bulletin! Message from Toby…              Happy February, everyone! While Spring isn’t exactly in the air, whenever I flip my calendar from January to February, at least I’m reminded that… Read More »


2020 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report- Click Here to open PDF   *This PDF document can be saved to your computer or printed. To print, click the blue hyperlink link above and select the printer icon at the top right of your screen. If you would prefer to save this document to your computer, click the link above, select the print icon, change… Read More »


Bible Study February 2, 2021- Coming through Captivity

Coming through Captivity Focus Theme: Coming through Captivity Focus Prayer: O God of light, your searching Spirit reveals and illumines your presence in creation. Shine your radiant holiness into our lives that we may offer our hands and hearts to your work: to heal and shelter, to feed and cloth, to break every yoke, and silence evil tongues. Amen. Focus… Read More »