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

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


Recent News

Bible Study 3/23: Covenant: Hosanna!

Covenant: Hosanna! Focus Theme: Covenant: Hosanna! Focus Prayer: Crucified and Risen One, by your passion, you sustain us when we fall knee-bent into the radical emptiness of bone-wasting sorrow and despair. Teach us to sustain the weary and awaken us to attend to those who suffer. Amen. Focus Reading: Mark 11:1–11 When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany,… Read More »


Lent Book Study- Week 6

           Week 6 – Faith After Doubt Study Guide – Wednesday, 3/24/21   It has been a long and intense journey through FAD, and I want to thank each and every one of you for taking it with me. While our final session will include discussing sections of the reading as we usually do, let’s be sure to spend at… Read More »


Sermon: “Faith vs. Belief Choosing Solidarity Over Supremacy”

“Faith vs. Belief and Choosing Solidarity Over Supremacy”                            Based on Mark 2:1-12, Mark 5: 24b-34      A Message Offered by Toby Jones to the People of ChxUCC on 3/21/21 Most of us have grown up using the words “belief” and “faith” interchangeably. When we hear someone talking about their “Christian faith,” we assume that person has particular “beliefs.” Many… Read More »


Weekly Newsletter- March 18, 2021

First Congregational U.C.C. Charlevoix March 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…             It is so exciting to see our church family gradually come back together for worship! Following our Governor’s protocols, we are now able to operate at… Read More »


Bible Study 03-16-2021- Covenant: A Heart for God

Covenant: A Heart for God *Bible Study is held every Tuesday at 10:00 am- In-person and Zoom options available.  Focus Theme: Covenant A Heart for God Focus Prayer: God of suffering and glory, in Jesus Christ you reveal the way of life through the path of obedience. Inscribe your law in our hearts, that in life we may not stray… Read More »


Sermon: “I will show you The Most Excellent Way” Stage 4- The Way of Love

      “I Will Show You The Most Excellent Way” – Stage 4: The Way of Love               (Based on Job 42:1-6, I Corinthians 13:1-13, Galatians 5:6b) A Message Offered by Toby Jones to the People of ChxUCC on March 14,2021             So far we have traveled with Brian McLaren through three of his four stages of faith. In stage one,… Read More »


Lent Book Study- Week 5 Study Guide

        Week Five – Faith After Doubt Study Guide – Wednesday, 3/17/21 via Zoom On pages 159-185, we begin to get a better handle on Harmony and what faith looks like in Stage 4. We also get some of the most practical instructions in the book about what a Stage 4 church looks like. React to the first two full… Read More »


Weekly Newsletter- March 11, 2021

First Congregational U.C.C. Charlevoix March 11, 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…             As most of you may remember, the Charlevoix Ministerial Association (CMA) has been struggling to find an administrator for our Emergency… Read More »


Bible Study- 03/09/2021 @ 10am- Choices, Choices

Choices, Choices *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 not receive an… Read More »


Sermon: “Questions Without Answers- Stage 3- Perplexity” 03/07/2021

                 “Questions Without Answers – Stage 3 – Perplexity”         (Based on Job 21:1-34, Ecclesiastes 1:1-18, Matthew 23:23-36) A Message Offered by Toby Jones to the People of ChxUCC on March 7, 2021             Today we’re going to explore the 3rd stage in Brian McLaren’s 4-stages of faith. In Stage 1, we bow down to God, we accept everything… Read More »