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Stories of the Cross - February 2020

A source of worldwide connection


The comfort cross-ministry of First Church Congregational has grown in ways only dreamed of in prayers. More than 1,000 crosses have been distributed to those of the Christian faith. Freely given to family, friends, co-workers, and colleagues, the small wooden cross has been able to connect our house of worship to so many others. One surprise is how far, physically, they have traveled. Nevada, Colorado, Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky are just a few of the distant places that they have reached. However, none are so physically distant as the latest location: Kenya and Tanzania.


A friend of First Church worshipped with a Reverend from Africa. The minister was in the United States as part of an exchange program, and over their time together, they became good friends in Christ. However, the Reverend’s tenure was coming to an end and he was moving home soon. Knowing of our comfort cross mission, he handed a number of necklaces as well as handheld wooden crosses to the minister. They will now be distributed to parishioners in his homeland with the same purpose – as a symbol of faith and Christ’s sacrifice.


You never know where a simple act of faith will take you. In this case, it can take you to the other side of the world!



These stories of the cross are documented from true experiences related to a mission of First Church Congregational. We invite you to make your own experience through the simple act of sharing part of our faith through the cross. If you find a moment where they have made an impact on yourself or others, we invite you to share it with us anonymously. Please contact Josh Ferry for more information.

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