First Congregational UCC, Albuquerque

First Congregational United Church of Christ is an open and affirming, peace with justice congregation. Welcome to the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Albuquerque page!

If you would like more information about our church, please see our webstite: or call the church office at (505) 265-5749.

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Photos from First Congregational UCC, Albuquerque's post 09/12/2021

What a blessing to be at church and in church with our distanced friends! We are gifted with strong leadership and a multitude of talents that make up our church community.


First Congregational UCC ABQ Worship 09/12/2021

First Congregational Church UCC Albuquerque - YouTube 09/11/2021

First Congregational Church UCC Albuquerque - YouTube

Friends, join us tomorrow at 10:30 am for our first Hybrid Worship service. You can worship in person (masks required) or from home on Facebook or YouTube. Here is the link to YouTube:

Can't wait to see you tomorrow!!

First Congregational Church UCC Albuquerque - YouTube Welcome to the First Congregational Church in Albuquerque.

[09/11/21]   Dear Beloved,

We are excited to return to in person worship and offer our first livestream service using the new hybrid equipment this coming Sunday, September 12th. We have protocols in place to keep you safe. We also hope you will choose what feels best for you (online worship via YouTube or Facebook or in person). Here are the procedures we have prepared for you:

We will do contact tracing and ask you to check in each week.
Everyone, including children age two and over must wear a mask.
Please write your prayer requests on a ‘prayer card’ before entering the sanctuary. The microphone will not be circulated during prayer time.
There are designated pews for seating.
Seating in pews is limited to four. Seating of a maximum of six family members and pods/bubbles (folks who routinely spend time together) per pew is acceptable.
Social distancing will be practiced to the extent practical.
A few sheets with announcements are available in the narthex.
Worshipers may come forward to light a candle anytime before, during, or after the worship service.
A basket designated for offerings is at the rear of the sanctuary.
Online communion service will be held on the first Sunday of each month at 9:00 a.m.
Dismissals, pew by pew, will be led by ushers.
Following the practice of social distancing, I will not greet worshippers in a receiving line.
We will offer fellowship online on Zoom and in person. We will not serve food or drinks. We will encourage you to use the courtyard, library, and fellowship hall to practice distancing.

Please be in touch if you have questions. We are looking forward to being together again. We experienced many delays in the installation of the hybrid equipment and have not been able to practice and become familiar with it yet. We look forward to learning more about this equipment and are assembling a team of volunteers to help each week. You will be trained to use the equipment. Please be in touch with Danelle T if you would like to help.

I will be on vacation Sept 13-Oct 9. Pastor Lynne Hinton will be preaching and providing pastoral care. Staff and volunteers are available for assistance as needed. Please send all announcements to Ben Wakashige and Paul Morbitzer. I will not be checking email while I am away.

Thank you all for continuing to be the church in such beautiful ways. I am grateful for you all and I am excited to see you on Sunday!

Rev. Sue Joiner
First Congregational United Church of Christ
Albuquerque, New Mexico

[09/10/21]   Smith's has a case lot sale thru next week and this would be a great time to get food for Zia reservation. They can use powdered milk for cooking in addition to the usual items.

Our PB&J program can use fruit flavored snacks (Motts, Welch's, etc.), lunch size paper bags, and, we're getting low on granola bars.

Thank you very much!


Training Test

Training Test


The Rummage Sale is TODAY Sat. Sept. 11th from 8 am - 2 pm. Tell your friends to come shopping!

We would love to have you volunteer anytime between 6:30 am - 2:30 pm. Hope to see you there!

The Rummage Sale is TODAY Sat. Sept. 11th from 8 am - 2 pm. Tell your friends to come shopping!

We would love to have you volunteer anytime between 6:30 am - 2:30 pm. Hope to see you there!

[09/08/21]   Dear Beloved,

The day is finally here! We are planning to gather for in person and hybrid worship this coming Sunday, September 12th at 10:30 am. The installation is still in process, so we are cutting this VERY close. We hope you will be patient with our lack of experience and practice time as we gather this week. We will be sending you an email on Friday to fill you in on the protocols for this next phase of our worship life. Please make sure you read the email before you arrive on Sunday, so you know what to expect. Masks will be required. All are welcome. We hope you will choose to worship in person or from home depending on what feels safe to you.

I will be out Sept 13-Oct 9. Our capable staff and volunteers will cover the bases while I am on vacation. I am grateful for you all making it possible for me to take a break at this time. Please be sure and send announcements to Ben Wakashige each week to make sure your event is included.

This weekend is our Rummage Sale. We need you! Please show up to volunteer any time Saturday, September 11th between 6:30 am and 2:30 pm. Please help us spread the word so people know to stop and shop the church parking lot. If you have questions or want to volunteer, please contact Ann D.

This Sunday Worship we will read Proverbs 1:20-33 and Mark 8:27-38. What does wisdom look like to you? Who do you consider wise? We will experience our first hybrid worship service and are excited to take this next step together!

Are you interested in joining the church on September 26? We would love to have you! Just let Paul Hook know if you would like to join.

Have you signed up to volunteer at the Balloon fiesta? We volunteer in the fiesta store each year and the church makes money from the hours we donate. Volunteering means an early morning. It also means free parking and entrance to the park. If you can help, please see the article below for more information and contact Beth B.

We received a thank you note from Washington Middle School: “Dear First Congregational UCC, Thank you for your kindness and support of Washington – we are grateful to be part of such a wonderful community! From our hearts – WMS Teachers and Staff” It was signed by WMS staff. Please know your generosity matters.

We occasionally have issues with our Facebook worship services. I want to be sure you know that you can watch the service on YouTube using this link: The service is available at 10:30 on Sunday mornings and stays up afterward so you can watch it anytime.

“See” you Sunday!

Mark Your Calendars:
September 11 – Rummage Sale 8 am – 2 pm
September 12 – Return to Worship in Person/Hybrid Worship begins
September 26 – Welcome New Members
October 3 – Church Gratitude Picnic

Please Join us for the Rummage Sale September 11th!
The sale will be from 8 am – 2 pm. Here is how you can help:
We will begin moving stuff outside at 6:30 am and you are welcome to volunteer anytime between 6:30 am – 2:30 pm. We need folks to help carry stuff, folks to walk around and help people, folks to help with the collection of money, and folks to help clean up. We would be super grateful for your help! Please contact Ann D if you would like to volunteer.
Help us spread the word so people will come and buy stuff that day!

In Person Worship Procedures
The Pandemic Task Force developed a set of procedures to ensure a safe and comfortable space for in person worship. Please note some elements of the service have been altered. Listed below are changes you will experience when the sanctuary is reopened.
Everyone, including children over the age of two, must wear a mask.
Worshippers must sanitize their hands when they enter the building.
There are designated pews for seating.
Social distancing will be practiced to the extent practical.
Seating in pews is limited to six. Families and pods/bubbles (folks who routinely spend time together) are encouraged to sit together.
A few announcement sheets will be available.
A basket designated for offerings is at the rear of the sanctuary.
An online communion service will be held on the first Sunday of each month.
Dismissals, pew by pew, will be led by ushers.
Following the practice of social distancing, Pastor Sue will not greet worshippers in a receiving line.

Racial Justice Team event on Sept. 19
The Racial Justice Team invites you to join members of our church for a group visit to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) in Albuquerque on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 19. There will be a pueblo cultural dance performance by about a dozen members of several pueblos from 2pm to 3pm in IPCC’s enclosed but open air courtyard. The dances will be followed by a group tour of the museum exhibits, led by Jon Ghahate (Laguna/Zuni), museum educator, from about 3pm to 4pm. If you would like to have lunch at the Indian Pueblo Kitchen, it is recommended that you try to get to IPCC by about 12noon in order to be finished eating before the dance program at 2pm. The Indian Pueblo gift shop is open until 5pm. Masking is required indoors (except when eating), and social distancing is encouraged. IPCC is located at 2401 12th St., NW, in the North Valley, between Indian School and Menaul. Free parking is on the north side of the IPCC. Please enter by the east entrance facing 12th St. Admission for New Mexico residents is $8 per person, $7 for children ages 5-17 and for seniors, and free for children under 5. Admission includes both the dances and the tour. There’s a further discount if our group includes 15 or more individuals. For more information about IPCC, go to
For questions about our church visit, or to let us know that you plan to attend, please contact John M.

Children, Youth, and Family News
I am so excited to be back in person for worship. I look forward to a new way of being in community together. We will be having children’s time in the order of worship and children will be invited to come to the front where we will have chairs placed six feet apart and we will all be wearing masks. No chickens! =)
Nursery will be provided during worship and we have an interim nursery attendant to work with Vanessa Vogel. If you know of someone who might be interested in this permanent job, (3 hours on Sunday at $10.50 per hour) please let me know.
I’m following a schedule created before I came on board for acolytes and bell ringers. I will contact all families prior to the Sunday you have been scheduled to confirm if your child is still able and willing to serve in these capacities. If your child is on the schedule and you know your child will not be participating in the in-person service, could you let me know? Hopefully, we can find new ways to involve children virtually in addition to in-person. If you have ideas about this, just let me know.
Also, I will be hosting Zoom Fellowship again this Sunday. Presently, we aren’t able to figure out how to include virtual participation together with the in-person gathering after worship; so for now there are two options for how to be together.
Last week I posted a prayer for our children. This week I am offering a prayer for our parents: Dear God, bless those who are raising children during this difficult time. Guide them as they make decisions for their families, as they protect them, as they worry about them. Give them strength and courage as they navigate these continued moving waters of “Pandemic Learning” and show them kindness as everything remains so difficult for everyone. Give them grace for themselves, for their children, and for all the people involved in their lives at this time. In your name, we pray, Amen.

Looking for Volunteers for Balloon Fiesta 2021!
Saturday October 2nd, 4:30AM to 11:30AM
Tuesday October 5th, 4:30AM to 11:30AM
Friday October 8th, 4:30AM to 11:30AM
Yes 4:30 in the morning, it's early but it's a fun way to raise money for our church. You can work one, two or all three days.
Volunteers will receive parking & entrance tickets to the park.
Please contact Beth B if you would like to join us.

Labor Day Camping
What a wonderful weekend! Many thanks to all who joined us, whether for the day, the afternoon, worship, or to camp. People hiked, kids played (Thank you Lynne for sending some fun toys!), people ate and chatted and read and relaxed. A special thank you to Sharon W. and Pat B. for buying, transporting, and being in charge of group meals! There was plenty of food, and everyone got what they needed. Who knew Sharon was not only a terrific person, but a short order cook and a determined (in the rain) baker of potatoes and apples in the campfire? Also thank you to Danelle and Wendy for coordinating the group shelter and camping sites with the State Park. We were pleased that Martha and Ray were able to bring David with them, and Danelle and Wendy were able to provide him a tent. David declared that he “loves camping”! A special surprise was the late arrival of Sue, Anne Marie and Rosie on Saturday! So happy to see that puppy walking around and receiving lots of love, and grateful for her parent’s arrival. We had 16 campers, 14 who came up for Saturday, and 4 who joined us Sunday morning for worship. This is an annual event, so information will start coming out again at the end of February and then through the summer of 2022!

Green Justice News
Do you ever get overwhelmed by the threats posed by climate change? Sometimes we think of the problem as being so huge that our individual actions can’t make a dent in it. And it’s true that we need systemic change if we are to have a chance of turning this around. But all actions are important. Dr. Phoebe Barnard of the Conservation Biology Institute talks about scales of action: from household, to community, city, state, country, and finally global. So let’s start with action at the household level. We can do this!
We are starting a new practice of including a link to the United Methodist Creation Justice Tips on the first Wednesday of the month. The September link is here: The Tips are actions you can take to lower your carbon footprint. You don’t have to do all of them, but each month you’ll probably find something that works for your household.
If you would like to be involved in actions at the state level, contact Ruth S to be included on the New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light Advocacy email list. There is always something to learn about and act on.

Hybrid Worship Volunteers NEEDED
As we move toward in-person worship and continue our online presence we will need some help on Sundays to assist with hybrid worship. The four positions and descriptions are listed below. If you have even a smidgen of interest, please contact Danelle T for more information. Training will be provided and our production editor, Laquie Campbell, will be present.
Audio tech - this person will be located in the balcony with responsibility to adjust the audio mixer to balance the sound so the service sounds great.
Vaddio tech - this person will be located in the air-conditioned bell tower with responsibility to switch and pan/zoom cameras, switch video into the sanctuary and provide livestream to zoom and other providers. Most of this will be preprogrammed prior to the service.
Propresenter computer tech - this person will be located in the air-conditioned bell tower with responsibility to switch in stored videos/music into the service. Most of this will be preprogrammed prior to the service.
Zoom computer tech - this person will be located in air-conditioned the bell tower and will be the church interface with zoom.

The Peanut Butter and Jelly team needs your help!
We make 55+ bag lunches every Sunday so are in continuous need of supplies which this congregation generously provides.

Our cupboard is well stocked with peanut butter and jelly/jam, but we are completely OUT of:
fruit flavored snacks (Motts, Welch's, etc.)
lunch size paper bags

And, we're getting low on granola bars.
THANK YOU for providing these 3 items, in any size amounts.

Racial Justice Book Group
The Racial Justice Team invites you to join our Zoom book group for reading and discussing How to Fight Racism: Courageous Christianity and the Journey Toward Racial Justice, Thursdays at 4-5pm starting September 30 and continuing into November. Reading this book will help us to discern how to become a racial justice church. The author, Jemar Tisby, is a Christian who seeks to speak primarily to other Christians, while being inclusive of people of other faiths or no faith tradition. He suggests specific things that churches and other faith communities can do. The framework for the book is the ARC (Awareness, Relationships, Commitment) of Racial Justice. You can find a video by the author describing his book at
If you’re interested in participating, or have any questions about this book study, please contact John M.

Interested in personally meeting with FaithWorks?
The Interim Executive Director, Dennis Plummer along with Jessica Corley, Director of the Asylum Program, will be meeting in person with member congregation clergy in the coming weeks. They want to hear about the focus of your work, and about your needs and desires around the unhoused and asylum seekers. They also will share how FaithWorks can provide support for your social justice ministries. If you want to join in on this conversation, talk to your clergy about when FaithWorks is coming to meet you!
Transportation is a big issue in Albuquerque. Driving folks to ICE, legal, medical or dental appointments, or dropping off food boxes can save families from hours on the buses. Although it may be helpful, Spanish is not necessary to help someone get across town. If you can drive occasionally, contact Mary Beth Libby at [email protected]. Better yet, if you can donate a transport vehicle of any kind, there are two migrant families in the FaithWorks program who live far from their work and also from any bus lines who would greatly benefit. Contact Jessica Corley at [email protected] if you can help.

Church Women United
Church Women United, an ecumenical women’s gathering, will be meeting on Zoom for their Human Rights Day celebration on September 10th, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The program is centered on the United Nations Human Rights Declaration signed on December 10, 1948, guaranteeing basic human rights for all people. The speaker will be Rev. Shelley Repp, the Executive Director of the NM Dream Center. As a children’s minister, Rev. Repp saw the need to protect adults and children from human trafficking and homelessness and founded the center which is the only one of its kind in NM The program on Zoom will include visuals and breakout groups for additional discussion. Our annual Human Rights Award will also be presented. If you wish to participate and are NOT on either CWU’s mailing list or e-mail list, please contact Marilyn Stoops at 265-8358 or [email protected].

What is happening weekly at the Church ?
Sunday Worship on Facebook or YouTube at 10:30 am (can be watched any time after that as well)
Sunday Zoom Fellowship After Worship
Wednesday text study at 10:30 am to discuss scriptures for the coming Sunday

Sunday Worship Information:
Sunday Services are found on our church page:

You can always watch worship on our YouTube channel.

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First Congregational UCC ABQ Worship 09/12/2021
Training Test
09.05.2021 Worship
08.29.2021 Worship Preview
08.22.2021 Worship
08.22.2021 Worship Preview
Worship Preview 08.15.2021
08.08.2021 Worship
Worship Preview 08.08.2021
08.01.2021 Worship




2801 Lomas Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM

General information

An open and affirming, peace with justice congregation -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Service on Sunday starts at 10:30am

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 3pm
Tuesday 9am - 3pm
Wednesday 9am - 3pm
Thursday 8am - 3pm
Friday 9am - 3pm
Sunday 10:30am - 11:30am
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