Official Statement for the Hanish Memorial Service
As we gather this weekend to grieve the loss and celebrate the lives of Laura and Shanta Hanish, we at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Albuquerque gather as a people of hope, a community of faith, and a church committed to peace. We stand together against violence and for justice and we also stand as children of the God of mercy. In our hearts, we long to live as Christ taught us, those who seek to love and care for all. Laura and Shanta embodied a spirit of concern and giving. In their memory and in their honor, may we allow compassion to be our guide in the world each day.
Please join us in prayer for the Hanish family and for the community of Albuquerque, the many friends of Laura and Shanta. We stand upon the promises of God trusting in the words of the prophet Jeremiah who writes, I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.
Reverend Lynne Hinton, Interim Pastor
Reverend A.O. Ferguson, Moderator
Laura and Shanta’s Memorial is available HERE
Mark Your Calendars:
July 28 – Church Night at the Isotopes
Aug 30 – Sept 1 Church Camping Trip at Manzano Mountains State Park
Oct 6 – Church Picnic
Oct 19 – Gratitude Dinner and Silent Auction
WELCOME TO FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO. OUR MISSION IS TO LIVE GOD’S LOVE, JUSTICE, AND INCLUSION.
We hope you take a few moments to click around the website to discover who we are here at First Congregational, United Church of Christ. We also hope you find your way here for worship. Please call or email our office for any questions you may have. We’ll do our best to serve you, and to help you serve others.
Sunday School: Sundays at 9:30 am
Service: Services start at 10:30am. All are welcome to participate in prayer, song, hear inspirational sermons, and enjoy fellowship with one another after the service. A potluck featuring the culinary talents of the congregation is served on the first Sunday of the month following the service.
2801 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 - 505.265.5749
Living God's love, justice, and inclusion.
Never place a period where God has placed a comma.
We believe the church's mission is to change lives — individually, systemically and globally. We work to make transformation possible, but trust in God's grace. This is why we insist that church must be a place of vitality in worship, learning and advocacy. We are committed to working for justice, and we believe that lives are changed through global experiences and friendships. Why? Because God is still speaking,