What's Happening

Here is a list of recent events taking place at the church and in the community.

LITTLE FOOD PANTRY....

posted May 3, 2017, 10:38 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ

THE LITTLE FOOD PANTRY BOX

 

I hope you’ve noticed the reddish colored box on the east side of the church, facing 3rd Street.  We are so fortunate to have learned of a program from the Women’s Life Insurance Society in Port Huron which provided the box, free of charge, and fully stocked to us.  Thank you to Nancy Kennedy who brought this idea to our attention at our Mission Meeting in March.  The Society plans to place doors on the lower half of the pantry so we can put other items in there eventually.

We are going to stock the LFP ourselves and are asking you to bring in some non-perishables that can be a blessing to those who find themselves without food for whatever reason.  The intent is not to provide a long-term solution, but a quick rescue to a dire need.  Please help us by bringing in such items as peanut butter, mac and cheese, tuna, stew, cans of pasta meals, etc.  We are hoping the community will respond to a note on the box that says “Take what you need—Leave what you can.”  There is to be no cash exchanged, just food.  Thank you for joining us in this new mission to our community.

As we serve our Christ,

Mary Ann Martin, Mission Chair

OUR PROPOSED OPEN AND AFFIRMING INCLUSIVE CHURCH COVENANT....

posted Apr 28, 2017, 11:17 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ   [ updated May 5, 2017, 8:59 AM ]

The members of the First Congregational Church of St. Clair, United Church of Christ, declare that we are a fully inclusive, open and affirming congregation.  We affirm the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and believe that all people are children of God.  As such, we welcome to the community of faith all people of diverse race, physical and mental abilities, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, and socio-economic status.  We covenant to provide to all a safe, loving, nurturing and compassionate community. 

DON'T FORGET YOUR PIE....

posted Mar 17, 2017, 9:57 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ   [ updated Apr 28, 2017, 11:04 AM ]

We will be taking a break from pie making for a few weeks.  The freezer is full, so you still have a chance to pick up a pie.  Please let Carroll Simmons or Doreen Vernier know if you will be taking a pie.  We are offering the famous Strawberry/Rhubarb Pie and the original Rhubarb Pie - both selling for $15 each.  Your pie will be frozen, and directions for proper baking will be included.  We expect to start preparations again on Monday, May 22nd, at 9:00 a.m.    If you have any questions, please see Carroll Simmons.

MISSION & MINISTRY...

posted Feb 22, 2017, 11:56 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ   [ updated May 3, 2017, 10:37 AM ]

MISSION MOMENTS

MAY, 2017

Yes, mission outreach is alive and well at First Congregational Church St. Clair.  Looking back at the past few months, I am proud of our accomplishments and excited for the future.  We are actively serving the people of St. Clair, St. Clair County, the United States and the planet Earth! 

I was pleased to recommit to our annual Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM) pledge of $9000 for 2017.  We went over our last year’s total for One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) with $616 given.  Thank you so very much for your generosity and compassion.  So many wonderful things are happening with these monies.

By the time you read this, our May baskets will have been compiled and distributed to people from our church family to people at the Senior Housing Complex.  Multiple cards and calls are sent weekly from our Care Team led by Karen Galvin to send wishes of wellness, celebration and just plain thinking of you to people near and far.  Our check for $2000 was delivered to Harbor Impact Ministries and so appreciated by the staff and workers (and recipients) there.  Volunteers continue to go to Impact Day to help distribute the items that people want and need.  Visiting Kids in Distress (KIDS) on the third week of April, you would have seen many men and women from our congregation pitching in and helping with the changeover to get the spring/summer merchandise on the shelves and hangers.   That’s just our Springtime activities! 

Coming up we are looking to start up our Portable Mini Pantry.  Watch for details!  Also, this summer we will be collecting items for the St. Clair Ecumenical Food Pantry and then arranging for workers to staff the Pantry during the month of September.  Micki Baden will be facilitating that project.  I would like some volunteers to help me investigate the viability of our hosting a free community dinner on a regular (monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly?) basis.  Also, we would like to start a Vial of Life distribution.  See me to offer your services or just to find out more.

This is the time to mark your calendars for October 29-November 4, 2018 to travel to Biloxi, Mississippi to work at Back Bay Mission.  We will be working with the Congregational Church in Romeo to provide workers in the home construction, food pantry and Micah Homeless Shelter in a very worthwhile and meaningful way.  Pastor Alana has agreed to facilitate the planning of this trip and the first step is to find out how many of you are interested.  We are asked to bring 20 people total, so think about it, pray about it and JUST DO IT!  You’ll be so happy you did!  Sign up to indicate your potential interest on the back table.

Thank you for being the hands, feet and mind of Christ,

Your Mission and Ministry Chair,

Mary Ann Martin

HARBOR IMPACT MINISTRIES....

posted Jan 19, 2017, 2:32 PM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ   [ updated Apr 28, 2017, 11:06 AM ]

If you are in need for emergency assistance, your gross household income is below posted guidelines, or you currently are enrolled in WIC, SNAP/FAP or CSFP, you qualify for assistance from Harbor Impact Ministries.  This is a necessary organization, that is always in need of volunteers.  If you could lend a helping hand...the dates are May 23/June 27/July 25/Aug. 29/Sept. 26/Oct. 24/Nov. 21/Dec. 19.   Please contact Barbara Hanneke with any questions, concerns, or to let her know you are coming!  (810) 982-5312.

PRAYER TIME IN THE SANCTUARY...

posted Jan 6, 2017, 9:48 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ   [ updated Apr 28, 2017, 11:07 AM ]

You have an opportunity to come to the sanctuary and pray every Wednesday at 10:00 am.  Please join us in praying for our congregation, our community and our world.

Some Thoughts from Pastor Alana....

posted Aug 25, 2016, 10:48 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ   [ updated Apr 28, 2017, 11:22 AM ]

 HAPPY EARTH DAY!

 On Saturday April 22nd  we celebrated our 47th  Earth Day and this year it was a huge celebration because quite honestly, people are finally growing fearful about what is happening to our climate. Dramatic swings in weather happen more and more frequently and it has gotten to the point where we cannot help but notice the differences even just in our own weather. (We can’t talk about weather patterns anymore because there seems to be no pattern- just unexpected weather extremes.)

            Our lives and all of creation are amazing gifts from our creator. We are called to be good stewards of creation. Scripture repeats this call in many places. As we celebrate resurrection we can also think about resurrecting our earth.

             What does Scripture say about caring for creation?

 Gen 1:31 “God saw everything that God had made, and behold it was very good.”

Because all of God’s creation IS very good we know we are to love, care and respect it.

 Read all of Genesis 1 and we learn that God created humans last.  Every other creation came before us in the first creation account. (Yes… there are two accounts) Perhaps as we make decisions about climate issues we ought to do so in humble ways.

            Note also that the words humble, humus, humor and human all include the same Latin root “hum” which means “earth” or “soil” The name “Adam” in Genesis comes from the Hebrew word “Adamah” meaning soil! That’s quite a connection to the earth.  

            In the soil, we find some of the smallest creatures imaginable – the living microbiome that makes up soil, and that allows us to grow our food in the soil. A handful of living, organic soil contains billions and billions of these micro-organisms. And guess what? When we sow and tend, when we garden, the very touching and digging our hands in this soil enhances our serotonin production. It activates the neuro-biochemistry in our bodies that makes us feel good. That reduces stress. That enhances our experience of joy and delight. What an incredible gift![1]

1 Corinthians 6:19 “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;” We belong to God, to one another and to the rest of creation- ALL in this together.

 John 3:16 - “For God so loved the world…” (not: “despised, disliked, disregarded but loved!). We are to emulate God in this relationship with the world, with Earth!

 2 Timothy 1:7    “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (and the skills needed to take care of the place where we all live.)

 1 John 4:16 “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.  God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.  John is talking about everyone       everywhere loving and caring for creation.

 Psalm 24:1        “The earth is the Lords and all that is in it.”

 And if all of this good and great news hasn’t compelled us already we might heed the warning from the Apostle John who implores us to beware, lest we miss the call:

 Revelation 11:18 “The nations raged, But your wrath has come, And the time for judging the dead, For rewarding your servants, the prophets, and the saints and all who            fear your name, Both small and great; And for destroying those who destroy the Earth.”

 What CAN we do at home and at church?

Recycle

Purchase used when possible

Check for leaks/ running faucets

Turn lights off when possible

Turn heat down and wear layers to stay warm

Purchase items made from recycled materials

Explore using solar or wind power

Drive the most fuel efficient car

Take bags with you when you shop

 What else can we do to become the greenist church or house in St. Clair?  Pat O’Connor will be sponsoring gatherings for the public, at the church, to talk about what we are doing to the earth and what we can do for the earth to keep it livable. Watch for more details.

 


Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Pastor Alana 

 

Psalm 143:8 

Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; For I trust in You; Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift up my soul. 

 


HANDBELL CHOIR - THE BELL RINGING HAS BEGUN!

posted May 6, 2016, 6:54 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ   [ updated Oct 28, 2016, 7:51 AM ]

We have been practicing after church and our group is growing.  Sometimes we practice in the choir loft and other times in the Sunday School room.  Look for us or listen for us.  There is still time to join the Handbell Choir.  The more the merrier!


PEW PACK - WHAT'S THAT?

posted Apr 14, 2016, 10:37 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ   [ updated Dec 29, 2016, 11:46 AM ]

A Pew Pack Sunday is a special Sunday (program, music, etc) where we would like to have the children stay in the church for the service.  Each child has an activity pack plus there are several for guests.  There will still be nursery for newborn through four year olds.

WORSHIP WITH THE RESIDENTS OF MALLARD'S LANDING...

posted Jan 28, 2016, 8:34 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ   [ updated Feb 22, 2017, 11:45 AM ]

Mallard's Landing worship happens every third Thursday of the month, beginning at 9:15 a.m.  All are welcome to join in on this meaningful and appreciated service.


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