What's Happening

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

ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT GROUP...

posted Jan 8, 2018, 11:59 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ

This group has been formed as a monthly support group for loved ones and caregivers of those living with Alzheimer's Disease.  We will meet at First Congregational Church of St. Clair (300 Adams Street) on Thursday, January 25, 2018, with your choice of 1:00 pm or 7:00 pm.  This group is free to join and everyone is welcome.  Contact Mary Ann Martin with your questions:  810-326-0798 / stclairmam@sbcglobal.net

BE THE CHURCH....

posted Oct 27, 2017, 10:20 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ   [ updated Dec 27, 2017, 6:40 AM ]

Don't forget about our Be The Church meetings, held on the second Tuesday of every month.  This is a relaxing get-together where there is no limit on any topic!  It is suggested that you may want to read "$2.00 A Day - Living on Almost Nothing in America" by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer.  Its a great read and a great base for great discussion!  Our next meeting is Thursday, January 11, at 7:00 p.m.  All are welcome!

MISSION MOMENTS....

posted Oct 13, 2017, 5:51 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ   [ updated Dec 27, 2017, 6:41 AM ]

JANUARY, 2018

 

Happy New Year!  Your Mission & Ministry Team is so excited for this new year with all its promises of opportunities and challenges!  We will be meeting on Wednesday, January 3 at 2:00 in the Lounge to plan our upcoming year.  Please come and join us.  There are always ways you can help the existing programs or come up with some new and exciting ideas.

The first thing on our agenda is that we need someone to take over the Rhubarb Pie Baking Team.  It can be an individual or a couple of people co-leading.  The good news is that Carroll Simmons is still willing to be your go-to person to get information and to ask questions.  Please think about it and let me know if you can do this.  It’s such an important ministry in our congregation.  There have been ten or more people gathering on Monday mornings for a number of seasons now that truly enjoy the work and benefit from the fellowship.  And let’s not forget how GOOD the pies are and how much we enjoy eating them!  Please pray about this!

Harbor Impact continues every month.  Please let Mary Ann or Bonnie know if you are interested in helping, either on Impact Day or during the month to prepare for the big day.  It’s a wonderful ministry that services hundreds of St. Clair County individuals easing their way during times of struggle. 

We will be travelling to Biloxi, Mississippi the last Sunday in October to work a week at Back Bay Mission.  Pastor Alana, Deuane and Mary Ann Martin and Don and Nancy Rice will join others from  Romeo UCC for a memorable and important mission. 

Nancy Kennedy has a display of items that make up a “Birthday Party in a Bag!” which we will collect this month.  They are wonderful expressions of joy and celebration for children who may not ever have had a birthday party.  See the example in the back of the church and bring in your own bag, or a product or two to help stuff a bag!  The bags will be given to Foster Families and Harbor Impact.  It’s all in the name of love and compassion!  We are celebrating a Birthday Bruch on Sunday, January 21 after our morning service.  Please see the sign up sheets on the back table and come celebrate all our birthdays at once!

Thanks for your contributions for 2017.  You were so generous in so many ways—monetarily and in time and talents.  The outpouring of love from our church is so visible and vibrant in the community and around the world.  Thank you and Happy New Year.

God’s Blessings to you and yours,

Mary Ann Martin, Chair

Mission and Ministry Team



INTERESTED IN JOINING FIRST CONGREGATIONAL...

posted Jul 28, 2017, 8:31 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ   [ updated Oct 27, 2017, 9:59 AM ]

We'd love to have you as part of our progressive, loving and welcoming congregation.  Please speak with Pastor Alana with any questions you may have.

LITTLE FOOD PANTRY....

posted May 3, 2017, 10:38 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ   [ updated Nov 7, 2017, 10:46 AM ]

THE LITTLE FOOD PANTRY BOX

 

I hope you’ve noticed the reddish colored box next to the mailbox, 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 OPEN AND AFFIRMING INCLUSIVE CHURCH COVENANT....

posted Apr 28, 2017, 11:17 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ   [ updated Jun 9, 2017, 8:32 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. 

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 Dec 27, 2017, 6:44 AM ]

Some Thoughts from Pastor Alana                                                     January 1, 2018

2018. Phew! As I grow older I am continually amazed by how quickly time seems to pass.

I think when we’re younger, we aren’t quite so aware of this. I remember times as a child waiting for a birthday that seemed to NEVER come, or approaching age 16, knowing I’d be able to get my driver’s permit, and barely being able to stand waiting another day.

I recall vividly when David’s and my family was young, wondering if our boys would ever grow up, especially after they entered their teen years! They did grow up, and as it turns out, all too quickly. And looking back on those days it’s impossible to think about time spent with them in any light except the most positive. I do have some regrets, like many parents. I regret that I wasn’t with my children more than I was able to be. I owned a cafe, after all. Enough said.

If I had the chance I’d like to do that better.

Today I see parents and grandparents who are so good at raising children. I admire them for their constant focus on helping their children and grands be the very best people they can be. I especially admire those parents and grandparents who manage to get their littles to church on a Sunday morning. This is no easy task, as many of us may recall from our own parents trying to round us up on any Sunday morning, load us into the car and invariably get to church five minutes after worship started.

The new year brings an opportunity for a new start. My prayer in this new year is that we appreciate each day we are given as a gift from God, and see each encounter with other people, whether they are family or friends or total strangers, as a blessing. Life is a blessing. We receive many gifts knowing that we are accompanied by others who are so much like us, no matter who they are or where they are on that journey. We all breath the same air. We bleed the same color. We experience similar hardships and feel love and pain in the same way.

Thanks be to God for giving us life. In this New Year, may we see the whole world, the church and one another with compassionate eyes. May we care, with the help of God, for family, friends, strangers and for God’s creation.

Happy New Year. Happy 2018!

Yours on the Journey,

Pastor Alana

People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.

— Mark 10:13-16






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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