What's Happening

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

INTERESTED IN JOINING FIRST CONGREGATIONAL...

posted Jul 28, 2017, 8:31 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ

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

SPECIAL MUSIC FUND...

posted Jul 28, 2017, 8:30 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ

During the month of August, we will be accepting donations to create/supplement a Special Music Fund so we may enjoy many different talents and genres of musical gifts throughout the year.  If you wish to donate, please use the green envelopes and label it "Special Music Fund".  Thank you for supporting this ministry.

ECUMENICAL PROGRESSIVE DINNER...

posted Jul 28, 2017, 8:28 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ

Please join the fun and fellowship on Saturday, August 19, beginning at 5:45 pm, at the Methodist Church with a short worship service and appetizers.  Next we will go to St. Peter's Lutheran for salad, and finally to First Congregational for the main course.  St. Paul's Episcopal is planning to serve their dessert at First Congregational as well.  

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 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. 

DON'T FORGET YOUR PIE....

posted Mar 17, 2017, 9:57 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ   [ updated May 30, 2017, 11:17 AM ]

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.   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 Jul 28, 2017, 8:16 AM ]

MISSION TRIP 2017

WE NEED YOU!

 

This is your opportunity of a lifetime!  You’ve always wanted to go on a Mission Trip, but there were always roadblocks that stopped you.  It was too far, it cost too much, I have a pet, I can’t leave my home, etc., etc., etc.  The roadblocks are now gone—we are offering a one day, local mission trip to Harbor Impact Ministry on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.  We will drive you and feed you, and the best part is you get to see what Harbor is all about and help them get ready for their Impact Day, which is on August 29! 

Please sign up on the back table.  We will carpool from the church and return there in the afternoon.  There are jobs of all kinds, sitting, standing, sorting, counting, folding, cleaning, etc.  All skill levels are welcome!  And lunch will be provided!  Let’s get a large group together and make a difference in our community on Tuesday, August 22, 2017!  See Mary Ann Martin if you have questions!


HARBOR IMPACT MINISTRIES....

posted Jan 19, 2017, 2:32 PM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ   [ updated Jul 28, 2017, 8:17 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 Aug. 29/Sept. 26/Oct. 24/Nov. 21/Dec. 19.   They are also in need for plastic grocery bags - if you have any extra, please drop them off in the library.  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 Jul 28, 2017, 8:18 AM ]

 Psalm 65:9-13

You visit the earth and cause it to overflow; You greatly enrich it; The stream of God is full of water; You prepare their grain, for thus You prepare the earth. You water its furrows abundantly, You settle its ridges, You soften it with showers, You bless its growth. You have crowned the year with Your bounty, And Your paths drip with fatness.
The pastures of the wilderness drip, And the hills gird themselves with rejoicing. The meadows are clothed with flocks And the valleys are covered with grain; They shout for joy, yes, they sing.

 

Some Thoughts from Pastor Alana                                                                      July 27, 2017

 

            It’s been a very busy month and a very busy week, and that’s how I like my weeks.

Last night I spent an hour or so at our Ecumenical Vacation Bible School. It was the last of three nights of fun for children, ages 4 through 12,  and a few hours of quiet at home for their parents.

We’ve joined St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and Holy Family Episcopal Church over the past few years in offering this VBS. Over those three nights, the kids brought in $380.00 to help the city of Flint with their water crises!

            I then walked back down the hill to First Congregational Church of St. Clair, United Church of Christ, to check out what was going on at the Environmental Stewards of St. Clair class, organized by Pat O’Connor and happening once a month at the church. Pat’s niece Barb Matthews was the presenter. She lives in New Baltimore and works for the Public Works Department. She had a wealth of information about reducing trash, recycling and reusing. I thought I knew everything about this topic but I learned A LOT!

            Barb talked about the sorts of containers we purchase items in, like cardboard milk cartons, which take up lots of space in the landfill and are not recyclable because of their waxy covering. Also, those very bright plastic bags that our Cheetos and pretzels come in do not decompose quickly. These are not recyclable, even though they seem like plastic. She then showed us examples of some of these bags being repurposed and turned into things like very brightly colored wallets.

Barb showed us her purse and asked us to guess what it was made from. It was shiny, black and beautiful- and made out of …. wait for it….repurposed seat belts!

She showed us a picture of a mountain of plastic containers and the like that were recycled in one week in one neighborhood! If we look in our own refrigerators, we’ll understand how this could happen.

            Barb suggested that our trash bins should have the least amount of refuse since all of that goes into the landfill to become those huge grass covered hills we see on the sides of highways. Sadly, our landfills leach chemicals into the water supply and poison the earth around them. They have to be vented to let methane gas escape from them so they don’t explode or catch fire.

            Barb challenged us to purchase used, not new, when possible (clothing, furniture, household tools, etc.) She challenged us to try for one week to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible so that all that remains for the landfill is just a shoebox full of trash. THAT’S a challenge. But I plan to try to do this. Then if we can work toward a goal like that each week we’ll be doing much for God’s planet earth.

            Barb made it clear that we can only try to do our best to live our lives in ways that are less harmful to the environment but we don’t need to make ourselves uncomfortable in the process. If we each do whatever we are able to do we can make a difference in keeping this earth God has loaned to us for our lifetimes safe and beautiful.

            So I challenge YOU to protect the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling as best you can. We’re doing this for our children, our grandchildren and their grandchildren. Oh, and we’re doing it for God too.

           

 With you on the Journey,

 

Pastor Alana

 

Psalm 24:1-2  The earth is the Lord’s, and all that is in it, the world and those who dwell in it. For God has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.

            


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