What's Happening

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

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE....

posted Nov 10, 2017, 9:30 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ

Sunday, December 24, we will hold our regular Sunday worship at 10 am and see you again the evening, at 5:00 p.m., for our Candlelight Christmas Eve service.  Come celebrate the joy of the season, and invite your family, friends and neighbors to worship with you and re-connect to the true meaning of Christmas.

Christmas Poinsettias.....

posted Nov 7, 2017, 11:19 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ

Our sanctuary will be beautifully decorated for the Christmas season, from Advent through Epiphany.  We are planning to use poinsettias around the altar area and ask for your donations to purchase these poinsettias.  Envelopes are available on the back table of the sanctuary in which you can place your donation towards poinsettias in honor of family members or friends or in memory of a loved one.  Please place the envelope in the offering plate or mail it to the church office.  Your gift will be acknowledged in the Christmas Eve bulletin and in the January issue of The Channel.

Take Note....

posted Nov 7, 2017, 11:15 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ

We will be gathering after worship on Sunday, December 3, 2017, for our Annual Congregational Budget Meeting.  Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service...

posted Nov 7, 2017, 11:14 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ

This year, our Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service will be held Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 7:00 p.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran church.  Pastor Alana will be preaching.  Please join in with other area churches as we worship and give thanks.

WHO RECEIVES BENEFITS FROM THE GOVERNMENT....

posted Nov 7, 2017, 11:10 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ

At the last Be The Church meeting, I asked permission to start sharing some research that I had been working on recently that grew out of a discussion I had with some friends about the topic of poverty.  Our church is working on reaching out to our greater community and trying to alleviate the struggle that so many people face when living in poverty.  I'd like us to also look at what causes poverty, how it can not just be relieved, but also eradicated, and last of all help us all be able to carry on a discussion about poverty with those in our community as we try to work to bring real change for those who live in poverty.

The first article is to address the question "who receives benefits from the federal government".  This research grew out of political charge that 50% of every household in the United States was receiving some kind of federal government benefit.  That was said as evidence that there's something wrong with that economic formula, but its important to really take a look at who is receiving that benefit and why.  This is recent enough evidence to be considered still accurate today.  Please take the time to read.    Pat O'Connor

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2012/09/18/who-receives-benefits-from-the-federal-government-in-six-charts/?utm_term=.60bfc66f29b8 

A FEW GOOD MEN OR WOMEN....

posted Oct 27, 2017, 10:23 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ

Trustees are in need of a few new members.  The trustees oversee care of the physical plant and are stewards of financial resources, all in the name of God!  If this request calls to you, please answer that call.  Speak with Bob Rood.

NOVEMBER 19TH...

posted Oct 27, 2017, 10:21 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ

Sunday, November 19th, is Thanksgiving Sunday, Pilgrim Sunday, and Stewardship Sunday!  The choir will be singing that day, and we will enjoy a pot luck after worship, courtesy of the Stewardship Committee.  There is a sign-up sheet on the back table of the sanctuary, should you wish to bring a dish to pass.  Mark your calendar!

BE THE CHURCH....

posted Oct 27, 2017, 10:20 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ

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 Tuesday, November 9th, 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 Oct 27, 2017, 9:52 AM ]

NOVEMBER, 2017


Fall has definitely arrived!  We had our Food Pantry Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at St. Peter’s last week and received our family assignments for the Giving Tree—so it’s officially getting close to the holidays!  It was so wonderful, by the way, to see Ann Whittaker out and about…she was so helpful with the phone assignment for our September Food Pantry month!  Please watch for sign up sheets for food and gifts for our adopted families.  We will be delivering the Sunday before Thanksgiving and Christmas.  If you’d like to help with delivery, see Cathy Light.  We will be packing food at the Food Pantry for our families on Wednesday, November 8 at 3:00.  If you would like to help, see Micki Baden. 


Thank you to all who donated to the Neighbors in Need Offering.  I don’t have a total yet, but your participation is appreciated.  Nancy Kennedy will be meeting with our Sunday School children this month to prepare holiday greetings to our two children, Paulo and Rizki from Child Fund International.  Karen Galvin would love for you to join the Care Team and assist with cards, calls and/or visits to those in need of such.  Mission and Ministry Team will be hosting a birthday brunch on January 21, 2018.  Details will be forthcoming!  All are welcome!!


The word is that we WILL be going to Biloxi, Mississippi a year from now, arriving Sunday, October 28 and leaving November 3.  We are so excited and still have room for some more.  We have 12 people so far including 7 from the UCC Romeo.  Please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested.  Go to Back Bay Mission’s web page to check out information about this project.  Having been there, I can attest that it is exciting and worthwhile!!


Stay tuned for a new program for caregivers in our midst.  The goal is to start a monthly support group in January and I hope you will come if you are caring for a loved one or friend.  Our intent is to offer emotional and practical support as well as identifying resources, education and fellowship to those who want it.  See me if you have suggestions, comments or questions.


Mission is alive and well at FCC-St. Clair.  Come join us as we strive to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community and today’s world.


Your Mission Chair,


Mary Ann Martin



INCLUSIVE CHURCH COMMITTEE....

posted Oct 12, 2017, 5:46 PM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ   [ updated Nov 7, 2017, 10:44 AM ]

Inclusive Church Committee members will gather once again on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 6:00 p.m. at Pat O'Connor home.  All are welcome! 

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