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 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 Jun 26, 2017, 10:20 AM ]

MISSION MOMENTS – JUNE 2017

The year is nearly half over!  How time flies.  Mission is evident at First Congregational St. Clair in a rich and meaningful way.  We continue feeding and clothing the marginal with our efforts at Harbor Impact and the Ecumenical Food Pantry.  Our Little Food Pantry is intact, but we’re looking to move it to get it out of the sun.  We helped Kids in Distress with their changeover to spring/summer clothing for the families.  We continue to support our children, Rikki and Paulo through Child Fund International.  It’s all good!  It’s all working together for Christ in this place.  We had people participating Kids Against Hunger at St. Peter’s.  Thank you everyone!

Our May Day baskets were appreciated by so many people in our church and in our community.  Thank you Lyndsey Fox for coordinating this event and for the people who packed “baskets” and delivered them.  We also support our members with cards and calls and visits.  Thanks to all who participate.

Financially, we continue our giving to Our Church’s Wider Mission and participate in the Special Offering held throughout the year.  In June, we will be collecting The Strengthen the Church offering.  Please read the article found in this month’s “Channel”.  We continue to be so generous in our time and treasures.

An opportunity in the horizon is available.  I hope you will consider joining us in Biloxi, Mississippi for our second trip to Back Bay Mission on October 29, 2018 until November 4, 2018.  The UCC in Romeo has six people willing to join us.  We need a commitment of about 20 persons.  We are about half way there.  Please pray about it and talk to me or Pastor Alana to participate in a very rewarding and fun-filled event.  Go to Back Bay Mission’s website at www.thebackbaymission.org to see more information.  We had 11 go from this church in 2016 and everyone had a wonderful time.  The accommodations are very comfortable and we will be directed to areas where we can best utilize our talents, whether we are carpenters or cookie bakers!  It’s still 1 ½ years away, but dates fill up fast!

Thank you all for everything you do to support our mission program here.  We will be having an organizational meeting in August, so please consider joining us!

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 May 30, 2017, 11:19 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 June 27/July 25/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 Jun 26, 2017, 10:20 AM ]

 

Matthew 25:40 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family,[a] you did it to me.’

 

While we Protestants do not have saints, those who have been canonized by the Roman Catholic Church are exemplary examples of how to be the church.

          A few years back David and I were blessed to be able to travel to Assisi in Italy. We saw the church built there to honor St. Francis. We saw the twenty-eight amazing Giotto frescoes on the walls of that church telling the story of his birth into a very wealthy business family and eventually his choice to turn away from all of the benefits of his family name, business and fortune. And we saw Francis’ actual church, now protected by a huge church that was built around it to honor and protect it. His church was tiny, dark and inviting. It was such a powerful experience being there in that small space knowing that he had been there; and we’re still talking about his care for creation and his care for the poor.

          Francis is celebrated yearly with a feast day on October 4th and this is the time during which many churches offer Pet Blessings. We really must do that this year in October! Let me know if you’d be interested in organizing such an event. We could invite the community and have it in the beautiful church backyard!

          Richard Rohr, a Franciscan himself, wrote this:

“In the Franciscan reading of the Gospel, there is no reason to be religious or to “serve” God except “to love greatly the One who has loved us greatly,” as Saint Francis said. [1] Religion is not about heroic will power or winning or being right. This has been a counterfeit for holiness in much of Christian history. True growth in holiness is a growth in willingness to love and be loved and a surrendering of willfulness, even holy willfulness (which is still ‘all about me’).” 

          This ties in nicely to our recent worship focus to “BE THE CHURCH”. We can memorize Scripture and we can attend worship regularly but being the church to everyone, especially those who are considered outcast to society, is an arduous task AND it is a task that proves to be extremely fulfilling.

          General Synod, the National biennial meeting of our wider church will gather in Baltimore Maryland from June 30- July4th. During this gathering creative worship planners, excellent preachers and speakers, musicians and dancers will share their talents. And a business meeting will be presented along with discussion of Resolutions proposed and being voted on at this Synod. If you haven’t registered to go to Synod you can be part of Synod by visiting this link       http://synod.uccpages.org/

 

Thousands of members of the UCC wider church will gather to discuss and vote on new ways for the United Church of Christ to BE THE CHURCH. All this is done for the love of Jesus Christ. 

I’m proud of our denomination, for all it does and for the things it has refused to do, in the name of Christ.

Just as St. Francis loved Creator and creation we too can devote ourselves to being the church, by being love in the world.

With you on the Journey,

Pastor Alana


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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