Upcoming Events

This page is updated every Wednesday for the upcoming week. If you’re here on Monday or Tuesday and it seems “outdated”, we invite you to check back in at that time.

Note there is only one page admin at this time and occasional weeks this page will go without updating.  Please contact the church office if you have any questions about what’s coming up if you don’t see it listed here.

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Worship with Us this Sunday,
Sunday, October 7th

A Message from Our Pastor

[This section updates weekly on Thursday.]

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What’s Happening in Sunday School

[This section updates weekly on Thursday.]

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Sharing Sunday:
Blessing Our Neighbors!
Sunday, October 7th

Our next Sharing Sunday will be on Sunday, October 7th.  To make that successful we have an ongoing collection for toiletries, socks, undergarments, and women’s personal care items. If you’d like to be a part of this wonderful endeavor, please talk to Jean Hessler or Denise Callaghan, our Sharing Sunday coordinators. More hands are always welcome. We can’t make this possible without you!

This ministry is under the direction of the Board of Deacons and has the blessing of the Church Council.

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Spiritual Formation Groups

We currently have two Spiritual Formation Groups that have begun to meet. Both groups are using Brian McLaren’s book, We Make the Road by Walking:  A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation as a guide.

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Our Monday night We Make The Road By Walking spiritual formation group has decided to complete their time together for now.

Our Thursday noontime (12pm) group has chosen to continue to meet in order to cover the chapters in the beginning section of the book that we haven’t yet explored together (chapters 3-13).   We meet for about an hour here at the church in Swartz Parlor to read scripture and a chapter in Brian McLaren’s book, followed by a meaningful time of reflection, conversation, and sharing.

The Spiritual Formation Group follows a super simple format that is super participatory.  Advanced reading before group gatherings is NOT required.  You can just show up as you are, whenever you can.

Come and explore a faith that nourishes your deepest longings, helps you to develop unfulfilled potential, and equips you to be a part of God’s healing of the world.

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Fruitful Giving

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If you haven’t yet done so, please prayerfully consider what you will contribute to ensure our congregation fulfills the mission God has given us in 2018. We need the distinctive gifts that you uniquely have to offer. We have mailed financial pledge cards and time and talent cards that we ask you to complete and bring with you to worship or drop them in the mail to us. If you have misplaced your pledge cards, please contact the church office during the week (845-454-2960 or fccoffice@gmail.com) or you can pick them up from one of our ushers on Sunday.

God has given us a mission, and we need your contributions to put it into action in 2018!

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Sing With Us
(Music Ministry)

The choir is back!  Below is our rehearsal schedule:

  • Oct 7: rehearse & sing
  • Oct 14: off
  • Oct 21: rehearse & sing
  • Oct 28: rehearse
  • Nov 4: rehearse & sing
  • Nov 11: rehearse & sing
  • Nov 18: off
  • Nov 25: rehearse
  • Dec 2: rehearse & sing
  • Dec 9: rehearse & sing
  • Dec 16: rehearse
  • Dec 23: rehearse & sing
  • Dec 24: sing

Please contact the church office if you would like to be a part of our music ministry.

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The mission of First Congregational United Church of Christ is to build inclusive community, nurture disciples of Jesus, and be a blessing to our neighbors.

or as Rev. Heather invites us each Sunday to declare:

We are creators of inclusive community.
We are disciples of Jesus.
We are a blessing to our neighbors.

Vision Statement Adopted (June 2018)

United in Christ’s love, a just world for all.

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Updated Congregational Photo (November 2017)!

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Updated Church Photo Directory (June 2017)!

An updated church directory is available! Please contact Tracy in the church office if you need one. If you weren’t caught by Eli or Dotty this summer in order to update your contact information or photo, please feel free to reach out to either of them at any time! We are delighted to have so many fabulous new people worshiping with us and want to make sure none of our wonderful people are missing from its pages.

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Fellowship Hour

coffeehour1Coffee Hour or Fellowship Hour immediately follows most of our worship services. It provides a setting for our current members and friends to catch up with one another and it offers an opportunity for visitors to engage in conversation and see what kind of community we really are. But it’s also an expression of our commitment to the Christian practice of hospitality – of welcoming people to the table where all can find refreshment and nourishment not just of food and drink but of connection and care.

Coffee Hour can’t take place without coffee hour hosts. Hosts set up the coffee pots during worship and get the yummy stuff brewing! Then they set out the cookies or cakes or treats that will be consumed while we greet and visit with each other. Hosts are an important part of the success of this ministry!

Could you be the one to provide nourishment for body and soul that day? Food can be provided so all you’ll need to do is to physically set everything up. Please use the sign-up sheets in Margaret Chapel to sign up.

Our fellowship hour coordinators will ensure that we have sufficient supplies of coffee and paper products on hand every week. They are also looking for contributions of freezable or non-perishable food items that could be available for anyone who would like to host fellowship hour but may not have the means to shop for it. Could you be the one to provide nourishment for body and soul that day?

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