Upcoming Worship and 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 If you’re here on Monday or Tuesday and it seems “outdated”, we invite you to check back in at that time.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,
Pentecost and Pride Sunday

A Message from Our Pastor

Soon it will be Pentecost–a time to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, whose presence breaks down barriers, blows open the doors of our hearts, and sets us ablaze with wonder and power.

On Pentecost we always tell the the story from the Book of Acts that describes what happens to a group of Jesus’ disciples some fifty days after they discovered his empty tomb and encountered his resurrected presence. These people are sitting around in an upper room, waiting to see what they should do next, praying for guidance but uncertain if it will come. Then something totally unexpected, truly awesome, noisy, exhilarating, and utterly-impossible-to-contain sweeps through them, blowing away their fearful hesitancy and filling them with power. The Holy Spirit shows up and the disciples spill out of that room into the streets to speak a new world and a new community into being.

Join us as we recall that extraordinary Pentecost event and hear Jesus’ promise that we will be able to do all that he has done and more with the help of the Advocate, also known as the Holy Spirit. Come and experience the Spirit’s dynamic energy and liberating presence stirring within us. This is also Pride Sunday–a time when we celebrate our still-speaking, barrier-crossing, open-armed God whose love knows no limits. And what’s more, we get to witness the outpouring of God’s love, blessing and the Holy Spirit on 1 year-old Micah and on his mother Angela through the sacrament of baptism!

Come and express your welcome and support for two new additions to the household of faith and the Body of Christ. Come and be filled with the Spirit’s power to speak in new ways and to create a different future from the one that seems almost certain to occur. Come and be ready to bless and receive blessing as we prepare to march in Poughkeepsie’s first ever Pride Parade. Wear your rainbow-people church t-shirt or something red or yellow or orange (the colors of fire) to celebrate!

We can’t wait to see you here!

-Rev. Heather

[This section updates weekly on Thursday.]

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Showing God’s welcome at New Paltz Pride

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What’s Happening in Sunday School

unnamedThis past Sunday we learned about the next 5 books in the Bible, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon. We talked about what each book contains. We learned that all 5 books feature some sort of poetry. We watched the next skit video, we talked about a variety of different things about each of the books and we answered questions. We learned that like Job, sometimes God gives us something and takes it away only to give us something better. I originally handed out campfire size marshmallows for snack only to take them back and replace them with a snack that the kids have come to love, graham crackers and cream cheese (and chocolate frosting for a couple of our friends, lol). We talked about why God might not stop bad things from happening in our lives. Then we made really cool mobiles based on a verse from the book of Ecclesiastes.

This week we’ll watch the next skit in the series as we learn about the next 5 books, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel and Daniel. We’ll talk about these 5 prophets and what message each of them shares in their book. We’ll do some sort of craft project including adding all the new (and any missing) books to our keychain projects and we’ll definitely be playing games!

If you haven’t been coming to Sunday School, now is a great time to return! There is always room for YOU at our table. Join us, won’t you? We can’t wait to see you here!

[This section updates weekly on Thursday.]

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

We offer:

  • Food
  • Clothing (including socks and underwear)
  • Hygiene products
  • Fellowship & Conversation
  • Come and see more

Sharing Sunday has been so beneficial to those in our community most in need. This ministry is under the direction of the Board of Deacons and has the blessing of the Church Council.

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Sing With Us

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The choir will be singing its final anthem for the season on Sunday, June 16, 2019, before its break for the summer.

If you would like to be a part of our music ministry, please contact the church office and we’ll put you in contact with our music director.

The next season is expected to start in September.  In the meantime, there are other worship opportunities planned throughout the summer.

Please, if your talent is music, share it with us!

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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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