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 If you’re here on Monday or Tuesday and it seems “outdated”, we invite you to check back in at that time.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



Maundy Thursday, April 18th at 7:00 pm. 

This is the night that Jesus shared a last supper with his disciples, washed their feet, and experienced their betrayal and abandonment. So in this service, we celebrate communion, wash one another’s feet, and keep watch as we listen to the story of this night unfold. Worship will include a service of Tenebrae (Latin for “shadows”) with lessons and a gradual dimming of light.

Good Friday, April 19th at 7:00 pm. 

This night we remember how God’s love, made flesh in Jesus, endured the pain and violence of the crucifixion. Come and experientially, kinesthetically connect with the Way of the Cross.  This interactive, contemplative worship service prepares us to appreciate the gift of the empty tomb. We witness Jesus’ rejection, suffering, and death with sorrow and hope, knowing God will transform them into the joy and wonder of resurrection on Easter morning


Worship with Us
Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019


Easter Sunday Sunrise Service, 6:00 a.m., April 21st.

sunrise service

Join us on the Walkway over the Hudson as the light of Christ’s resurrection dawns in our lives. The gates will be open at 5:30 a.m. We’ll meet at the center overlook by the flagpole. We’ll hear the wonderful story of that first Easter morning, we’ll sing, and we’ll celebrate with shouts of joy.

Easter Festival Worship, 10:30 am, April 21st

Easter 2017
Join us in our church sanctuary for glorious flowers, special festive music, and the extraordinary good news of Christ’s resurrection. Alleluia! We will offer a special Sunday School program for our school age worshipers. Following worship, we invite our children to enjoy an Easter Egg hunt outside on our front lawn.


What’s Happening in Sunday School

[This section updates weekly on Thursday.]


Sharing Sunday:
Blessing Our Neighbors!
Sunday, May 5th

Our outreach ministry that takes place on the first Sunday of each month is known as Sharing Sunday.

Our next Sharing Sundaywill be on Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 1:00-3:00 pm.

Sharing Sunday an opportunity to provide clothes, toiletries, snacks, and beverages to people in our local community. It’s both a way to address a local need and to build relationship with our downtown neighbors.

We offer:

  • Toiletries
  • Socks
  • Undergarments
  • Clothing
  • Coats
  • Personal care items
  • Sandwiches
  • Soup

We have an ongoing collection for these and other items and services.  If you’d like to be a part of this wonderful endeavor, please talk to Mona Tobey, Jean Craven,  Jean Hessler or Denise Callaghan. 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.


Sing With Us

We are singing now through June!  Please see our tentative rehearsal schedule below:


  • April 14, 2019 (Palm Sunday) – rehearse & sing
  • April 18, 2019 (Maundy Thursday- evening service) – rehearse & sing
  • April 21, 2019 (Easter) – rehearse & sing
  • April 28, 2019 – TBD
  • May 5, 2019 – rehearse & sing
  • May 12, 2019 – rehearse
  • May 19, 2019 – rehearse & sing
  • May 26, 2019 – off
  • June 2, 2019 (Pride Sunday) – TBD
  • June 9, 2019 (Pentecost) – rehearse & sing
  • June 16, 2019 – rehearse & sing
  • June 23, 2019 – rehearse & sing

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.


Snow/Ice Policy on Sunday Mornings

Snowy weather is inevitable. With so many of you being new to our congregation we thought it important that we remind you of our snow/ice policy for Sunday Morning Worship.

If Reverend Heather is in town and can get to church, and there is no “State of Emergency” which would prohibit normal travel on our roadways, worship will NOT be cancelled because of snow. It is assumed that the adults of this congregation can decide for themselves if it is appropriate to drive to church.

In the event that a “State of Emergency” is declared for Poughkeepsie, worship is cancelled. Listen to local radio stations for State of Emergency declarations. You can also check the Dutchess County website (www.co.dutchess.ny.us)

Since Tracy crosses the Mid-Hudson bridge on Sundays, Sunday School will be cancelled if there is a state of emergency in Ulster even if there isn’t one in Dutchess or in the event that the weather prevents her from travelling from Highland.

line-png-26Mission Statement Adopted (October 2017)

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.


Updated Congregational Photo (November 2017)!

congregational photo revised


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.


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?