Upcoming Worship and Events

Please note there is only one page admin at this time and occasional weeks this page will go without updating.  If maintaining this website is a ministry that you feel you have the time and talent to do, please contact the church office.  We can train you.

The best way to know what is coming up in the life of our church is our weekly e-news (emailed to members and friends of our congregation) and the last few pages of our church bulletin (print handouts given to you at the start of our church service).  Please check those materials for the most up-to-date events.

You can also contact the church office if you have any questions about what’s coming up if you don’t see something listed here.


Join us in Honoring the life and legacy of

Anne Cross

We have received word from the Cross family about funeral arrangements.

Calling Hours will be from 4:00-8:00 pm on Friday, August 23rd at Miller Funeral Home, 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie.

A Funeral Service celebrating Anne’s life will be held in our church sanctuary on Saturday, August 24th at 10:30 am.

We invite you to carpool to church and arrive a bit early, as parking may be at capacity for this service. We also encourage those who are more able bodied to avoid parking in the spots marked with the sign “daycare pick-up and drop-off”, so that these spots can be available for those with mobility challenges.

A burial service will follow in the late afternoon on Saturday and will be in Middletown, NY.  Rev. Heather will preside at both services.

Let us continue to enfold the entire Cross family in our prayers as they mourn the loss of their beloved mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother. And let us join with them in honoring her contributions, paying tribute to her legacy of service to her church and community, and recalling the many ways she has touched our lives.


Worship with Us this Sunday,
August 25, 2019

A Message from Our Pastor

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What’s Happening in Sunday School

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Sharing Sunday:
Blessing Our Neighbors!
Sunday, September 1, 2019

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.


Sing With Us

Thank you to everyone who was a part of our music ministry this season.  The next season is expected to start in September.  In the meantime, there are other worship opportunities planned throughout the summer.  If you would like to share your talent with us (if your talent is music or song!), please contact our Music Director, Deb Bucher, or Tracy at the church office.

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?