Open and Affirming!

Open and Affirming!

All are welcome!

First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ
40 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey 07042
Phone: 973-744-4856

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Family Communion Workshop Saturday Oct 2

Dear Families,

When we worship we do three simple but powerful things: gather the people, tell the story, and break the bread. This Saturday, October 2 from 10am-12noon we will explore the last one: Breaking the Bread, also known as the sacrament of Holy Communion. For those of us who come from other Christian faith traditions, especially Catholics, there can be a lot of confusion and uncertainty about what this ritual means for children. This workshop is designed to answer your questions in a fun, engaging, and enlightening experience designed for children 12 and under and their parents.

During our time together we will:

* share stories about the important meals in our lives
* hear stories about how Jesus ate
* learn the origins of this sacrament and how it has been understood over the centuries
* bake bread which will be used on our Communion service on Sunday, Oct 3
* make a special craft to take home
* have some "parent time" to discuss the sacrament with Rev. Ann

Please join us! Even if you came last year -- you are welcome to come again. It is important that you let me know if you are coming so we can prepare for the right number. Please RSVP ASAP! You may email me back or call the church office (973-744-4856).

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Prospective Member class at First Congregational Church

Dear Friends of FCC,

Beginning in October we will be holding our fall series of conversations for prospective members.  Many of you have been participating in the life of First Congregational Church for many months now, and some have just begun to get acquainted with us.  No matter how long you have been with us you are warmly invited to be a part of these conversations.  They will be held on three consecutive Sundays -- October 3, 10 & 17 -- immediately after worship.  We hope to receive new members into the community on Sunday, October 24. The sessions last 1 hour and child care can be made available.

The goal of the classes is to explore your spiritual journey and to help you get to know what First Congregational Church (and our denomination, the United Church of Christ) is all about.  We will discuss where we began, what we believe, and how we live our faith out in the world.  It's part history lesson, part theology class, and a very lively conversation about issues that matter!

To become a member of any faith community is an important commitment.  We have been blessed by your presence at FCC and sincerely hope you will consider joining us.  If you have any thoughts or questions, or would like to speak with me in person about your faith journey, please do not hesitate to contact me.  My door is always open!
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Friday, September 17, 2010

Church Picnic, Sunday Sept 26!

Abstract no.9Image by ~jjjohn~ via FlickrDon't forget to sign up for the Fall All-Church Picnic! Wonderful food, good friends and lots of fun! Sign-ups in Guild Room or see Anne Garty or Liz Donald.

This Sunday at First Congregational Church!

Welcome back, summer travelers! This Sunday we will begin our new church year with the return of our children's Church School and the inspiring music of the choir. It has been a lovely, restful summer and now the excitement of new life begins!

We will also share the Parable of the Talents, (Matthew 15:14-30) where Jesus challenges us to take risks with the abundant gifts God has given to us. While Matthew's language can feel harsh, we will explore the underlying message of grace which comes from a radical trust in God's promise.

Friday, September 10, 2010

“Ready, Set, Grow” – FCC Renewal Weekend!!

Sept. 25th and 26th. Be part of the activities of renewing our church. Saturday afternoon strategy and inspiration sessions followed by worship and picnic on Sunday.

Congregational Meeting following worship on Sept. 19th

A meeting of the entire congregation is being called. Issues on the agenda will include the growth initiative plan, physical plant issues, MMO expansion and updates on FCC future plans and ministries. All members and friends are invited to attend!

This Sunday at First Congregational Church!

God’s wrath and God’s grace – two very different sides of God’s interaction with humanity. This Sunday the contrast will be explored by our guest preacher, Lydia York in her sermon, “Hot Wind of Disaster, Found Coin of Grace” based on readings from Jeremiah 4 and Luke 15. Lydia is a member of FCC and is working to complete a PhD in theology at Drew University . Lydia earned her MDiv from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2003 and hopes to pursue ordination in-care with FCC.

Also offering a ministry of presence will be our reader Jackie Stearns, our ushers Steve Groom and John Sampson. Sarah Pomerantz will bring the Children’s Message and Vivianne Potter will be hosting Coffee Hour. The flowers in the sanctuary are given by Vivianne in honor of her daughter Maya’s birthday. Maya Potter, Lauren Marden and Benjamin Villanueva will offer special music. The Rev. Barbara Prince will be liturgist.

Rev. Ann returns for next Sunday’s worship.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Bible Study

# Bible Study continues to meet at 9:30am in the library and discuss the book The Shack by William Young. Whether you've read it or not, all are welcome!

This Sunday at First Congregational Church! September 5, 2010

Does being a Christian change the way you see the world? Does it inspire you challenge injustices and inequities? Or does it give you "cover" to look the other way? This Sunday we will share Paul's letter to Philemon (yes -- all 21 lines of it!) and explore what it means to see the world through the eyes of Christ. Rev. Ann Ralosky will preach a sermon on Phil. 1-21 entitled "Do the Right Thing."

As our summer of "special music" continues we will be graced by the voice of Clarissa Schoch with Julie Morgan on piano.

As this is the first Sunday of the month, we will be gathering around the table to celebrate the Sacrament of Communion. As we look through the eyes of Christ, we offer an open table -- ALL are welcome to share it.

Lay worship leadership:

Reader: Jackie Berliner-Jackson

Usher: Phil Daly

Coffee Hour hosts: Jackson Family