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

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Homeless in America

Brown Bag Lunches for Bridges Outreach for the Homeless

As we approach the Holiday season, let us remember those who are less fortunate then ourselves. During these difficult economic times, many are need and less are able to give. Giving however, need not be of great magnitude on a personal level. If many contribute, even though small, the total will be great. One loaf will become many loaves!

As part of our "Jesus Has Left the Building... and We Followed" mission project on October 31st we will be assembling 300 lunches to take to our homeless neighbors in Irvington, New Jersey. This is a joint effort between the First Congregational Church of Montclair and the Bridges Outreach for the Homeless. If you are able to donate either food or money, please bring these to FCC anytime through Friday, October 29th.

These are some of the ideas that we can use:
  • Fruit cups
  • Juice boxes
  • Bottled water (8 ounce size)
  • Granola bars
  • Individually packaged treats
If you would like to contribute some of your time, folks are meeting at FCC (South Fullerton Street, Montclair, next to the Public Library) at 9 a.m (about 1 hour of time) on Sunday morning to pack the lunches.
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Jesus has left the building October 31st!

On Sunday October 31st we will worship God through service to others. There will be no worship in the Sanctuary and the doors will be closed. There are different avenues available for those wishing to participate. It is not necessary to be a member of the First Congregational Church to contribute your time or to donate money or food. If you would like to learn more about this, please contact FCC.

Friday, October 8, 2010

This Sunday at First Congregational Church!

This Sunday, as we continue to explore the practice of prayer, we wonder what it means when we feel like we are in "exile" -- separated from the familiar, "strangers in a strange land." From both our modern voice, Sr. Joan Chittister, and from the ancient voice of the prophet Jeremiah (29:1, 4-7), we hear some startling words of hope about what it means to live fully and pray passionately, even when we feel far from home. Rev. Ann Ralosky will explore this question in a sermon entitled "In-between Time."

In response to the tragic deaths of so many young gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and questions people around the country who could not survive their own sense of exile, we will lift up a special prayer litany of remembrance, love and hope in their memory. Please join your prayers with ours that all may be strengthened in hope and love.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Volunteer opportunity at FCC this month!

Members of the FCC Community are always encouraged to volunteer for the numerous FCC-related events. In addition, members of the larger community of Essex County and other North Jersey areas are also welcome!

CropWalk - First Congregational Church of Montclair will be the start and finish location for the CropWalk at 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 17. Materials will be available this coming Sunday during our Church Coffee Hour to sign up and line up pledges for the walk. If you cannot walk, but would like to contribute, you may also donate to our online team, FCC Montclair Walkers, by going to Volunteers are also needed from 1:30 to approximately 3:30 to greet and sign in the walkers, and to check them in on their return. Teams from throughout the community will be represented and it would be wonderful to have great representation from our congregation.

What are CROP Hunger Walks?

They are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Cecilia Appianim, Fair Trade Cocoa Farmer in Montclair

Cecilia Appianim, Fair Trade Cocoa Farmer in Montclair on October 5th! 

Join us to learn more about and enjoy samples of the world's favorite sweet treat!

First Congregational Church, 40 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair Tuesday, October 5 7:30 pm Google Map for First Congregational Church

Cecilia is a member of Kuapa Kokoo in Ghana - the first and largest Fair Trade cocoa cooperative. Kuapa Kokoo produces the 'divine' cocoa in Divine Chocolate bars. Cecilia will speak about the benefits of Fair Trade and how the practice of gender equity in the cooperative carried over into her personal life.

Cecilia's U.S. tour is being sponsored by Fair Trade Towns USA and this event is being organized by the four Fair Trade Town campaigns in N.J. (Montclair, Teaneck, Highland Park & Red Bank) and First Congregational Church.
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