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

Friday, November 12, 2010

This Sunday at First Congregational Church!

This Sunday we enter the second month in our Season of Covenants as we make a covenant of "presence." Being present, to one another and to God, is truly a counter-cultural act in an age of "virtual reality." Studies tell us that the more plugged-in we become to technology the more we lose the gift of empathy with one another. So this month we will explore the many ways we can reclaim the lost art of "being there."

Also on this Sunday we will explore what it means to experience God's presence in our community. In a world where we struggle with poverty, war, racial tension and environmental crises, finding God is challenging. In our scripture reading we will hear from the prophet Isaiah (65:17-25) who sees signs of God in daily joys of community. In our modern reading we will hear from Archbishop Desmond Tutu who saw a vision of God in the struggles of South Africans during apartheid. Rev. Ann Ralosky will preach a sermon entitled "Waking Up to the Dream."

And we will celebrate God's presence in the sacrament of Baptism, as we welcome Grace into our faith and family. Please join us for this special morning!
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Turkey Drive November 20

Benefiting the Community Food Bank of NJ, drop off your frozen turkeys and give a family a happier Thanksgiving. Turkeys can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, 20 November. Thanks!
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