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
email: admin@fccmtc.com

Friday, December 17, 2010

This Sunday: 2010 Children's Christmas Pageant

We are most excited to experience the 2010 Children's Christmas Pageant written, directed and staged by our own Shannon Daly and staring our church school children. This time the story is told through the eyes of the "unnamed characters", the animals, shepherds and magi. It's a wonderful FCC tradition and not to be missed!

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This Sunday at First Congregational Church!

December 19, 2010, 10:30am

This Sunday we enter the third month in our Season of Covenants as we make a covenant of "generosity." In a season of "getting", we explore with spiritual joy of giving -- of sharing ourselves to magnify God's grace in the world.

This is the fourth Sunday of Advent, the time in which we prepare our lives for the coming of the Christ Child on Christmas morning. It is a time of watching and waiting, gaining keener awareness of the way God is present in our world. Last Sunday we heard the story through Mary's eyes. This Sunday we hear from Joseph (Matthew 1:18-25) and share with him the wonder of "God with Us." Rev. Ann Ralosky will preach a sermon entitled "The Impractical Gift." Our modern reading is an essay by English mystic Evelyn Underhill from the book Watch for the Light.

The Vespa-Papaleo/Weiss will light the fourth candle on our Advent wreath as we begin to take the first steps on our Advent Journey together.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Longest Night Service December 21

Longest Night Service December 21, 8pm

Soft glow from a lit candle

The Christmas season is often a time of joy and celebration, but for many of us it is a time of sorrow.  Feeling grief, loneliness or loss of any kind during the holidays can be painful.  On the eve of the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, First Congregational Church will offer a service of prayer and healing to remind us of God's presence in a difficult time. 
 All are welcome.
To learn more about the service, click here or contact the church office at 973-744-4856

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Monday, December 13, 2010

First Congregational Church Enjoying A Comeback - Montclair, NJ Patch

First Congregational Church Enjoying A Comeback - Montclair, NJ Patch

Pull up outside the extremely impressive exterior of the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, at 40 South Fullerton Avenue, and you'll notice a giant red banner with the words: "Jesus Didn't Turn People Away ... Neither Do We." The message is an important one, explains Rev. Ann Ralosky, as the church's "inclusiveness" is something she constantly seeks to emphasize. Read more at Montclair Patch.
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Friday, December 10, 2010

This Sunday at First Congregational Church!

December is a month of Generosity.

This Sunday we embrace the third month in our Season of Covenants as we make a covenant of "generosity." In a season of "getting", we explore with spiritual joy of giving -- of sharing ourselves to magnify God's grace in the world.

This is the third Sunday of Advent, the time in which we prepare our lives for the coming of the Christ Child on Christmas morning. It is a time of watching and waiting, gaining keener awareness of the way God is present in our world. This Sunday we celebrate "The Magnificat" -- Mary's radical song of justice in response to God's invitation from the Gospel of Luke 1:47-55. Our modern reading is from the book Mary: Shadow of Grace by theologian Megan McKenna. The choir and Rev. Ann will explore the many faces of Mary in a special service of song, story and imagery.

The Graceffo family will light the third candle on our Advent wreath as we continue on our Advent Journey together.
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Montclair Emergency Shelter for the Homeless

As many of you know, FCC will be the home of the Montclair Emergency Shelter for the Homeless (MESH) this winter.  There have been some wonderful articles in the Montclair Times that have demonstrated the dire need for this kind of shelter and the challenges in getting it going. MESH is a project of the Montclair Clergy Association, and this shelter is truly a shared labor of love from folks throughout our town.  FCC is blessed to have the kind of space necessary to offer and we are glad to be a part of this project.

We also have 25 volunteers lined up to serve throughout the winter, but will need more.  If you would like to serve in this important ministry, there will be a training held at FCC on Monday, Dec 13 and Tues Dec 14 at 7pm in the FCC lower level.  You need only attend one of the days.

As the weather gets colder, life on the streets becomes more dangerous for our homeless brothers and sisters.  We are grateful for any offerings of prayer, service or financial assistance to keep them safe and warm this winter.  If you  have questions, please contact Rev. Wade Renn at wade@therenns.net or 973-655-1052.
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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer & Labyrinth Service December 12th

 
Special worship service
 
Our Lady of Guadalupe  Prayer & Labyrinth Service
 
December 12th at 5:30pm
 
Join us for a special evening of prayer devoted to the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe,
a Mexican tradition that dates to the 16th century.
During the Christmas season we explore that power of Mary as “divine mother”
and symbol of God’s particular care for the poor and vulnerable.
Mark Graceffo and Rev. Ann will lead a contemplative service
followed by an open labyrinth walk.
All are welcome!
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Labyrinth Walk Tonight!

Back to the Future:
Ancient Ways to a Living Faith
Advent Labyrinth Walk
Labyrinth Society founder ... | http://www.esotericchurch.org/courses/inner/inner12.html

Do you long for a deeper connection to God this season?
Unplug from the busyness of your life
and nourish your spirit with a weekly ritual of
contemplative spiritual practice.

Open labyrinth walk in Sanctuary
from 6:00-8:30pm.