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, February 25, 2011

This Sunday at First Congregational Church! February is a month of Growth.

Sunday, February 27: As we enter the fifth month in our Season of Covenants we make a covenant of “growth.” Like the winter's ground that appears cold and bare, our spiritual lives can also feel lifeless. During this contemplative season we are invited to nurture the seeds of our spirit and cultivate a deeper relationship with God and one another through reflection, study, and worship.

This Sunday the "Sermon on the Mount" continues to challenge us as Jesus invites us to "stop worrying about tomorrow." Easier said than done, Jesus! In a world that seems awash in anxiety Jesus offers us a change in perspective, a new way of centering our lives in what really matters. Rev. Ann will explore Matthew's gospel (6:19-21, 24-34) in a sermon entitled "That All-Surrounding Grace."

In addition to the wonderful music of the FCC choir, we will welcome special guest musicians Catherine McGowan and Bernadette Malavarca (of local band "Bern and the Brights") to offer a special piece.

And finally, this is New Members Sunday! We will welcome Kate Chardavoyne & Jose Rivera, Matteo & Lisa Massiello, and Lara & Matt Sullivan and their families into our church family. Please join us for this special day!

Friday, February 11, 2011

A Salt and Light Log Share!

This morning I spent some time with a lovely elderly woman with no family.  She lives in a nursing home and has very few visitors. We talked about her memories of growing up in Montclair and especially her memories of FCC (which she used to sneak into with the pastor's daughter and smoke cigarettes!). Laughing with her blessed me as much as it blessed her!
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Bible Study!

Bible Study held every Sunday morning at 9:30 in the library. Join in a lively discussion of today's scripture passage.  All are welcome!

Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) needs volunteers for Feb 28!

Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) needs volunteers for Feb 28! We will provide comfort to temporarily homeless families by serving and sharing a meal, companionship, homework help and overnight supervision. Sign-up sheets are in the Guild Room or contact Brendan Bevensee at brendan_elwood@yahoo.com

Dinner and a Movie Sunday Night!

Dinner and a Movie Sunday Night! Beat the winter blues with an evening of "Chocolat" (the movie) and chocolate (the dessert). We'll gather in the Guild Room at 5pm to watch the film, engage in enlightening theological discussion, and enjoy a warm bowl of chili, salad, corn bread and dessert. Children will watch "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" in the library.

New Member Classes!

New Member Classes continue Sunday! Everyone interested in learning about membership at First Congregational church are invited to a series of three classes (Feb 6,13,20) held immediately following worship. Questions? Please contact Rev. Ann (revann@fccmtc.com)

Friday, February 4, 2011

This Sunday at First Congregational Church! February is a month of Growth.

This Sunday, February 6th! ALL are welcome to join us at 10:30 a.m. for our service.

As we enter the fifth month in our Season of Covenants we make a covenant of “growth.” Like the winter's ground that appears cold and bare, our spiritual lives can also feel lifeless. During this contemplative season we are invited to nurture the seeds of our spirit and cultivate a deeper relationship with God and one another through reflection, study, and worship.

This Sunday we hear again from Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount" in Matthew's gospel (5:13-27). Into a world that often feels dark and hopeless, Jesus tells us that we are the "salt of the earth and light of the world." Rev. Ann will explore the bold invitation of those words in a sermon entitled "Spice It Up, Let It Shine!" Our bell choir will accompany our choir for some particularly sparkling music!

This Sunday we will also begin our three-Sunday series of "Telling Our Stories." We will hear the personal journeys of three members of our church of how they experience God in their lives. This Sunday we are grateful to receive the story of Mark Graceffo.

We will experience the warmth and light of Christ's welcome as we celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion. Our communion table is an open table -- all are welcome. No doubt is too strong, no faith is too weak to share in the abundant feast of God.