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Welcome to the United Church of Christ in Stoughton! Our new sign, created by church members Gale and Ed Porter, is a clear affirmation of what our church is all about: Love Lives Here! We believe that each person, without exception, is created by God and deeply loved by God, and we do our best to extend that same unconditional, heartfelt welcome to everyone. Please join us for worship on Sunday at 10:00 AM to see for yourself!
Human Trafficking Awareness Day
January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the United States – a day to bring awareness to the world-wide crisis also known as modern day slavery. The 29th General Synod officially recognized the date and called on UCC congregations to be part of the education and advocacy efforts associated with Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, and it’s happening right here in the United States. Also known as “trafficking in persons,” it is the use of force, coercion, fraud or abduction to exploit the person for profit. Victims of human trafficking are subjected to labor and/or sexual exploitation, which may take many forms including debt bondage, commercial sexual abuse of children, prostitution, pornography, bride trafficking, child soldiering, domestic servitude and forced labor. Human trafficking is currently the third largest criminal industry in the world today, after arms and drug dealing. It is also the fastest growing. If you are new to the issue of human trafficking, you can find out more at https://humantraffickinghotline.org/.
If you need help or have a tip, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. The NHTRC is not a law enforcement or immigration authority and is operated by a nongovernmental organization funded by the Federal government. In an emergency, call 911.
Our church will be trying to raise awareness about human trafficking at a Bags of Hope event on Sunday, March 24.
Lunch with the Pastor
January 3 (Thu): Please join Pastor Mary in the Fireplace Room at 11:45am for Lunch with the Pastor. Bring a brown bag lunch and she will provide beverages and dessert. This is a nice way to share what’s going on in our lives. Bring a friend! All are welcome.
Annual Budget Meeting
Sunday, January 20, 2019
ALL MEMBERS, PLEASE PLAN ON ATTENDING
In keeping with the requirements in the Church by-laws, a congregation-wide meeting will be held on Sunday January 20, 2019 after worship.
The focus of the meeting will be a review of the church’s financial position and consideration of the proposed budget for 2019.Copies of the Proposed 2019 budget and 2018 Financial Status Report will be available for review at church by Sunday, January 13.
You may also request a copy via email by contacting the church office at email@example.com
MLK Day of Service - Monday, January 21, 2019
The Stoughton Clergy Association and the Stoughton Diversity and Inclusion Organization are partnering again this year to host the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service. We will gather on January 21 at 10:00 AM at Trinity Episcopal Church, 414 Sumner Street to honor the legacy of Dr. King through a keynote address by Rev. Sarah Napoline, music, and a presentation by student essay contest participants on the topic, “What is Your LIfe’s Blueprint?” After the program there will be opportunities for community service.
In addition to the Stoughton Clergy Association and the Stoughton Diversity and Inclusion Organization, MLK Day of Service sponsors include the Blue Hills branch of the NAACP, Stoughton Youth Commission, Old Colony YMCA, and the Stoughton Public Schools.
Bags of Hope
Help spread hope into the lives of women affected by human trafficking, addiction & homelessness.
WHAT: Bags are filled with items that let women affected by trafficking know that there is a better way, they are treasured & there is help. Filled bags are distributed to women who are living on the streets of Boston. A survivor of human trafficking from the Bags of Hope ministry will also be speaking about her own painful experience.
WHEN: Sunday, March 24, 2019 | 6:00-8:00 pm
WHERE: First Congregational Church | 76 Pierce Street, Stoughton
HOW: Donations to fill the bags will be accepted through Sunday, March 17 in the Giving Corner in the church lobby.
Items needed are:
Toothpaste * Toothbrushes * hair brushes, elastics and hair clips
* 12 oz. bottles of shampoo and conditioner * trail mix (snack packs)
* women’s socks * lip balm
* deodorant * small packages of wipes * feminine products
* nail polish * winter hats, scarves and gloves
* $5 Dunkin Donut gift cards
* Notes of encouragement *
All items must be new, full-size and individually wrapped
Cash donations are also welcome (please contact Marcia Olson | 781-344-9547 |firstname.lastname@example.org)