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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!
Our annual Stewardship Campaign is underway. This year’s stewardship theme, “I am the way…” takes its shape from John 14:6, when Jesus says to Thomas:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to God except through me.”
The First Congregational Church of Stoughton shares a particular way of being Christian and being church. We are not alone. The early Christian movement was known as the Way. The life of faith is a way of being human, a way of interpreting, a way of practicing, and a way of living.
Over the next several weeks, you are invited to reflect on this shared way and how we individually and collectively are called to be stewards of it. Stewarding your faith community through your support on Pledge Sunday, November 24 allows our church to plan the way forward. You will be receiving a letter in the mail mid-month that contains your pledge card. We are grateful for all pledges, large and small. And, this year, be reminded that giving is a way to participate in a church community striving to live in such a way that the reign of God becomes real in each of us and is extended to others through us. For truly, the journey to generosity is the way of Jesus.
Music Director update
It is with both sadness for his departure and gratitude for all he gave our church that we say goodbye to Music Director Christopher Nickelson-Mann, who has accepted a new position at Old Ship Unitarian Church in Hingham. Christopher has served our church for almost ten years and we are very grateful for the ways he shared his musical talents with us all. Christopher’s last day is November 10, and we will have a time of farewell during coffee hour that day. The Worship and Music ministry team has arranged for Noel Espiritu Velasco to provide temporary music leadership beginning on November 17 until a permanent music director is hired. We invite your prayers for Christopher and our church during this time of transition.
will meet Monday, Nov. 25 at 3:30 PM All women of the church are welcome.
meets from 10 AM to 2 PM to work on community and worldwide service projects such as quilts for local homeless shelters, school kits local students in need, and mending kits for Seafarer’s Friend. You can even bring projects to work on at home if you are unable to make our monthly gathering. Many hands make light work. Please contact Janet Clough at 781-344-3860 for more information.
Outdoor Church of Cambridge
We will be serving at the Outdoor Church of Cambridge on Sunday, November 24 at 2:00 pm. We do not need to bring sandwiches this time - we will be distributing food provided by another church. If you are interested in being part of this extremely rewarding outreach to the homeless please see Pastor Mary. If you are unable to serve but would still like to help, we welcome donations of new socks, gloves, and hats so that we may hand them out on what will most likely be a chilly day.
Friday, November 15, 4 - 7 pm
($2 admission for adults – 1 free raffle ticket and the best selection of bargains)
Saturday, November 16, 10 am - 2 pm (Free admission all day)
Lunch with the Pastor
Thursday, Nov. 7th
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.
TRUNK OR TREAT
We are getting ready to host our 7th annual Trunk or Treat Halloween event. It’s a fun Halloween party for us, a safe family environment for trick or treaters and a wonderful opportunity for community outreach and to greet our neighbors. We had so much fun at last year’s Trunk or Treat and we would love for more of you to participate this time. Trunk or Treat runs from 5–7 pm on October 31 so there is plenty of time for you to head out to your own Halloween festivities or trick or treating later in the evening. Let Marcia know if you will participate this year. We need at least a dozen cars to have a successful event.
In the meantime, get those ideas and your creativity flowing! Just Google “Trunk or Treat” and you will find tons of websites with great ideas – as simple or as elaborate as you want. We support the Teal Pumpkin project that helps make sure all children will come home on Halloween night with something they can enjoy.
Please contact Marcia Olson firstname.lastname@example.org | 781-344-9547] or Sally Monahan [email@example.com] for more information or sign up to help.
Food Pantry Collection
Each month on Communion Sunday we collect non-perishable food items to share with our neighbors who are facing challenging circumstances and food insecurity at the Ilse Marks Food Pantry. As we come to the Lord’s Table, let us share our blessings with others.
Adam Isbitsky Ordination
Adam Isbitsky will be ordained into Christian ministry in the United Church of Christ at our church on Sunday, December 1 at 5:00 pm. Currently, Adam has a six-month contract as Transitional Associate Pastor at Church of the Covenant in Boston and is in search for a permanent position. Everyone is invited to attend this long-awaited and joyful event!
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Our group meets every Wednesday at 10am to knit prayer shawls for those who need to feel God’s loving care wrapped around them. We also work on knit goods for the church fair. Don’t know how to knit? We will be happy to teach you. Please join us.
If you would like to have flowers on the altar in memory of someone or in honor of a person or event.
For more information email the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Janet Clough at 781-344-3860 | email@example.com