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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!
We Are Blessed
We extend a heartfelt thank you to Lisa Loughlin, our student pastor for the past two years. Lisa has enriched us with her leadership, her compassion, and her loving care for our congregation. We will miss you, Lisa!
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Annual Program Meeting
May 20, 2018 at 11:30 AM This meeting is open to the entire church family, including members, associate members, and non-members. All members should plan on attending.
Child care will be provided.
The agenda for this meeting is as follows:
1. Opening Prayer.
2. The Annual Report will be distributed.
3. A vote to approve the nominations for Boards and Committees as required by our by-laws.
4. A vote to amend the by-laws regarding Congregational meetings
5. A vote to accept an offer for the sale of church property known as the “Chestnut Street lots”.
6. Closing Prayer and Adjournment.
Hello to all from CE! We have a short but busy month of May coming up! Hoping the weather cooperates!
Our schedule for May is as follows:
Sunday, May 6 is the first walk-through of the Children's Sunday service. It is also our annual Feet 4 Food walk. This year we will be walking after service during coffee hour for about 30 minutes. All are invited to join and/or pledge. All proceeds go to support the Stoughton food pantries.
Sunday, May 13 (Mothers’ Day) is the second walk-through for Children's Sunday. It is also Student Pastor Lisa's last day with us, and the baptism of Lisa's grandson as well! CE will be presenting Lisa with a parting gift in thanks for all she has done for our church over the past 2 years. She will be missed!
Sunday, May 20 will be the Children's Sunday service and the final Church school class of the spring. It is always a special service; you never know what will happen!
Hope to see you at all of these planned events!
The CE Team
Lunch with the Pastor
Please join Pastor Mary in the Fireplace Room at 11:45 AM on Thursday, May 3. 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.
Sunday, June 10 @ 11:30 AM - Transplanting seedlings into the garden Since many of these plants need really warm soil to be happy, we are going to transplant them this day. It won't take long and it will be just a few small holes. Hopefully this will take us less than an hour to complete.
We still have all the irrigation equipment from last year and our watering volunteers are on standby. Hopefully we can grow a lot of food for our community.
For more information, contact Lindsey Medeiros (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Feet for Food
Support the children and youth of the First Congregational Church of Stoughton as we walk in our 14th Annual “Feet for Food” aimed at easing hunger right here in Stoughton. Our kids will be circling the Halloran Park walking track right after worship at 11 AM to see how many laps we can do in 30 minutes.
The children’s energy, enthusiasm (and feet!) and your pledges can help us reach our goal! You can donate one lump sum or pledge a certain amount per lap. All money raised will be donated to the Food Pantry Foundation of Stoughton which supports both food pantries in town as well as the Tuesday Morning Café, a shared ministry of our church and the United Methodist church. Don’t forget a non-perishable food item to donate as well.
Please make checks payable to the “First Congregational Church of Stoughton” with “Feet for Food/Stoughton Food Pantry” in the memo line and hand it in the day of the walk, or mail it to the
the First Congregational Church, 76 Pierce Street, Stoughton, MA 02072. If you have any questions please contact Marcia Olson at 781-344-9547, or email@example.com
“When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat,”
Once again we will be marching in the 48th Annual Boston Pride Parade on Saturday, June 9 along with other Open and Affirming congregations of the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC. Help spread our message of Extravagant Welcome for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. Contact Missy Mahoney at coffee hour if you want to walk. For more information about the walk go to
www.bostonpride.org/parade/. Final details will be in the June Link and the Sunday bulletin.