Posts by First Congregational Church Of Westminster, MA (Page 2)

Posts by First Congregational Church Of Westminster, MA (Page 2)

From The Pastor’s Pen

                                               Anxiety is high in this congregation. Questions of budget, pastoral leadership, and direction swirl. One source of this anxiety rests on the intersection of Generous Giving, church budget, and the capacity of the congregation to support a full-time minister. This is one level of the anxiety related to this particular aspect of the church’s life. To take it to another level is to name the reality of tension between remaining the same and adapting—making shifts in…
Mums

Mums Order

We would like to decorate the church steps with our annual fall display of chrysanthemum plants given in memory or in honor of loved ones. For every $8.00 donation, you may fill out a slip    recognizing a friend or loved one. The mums will be displayed on our church front steps for all to enjoy. The annual Westminster Cracker Festival will be on October 21st . Mums can be picked up on Sunday, October 22nd . Use the form below. Additional forms are available at…

Women’s Fellowship Fall Activities

Please join us at one or all of these upcoming activities! A casual lunch at Kros on the Common in Templeton!  Plan to meet at the church at 11:30 on September 12th so we can carpool to the restaurant. We will enjoy lunch and talk about future plans.  Bring your ideas for activities. A Westminster Firefighter and Police Detective will offer a Be Aware program on Sunday, September 24th at 3:30 pm.  Bring a friend to learn about how to…

GGM Annual Awareness

Living Presence, Right Now In September, the Generous Giving Ministry will be increasing our annual awareness of what  generous giving is for this church and collecting pledges. This year’s theme is Living Presence, Right Now. We invite EVERYONE to join us at worship in September and early October to hear more about how we show up, be present and attend to the financial and spiritual needs as a  congregation. Here we are. In the present. The past can inform us, and we…

Church Yard Sale

If you missed the town-wide yard sale, and you have anything you’d like to donate, the Welcoming Committee will be having a yard sale during the Westminster Cracker Festival on Saturday, October 21st from 10 AM—3 PM.  We are looking for anyone in the community that would like to participate. Refreshments will be available!! Proceeds will go to The First Congregational Church of Westminster and 5% of proceeds will go to the Westminster Food Pantry. Please email [email protected] if you would…

From The Pastor’s Pen

While walking with churches facing the uncertainties of the future and asking where God is calling them to be present in the midst of that future, it is increasingly clear to me that it is imperative for us to be a people of Resurrection Faith.…      Resurrection Faith is living with the constant awareness that all of this (every aspect of our being as humans walking this planet and as members of the church) was originally God’s project. It is surrendering…

FAITH FORMATION AT HOME

FAITH FORMATION AT HOME The following is written by Traci Smith, an ordained minister, mother of three, and author. Traci’s passion is helping families find times for connection and spiritual nourishment amid the hustle and bustle of daily life. What began as a quest to help her own family has provided valuable insight for thousands of others. Traci believes faith practices should be fun, easy to fit into daily life, and accessible to all. Faith at home is a journey.…
adopt a bill

Adopt A Bill

As another way to raise funds for the church, the Trustees are  suggesting that some people might want to Adopt a Bill to ease the strain on the church budget.  The idea would be that you would   select a bill and reimburse the church for that item.                                           Below are a few suggestions.

Summertime!

Summertime! How do you spend it generously? What comes to mind when you think about summer? Here’s a little summer playlist we put together that spans the decades and musical genres! Regardless of the decade of music or genre you enjoy to give you those warm and sunny summer feelings, it can be a time of the year for the church when it’s people may be less connected to the church. Church school is out, people go on vacations or out…

From The Pastor’s Pen

The Oxford dictionary online defines Tradition as “a long-standing custom or belief that has been passed from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.” The Merriam Webster Dictionary describes “tradition” as a. “an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior;” b. a   belief or story or a body of beliefs or stories relating to the past that are commonly accepted as historical though not verifiable;” c. the handing down of information, beliefs,…

Proportional Giving

……SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT! Our church is a member of the United Church of Christ (UCC), which has several geographic divisions or conferences.  Our conference is the Southern New England Conference of the UCC (SNEUCC). In 2017 the SNEUCC passed the following: “Proportional Giving (PG) replaces a Local Church’s giving to Conference and National UCC through Membership Dues and OCWM Basic Support.  Instead, the church’s PG contributions are based on its historic giving level in relation to its Total…

Special Worship Services in May and June

In the next eight weeks, our congregation will have many reasons to         celebrate and give thanks.  Below are highlights: Growing our Faith with Debbie Gline Allen in the Pulpit—May 21 Debbie Gline Allen serves as a Minister of Faith Formation on the Conference’s Faith Formation Ministry Team. She also serves as the administrator of the SNEUCC Faith Formation Leadership Program. Debbie is joining us in worship at the request of our Deacons, Christian Education Team, and Pastor Stacey. Her leadership this Sunday…

Multi-Language  Speakers Needed

Creative Assistance and Multi-Language  Speakers Needed for Pentecost Pastor Stacey is seeking individuals with two  different skillsets—the ability to speak another language and/or creative inclination. She is working on a special plan for Pentecost Sunday to celebrate that miraculous moment when the wind blew; the Holy Spirit descended as a dove; and all of the people could understand each other, even though they   continued speaking in a variety of languages. Assistance with this service will range from the  translation of components of the service…

Building and AED Updates

From the Trustees and Safe Church Committee… BUILDING UPDATE Safe Church and the Trustees have been working to update procedures and ensure safety aspects of our church building are in order. In recent weeks, the emergency button system was tested, the building inspected by the fire department and the kitchen by the health department, and the AED was serviced.  AED The AED is now in working order. The Trustees have contracted a service provider for the device to ensure that it…

Have You Considered Teaching Church School?

Christian Education hopes to recruit four additional teachers for Church School. This will allow for a rotation to be established for our main teachers so that everyone has a couple of Sundays each month to be in worship. We will be running a “training” for those interested in how to use the curriculum and engage children and youth in a one-room classroom model at their age levels.  Maybe you are interested in helping but would prefer not to be a lead teacher.…

Christian Ed

Recommended Resources for Families These resources were written by Rev. Sarah Griffith Lund the Senior Pastor at First Congregational United Church of Christ (Indianapolis, Indiana) and Minister for Disabilities and Mental Health Justice for the National United Church of Christ.  Through vivid and powerful storytelling, Blessed Youth:   Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness with Children and Teens will remove the barriers of stigma and shame associated with mental illness in children and teens. Readers will know they are not alone and be…