Fall Worship Schedule
Please note that East Church resumes fall hours on Sunday, September 7. Sunday Worship begins at 10:00 AM.
No matter where you are on your journey and no matter what your faith background is or has been, East Church extends a warm welcome, inviting all of God’s children to share in our common life.
If you are new to the area, or looking for a church home…
If you are seeking a safe and caring environment for your children, a creative Christian Education program, or a place to nurture your own spiritual life…
You are most welcome to join us on Sunday morning for worship!
East Congregational Church, UCC is an Open and Affirming Congregation in the United Church of Christ. We are a vibrant community of faith that strives to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. East Church welcomes the spiritual pilgrim and our congregation includes people from a variety of backgrounds and faith traditions. From this diversity we believe we gain a greater understanding of the way God is present in our lives. Together we walk this journey of faith, listening for the voice of our Still Speaking God. As followers of Jesus Christ, we believe that we can make a difference in the lives of people and in our world through the transforming power of the Gospel. Through engaging worship and study, we continue to grow in the Spirit and live our faith, building and serving community.
Welcome, Shelly Davis!
Following our worship service on Pentecost Sunday, June 8, Moderator Vicki Nelson convened a special all-church meeting for the purpose of voting on the Search Committee’s recommendation to call Rev. Michele Davis as East Church’s next Settled Pastor. The vote was swift and unanimously in favor. It was an amazing morning, filled with warmth and welcome and optimism at East Church. Welcome, Shelly!
Pastor Shelly’s full time ministry with East Church begins on Sunday, August 17.
You might also enjoy reading our Pastor’s Monthly Message.
Our previous week’s worship service may be viewed on Milton’s cable station (channel 8) at 10:00 AM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings.
The current week’s Worship Bulletin is available here.
The Christian Education Committee Needs You!
Want to help, but not sure how?
Join us and learn!
When: October 1st at 7pm
Where: The Parlor
What: Pastor Shelly will teach us all about Faith Formation and guide us in some brainstorming. Jenny and Brian will then lead an informational seminar with teacher orientation.
World Communion Food Pantry Appeal
Sunday, October 5
Our celebration of World Communion Sunday offers a special opportunity for you to bring nonperishable food items for our local pantries. Communion will be observed by intinction. You will be invited to bring forward your offering you when you come to receive the Communion elements. In thanksgiving for the symbolic elements of this sacred meal everyone is encouraged to include grape juice or bread mixes (like Bisquick or Jiffy Cornbread) and donate at least as many items as you have members in your household (a two-member household donates at least two items). "But Lord, when did we see you hungry?" "Do this in remembrance of me."
Sunday October 5TH from 12-4 at Pierce Middle School
Volunteers are needed to staff the East Church table in 1-hour shifts. Pastor Shelly will be there all 4 hours so this will be a great opportunity for some 1 on 1 with her! Please let Susan Harvey know what shift works for you. Noon - 1PM, 1PM - 2PM, 2PM - 3PM or 3PM - 4PM.
Sunday October 19 at 11:30am in the Parlor.
We will be discussing the recently published "Real Good Church: How Our Church Came Back from the Dead, and Yours Can Too," by Rev. Molly Baskette, pastor of a UCC church in Somerville, MA. If you haven't yet had a chance to read this very practical, accessible, thought-provoking book, check with some of the usual suspects to see if you can borrow theirs, or purchase your own copy online through cokesbury.com, barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com or directly from thepilgrimpress.com. If you flew through this one a while ago, now you have a timeline for brushing up and rediscovering what grabbed you, disturbed you, or excited you about this one congregation's journey and how it may connect with ours.
More than a book discussion, this encounter may be the basis for a visioning process.
PLEASE plan to participate!
Are you new to the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC?
If you’re new to the Mass. Conference, or just want to learn more, check out the newly updated "Welcome" section of the the MACUCC website: www.macucc.org/welcome
East Church’s Kitchen Supports a Local Small Business
Bushel + Crumb offers “local food” enthusiasts a monthly subscription of savory and sweet pies, featuring locally grown fruits, vegetables, dairy and grain products. And they are baking their product in East Church’s recently renovated kitchen!
Click to learn more about Bushel + Crumb and how you can sign up for pie shares.
News from the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ:
- Read the weekly Mass. Conference of the UCC (MACUCC) Newsletter.
- Sad News - our beloved brother in Christ, Andy, has died
- Justice & Witness Haystack Awards: Nominations Wanted!
- A Resolution of Witness Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Background Information
- Annual Meeting planning team wants your church's story!
- Proposed Resolution of Witness Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
- Inspiring Super Saturday draws 650 to Ludlow
- Super Saturday full - no walk ins can be accommodated
- Annual Meeting Delegate guidelines posted
- One year later: Remembering Susan Dickerman
- Gallagher called as Associate Conference Minister