Open at East - March 8
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.
Blessing and Peace,
Pastor Mark Seifried.
We’re in the season of Lent. Learn what that means.
Pastor Mark’s Weekly Reflection
I’m all for following the way of Jesus, but it seems like grace is missing from the equation in too many Christians’ lives. I wonder if should has anything to do with it. Or ought, or must.
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.
Make a Joyful Noise!
Fulfill the Spirit's yearnings in you for greater expression by singing with us! The East Church Choir has set a goal of increasing choir participation by fifty percent and we invite you to help us attain that goal. Although you are welcome to join us any Thursday evening (at 7:30 in the Sanctuary) and Sunday mornings before worship for choir practice, we are offering a few special Sundays for anyone who is curious about using their musical gifts from God in more substantive ways: March 16 (with March 13 practice), April 13 (with April 10 practice), and May 11 (with May 8 practice). Please see Lynn or any choir member for more details… or just come and sing!
Ash Wednesday Service
Wednesday March 5 at 7pm in the Chapel
Please join us for a simple and intimate service of healing and reconciliation. Pastor Mark will offer laying-on of hands and healing prayer in addition to prayers for ourselves and the world to be reconciled as one human family.
"Beginnings": an evening of Voice and Verse
March 8, 2014 @ 7:00 PM
East Church "Open Mic Night": an evening of voice and verse, with music, storytelling, and skits. A Storytelling workshop begins at 6. The program itself begins at 7. A $10 donation ($20 for families) will benefit the Epiphany School.
ISS Easter Baskets
Interfaith Social Services (ISS) is seeking donations for goodies to fill Easter Baskets for the children of the families in need which the Service supports. Read more about this worthwhile cause here.
Mission to Haiti
Jenna Hughes will be participating in a multi-denominational mission trip to Port-au-Prince Haiti March 22-29. Jenna is going with a group from Maine to work on construction projects, occupational therapy with disabled children, and medical clinics. She needs donations to support her trip. Jenna seeks to raise $1000 in addition to funds provided by our Benevolence Committee in order to cover her lodging and airfare. If you are able to contribute to her mission trip, checks should be made out to East Church with "Haiti" in the memo line.
Jenna is also collecting supplies to take along with her. The following are needed items:
• adult, children's and infant vitamins (not gummy vitamins)
• adult and children's ibuprofen
• adult and children's acetominaphen
• antacid tablets
• children's antihistamines
• children's books in French
• children's underwear
• summer clothes for children
• sewing materials: scissors, thread, pins, hand sewing needles, lightweight cotton fabric.
Currently we have some of all the supplies except for children's books in French, which would be a special gift to the orphanage. The group Jenna is going with has a Facebook page if you want to check it out: www.facebook.com/WAYSHaitiPartners.
March 30. You sure don't want to miss this!
Music Ministry Strategic Planning
April 6, following Worship
Join the music ministry for a strategic planning session with Pastor Mark on April 6 after worship. Anyone who plays an instrument, loves to sing, generally loves music, or just wants to help shape the music ministry of East Church is welcome.
Sunday, May 18
Please plan to show your support for East Church's youth as they complete their Confirmation journey.
Sunday, June 8
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!
More information about Bushel + Crumb, including instructions for how to sign up for a pie share, is available on their website: www.bushelandcrumb.com
We were very pleased that the Mass. Conference of the UCC selected our Labyrinth story to be featured in a recent Spotlight newsletter.
Conference Website Redesign The Mass Conference of the UCC’s website recently underwent a dramatic and comprehensive redesign. Have a look at their sleek, contemporary, functional new site: www.macucc.org There is a ton of great content on our Conference’s web site!
News from the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ:
- Read the weekly Mass. Conference of the UCC (MACUCC) Newsletter.
- 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
- Minister & President gives radio interview on divestment
- Churches urged to submit statistical data
- Ruling on tax-free housing allowances could eventually affect clergy in Massachusetts
- Conference launches ACM search
- Super Saturday Sermon 2013: Safe in the Arms of Jesus