Welcome to the East Church Community…
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.
East Church adopted as its 2014-2015 theme the vision expressed above:
“Boldly Seeking and Bravely Doing God’s New Thing.”
We’re in the season of Epiphany. Learn what that means.
Our previous week’s worship service may be viewed on Milton’s cable station (channel 11) at 10:00 AM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. (This has been known to change, so you might wish to consult the Milton Access TV listing page.)
The current week’s Worship Bulletin is available here.
Big doings on January 25th!
We will be kicking off our first monthly AWE (All Ages Worship) experience with a “food and fish” theme. Keep an eye out for the children’s take on Stone Soup. After worship, Phyllis Andrade will offer a Fish Printing workshop for everyone (children and adults) to participate in. Yep, this is what it sounds like: slather paint on a fish and press it onto cloth. The result is very cool, but we recommend wearing clothing suitable for a potentially somewhat messy activity! And finally, following fellowship hour we will be taking the Sunday School children (and hopefully some adult volunteers!) to deliver the food collected during our annual Souper Bowl of Caring Drive to the Quincy ISS.
Support First Congregational’s Coat Drive!
Denise, our Benevolence Committee Chairperson, wants everyone to be aware of this opportunity to support First Cong.’s annual Coat Drive. Denise shared the following announcement:
Three local dry cleaners are helping to provide warm coats to those in need this winter. If you go into Dependable Cleaners in East Milton (next to the Fruit Center), Dependable Cleaners in West Quincy (581 Adams St), or We Care Cleaners (58 Quincy Ave), you will see collection boxes for new and/or gently worn coats. The dry cleaners are supporting the First Congregational Church of Milton, which has coordinated the coat drive for several years now. Last winter 500 coats were collected.
Coats are collected, sorted and distributed to local charities. Cradles to Crayons receives the children’s coats. Dressy coats are delivered to Interfaith Social Services for their Career Closet, which helps people re–entering the work force. City Mission Society utilizes the men’s and women’s warm coats for those in need in Boston.
The boxes will remain in the three dry cleaners from November 1st through February 1st. However, any coats donated now will be put to immediate use.
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.
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- Save the Date: Legislative Action Day 2015
- Unaccompanied Youth Homeless Bill is signed into law
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- Local Churches: Jan. 16 Last Day to Credit 2014 Gifts
- Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Bill Passes State House
- Immigration and Refugee Team Urges Collection for Children
- UCC Leaders Applaud President Obama's "Immigrant Accountability Executive Action"
- Forum: A Migrant's Journey