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.
Advent Luncheon Help Needed
East Church's annual Advent Luncheon and Crafts event is scheduled for Sunday, December 8. Although sandwiches for the luncheon are donated by our friends at the Milton Fruit Center, we are looking for volunteers to make soups and bring desserts. We also need help with set up and decorations on Saturday morning, December 7 (a 1 1/2 hour commitment). Please contact Deena Randall if you can help with the food, and contact Betsy Maholchic if you can help on Saturday. Thanks!
We’re in the season of Advent. Learn what that means.
Pastor Mark’s Weekly Reflection
We've all been hurt enough
Let us talk together
Let us heal together
Let us move forward
Let us learn together
from each other
for the common good
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.
"Blue Christmas" Service
December 11, 7 - 7:30 PM
This is a simple service of solace designed for those who have difficulty embracing the excitement and heightened joy of the season due to the experience of loss. Participants are given a sacred space to acknowledge their grief and lament pain while honoring the memories of loved ones now gone and celebrating the endurance of love. Pastor Mark will lead this service which will consist of readings, prayer, silence, and the lighting of memorial votive candles. All are invited to share in this service.
December 13, at 7:00 PM
Make your own Pizza and Movie Night.
We will be playing Scrooged.
Feel free to bring a friend.
East Church welcomes Rev. Dr. Jim Antal
who will lead worship on December 15. He will speak about the church's call to partner with God in reversing the devastating effects of climate change.
Jim has served as Minister and President of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ since 2006. He has led churches of all sizes in Massachusetts and Ohio as well as leading two national peace organizations, teaching and serving as a Chaplain. Jim’s lifelong work on peace and justice now focuses on climate change. An avid cyclist, you may see him on the road with his “God is Still Speaking” jersey.
Jim, along with numerous other clergy, was arrested last year at the White House for civil disobedience as they protested the administration's inertia regarding permits for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Jim has personally led the charge for UCC congregations across the US to divest financially from companies which profit from the extraction and production of fossil fuels. You can read more about that here: http://macucc.org/pages/detail/2610
Please be with us on December 15.
Here We Come A-Caroling
December 22 at 4:30PM
Come join us for some Christmas caroling on Sunday Dec 22! We will meet at the church at 4:30, and carol in the neighborhood. Afterward we will have pizza at the Maholchic's house. All ages welcome! Bring your friends! Contact Betsy Maholchic at with any questions. (If you don't have Betsy's phone number, contact the Church Office: 617-698-0270)
Save the Date!
March 1 , 2014 @ 7:00 PM
East Church "Open Mic Night": an evening of voice and verse, with music, storytelling, and skits.
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.
- January 16 Final Day to Credit 2013 Gifts
- 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
- Board looks to make bold change to funding system
- Deadline for submitting Annual Meeting resolutions is Feb. 13, 2014
- Newsletter briefs now available for church use
- Pension Board rates to remain unchanged in 2014
- Memorial garden planted for Susan Dickerman
- UCC Southeast Conference credits Massachusetts Conference for helping build its membership