Holy Week Worship Schedule
PALM SUNDAY APRIL 14
- 10:00AM - Palm Sunday Worship
- 11:30AM - Pony Rides for Children
MAUNDY THURSDAY APRIL 18
- 6:00PM - Simple Meal
- 7:00PM - Maundy Thursday Worship with Communion & Tenebrae
GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 19
- 7:00AM-7:00PM - An Open Invitation to Walk our Labyrinth
- 9:00AM-11:00AM - Be a Blessing!
Community-Wide Blessing Bag Assembly Mission Project Parkway UMC
EASTER SUNDAY APRIL 21
- 10:00AM - Easter Morning Worship
- 11:30AM - Easter Egg Hunt
Welcome to the East Church Community…
No matter where you are on your life’s 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. (The phrase “Open and Affirming” is church-speak. Roughly translated, it means we provide a safe sanctuary, open to and affirming of all people; East Church explicitly extends a welcome to all regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Learn more about what we mean by Open and Affirming here.) 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.
We’re in the season of Lent. Learn what that means.
You can read Pastor Shelly’s most recent Reflection here.
Our previous week’s worship service may be viewed on Milton’s cable station (channel 9) 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.
Stay up to date with East Church
April is National Poetry Month!
Check out a book.
Curl up in a nook.
It's worth some time
to think in rhyme!
East Church’s “Reading Changes Lives” literacy initiative invites you to celebrate poetry this month!
Take a walk in Crane Field through the Poet-Tree Walk we set up on April 6. Most of the poems this year focus on trees (very appropriate for a park). There is a scavenger-hunt component this year (here is the list). Check out the posters on the east and west ends of the park for a list of things to find.
On April 7, we distributed poems for “Poem in Your Pocket” day. If you missed one, take a poem from the basket any Sunday this month, tuck it in your pocket, and read it often.
Visit the East Church Library to check out a book of poems. Our library is an incredible resource, available to us all.
For more about National Poetry Month, check out their website.
A Year in Review
A lot happens at East Church in a year!
Get a glimpse of a year at East Church here.
Toward an East Church Ethic of Creation Care and Faithful Stewardship of our Building and Grounds
East Church's Environmental Stewardship Assessment (ESA) as well as reporting on other aspects of what the church leadership has been doing recently to keep making our building more energy efficient is available via this page. Please note the ESA document is quite large and will probably take your browser some minutes to render. Be patient!
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.
- New York Times Bestselling Author Featured in Webinar
- UCC Survey: Church Environmental Practices
- Clergy Writers
- Time for Actual Justice in MA Criminal Justice Reform
- Convergence Leadership Project Accepting Applicants
- Shine the Light on Immigration
- Important News for Local Church Treasurers
- Armistice Day: Ringing Bells for World Peace
- Help Keep Boston Youth Warm this Winter
- Gateways to God: Training in Missional Spiritual Direction