Summer Worship Hours
East Church shifts to Summer Worship Hours on Sunday, June 19. Sunday worship services throughout the summer will begin at 9:30am instead of 10:00.
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.
East Church adopted as its 2015–2016 theme the vision expressed above:
“Boldly Seeking and Bravely Doing God’s New Thing.”
You can read our Pastor’s Monthly Message here.
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.
Backpacks for Interfaith Social Services
Did you know that the ISS's food pantry serves about 500 school-age children each month? Every summer, the ISS makes an appeal for backpacks to help those families get ready for the coming school year. East Church has supported this in the past and we intend to again this year.
ISS is asking for the donated backpacks to be pre-filled with simple school essentials, for two age ranges: K-5 and another for grades 6-12.
ALL backpacks should include: spiral notebooks or composition notebooks, 2 pocket folders, #2 pencils.
Suggestions for K-5 should also include washable markers, colored pencils, crayons, glue sticks.
Suggestions for grades 6-12 should also include index cards, highlighters, a 2" three ring binder, a flash drive (2GB or greater) and pens (black or blue, no gel).
If you can contribute to this appeal, please label each backpack "Little Kid" or Big Kid" to expedite the distribution process. You can drop off your contributions to the church office during office hours or on Sunday mornings during worship.
East Church will include a blessing of these backpacks at the July 24 worship service, and then they will be transported to the ISS facility.
We know this doesn't leave you all a lot of time, but anything you can do will make a child's first days at school easier.
More information is available on the ISS website.
2015 Year In Review:
An album of 2015 highlights!
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.
- UCC looking for local captains for Our Faith, Our Vote
- Approved resolution calls on UCC settings to welcome immigrants
- Massachusetts Houses Passes Bill Ensuring Full Transgender Protections
- New program offered for congregational vitality
- 2016 Stewardship Materials and New Resources
- UCC releases StillSpeaking 2.0 toolkit
- Missionary Elena Huegel Visiting Churches this Fall
- Probation fees an unreasonable burden
- Stewardship in the Changing World: Keynote Videos
- Let's Keep Talking...About Just Peace in Palestine and Israel