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.”
We’re in the season of Easter. Learn what that means.
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.
Our friends at Temple Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills are overjoyed to announce the dedication of their new home on Sunday, May 1. The congregation has been worshipping at First Congregational Church during construction of the new Temple. Fittingly then, a celebratory parade will depart from First Cong. at 12:15 (rain or shine) and will wend its way (marked by Shofar blasts!) to the new facility. The dedication ceremony itself is scheduled for 2:45. Space in the new sanctuary is limited and so is parking. Shuttle busses will be available. Details are outlined in this PDF document.
The Prayer Shawl Group will be holding a SILENT AUCTION on Sunday, May 15 with previews on May 1 and 8 during Coffee Hour. A variety of hand made merchandise will be auctioned off, with all proceeds going to East Church.
Sunday, May 15 immediately following Worship
This is quite possibly East Church’s rowdiest, noisiest Coffee Hour of the year.
It is certainly an event not to be missed!
Seating is by birth-month, so it’s effectively a “mixer,” but what fun it is. And what a meal!
You’ll be sad if you miss this gala celebration.
Patriotic Concert featuring the Area 9 Quartet
Sunday, May 22 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
At East Church (outdoors weather permitting)
Free Admission! (Though donations permitted); Refreshments Available
Area 9 Quartet is made up of four saxophonists including Seychelle Dunn-Corbin who you may remember was a hit at our last "Voice and Verse" event.
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.
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