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!
Holy Week (which begins with Palm Sunday and concludes with Easter) is the climax of the narrative of Jesus' ministry on earth. Please see this page listing special Holy Week services. We hope you will join us!
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.
We’re in the season of Holy Week and Easter. Learn what that means.
Pastor Mark’s Weekly Reflection
As with all living bodies, there is a life cycle for ministry and death is part of it. But death does not have the last say. Our faith boldly proclaims a resurrection, a reordering of life as we know it so that God can do something new with the old - something beyond our imagination.
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.
Make a Joyful Noise!
Fulfill the Spirit's yearnings in you for greater expression by singing with us! The East Church Choir has set a goal of increasing choir participation by fifty percent and we invite you to help us attain that goal. Although you are welcome to join us any Thursday evening (at 7:30 in the Sanctuary) and Sunday mornings before worship for choir practice, we are offering a few special Sundays for anyone who is curious about using their musical gifts from God in more substantive ways: March 16 (with March 13 practice), April 13 (with April 10 practice), and May 11 (with May 8 practice). Please see Lynn or any choir member for more details… or just come and sing!
Sunday, May 18
Please plan to show your support for East Church's youth as they complete their Confirmation journey.
Sunday, June 8
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.
- Justice & Witness Haystack Awards: Nominations Wanted!
- Annual Meeting planning team wants your church's story!
- A Resolution of Witness Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Background Information
- Proposed Resolution of Witness Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
- Inspiring Super Saturday draws 650 to Ludlow
- Super Saturday full - no walk ins can be accommodated
- One year later: Remembering Susan Dickerman
- Annual Meeting Delegate guidelines posted
- Gallagher called as Associate Conference Minister
- Minister & President gives radio interview on divestment