A Year in Review
Follow this link to view the slide show presented by the Growth & Development Committee at the 2019 Annual Congregational Meeting!
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.
You can read Pastor Shelly’s most recent Reflection here.
Pastor Shelly holds informal office hours most Tuesdays from 9-11:00 AM, at The Plate Kitchen, located in East Milton’s Fruit Center Marketplace. You are invited to drop in - no appointment necessary!
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.
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East Church Offers Two “Blue Christmas” Services of Wholeness and Healing
December 11 and 12
East Congregational Church invites all to a time of contemplative worship to consider and name the challenges and struggles many of us encounter within this season devoted to celebration and rejoicing. If you are sad, grieving, alone, struggling to find light in your life, or simply desire a quiet spot to rest and reflect on your way, please come. The church will host two Blue Christmas Services of Wholeness and Healing, on Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00 pm and Thursday, December 12 at 1:00, in the chapel.
An issue near and dear to our good friend, Pastor Enid Watson, is FAS, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Many children are born with this syndrome related to parental alcoholism, but do not have the same access to health care provided to those born with drug related syndromes from their parents.
Pastor Enid has put in many hours trying to pass legislation to include this devastating syndrome with other drug related syndromes in public health reform.
Her website has a simple way to send a letter to our Senators and Representatives supporting this legislation. It takes two minutes, but would help to supply our legislators with support to pass this important legislation.
Go to http://www.massfas.org/ for complete info and instructions. It's very easy.
A Year in Review
A lot happens at East Church in a year!
Get a glimpse of a year at East Church here.
View a similar slide show of 2017-2018 events and activities 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.
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- 2019 Stewardship Theme Materials Now Available
- Call ICE on Behalf of Lucio Perez
- UCC Survey: Church Environmental Practices
- New York Times Bestselling Author Featured in Webinar
- Time for Actual Justice in MA Criminal Justice Reform
- Convergence Leadership Project Accepting Applicants