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 2016 theme the vision expressed above:
“Boldly Seeking and Bravely Doing God’s New Thing.”
We’re in the season of Advent. 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.
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Holiday Book Fair, Story & Craft Time
Sunday, November 27, 3:30 – 6:30pm
Our third annual Holiday Book Fair, Story & Craft Time will fill our building with children and books again the same Sunday the town Christmas tree is lit in East Milton Square.
We will partner with two book vendors this year. Local multi-cultural children's publisher Barefoot Books will return again, this time staffed by an ambassador who initially discovered Barefoot Books at our first Holiday Book Fair. Local independent bookseller Dot to Dot Books is delighted to be with us for the first time to help expand the mix of books and price points we are able to offer.
Volunteers are needed to bake cookies, set up, roam the square (dressed up as elves, of course!) to spread the word, greet guests at the church, lead crafts, prep goodie bags (books, cookies and milk), make and serve hot cocoa and apple cider in the kitchen, read stories, assist our booksellers, and clean up. Sign up sheets will be available at coffee hour or you can call the church office to sign up.
Join us for a Sewing day for la Romana Mission Trip
Sunday, December 4 11:30 – 4:00
Please join us for a sewing day for the La Romana mission trip. If you have a sewing machine please bring it. We will be constructing shields and liners for the Days for Girls menstrual hygiene kits.
Not sure what this is all about?
East Church is sponsoring a mission trip next year to la Romana in the Dominican Republic. Some of our community who were involved prior mission trips to Haiti are part of this mission as well. The trip dates are February 24-March 6. As of right now Jenna H. and Jan F. will be going, with a special focus on Days for Girls, a women's health and menstruation management project.
East Church Offers "Blue Christmas" Services of Wholeness and Healing
East Congregational Church extends an invitation to all to a time of contemplative worship to consider and name the challenges and struggles many 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, the first on Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00 pm and the second on Thursday, December 8 at 1:00pm, in the chapel. East Church is located at 610 Adams Street in East Milton.
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.
- Advent Web Chat for Clergy Now Online
- Support group starting for clergy seeking healing
- CE Communities of Practice welcoming new members
- Youth Trip to Chile in 2017
- Clergy Community of Practice Groups Forming
- Would you like to learn more about the Resolution for Life Without Opportunity for Parole?
- UCC clergy to participate in Moral Monday
- It's Time to Have an Open Conversation about White Privilege
- UCC looking for local captains for Our Faith, Our Vote
- Approved resolution calls on UCC settings to welcome immigrants