East Church remains a vital, cohesive, caring community of faith.
We’re all finding our own way through this lingering pandemic. East Church remains a warm and caring sanctuary in the midst of uncertainty and “Covid-fatigue.” We would love to have you with us!
East Church recognizes that the nation and the world continues to grapple with Corona Virus variants. Consequently, we currently support a vibrant Church School online, and a hybrid worship experience (both in-person and simultaneously online) on Sunday mornings.
If you would like to join us for one or the other (or both!) and are not on the church’s mailing list, please reach out to the Church office for login details by email at or by phone at 617-698-0270
We request that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask while inside our East Church building, in order to mitigate any possible spread of the COVID-19 virus. Thank you for joining us in “loving our neighbor” with this faithful practice.
Welcome Pastor Holly, our Sabbatical Pastor
We are pleased and excited to welcome our sabbatical pastor, Pastor Holly MillerShank.
Read a brief introduction here.
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.
We’re in the season of Advent. Learn what that means.
You can read Pastor Shelly’s most recent Reflection here.
Sabbatical Pastor Wendy holds informal online office hours most Wednesdays. You are invited to drop in - no appointment necessary! (But you might need a link if you aren’t on the church’s email list. Ask Lanelle for login details:
The current week’s Worship Bulletin is available here.
Stay up to date with East Church
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East Church’s Faithful Future Planning Committee will host three Who Are We Now presentations in December as a foundation for Who Might We Become focus groups which will be held in the early part of the new year. We hope you will take advantage of these opportunities:
Sunday Dec. 5 following worship, in the church Chapel
Monday Dec. 6 at 11:00 AM (virtually)
Tuesday Dec. 7 at 7:00 PM (virtually)
Advent Music Sunday
December 5 - special music by Lynn and the church choir
A Year in Review
A lot happens at East Church in a year!
Get a glimpse of a year at East Church here.
Are you new to the United Church of Christ?
If you’re not familiar with this progressive Protestant denomination, check out the "Welcome" page on the the Mass. Conference of the UCC website: www.macucc.org/welcome
The Southern New England Conferences of the UCC was recently established, consolodating several states' conferences into one, more efficient organization. Get to know the SNEUCC via its new website here.
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 renovated kitchen!
Click to learn more about Bushel + Crumb and how you can sign up for pie shares.
News from the Southern New England Conferences of the United Church of Christ:
- Here are Five Things to Share This Week.
- Go Tell It On The Mountain: Storrs Congregational Church, Storrs, CT
- Thanksgiving Message from Rev. Goodwin
- Go Tell it On The Mountain: Saugatuck Congregational Church of Westport, CT
- WGBH: Brookline Church Paying ‘Royalties’ When it Sings Spirituals Composed by Enslaved Africans
- UCC Disabilities Ministries Board Calls for Nominations
- December Environmental Ministry Calendar
- November Covid Update for Churches: Singing!
- Go Tell It On The Mountain: First Congregational Church, Danbury, CT
- UCC Counsel Urges Caution Regarding Boy Scout Charters
- Survey Responses Needed Regarding UCC Credit Union