“Light Puerto Rico” appeal extended
We are delighted and humbled by the outpouring of enthusiasm and support this appeal has generated. Because interest isn't waning and contributions continue to arrive we have moved the deadline until Wednesday, May 30. Learn more about the project and how you can support it on this page: eastchurch.org/lanterns
East Church Solar Panel Initiative Meeting
Thursday, May 24, 7:00PM
East Congregational Church's physical building is ideally oriented to capture solar energy. Our current demand for electricity can be covered by just half of the roof's potential output. That’s a huge blessing.
Finance and the Creation Care Committee have considered three proposals. Now, it's time for the rest of the congregation to weigh in and understand what an amazing asset we have at our disposal and how best to use it. Come with all of your questions, thoughts and comments.
East Church has the opportunity to pay no upfront cost in exchange for a sizable discount for the electricity we use while significantly reducing our fossil fuel consumption over the next 25 years. Not only will we be doing a good thing for ourselves, the excess electricity we produce on our roof can be made available - at a discount - to others in our community we designate, including low income households and other faith institutions.
Read more about the initiative here. We hope a lot of you will attend this 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.
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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Courageous Conversations Toward Racial Justice
Tuesday, May 22 from 7-9:00PM
East Church will host the Courageous Conversations session in May, which will feature a facilitated discussion on the intersection of race and gun violence in our communities and our country.
This is a free event but please use this Eventbright link to sign up and learn more.
East Congregational Church is located at 610 Adams Street, East Milton.
Solar Panels on East Church's roof: a community conversation
Thursday, May 24, 7:00PM, in Fellowship Hall
East Congregational Church's physical building is ideally oriented to capture solar energy. Our current demand for electricity can be covered by just half of the roof’s potential output. That’s a huge blessing.
We have received proposals from 3 solar companies. Finance and the Creation Care Committee have considered the proposals. Now, it’s time for the rest of the congregation to weigh in and understand what an amazing asset we have at our disposal and how best to use it. Come with all of your questions, thoughts and comments.
East Church has the opportunity to pay no upfront cost in exchange for a sizable discount for the electricity we use while significantly reducing our fossil fuel consumption over the next 25 years. Not only will we be doing a good thing for ourselves, the excess electricity we produce on our roof can be sold - at a discount - to others in our community including low income households and other faith institutions.
As people of faith with a sizable building, every day we spend without doing absolutely everything possible to reduce our fossil fuel consumption and help others do the same is both a moral and pragmatic problem.
Please make time to participate in this important planning meeting.
2018 ISS Backpack Drive
Quincy's Interfaith Social Services' food pantry serves about 500 school-age children each month. Every year the organization solicits help for a back-to-school backpack drive for those children. For the past several years East Church has answered this call. This year we are focusing our drive on the elementary school backpacks. We would like to be able to dedicate the backpacks at East Church by June 10th in time for Children’s Sunday. Find the list of supplies needed in each backpack on this page.
The 2018 deadline is earlier this year: Sunday, June 10.
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!
2017 Year-in-Review Photo Album
2017 highlights at East Church: a photo album of memories!
Block Party Photos
Photos from the 5th annual block party, organized by East Church and the Friends of Crane Field, are online. Have a look!
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.
- Conference Seeks Racial Justice Training Leaders
- Conference Disaster Coordinators Gather
- BU School of Theology Invites Congregations into Lilly-funded Project
- ONA Updates
- Conference Looking for Green Congregations
- Springfield Pastor Chosen For Oral History Archive
- News from the Open and Affirming Ministry Team
- Churches Invited to be Livestream Sites
- Haystack Award for Justice - Nominations Welcome!
- UCC's 'Podcast for a Just World' connects faith, justice and community building