Summer Worship Hours END!
East Church shifts to back to regular Sunday Worship Hours on Sunday, September 11. Sunday worship services will begin at 10:00am.
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 2015–2016 theme the vision expressed above:
“Boldly Seeking and Bravely Doing God’s New Thing.”
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.
The Great Bible Experiment “Watch Party”
Tuesday, September 27, 7:00pm
The Massachusetts Bible Society is presenting a series of “Town Hall” style meetings around the Bible, travelling to four cities in the Northeast. Panelists will explore, together with their audiences, what the Bible means to communities in the Northeast today, and probe the overtones and associations people in our region associate with the Bible. The event on Sept. 27th is the fourth and final event of the series, and it will take place at Harvard Divinity School.
This one is also being live-streamed over the internet, and East Church is planning a “Watch Party” in our Fellowship Hall. We will be listed on their site as an official watch station for others in the area who might be interested, and we will be able to contribute to the Experiment by completing before and after surveys which those who simply watch from home won&rsqut;t have access to.
The Mass. Bible Society calls this series of meetings “an amazing opportunity to address the many and varied concerns that people in the Northeast have about the Bible. Respectfully. In dialogue. In public.”
Information about the Experiment itself, including an interesting 4-minute video, is available on the Society&rsqut;s web site.
Annual Block Party
Saturday, October 1
East Church will once again partner with our neighbors in the Crane Field neighborhood for a fun block party. We're excited to announce that once again Jay English's Full Turn Band will be present, bringing energy and great music to the experience. This event requires quite a lot of volunteer help to pull off, so please seek out Susan Harvey and ask her how you can be of assistance.
Sunday, October 2, 12:00-4:00pm at Pierce Middle School
For over 20 years, Milton has set aside one special day to celebrate the diversity of Milton and everything the town has to offer. Many exhibitors, including school groups, sports, political organizations, businesses and music and dance performers will gather for the event.
East Church supports the event by reserving a table. Please see Steve Nelson if you can help by being a presence at our table for an hour or two. We should have three people at the table for the 4–hour duration of the event, but we can put together shifts. If you can spare an hour or two to be the “face” of East Church on Sunday, we would be extremely grateful.
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.
- It's Time to Have an Open Conversation about White Privilege
- Diapers in Detention Actions at ICE Offices
- UCC looking for local captains for Our Faith, Our Vote
- Approved resolution calls on UCC settings to welcome immigrants
- Massachusetts Houses Passes Bill Ensuring Full Transgender Protections
- New program offered for congregational vitality
- 2016 Stewardship Materials and New Resources
- UCC releases StillSpeaking 2.0 toolkit
- Missionary Elena Huegel Visiting Churches this Fall
- Probation fees an unreasonable burden