East Church remains a cohesive, caring community
We’re all finding our own way through this pandemic. East Church remains a warm and caring community. We’d love to have you with us as we worship and share fellowship online. Details on how you can be with us can be found on our new, temporary home page.
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 Easter. Learn what that means.
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!
She also has office hours at the church on Wednesdays from 1-3:00 PM or by appointment.
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.
Stay up to date with East Church
Everything is upside down for everyone. The church building is closed and the regular Lent activities and events have been cancelled. Our best recommendation is to join with us online for the coming weeks. Information on how to do so will be posted at the top of this page Sunday mornings before 10:00 AM EST.
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.
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.
- COVID-19: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?
- SPOTLIGHT: Northampton Church Sees New Energy - and New Members - Online
- Siladi Stepping Down as Bridge Conference Minister
- Series Supports Resilience, Well Being
- 2020 UCC Stewardship Materials Now Available
- Annual Meeting Attendees Receive Kaur Book
- List of RIP Medical Debt Donors
- WWLP.COM:Community to-go meals resume at First Congregational Church of Chicopee
- SPOTLIGHT: How to Stay Calm and “Be Not Afraid” During Pandemic
- TELEGRAM.COM: Worcester’s Park Congregational Church ends 133-year run