Sunday, December 14 featured a lovely Children's Christmas Pageant followed by a warm gathering in Fellowship Hall for an Advent Luncheon.
The pageant was made possible thanks to the leadership of Ann, Jenny, Brian, Suzanne, and Lynn.
Thanks also to Janice for taking the lead on organizing the Luncheon, to Donny and the East Church elves who set up and cleaned up the hall, to the generous chefs who brought pot luck offerings, and to the Milton Fruit Center Marketplace for their donation of delicious sandwiches.
Coinciding with the East Milton tree lighting event on Sunday, November 30, East Congregational Church presented a book fair, story time, and craft event. Our local church event supported a national "Reading Changes Lives" Justice Advocacy Initiative of the United Church of Christ.
Books from Barefoot Books (a Concord, MA and UK-based publisher of multi-cultural books for children) were available to purchase for personal use or to donate to The City Mission Project.
More information on the UCC's "Reading Changes Lives" initiative is available here:
The organizers were pleased by the response to a first-annual event.
East Church partnered with organizers in the church's immediate neighborhood to pull off an amazingly fun Block Party. The seeds for this year's Block Party were planted last year at the Centennial Ceremony of Crane Field, a small park located a block from the church. Last year's celebration went over so well, everyone involved knew immediately it had to happen again, and it did! The event was scheduled from noon to 3 PM. The weather forecast was uncertain. As it turned out, the weather was perfect right up until it wasn't - rain began to fall almost on the stroke of 3:00! The East Church volunteers were unfazed by a little rain and all the chairs, tables, cooking utensils and leftovers got transported back promptly. It would be impossible to individually thank everyone who made this event a success, but special recognition has to be extended to Susan Harvey who was East Church's lead representative for the block party planning, and to the Full Turn Band who provided amazing music throughout the day. As you browse the images in this album, please note the distinctive fluorescent yellow/green t-shirts which identified East Church volunteers at the event. There was an impressive East Church participation. It was a great pleasure to interact with our neighbors.
Following our worship service on Pentecost Sunday, June 8, Moderator Vicki Nelson convened a special all-church meeting for the purpose of voting on the Search Committee's recommendation to call Rev. Michele Davis as East Church's next Settled Pastor. The vote was swift and unanimous. Welcome, Shelly! Although her full time ministry with us will begin in mid-August, she is developing two special days of planning and visioning: one later this month and another in July. We'll provide details as they are available. It was an amazing morning, filled with warmth and welcome and optimism at East Church.
On Saturday, March 8 East Church presented what we hope will be the first of many "Open at East" nights featuring music and storytelling. The event was organized by the church's Growth and Development Committee, spearheaded by the seemingly tireless Susan Harvey. The Epiphany School was the designated recipient of proceeds from ticket and baked goods sales. Special guests included Milton Selectman Denis Keohane, Epiphany School Headmaster John Finley and MassMouth co-Founder Andrea Lovett, who lead a storytelling workshop before the show began.