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    Spiritual connection
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    A table of welcome
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    A sacred space
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    A light in the darkness
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    A place to belong


WELCOME TO FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH


An Open and Affirming Congregation of

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST


Sunday Worship 10:30am

Wednesday Labyrinth Walks 6:00-8:00pm

40 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043

973-744-4856

admin@fccmtc.com

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Open Doors

Jesus didn't turn people away.  Neither do we.  As an Open and Affirming, multiracial congregation we reflect the beautiful diversity of God.  You are welcome here.



Spirituality

We gather as pilgrims on a journey of faith, seeking wisdom and a WAY of life inspired by the radical love of Jesus the Christ. We invite you to deepen your spiritual walk with us.



Justice

We are called to be "sacred activists" -- God's heart and hands in the world. Through service and advocacy we are committed to creating a just and peacful world.



Community

Human beings are made for community, experiencing  God in our relationships with one another: sharing meals, working side by side, laughing and learning.

Greetings from our Pastors

Senior Minister, Ann Ralosky

One of the most counter-cultural things we can do these days is come together face to face and heart to heart as people, -- messy, flawed, hopeful people -- and see God reflected there.  That's often what brings us to find a church.  But  we know it can be intimidating!   When you walk through our big front doors, we hope you will find a community that feeds your soul,  deepens your faith and challenges you as well.  We are a blend of folks from many Christian paths but  we find a common journey together.  Our Sanctuary is truly awe-inspiring, but our community is warm and welcoming.  Our worship services are lively and engaging, our music ranges from traditional to contemporary, and our sermons touch both heart and head. As you look around you’ll see a variety of people – young, old, families, singles, gay, straight, various colors and cultures… you’re bound to see someone who reminds you of you!  


No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here! 

Reverend Ann

Associate Minister, John Rogers


At FCC we gather to follow Jesus in ever more inclusive and engaged ways. Spiritual formation is at the center of our life together in this community.  We nurture our relationship with God and each other through a progressive approach to scripture and artistic expression. Filled with God’s love, we cultivate lives centered in the Spirit and strengthen our commitment to social justice in world.  We also celebrate the ever-evolving ways to “be the church.” It is not just about Sunday mornings anymore. One Wednesday a month, we gather for “Messy Church” to share a meal, informal worship, and service activity. The last Saturday of the month is Underground Church. Inspired by the early church, we meet in homes and create an open and communal worship experience. Join us on our Spirit-led journey.


Let's grow together!

Pastor John


Upcoming Events

 

Join Us and Get Involved!

Kindred Spirits for Racial Justice Movie & Discussion Night! January 19 at 7:30pm


Join us for a viewing and discussion of the 2017 film  I Am Not Your Negro based on the unfinished book Remember this House by James Baldwin.  Through Baldwin’s own words and archival footage, the film is a journey in black history that connects the past of the  Civil Rights movement to the present of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.  We look forward to a meaningful conversation together.

Congregational meeting “Talk and Tour,” January 21,12 pm



We will update the congregation on the latest developments of this year and invite folks to learn more about our treasured building.  FCC members will be our docents as we tour the building, learn about it’s history and architetcture and explore the ‘hidden mysteries” of FCC! 

Our third FCC Book Club conversation and refreshments, January 25, 7pm (contact office for location)


Join us on Thursday, January 25 at 7:00pm for our third FCC Book Club conversation and refreshments.

The next selection of the FCC BookClub, Prodigal Summer by Barbara  Kingsolver, has been hailed as "a balance of narrative, drama, and ideas [that] weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of . . . the forested mountains and struggling small farms of southern Appalachia." 


​​​​​​​ FCC Member, MikeMagdalenski, is facilitating this group and will be hosting at his home (contact the office for location.) We'd like to make it both a literary and social evening, so we invite contributions of light refreshments and beverages as well.  We'll gather at 7:00 with some social time and begin book discussion at 7:30pm. 

To RSVP, please contact Mike at michael.magdalenski@gmail.com



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