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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 07042

973-744-4856

admin@fccmtc.com




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!

Reverend John

 


Join Us and Get Involved!


  • Pre-Election Prayer-a-Thon ...and 48 hours of prayer before election.

  • Bible Study will be on hiatus until further notice.  We're planning something new ....stay tuned.

  • Our weekly Labyrinth Walks are Wednesdays 6-8pm in the Sanctuary (except holidays.)

  • Underground Church, Saturday October 20, 5pm - WILL BE HELD IN THE GUILD ROOM!

  • Fall photoshoot at FCC, October 21 noon-2:30pm.

  • New Members' fall classes: Oct 21, 28 and Nov 4 (please RSVP to Rev. Ann if interested.)

  • Continue our discovery of Lost Scriptures, October 24, 7:30pm in the Guild Room.

  • Save the date: Halloween Party, November 2.

  • Save the date:  Congregational Meeting November 18

 

Next Messy Church is November 14 (with Peace Islands,) 6-8pm in the Guild Room

 

 

 

What is Messy Church?

 

Messy Church is an informal and unstructured (“messy”) evening that brings our community together for a simple dinner, an opportunity to work together to create a stronger community within and outside our


 

Next Underground Church is October 20, 5pm - Will be held in the Guild Room!

 

 


Underground Church travels back to our earliest Christian roots.  We seek to recapture the excitement and community of Jesus's early followers through worship that is simple yet profound, communal yet personal, comforting yet inspiring.  We live the questions much as Jesus's friends did as they sought



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