Currently all on-site church programming (EXCEPT WEDNESDAY LABYRINTH WALKS) is suspended until further notice due to the outbreak of COVID-19 

UPCOMING EVENTS AT FCC

Stay up to date with what's going on!


Sundays At FCC!

Links For Worship Service, Etc.

. Sunday September 27 Worship Service will be held on the FCC front lawn: you can register HERE!

. 10:30am the service will be streamed live on Facebook.

. The bulletin can be found HERE.

. 12:00Noon: Coffee Hour Zoom (see link below)

Join your FCC family for a Zoom Coffee hour this Sunday at 12noon!

To join in, all you have to do is click the link below at 12noon and we'll gather together on Zoom.  Then at 12:10 we will be randomly broken into small groups to have 30 minutes of conversation with our FCC friends.  Bring your favorite coffee hour snack and settle in for a lovely time to reconnect. We hope you'll see old friends and perhaps make some new ones! 

 

CLICK HERE at 12NOON on Sundays

In order to keep our meeting secure, please put in this passcode when prompted: 428226

PLEASE NOTE: The breakout rooms will begin at 12:10 -- anyone joining the call after that will not be able to participate.  So please be on time!

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New to Zoom?  CLICK HERE for an easy video to get you started!  This is an experiment for us and we know there will be glitches so please be patient!  We looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Fall Sermon and Adult Conversation Series: "Wisdom in the Wilderness."

 

Sunday Sermons, Sept 13 - Oct 11

 

Wednesday Eve Adult Zoom Conversations, Sept 16 - Oct 7, 7:00-8:30pm

For the past six months we have been experiencing a season of disruption and uncertainty that has left many of us struggling to process the changes that are afoot.  Our culture has experienced enormous shifts -- some positive, some painful -- and our personal lives have too.  This fall the FCC community will be engaging in an exploration of how we find God's presence in these uncertain times.  Rooted in the Exodus story of the Israelites' wilderness wandering we seek to deepen our wisdom and our faith as we grow from this experience.

As a supporting text, we will be drawing from the book The Wisdom of Not Knowing by Jewish therapist and kabbalah expert, Estelle Frankel.  It is not necessary to have read the book to participate, but you are welcome to get it if you would like.  Each Wednesday we will draw insights from the previous Sunday sermon and delve into deep conversations of what this last 6 months have revealed to us in our spiritual journeys.

All are welcome to participate.  Here is the Zoom link for Wednesdays 7pm :
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85167972480?pwd=cGt3cTFvNTJCTWpHTDlnYkFPZCtTQT09
Passcode: 663459
We look forward to sharing this continuing journey together!

Underground Church, Saturday September 19, 5pm via Zoom Teleconferencing

Please join us for Underground Church at 5 pm via Zoom! Together, we will talk, sing, and create sacred space that transcends the walls of our homes and remind us that no matter how much physical distance we maintain, we are never alone.

 

Like Jesus' early followers, we will gather together to ease our fears and loneliness by creating a community of love and trust.

 

Please join us by clicking this link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82267501792

(If there are any issues with the link please email Rev. John at john.rogers28@gmail.com.)  All are welcome!

Join us (via Zoom) Thursday, September 24 at 7:00pm for our next FCC Book Club conversation

Our next book club selection is "The Dutch House" by Ann Patchett.

At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.


The story is told by Cyril’s son Danny, as he and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self-assured Maeve, are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another. It is this unshakable bond between them that both saves their lives and thwarts their futures.


Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they’re together. Throughout their lives, they return to the well-worn story of what they’ve lost with humor and rage. But when at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested.


Copies of The Dutch House should be available at your local library or bookstore.  For a real treat, locate the audiobook edition performed by Tom Hanks.  


Please contact Julie to RSVP by Monday,

September 21st:  juliemarie.matz@gmail.com

Instructions will be sent out in advance as to how to easily download Zoom and participate on September 24th.

NOW OPEN!

Weekly Labyrinth Walks:

Wednesdays 11:00am - 1:00pm in the Sanctuary

Take your soul for a walk on the labyrinth.  We are pleased to offer labyrinth walks each Wednesday in the mid-day as a chance to connect with your soul in our beautiful sanctuary. 

Social distancing will be observed with one walker at a time on the labyrinth and specially designated pews for prayer and meditation. We look forward to welcoming you back.


The labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool , a mode of “walking prayer” that invites us to go deeper in our walk with God.  Our labyrinth, modeled on one in Chartes Cathedral in France, sits as the center of our Sanctuary, a constant metaphor for our spiritual lives.  Just like the labyrinth, our lives are not linear, but filled with twists and turns.  Sometimes we make great progress, and other times we feel we are going backwards.  But if we trust in the path we will find ourselves in the center -- the heart of God.


All are welcome to take their souls out for a healing walk... no experience necessary!  Check out this lovely write up on Baristanet from the Spring 2014.


Watch this video to find out more about walking the labyrinth. If you’ve never done so come out one Wednesday evening and give it a try. It is a wonderful way to nourish your soul and spend some quiet time in prayer or meditation.

Slow Motion Adult Bible Study  Via Zoom: Mondays at 7:30pm

Our method is to take our time and dig deeply into Scripture, bringing in cultural, historical, theological, and linguistic backgrounds and resources. We utilize Queries (questions posed for consideration and opening, not to garner answers) and cross-referencing. (There are occasional dives down theological or linguistic rabbit holes.) Participants are encouraged to have their favorite translation of the Bible with them.

 

Click HERE to join!  Meeting ID: 874 8676 2412
Passcode: 985645  
Phone only? Dial 646 558 8656 

 

Our study will be led by Rev. Jack Cuffari. First Congregational Church UCC of Haworth (which Rev. Jack serves as interim pastor) and First Congregational Church of Montclair members will combine into one class.    Email Rev. Jack with any questions, or to receive zoom link:  jack@cuffari.com.