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Welcome to First Congregational Church, UCC

All are invited to come join us!  We welcome you to join us for our Sunday service and get to know us and who we are.  There are many Outreach and Fellowship areas in which we are involved and are always open to more ways we can help our South Haven, Michigan community.  At First Congregational Church in South Haven, Michigan, we are a household of faith called by God’s love to minister in Christ’s name. God is still speaking.

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SUNDAYS OF ADVENT

Worship will be based on the theme of Heaven and Nature Sing. This is a celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Christmas Carol, “Joy to the World.”

Composer Isaac Watt’s interpretation of Psalm 98 invites us to sing a “new song”– and it is a powerful cosmic performance of all creation being renewed and freed. Rather than “joy” being yet another word for “happiness,” we will discover that the depths of joy can be found especially in the midst of suffering, the work of justice, and the presence of compassion–all part of the coming of Jesus to this world and a message the world still so desperately needs.

Advent is a time of celebration for people of all ages. Children and youth will provide leadership during worship. There will be a “living” Advent Wreath each Sunday to help us on our journey to Christmas.

Celebrate Advent this year with devotions at home and engaging worship here at church.

Here is a brief look at worship during Advent.

Advent 1: December 1st “Prepare Him Room: Hopeful Joy” Communion will be celebrated. Scripture: Isaiah 2:1-5 and Romans 13:11-14 Mary Pietenpol will be our musician.

Advent 2: December 8th “Repeat the Sounding Joy: Loving Joy” Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-10 and Matthew 3:1-15

Advent 3: December 15th “Make the Blessings Known: Unabashed Joy”
Scripture: Isaiah 35: 1-10 and Luke 1: 46b-55

Advent 4: December 22nd “Make the Nations Prove: Peaceful Joy”
Scripture: Isaiah 7: 13-15 Matthew 1: 18-25

COOKIES AND CAROLS - Wednesday Dec. 5 th – 9:30AM

Women’s Fellowship will begin in the Food Pantry where we will prepare our cookie tins which will be taken to shut-ins. We will then go to the lounge where we will enjoy our refreshments. Karen Ruesink will lead us in singing along with Mary Pietenpol or Sue Murphey, who will play the piano and lead us in Christmas Carols. A short business meeting will follow.

All women who attend First Congregational Church are automatically members of Women’s Fellowship. Please ask Nancy Garber or Shirley Sollman if you have any questions.

BRING OR DROP OFF 3 DOZEN CHRISTMAS COOKIES PLEASE!

The Fabulous Smoked Turkey Dinner will be Sunday, December 8th at 11:45 a.m

The Fabulous Smoked Turkey Dinner will be Sunday, December 8th at 11:45 a.m. This is a wonderful dinner for the whole family provided by the men of the church. This fellowship event is a wonderful time to invite a friend to come and meet others. Coffee, juice and some appetizers will be available following worship and the goal is to be serving at noon.

Advent Calendars and Devotionals

In the narthex and office wing there will be some Advent Calendars and devotionals for people to use at home. Advent is a wonderful time to add some practices to your spiritual journey. Lighting candles in a Advent wreath, sharing stories of Christmas past, or reading a daily devotional.

One of the devotionals we have this year is titled, “Wonders of His Love” and goes along with our celebration of the carol, “Joy to the World.” Do consider picking one of these up and using it at home.

Advent calendars with children help them to mark the time to Christmas.

The Book of Joy is a delightful book – if you would be interested in discussing this book, see Pastor Dick’s article inside this newsletter.

Giving Opportunities During Advent and Christmas

Christmas Fund – Veterans of the Cross
– this special offering is collected by the Mission Board and is given to the United Church of Christ. One of the special aspects of the Christmas Fund is that the funds do not support programs, make grants to institutions, or fund advocacy programs, but rather, they provide direct financial assistance to individual retired UCC clergy and lay employees. This offering is collected through December 22nd.

Project Christmas Hope – There are tags on the small tree in the Narthex. These are gifts for children in the community. This is in cooperation with We Care, I.N.C. and our Mission Board. Presents are to be returned by December 9th.

“Christmas” offering – Our Christmas Offering will be received this year to benefit our mission and ministry with those experiencing need.
-A quarter of the offering will go directly to our Food Pantry to help restock the shelves for the coming year. The pantry has served over 800 families this year. Another quarter will be given to the Diaconate Fund that helps with emergency needs.
-The remainder will go into the general fund to support the pantry (utilities and building maintenance) as well as our ongoing ministries here at the church.

December 24th: Christmas Eve “The Lord is Come: Incarnate Joy”

7 P.M.: A traditional Christmas Eve service that will include the singing of all four verses of Silent Night, Holy Night and the lighting of individual candles.

There will be a special time for children, the reading of the Christmas Story and the singing of many Christmas Carols.

Outside the church will be luminaries to light the night and guide us forward.

This service is designed for all people of all ages. Do know you are most welcomed here.

Phoenix Street Thursday night suppers continue

The Phoenix Street dinners will begin on November 7 at 6PM. Ted and Margaret Guimond are lining up workers. The first Thursday of the month, the church provides all of the servers. On the first Thursday we also play Bingo! We could use people to run the Bingo game. Contact Ted (269-767-4600)or Margaret (269-767-2689) if you are interested in helping with the suppers in any capacity.

We give thanks to the following helpers:

  1. South Haven Kiwanis Club
  2. 2nd Thursday South Haven Rotary Club
  3. 3rd Thursday Scouts 4th Thursdays
  4. Beta Sorority 5th Thursday

Recent blog posts

Here are some of the more recent things we have been up to at First Congregational Church of South Haven Michigan.

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December 2019 newsletter
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December 8th, 2019
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