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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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Annual Hayride at the Rood Farm - October 6th

Hayride at the Roods October 6th @ 1:30 p.m. The annual Hayride at the Rood Farm is ready to go. Hay rides will begin at 1:30 p.m. Bring a friend to this fabulous event. This event has been taking place for over 30 years. It is an enjoyable event for all ages.

Worship in October

Spiritual practice feeds that part of ourselves that is oriented toward serenity, harmony, truth, compassion, gratitude, love and joy. But these are not always words we use to describe the role of money in our lives. In the classic film, “ It’s a Wonderful Life, ” a crisis of money creates vastly diverse reactions from several characters that can hold up a mirror to our own relationships with money. In this four week series, we will “ look ” squarely in the face of our money issues in compassionate ways that can offer more depth of meaning, healing, and wholeness and a whole new “ outlook ” on what constitutes a wonderful life.

MUSIC NOTES: Each Sunday we will use the hymn Be Thou My Vision. Verse one will be sung at the very beginning of the service. Verse two will be a part of the scripture reading. Verse three will be the Doxology each week.

October 6th: World Communion Sunday Looking Back
Scripture: Matthew 22:15-22 – Where Jesus responds to the Pharisees with “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” We will be celebrating with Christians around the world this Sunday as a sign of our unity in the Body of Christ. This will be represented in the many different types of bread used for communion.

October 13th: Looking In Scripture: Matthew 6: 19-24 – Jesus says: “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

October 20th:Looking Out Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:17-19 – Tells people who are rich at this time not to become egotistical and not to place their hope on their finances, which are uncertain. Instead, they need to hope in God, who richly provides everything for our enjoyment.
October

October 27th: Looking with Gratitude Scripture: Acts 4: 32-35 – The community of believers was one in heart and mind. None of them would say, “This is mine!” about any of their possessions, but held everything in common. This is also Reformation Sunday and all are invited to wear something RED.

Feldman's book discussion Oct. 15th

Join us on Tuesday, October 15th at 11 am, as we welcome authors Larry & Sandy Feldman to the church. Their book, Building Bridges Across the Racial Divide, has recently been published.

The Feldmans describe their book as offering a hopeful view of how well-constructed diversity initiatives can combat entrenched racial prejudice and segregation in American life. In 1997, Sandy and Larry Feldman moved from Oak Park, Illinois to Lakeside, Michigan. Almost immediately, the couple noticed a racial divide in southwest Michigan. As a way to bridge the tension, the couple became involved in multiple diversity initiatives like All God’s Children Choir, the Race Relations Council, and Calling All Color.

Their book provides an extensive review of theory and research on methods for reducing stereotypes and prejudice. It also recounts some of their efforts in the Benton Harbor and St. Joseph area to build bridges.

They are very interesting speakers and we are delighted to host them here at this free event.

Book Study to Begin - Oct 20th

Book Study to Begin
On Sunday, October 20th, I will be leading a 5 -6 week book study/discussion, using the book, “How the Bible Actually Works” by Peter Enns.

Plans are to meet at 2 pm, most likely at my home.

If you’ve ever wrestled with the violent, contradictory, or just plain “strange” passages found in the Bible, I believe you ’ll find the book to be very insightful.

If interested, please call me at 637 – 8762 or 506 – 6159, so I can order the books.

-Art Ayers

Phoenix Street Thursday night suppers begin agin in fall 2019

The Phoenix Street dinners will begin on the first of November. Ted and Margaret Guimond are lining up workers. The first and fifth Thursdays, 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 that the South Haven Kiwanis Club works the second Thursday and South Haven Rotary Club works the third Thursday.

Tuesday Prayer Group

The Prayer Group meets on Tuesdays. This October, they will be meeting every other week at 1:30 p.m. in the lounge. The dates of the meetings are as follows: October 1, 15 and 29

The group sends out a weekly list by email. If you would like to be added to that email list, please send a note to Shirley Sollman at sollman@comcast.net All are welcome any Tuesday to join in a time of prayer. If you have a prayer request, please notify the church office.

Halloween Maze at the church on Halloween, Oct 31st from 5:00 to 7.

Holy Hospitality Help the monsters feed the hungry The Youth of the church are sponsoring a Halloween Maze at the church. This will take place on Halloween, Oct 31st from 5:00 to 7. The cost to enter will be a food item, to help the monsters stock the food pantry.

Besides the Maze there will be a scary room and a not so scary room, as well as a Mad Scientist display.

All middle school and high school youth are invited to participate. They will be working on this on Sundays after worship, with the big set up day Oct 27th.

You can help the monsters: There are three ways you can help

1) Come dressed up in costume on Halloween. 2) No trick or treaters at your house? Bring some candy to hand out here at church. Your donation of candy will be greatly appreciated. 3) Come and help hand out cider and coffee to adults, or candy to children that evening

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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October 2019 Newsletter
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September 15th, 2019
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