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Sunday Chapel Service: 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Sunday Service: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

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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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Worship in July

July 7th: Jeffrey Preaching Communion will be celebrated at both services.

Scripture: Galatians 6:1–16 and Luke 10:111, 16-20

Special Music at 10:30: SH Men’s Chorus

July 14th: Guest Minister The Rev. Mary Beth Moran Cross will be preaching this morning. Mary Beth is ordained in the United Church of Christ and serves as the Chaplain/Spiritual Care Coordinator at PACE of Southwest Michigan in St. Joseph. Special Music at 10:30: Nancy Nelson

July 21st: Guest Speaker Melanie Hooker will be our guest speaker this morning. She is the Executive Director of the Van Buren Domestic Violence Coalition. Many of our members support the work of this agency and they have requested that she share about the important work of this agency. Special Music at 10:30: Alex Davis

July 28th: Guest Preacher: Tere Kreuger

Tere is a MID (Minister in Discernment) with the Southwest Association preparing for ordination. She lives here in South Haven and is a member at First Congregational in Kalamazoo. Pastor Dick is her mentor.

Special Music at 10:30: Louise Wepfer

World Religions and Religious Questions lecture series

A series of free lectures will be given by David Tidwell on World Religions and Religious Questions. These will be one hour presentations. David is a graduate of Kalamazoo College and earned an MA in Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University. He has taught at high schools in Cleveland, Saudi Arabia, Grosse Pointe, and finally at Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills. There he was the chairman of the Religion- Philosophy Department and the chaplain of the school. David has given many talks at Lake Michigan Community College in South Haven, and at the library in New Buffalo. This series will be offered at First Congregational Church, 651 Phoenix Street in South Haven from 11 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to attend.

The series will include the following:

June 4 – Buddhism: Siddhartha Gautama was born a Hindu. However, after years and years of meditation, he became known as the Enlightened One, the Buddha. What he calls the four Noble Truths, are well worth thinking about.

June 18 – Islam

July 2 – Hinduism

July 16 – Taoism

July 30 – The Problem of Evil

Women's Fellowship July activity

Holland Bowl Company Cranes for lunch Wed. July 10, 9:30 church parking lot

We will carpool to Holland to tour the Bowl Company. They make wooden bowls from tree to finished. Then back to Fennville for lunch and fellowship.

All the women of the congregation and their guests are invited.

More information contact Karen Ruesink 6376141

Summer Ministry Opportunities - Highway Clean Up

Highway Clean Up – Saturday July 20th! We will meet at 9 a.m. at the Ranch House Ribs on M-140 on July 20th. Bring gloves. Trash bags and safety vests will be handed out.

We Care Fund Raiser

We Care will be serving ice cream sundaes at the Rhythm on the River event on July 20th. Jeffrey and Lynn Dick will be helping to dish out ice cream. They are looking for 2 or 3 others to help them. Let Pastor Dick know if you can help. All are welcome to come down for some ice cream.

July 20th from 6 to 8 pm

Evening Vesper Services

Pastor Dick recalls that: One of the highlights of attending church camp was the evening vesper service. These are informal worship services held outdoors. The other place I enjoyed these services was when our family went camping and often at national parks or in Canada, there would be an outdoor service.

This Summer we will hold three Vesper Services. These will be held at the Pilgrim Haven Nature Site. This is located at 77th Street and 18th Avenue along the shores of Lake Michigan. It is the former site of the Congregational Church Camp, Pilgrim Haven.

There is plenty of parking, port-a-johns, and a handicap accessible paved path to the beach area where the services will most likely be held. You do need to bring your own chair or blanket. You are also welcome to bring food and beverage. People can come early or stay late to swim, hike, eat or just relax. The services will last 30 to 40 minutes with singing, scripture readings, prayers and time for reflection. Service will begin at 7 p.m. The dates are: June 30th, August 4th and 25th.

Tuesday Prayer Group

The Prayer Group meets on Tuesdays. This summer, they will be meeting every other week at 1:30 p.m. in the lounge. The dates of the meetings are as follows:
July 2nd, 16th and 30th August 13th and 27th

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.

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.

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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July 7th, 2019 - South Haven Mens Chorus
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