Open and Affirming
All are welcome!
All are Welcome!
Open and Affirming
All are welcome!
God is still speaking...
We are a household of faith, called by God’s Love to minister In Christ’s name.

Welcome to First Congregational Church, UCC

We are First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in South Haven Michigan, and you are welcome here.

We invite you to live in openness to the voice of the Still Speaking God.

Through God’s grace, this congregation is committed to being a loving and welcoming community of faith. We recognize, celebrate, and give thanks for the many diverse gifts of God among us. We affirm that all people are created in the image of God and as beloved children of God, all are worthy of God’s grace and love.

In Galatians 3:28 Paul wrote: “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, male or female, for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” We declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming Congregation, welcoming into the full life and ministry of the church, persons of every race, culture, age, gender identity and gender expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, marital status, education, and economic status. We especially welcome all who have known the pain of exclusion or discrimination in the church and society.

On Sunday, November 15, 2020, First Congregational Church, UCC in South Haven MI, voted to officially become an “Open and Affirming” congregation. This is a designation within our denomination and affirms the dignity of all people and our desire to extend the hospitality of God to everyone.

First Congregational Church, UCC South Haven Michigan

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Annual Hayride at the Rood Farm - now October 9!

AT THE ROOD FARM

72723 CR378, Covert, MI

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9

1 PM

ALL AGES WELCOME!

October 2022 calendar
Food Pantry collection month of October

Food Pantry collection month of October
Items that the pantry is in need of:
Tuna Fish
Canned fruits
Canned vegetables
Peanut butter
Canned soups
A box will be in the Narthex for you to place your donations,
OR, drop them off to the office during the week.

Worship Focus for October

October 2—Mark 8:1-8; John 2:1-11  “Come on In”

October 9—Genesis 28:10-19a “It’s NOT About the Ladder”

October 16—Genesis 32:22-31 “Marked For Life” The question to ponder ahead of time – “Why won’t Jacob let go?”

October 23—Luke 18:9-14 “Justified”

October 30— Luke 19:1-10 “Zaccheus”

Care Team news

The Diaconate is reinstating the Care Team so we can address the needs of our church membership.

Open the attachment in this announcement for the list of ministries we want to provide to our congregation.  Sign up in the area you would like to help in.  You can either place this sheet in the offering plate, or make sure you get it to either Elaine Kitchin or Mary Pietenpol, our coordinators.

Care Team ministries

DINING WITH 6 - Season 2

DINING WITH 6
New Name Same Set Up Season 2

Find a partner and sign up for 4 fun filled meals and conversations in the coming year. A partner can be a spouse, friend, family member, or guest. Three groups make 6.
Groups change each season according to a schedule. For example, the fall season (Sept., Oct., Nov.) with 9 couples: 123 456 789
Couples listed first host: (set the date and time, provide the main dish). 123 456 789
Couples listed second provide rolls and salad. 123 456 789
The last would be dessert. 123 456 789

Meals can be brunch, or lunch, or go into the next season if needed.
To participate, a sign up sheet is in the Narthex, on the same board as the blueberry information.
(look for the large orange arrow).

Southwest Association Meeting - November 6th from 2-4PM

Southwest Association Meeting
November 6th – 2-4 p.m.
Phoenix Community Church
in Kalamazoo
Need delegates
2 adult and 1 youth delegate
Contact Elaine Fluck
if interested.

FCC Safety Plan

Here is the final FCC Safety Plan.

Download Safety Plan PDF

We will be broadcasting this Sunday’s service through Facebook Live.

You can find this on our First Congregational Church, UCC Facebook Page

 Sunday Service: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Church Office:  M-F 9:30 to 1:30

God is Still Speaking

“God is still speaking,” reminds us that God still has a lot more to say. Since 2004, Still speaking has worked with thousands of United Church of Christ churches and individuals across the country to make religion relevant again and to extend an extravagant welcome to all – because no matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here. Here at the United Church of Christ.

First Congregational Church, UCC South Haven Michigan

Online Giving / Donations

First Congregational Church is taking another step forward in the digital age! We have signed up for Online giving and donations through a company called Vanco Payments. Use this button to go directly to our First Congregational Church online giving and donations page:

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First Congregational Church, UCC - South Haven Michigan

Recent News

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

We invite you to come join us for any and all of our events!

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Want to get to know us better?  Here is a good place to start,  check out our most recent monthly newsletter and recorded service.  We would love to have you join us for a service and get to know us better!

October 2022 newsletter
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October 2, 2022
Fellowship Hall

Join us in Fellowship Hall after service for coffee, snacks and fellowship!