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

Announcements

HANDBELL EXPERIENCE

HANDBELL EXPERIENCE

September 13, 20 and 27

In the Sanctuary, immediately

following the service.

Try it out!

Brandish Some Bronze!

30 pain-free minutes, and a few laughs!

All are welcome – Bring a friend!

New Book Study starts Sunday, September 26

Book Study to Commence Later This Month Consider this your invitation to participate in a book study, set to begin on Sunday, September 26 at 4 pm. The book I, Art Ayers, have chosen, is Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost my Faith and Found It Again Through Science, by Mike McHargue. “Mike McHargue’s journey to faith began on the shore of the Pacific Ocean, when a bewildering, seemingly mystical moment motivated him to reexamine the Christian faith that he had abandoned two years earlier. However, this time, it wasn’t theology, scripture, or the arguments of pastors that led him back to God-it was science.” I believe we can effectively make our way through the book in four sessions- September 26th, October 3rd, October 10th, and October 17th. Paperback copies on Amazon range anywhere from $15 (new) to $1.85 (used). It may be wisest to have this through ZOOM; however, if something drastically changes, you’ll certainly be informed. Hope many of you will be able and willing to join me… -Art Ayers If you’re interested, please call the church office, Pastor Mike or Art Ayers.

Fall Celebration – Community Picnic Sunday, September 26

Fall Celebration – Community Picnic
This event is planned for Sunday, September 26th. The event will focus on children and youth.
It will run from 11:30 to 1:30.
There will be food (hot dogs and chips, drinks and brownies.)
There will be a bounce house and one or two other games for
children.
There will be information on fall events and children and youth programming at the church.
The lower level will be
available for tours.
SAVE THE DATE – all are welcome!!!!
INVITE A FRIEND!

Zoom Movie Discussion of “Pray Away” - Thursday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m.

Zoom Movie Discussion of “Pray Away”

Join us next month for a Zoom discussion of the new Netflix documentary ‘Pray Away’ on Thursday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. This is sponsored by the new Welcome Team. P.J. Lindemann will lead the discussion. The movie explores the pain inflicted by ‘ex-gay’ ministries. It follows a brutal narrative arc of five gay evangelical Christians: From repression to proselytizing, to hypocrisy, to freedom, to devastating guilt. The documentary has a complicated task: to sympathize with its subjects as survivors without excusing their propagation of the same ideology that hurt other closeted Christians.

End of Life Planning: Practical Wisdom and Guidance for the Journey - Planned Giving seminar - October 17 at 11:30
The final seminar of the “Preparing for the end of Life “ offerings entitled “Planned Giving “ will be at 11:30 on October 17.
The focus of the seminar is to introduce numerous options for making a planned gift to the church.  Your surviving family members and your church will greatly appreciate your effort.
Children’s Ministry- Sunday School

Children’s Ministry- Sunday School

Sunday School has started up on a regular basis again for all children who are fifth grade or younger. Children will come to worship with their family and come up for Children’s Time near the beginning of the service. Then children will go with Sarah Peterson to Sunday School for the remainder of the time of worship. Sunday School will occur every first and third Sundays of the month during the worship service. We will be having Sunday afternoon activities on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.

Food Pantry open Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Monday/Wednesday/Friday

10 a.m. to Noon—Food Pantry

Saturday discontinued

 

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:

Give Online

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!

Get our latest newsletter and listen to our recent service!

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!

Weekly News September 25, 2021
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September 12th, 2021
Fellowship Hall

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