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

May Worship series - Resurrection Liminality: Discipleship during the In-Between Times

Resurrection Liminality: Discipleship during the In-Between Times

John 20:19-23 The Doors Are Locked (Encountering our Fear)

John 20: 24-29 I Don’t Believe (Encountering our Doubt)

John 21:1-14 Same Nets, Different Day (Encountering New Ways of Doing)

John 21:15-19 Do You Love? (Encountering the eternal Call)

New Book Study: Speaking Christian by Marcus Borg starting May 10th

New Book Study: Speaking Christian by Marcus Borg
Pastor Dani Veenstra, one of our newest members, will be leading an in-person study of the book, Speaking Christian starting on May 10 at 2:00 in the church lounge. The book helps thinking Christians reclaim their lan-guage in a way that can help us talk about our faith with one another and with those who are not familiar with the story of God’s justice and love demonstrated so fully by Jesus. Join us for this four-part (attend one or all) book discussion. Masks are optional as long as numbers remain low.

Feeding America Food Truck on May 19th - volunteers needed

Truck, May 19th
As the saying goes ‘many hands make light work’ is so true when it comes to holding a Food Truck distri-bution. If you can help, please let John or Sue Gillett know. They need to make sure they have the ‘many hands’ showing up.
Workers should arrive about 10:30 to help set up. All distributing begins at 11 a.m.

SPRING RUMMAGE SALE IS COMING! May 25 and 26

SPRING RUMMAGE SALE IS COMING!

It’s that special time of year to trade your treasures! The sales will be on:
Wednesday, May 25 4-7 pm
Thursday, May 26 10-1:30
That last half hour on Thursday will be free. Pack and haul will begin at 1:30.
Official deliveries of rummage can be made on the 22nd after church, and 23rd during office hours, or by arrangement. (These periods will NOT be staffed nec-essarily.) IF set up can happen before Sat. May 21, then deliveries can be sooner. Stay tuned.
The term DELIVERIES means you bring your items to the appropriate area/table and unpack. It will be labeled. Staging/arranging will take place on Tuesday, May 24th. Only big ticket items are priced.
VOLUNTEERS will be needed:
Tuesday, May 24 beginning around 9:00
til 3:00 to arrange donations
Since items are presorted, it goes quick-ly.
Three cashiers and a few aisle manag-ers are needed for Wednesday and Thursday. Check out is by the bundle .
Packers and haulers are needed Thurs-day 1:30. There is already 1 volunteer!!

Young Adult Ministry annual Burger Burn on June 12th

Young Adult Ministry (18-55 and their families)
Our next event will be our third annual Burger Burn at the church on Sunday, June 12 at 12:00. Plan for a great meal and wonderful gathering.

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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May 2022 monthly newsletter
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May 15th, 2022
Fellowship Hall

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