No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. We are an open and affirming congregation!
Join us March 5th, Ash Wednesday, at 7:00 pm
We will begin the season of Lent with an Agape Meal on Ash Wednesday, March 5th,
at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. A simple supper of soup and bread, cheese and fruit,
will be followed by a service of prayer, song, Scripture, music and the Lord’s Supper.
Ashes will be administered to those who wish to receive them.
This informal service is open to all. Join us for a meaningful evening of worship and community.
Lenten Gatherings at First Congregational Church, UCC…
March 12: Healing Service. Bring your and your loved ones’ physical and spiritual aches, cares and needs to a service of music, meditation, anointing and healing.
March 19: Taize Service. Worship with us in prayer, Scripture, song and meditation in this evening vesper worship with the enchanting songs of the ecumenical community in Taize, France.
March 26 and April 2 & 9: Tuning in to the Beatitudes. Receive, explore and share the “Blessings” of Jesus on us from his sermon on the mount (Matthew 5:1-11) in Word and song, reflection on our desert times of distress, happiness and hopefulness.
And, on a special Sunday in the middle of Lent…
March 23: Let’s Talk Turkey. Hear from the Bible and the Koran in worship at 10:00 am. Then, join us after worship in Fellowship Hall for some delicious dishes from Turkish tradition and a presenation and meet & greet discussion with the Muslim members of the Peace Islands Institute, as we pass the food and the peace and salaam.
Save the Date – March 9th
PizzaFest 2014 to benefit Bergen County Campership Program
Dig into our annual PizzaFest 2014 on Sunday, March 9th from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, in Fellowship Hall. Sample some of the best pies from local pizzerias and get a chance to comment on your favorite type of pizza. All are welcome, and it’s the perfect Sunday to invite all your friends to church to attend this really fun event (who doesn’t love pizza?) and for a good cause – proceeds will benefit the Bergen County Campership Program, a non-profit organization that provides summer camp scholarships to children of low income families in Bergen County. These families struggle with the need to work and the need to provide a safe affordable place for their children during the summer months. Come and enjoy some great pizza while making a difference in these children’s lives!
A Place for Worship
We meet together to focus our attention on God, giving praise and receiving blessings and inspiration, and spiritual refreshment. We hope this is what you experience here.
A Place for Learning
To us, studying the Bible is vital because it not only informs us intellectually, but also guides us spirituality, a Book that is alive and relevant to life today.
A Place for Enrichment
For every person at every age level we offer a wealth of opportunities — programs and ministries for children, youth and adults which fill the church calendar. You can be sure that in this kaleidoscope of activities there’s more than one place where you can contribute and be personally enriched.
A Place for Friendship
Nothing quite compares to the joy of Christian community. That’s why we make it a priority to build lasting bonds among the members of our church family — bonds of concern and genuine commitment to one another.
We’re happy to have recently installed a stair lift enabling everyone to have safe, easy access from the main parking lot to our upper level in order to attend services and events.
A Place for Service
Just as Jesus Christ came “not to be served, but to serve …,” we accept our responsibility to reach out in service to others. This applies both within the church family and in the wider community. We look forward to serving you, and we hope to see you again