CARE AND FELLOWSHIP

As a Micah 6, Open and Affirming, Just Peace church, the ministries under Care and Fellowship are designed to facilitate a “Culture of Care” at First Congregational United Church of Christ. The health and well-being of the congregation, including physical, spiritual and emotional, is enhanced through the following ministries.

  • CAREGIVER SUPPORT MINISTRY

    Cynthia Franklin, Coordinator

    Members who are caring for family members or others are often in need of additional support. The Caregiver Support Ministry not only acquaints them with valuable resources, but they also provide education and support to help the members cope with very difficult situations. They meet each Monday at 11:00 a.m. in the Carey Chapel at FCUCC.

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  • COOKING SCHOOL

    Chris Hall, Coordinator

    The Cooking School meets three to four times per year and features a knowledgeable chef who introduces attendees to good nutrition, new techniques, new combinations of taste and new places to shop for the freshest of ingredients often run by Immigrant families.

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  • FIFTH SUNDAY FELLOWSHIP

    Sue Prendinger, Coordinator

    Fifth Sunday Fellowship occurs in the Founders’ Room three or four times per year, during those months that have a fifth Sunday. Coffee, tea, punch or lemonade and finger snacks are served following the worship service. It is a time for church members to enjoy fellowship and get acquainted with guests and new members.

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  • Grief education and Support ministry

    Kathy Sparnins, Coordinator       

    Grief Education and Support classes are offered four or five times each year at various locations in the area. These eight-week classes are provided by skilled facilitators with a vast knowledge of the topic. A nominal fee is charged for the supplies and scholarships are provided when needed. 

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  • INTERCESSORY PRAYER MINISTRY

    Agnes Kehoe, Coordinator

    The coordinator forwards prayer requests to members of the group and includes the prayer requests printed in the weekly church bulletin. They may also be remembered not only in prayer but with a card.

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  • MEMBERSHIP DATA

    Lois Benson, Membership Clerk

    The coordinator has information on how to join the church and tracks First Congregational UCC membership for the year including births, deaths and all who have completed the new member class and joined the church.

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  • Nine-to-dine

    Judy Cunningham, Coordinator

    The purpose of Nine-To-Dine is for church members to become better acquainted with each other while enjoying a good meal. Over one hundred church members are participating in a monthly, Nine-To-Dine group. Most groups take turns meeting in members’ homes with the host supplying the main dish and attendees bringing a covered dish to share. At least one group meets at a local restaurant. Sign-ups occur each fall with the coordinator forming the groups.

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  • pops

    Jane Ridings, Coordinator

    Parents Out Partying Someplace (POPS), a social/fellowship group of primarily "seasoned" parents, meets every other month on Saturday evenings in members' homes on a rotating basis for a potluck supper and socializing. Single or partnered, with offspring still at home or not, you are welcome.  Please contact the church office if interested in receiving more information.

  • paryer shawl ministry

    Jane Gazal, Coordinator                                           

    Members meet every Thursday from 11:30-1:00 for contemplative prayer and knitting and crocheting prayer shawls, pocket prayers as well as hats and scarfs for winter months. A prayer shawl can bring real comfort to those suffering illness or loss and may be given by any church member for anyone in need or for a special occasion, such for an infant baptism.
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  • Silver Threads

    Connie Raub, Patti White, Coordinators

    Silver Threads includes all church members aged 75 and older. Traditionally they have an annual luncheon complete with lively entertainment. Personal invitations are mailed out to anyone who has made their birth dates available to the church office staff. The purpose of the luncheon is to honor senior members of the church, some of whom have a long history of contributing time and talent to First Congregational UCC. Watch The Communicator, or the eblast for this event.

  • stephen ministry

    Judy Kort, Coordinator

    God never intended us to go through serious life experiences alone.  Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who have received 50 hours of caring training to minister to people experiencing situations such as loss of a loved one, divorce, illness, discouragement or other "tough times." A Stephen Minister will meet with you confidentially to encourage, support, and remind you of Christ's presence in your life. 

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