Welcome Light, Service & Table Come join our faith community. We are an open and affirming church. This means we actively support diversity in all its forms. See Open and Affirming statement. We welcome everyone into the fellowship and service of our congregation. Our Sunday Worship and Sunday School is at 10:00 a.m. (9:30 a.m. during the summer months) Our mission is to grow in our relationships with God and those around us. We find God in the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Holy Scriptures, in service to others, and in the celebration and commemoration of the important milestones in the life of our families and communities. See our Beliefs. What’s the BUZZ at FCC ? September 13, 2018 “Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here! SUNDAY, September 16th , Worship Begins 10 am Communion (We will be offering communion on the First and Third Sunday’s of the month this year.) All are welcome to receive communion including none members and children. Hymns: “Come Thou Font of Every Blessing” , “Open My Eyes”, “God of Justice, God of Mercy” Choir Anthem: “Come To The Table” by Allen Pote; Scripture: Acts 9: 1 – 20 Lay Reader Jen Trethewey. Deacons: Carolyn Appelman, Helen sands, Jen Trethewey. PICNIC! Rain or Shine Best Pie in Town Contest! Our combined Church Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, September 16 immediately following worship. Our sister churches (Hope Church and First Baptist) are looking forward to joining us once again on the lawn for delicious food and fellowship! This is a great event to invite friends and family too. And, don’t forget the PIE CONTEST!! ***Please get your pies into the Parish Hall Kitchen by 10 am. The pie judging will take place after the other churches arrive. ***This is a great event to invite friends and family. Enjoy the service and picnic! ***Administrative Committee: Drinks and ice ***Men’s Club – Cook Out with burgers, dogs, veggie burgers, buns, and condiments ***Dorcus – deserts ***Christian Ed – Games ***Everyone else – sides (chips, salads, sides, etc. etc.) We need one more grill if anyone has one, please speak to Bob Weeks <email@example.com> ECCLESIASTICAL COUNCIL – Monday, Sept. 17, 7:30 – Stoughton The candidate up for review is Adam Isbitski who provide pulpit supply for us this summer. His home church is our good neighbor, the First Congregational Church in Stoughton where the Council is being held. Part of our covenant as members of the UCC, is to participate in important denominational events. An Ecclesiastical Council is called when a person in discernment has completed all the necessary requirements for Ordination. The community gathers to hear the candidate present portions of their Ordination paper and share their faith journey. Those who attend are then allowed to ask the candidate questions relating to their presentation or to ministry in general. The candidate is excused and the gathered body deliberates on whether the candidate should be approved for Ordination, pending call. IF THERE IS NOT A QUOTA OF REPRESENTATION, THE COUNCIL HAS TO BE RESCHEDULED. Adam has spent several years of his life working towards this last step towards becoming an Ordained minister. Can’t we give him a couple hours of our time to ensure his Council doesn’t get postponed? If you can attend, let Pastor Carol know and she will pick you up on her way there!! WE NEED DELEGATES! Part of our covenant with the UCC is to participate in important denominational events such as Ecclesiastical Councils, Installation Services, the Fall and Spring Pilgrim Association Business meetings, and the UCC Annual Meetings. It would be good if we had a pool of people willing to attend when they can and represent FCC. No one person, not even me, can attend all the many denominational events that can occur in a year. If you are interested, or would like more information, please talk to Pastor Carol. INTERIM WORK AND SEARCH TEAM UPDATE Included with Doorways is a brief demographic survey that we need everyone to fill in and return. Once completed, you can bring it in or mail it to the church office. We will also have the survey available for Rally Day in the Parish Hall. This information will be consolidated and included in the church profile. You should have received a mailing by now describing a crucial assignment encouraging everyone to complete at least one Community Interview. The purpose of this exercise is to identify areas of need in our community that may be opportunities of service and mission for us. The information we gather will be consolidated and used in our deliberations when we choose our two or three areas of investment for the next 3 – 5 years. Part of finding our “Why” will be answering the question, “Who is Our Neighbor?” This information will also be used in sections of the New Church Profile. If you have not received the mailing, please let Susanne know and she will send it out to you. We will also have Interview Guidelines and suggested questions available in the Sanctuary, in the Parish Hall, and outside the Admin. Office. Please talk to someone you know in town, and see what you will discover! FREINDSHIP HOUR HOSTS NEEDED If you or a few friends would like to host a Friendship Hour after church, please sign up in the Parish Hall. If you need help sign up with someone who has done it before. FLOWERS FOR THE ALTAR If you or a few friends would like to donate flowers for Sunday Worship Services, please sign up. The Flower Chart is outside the church office. Flowers maybe given in honor or memory of someone or something. You may have them delivered by a florist or make them up yourself.