Church Alter

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.


It’s here, It’s finally here !!!!!!!!!!!!


NEXT SUNDAY September 11th at 10 am!


“Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey you are welcome here!”


On this Sunday we “Rally Together” in “Service, Light and Table”:

ò  9:15 am to 9:55 am – “Open House in the Parish Hall” there will be:  fresh-made muffins and juice, Sunday School Registration for children and youth, Sunflower faith craft-making with Pastor Steve, Information and sign-ups for Adult Faith Formation and Service in “Church Life” opportunities.


ò  Worship at 10:00 am

  • Our Choir, led by Brett Hinkel, Music Director, accompanied by Organist, Margaret Clark, returns to inspire us in worship for our God of “Love, Hope, Peace, and Joy”
  • Music for the opening part of worship will have a “Jazz Flavoring” led by our Choir and Jazz Musicians – sax, piano, drums, and vocalists. Music includes: “When the Saints,” “Come Sunday”, “Every Time I Feel the Spirit”, “Give Me Jesus”. The Jazz Musicians will also provide music for Friendship Hour afterwards.
  • Journey into Faith Sunday School begins led by Mindy Hinkel, Sunday School Coordinator. Children will be in Worship with their families for the opening part of Worship, come together up front for the “Moment with the Children”, and then leave for Sunday School with Mindy and their Teachers.

Ø  Noah’s Ark! – Bring a token to share from your summer adventures!  Stuffed animals welcome.  We will display our keepsakes during the service in our make-shift ark.  Other important first day activities.  Please make every effort to attend!

Ø  A Link to register your children and youth into the Sunday School Program for the Fall 2016 is available online to submit prior to Rally Day.

Ø  Teacher’s Meeting immediately following the service

  • Scripture and Message of the Day – We begin a Season of “Finding the Faith Dimension of Life- through Jesus’ Parables.” Parables can be seen as “word-pictures of the reality of God” (B.H. Young).       They comprise a third of Jesus’ sayings in the Gospels. The Parables for this Sunday are, “The Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin”, Luke 15:1-10.


ò  After Church in the Parish Hall

o   “Friendship Hour” with coffee, tea, treats and Jazz.  Registration and Sign-ups continue.


ò  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm “Journey into Light” through poetry

o   Discussion led by Pastor Steve and Louise and David Lafontaine.

o   We will reflect together on poetry from: Scripture, Faith-orientated poets, such as Mary Oliver, and “The poets among us.”  All are invited!


Toastmasters International

Phil Harris is starting a Toastmasters International here at the church with meetings on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 7-9 pm beginning September 12.  All are welcome. Please pass the word.  Check out the website for more information and forms. fccofsharon.org