On Sunday, December 1st, we will be having our annual Advent Festival in Bradford Hall from 3-5 pm. Children can do an array of craft projects that include long-time advent favorites like decorating Christmas cookies and making gingerbread houses. A gift basket raffle will also be held to benefit the youth programming of the church. A model Christmas train will additionally be on display.
Our November 24th worship service will put us in the mood of thanksgiving! For part of the service, we will be celebrating the art work of a member named Kathleen New. We will reflect on how her art work opens up our senses to the divine. The service will also feature music of thanksgiving and a sermon about how we come together as a church family to find the spiritual gems and treasures that bring us hope and joy.
The newly released book Sounding the Trumpet: How Churches Can Answer God’s Call to Justice has been praised by Cornel West as “a masterpiece. . .with deep spiritual truths.” The book was coauthored by the Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt and the Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Sr. Additional endorsements of the book have come from Congresswoman Barbara Lee and anti-apartheid leader Allan Boesak. All are welcome to attend a gala event for the book at which selections from the book will be read and copies signed. The event will be held at First Congregational United Church of Christ on Sunday, November 10th at 11:15 am. The reception will feature a special cookie mentioned in the book: burning bush marshmallow cookies. More information about the book can be found at www.soundingthetrumpet.org. Because Smith is currently recuperating from an illness, at the book gala, his son Tony Smith will be the one reading selections from the book authored by his father.