First Congregational Church
(United Church of Christ)
Rev. Toby Jones, Pastor

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720

Tips and Tricks

How to Recognize and Avoid Phishing Scams

How  to  Recognize  and  Avoid  Phishing  Scams Some folks have recently reported receiving emails from the church asking for money or gift cards. The church will never contact you via email asking for money, gift cards, or personal financial information. If you ever receive an email that just doesn’t sound right the first thing you can do is verify the sending email… Read More »

Watch the Church Service on Your TV

  As we work to upgrade our on-line church services, we have added the ability to watch the service on your television as well as on your computer or iPad.  This should enhance the audio portion as well as letting you watch on the “big” screen.   You have to have a Smart TV or one that is running a… Read More »

Internet Basics- Using a web Browser


Zoom for Beginners- Video

How to Host a Zoom Meeting- video (and other useful information)

How to Host a Zoom Meeting- Information and Video  By now many of you have probably participated in a Zoom meeting. You received an invite, clicked the link, logged in, entered the meeting password, and bam, you were off and running.  As this time of covid continues more and more meetings will be held via Zoom and you may be… Read More »

Three Ways To Stay Informed

Three ways to stay informed! The website- Access the internet via your web browser (such as Google, Firefox, or Explorer), enter the web address above and it will take you directly to the church’s website. The tabs at the top of the website (or it may say “toggle” on your cellphone) have drop-down menus when you click on them.       … Read More »

Why am I seeing a QR code in church?

QR Codes: What, how, why? The past couple of weeks you may have noticed square bar-codes popping up everywhere you go and wondered what they are. They are QR codes and they are an amazing technology to have during this time of Covid. A QR code, which stands for Quick Response Code, can be used in many different ways. They… Read More »

Help sew face masks – the church’s Masked Man, Woman & Child Project

The roles of goats towards self-sufficiency are all too underrated. Arthritis Rheum. Dear  Wider Congregation and community, A few days ago, many heard for the first time that now, we all should wear masks when out in public.  (By the way, this was always true but officials decided that this information would further complicate getting PPE to frontline medical… Read More »

How do I use this Zoom thing?

Welcome to our first “Tips and Tricks” post. These posts will address specific questions that we get frequently. It probably comes as no surprise that our first post will be about the main way the church is having group meetings online. Zoom Video conferencing! Why zoom? Zoom allows people to join meetings in different ways – video conferencing from computer,… Read More »

Downloading the Zoom App on a Computer & How to Join a Meeting

Downloading the Zoom App on a Computer Before starting! Make sure to have a functioning computer with working audio (and ideally video) To access the download link, visit  Click on the “Download” button under “Zoom Client for Meetings” and follow your computer’s instructions for installing the app.  Once installed, open to launch the Zoom app and a dialogue box will… Read More »