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

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720

Weekly Newsletter- August 20, 2020

First Congregational U.C.C. Charlevoix –

Weekly Newsletter August 20, 2020

Welcome to our weekly newsletter!

Please join us for Worship in the Garden, this Sunday at 10:00 am! (Weather permitting) 

Masks are required and social distancing areas will be marked in the grass. Please remember to bring your umbrella and lawn chair. If we have a turn in the weather, the service will continue to be recorded and posted online for future viewing. 

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In an effort to comply with contact tracing requirements, we do asks that you RSVP prior to Sunday. This can be done by clicking the link below and completing the google form. You do NOT have to have google, gmail or google chrome to complete this form. Please do not RSVP to the church office after 3:30 pm today (Thurs.), as Leah won’t receive your email until Monday. 

If you have any questions, please contact the church office at 231-547-9122 or Bill Trubilowicz at 231-675-7551.

From Toby…. 

            I wanted to update everyone about my schedule week to week. I am generally in the office Mondays through Thursdays from 9 until about 3:30.  Of course, with the abundance of home visits I’m doing for the next month or so, I may not actually be in the church building all those days and hours, but you can check with Leah to find out whether I’m in the office or out visiting at any particular time.

            My days off will be Fridays and Saturdays. I would prefer only to be contacted on those days for pastoral emergencies – deaths, hospitalizations, etc. For those purposes you are welcome to reach me by my cell phone at 231-881-6734. Non emergency calls and calls during the work week should be handled through the 231-547-9122 number, and my extension is 202. My email address for all matters pertaining to the church is Since that was also Greg’s address, it may still appear that you are emailing Greg or receiving an email from him, but he has signed off this account, so trust that it is I. We are still trying to get his name taken off the account and mine put on. I prefer to reserve my personal email address for interaction with family and friends outside the church.

            Leah is doing an incredible job organizing and managing my schedule, the church calendar, and everything else around here, so be sure to thank her the next time you speak with her.

            A big thank you to the team of folks who has been shepherding us through the pandemic and keeping us safe. They have now approved our gathering outdoors for worship on a weekly basis. Please do your part to mask up, maintain social distancing, and follow all protocols at our gatherings. The sign-in sheets at all gatherings are particularly vital in the event that any of us test positive for the virus. We want to be able to contact everyone else who was present at events where Covid contact may have occurred. In the event that we get rain or foul weather on a Sunday morning, musicians and all participants in the service will still be reporting to the church to record the entire worship service. We will then post the service as soon as possible – usually by Monday morning – so that the rest of you can worship from your homes. Please be sure to share the link you receive to our service with at least one person every single week. Doing so will broaden our reach as a congregation and interest others in joining the terrific work we are doing at 1st Congregational UCC in Charlevoix.

            I truly couldn’t be happier than I am to serve as your pastor. With every visit I make, I become more and more convinced that this is a gifted and grace filled congregation. Keep up the great work and thank you for welcoming me into your family of faith!


Last Sunday’s Garden Service and Toby’s Welcome! 


(Photo credit Don Smith) 

Just in case you missed it, Click Here to watch the video! 

 L to R Mary Ann Ogden, Mary Trubilowicz, Joan Robinson, Lois Lewis and Pam Smith (Photo Credit Don Smith)

A big thank you to these hard working gardeners. They have worked every Wednesday morning to keep our church gardens looking good.

The door is open to anyone who would like to become a church gardener. No training necessary, just show up Wednesday morning at 10 am. Bring your own tools.

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