First Congregational Church
(United Church of Christ)
Greg Briggs,
Interim Pastor

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720

Weekly Newsletter- May 7, 2020

First Congregational U.C.C. Charlevoix –

Weekly Newsletter May 07, 2020

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Welcome to our weekly newsletter!

With the changes in our life because of the COVID 19 virus, we need to develop new ways to communicate to replace what used to happen naturally when we gathered together. So, we are giving a weekly newsletter by email a try! We will post this to our web page and email it out to all of our members. Please be patient as we figure this new thing! If you have suggestions for improvement or notes you’d like added, let us know!   

Pastor Greg Briggs and Leah Dice.

Strengthen the Church Special Offering 

The Strengthen the Church offering supports the expansion of ministry and growth of UCC local congregations. Your support of this offering will help the UCC fulfill on its commitment to creating a just world for all by investing in new ministries and practices that meet the emerging needs of local communities.

In this time of rapid change in worship and ministry, it has been the experiences and the skills of our new church starts that have helped the other churches adapt so quickly to online ministry. The Strengthen the Church fund has been vital to keep these churches, and now our churches, going and growing.

As God calls our congregations to be the church in new ways, your generosity will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches, and develop the spiritual life in our youth and young adults. Most congregations will collect this offering on Pentecost Sunday, May 31st, 2020, but you can start now by designating your gift online or mailing a check with “Strengthen the Church” in the memo line.

Click Here for Online Giving

Be Listening for a Phone Call!

In the next couple of days, leaders of the church will be calling everyone to wish a Happy Mother’s Day, check in about how well you’ve been able to stay connected to the church, and to update you on the search process. So be sure your phone is charged and your ringer is on! 

Opportunities To Stay Engaged 

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Even though we cant be together face to face right now, we are still doing the work and living the life of the church. There are several opportunities for us to gather each week, using the website, Facebook page and Zoom teleconferencing. 

Bible Study– Every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom 
Virtual Office Hours– With Pastor Greg. Every Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. via Zoom
Sunday Morning Virtual Coffee Hour and Joys and Concerns – Our weekly worship service is emailed out to all members and posted to the website early Sunday morning. We hold a virtual Coffee Hour at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom. 
We also regularly post information both on our church’s website and on our Facebook page

For more information on how to use zoom please visit our website at

 Community Garden 2020

Church Gardening – It’s a whole new world!

Because of Covid-19 and social distancing recommendations, the start of our gardening this spring is up in the air. In the past, we began our regular Wednesdays beginning the second or third week in May.   But this year we will hold off on a start date until people feel safe. When we begin, I’m thinking we could easily stay six feet away from one another, as we work together on our beautiful church gardens.

We meet every Wednesday at 10:00, weather permitting.  Generally we work for 1½ to 2 hours each week, into the fall season.  A start date to be announced, but anyone wishing to be outside is encouraged to come and begin spring clean-up on your own whenever you want.

 All are welcome, no experience necessary!  Many hands make little work.

Martha Trubilowicz, Garden Coordinator

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