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

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720

Weekly Newsletter- October 15, 2020

First Congregational U.C.C. Charlevoix –
October 15, 2020

Notice: Congregational Meeting.
October 25th at 11:30 a.m. 

A message from your Pastor…

Last Sunday was my birthday, and on my birthdays I like to count my blessings. As I led you in worship, I was filled with gratitude for this amazing church family. Singing Simon and Garfunkel with Hugh Hansen’s wonderful tenor voice was such fun. Being able to teach Shelley a song ten minutes before worship and then have her play it flawlessly with me is truly remarkable. Having an incredible sound system set up and run by the best soundman ever is a gift only a musician can truly appreciate. Thank you, Bill! And having Ransom Hall filled with 45 mask-wearing, socially distanced congregants – along with the many who tuned into our streaming broadcast – was truly special! Thank you, Joyce Herbert, for your drive and perseverance in getting us this technology! I was blessed to have my eldest brother and his wife at the service, and they couldn’t stop talking about what a great church I’m serving. After the service, as I headed to the bathroom (don’t worry, I’ll spare you those details…), I heard the sounds of Alice Pletz-Miller and Chris Gengle counting and recording the morning offerings and getting our bills paid. Their quiet, faithful, weekly behind-the-scenes work receives very little recognition, and yet they do it with joy. I am truly blessed to be here and to call 1st Congregational UCC my home. Thank you!

Sunday, October 18, 2020, we will be holding one in-person service at 10:30 am. Limited space is available at the service so please be sure to RSVP early.

Windows and doors will be open for ventilation and also to allow those that are sitting on the porch to hear, please be sure to bring a jacket and maybe even a pair of gloves so you don’t get cold. 

Social distancing is required and there will be markers on the carpet in the Fellowship Hall for individual groups. Don’t forget your mask!

Google RSVP is required for contact tracing. Please only submit your form once. Digital Worship bulletins are available HERE as there will only be a limited number of printed copies on hand.

Click Here to RSVP for Sunday In-person Worship 

If you have questions, please contact the church office at or 231-547-9122 Monday – Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

If you would prefer to join from home, our Sunday services will be recorded and live-streamed at 10:30 am. Click Here to watch online!

If you would like to add a prayer request to the bulletin, please complete a Prayer Request Form and submit it by Wednesday at noon. You can access the prayer request form by visiting our website at or by clicking HERE