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

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720

Weekly Newsletter- September 10, 2020

First Congregational U.C.C. Charlevoix –

Weekly Newsletter September 10, 2020

Welcome to our weekly newsletter!

Sunday, September 13, 2020, at 10:00 am – Weather Permitting

Worship will be recorded for future viewing but will not be live-streamed.

Social distancing is required and there will be markers in the lawn for individual groups. Please bring your lawn chairs and umbrellas. 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 available.

Worship in the Garden RSVP Form- Click Here

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

 Message from Toby….

           I have really been enjoying my visits with all of you so much. I continue to learn just how richly blessed this congregation is. Talk about gifted! Thank you for welcoming me into your homes and into your church family. If you still haven’t scheduled an appointment with me, please call Leah this week, so I can wrap up these preliminary visits.

            For those of you who weren’t able to be with us last Sunday (9/6), we have kicked off our pledge drive for the 2021 ministry year. Our theme is “Let’s Celebrate!” In the next day or two, you should be receiving our pledge packet. Each of the Sundays of September will feature a story from one of our family members, focusing on the discovery and deployment of one of his/her gifts. Our goal is to have everyone in our church family participate in this year’s campaign. Don’t miss out on what God is going to do in and through us in the coming year!

             I mentioned in last Sunday’s sermon that some of us struggle a bit to discern what our gifts are. If you feel that way, please email me at, and let’s set up a time to explore the ways God has equipped you for ministry in this time and place.


During this Stewardship month, the focus is on identifying your gifts by starting with things that make you happy then putting them to use in our church, community, and the world.  If you are one of those who has enjoyed being a Lay Leader in the past or who thinks they would like to be a Lay Leader in the future, please let the Diaconate Committee know by contacting Joyce Herbert ( or 231-547-0456 ).  Depending on the location of the service and the recording system being used, you may be inside or outside, be pre-recorded, or live-streamed.  The procedure will be adapted to Toby’s and the church’s schedule as well as yours.  Looking forward to your sharing your gifts with us.

Photo Directory Update

After a lot of hard work by the church clerk, membership committee, and the church office we are ready to start the process of printing an updated photo directory. If you need to submit a photo or verify your contact information, please contact Leah in the office at or 231-547-9122. Thank you!