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

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720

Weekly Newsletter- September 24, 2020

First Congregational U.C.C. Charlevoix –
September 24, 2020

Message from Toby…

September has flown by and I want to thank everyone who has been working on and participating in our 2021 Pledge Campaign. Our theme, as you know, is “Let’s Celebrate!” and we have been doing that each and every week. At last count, we had 26 pledges for a total of about $105,000, which is a terrific start. What we need to do is get everyone else’s completed pledge cards by Sunday, October 4, so we can REALLY celebrate! Remember that your pledge allows our Board of Trustees to plan and create an accurate budget for our family of faith. There is much that we want and need to do – not just for ourselves but for the larger Charlevoix community and beyond – and we’ll only be able to be that vital outpost for mission and service with your committed participation. Thank you for getting us your pledge card no later than October 4. On that Sunday we’ll have a formal dedication of our gifts, as we wrap up this important phase of our stewardship campaign.

                I want to take a moment to acknowledge some of our church leaders, who are working diligently to lead important ministry efforts in the church. Bill Trubilowicz continues to serve as our moderator, directing our council, and doing so many behind the scenes things to help our church run smoothly. He has gone way beyond the call of duty in setting up and running the sound for all our outdoor services. Those of us who participate in leading these services know how early he gets here every Sunday, along with his helpers John Dixon (the chair of our Trustees), Pam Smith (chair of Nominating), and Don Smith (our staff photographer and membership tracker). If you haven’t thanked them yet, isn’t it time to do so?

                Speaking of chairpersons, if you are on a ministry team or committee and your chairperson emails you, would you please respond and in a timely fashion? We are a volunteer organization, and all of us are very busy. But our chairpersons rely on their teams to respond to their emails about meetings, tasks, etc. and it can be very frustrating to email 11 people and only hear back from 1 or 2. This has been particularly common with the Diaconate. If there is another form of communication that works better for you, just let your chairperson know. Thank you for upping your game where good communication is concerned.

October’s Sermon Series – Reimagining Church
                We wrap up our September series on Celebrating Our Gifts on Sept 27, which means October is right around the corner. Beginning October 4, I will be dedicating the next 4 sermons to articulating my vision for our church moving forward. I want to help you rethink and reimagine what a church can be and offer a new way forward. If we truly want to grow into the future rather than shrivel up or even die, like so many other churches are doing in this country, we will need to build on our strengths and develop new habits where our weaknesses are concerned. Each week I will explore one biblical principle, based on the way Jesus, himself, operated. You won’t want to miss a single one of these messages! Even if you will be out of town, be sure to stay current with the series as it unfolds by watching the service on YouTube.

Sunday, September 27, 2020, at 10:00 am – In the event we have inclement weather, we will be moving indoors to Ransom Hall. Limited seating available.

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 on hand.

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.

Sunday Service Foul Weather Contingency…