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

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720


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This week’s Service Information:

July 10th, 2022

Have you ever wondered what Jesus meant when he said, “The poor will always be with you?” Was he suggesting that nothing can be done about chronic, systemic poverty? We’ll take a deep dive into this question through the lens of the fantastic Bruce Hornsby song “The Way it Is,” which will be performed live by Tony Patterson and Arthur Rouse from Bay View. We also be joined by the wonderful tenor, Foo Chen Gui, also from Bay View Music Festival. For more information on these performers, please see the article below.
Don’t forget that, weather permitting, we’ll be outdoors this Sunday at 10:30 am, so bring a lawn chair, a cup of coffee, and anything else you need to be comfortable. See you at 101 State St. in Charlevoix (the Church with the Purple Doors), or on our Livestream at

Blessings to you and yours!

Office Hours Changed

As we are sure you are all well aware, the cost of gas has risen greatly in the last few weeks. Due to this fact, the hours of the Church Office will be changing temporarily.
The Office will now be closed on Mondays. The Office Manager will be working remotely from 9a-12p on Mondays, and Toby will be working remotely on that day from 9a-3p as well. The OM can still be reached by email at the regular office email. Phone messages will be returned on Tuesday.
The hours will be changing back as soon as the gas prices get back down to a much more reasonable level, most likely this fall.
Thank you for your understanding in helping out with this very unique situation.

First Light Services

Our First Light gatherings have returned to the pavilion at Michigan Beach, and it starts at 8:30a.m. Please be sure to bring a chair, a blanket, and weather-appropriate clothing. These gatherings will occur every Sunday until Labor Day weekend, with the exception of July 3rd.

Come join us as we gather together in Nature!

Registration Open!

Now taking applications for First Congregational UCC’s 2022 EarthKeepers Camp! Camp starts August 8th and runs to August 12th, with an optional special Worship on Sunday, August 14th at 10:30a.m. EarthKeepers is a week-long camp for children ages 8-12 years old.
During our time together children will discover and learn through reading, hands-on activities, group projects, and guest speakers about who God is, why it is important to take care of the earth, and why we should care about each other. Our goal is to have the children outside, as much as weather permits, engaging directly with nature. Activities might include drawing, journaling, science experiments, discussions, hiking, playing games, art, music, and even sitting quietly to observe nature around us!
Space is limited, so be sure to call the Church Office at (231) 547-9122 to get on the registration list! Office hours are Mon-Thurs, 9a-3p. Messages can be left after hours and your phone call will be returned the next business day. You can also click on the “EarthKeepers Camp” tab for more information. Fill out the form and mail it back to the church at 101 State Street, Charlevoix, MI 49720.

The Gala Event was a great success and a lot of fun – here is a link to the video that we premiered at the Event

Contact Us: 

Toby Jones, Pastor  (231) 547-9122 ext. 202

Stacey Luoma, Office Manager  (231) 547-9122 ext. 201

Charlevoix Ministerial Association Info:

231-547-9122 ext. 204

Appointments available Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11a – 2p

Sunday Services: 

Please join us for in-person worship each Sunday at 10:30 am with live-streaming options available.  

Office Hours: 

Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

Mondays are remote only. Emails will still be answered on this day from 9am to 12pm. Phone calls left on the office voicemail on Mondays will be answered on Tuesday.

If the church doors are locked during regular office hours, please ring the doorbell. 

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