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

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720

Weekly Newsletter- May 13, 2021

First Congregational U.C.C. Charlevoix
May 13, 2021

Join us for either in-person or virtual worship each Sunday at 10:30 am
Click Here for Online Worship and the Digital Bulletin!

Please Prepare for Next Week’s Congregational Meeting!

        By now you should have received a letter from our terrific moderator Bill Trubilowicz articulating the purpose for our all-church meeting next Sunday right after worship. He and the whole Council have unanimously endorsed revising our bylaws in accordance with the recommendation made by our pastor and the bylaw review team.
        This week, you will receive a copy of the revised bylaws. They are significantly shorter and easier to follow, but more importantly they streamline and simplify our structure in keeping with our smaller numbers and seasonal participation. You will receive a letter from our bylaw review team, accompanying the bylaws themselves, which provides the rationale for the proposed changes, highlights some of the most significant alterations, and shows how these proposed changes will positively affect our future together. We urge every committed participant of this church family to read through the letter and the bylaws, send any questions or concerns you may have to Toby and Bill via email before next Sunday, and then be sure to attend the meeting as a sign of support for the important work being done by some of our dedicated participants. Special thanks to Hugh Hansen and Pam Smith for spearheading this important work aimed at brightening our future.

WANTED: An Assistant Childcare Volunteer

        Most of us know Lynette Webb. She has been our childcare point person for many, many years. She has done a great job, not only when we’ve had children present during our worship hour, but even when we haven’t. Lynette has been faithful by being here, ready and waiting, so that if a family with young children shows up, there is a safe and fun place for them to go.
       But in today’s world, there are higher standards for safety where childcare is concerned. No longer is it an acceptable practice to have a lone adult supervising even a single child. We must always have two trained adults on hand in order to meet the legal criteria for safe conduct as our church insurance policy establishes.
       If you or someone you know might be interested in working with Lynette, even if it’s only one Sunday a month, to provide for any children who would prefer not to be in the sanctuary, we’d love to talk to you. In the short term, this position might not require anything of you. But once we start effectively attracting younger families with kids, or once some of our grandkids start showing up for the summer, we’re going to need a helper for Lynette. Please talk to Julia Heddle if you are interested. Thank you! And be sure to thank Lynette as well, who continues to be present week in and week out.

 A Special Thank You!

We have been so fortunate during this Covid year to have Larry Minch caring for our building. In addition to his usual custodial duties, Larry has been chiefly responsible for keeping our building sanitized and safe. All our bathroom surfaces, our tables and chairs in Ransom Hall, Toby and Leah’s offices, the pews and surfaces in the sanctuary, and anywhere else where dangerous germs and viruses can dwell, Larry has taken care of with his mighty spray bottle and wipes. Please be sure to share your gratitude and appreciation with this hardworking servant. Thanks, Larry!

In-Person Worship Service- May 16, 2021

Sunday, May 16, 2021, we will be holding ONE in-person service at 10:30 am with services also being live-streamed

Google RSVP Form- Click Here 

*Google RSVP is only required if you plan to attend in-person worship. Please do not submit a form if you plan to watch from home. Thank you! 

*If you are watching this video and would like to make it larger, click the brackets button [ ] at the bottom right of the video. This will make the video full-screen. To exit the full-screen view, hit the ESC button on your keyboard. 

Sunday, May 16, 2021, we will be holding ONE in-person service at 10:30 am

*Seating in the Sanctuary is limited and handled on a first-come-first-serve basis. Once the Sanctuary reaches capacity, you will be directed to the Fellowship Hall, as space allows.

We cannot take reservations specifically for Sanctuary seating. The best way to guarantee a seat in the Sanctuary is to RSVP online and to arrive early to church on Sunday.

Those who arrive without an RSVP on file may be directed to overflow seating in the Fellowship Hall. 

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

Digital Worship bulletins are available as there will only be a limited number of printed copies on hand.

Should you require the use of the elevator to access the building, the office should be notified prior to Sunday and during regular office hours.

If you have questions, please contact the church office at or 231-547-9122
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. The church voicemail and email are not monitored over the weekend.

If you would prefer to join us from home, our Sunday service will be recorded and live-streamed at 10:30 am. 
Virtual Worship- Click Here
Digital Bulletin- Click Here 

Outreach News:

Our contributions to April’s Noisy Offering totaled $160.00. That, plus a balance in the Hunger Jar plus a portion of other available funding will be used to purchase 2 Water Buffalo, a Goat, and 5 Flocks of Chicks through Heifer International. Thank you all for your generosity.

May will not have a Noisy Offering, but rather we will be accepting contributions for the 2021 Strengthen the Church drive, one of the quarterly Special Offerings.

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 its commitment to creating a just world for all by investing in new ministries and practices that meet the emerging needs of local communities. 

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. We will receive the STC offering on Pentecost Sunday, May 23, 2021.

We will resume the Noisy Offering in June.

-Jack Weber

Jeannine Wallace- Additional health difficulties, living at Boulder Park 

Jack Lehmkuhl- Ron & Linda Moore’s brother-in-law, is undergoing radiation treatment for liver cancer. 

Sara Stoughton- Ron & Linda Moore’s granddaughter is graduating from USF with a B.S.N. Degree. She is very excited to be an RN ♥

Doug McPhearson- Diagnosed with lung cancer & severe back problems (Roger Caylor)

Family and loved ones of Loretta Towsley- She passed away after a lengthy bout with cancer (Julia Heddle) 

Virginia Scharschmidt– recuperating in rehab from a broken hip, prayers for her speedy recovery 

Steve Libert– on the death of his sister Pam. 

Jim Pletz– Alice Pletz-Miller’s brother- suffering from health issues related to Parkinson’s disease & had a fall in February, tearing his rotator cuff 

Charlie Johnson– Bruce & Joyce Herbert’s 16 yr old grandson, recovering from recent brain surgery & a stroke. 

Michael Fifelski– Michael is in the Intensive Care Unit at Henry Ford Hospital waiting for a liver transplant (Lani Ochs)

Please click the link below to submit your prayer requests. Include as much detail as possible and use a separate form for each request. Please submit requests prior to noon on Wednesday of each week to ensure your prayer is included in the Sunday bulletin. 

Click Here to Submit your Prayer RequestDon’t forget to share both Joys and Concerns! 

Camp Information & Registrations Forms Available HERE and at the church



Don’t forget to pick up a new copy of The Upper Room.

Located just outside the sanctuary doors! 

If you would like us to mail you a copy, please call or email the church office. Thanks!