PLEASE JOIN US FOR A MAUNDY THURSDAY TENEBRAE SERVICE ON THURSDAY EVENING, MARCH 29th AT 7:00 P.M.
Our church has decided to accept the Green Congregations Challenge and is currently working to meet the requirements for level one. Many steps have already been completed and more will be done over the coming months. For more information or to volunteer to help with this undertaking, please feel free to speak with Beth, Alice or Brian. Conserving resources and protecting our environment are important goals for the church and should also be for us as individuals. There are suggestions for simple steps that we can all take to be a part of this effort. Many of these are without cost and many are even cost-saving. Individually we cannot save the planet but together we can sure make a contribution.
Many of us are recipients of large volumes of unsolicited and unwanted Third Class “Junk” mail. If you would like to reduce the volume of this mail and at the same time help to conserve resources and also reduce the volume of unnecessary recycling, consider visiting the following link where you may register to be placed on a “National Do Not Mail” list. It only takes a moment to fill out the online request form. After you submit it, you will receive a confirmation email which will provide you with the option to select those types of mailings which you would like to receive and the option to “opt out” of those which you don’t.
The Grace Center is looking for volunteers for once a month starting in December and going through March. Each shift only requires 2-3 people to help tidy up and serve food as needed. There is also an opportunity to mingle, play games, do a craft project or an activity with the guests. Volunteers are welcome and encouraged to bring an activity to share, such as a craft or big puzzle or group game. Meditation, yoga, stretching all go over well. Or, just sitting down with a plate of cookies or pretzels or clementine’s and sharing conversation. The December dates that are needed right now are the 17th and 31st? Would two or three people be interested in one of those dates? (Council members, please note that we have a meeting on the 17th). If so, please sign up in fellowship hall or speak to Rev. Mike.
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Celebrate with the Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ as we welcome our newest Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation: West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, UCC, Gloucester, MA. The ONA church number indicates the position of this church in the chronology of all ONA churches listed since 1985.
We all want and need to build stronger relationships with one another: getting to know each of the covenant partners in this relationship is important. Please welcome and share information about yourself, get to know one another and be in ministry together seeking justice for all in Jesus’ name.
TODAY’S DATE: March 22, 2017
ONA# 1438 — CONGREGATION’S NAME: West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, UCC
Local Church Mailing Address: 488 Essex Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930
Local Church Website: www.westgloucesterchurch.org
Local Church E-mail: email@example.com
Date of adoption of their covenant: 3/19/2017
Method of covenant adoption: Congregational Vote
Our commitment as an Open and Affirming Church
We, the congregation of the West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, believe that every person is beloved of God, a special and unique creation made in God’s own image. Therefore, we declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation. With God’s grace, we commit ourselves to embrace diversity and encourage and support the participation of persons of every gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, mental and physical ability, as well as racial, ethnic and socio-economic background.
We welcome all persons, members and friends, to share in the full life and ministry of this church both lay and ordained, including fellowship, worship, sacraments and ceremonies and celebrations; in the shared responsibilities of stewardship and living in a covenantal relationship; in the shared blessings of the right to marry or celebrate a commitment to a person of one’s choosing, in the right to celebrate a loved one’s life in a memorial service; and to receive pastoral care.
At the WGTCC we believe in God’s inclusive love for all which means that no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey you are welcome here. Recognizing that we are called together by God to follow in the ways of Christ, and recognizing the words of Holy Scripture (Colossians 3: 12-17 and 1 Thessalonians 5: 12-24) we covenant with one another to live together in loving relationships. With God’s help, we will hold ourselves and one another to the following values and guidelines as we seek to live in community together.
Join us one Wednesday each month beginning in September and running through June for a great time of fellowship and a free community meal.
Come alone or bring a friend and maybe even meet some new ones. All are welcome. The meal is FREE but any and all donations are welcome.
Our Schedule for the remaining meals 2018 is:
March 21, 2018; April 11, 2018; May 16, 2018; and June 20; 2018 Meals are served at 6:00 P.M.
To support the work and ministries of our church, donate here: