The First Congregational Church of Hadley is a community guided by love, hope and Christian tradition. Our purpose is to help transform the lives of individuals through the power of Jesus Christ, so that together we might transform the world. Inspired by Jesus’ example, we recognize that every individual comes to our table with a unique set of needs, talents, and experiences, and that everyone has value to our mission.
We therefore declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming community of Christian faith. We warmly welcome all to engage with us in our mission, regardless of age, economic status, ethnicity, family structure, gender identity or expression, marital standing, national origin, physical and mental health status, race, sexual orientation, or any other label that would seek to divide rather than to unite. With God’s grace, we invite all to share in the life and leadership, ministry and fellowship, worship and sacraments, responsibilities and blessings of our church.
WORSHIP IN JANUARY
Epiphany series: Jesus, A Man of Mystery
Who is this man Jesus, who tries to keep his identity a secret? You are welcome to follow along
on this preaching series, which will continue into February, by reading the scripture before
worship to see how Jesus reveals himself both then and now.
January 7 -- The Big Reveal - Communion
Baptism is the beginning of Jesus' revealing his identity. What has our baptism revealed to us?
January 14 -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination. Rev. Kelly
Gallagher will be joining us to preach about the UCC's involvement in the Poor People's
Campaign, the movement King started before he was assassinated.
January 21 -- An Urgent Mission
There is an undeniable sense of urgency to Jesus' call on the disciples'; lives to join his ministry.
Is there a sense of urgency now for us to follow in Jesus' footsteps? Mark 1:14-20.
January 28 -- Holy Humor Sunday
Did Jesus laugh? Did Jesus ever reveal the lighter side of himself or God? Be sure to wear your
most humorous outfit this Sunday to celebrate the lighter side of our generous and God.
UCC Women’s Celebration X April 6-8, 2018 in Portland Maine - Please consider signing up for this event held every four years! It is a wonderful time of worship, fellowship, great speakers and workshops! It is a wonderful way to connect with other women around New England.
CLARIFICATION ON THE CHRISTMAS EVE OFFERING
We are deeply grateful to all who gave so generously on Christmas Eve. The offering was shared between the United Church of Christ’s Hurricane Relief and Amherst Community Connection. It was noted in the Christmas Eve bulletin that the Hurricane Relief would go to the hurricane victims in Texas and Florida, one of the two options the United Church of Christ offered. This decision was made since the offering from the Thanksgiving Interfaith Service, held at First Church Hadley, went to Enlace de Familias in Holyoke to help relocate hurricane victims to the local area from Puerto Rico. We apologize for any misunderstanding and for not making our intentions clear. Again, thank you for the outpouring of your generosity. May your gifts be blessed to serve those in need.
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