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.
Fall Festival - Saturday, October 22, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
The First Congregational Church of Hadley, the Hadley Farm Museum and the Goodwin Memorial Library are holding their 6th annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 22.
The 1808 church will be filled with wonderful items for sale both inside and out: There will be booths of knitted & crocheted items & holiday items; Antique furniture; wood carvings; local jams & jellies; a wide variety of books; hand tools, power tools & antique tools.
There will be a HUGE tag sale with furniture, holiday decorations, kitchen & household items, and toys.
Fresh baked goods and refreshments will be offered for sale.
Lunch of homemade soup and sandwiches will be available.
Carnival games will be available on the front lawn of the church.
At the Hadley Farm Museum, for a small fee, people can ride along historic Middle Street in an 1848 Concord stagecoach pulled by a team of horses from Muddy Brook Farm. There will also be farming displays and the farm museum will be open for a free tour, with its fascinating collection of farm implements and tools.
NEW MEMBER EXPLORATION STARTS SEPTEMBER 25
Are you new to our congregation—or not so new—and feel like First Congregational Church of Hadley (FCC) has become your church home? Do you feel welcomed and enriched by worship and our ministries? Then you will want to join us for our new member exploration sessions on Sunday, September 25 and October 9 after worship at 11:30 a.m. If you are interested in exploring membership, please contact Rev. Christina at email@example.com.
October 2 - World Communion Sunday
Installation of the Reverend Christina R. Williams, 3:00 pm
October 30 - SUNDAY WORSHIP & SERVE Please, JOIN US:
10:00 am SHARE A LIGHT BREAKFAST & MINI-WORSHIP SERVICE
10:30 am PARTICIPATE IN A PROJECT Following the worship service, the congregation will be encouraged to participate in a service project in and around our church.
Service projects will include:
- prepare a meal for the Cathedral in the Night Ministry
- volunteer at Not Bread Alone
- carve a pumpkin to donate to Jessie’s House
- create a “Reverse Advent Box”(Once a day from November 1 to December 1 participants will add one item to their box to benefit a charitable organization, for example, one non-perishable item each day for the Hadley Food Pantry).
Mark your calendar for this special service!
September, SONday School News (Preschool - Grade 5)
Date Lesson Notes
9/4 Ready. Set. Explore! Review our F.R.O.G. year…
start to “Rock” a new year
*PLEASE bring an old T-shirt or your FROG shirt*
9/11 Welcome Back Sunday Blessing of the backpacks and teachers.
Kick off Fall theme: Jesus is my Rock!
*PLUS Welcome Back Bowling Party 4-6pm*
9/18 The Seasons of Liturgy Explore 6 “seasons” of the church year
and learn how to navigate the Bible
9/25 Rely on God’s Armor Its Magic!
Let Science show us how God is our Armor
SPIRITUAL SAMURAI IS COMING IN OCTOBER
Are you looking for some spiritual practices to help you warrior on in your faith life? Do you want to find a place of peace and calm in the midst of turmoil and negativity that is swirling around in the world right now? Is your mind always racing with worry or concerned about the next thing that needs to get done? Is your life too busy to take up a spiritual practice? Is your spiritual practice the first thing you drop when life gets hectic?
I am a great believer in taking up a spiritual practice. They root us in our faith, open us to God’s presence in our life, and allow us to have more clarity of mind in challenging situations.
Spiritual Samurai will be a four-week workshop to help you deepen your faith and open up your awareness of the Divine One through a number of practices. Sessions will be held every Wednesday in October, starting October 5 at 7 p.m. For further information about the workshop or to sign up, please contact Rev. Christina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHEPHERDS – CARING COMPANIONS
Do you enjoy extending God’s love to others? Do you enjoy offering a listening ear and a caring heart to the elderly and the convalescing? Do you have skills you would want to offer to a single parent, the ill, those with physical limitations, and those experiencing a crisis? Would you consider making a meal, driving, housecleaning, running errands, writing a card, or doing an odd job that requires special skills? If any of these questions piqued your interest, please contact Rev. Christina at email@example.com.
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