First Church News!

First Church News!

A Message From Rev. Pam McGrath

Dear Church,

We have been following the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) protection information. At the suggestions of both the UCC Conference and the Town of Longmeadow, we are canceling worship and all church meetings effective immediately until April 7th (with the exception of our 12-step programs, who will be following the suggestions of Governor Baker and the CDC). We will be constantly evaluating information from the town, UCC Conference, and CDC. We will stay in contact with you through eblast, phone, website and Facebook.

Worship: Sunday Services can be seen on the church’s Facebook page and YouTube page, live streaming at 10:00 AM. They will be services of prayer, scripture, and meditation. I hope you will join us!

Church Meetings and some programs: will happen virtually using the church’s Zoom account (Instructions below). The church will remain open for 12-step/AA programs at this time.

Here is a current list of our online offerings, using Zoom:

I want to encourage you not to fall prey to fear. The very word “pandemic” can be frightening. We are taking precautions to assure no one is exposed not because you are in imminent danger.…

Presentation by the Longmeadow Cemetery Association (LCA)

December 15th @ 11:30 AM, Bailey Hall
Recently the LCA had a LIDAR scan* done of the oldest section of the cemetery. What they found is both surprising and important to our congregation.

Come and see the images of the graves and the exact locations of colonial remains. This new information changes our understanding of our history and of how the church uses its land.

FCC will utilize this information to vote on land use at the Annual meeting.

*“LIDAR, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging, is a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure ranges (variable distances) to the Earth. These light pulses generate precise, three-dimensional information about the shape of the earth’s characteristics. (”

Image Credit: Toby Minear, USGS. Public domain. It is a terrestrial LIDAR scan to map flooding after hurricane Isaac.…

First Church is Going Solar!

However, you won’t be seeing any solar panels on our roof just yet.  We are taking advantage of a program called “Community Solar”, offered by Nexamp, headquartered in Boston.  Nexamp provides us ‘solar credits from power generated on a solar farm located in the area.  Community Solar should reduce our overall electric costs by about 15%. 

These same savings are available to all church members.  For more information, go to  And be sure to mention a referral by First Church.  Both you and the church may get a $25.00 Amazon gift card when you sign up.   There is no long-term commitment and no cost associated with going (community) solar.…