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December 2018 COG

Pastors Corner: “Waiting and Preparing for Christmas” by Pastor Marisa

Contents:

  • Christmas Fair
  • Poinsettias
  • Advent/Christmas Schedule
  • Mitten Tree
  • Intergen’l Advent Program
  • Christmas Pageant
  • Adopt-a-Book
  • Storytelling on the Green
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Church Without Walls
  • Social Justice
  • Events: Bible in a Year, Friday Evening Fellowship Sing-Along, Guest Speaker: Dr. Jason Sokol, ONA Movie Nigh
  • Christian Education
  • Youth Group

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November 2018 COG

Pastors Corner: “A Chance to Act on Your Core Beliefs” by Pastor Pam

Contents:

  • Minister’s Discretionary Fund
  • Guest Preacher: Rabbi Katz
  • Haiti Matters
  • Message from ONA
  • Celebrating 35 Years
  • Storytelling on the Green
  • Interfaith Programs
  • Church Fair
  • Dinner for 8
  • Library News
  • Events
  • Christian Education
  • Family Ministries
  • Youth Ministries
  • Guest Speaker: Dr. Jason Sokol

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October 2018 COG

Pastors Corner:

Eat, Pray, Love —A Reflection on Voting this November with a personal testimony: “How Transgender People have changed my life” by Pastor Marisa

Contents:

  • Meet Rev. Don Remick
  • ONA Message
  • Stewardship
  • October Services
  • Storytelling on the Green
  • Interfaith Programs
  • Library Update
  • Backpack Thank You
  • Christmas Fair
  • Bible in a Year
  • Events
  • Church School
  • CROP Walk
  • Family Ministries
  • Youth Ministries

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September 2018 COG

Cover article: Pastor’s Corner, “Mystical Tales” by Pastor Pam

Contents:

  • Assoc. Pastor Column
  • Stewardship
  • Telling Our Stories: A First Church Focus for the Year
  • Interfaith Programs & Events
  • New Directory Coming
  • Narcan at First Church
  • Library Update
  • Music Opportunities
  • Christmas Fair
  • Women’s Benevolent Tag Sale
  • Homecoming Weekend: Bluegrass on the Green
  • Events: Bible in a Year, Weekly Programs, Fifth Sunday Book Club
  • Church School
  • CROP Walk
  • Family Ministries September Events
  • Youth Groups

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July – August COG 2018

Minister’s Message: Year in Review

Contents:

  • Youth Director Needed
  • Associate Pastor’s Note
  • Church Cleanup Help Needed
  • Summer at First Church: Preaching Series, Sermon Talk Back, Worship in the Garden, Pastors go to the Movies
  • UCC News
  • Social Justice Update
  • Haiti Fund Drive Update
  • Children’s Library
  • ONA News
  • Church Fair
  • Church Without Walls
  • Events: Tanglewood, Bible in a Year, Outback Night, Habitat Build
  • Church School & Youth Ministries News
  • Back to Church Weekend

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June 2018 COG

Minister’s Message: Calling Forth Praise by Pastor Pam

Contents:
  • Associate Pastor Column
  • Church Without Walls
  • Moderators Message: On Being ‘Political’ but not ‘Partisan’
  • Confirmation and Senior Recognition Sunday
  • Choir Sunday
  • Summer at First Church: Preaching Series, Sermon Talk Back, Pastors Go to Hell Series, Summer Worship and the Return of the Box
  • Long Meddowe Days Update
  • Library Update
  • Church Fair Update
  • Women’s Benevolent Program, Pizza & Planning Party
  • Events: Adult Ed Book Discussion, Bible in a Year, Weekly Events Take a Summer Break, Trips to Tanglewood, Knit in Public Day
  • Church School News
  • Family Ministries Event: Splash Park
  • Youth Group Events
  • Planning for 2019 Youth Pilgrimage to Haiti

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May 2018 COG

Cover article: Zaccheus, the Pride Parade, and Shared Values by Pastor Pam

Contents:

  • Associate Pastor Column
  • Ruth Perry Award for Graduating Seniors
  • Church Without Walls
  • Haiti Scholarship Drive
  • Moderators Message: The Poor People’s Campaign is Underway
  • Landscape Team News
  • Mother’s Day Festival Choir
  • Library Update
  • Church Fair Meetings to Begin
  • Boiler Room Update
  • Events: Adult Ed Book Discussion, An Evening of Story and Music, PRIDE on the Green, Pride Parade, Bible in a Year
  • Youth Group Events
  • Thank You from Family Ministries
  • Church School News
  • Coming in June

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April 2018 COG

Minister’s Message: What’s Holy About Easter Candy? by Pastor Pam

Contents:
  • Easter Service Schedule
  • Associate Pastor Column
  • Church Without Walls
  • Pioneer Valley Project Update
  • ONA Team News
  • Church Boiler Update
  • New Baptismal Font
  • Church Library
  • Events: Women’s Benevolent Luncheon, New Member Sunday, Bible in a Year, Interfaith Conference, ONA Movie Night, Weekly Events
  • Youth Group News
  • New Youth Leader
  • Church School
  • Family Ministries Events
  • Next Saturday Celebration: PRIDE on the Green

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