January 2018 COG

Minister’s Message: Looking Back — Looking Forward by Pastor Pam


  • Associate Pastor’s Column
  • Read the Bible in a Year
  • Hike for Haiti
  • Social Justice Team Forming
  • Finding a Place in America
  • Environmental Justice Team News
  • Remembering Pastor Patrick Villier
  • Epiphany Sunday
  • A Volunteer Opportunity
  • Christmas Fair Thank You
  • Church School News
  • Youth Group News
  • New Year’s Parade

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December 2017 COG

Minister’s Message: There’s No Place Like Home by Pastor Pam


  • Christmas Poinsettia Order Form
  • Advent & Christmas Schedule
  • Associate Pastor’s Column
  • A New Year Pursuit: Reading the Bible in a Year
  • Christmas Fair
  • Moderator’s Message:  Welcoming the Stranger Part 2
  • A New Font for a New Era?
  • Mission: Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief, Pajama Collection, Haiti Nursing Bags, Mittens ‘n More Giving Tree
  • Events:  Weekly Events Advent Schedule, Defibrillator Training, Friday Evening Fellowship Christmas Sing, Listening/Reflecting Sessions about UCC Resolutions, Wilbraham Community Chorus Concert, Intergenerational Advent Program & Potluck, Christmas Sing-along and Holiday Pageant
  • Children/Youth: Flash Children/Youth Choir for Christmas Eve, CROP Walk Update, Church School News, Youth Group News
  • Services for Turning over a New Year

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November 2017 COG

Ministers Message: “Make of Our Lives a Glad Game” by Pastor Pam


  • Consecration Sunday
  • Associate Pastor Note
  • Haiti Matters
  • Moderator’s Message
  • Pioneer Valley Project
  • Mission Opportunities: Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief, Haiti Nursing Bags, Pajama Collection
  • Events: From Other to Brother, Friday Evening Fellowhip, Defibrillator Training, Sacred Circles, Women’s Benevolent, Interfaith Thanksgiving, Rediscovering Jane Addams, Fall Cleanup, Broadway Concert, Tree Lighting
  • Church School News
  • CROP Walk Recap
  • Youth Program Events

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October 2017 COG

Cover Article:  “Commitment” by Pastor Pam


  • Associate Pastor Note
  • Join the New Neighbors Team
  • Stewardship
  • Get to Know Pastor Pam
  • Prayer Shawl News
  • Health & Safety
  • Join Pastor Pam’s New Bible Study
  • The Reformation: Then & Now Series Continues
  • Sharing Communion
  • Christmas Fair News
  • Upcoming Events: WBS Tag Sale, FEF, Heritage Sunday, CROP Walk, Environmental Film Screening
  • Family Ministries News
  • Church School News
  • Youth Group News
  • Update on Dr. Jay

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September 2017 COG

Ministers Message: Change by Pastor Pam


  • Assoc. Pastor Column
  • Sanctuary
  • Pioneer Valley Project
  • Reformation Series
  • Christmas Fair
  • Summer Work
  • Weekly Events
  • Upcoming Events
  • Family Ministries
  • Stewardship
  • Celebration Sunday

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August 2017 COG

Ministers Message: From Your Temporary Senior Pastor


  • Sanctuary
  • Come Welcome Pastor Pam
  • Summer Book Discussion: The Great Spiritual Migration
  • The Reformation: Then and Now – a fall movie and discussion series
  • Tanglewood in August
  • White Privilege Study Group
  • Christmas Fair News
  • Family Ministries Events
  • Coming in September

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July 2017 COG

Minister’s Message: The Tide is Out! by Pastor Marisa


  • Pastoral Coverage for the Summer
  • Pastor Pam Getting to Know First Church
  • A Heart Full of Gratitude
  • Good-bye Dr. Jay
  • Sanctuary
  • Historic Vote at Tri-Conference Meeting
  • The Great Spiritual Migration – A Summer Book Discussion
  • Noteworthy Summer Worship:  Hymn Sings, Guest Preacher, Lay-led Worship
  • July Movie Night
  • Tanglewood Outings
  • Updates: Christmas Fair, Togba Family Van, Haiti Scholarship
  • Family Ministries Schedule
  • Join the Stewardship Team

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June 2017 COG

Cover article:  Saying Farewell by Rev. Dr. Jay Terbush


  • Strengthen the Church Offering
  • Gratitude:  Associate Pastor Column
  • Meet Pastor Pam!
  • Next Steps in our Transition
  • Histories of Springfield (Adult Ed Series)
  • Help Fill the Classroom in Haiti
  • General Synod
  • Mass Conference First Tri-Conference Annual Meeting
  • Friday Evening Fellowship Cookout
  • Women’s Benevolent Pizza & Planning Party
  • Prayers for the Planet
  • Christmas Fair Update
  • Sponsor a Sunday for Altar Flowers
  • Thank You for Helping Enoch
  • A Farewell to Jay
  • Garden Spruce-Up
  • Annual Interfaith Iftar Celebration
  • Upcoming Events in Family Ministries
  • Congratulations to our Youth

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May 2017 COG

Minister’s Message: Ending Our Transition Time by Dr. Jay


  • Associate Pastor Message: Together as One
  • Easter Sunday photo gallery
  • Pastor on Pilgrimage to Assisi
  • Adult Education: Praying the Psalms; Histories of Greater Springfield (rescheduled)
  • Events: Friday Evening Fellowship; Pride Parade; Garden Work; Farewell Service; Dinner and Music Social Event; Women’s Benevolent Fair Planning
  • Lenten Offerings
  • Ruth Perry Award Description

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April 2017 COG

Minister’s Message: Honoring the Season of Lent by Dr. Jay


  • Altar Flowers for Easter
  • Holy Week
  • Moderator’s Message
  • Pot-Luck Dinner with BayPath Students
  • Adult Ed:  Histories of Greater Springfield and Praying the Psalms
  • Ending Our Time of Transition
  • White Privilege Group
  • Events: Friday Evening Fellowship; Women’s Benevolent; Tenebrae Service at St. Andrew’s; Glee Club Concert
  • Environmental Justice:  Sing Out for Climate Justice; SHOW Workshop
  • Family & Youth Ministries: Egg Decorating; Pancake Breakfast
  • Weekly Events: Coffee & Conversations; Contemplative Prayer

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