COG August 2014

Cover Article:  Do As I Have Done To You

Reflections on the Mission Trip by Teagan Northrup and Matt Garrity


  • Lord’s Prayer Sermon Series Continues
  • Called to Care Ministry Team – Visits and Rides
  • Summer Movie Series Continues
  • Wanted:  Cheerleaders!
  • Creating a Safe Place for All
  • Breathing with Aslan
  • Haiti Matters
  • People’s Climate March
  • Would You Like to Serve as a Liturgist?
  • Outdoor Summer Movie: Frozen
  • Mission Fair and Silver Tea
  • Christmas Fair Donations Needed

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COG July 2014

Cover Article:  How We “Do” Worship by Dr. Jay


  • Summer Spirit at First Church
  • Notes from our Associate Pastor
    • Summer preachings on the Lord’s Prayer
    • Summer Movie Series
  • Haiti Matters
  • Moderator’s Message
  • Worship Planning Team Update
  • Announcement of Congregational Gathering on July 13
  • Restructuring Plan Update
  • Godspell Announcement
  • Tanglewood Schedule
  • 300th Team Update
  • Messages from Children’s and Youth Ministries

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COG June 2014

Cover Story: What a Year This Has Been! by Dr. Jay


  • Summer Spirit at First Church:
    • Living the Questions:  New Topics for June
    • Technology & the Gospel
    • Vacation Bible School
    • Family Art Night
    • Outdoor Movie
    • Breathing with Aslan:  An Inter-generational Book Club
    • Outdoor Worship
    • Indoor Movies
    • Tanglewood Trips
  • Loaves & Fishes
  • Updates from the Mission Board
  • A Note from the Associate Pastor
  • High School Recognition
  • Women’s Benevolent
  • Christmas Fair Opportunity

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COG May 2014

Cover story:  Why Restructure? by Dr. Jay


  • Glee Club concert
  • Moderator’s Message
  • Spring Clean-up
  • Let’s Show Our Pride
  • Called to Care Ministry Team – Visits and Rides
  • Christmas Fair Collection
  • Haiti Night
  • Women’s Benevolent Annual Meeting
  • From the Keyboards
  • Where Will it All End? by Dr. Mark Pohlman
  • Children’s Ministries:  Vacation Bible School
  • Baked Goods Needed for Mother’s Day Bake Sale
  • Ruth Perry Award

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COG April 2014

Cover Story:  Attend Four Worship Services in One Week!


  • Easter Sunday Pancake Breakfast
  • Lenten Offerings Continue in April
  • A Word from Associate Pastor Marisa Brown Ludwig
  • Friday Evening Fellowship to Focus on Global Warming
  • Holy Week at First Church
  • Women’s Benevolent Society Meeting:  Out of the Shadows: Female Servants and Slaves in the Diary of Stephen Williams
  • Adult Education Committee: Technology & the Gospel
  • Thank you from Teen Living Center
  • Let’s Show Our Pride!  Invitation to March in Northampton Pride Parade
  • Easter Vigil Service
  • Children’s Ministries: Vacation Bible School
  • YES:  Thank you for Your Support AND Chocolate Bunny Sales
  • Easter Lily Form

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COG March 2014

Cover story: When a Pastor Has Time Off From Work! by Dr. Jay


  • Please Call Us!  We want to hear how you are
  • Trustees Corner
  • First Church Members Decreasing Carbon Footprint
  • Lenten Services and Activities
  • A Note from Pastor Marisa
  • Friday Evening Fellowship
  • Moderator’s Message
  • What is the Executive Committee
  • Adult Education Committee Offerings
  • Rev. Kelly Gallagher Called as Regional Associate Conference Minister
  • Mission Board Plans for 2014 / One Great Hour of Sharing
  • Two Ministry Teams Being Formed
  • Haiti Trip a Success
  • News and Reviews from the First Church Library
  • Announcing 7th Annual St. Patrick’s Dinner
  • World Day of Prayer

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COG February 2014

Cover story: The steps of Jesus by Dr. Jay


  • Call to Annual Meeting
  • Letter from Pastor Marisa
  • Scheduling info for Paris Presentation, Women’s Benevolent, February Fling
  • Announcement regarding canned food drive on 3rd Sundays
  • Adult Ed Technology Series
  • Information about First Church Forum and weekly E-News
  • Mission Transforms article by Mary Friedman
  • Holy Land blog
  • Mission Minute: Council of Churches of WMass
  • Stewardship Campaign update
  • Youth Lounge painting photos
  • Announcement of Dessert Cafe Concert

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COG January 2014

Cover article: A New Year’s Resolution by Dr. Jay


  • Walking in the Steps of Jesus
  • Trustees Corner
  • Milestones
  • Thank You from the Christmas Fair Co-chairs
  • Women’s Benevolent Meeting
  • Technology & the Gospel
  • January Haiti Trip

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COG December 2013

Cover story: Spiritual Growth by Dr. Jay


  • Christmas… on the Green
  • Friday Evening Fellowship
  • Mittens ‘n More Giving Tree
  • Letter from Pastor Marisa & Invitation to Ordination
  • Advent and Christmas Schedule
  • Walking in the Steps of Jesus
  • Article from the Board of Mission & Social Concern
  • Help First Church and “Green the Grid”
  • Children’s Ministries News
  • Poinsettia Order Form


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