From the Deacons

This will be a busy month for the First Congregational Church!

Jazz+Matisse=Church was our service in Community Hall on May 21st. Christopher Bakriges, composer of the music, and Gwen Laster on violin brought an entirely refreshing approach to worship, Mark gave the sermon, “Holy Artist, Holy Space”, and the congregation was invited to make Matisse inspired scissor drawings during the service, Our wish is to have another art/music related service in the future.

Other plans for the coming Sundays include a Neutral Pulpit Sunday the 28th filled by a pastoral candidate Mark has been mentoring for this year, and June 4th will mark our third year of holding our worship service at the Clark the morning of Williams Commencement. This year we will have St. John’s Episcopal church, our joint choirs, and members of their congregation with us at 8 am.

Two memorial services will be held at the church in June. On the 10th at 1 o’clock will be a service for Annette Triquére, and on the 17th at 1 pm a service for Curt Tong. We are saddened by the deaths of these two members who have contributed so much to the church for many years.

The Massachusetts UCC and the Associations of Connecticut and Rhode Island have been considering a merger, which will be discussed at the MA UCC annual meeting June 16-17th. Sam and Elizabeth Smith will represent us.

On May 25th the deacons hosted the annual Deacon-Choir picnic indoors at Phil and Susie Smith’s home. We are looking forward to another summer of “Art and Soul” sermons by Mark this summer. The Deacons’ Fund is helping with the purchase of the tickets.

I want to add a note of appreciation for the creative work Mark is doing with our worship services. He has been so energetic in putting each Sunday together, and the congregation is grateful for the refreshing services we’ve been having.

For the Deacons, Dick Steege