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Mission Statement

We are God’s hands and feet. Together we seek to follow the call of Jesus Christ. Empowered by God’s Spirit, we commit ourselves to doing God’s work: seeking justice, loving kindness, making peace, and walking humbly together with God.

We are an Open and Affirming congregation, welcoming people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions, and those of any race, socio-economic status, ethnic background, age, nationality, marital status or physical or mental ability into the full life and ministry of the church. We are a Just Peace church, committed to peaceful and just relations in all areas of our society and our world. We are an Earth Covenant Congregation, committing ourselves with integrity to care for God’s Creation. We are a congregation committed to pro-active anti-racism—seeking with God’s help to be a force for the elimination of racism and white privilege.

Lent 2016: Grounded

For in God we live and move and have our being. Acts 17:28

Lent invites us to engage in 40 days of intentional spiritual practice as a way of following Jesus to the cross, out of the tomb, and into new life. This year we will explore together Diana Butler Bass’s  book Grounded and her invitation to spiritual revolution (see page x for information on the All-church Read and Lenten Book Groups). At the same time, we’ll consider what being “grounded” means for our real lives. May all the blessings of Lent be yours!

Wednesday, February 10, Ash Wednesday: Grounded in Dust
      Noon: Imposition of Ashes     in the Chapel
      1 to 2 o’clock: Ashes to Go at the Black Sheep Deli
      7 p.m.: Ash Wednesday Service (with ashes) in the Sanctuary

Sunday, February 14: Grounded in God

Sunday, February 21: Grounded in Relationship

Sunday, February 28: Grounded in Hope

Sunday, March 6: Grounded in Embrace

Sunday, March 13: Grounded in the Now and the New

Palm/Passion Sunday, March 20: Grounded in Christ
      7 p.m., Wednesday, March 23: Grounded in Giving
      A Service of Foot-washing

Maundy Thursday, March 24: Grounded in Remembering
      Simple Supper in the Dining Room: 6 p.m.
      Service of Tenebrae in the Chapel: 7 p.m.

Good Friday, March 25: Grounded in Love
      Ecumenical Service at noon, location TBA

Easter Sunday, March 27: Grounded in Resurrection


First Congregational Church, UCC
165 Main Street
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 253-3456
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Sunday Worship
9:45 a.m........ Choir Rehearsal
10:30 a.m...... Worship and Communion
10:45 a.m...... Youth and Children's Classes
11:45 a.m...... Fellowship