First Congregational Church

165 Main St, Amherst, MA


No Matter Who You Are or Where You Are on Life's Journey, You're Welcome Here

165 Main Street Amherst, Massachusetts, 01002-2333
Phone 413-253-3456                     Fax 413-256-1248

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Lent 2015: #LifeMatters

On the surface level of things, Lent invites us into a 40-day period of intentional spiritual practice—most commonly prayer, fasting, study and giving—as a way of following Jesus to the cross (and out of the tomb).

At its heart, though, Lent is a time for examining and deepening of our relationship with God, and letting Spirit bless, heal and shape every aspect of our lives.  Our theme this year draws on the #BlackLivesMatter movement for racial justice, and it encourages us to consider what matters, what is life-giving, what makes for justice and healing, and what leads to new life.

The season begins February 18.  On subsequent Wednesdays, devotionals begin at 7 o’clock.  And Lent is the perfect time to give weekly Bible Study a try: Wednesdays, 11 to noon.  Hope to see you during the season.

  Meantime, remember: #YourLifeMatters.

Ash Wednesday, February 18: Changed Life
          “Ashes to Go” in the Chapel at noon; outside the Black Sheep Deli,
          “12:30 to 1:30
          Meditative service in the Sanctuary, 7p.m.

Sunday, February 22: All Life

Wednesday, February 25: “Between me and you and every living creature.”

Sunday, March 1: Real Life

Wednesday, March 4: “Those who lose their life will save it.”

Sunday, March 8: Way of Life

Wednesday, March 11: “You shall.  You shall not.”

Sunday, March 15: Love Life

Wednesday, March 18: “For God so loved the world …”

Sunday, March 22: Full Life

Wednesday, March 25: “Let it go.”

Palm/Passion Sunday, March 29: Purposeful Life

Wednesday, April 1, A Service of Foot-washing: Low Life

Maundy Thursday, April 2, Simple Supper and Service of Tenebrae: Shared Life

Good Friday, April 3, Ecumenical Service: Given Life

Easter Sunday, April 5: New Life!

Grant-writing Ministry Team

The Grant-writing Ministry Team is working to find additional funding to offset some of the costs of improving our building.  We can always use more of God’s hands and feet (and brains).  If you like to play on the computer searching, like to write (or try to), like to learn new computer skills, contact  or call 413-374-5954.


Save the date! We will gather for our Annual Meeting on Friday, February 27. The bring-your-own-brown-bag-supper gathering begins at 5:30; the meeting begins at 6:30. As always, we'll celebrate and build our community, remember our dear ones who have gone on, and do a little business. More details to come; for now, please make plans to attend. And if you'd like to nominate yourself or someone else for the Elected Leadership Team or another church office, please contact Sara Aierstuck, moderator.

"Play the video" of Pastor Vicki being interviewed by Amherst Media at the end of the church service on Sunday, December 14, 2014.

"Here at the Start Still at the Heart"....Celebrating our 275th Anniversary

As part of our celebration of 275 years we are working on plans to upgrade our building. Attached are links to pdf files of plans representative of design plans put forth by our Architects "Robert Olson & Associates Architects".

Basis of Design
Presentation one pdf
Presentation two pdf

Ongoing Commitment to Anti-Racism