Congregation2017Welcome!

I’m Reverend Dominic Taranowski and I’d like to welcome you to the First Congregational Church in Melrose, United Church of Christ. A lot of churches say “come as you are,” but we really mean it. It doesn’t matter your age or your background or your story: you are welcome here.  We’re an intergenerational church with something for everyone: from our vibrant worship service on Sunday morning, to our Sunday school program, to our mission work, to our public advocacy presence.  We’re always about the work of faith formation and discipleship.

We strive to create a deeper relationship with God but also an outward expression of that faith in the wider world. The church provides opportunities for both of those.  You can renew and strengthen your relationship with God and also find ways to live out that faith on a daily basis. We are a casual, committed, progressive church and we welcome you here.

See you in church!


News

Middle School team treats Bread of Life diners

The Middle School team made 60 valentine treats for dessert for Thursday’s Bread of life.

They participated in a brief lesson where they put on their adult hats, looked at their monthly budget, and tried and figure out how the could make it all happen. They had to make some tough choices and couldn’t afford all the important stuff.  In the end, they cut our food budget in half because we could lean on Bread of Life and the Servant heart food pantry for some of our food. Being able to cut their food budget gave them enough money to go to the doctor/dentist, buy some household toiletries and almost enough money for a phone.  Holiday celebrations were on the bottom of the list.  It was certainly a reminder how important our commitment is to Bread of Life is to their diners.
Florida High School Shooting
Yet again tragedy has struck in the form of a mass shooting.  This time in a high school in Parkland, Florida.  By now, all of you know the details of the carnage: the number of dead, the shooter, the status of the investigation, etc..  Predictably, there have been calls for greater gun control laws and counter arguments that this had nothing to do with guns but everything to do with mental illness.  These are the same reactions to shooting after shooting and nothing seems to change.  It can certainly be demoralizing.  The pointedness of those calling for gun control (which, as many of you know, I strongly favor) has increased which is a hopeful sign, but so much stands in the way.  The truth, however, remains: As Senator Kamala Harris of California said: “We cannot tolerate a society and live in a country with any level of pride when our babies are being slaughtered.”
As I have said before, I do not agree with those who say that “thoughts and prayers” are passive things.  But I do agree that they are not enough.  Our faith should lead us to public advocacy work on behalf of common sense laws to protect our children and youth.  The problem is too rampant and the deaths too needless and preventable.  This epidemic of violence must end.
–Rev. Dominic
Last Sunday…

IMG_2262…our kindergarten to second graders made rice crispy treat emoji’s and learned about
Jesus and his feelings and making positive choices when expressing ourselves, and…

 

 

NewMembers…we welcomed six new members into our congregation! Pictured are Rev. Dominic, new members, and their sponsors… and of course members of the congregation.

Middle School team treats Bread of Life diners - The Middle School team made 60 valentine treats for dessert for Thursday’s Bread of life. They participated in a brief lesson where they put on their adult… Read more "Middle School team treats Bread of Life diners"
Florida High School Shooting - Yet again tragedy has struck in the form of a mass shooting.  This time in a high school in Parkland, Florida.  By now, all of you know… Read more "Florida High School Shooting"
RIM benefits from Heidi Breyer’s album debut - On February 9th, Heidi Breyer debuted her latest album “Moonlight in Empty Rooms” at First Congregational Church to benefit the Refugee Immigration Ministry.  Heidi’s album consists of… Read more "RIM benefits from Heidi Breyer’s album debut"

The Better Angels of our Nature - The past year has seen a noticeable uptick in bullying. This is the case not only in our schools but also in the work world and social media world as well. This is disappointing, of course. Schools in particular have gone to great lengths to provide anti-bullying education to students of all ages.
A Vision: God’s Gift - When the bible says: “where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18), it may mean different things to different people, but one thing we can all agree on is that it means that we should be looking forward, not behind.
Lost in Translation - There are new computer and phone apps coming out every day. Some are quite amazing. Take, for example, the fact that up until recently you really needed a guide book of simple phrases if you were traveling to a country where you did not speak the language. Unless the person in front of you from that country spoke English, you were reduced to pointing at the book, gesturing and hoping for the best.
The “Genesis” of Me Too - You know that a social catharsis is underway and a social remedy needed when a phenomenon like “Me Too” shows no signs of going away. And it shouldn’t. As someone said: “Me Too isn’t a fad, it is a truth and truths don’t fade”.
Lead us not into Temptation - There is one prayer in our faith that unites all Christians. Any guesses? That’s right! The Lord’s Prayer (or sometimes called the “Our Father” after the first two words of the prayer).
Jesus’ Family Tree - Henry Louis Gates, Jr. hosts a show on PBS called “Finding Your Roots”. In it, he shares the often unknown ancestry of famous people. We not only… Read more "Jesus’ Family Tree"

 

Get to Know Us

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We seek to foster the joy, love, and fellowship that are part in parcel in our Christian community. We have a great time when we’re together. Our hope is that our church will brighten lives and not subtract joy.

These are exciting days for our church as we grow in the spirit and love of Christ. We have much to celebrate at First Congregational Church. We are an Open and Affirming Congregation with a growing membership. Our youth are engaged and eager to contribute to our church missions. We have innovative and exciting ministries that involve both new and lifelong members of our church family. We have a wealth of history that reflects our members’ desire to make a difference! Please click one of the links below to find out more.

Children & Youth


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From newborns to graduating high schoolers, our church provides a dynamic programs with an active enrollment of children and youth. Taught by members of the congregation, our church school teaches the basic values and stories of our faith and encourages a questioning attitude on the part of students. The goals of the program are to help children claim the Christian faith as their own and instill in them the truth that they are valued by God and the community.

Our church has two youth groups for Middle School and High School aged youth. Recreation, service and faith development hallmark this important ministry.

Children & Youth News

Halloween Party set for Sunday, October 29th after worship!

Our middle school and high school youth is looking forward to running a fun-filled Halloween Party for the younger kids in our Church every year. This year we will again feature the fun glow in the dark room, Halloween games and crafts. Pizza and fruit will be served! Halloween costumes are encouraged!

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Address
First Congregational Church
United Church of Christ
121 W. Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176
phone: (781) 665-2111 – fax: (781) 665-8824
Office email: info@fccmelrose.org
Reverend Dominic email: revdominic121@gmail.com
Click here for all staff members email addresses
Church Office Hours
Monday & Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday & Friday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

From Route 93 South:

  • Exit 35 “Park Street/Stoneham/Melrose” (Two exits south of Rt. 128)
  • Left at the bottom of the ramp, under Route 93, right at stop sign.
  • Continue straight through set of lights at Friendly’s
  • Road becomes two lanes at Zoo, stay left.
  • Take first left after Zoo onto Pond Street. (Don’t take the Pond Street before the zoo.)
  • Continue straight through set of lights.
  • At next set of lights, turn left onto Main Street.
  • Follow Main Street to second set of lights, turn left onto West Foster Street.
  • Church is on right after stop sign.

From Route 93 North:

  • Exit 33 “Rt. 28 Stoneham/Melrose”
  • Follow Route 28 signs staying to the right. Turn right on Elm Street.
  • Continue to rotary, “turn left” by going three quarters of the way around the rotary.
  • Road becomes two lanes, stay right.
  • Take second right after Hospital onto Pond Street. (If you go past the Zoo, you’ve gone too far.)
  • Continue straight through set of lights.
  • At next set of lights, turn left onto Main Street.
  • Follow Main Street to second set of lights, turn left onto West Foster Street.
  • Church is on right after stop sign.

From Route 1 South:

  • Exit “Essex Street, Saugus/Melrose” at Walgreen’s and Dunkin Donuts.
  • Follow Essex Street over Route 1, past Square One Mall and into Melrose.
  • Essex Street becomes Upham Street in Melrose.
  • Take left at second set of lights onto Main Street.
  • At next set of lights, turn right onto West Foster Street.
  • Church is on right after stop sign.

From Route 1 North:

  • Exit “Essex Street, Saugus/Melrose” after Square One Mall and Corners.
  • Follow Essex Street, past side of Square One Mall and into Melrose.
  • Essex Street becomes Upham Street in Melrose.
  • Take left at second set of lights onto Main Street.
  • At next set of lights, turn right onto West Foster Street.
  • Church is on right after stop sign.