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

Opportunity: Come be our Office Manager

We are growing and as a result have a new position at our church!

First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, is a vibrant, energetic, Open & Affirming Christian Community that seeks to foster the joy, love, and fellowship that are part in parcel of our faith. We live our faith by worshiping and learning together, sharing our gifts and talents, identifying and ministering to human needs, and working for peace and justice for all people in our community and in the world.

The Office Manager is responsible for the day-to-day functions of the Church Office, which include administrative duties, customer service and public information (including social media), tenant relations, and light book keeping, as well as administrative support services for Christian education and youth programs.

30 hours/week during the church program year, 15 hours/ week office hours during the summer.

For more details, please click here!

Welcome Back

Sunday, September 9:

Welcome Back Sunday
Worship and Sunday School at 10:00 AM
Sunday School Registration

Sunday, September 16:

Worship and Sunday School at 10:00 AM
Sunday School Registration

Sunday, September 23:

Worship and Sunday School at 10:00 AM
Sunday School Registration

Welcome Back Cookout
Playground Area, after Church
This gathering is a great time to catch up with church friends,
compare notes about fall activities, and as always,
enjoy the fantastic food that we always have
(thanks to everyone)!
Rain or Shine

SEPTEMBER DATES TO REMEMBER
AS OUR SCHEDULE RESUMES

Friday, August 31

  • Deadline for articles for first Messenger

Tuesday, September 4

  • 6:30 PM – Morning Star Voices Rehearsal 7:00 PM – RIM Meeting, Library

Thursday, September 6

  • 1:00 PM – Staff Meeting

Sunday, September 9

  • Welcome Back Sunday
  • Communion Sunday
  • 10:00 AM Worship and Sunday School
  • Sunday School Registration
  • 11:00 – 3:00 – Melrose Victorian Fair downtown

Tuesday, September 11

  • 5:00 PM – Circle 4 Pot Luck, narthex
  • 7:00 PM – Deacons, Library
  • No Morning Star Voices Rehearsal

Sunday, September 16

  • 10:00 AM Worship and Sunday School
  • Sunday School Registration continues

Tuesday, September 18

  • 6:30 PM – Morning Star Voices Rehearsal

Sunday, September 23

  • 10:00 AM Worship and Sunday School
  • Sunday School Registration continues
  • Welcome Back Cookout after worship

Tuesday, September 25

  • 6:30 PM – Morning Star Voices Rehearsal

Sunday, September 30

  • 10:00 AM Worship and Sunday School
  • 12:00 PM – Racial Justice Ministry book discussion

 

 

2018 Summer Schedule

During the summer, First Congregational Church worships with other Melrose churches in the month of July.  Please see our worship schedule below.  

Summer church office hours for July 1 to Labor Day are: Monday and Tuesday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Phone messages and emails will be monitored so feel free to leave a message if you need to reach the office at other times: click here for contact information.

Sunday, July 8
10:00 AM – Union Service at Green Street Baptist

Sunday, July 15
10:00 AM – Union Service at First Congregational Church

Sunday, July 22
10:00 AM – Union Service at First United Methodist

Sunday, July 29
10:00 AM – Union Service at Highlands Congregational Church

August – No services

Monday, September 3 – Labor Day
Office Closed

Sunday, September 9
Welcome Back Sunday
10:00 AM Worship and Sunday School
Sunday School Registration

Opportunity: Come be our Office Manager - We are growing and as a result have a new position at our church! First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, is a vibrant, energetic, Open &… Read more "Opportunity: Come be our Office Manager"
Book discussion: Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America - The Racial Justice Ministry will be hosting a discussion on Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi  Sunday Sept 30, 2018… Read more "Book discussion: Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America"
2018 Summer Schedule - During the summer, First Congregational Church worships with other Melrose churches in the month of July.  Please see our worship schedule below.   Summer church office hours… Read more "2018 Summer Schedule"

Click here to see ALL of our news (present & past)

Welcome Back - Sunday, September 9: Welcome Back Sunday Worship and Sunday School at 10:00 AM Sunday School Registration Sunday, September 16: Worship and Sunday School at 10:00 AM Sunday… Read more "Welcome Back"
Expiration Date - During last Sunday’s Children’s Sermon, I talked to the kids about having an expiration date. That is, unlike a carton of milk, we don’t have one (or at least we don’t know what it is). Consequently, we need to take advantage of every day, every moment, to enjoy life and bring a little bit of peace, love and trust into the lives of those around us.
Abba’s Da - Do you think Jesus would have celebrated Father’s Day? I’m betting he would and I think his take on it would be instructive for us.
Many Voices, One Mission Born for Such a Time as This - n these challenging times, we need all the hope we can get. Our Conference Minister, Rev. Jim Antal, recently shared the following message of hope and I commend it to you
Ordinary Time - If you have a religious calendar of any sort, this time of year is alternatively called the “Season of Pentecost” and “Ordinary Time”. Either way, it is the longest season of the church year...
Getting the Help You Need - I certainly hope that in this day and age we have overcome the stigma of seeking therapy through a counselor but, at the same time, I know that such a hope is yet to be realized. 

Click here to see ALL of Rev. Dominic’s weekly notes (present & past)

In depth review

Church blogger George Parks recently attended our congregation and had this to say: “This is a warm, active, community church, that provides space for personal growth and contemplation, as well as advocacy for the greater good of the community. Melrose and the surrounding communities are very lucky to have FCC of Melrose contributing to the greater good.”  Read his review here.

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

Find us/Contact us

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.