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!
Christmas 2018 Schedule
The members of the First Congregational Church in Melrose invite all to join us for the following church services:
- On Sunday, December 16 at our 10:00am service, the congregation’s youth will re-enact the story of Jesus Christ’s birth set to poem and song.
- Also on Sunday, December 16 at 3:00pm, the congregation hold a Christmas Concert featuring the church’s musicians.
- On Sunday, December 23, there will be a guest trumpeter during our 10:00am worship. The service will conclude with carol. A special Christmas coffee hour.
- On Monday, December 24, we will hold our Christmas Eve worship at 7:00 p.m.
On behalf of all of the First Congregational Church in Melrose worship family, we wish all a blessed Christmas.
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Crisis and Opportunity - Every year, I rediscover how odd some of the scripture lessons for the Sundays of Advent really are. An Intentional Exchange - Happy New Year! That’s right, this coming Sunday is the start of the new year on the church calendar. I know that is it is kind of counter-cultural because the “real” New Year doesn’t begin until January 1st, but it is good to remember that the church is supposed to be counter-cultural! Trust God - Where do you draw the line on worry?
I hope you have a line. If you don’t, now’s a good time to create one! Start by asking: When does a healthy concern for the future become a self-destructive obsession about tomorrow? Staying Aware of the Good News - It was already a week lacking in good news.
During the Prayers of the People the previous Sunday there were an inordinate number of prayers for family’s who had suffered a loss or a difficult diagnosis. The Enormity of the World’s Grief - The following is a Pastoral Letter to the churches of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ from Rev. Don Remick, our Transitional Interim Conference Minister. I commend it to you as a source of solace and inspiration during these challenging days. Voting to Answer a Call - Jesus commanded Christians to be “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-16). The second part of that calling—to be the “light of the world”—tends to make more sense to us. We know how necessary light is where there isn’t any. It is easy for us to translate that into our need to be light in order to dispel gloom (and there is no shortage of that!).
The first part, though, doesn’t resonate so well. Salt? Really?
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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.