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!
Audio and VIDEO Updates
Here’s a great way to check in: Reverend Dominic is posting regular updates to connect with the congregation. You can find these under the “AUDIO & VIDEO MESSAGES” tab at the top menu on any of our website pages.
Mariko’s music recordings
Want to worship from home? Please go to the tab “WORSHIP AND MUSIC” at the top menu to listen to recordings made by our music director, Mariko Matsumura. You can view Videos posted on our private friends-and-members Facebook page, the Virtual Narthex of First Congregational Church in Melrose UCC.
We hope you’ll join us for Palm Sunday on April 5, at 10 am. Here is the link! The video will show as “private” until 10.
Please join us online at 10 am this coming Sunday, April 5th, for our Palm Sunday worship service in the Sanctuary! Rev. Dominic will lead this pre-recorded service along with Mariko Matsumura and Beth Grzegorzewski, who will organize the music, and Jim Oosterman, our Lay Reader. There will also be several special musical guests!
We’ll be sharing the link closer to the date as we are currently in production mode. Like last time, we’ll be announcing the link on the website, Facebook page, YouTube channel if you subscribed, as well as through an email sent through MailChimp. The YouTube link will show as “private” until 10 am.
Since this is also the first Sunday of the month, it is also a service of Holy Communion. Consequently, we invite you to gather whatever version of communion elements you may have in your home ahead of time. Then, you while you view the service remotely, you can take part in the blessing and sharing of the elements. Join us as we celebrate Palm Sunday and usher in Holy Week together!
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.