Join us this Sunday as we welcome our Seminarian Renee Manning to the pulpit.  We look forward to her message on "Ten Percent."  Who is it among the lepers (or any other group for that matter) that returned to give thanks?  Was it you? Me?  Come and find out.  Our bell choir will provide special music for the service.  Please bring your donations for the Food Pantry to church with you for the children to collect; needed items include juice boxes, coffee, tea bags, canned meat and fish (not tuna), stew and chili, canned fruit, salad dressing, granola bars, crackers, cookies, popcorn, raisins, boxed potatoes, rice, cereal, and toiletry items.  CWF will be gathering during coffee hour afterwards - where all are welcome, and the seasonal "soup in a jar" will be available for your purchase at that time.

Wondering about who we are?

First Congregational Church of Reading, United Church of Christ has had a long and faithful presence in this community. As the world and our society change, the church is also changing.   Many people aren’t aware that there is a church like ours, which is both Christian and progressive – or even what some would call “socially liberal.”  We believe that all people are created and loved by God just as they are, so have declared our church “open and affirming”, meaning we “embrace people of all races, ethnicities and ages; mental, emotional and physical abilities; gender identities and sexual orientation; economic and social standings, and family and religious traditions.” And we back that up with our actions.  We are a church family rooted in welcome, a deep sense of community, and a passion for justice.

Our Church is part of a community effort supporting Reading POWR.  Reading People Organized to Welcome Refugees is a non profit organization preparing to welcome a refugee family into our community.  They are raising funds, and soliciting needed items.  Check out their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RefugeesReadingMA/.  We are excited to be a part of this opportunity.

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