With gas explosions, fires, hurricanes and flooding, and too much more, it is clear that if we are able, we need to offer help to those in need.  We need to "serve."  And that's what the scripture and Rev. Lisa will be talking about on Sunday morning - servanthood.  Do you want to be the greatest, or do you want to be a servant (and great in the eyes of God)?  Join us.  Rev. Chad Kidd and the vocal choir return on Sunday; we have missed them!  Walk up to the Chapel after worship for coffee, catching up, and some treats.  Those who are able, are then invited to help with table set up because....THE FAIRE IS COMING!  See you on Sunday.
 
The Olde Redding Faire is almost here!  Lots of excitement AND new things this year.  The Faire will be held Friday night from 5-8 pm, and Saturday from 9 am (new earlier start time!) to 2 pm.  Friday night we will have a real princess in the downstairs area with the youngsters' midway area.  The midway continues on Saturday along with offerings of fried dough - now available in THREE sizes!  We will have toys, books, white elephants of every ilk (GREAT bargains!), a farmstand with pumpkins, mums and lots of treats, a candy table and cookie decorating for the young at heart, crafters, a bake table, and a new "maker" table of our own, offering creations made by members of the church community -- along with ideas about how those who like to craft can make things to help others.  And OF COURSE ... there will be food to eat both Friday night and Saturday for lunch.  This year we are limiting the lunch hours to 11:30 am - 1 pm.  Want a lobstah roll?  Come early!  Hope to see you, your family and your neighbors.  This event is a Reading tradition for over 60 years, and still going strong.  Check out the FAIRE page here for more details.
 
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 rooted in welcome, a deep sense of community, and a passion for justice.
 

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