We hope you'll join us Sunday morning at 10 a.m. for the third Sunday of Advent.  This week we welcome Rev. Dr. Holly Benzenhafer of Needham as our worship leader.  Her message title will be "Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall Come".  The handball ensemble will be providing some very special - and fun - music.  Our outreach gifts this week are toiletries for folks served by Emmaus Inc. in Haverhill.  As always, join us for coffee hour following worship.
Upcoming Events of the Season
December 16th:  The Third Sunday of Advent with Rev. Holly Benzenhafer  as our guest preacher, with the Handbell Ensemble providing special music.
December 18th:  Blue Christmas worship at 7 p.m., sponsored by the Reading Clergy Assoc., in the Chapel of Old South Methodist Church.  A service for those whose current expreience of the season is not one of joy and anticipation.
December 23rd:  The Fourth Sunday of Advent with Revs. Dayl Hufford and Jamie Howard, and the Chancel Choir sharing special music.  This will be a special Family Service for Christmas.
December 24th:  Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 10 p.m. with the Revs. Revs. Dayl Hufford and Jamie Howard and the Handbell Ensemble..
December 30th: Shared worship at 10 a.m. at Old South Methodist Church.
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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