News and Updates

Reading Cares Food Pantry Donations

“When did we see you hungry, or thirsty…?”  The Reading Food Pantry serves approximately 100 households.  The demand has not slowed but rather increased.  Your donations of both food and household items, along with financial support, are needed.  Please consider picking up at least one item for the Pantry each week when you shop for your household.  Donated items along with your checks may be left in the basket in the hallway outside the Music Room. 

Check out the Reading Food Pantry Facebook page for current needs.

Never Doubt It.  You are welcome here.






Everyone is welcome here. EVERY. ONE. Are you a vet? Welcome. Never served? Welcome. Gay? Straight? Trans? Searching? Married? Divorced? Single? Widowed? With kids? Kids grown? No kids? YOU, are welcome here. Join us. Experience the warmth of an open and affirming, and faith-full community.

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  We are excited to be a part of this opportunity.

FCCR Newsletter

Our monthly news piece.

Available Monthly Issues

Read Our March 2018 Newsletter!  March is an exciting month - sign up for our Chili cook-off, order your Easter flowers and much more:

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February 2018 Newsletter

January 2018 Newsletter

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Summer 2017

June 2017

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April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017


You're invited to join us on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. We will be blessed with special music from the handbell ensemble, and will as well, be receiving folks' financial commitments to the life of the church for the coming year. Bring your dove card! Rev. Lisa is taking her cue from Emily Dickinson's poem, "Hope Is a Thing With Feathers" for her reflection. We look forward to seeing you, and hope you will stay afterward for coffee in the Chapel.

WATCHA - We Are the CHurch in Action!  Motivated by the many issues facing us as a society, nation, and world member, we have crafted a new web page that serves as a resource.  You can find it at  Please check it out.  There you will find resources on refugees, the poor, the disenfranchised, the environment, and numerous justice issues.  If you know of an article or event that should be included, let us know!


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.

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