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.

Cocoa and Cookies...Coming Soon! 

Please know that you're invited for warm cocoa and a variety of tasty cookies in the church following the tree lighting on the Common.  It's coming up on Sunday, November 26th.  The lighting is preceded by many activities in the down town area, and then around 4:30 the switch is thrown and the lights are lit!  Then come in and get warm and greet your neighbors.  This is a cherished Reading and FCCR tradition.

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.

FCCR Newsletter

Our monthly news piece.

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Read Our October Newsletter!  Congregational Care Ministry, Super Saturday, FCCR Partners with POWR to Supports a Refugee Family, Olde Redding Faire Thank-You and more:

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September 2017 Newsletter!  Olde Redding Faire, Finance Update, Pastor's Ponderings, and more:

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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  We are excited to be a part of this opportunity.

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