Sign up to Volunteer on Sundays

There’s all kinds of ways to volunteer to participate in church! If you (or your household or family) want to volunteer sign up below. When you sign up below, please indicate what date and what you would like to help with. Thank you for volunteering!

DateScripture ReaderLemonade HourSpecial Music
7/3✔︎Volunteers neededVolunteers needed
7/10Volunteers neededVolunteers neededVolunteers needed
7/24Volunteers needed✔︎Volunteers needed
7/31Volunteers neededVolunteers neededVolunteers needed
8/7Volunteers needed✔︎Volunteers needed

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Sign up to donate altar flowers

Sign up to contribute flowers for the altar on Sunday mornings. Fill out the form below. The cost of the flower arrangement is $45. If you’re donating a check, please make it out to FCCR with “Altar Flowers” in the memo.

Sundays available for Altar Flower Donation
September 11, 2022
September 18, 2022
September 25, 2022
All dates through November 13 are open

During the summer months (mid-June, July, August), volunteers are welcome to sign up to bring arrangements from their own garden. If you would like to sign up and make sure the donation is attributed the way you desire, contact the church office.

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Holy Week & Easter Services

Join us April 10 through April 17 for Holy Week services to celebrate these sacred days. All services will be both in person and online.

Palm Sunday 10 AM Worship in the Sanctuary in-person & online with palms

Maundy Thursday 7 PM Worship in the Sanctuary in-person & online, reading the Gospel of John as we hear the story of the Last Supper and Jesus’ arrest. This service also includes “tenebrae” (which means “shadows”) where we extinguish candles with each reading. There will also be Communion & interactive prayer stations.

Easter Sunday

5:55 AM Sunrise Service – informal and brief service with Communion at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Meet at the entrance of the cemetery behind Old South Church at 5:55 (for sunrise at 6 AM).

10 AM Worship in the Sanctuary – Traditional worship service with brass quintet in the Sanctuary both online and in-person. …

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April Mission Collection

The Mission Collection for April will be Hygiene Kits for Church World Service

Ten million refugees have now been forced to leave their homes in Ukraine. Some with only the clothes on their backs. We can help in a small but important way with the collection of Hygiene Kits. These kits could mean the difference between sickness and health for these struggling families.

The Kits contain the following seven items:

1 Hand towel (15×28 to 16×32)
1 washcloth Wide Tooth Comb (with at least 6″ of teeth)
Fingernail or toenail clipper
Bath size bar of soap (in package)
1 toothbrush in the original package
10 standard size bandaids

All items should be packed in a gallon zip lock bag and left in the collection box outside the church office.…

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Arts & Community Space Survey

For many years First Congregational Church of Reading has been the home to several arts groups, including Creative Arts, the Reading Art Association, and the Reading Community Concert Band. Our building has the potential  to house many more. We consider it part of  our mission to support the arts, as well as  community non-profits and self-help groups.  

To that end, FCCR is surveying members of the community regarding their space needs for work, meetings, and events. The results of this survey will guide us in making improvements to the building to accommodate your needs.

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Olde Redding Express 2021!

Rain Date: September 26th

Visit the Olde Redding Express website here to learn more and to place an order or bid!

The Olde Redding Express began last year as a smaller Covid-safe version of our Olde Redding Faire (a First Congregational Church of Reading tradition for over 60 years!).

This year there will be so much to enjoy online, in person, and for pick-up or delivery! Order mums, food, or sweet treats, place a bid in the online auction, try your hand at a jigsaw puzzle, and have a few laughs with community!

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Lunches for Common Cathedral

Thank you to everyone who participated and made sandwiches this year! We were able to deliver 200 lunches to the Common Cathedral community, allowing many to take more than one. Thank you for helping us continue this annual tradition and connection with Common Cathedral!

So far, we have volunteers signed up to make the following sandwiches:

  • PB&J: 40/38
  • Ham & Cheese: 38/38
  • Turkey (no cheese): 40/38
  • Tuna: 38/38

Sign-ups filled! Thanks everyone!

As Paula Ewenstein, Common Cathedral Lunch Coordinator says: “Hello, we are delighted and grateful that your congregation / group will be visiting common cathedral!
First, thank you for your continued support of common cathedral. Your contribution is keeping people fed physically and spiritually throughout this global pandemic. For Summer 2021, we’ve made a few updates we’d like to share with you.
Supplies: We are continuing to ask for pre-made lunches and are currently requesting the following supplies: 

  • 150 brown paper bag lunches
  • With sandwiches – We will prepare PB&J, turkey and cheese, ham and cheese, and tuna for some of our loyal sandwich makers          
  • 2-3 snacks inside (chips, fruit, cheese sticks, cookies) [Please put snacks in small zip locked bags if they aren’t already wrapped]

“Adding a tomato, pickles, lettuce, anything extra makes it a meal, not just a sandwich.” –John, community member

Program suppliesIf you are looking to support us in other ways, check out our Amazon Wish list: Click Here! It is updated monthly with seasonal items needed as indicated by our community. For example, ankle socks for these hot summer days! 
Important note: People are hungry right now, as many meal programs have closed or simplified their operations. It’s harder to get food if you are homeless or income-insecure. This is why we are requesting these items. 

Safely making sandwiches: Some people have expressed concern about making lunches during this COVID-time. Please *do* take extra precautions when making the food. Have individuals make them at home and drop off with one central person who will be doing the delivery on Sunday. Remind lunch-makers to sanitize the surface on which they make the food, to wash hands often, and to wear gloves. The virus itself is *not* food-borne but rather the danger is in particles coming into contact with the food items being prepared. 
BIG VIRTUAL HUGS to you, our ministry partners! Your support is always appreciated, and continues to be absolutely essential. Thank you!” 

Contact the church office if you have any questions at (781) 944-0205 or…

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2022 Calendar Collection

It’s That Time of Year!

Have you been finding colorful 2022 calendars in your mail? Maybe you make a donation to the sending organization, or maybe you don’t. But please, if the calendar has colorful pictures for each month, save it! We’ll collect them and then pass them on to the Food Pantry near the end of the current year for distribution to clients. If the calendar is full of ads and you don’t want it, please recycle. We’re on only looking for cheery image calendars.

Leave all calendars in the box on the cabinet outside the Music Room (next to the Pantry basket).

Thanks for your help!

Contact the Church Office with any questions:

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Summer Bible Study

Inspired by our Lent Bible Study time together, we’ll be reading through stories of Women of the Bible. You don’t need to commit for the whole summer: drop in any time! Come when you’re able to attend, or perhaps if there’s a favorite woman you’d like to learn more about.

July 13th 3PM at the church – Eve
July 27th – 7PM on Zoom – Mothers of the Old Testament
August 10th 3PM at the church – Bad Girls of the Bible
Augsut 24th 7PM on Zoom – Heroines You Might Not Know
September 7th – 3PM at the church – Women of the New Testament

Register below to recieve email reminders and zoom links.

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