Memorial Service for Robert Fuller

The Memorial Service & Celebration of Life for Robert L. Fuller will be held in the Sanctuary at First Congregational Church of Reading. The service will also be streamed online on Zoom. A small collation reception will follow the service in the Chapel. Click here to view the obituary for Robert Fuller.

Sign up below if you would like to receive the Zoom link to attend this memorial service virtually.

Visitation
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Douglass, Edgerley & Bessom Funeral Home
25 Sanborn St.
Reading, MA 01867
Memorial Service
Thursday, May 26, 2022
11:00 AM
First Congregational Church
25 Woburn St.
Reading, MA 01867

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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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March Mission Collection

We are collecting new white socks for the homeless and unhoused during the month of March. These will be distributed to groups like Outdoor Church and Common Cathedral, who work directly with the unhoused populations in Harvard Square and downtown Boston.

To donate, you can drop off socks in the box outside the church office and music room. …

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February Mission Collection

This month we are collecting new and gently used linens, towels, and washcloths for Emmaus Inc. Shelter and Services in Haverhill, MA. Emmaus is in particular need for twin sized sheets. Additionally, small packaged snacks (like chips, cookies, etc. in individual serving bags) are needed.

We will be collecting the above items throughout the month in the box outside the office door by the music room.…

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21 Days of Service

Each year, we host a day of service with Reading Cares. It’s a morning of activities on the Saturday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday weekend, where volunteers from all over town, of different ages and backgrounds, come together to spend time working on different projects to give back to various local organizations. When we couldn’t meet last year because of COVID, Reading Cares found a way to create a virtual socially-distanced way to give back. Instead of one morning, we have 21 days of service. Click the button below to read about the various projects you can sign up for. Once you select the project(s) you’d like to participate in, a volunteer will contact you with more details.

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