ABOUT US

A MESSAGE FROM OUR INTERIM PASTOR

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

As a church family we have entered into the season of Lent like no other in my memory.  The school shooting in Florida on Ash Wednesday has brought us grief and much, much more. Lent began in darkness, sadness and bewilderment. Then we were once again shocked into the reality of our mortality when a beloved church member, Joan Swett, was stricken down following worship in a church she loved and served.  The long vigil which can keep us on the edge between life and death has ended. Joan has died. Her favorite holiday was Easter. Now as I write, Stanley Byczkowski, has just left us with death behind him leaving us with more loss to endure. We will always miss those whom we love and who have died

 

What is there for us to do but rely on the inner resources of faith ready to meet one another with love and comfort? We can be cautious in our conversation not dismissing our loss nor trying to make sense of it. I sink into God’s grace where there is a familiarity of human frailty and my complete reliance on a God who remains God in my small world of daily concerns and complaints.  Let us meet and greet each other as if our lives depended on the sacred space God intends for us away from the warring madness of human invention. We can meet each other with kindness, understanding and a peace that passes our understanding.

 

It is Lent and like no other in my memory. 

 

No matter how we might pretend otherwise, we are not capable of fending off the insults, the injuries and the suffering of being human. The church is under a kind of assault that is all too common in our world where death seems to rob us of our sanity and depletes our resources and our reserves. 

 

Sisters and brothers, come to the living waters of your baptism. Come to the garden and pray. Come to worship in sacred silence. Be in the grief at the foot of the cross. Raise your face to the morning sun of Easter to await the blessing God intends for us and for this world. We rely on God, the strength, the source, the rainbow and the salvation of our lives. God in Jesus Christ has been here before us. Follow Jesus the best you are able. This is who we are as disciples. 

 

 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30 

 

God bless you and keep you, Pastor Christine

                                            

 

 

Interim Pastor Christine Boardman

Who is UCC

The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action.  With over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world.  The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where "…they may all be one" (John 17:21).


The Church of Firsts

Since 1957, the United Church of Christ has been the church of firsts, weaving God’s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. Together, we live out our faith in ways that effect change in our communities.  The UCC's many "firsts" mean that we have inherited a tradition of acting upon the demands of our faith.  When we read in Galatians: "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus"—a demand is made upon us. And so we were the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. We were in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement.  Our response to the demands of our faith is woven into the history of our country.


A Church of Extravagant Welcome

Today, we continue to change lives throughout the world. We work alongside more than 200 mission partners. We labor ceaselessly to fight injustice, in the United States and abroad. We instill our vision into our youth and young adults, forging leaders who will imagine new dreams. And we sustain and develop church leaders, pastors, and our local churches to live their faith in exciting new ways.  We believe in a God that is still speaking, a God that is all-loving and inclusive.  We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul.


We are a church where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary, and where together, we grow a just and peaceful world.

MEET OUR STAFF

PAT KINGSBURY

Office Administrator

TRACEY MARTIN

Treasurer

VICTOR PRATT

Custodian

KEANE SOUTHARD

Music Director

Covenant

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF WALPOLE, UCC


Our Congregational Covenant


We seek to create and nurture a caring, safe, and supportive atmosphere that facilitates the growth of a strong Christian community.  These covenants are promises to each other, not rules, but descriptions of expected behavior, not changes of personality.


Covenants are ways of being in community at church, but also a model we can take home with us and out into the world.  These promises guide us in sharing information with each other, setting priorities, making decisions, addressing complaints and resolving conflicts.


With this our Covenant, we commit ourselves to:


  •          Support and love one another, as Jesus commanded. “Just as I have loved you, you should love one another.”  (John 13: 34)
  •          Forgive one another again and again.  (Matthew 18: 21-22)
  •          Seek resolution to conflict by first addressing the person directly with whom there is a problem, then if necessary involving witnesses, and third going to the congregation’s leaders.  (Matthew 18: 15-17)
  •          Interrupt gossip, neither accepting nor sharing rumors, even when such is masked as a concern.
  •          Always assume in others the best possible intentions and motivations, not the worst.
  •          Treat others as you wish to be treated.
  •          Seek what is best for the whole congregation, not only our immediate circle.
  •          Agree to disagree with love and respect.


Covenant:  a contract or agreement. In the Bible, an agreement between God and his people, in which God makes promises to his people and, usually, requires certain conduct from them. In the Old Testament, God made agreements with Noah, Abraham, and Moses.