ABOUT US

A MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR

A new season of ministry and mission is just around the corner.  It is a season of welcome and new energy.  It is a season of deep soul searching for our nation and our world.  In what ways does your faith impact how you love God, self and others?


Let’s review our calendar.


First, we have a wonderful worship opportunity on September 3 when we attend the 10:30 a.m. service at the Third Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Alstead.  Pastor Maureen Lasell will lead us.  The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated and a gathering will follow worship.


Second, we have our annual HOMECOMING SUNDAY on September 10th.  The outside worship will include special music, an intergenerational interactive message and a renewal of our mission and ministry. A picnic potluck, games and fellowship will follow. We will welcome our new Director of Music, Keane Southard.  Bring your friends and join the party!


Third, on Sunday the 17th we will celebrate our support of the food shelf with a special guest, the beginning of Church School and the return of our Choir.  Lastly, on the 24th, we welcome Rev. Rhonda Macleod from Peterborough as our guest pastor.


In September, the Women’s Fellowship will host a pizza party and many of our committees return to their regular meetings.  Look for a project headed up by the Trustees.  One tree will be removed to make way for a re-placement of the ramp that leads into the side entrance of the church building. 


Dates to note also include the vacation of Pat Kingsbury from September 16-24 and Pastor Christine’s trip to Ireland from the 20-30thof September.


September has always been a transition time for many of us as the seasons begin to change.  Schools resume and our outside activities begin to turn inward.  With all transitions, there are challenges. For the church during an interim time, we focus on preparedness and anticipation of what God might have in store for us.

 

Like all of you, I look forward to demonstrating love for all persons as Jesus lived and taught.  We hold fast to the scripture, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.”

 

Let us prepare to face the future by extending our care for others and with open minds to possibilities for unity and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. 

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.