BE THE CHURCH FROM HOME

Even though the church buildings are closed as we work together to stop the spread of COVID-19, we remain active in worship, faith formation, and outreach ministries!

Update on the Church's Efforts to Adapt to the Pandemic

July 21, 2020 - Adaptation Vision Team, Report #3 - The Adaptation Vision Team has held ongoing meetings to collaborate with the deacons, trustees, church board, and other ministries about how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as it evolves...[ Click Here ]

Condemning Racism in All its Forms

June 4, 2020 - Our church's 381-year history includes both the tragic exploitation of people of color among us and also the faithful resistance of racial injustice.   In the last decades, the supposed racial progress in our country has masked the prejudice, discrimination, and the spiritual and bodily suffering that continue to this day.  Today is a day to follow Christ's life and command of love ... [ more ]

Email revadam@firstchurchofmilford.org if you need pastoral care and he can correspond and/or set up a time to talk.

We welcome all to join us in Worship and Service online at First United Church of Christ in Milford.

HINTS: When joining a Zoom meeting for the first time, your Web Browser will prompt you to install Zoom. It's safe and easy! Just follow the prompts. Also: When a Zoom meeting is running click the "Gallery View" button in the upper right-hand corner to see more people. Click the Audio and Video buttons in the lower left-hand corner to toggle them on/off.

Bible Study

Sundays of August at 8:00 AM, facilitated by Rev. Adam. Over these five 45-minute sessions on the Sundays of August, will be covering the last two-thirds of the Book of Acts (chs. 9-28). All are invited to continue your faith journey on these Zoom telemeetings.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84569326402 [Click Here]

Hymn-Sing

Sunday at 9:15 AM - Make a Joyful Noise with us on Facebook LIVE for our online weekly hymn-sing.
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Weekly Worship

Sunday at 10:00 AM - This Sunday, July 12th, join us on YouTube at 10 AM for our weekly Sunday Worship, or on YouTube for an archived recording of the serivce starting at noon (see above). [ Bulletin ]

NOTE: Please see the Attachments at the bottom of this page to view or print this week's Worship Bulletin, Hymns, and other Bulletin Inserts / Announcements. Thank you!

Worship Offering and Pledge Payments

Please consider making a Worship Offering or Pledge Payment online during (or after) Sunday Worship. Your continued support is critical and very appreciated during these challenging times. The Susan B. Tweedie Scholarship Fund is also open for contributions as we support young people in the church to pursue their education.
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[ Pledging, Gifts and Memorials ]

Coffee Hour

Sunday at 10:45 AM - Join us in Zoom following worship for our online Coffee Hour
https://zoom.us/j/2592834573    Meeting ID: 259 283 4573
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Sunday School

Each week, our First Church families receive an email from Kelsey DeCarlo with the Sunday School lesson for the week and additional resources. If you would like to be added to the weekly emails, please let Kelsey know at faithformationminister@firstchurchofmilford.org.
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Music Ministry

Music Meditation Videos will be posted to both Facebook and a YouTube playlist every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning of the shutdown around 9 am. These videos, along with a tour of the pipe organ, organ performance videos, and special music sessions are on YouTube. If you want to connect more with the Music Ministry reach out to musicminister@firstchurchofmilford.org. Stay musically connected!
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Junior Pilgrim Fellowship

Our middle school youth group meets and checks in over Zoom. If you have a middle schooler, are interested in joining us, and are not already on our JPF email list - please let Kelsey DeCarlo know at faithformationminister@firstchurchofmilford.org.

Senior Pilgrim Fellowship

Our high school youth group meets and checks in weekly over Zoom. If you have a high schooler, are interested in joining us, and are not already on our SrPF email list - please let Rev. Ashley Grant know at srpfmilford@gmail.com.

Outreach Ministries

First Church practices our mission of care in many ways. The Food Pantry continues to serve many individuals and families each week. Emma Davis Medical Equipment Ministry continues to be open to serve those in need, but is not accepting returns or donations at this time. Milford Food 2 Kids continues to support the Public School System Food Service program, during the school closure, in order to reach the most children and youth in town. After Easter and as opportunities for service arise, we invite you to check in on our “Get Involved” page of our website.

Weekly Meditation

Tuesday at 7:00 PM online via Zoom
https://zoom.us/j/93839238314    Meeting ID: 938 3923 8314
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OTHER CHURCH NEWS AND EVENTS

Outdoor Office Hours with Rev. Adam or Rev. Ashley

Would you like to schedule a visit with Rev. Adam or Rev. Ashley? Each pastor will be available to arrange meetings on our lovely First Church grounds, by the Memorial Garden. They will practice safe distancing. (Weather permitting!)
Simply fill out the form so that they can get in touch with you to schedule a time that is convenient for you. Available times include Monday - Thursday mornings or upon special arrangement. How to schedule: https://forms.gle/dgTVhV2h16fS1SD76. 

Bible and Brews: Tuesday, August 11, 6:30 PM

A Bible study of a different kind! Grab a beverage of your choice and join us on Zoom as we explore scripture.  Must be 21+ to join!!

Parent Support Online Group - Mondays - August 10 and 17, 7:00 PM

Do you want to be a part of some mutual support among parents?  Tammy Theis-Satterlee--parent, educator, and minister--is facilitating Monday evening sessions on Zoom to help parents approach this unique summer with grounding and support.

Teach Sunday School Digitally!

This fall, Sunday School will be online and seperate from our main worship service. We need teachers to help us share God's word with our First Church youth. For questions or to sign up contact Kelsey DeCarlo at faithformationminister@firstchurchofmilford.org.  Have quetions?  Worried about the time commitment?  It's about an hour a week. Help us understand any reservations you have on time commitments. We are still formulating what this new digital format will look like, suggestions welcome!  Afraid you're not qualified?  Be not afraid. Talk to us about your comfort level. No teaching experience required!   Seasoned First Church Sunday School teachers... send your comments why you love teaching Sunday School.

Needed Items for The Food Closet

Over these past few months, your generosity in giving to our Church Food Closet has been truly amazing! Thank you!! So that we can continue to help those in need in as many ways as possible, we are still in need of these items. Donations can be dropped off at the Church (follow Food Pantry signs) on Tuesdays between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM.

A Third Virtual Live Organ Concert, Friday - August 14, 7:00 PM

Join us virtually as Dan Brownell, our Minister of Music, plays our 1962 Memorial Holtkamp Organ. The concert will be live streamed over YouTube.

Remote Vacation Bible School - August 3-7

That's right!!! We're having VBS this summer in a remote/digital format. All materials will be available digitally. Please fill out this form to register for VBS, which includes more informatoin about the program. All participants who register by July 20th will receive their VBS intro letter about our virtual week together by mail, including a materials list for the week. All participants who register after July 20th will receive their VBS intro letter by email.

End of Summer Virtual Karaoke Night at First Church, Friday - August 21, 7:00 PM

Feel like you missed out? Well, have no fear because Karaoke Night Part 3 is here!  Simply choose a song ahead of time, or be spontaneous! Join Dan, our Minister of Music, and others on Zoom to sing your favorite tune! If you have any questions, email Dan at: musicminister@firstchurchofmilford.org 

Needed - Emma Davis Volunteers

The Emma Davis Medical Ministry has continued to fill the needs of our community continuously throughout the COVID-19 crisis, but we now need your help. In order for us to accept donations/returns of items needed to replenish our inventory, we need volunteers between the ages of 16-59 who are willing to spend a couple of hours each week supervising the returns and volunteers who are willing to disinfect the returned items. Please contact Michele Steinlauf at (203) 258-8182 or shelly7@optonline.net if you can spare some time.

The Virtual Music Project Is Complete!

Did you miss the Virtual Music Project created by Music Minister Dan Brownell or would you just like to watch it again? Well, here it is!

Thank you to all the participants who lent their voices in singing and to those who played their homemade instruments. 

Thank You To Our Food Packing Volunteers!

We are grateful for volunteers helping pack food to share with families in the community. And we are thankful for the partnership of Milford Public Schools Food Services, The City of Milford and Milford Food 2 Kids from First UCC of Milford.

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Get Your Copy Of The Upper Room    

Are you missing reading your copy of The Upper Room? You can get it! Just email your name and address to milfordfirstucc@yahoo.com or call the Church office at 203-877-4277.                       





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