The First Congregational Church of Marion, Massachusetts
Where All Are Welcome!
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer”
Creator God, we pray for our world now facing a global pandemic. We ask for wisdom in making decisions to help lessen any harm the Coronavirus may bring. Grant us the strength to be a force of good in combating this disease. We seek ways to be of help to our neighbors, and all people who may be affected. May we be mindful to walk in faith and act in love, both in times of joy, and in times of challenge. Amen.
"In this time of Racial Justice unrest, we share with you a reflection from UCC General Minister John Dorhauer. It is a message that calls Christians to be aware and to be proactive in the fight for equality."
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Our Response to Coronavirus Concerns
From the Executive Council of the First Congregational Church of Marion, Massachusetts
As a faith community, we have a special responsibility to care for those in our church and community. Our leadership has been actively developing a response to the heightened focus and quickly changing status of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
We are using information from the United Church of Christ (UCC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to inform our decision making. Links to these sources can be found under “Helpful Links” in our web site navigation menu. We advise people to rely on information from the same, or other authoritative sources such as their doctor. Information from unknown sources circulating on social media may not be based on scientific fact and actually undermine efforts to limit the effects of the virus.
We would like to assure everyone that our intention is to follow health and government recommendations at the federal, state, and local levels. The safety and health of our members, visitors, and local community are our top concerns.
Locally, the Town of Marion is requesting food donations to establish a food bank for Marion residents in need. They intend to begin distribution next week. Donations are needed IMMEDIATELY. Food donations can be delivered to the Police Station, Fire Station #1, and the Benjamin D. Cushing Community Center on Mill St. (donations there can be left at any time in the outside container). Check on Facebook (Town of Marion, Massachusetts / @Marion1852) for a list of needed food items.
To read a list of the ongoing actions we are taking at the church, click here for Coronavirus Updates or use the link in the navigation menu. As changes occur, we will post updates to that page.
First Church of Marion, MA welcomes you to join us for a Live Worship Service, each Sunday beginning April 12, 2020 from 10:00. While it is an abbreviation of our typical Sunday worship, we hope it will provide some spiritual well-being and sense of community. These worship services are being recorded and will be posted on the church's YouTube channel after worship concludes. Find the link to the YouTube channel at the bottom of the page.
We invite you to join us each Sunday at 11:30 am for Vestry Cafe, a time of coming together as a community for sharing and companionship. Discussion is open and interesting.It is also wonderful to see so many familiar faces!
A weekly Bible study, via Zoom, is open to all. It is held each Tuesday from 10:00.
CHECK IT OUT
4/21/2020 Update to Wellbeing Resources Page
Check out the link to the brochure created by Lee Dougall on Coping Skills or click here.
4/4/2020 Update made to the Coronavirus Page
Find announcements of our latest actions related to the pandemic.
4/4/2020 Update to Youth Ministries page
Find faith activities to do with the younger members.
The church now has a YouTube page. Our YouTube link at the bottom of this page. We intend to post weekly worship opportunities there along with other content. If you would like to be notified of new posts, SUBSCRIBE to the channel (click the red box on the YouTube homepage) and click on the BELL ICON beside it. Or just visit the channel to check for new posts. Remember, just click the YouTube icon at the bottom of the page!
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Online giving will be reflected in your ChurchTrac account, but it is not done instantaneously as indicated on the ChurchTrac website. We update our financial records manually, which takes a little longer.
So Much For Which to Be Thankful
Our 2019 Congregational Fair was a wonderful success! Our annual event brings together church members, friends, the greater community, as well as visitors from afar. Even the weather was cooperative! Thank you to everyone who joined in the fun by attending or contributing to this traditional Marion summer event.