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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! We welcome all to join us in Worship and Service online! Follow this link to learn.more ]


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

June 26, 2020 - Adaptation Vision Team, Report #2 - 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... [ more ]


Drive In Worship July 5 -- Planning

July 5, 2020--Drive In Worship in First Church Parking Lot.  Help us prepare by letting us know that you are planning to attend. Fill out a simple form! Thank you. [ more ]


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 ]


Parish Post!

July - August, 2020 - Read the latest edition of our Church's Newsletter. [ more ]


Current News


Live Organ Concert!

Friday July 10th, 7:00pm - Join us virtually, as Dan Brownell plays our 1962 Memorial Holtkamp Organ.  The concert will be livestreamed over Youtube.  The second in our summer live organ series.  [ more ]


Virtual Music Project

One of the things that we miss most about not having in-person worship is the opportunity to make music together.  Thus, Music Minister Dan Brownell has created an exciting opportunity for everyone to make music together, virtually...

UPDATE: Deadline extended to July 5th, and links included. [ more ]


Vacation Bible School - Looking for God's Love

Join us August 3-7th for a virtual VBS experience!!! [ more ]


Recent News


Vigil of Light

June 25, 2020 -- 8 PM We will speak the names of recent victims of racial injustice, violence and fear. We will give voice to our commitment of support to our siblings of color, hope that we may all be one and love. June 14-24 send in your messages/images of support and hope. [ more ]


Pride Week "Open Doors" Worship Service

Sunday, June 14, 2020 - 7:00pm - Join us online for a moving ecumenical worship service to kick-off Pride Week in Milford, held jointly by First Church, Mary Taylor Memorial UMC, Woodmont UCC and Milford Pride.  A free-will offering with be donated to Black Trans Circles, a program of the Transgender Law Center. The service will premiere on Milford Pride's YouTube Channel and will feature a special performance by singer/songwriter, Bobby Jo Valentine.  All are welcome! [ more ]


Parent Support Online Group: Summer 2020

Mondays, 7:00-7:45 PM--Starts June 15th
Are you trying to figure out how to be a faithful parent this summer and stay sane while working away from home, at home, or looking for a job? 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... [ more ]


Racial Justice Sermon from June 7, 2020

Here is the print version of Rev. Adam's June 7th, 2020, and some backgrounf information related to... [ more ]


The Cross and the Lynching Tree

June 3 or June 4 --Debriefing Conversations on Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr's cinematic sermon preached at Trinity UCC Sunday, May 17th entitled, The Cross and the Lynching Tree: A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery. A panel discussion with four respected thought leaders, racial justice advocates, and UCC pastors discussed the impact of historical and present day acts of racism and violence towards African Americans and how the Christian Church can be actively involved in dismantling racism.  Watch and then let's talk. [ more ]


Pastors Pray for Racial Justice Next to Local Clergy and Police Leaders

June 4, 2020--Members of the Milford Clergy Association led a noontime prayer service on the Milford Green to remember the life of George Floyd. Several pastors led prayers and our church's pastors, Revs. Ashley Grant and Adam... [ more ]


Food Pantry Drive

Sunday, May 3rd, 12:00-2:00 PM - Our Outreach Ministry is having a "Drive By Drop Off" in the Church Parking Lot to restock our Food Pantry. This is especially critical durinig these challenging times. Suggested Donation Items: Pasta, Sauce, Canned Vegetables & Beans, Canned Soup/Entrees, Canned Fruit, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Mac & Cheese, Brownie Mix, Rice, Instant Potatoes, Tuna, Toiletries, Paper Goods, Coffee, Tea. [ more ]


Rev. Adam Participates in Online Interfaith COVID-19 Memorial

On Thursday, June 4th, state Senator James Maroney hosted an online memorial for people grieving the death of loved ones to COVID-19, and First Church's Rev. Adam participated... [ more ]


Milford Food 2 Kids

Have you ever seen a hungry kid? Ask a school teacher.  We will fill the gap, the gap between Friday and Monday, when many children may not know if and how much food will be available to them.  We are delivering individual bags of food to some of Milford's children who could use a little more food secruity ... [ more ]


ShopWithScrip- Gift cards

Now Easier than Ever!-- Buy or order gift cards to stores you already go to at face value in the Narthex before service or at coffee hour! Check or cash only. [ more ]





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