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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 ]


Lament after the Shooting of Jacob Blake

August 27, 2020 - Rev. Adam E. Eckhart, Senior Pastor, First UCC, Milford, CT -  After the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 23, we cry out to God in lament:  How long? How long, God, until you guide us to find peace in our neighborhoods and justice for all people impacted by violence?  How long, God, until those of us particularly vulnerable to violence and discrimination because of the insidious systems of white supremacy that linger today, rest from the fear of being harmed and the fear of no accountability for those who enact such violence? ... [ more ]


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... [ more ]


Parish Post!

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


Join Us for Early Outdoor Worship!

Sundays at 8:00 AM Sep 13th - Nov 22nd on Back Plymouth Lawn (drizzle or shine) - Starting on the Sunday after Labor Day and going through the Sunday before Thanksgiving, we'll provide outdoor worship at 8:00 AM. These approximately 25-minute services will include prayers, scripture reading, and sermon. This will be offered in addition to our 10:00 AM Online Worship service each week. Please bring a chair and a face mask.more ]



Current News


Bridges Step Forward Memorial Walk

September 13-20, 2020 - Please Support Us! - Once again this year, the Open and Affirming Ministry together with the Christian Outreach Ministry are participating in Bridges Step Forward Memorial Walk!  Due to COVID-19, this year the event is virtual.  Individual teams will walk together in a safe and socially-distanced manner.  Bridges needs our support more than ever this year as they help Milford and the surrounding communities deal with the mental health challenges due to the virus.  If you can afford to make a donation to support the team's fundraising efforts, please read this article ... [ more ]


JPF, SPF & Confirmation 1 begins!!

September 13, 2020 - Junior Pilgrim Fellowship (JPF), Senior Pilgrim Fellowship (SrPF), and Confirmation I all begin on Sunday!!!  [ more ]


Retirement Party for the Rev. Dr. John Sandel

Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 3:00 PM - Back Plymouth Lawn; 18 West Main St., Milford, CT.

After founding the Milford Pastoral Counseling Center (MPCC) and practicing psychotherapy there for almost four decades, John Sandel is retiring at the end of September 2020. The MPCC Board invites people to a social-distance get-together to honor Sandel's career. [ more ]


Money Autobiography "Take Care" Opportunity

Sunday – September 27, 11:45-1:00pm    As part of the Stewardship Ministry's fall campaign, we are presenting a series of "take care" opportunities.  [ more ]


Third Annual Silent Movie

October 24th, 7:00pm
~ Join us for our Third Annual Silent Movie Night, as organist Daniel Brownell will lend his ghoulish organ talents to the Hunchback of Notre Dame, starring Lon Chaney. [ more ]



Announcements


First Church Food Closet needs your help!

Food Closet use has increased in recent weeks, and we are in need of some replenishing.  [ more ]


Register for Sunday School

Sunday school begins on September 13th and we are so excited to be learning with you all!!!  [ more ]


Missing out on emails?

Check your spam folder!  We've heard lately that some of our Church family are missing out on our updates! To make sure you receive emails like the EHerald, Parish Post, updates from Faith Formation and Music, check your spam folder and add the senders to your contacts!


2020-21 Churchwide Theme - Back to Faith Essentials

During the pandemic, people and organizations have been reflecting on what is most essential about who they are and what they do. The church is no different.  [ more ]


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. 


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.  Have questions?  Worried about the time commitment?  It's about an hour a week. Help us understand any reservations you have on time commitments ... [ more ]


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.


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.


Personalized Bricks for Meetinghouse Walkway

First United Church of Christ (Congregational) is receiving orders now through October 1, 2020 for personalized bricks lining the walkway in front of its historic Meetinghouse.  Proceeds from brick sales will benefit the church's operating fund which helps pay for maintaining its historical buildings as well as... [ more ]


Support First United Church Of Christ Milford with AmazonSmile

If you're doing any online shopping with Amazon, please support the church! We are registered with AmazonSmile and receive .5% of the price of any eligible purchases you make! Before purchasing, please go to the church's AmazonSmile link https://smile.amazon.com/ch/06-0662116 - feel free to share the link with your family and friends.


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.


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.  



Recent News


First Church 101

Sunday, September 13th, 2:00-3:30 PM  First Church 101 (session on exploring church membership)  This session is intended for people to learn about the church's history, ministries, faith and structure from Senior Pastor Rev. Adam and several church leaders, and to share what has brought you to this faith community. [ more ]


Organ Concert on Youtube

September 12  7:00pm - Join us for another fantastic organ concert, being broadcasted online from our sanctuary on our 1962 Holtkamp Organ. [ more ]


Sunday School Orientation

Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 7:00PM - Want to know what Sunday School will be like this fall?  Be a kid for 30 minutes and experience what Sunday School over Zoom is all about!  We'll have time for questions and to share ideas for how to make our online Sunday School an awesome experience this fall ... [ more ]


Bibles and Brews

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 6:30-7:30PM - This Tuesday is our next Bible and Brews meeting, and we'll be on the back Plymouth Lawn!  Anyone who is interested in attending must [ RSVP here ] to help us know how many to expect as well as assist in contact tracing should it be needed ... [ more ]


Essentials Drive For Children In Need This School Year

August 23, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM -  Let's help children in our community have what they need to start school. Outreach Ministries & Youth Ministries invite you to consider the list of essentials, purchase what you feel called to provide, and plan to drop off on our collection day, August 23, in the First Church Parking Lot, 46 West Main Street. Volunteers will be ready to receive your donation in the church parking lot with minimal or no contact. [ more ]


Blessing Sunday - Receive One, Be One

August 23, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Drive thru the Church parking lot to receive a blessing and a sticker!!! All are invited!!! Bring your backpack or just yourself - no matter what the year looks like for you, you are blessed!  Also available... Sunday School schedules, Confirmation I schedules and Bibles.


End of Summer Virtual Karaoke Night

Friday August 21, 2020 at 7:00PM - 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.  Check the article for the Zoom info.... [ more ]


New Columns on Our Meeting House

Four new mahogany columns, built to last another century or more!  Thanks to the Trustees and our church Sexton for supervising this on-time (a week early!) and on-budget project. These new columns were built from mahogany instead of white pine, and may last 150 years or more! Our contractors were excellent to work with. They will be coming back in a few weeks, at no charge, to inspect and fill in any wood gaps from heat expansion. [ more ]


Outdoor Prayer Service - Back Plymouth Lawn!

Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 7:00 PM - All are welcome to share in this time of prayer on the back Plymouth lawn. Rev. Adam will lead in prayers and reflections on the grounding of faith in this trying time, focusing on... [ more ]


Parent Support Online Group: Summer 2020

Monday, August 17, 7:00-7:45 PM - 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 ]


Live Organ Concert!

Friday August 14, 2020 - 7:00pm - Join us virtually, as Dan Brownell plays our 1962 Memorial Holtkamp Organ.  The concert will be livestreamed over Youtube.  This Third Concert will be all about that "ground" bass.  If you don't know why that's funny, you definitely need to tune in.  [ more ]


Bible and Brews

Tuesday August 11, 2020 - 6:30pm - Bible and Brews - whether it's coffee, tea, or a cold one (must be 21+ to join this Bible study) [ more ]


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