COME TO THE COFFEE HOUSE ON APRIL 22

Bristol’s Stone Church Coffee House at the First Congregational Church welcomes the New-Hampshire based folk band, The Heather Pierson Trio, on Saturday, April 22nd.

Based in New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley, Heather Pierson is a pianist, singer/songwriter, and nationally touring performer whose inspiring live performances and growing catalog of releases delve into Americana, blues, New Orleans jazz, vocal chants, instrumental piano, and folk.  Best known for her ease at the piano and her bell-­tone vocals, Heather’s songs and musicianship embody joy, honesty, playfulness, and a desire to share from the heart. 

Heather (lead vocals, piano, acoustic guitar, tenor banjo, ukulele, melodica) is an award winning singer/songwriter, classically trained jazz pianist, and performer. Heather’s wise-beyond-her-years songwriting, bell-tone voice, and world-class chops have catapulted her into the national spotlight.

The Heather Pierson Trio, with Shawn Nadeau on bass and harmony vocals and Craig Bryan on drums, percussion, and harmony vocals, performs a rich variety of Heather’s original songs and unique re-workings of familiar classics.

Together, these seemingly disparate voices draw on their respective experiences of the American musical voice – jazz, blues, folk – to create a unique and memorable experience.

Bristol’s Stone Coffee House is an affordable, family-oriented, handicap-accessible musical venue. Doors open at 6:45PM and the show starts at 7:30PM. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Light refreshments will be available.

Star Island UCC Youth & Family Conferences July 30 th -August 6 th , 2023

UCC Bristol youth learned about an exciting summer opportunity during our March 12th Children’s Sermon. Star Island offers the best in seaside fun for children of all ages, attending on their own or with family. Star Island, off the New Hampshire coast, is home to a retreat center with a faithful community of summer attendees. All are invited to join in at the beautiful and emotionally accepting, beloved Star Island community for fun, relaxation, bonfires, lime rickeys, games, softball, swimming, and making life-long friends! Jen Johnson, who has attended for many years with her children, will gladly answer questions.

The Star Gathering YOUTH Conference is for youth entering 9th grade through newly graduated high school seniors. It focuses on relationship-building, renewal, and spiritual growth for up to twenty vacationing high school students. Its culture centers on faith-building and exploration, rather than traditional bible camp studies, and emphasizes having fun.

This year’s theme is Love – How do we show our love language to others? How do we receive love from others? How do we express our love if we disagree? Regarding relationships with ourselves, our peers, siblings, parents, to God, and to the world at large.

Fees for the Youth Conference are $774 for room and board plus $150 conference fee. For financial aid information, please email SG1registrar@stargathering.org. (Conferees typically bring extra money for the snack bar and gift shop.) Further details and online registration can be found here, https://starisland.org/program/sg1youth/.

The Star Island FAMILY Conference program will focus on celebrating and nurturing the vision of Beloved Community. Through art, music, conversation, reflection, and fun we will create a more inclusive and intentional community, to help spread more empathy and understanding in the world. During chapel, we will explore various stories in the gospels where Jesus encounters people in ways that were unexpected or where the script gets flipped. The Theme Speaker will be Rev. JaQuan Beacham from Yale Divinity School and the Minister of the Week will be Rev. Anna Flowers from United Church in Walpole, MA.

Relax and build community in program while the children have their own chapel and program in the morning, and then rejoin them for some intergenerational activities or island exploration in the afternoon. Don’t miss the Rutledge Marine Lab or the Talent Show! Fees for adults start at $1169 for room and board plus $150 conference fee. For financial aid information, please email SG1registrar@stargathering.org. (Conferees typically bring extra money for the snack bar and gift shop.) Further details and online registration can be found here, https://starisland.org/program/sg1/.

Lent & Easter Services at First Congregational Church

Welcome to the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Bristol, located at 300 High Street. Wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

March 5th Second Sunday in Lent
Worship 10:00am;

March 12th Third Sunday in Lent
Worship 10:00am;

March 19th Fourth Sunday on Lent
Worship 10:00am,
One Great Hour of Sharing Offering
;

March 26th Fifth Sunday in Lent
Worship 10:00am;

April 2nd Palm Sunday Celebration
Worship 10:00am;

 April 6th Maundy Thursday
  Worship 7:00pm;

 April 7th Good Friday
Labyrinth Walk,
Open
noon-3pm and 5pm – 7pm;

April 9th EASTER
 Sunrise Worship at Colt State Park 6:15am
and Intergenerational Easter Worship 10:00am.

Officiating all worship will be Rev. Deborah Tate Breault

We are an open and affirming congregation and believe that God is still speaking.

Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper


This coming Tuesday — February 21, 2023 at 6:00pm in the DeWolf Chapel.
 
Come and enjoy our fabulous pancakes with all the fixings!  This is always a great night to dine with family and friends and to prepare ourselves for the Lenten season.
 
There will be a free will offering to help offset the cost of the supper.
 
Please sign up on the RSVP sheet on the DeWolf Room Bulletin Board or email the church office at Office@FCCBristol.org.

How Shall We Respond to God’s Infinite Love?

Our annual stewardship drive for First Congregational Church of Bristol calls on each of us to consider how we can personally dedicate our resources to support the various ministries of FCC and live out the love and justice of Jesus.

This year’s Stewardship campaign theme is “From Bread and Cup to Faith and Giving.” It challenges us to make the connection between our experience of God and our generosity as disciples. During this 2022 Stewardship Campaign, we are called to remember the power of our God to fill our inner emptiness – to feed our needy spirit. And, beyond that, we are asked to consider what our response to this act of infinite caring should be.

Are we encouraged to meet God’s extraordinary gifts – of His Son, of radical and all-inclusive Love, of eternal Life – with a gratefulness that opens us up to caring for all the world? That triggers a generosity that seeks to meet the needs of the vulnerable around us? If we are enmeshed in an infinite web of reciprocity – of the giving and receiving of Love, what is the right, the commensurate response?

We deeply appreciate the commitment of each of our members through these recent difficult times. Your committed donations throughout the year have enabled us to help members and the greater community through hard times and bring God’s love into their lives.

FCC needs you, your support to our church financially, as well as your contributions of time and talent, as our community continues to spread the love and justice of Jesus through our ministries. We ask you to bring your pledge card to church on Stewardship Sunday, November 13, 2022 or get it to the Church Office at any time. Thank you.