See Don White at the Coffee House on Feb 26th

Bristol’s Stone Church Coffee House at the First Congregational Church welcomes Don White on February 26th.

There is no one-word description for what Don White does. He’s an award-winning singer/songwriter, a comedian, an author, and a storyteller. He’s been bringing audiences to laughter and tears for thirty years, released ten CDs, three live DVDs, and a book, Memoirs of a C Student. His latest album is Live at the Guthrie Center, available now. In 2011, he won the Jerry Christen Memorial Award, given out by the Boston Area Coffeehouse Association, for his work with the community and that same year was given a key to the city in his hometown of Lynn, Massachusetts.

Don’s approach to music is a unique blend. If he just played folk music, it would be a handy label. But he has invented his own genre with a mix of humor and powerful songwriting. White’s arc as a writer and performer has taken him from his industrial hometown of Lynn, Massachusetts, through Boston’s comedy clubs and coffeehouses, and onto stages around the country. At every point, White has been the ultimate observer, infusing his work with his experiences as a husband, a father, a seeker, and a joker.

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 for purchase. Tickets are $20.00 per person (students are half price; children 5 and under are free). For ticket information or to reserve tickets, please call 253-4813. Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required. Masks are required when not actively eating or drinking.

The First Congregational Church is located at 300 High Street (corner of High and Bradford Streets) in Bristol, RI.

STONE CHURCH COFFEEHOUSE

Bristol’s Stone Church Coffee House at the First Congregational Church welcomes October Road on January 22nd.

Celebrating the music of an American treasure, October Road focuses on recreating the live arrangements of James Taylor and his All Star Band.

October Road is a seven-piece band based in SouthCoast Massachusetts that is excited to begin its 6th season of performing James Taylor’s classic hits throughout the southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island region. The band plays all of James Taylor’s extensive list of hit songs that have been enjoyed by generations of fans over the past 50 years.

October Road covers all of the James Taylor classics, including: Carolina In My Mind, Fire And Rain, Something In The Way She Moves, Sweet Baby James, Walking Man, Country Road, Shower The People, You’ve Got A Friend, Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, How Sweet It Is, Handy Man, Your Smiling Face, Up On The Roof, Mexico, Copperline, Steamroller Blues, and many more.

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 for purchase. Tickets are $20.00 per person (students are half price; children 5 and under are free). For ticket information or to reserve tickets, please call 253-4813.

The First Congregational Church is located at 300 High Street (corner of High and Bradford Streets) in Bristol, RI.

Christmas Cookie Walk

Saturday, December 18 at 10 am to 12 noon. Large Assortment of Homemade Holiday Cookies. $10 lb. Masks MUST Be Worn. All cookies/fudge/etc. will be in small zipped bags for your selection, still sold by the pound. Plus, Mini-Bazaar: homemade items, Holiday Arrangements.

ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS GIVING Sunday Dec 5

Since 2014, First Congregational Church in Bristol, R.I. has sponsored an annual Alternative Christmas Giving Event each December.  The purpose of this event is to support partners in ministry who serve the community in specific ways that the church is unable to do by itself, and to give church members and neighborhood friends the opportunity to channel holiday gift giving in ways that benefit selected service organizations.  It is an ALTERNATIVE to giving loved ones more things that they may not need or want, and it is also an opportunity to make memorial contributions to honor loved ones who have passed away. 

Deacons at F.C.C. are pleased to be able to again sponsor this as an in-person event.  It will take place on Sunday, December 5, 2021 from 11 am to 1 pm in the Church’s DeWolf Room.  Representatives from eight nonprofit 501c3 organizations will be present to share information about their missions and the work they do in meeting a diversity of community needs in the areas of:  health, service, education, culture, hunger action, and human betterment.  

The Deacons of First Congregational Church hope that you will consider donating as generously as possible, as part of your holiday gift giving!  If you are unable to attend this event, donations in the form of a check may be sent to the church office and will be forwarded to the organization(s) that you wish to support!

This year’s participating organizations are:

The Tomorrow Fund provides financial and emotional support to children with cancer and their families, from the time of diagnosis and throughout treatment and beyond.

The Bristol Animal Shelter provides for the care of sick, injured, abused, abandoned and homeless animals until they find their forever homes.  

The East Bay Food Pantry provides food and programs with a focus on health and nutrition for children, families, seniors and disabled individuals.

Heifer International helps families in over 125 countries achieve self-reliance as they lift themselves out of poverty and hunger when gifted with livestock, water pumps or trees.

 The Matthew Patton Foundation provides education and advocacy towards improving mental health services and early intervention for the prevention of suicide in the military.

S.H.A.R.E. designs, builds and adapts assistive technology that is provided free of charge to people with disabilities, especially those who are unable to communicate independently. 

R.E.S.T. provides resources, education and support to family members whose loved ones are struggling with Substance Use Disorder. 

The Community String Project provides string instrument instruction to children, youth, and adults; it is tuition free for needy youth and at a reduced cost for low income individuals.

For more information, please contact the church office at 401-253-7288 or Deacon Sandy Patterson at 401-935-9066.   

FCC FoodFest, Bake Sale, MiniBazaar & Christmas Cookie Walk

Food Fest

 
The First Congregational Church of Bristol, RI has again scheduled five days of food and fun. The FoodFest will consist of five COVID-safe events. Dinners will be pre-ordered and available for pick up.
 
Saturday, November 20: Take Out Lobster Rolls (Pre-Order). Orders will need to be placed by Nov 16. As part of this event, FCC will also sponsor a Bake Sale. Homemade pies, cakes, and other novelties will be available for pre-order. Bake Sale orders will need to be placed by Nov 13. MiniBazaar Crafts will be available for your purchasing pleasure.

Saturday, December 11: Take Out Chili (Beef or Veggie) (Pre-Order)
 
Saturday, December 18: Christmas Cookie Walk: This Cookie Walk will feature a COVID-safe setting. Cookies will be bagged and priced by the pound. Transactions will be by cash, check, or credit card.
 
Saturday, January 15: Take Out BBQ Pulled Pork (Pre-Order)
 
Saturday, February 19: Take Out Pasta and Sauce (Meat Sauce or Marinara) – (Pre-Order)

The Complete Menu and Ordering Instructions are Here

The Clements Brothers Come to Coffee House on Nov 13th

Bristol’s Stone Church Coffee House at the First Congregational Church welcomes The Clements Brothers on November 13th.

Identical twins Charles and George Clements are from the Boston area. They’ve been playing and writing music together for as long as they can remember and ‘The Clements Brothers’ marks their first duo project together.

With roots, rock, bluegrass, jazz, and classical influences, George (on guitar) and Charles (on bass) aim to capture their singer-songwriter sensibilities in a unique blended voice, at once enthralling and intimate, groovy and serene.  The core of the Clements Brothers is the fusion of their unique musical journeys into a music all its own, filled with vocal harmonies, instrumental virtuosity, and a genuine love of song.

For nearly 10 years, the brothers performed with the modern acoustic group, The Lonely Heartstring Band, of which they were the founding members. They went solo after the band disbanded in 2019. The brothers collaborated on their album, “Into the Day.”

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 for purchase. Tickets are $20.00 per person (students are half price; children 5 and under are free). For ticket information or to reserve tickets, please call 401-253-4813.

The First Congregational Church is located at 300 High Street (corner of High and Bradford Streets) in Bristol, RI.

Dirty Cello Comes to Coffee House on Oct 23

Bristol’s Stone Church Coffee House welcomes Dirty Cello to our stage on October 23rd. From China to Italy, Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!

Rebecca Roudman is a classical string player by day, and rocks out with Dirty Cello by night and has used her improvisation skills to rock out with the likes of Carlos Santana, Isaac Hayes and hip hop bands like Deltron 3030. Rebecca will be joined on stage by guitarist, Jason Eckl; Alex Farrell on bass; and Jeff Wheeler on drums.

“When lead guitar is replaced by the sound of hot licks on a cello, blues, rock and bluegrass rise to a new dimension. Dirty Cello — from San Francisco, CA — makes its style of string music to inspire audiences to swing, sway and dance.” Nick Diamantides, Ashland Daily Tidings.

“Dirty Cello’s music is all over the map: funky, carnival, romantic, sexy, tangled, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and textured, and only occasionally classical.” Lou Fancher, Oakland Magazine.

“The band plays every style imaginable, and does some fantastic covers. (Their rendition of “Purple Haze” is incredible.) But what is most spectacular about them is hearing the depth of soul in Roudman’s playing—it goes beyond what most people would expect from the instrument. She plays it with so much heart, you’ll wonder why more bands don’t have a cellist.” Good Times Santa Cruz.

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 for purchase. Tickets are $20.00 per person (student’s are half price; children 5 and under are free). For ticket information or to reserve tickets, please call 253-4813.

JOIN US FOR “THE CHURCH HAS LEFT THE BUILDING”

On Sunday, October 17th, First Congregational Church will hold its annual “Church Has Left the Building” event, a day in which parishioners “take church out of the building” by participating in service projects in place of worship. Due to on-going COVID safety concerns, this year’s projects will take place outdoors and will include trash clean-up along streets in the vicinity of the church, and between High and Thames Streets; in Rockwell and Independence Parks; and near the bike path.

This event is open to all members and friends of the church, and families are encouraged to attend! Participants are asked to gather at the church at 10:00 a.m., at which time CHLTB orange vests, disposable gloves and garbage bags will be distributed.

Deacons are looking forward to seeing you on this special day of service! Please contact Sandy Patterson at 401-935-9066 with any questions.

You can use this link to sign up online or you can sign up on the sign up sheet posted in the church.    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D4AACA72BA7FC1-church1