FCC Announcements

The Deacon's Discretionary Fund is a means by which FCC is able to help those in financial need. We welcome requests from those in need, from both our congregation and from our community at large. We have funds from grants and money donated. This gives us the opportunity to assist those in acute, temporary, monetary distress, in a discrete and dignified setting. Decisions made regarding requests are made by 3 Deacons who can refer back to the Pastor should they have a question or concern.

If you are in need of assistance, please call the church office at 401-253-7288 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you would like to donate to this fund, make your check out to the FCC, and note on the "memo" line that it is for the Pastor Discretionary Fund.

We are looking for willing individuals to help out and be able to do the filming of Sunday services, and help with the editing of these videos. We would want to meet with interested parties at 9AM at FCC, and will figure moving forward from there. Whoever is interested, have them call or email FCC, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Thank you.

Good Night Lights Monday and Saturday
On these nights FCC "Good Night Lighters" travel to the Veterans Memorial Parkway in East Providence to send a good night signal to children at Hasbro Children's Hospital at 8:30. Participants may travel independently to rendezvous at the Squantum Association, or contact Steve Brosnihan (253-5909) or Dyan Vaughan to make carpool arrangements. Those interested in getting on the email roster for GNL should contact Steve at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Women's Fellowship dinner held every 3rd Tuesday each month at 6pm.  Please contact K Jones as for location
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 954/913-8319

We have a large collection of religious books donated to the church for anyone to take. They are located in the youth room and the room next door to it. So do check it out and see if one is something of interest to you and you may want.

On Sunday December 10th, The Alternative Christmas Giving Project will take place at First Congregational Church.

This event, in its fourth year, will be held in the church's DeWolf Room from 11 am to 2 pm. The purpose of this project is to identify partners in ministry who serve the needs of the community in specific ways that the church is unable to do by itself; and to provide an opportunity to give gifts in the form of donations that will have meaning beyond Christmas Day, in honor or memory of a loved one. The event also provides an opportunity to channel Christmas gift giving in ways that benefit up to ten service organizations that will be represented. It is open to both church members and to members of the community at large. In the coming weeks, more information will be provided regarding the organizations that are participating, the work that they do, and their missions.

St. Mary Roman Catholic Church of Bristol will present a program series called "Access to Experts". This series of talks, by experts in their field, will be presented at St. Mary's Church Hall on Monday evenings from 7-9PM and all are invited to attend this free series.  We especially welcome our neighbors from other faith communities.

  • St. Mary's Church is located at 330 Wood Street, Bristol RI 02809.
  • Free talks take place on Mondays at 7PM at the St. Mary's Parish Hall, 330 Wood St. Bristol.
  • Oct.. 2, 2017-(7PM)-Protecting You In the Information Are-Basic Steps to {protect Your Personal Information Speaker; Bill Cameron, Certified Information Privacy Professional-US (CIPP-US)
  • October 16, 2017-7PM-Hot Topics in Elder Law-Protecting Yourself, Your Assets and Your Loved Ones AND Services for Seniors in RI and How to Spot Elder Abuse Speakers-Elizabeth Silberman Phillips -Attorney @ Hackman & Phillips Elderlaw RI LLC& Speaker Deborah Burton, MS-Senior's Choice Consulting
  • October 30, 2017- 7PM-Understanding the Absence of Our Young Adult Children in Worship Services Speaker: The Venerable Janice L. Grinnell, Archdeacon of the Episcopal Diocese of RI
  • Nov. 6, 2017- (7PM)-Financial IQ and Retirement Readiness Speaker:  Baystate Financial, Karen Melo, Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
  • Dec. 4, 2017-(7PM)-From Saint to Santa Claus-The Story of St. Nicholas Speaker: Michael Rielly
  • Dec. 11, 2017-(7PM) They Wore the Red Suit-a Documentary about keeping the Magic of Santa Alive  Host: Michael Rielly

Houses of Faith Presentations - Open to all

  • Oct. 15, 2017 (3PM)-St. Michael's Episcopal Church- Getting to Know Our Neighbors of Faith-Journey, Architecture & Faith & Outreach Speakers: Council Members (399 Hope Street, Bristol)
  • October 21, 2017 (7PM) -United Brothers Synagogue - Getting to Know Our Neighbors of Faith-Journey, Architecture & Faith & Outreach (205 High Street) Speakers: Council Members
  • Nov. 5 2017 (3PM) -First Baptist Church of Bristol- Getting to Know Our Neighbors of Faith-Our Journey, Architecture & Faith & Outreach (250 High Street, Bristol) Speakers: Historic Committee
  • Dec. 16, 2017 -(3PM)-St Mary R.C. Church-Getting to Know our Neighbors House of Faith-Journey, Architecture and Faith & Outreach Speakers: St. Mary's Committee Congregational Church of Bristol, Getting to know Neighbors of Faith-Journey, Architecture and Faith and Outreach
  • Jan. 21, 2016 (3PM) First Congregational Church-Getting to Know our Neighbors of Faith-Journey, Architecture, Faith and Outreach- (281 High Street, Bristol)
    Speakers: Congregants & Church Leaders


The second presentation in St. Mary's Access to Experts Series will feature Attorney Elizabeth Phillips, a partner at Hackman & Phillips Elder Law RI LLC in Warwick, RI and Deborah Burton, MS owner of Senior's Choice Consulting. They will co present on an important topic "Elder Law and Elder Care". This program will be presented at St. Mary's R.C. Church at 330 Wood Street, Monday, October 16, 2017 at 7PM. The free lecture is open the Community.

Attorney Phillips has helped many families where spouses, adult children, or caretakers are jumping into decision making roles for their parents or a loved one for the first time. Using Powers of Attorney or Legal Guardianship, spouses, children and caretakers are faced with organizing finances, making decisions about care, and figuring out the best placement for their loved ones all at once. To help navigate this stressful journey, she will address the following topics:

  • What legal documents do I need to achieve asset protection and peace of mind for myself and my family?
  • Should I put my children's names on my home and accounts?
  • How can I plan for long-term care?
  • When is a guardianship necessary and how does it work?
  • What happens to my home and other assets if I need Medicaid to pay for my long-term care?

Deborah Burton, the owner of Senior's Choice Consulting, has been involved with Seniors for over 30 years. She has held various roles such as long-term care advocacy at the Office of the RI Long-Term Care Ombudsman, public health research at Brown University, and the Providence VA Geriatric Extended Care Data Analysis Center as well as care coordination at one of the largest homecare agencies in Rhode Island. She is a member of the Gerontological Society of America and is a longtime participant in the Lt Governor's Long-Term Care Coordinating Council.

The mission at Senior's Choice Consulting is to provide the best high-quality information in a compassionate client-centered way.
Her specialty is providing resources you can access and answering some of the hard questions that frequently come up. She will discuss some of the challenges of aging independently such as:

  • What steps you can take TODAY to maintain your independence at home.
  • Where to find services available for RI Seniors.
  • We are our neighbors keeper, ways we can keep ourselves and each other safe.
  • Mom Fell! Now what?
  • Can I be forced to stay in a nursing home? What are my rights?

The Vision of Seniors Choice Consulting is that one day we will all be able to age safely at home within the community of those that we love and care for.

First Congregational Church of Bristol, Rhode Island300 High Street  ♦  Bristol, RI 02809
(401) 253-7288   ♦   office@fccbristol.org

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