First Congregational Church of East Bloomfield
Rich in heritage, bonded in love, growing in Christ.
We meet every Sunday at 10:00 for Worship and then gather for Fellowship (coffee & treats included!) after the service.
Here is a breakdown of events at the church for September and October 2023:
* Sunday, September 3 (after the worship service): Council meeting
* Monday, September 4 (9:00 a.m.): Women’s breakfast at Brady J’s
* Monday, September 4: Labor Day
* Sunday, September 10: Rally Day
* Monday, September 11: Patriot Day (9/11 Remembrance)
* Friday, September 15: National POW/MIA Recognition Day
* Sunday, September 17: Constitution Day & Citizenship Day
* Thursday, September 21, (9:30 a.m.): The church book club meets in Pastor Sue’s office; they will discuss the novel The Guns of Navarone by Alistair MacLean.
The guns of Navarone, huge and catastrophically accurate, embedded atop an impregnable iron fortress in the Mediterranean Sea. Twelve hundred British soldiers trapped on a nearby island, with no hope of rescue from Allied ships, waiting to die.
Keith Mallory, world-famous mountaineer, skilled saboteur. His mission: to lead a small team of misfits and silence the guns forever. Reaching the island and scaling the sheer cliffs undetected will be hard enough; defeating the German forces and destroying the massive guns all but impossible. And as for getting out alive when there may be a traitor in the team…
* Sunday, September 24 (7:45 a.m.): Men’s breakfast at Brady J’s
* Friday, September 29th (5 - 6:30 p.m.): Free Friday Supper
* Sunday, October 1: World Communion Sunday. Every year on the first Sunday in October, Christians around the globe celebrate World Communion Sunday. On this day, people draw faith and inspiration from seeing that they are part of a community that boasts millions of believers and worshippers.
* Sunday, October 1 (after the worship service): Council meeting
* Monday, October 2 (9:00 a.m.): Women’s breakfast at Brady J’s
* Monday, October 9: Columbus Day
* Thursday, October 19 (9:30 a.m.): The church book club meets in Pastor Sue’s office; they will discuss the book Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger.
“That was it. That was all of it. A grace so ordinary there was no reason at all to remember it. Yet I have never across the forty years since it was spoken forgotten a single word.” New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were selling out at the soda counter of Halderson’s Drugstore, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder.
Frank begins the season preoccupied with the concerns of any teenage boy, but when tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family—which includes his Methodist minister father; his passionate, artistic mother; Juilliard-bound older sister; and wise-beyond-his-years kid brother—he finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal, suddenly called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years.
Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that fateful summer, Ordinary Grace is a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.
* Friday, Friday, October 27th (5 - 6:30 p.m.): Free Friday Supper
* Sunday, October 29 (7:45 a.m.): Men’s breakfast at Brady J’s.
* Sunday, October 29 (after the worship service): Halloween potluck w/games