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First Congregational Church of East Bloomfield

Rich in heritage, bonded in love, growing in Christ.

Sunday, March 1:
 * First Sunday in Lent and the start of Pastor Sue's Gospel lessons: "Conversations with Jesus."

Thursday, March 5:
* Lenten Bible Study in the church’s Fellowship Hall at 6:30 PM

Sunday, March 8:
* Daylight Savings Time starts. Don’t forget to set your clocks one hour ahead (“spring forward”).

Thursday, March 12:
* Lenten Bible Study in the church’s Fellowship Hall at 6:30 PM

Tuesday, March 17:
* Saint Patrick's Day

Thursday, March 19:
* Book club meets in the church Memorial Room at 10:30 AM; they will discuss Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman.

Goodreads synopsis: For years, Maggie Sheets has been an invisible hand in the glittering homes of wealthy New York City clients, scrubbing, dusting, mopping, and doing all she can to keep her head above water as a single mother. Everything changes when a former employer dies leaving Maggie a staggering inheritance. A house in Sag Harbor. The catch? It comes with an inhabitant: The deceased’s eighty-two-year old mother Edith.
     Edith has Alzheimer’s—or so the doctors tell her—but she remembers exactly how her daughter Liza could light up a room, or bring dark clouds in her wake. And now Liza’s gone, by her own hand, and Edith has been left—like a chaise or strand of pearls—to a poorly dressed young woman with a toddler in tow.
     Maggie and Edith are both certain this arrangement will be an utter disaster. But as summer days wane, a tenuous bond forms, and Edith, who feels the urgency of her diagnosis, shares a secret that she’s held close for five decades, launching Maggie on a mission that might just lead them each to what they are looking for.

* Lenten Bible Study in the church’s Fellowship Hall at 6:30 PM

Thursday, March 26:
* Lenten Bible Study in the church’s Fellowship Hall at 6:30 PM

Friday, March 27:
* Free Friday Supper - 5:00-6:30 PM. This dinner is offered free to the community on the last Friday of the month (January through April). The meal is open to all who would like to attend; everyone is welcome. Handicap parking is available in the parking lot off of 5 & 20.

Thursday, April 2:
* Lenten Bible Study in the church’s Fellowship Hall at 6:30 PM

Sunday, April 5:
* Palm Sunday

Thursday, April 9:
* Maundy Thursday worship service 7:00 PM

Friday, April 10:
* Good Friday worship service 7:00 PM

Sunday, April 12:
* Easter. He is risen!

Monday, April 13:

* Red Cross Blood Drive (in Fellowship Hall) - 2-7:00 PM. 


In addition to the traditional snacks offered to the donors by the Red Cross, we will be serving grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato or chicken noodle soup. Always a worthwhile event.


Thursday, April 16:
* Book club meets in the Memorial Room  – 10:30 AM; they will discuss Maid by Stephanie Land.

Goodreads synopsis: Stephanie Land's memoir about working as a maid; a beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in America. Includes a foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich. 

"My daughter learned to walk in a homeless shelter."

While the gap between upper middle-class Americans and the working poor widens, grueling low-wage domestic and service work--primarily done by women--fuels the economic success of the wealthy. Stephanie Land worked for years as a maid, pulling long hours while struggling as a single mom to keep a roof over her daughter's head. In Maid, she reveals the dark truth of what it takes to survive and thrive in today's inequitable society.
     While she worked hard to scratch her way out of poverty as a single parent, scrubbing the toilets of the wealthy, navigating domestic labor jobs, higher education, assisted housing, and a tangled web of government assistance, Stephanie wrote. She wrote the true stories that weren't being told. The stories of overworked and underpaid Americans.
     Written in honest, heart-rending prose and with great insight, Maid explores the underbelly of upper-middle class America and the reality of what it's like to be in service to them. "I'd become a nameless ghost," Stephanie writes. With this book, she gives voice to the "servant" worker, those who fight daily to scramble and scrape by for their own lives and the lives of their children.

Friday, April 24:
* Free Friday Supper - 5:00-6:30 PM. The dinner is offered free to the community on the last Friday of the month (January through April). The meal is open to all who would like to attend; everyone is welcome. Handicap parking is available in the parking lot off of 5 & 2

Sunday, April 26:
* Chicken BBQ fundraiser - 11:00-4:00 PM at Shivers (6570 Route 5; on the corner of routes 5 & 20 and 64 in Bloomfield).

NOTE: The church's regular worship service will begin on 9:00 AM on this Sunday.​​

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 March and April 2020:

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