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. Please note the gathering is on hiatus while we all deal with Covid-19.
Here is a breakdown of events at the church for January and February 2022:
* Sunday, July 3 (8 a.m.): Women’s breakfast at Brady J’s
* Monday, July 4: Independence Day
* Thursday, July 21, (9:30 a.m.): The church book club meets in Pastor Sue’s office; they will discuss the novel The Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown.
Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1676. Even before Mary Rowlandson was captured by Indians on a winter day of violence and terror, she sometimes found herself in conflict with her rigid Puritan community. Now, her home destroyed, her children lost to her, she has been sold into the service of a powerful woman tribal leader, made a pawn in the ongoing bloody struggle between English settlers and native people.
Battling cold, hunger, and exhaustion, Mary witnesses harrowing brutality but also unexpected kindness. To her confused surprise, she is drawn to her captors’ open and straightforward way of life, a feeling further complicated by her attraction to a generous, protective English-speaking native known as James Printer. All her life, Mary has been taught to fear God, submit to her husband, and abhor Indians. Now, having lived on the other side of the forest, she begins to question the edicts that have guided her, torn between the life she knew and the wisdom the natives have shown her.
Based on the compelling true narrative of Mary Rowlandson, Flight of the Sparrow is an evocative tale that transports the reader to a little-known time in early America and explores the real meanings of freedom, faith, and acceptance.
* Saturday, July 23 (11 a.m. - 4 p.m.): Chicken BBQ; Mightea Boba Plaza in Canandaigua
* Friday, July 29 (7:05 p.m.): Red Wing ball game & fireworks
* Sunday, July 31 (8 a.m.): Men’s breakfast at Brady J’s
* Sunday, August 7 (8 a.m.): Women’s breakfast at Brady J’s
* Friday, August 12 (2 - 7 p.m.): Red Cross-sponsored blood drive at the East Bloomfield Holcomb Fire Hall
* Thursday, August 18 (9:30 a.m.): The church book club meets in Pastor Sue’s office; they will discuss the book The Alice Network by Kate Quinn.
1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She’s also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie’s parents banish her to Europe to have her “little problem” taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.
1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she’s recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she’s trained by the mesmerizing Lili, code name Alice, the “queen of spies,” who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy’s nose.
Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. That is until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn’t heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth . . . no matter where it leads.
* Sunday, August 28 (8 a.m.): Men’s breakfast at Brady J’s