As mentioned before, the choir is back! Here is a typical view of the choir as they present a worshipful anthem to the congregation.
Thanks to the work of the congregation, the sanctuary was once again transformed into a wonderful Christmas venue. Here is the church on Christmas Eve with a close-up of the altar table with all the candles.
Memorial Day 2021
We had an wonderful Memorial Day observance on May 30th during the worship service. It began when Bethyn Boni, Cheryl Glamack and Marilyn Shafer sang Blades of Grass and Pure White Stone as the prelude.
Then, Donna Messner played the Battle Hymn of the Republic on the organ as the postlude. Donna Magraw was so moved by the service and the hymn that she was compelled to gather up the flag and present it to the congregation as they sang. The hymn and both Donna’s actions were fitting tributes to those who gave their all in service to this country.
July 2021 - Deacon Molly Returns!
With the reopening of our church (and live services), Deacon Molly is back! You should have seen the queue of people waiting to greet her personally. We never realized how much she was missed until she came back; not sure who was happier, the congregation or Molly! Here she is, preparing for another service.
We had two chicken BBQ fundraisers this year (2020), one in May and one in July (both times, the chicken was deliciously cooked by Gale-Wyn Catering). We sold out both times!
Here are the volunteers, ready to serve chicken to our hungry customers. The fundraisers were a rousing success thanks to these folks.
The choir celebrated the start of summer 2020 with a Pizza & Ice Cream Party (in lieu of their traditional visit to Shark's for ice cream and a BBQ). A wonderful time - and a lot of pizza and ice cream! - was had by all.
Here are the hardy souls braving the cold to sell BBQ chicken on Sunday, April 25, 2021. This fundraiser was a rousing success and we sold out (325 chicken dinners sold in 3 hours!). Much thanks is given to our organizer, Nick Glamack. In addition, our thanks to the volunteers: Bethyn Boni, Cheryl Glamack, Bob & Janice Kelly, Phyllis Rechtin, Judd Rockcastle, Marilyn Shafer, Nancy Stewart, Robin Stewart and Joe & Sue Walters.
At the end of August, 2921, Jim and Phyllis Rechtin honored us by asking us to join in their 60th wedding anniversary celebration. There was a lovely cake and other wonderful treats; it was a pleasure to celebrate along with the happy couple. Happy Anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Rechtin!
Pastor Sue now has an office in the church and will be having office hours on Thursdays beginning September 9. She will lead morning prayer from the office beginning at 9 a.m. and will be there until 1 p.m. She is also available at other times by appointment. Please call her on her cellphone (716-983-5760) to make these arrangements. Here’s her office in its initial “waiting for Pastor Sue to move in and make it hers” mode.
August 2020: The book club has started back up. In nicer weather, the club meets outside. This meeting was a little cooler than expected ... for August.
The club welcomes anyone who wishes to attend their monthly meetings; you don't even have to be a church member. Just a book lover!
May 2021: Just had to share this view of the choir not seen in over a year: no masks!
In preparation for the grueling fass and winter schedule of rehearsals and lesson presentations, our puppets decided to take advantage of a nice day and do a photo shoot on the church grounds.
It must have done them well as they've already performed one puppet lesson/show for the congregation since these pictures were taken.
Seems it was a long time ago, but we held another successful fundraiser in July 2021 with a second chicken BBQ. We had wonderful attendance/participation and sold out again, despite the day’s drizzle. Much thanks, again, to Nick Glamack for all the coordinating and also to the volunteer sellers: Bethyn Boni, Cheryl Glamack, Bob & Janice Kelly, Marilyn Shafer, Nancy Stewart, Robin Stewart and Joe & Sue Walters.
We are a church family! As such we are involved in many activities. We worship together, reach out to the community and we fellowship together--all in the name of Jesus who is our guide. On this page you will find a bunch of pictures showing the congregation just being a church family in many ways. (NOTE: The newest pictures are at the bottom of the page.)
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First Congregational Church of East Bloomfield
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The trustees arranged to have repair work done to the plaster & paint in the sanctuary in July 2021. We held service in Fellowship Hall until it was done (the church looked like this):
You can’t even tell where the work was done. A beautifully matched and well done repair!