No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!
This Sunday, August 29, 2021
Kick-Off Sunday
Worship at 10:00 AM, In Person & Livestreamed

Led by Rev. Mia White, Emily Stokes,
Dr. Sarah Bereza, and Hannah Rice

Scripture - Philippians 1:27

Greeters: Ann Kittlaus, Karen Safe
Liturgist: Michele Bryan

Face mask wearing remains mandatory for all in-person worshippers over the age of five.

Sunday's worship service will be livestreamed from our sanctuary. You may attend with us in person or watch online. You will be able to view the service live on facebookYoutube, or on our website at 10:00 AM this Sunday. In order to use the chat features you will need to have an account with facebook or YouTube.

If you are joining worship online, we invite you to follow along with the worship bulletin, which you can find by clicking the links below. You can print it, or have it open on one device as you view worship from another.

KICK OFF SUNDAY
August 29
Join us for Kick Off Sunday! Worship will be uplifting, our choir is back, and Sunday school for elementary and middle school students begins (outdoors - see Emily Stokes for more information.)

Our worship service will focus on heritage: Most of us in the United States have descended from immigrants from other parts of the world. We invite you to wear or bring something to worship that represents your heritage - so get creative! Can we make it around the world?

Worship will also begin with a parade, similar to our Pride Sunday parade. If you'd like to participate and parade into worship, meet at the parking lot door by 10:00. You are also welcome to begin worship from the sanctuary. Our children are also invited to participate in the parade. They will parade into the sanctuary and then elementary and middle school students will go outside to the Garth for Sunday school.

As part of Kick off Sunday our kiddos will be starting a theme of compassion. This Sunday we will be learning about Abraham and Sarah welcoming guests and we would like to welcome you to come pick up a treat on the Garth after worship!
WELCOME DARREN TUCKER
New Staff Tenor
Darren Tucker is excited to be joining the church in worship as a staff tenor! He is a St. Louis U High graduate and is in his senior year at Webster University studying music. He has had appearances locally at The MUNY, Powell Hall, Sheldon Concert Hall and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Instagram @darrenmtucker 

As an African American, we are delighted Darren brings more diversity to our Chancel Choir!
VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR
Sundays at 11:20 AM on Zoom
We're continuing our Virtual Coffee Hours every Sunday on Zoom! The gathering will begin at 11:20 AM. You can join by video on a computer, tablet, or smart phone, or just audio on any phone. To join, download Zoom and enter the meeting ID and password. You can also click the link below, or dial from your phone for audio only.

Join the Virtual Coffee Hour:


Meeting ID: 314 721 5060 (The church phone number)

Password: coffee
These announcements have been approved
by our Executive Committee.
ARTICLE FOR COFFEE HOUR
Our Zoom Coffee Hour discussion this Sunday will focus on an article from The Christian Century: This Seattle church's stained-glass Jesus was far too White by Sam Luikens. Drop into Zoom this Sunday at 11:20 to discuss this article and check in on one another!
EMILY'S CORNER
Welcome to Emily’s Corner! Each week I will highlight an event that is coming up, give you insight into our Sunday school program, or just pass on some interesting information. I hope you check it out each week!

Sunday school starts this Sunday!! We will be offering Sunday school for our elementary and middle schoolers this fall. Each group will meet on the 2nd and the 4th Sundays of the month and we will meet outside on the Garth to ensure that our kiddos stay safe during this pandemic. Our elementary crew will be delving into Illustrated Ministry’s Compassion curriculum this fall while our middle schoolers will be using the Colaborate Bible Study from Spark House. Our children will not be in worship on these Sundays in order to keep them outside completely. Families are encouraged to attend worship together online or in person on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.  

I am excited to kick off a new school year with you and can’t wait to see what the year has in store for us! See you Sunday!
ANNOUNCING NEIGHBOR 2 NEIGHBOR!
Neighbor 2 Neighbor is an exciting new Fellowship & Outreach program being brought to you by Membership & Fellowship as a program that Rev. Mia has used very successfully with past congregations. We’ve divided the church into 15 smaller geographic groupings of 4 - 6 households/families who can check in on each other, provide support & form a smaller more close-knit group within the larger congregation. It’s an opportunity to get to know those in the church close to you geographically - and to be a way to share resources when needed - from help during a power outage - to meals during an illness - to something as simple as a referral for a good dentist or handyman in your area. Eventually it can also be a way to reach out to other neighbors and friends who may be interested in a way to get to meet other folks at First Church. As it says in Mark “Love your Neighbor as Yourself” - and this is a wonderful way to share the love! Expect to hear from your Neighbor 2 Neighbor leader in the next few weeks - to give you an update on our plans for Kickoff Sunday on Aug. 29th! (Note to Leaders - our final orientation will be this Tuesday 7:00 pm by zoom - check your email or contact Carol Klein at carolsklein@me.com for the link.)
THANK YOU!
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our crayon drive for Isaiah 58 Ministries. We were asked to provide 500 boxes of 24 crayons for the children they serve and we exceeded that goal!
POSTPONED: PASTOR MIA'S INSTALLATION SERVICE
Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to postpone Pastor Mia's installation service. The new installation date will be sometime in 2022.
FCC CONFIRMATION CLASS
Calling all 7th and 8th graders! Our confirmation program is beginning soon, which is an opportunity to explore your faith and become a full member of our congregation. If you'd like to learn more, contact Emily Stokes.
AMY CAMIE IN THE LADUE NEWS
Amy Camie, who has often played harp in FCC's worship services, was recently featured in the Ladue News. Check out the article HERE.
BEREAVEMENT NOTICE: AUDREY NOURSE
Rev. Audrey Nourse, 83, died on August 19, 2021 in St. Louis. She was a UCC pastor and also the spouse of a former FCC interim pastor, Rev. John Nourse. You can read Audrey's obituary, view the arrangements, and leave a tribute online HERE.
EDEN SEMINARY OPENING CONVOCATION
August 31, 5:30 PM
Join the Eden community in marking the beginning of the new academic year with Opening Convocation on August 31. Eden is overjoyed to welcome the Rev. Michelle Higgins as the preacher. Rev. Higgins is senior pastor of St. John's Church (The Beloved Community) UCC in St. Louis. You can join the service in person (with Covid protocols) or online. See more information HERE.
MSB SCHOLARSHIP
Applications due by September 1
In loving memory of their daughter Molly, Jane and Bill Beavers established The Molly Suzanne Beavers Memorial Scholarship Fund to help students pursue higher education. This fund helps college and graduate students who are members of FCC pay for books and other incidental expenses. Chrissy Paterson, sister to Molly and daughter of Jane and Bill, continues to oversee this scholarship fund. To apply for the 2021-2022 academic year (if you are a previous recipient, please re-apply), please send a letter to the church office and address it to the Molly Beavers Scholarship Committee by September 1. In your letter, please include: Where you will be attending school; What your major course of study will be (if known); A statement of need and how you plan to use any scholarship funds you may receive; A little information about yourself, your academic interests, and other personal interests.
INTERFAITH CONCERT
Sunday September 12, 4:00 pm
The 10th Anniversary Interfaith Concert sponsored by Arts & Faith St. Louis will feature soprano Christine Brewer and the Interfaith Youth Chorus, with performances by choirs and ensembles of many faiths on stage at the Sheldon Concert Hall. You can stream the concert live at www.hecmedia.org and YouTube. Stay up to date on the concert and other Arts & Faith St. Louis news on Facebook (@artsfaithstlouis), Twitter (@ArtsFaithSTL), and Instagram (@artsfaithstlouis).
WHAT WE BELIEVE: A Free Virtual Course with Dr. David Oughton
September 22 - November 10, Wednesdays @ 7:00 PM
Join Interfaith Partnership for a free virtual course this fall. In "What We Believe," Dr. David Oughton, former IP Board President and retired professor of religion at Saint Louis University, will interview guests in each of the major non-Christian religions, including Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism, Ethical Humanism, and the Baha'i Faith. The course is free and open to all. Learn more HERE.
SAVE THE DATE: GATEWAY ONA DRAG BINGO FUNDRAISER
October 2, 6:30 PM
Gateway Open and Affirming is hosting the second Drag Bingo event benefitting the United Church of Christ Open and Affirming Coalition. The event will be on Zoom beginning at 6:30 PM and ending at 9:00 PM. Registration information will be available soon!
TECH VOLUNTEERS
Calling all tech-minded folks! Currently Hannah Rice is the only person trained to run our Sunday morning livestream. Since she will occasionally be on vacation or otherwise unavailable, it is necessary to train others to help with our online ministry. It is not hard to do, but does take someone a little tech-savvy, preferably with their own laptop or tablet they can bring. We're hoping to gather at least four volunteers. If you are interested, please contact Hannah.
SERVE ON SUNDAY MORNINGS
Now that we are back to worshiping in person together, we are welcoming volunteers to help serve on Sunday mornings. We need greeters/ushers and liturgists. If you're interested in learning more, contact Hannah Rice, or sign up online HERE.
SACRED STUDIES AND FELLOWSHIP
Tuesdays, 10:00 AM
Valerie Jackson leads the Sacred Studies and Fellowship group, which meets every Tuesday at 10:00 for study of the Bible and other texts, personal sharing, and lots of laughter. The group meets in the church Parlor. All are welcome to join!
STAFF TEAM WEEKLY DAYS OFF
Pastor Mia White: Mondays and Fridays
Emily Stokes: Mondays and Saturdays
Sarah Bereza: Mondays and Saturdays
Hannah Rice: Mondays and Saturdays

(The church office will be closed on Mondays)
Thank you to all of the medical professionals who continue to serve the public during these challenging times. We are thinking of you and praying for you. Please join in prayer for members of our community who work in the medical field. Are you a medical professional, or is there someone you care about who is? Let us know and we'll add to our list.
Dr. Mark Barlow
Dr. Ken Blumer
Dr. Mitch Botney
Dr. Melanie Bryan
Dr. Katherine Buchowski
Dr. Bill Chao
Dr. Kristy Holland
Dr. Bruce Jones
Dr. Cheryl Lynch-Lawler
Dr. Josh Madden
Dr. David Piston
Dr. Karen Smethers
Dr. Brandon Tan
ONLINE GIVING
If you would like to continue to give offerings to First Congregational Church, you may do so online HERE.

Alternatively, you may mail your offering to the church at 6501 Wydown Blvd. 63105.
FCC Church Office
Contact Us Via Email

Rev. Mia White: Senior Minister
Emily Stokes: Minister of Children & Families
Dr. Sarah Bereza: Minister of Music
Hannah Rice: Minister of Administration and Membership
Anne Chao: Preschool Director
Phone: 314.721.5060 Fax: 314.721.2716 Preschool: 314.721.7404