No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!
This Sunday, September 19, 2021
Worship at 10:00 AM, In Person

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

Greeters: Bill Piper, Bert Merrell
Liturgist: David Greenhaw

Scripture - Mark 7:24-30

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.


Face mask wearing remains mandatory for all in-person worshippers over the age of five.
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
MUSIC SPOTLIGHT: Amy Cerniglia
This Sunday we will sing "God of Many Faces," a new hymn text by Amy Cerniglia (set to the tune SLANE - "Be Thou My Vision"). Amy is the Director of Music at Peace Presbyterian Church (USA) in Florida. She is a Master of Divinity student at The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, where she received the Alberta Swanson Prize Essay Award and the Barbara Watson Smith Presbyterian Bible Content Award. She also serves as Dean of the Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and as the Digital Media Communications Specialist for the Covenant Network of Presbyterians. Her wife is a social worker and recent graduate of Fordham University. 
WOMEN OF WYDOWN BROWN BAG LUNCH
This Sunday, September 19, 12:15 PM
All women of the church are invited to a Women of Wydown lunch hosted by Melissa Wurst at her home. Bring your own lunch and join the ladies for fun and fellowship!

Time: 12:15 pm
Address: 7018 Delmar Blvd, University City, 63130
Parking Directions: We are on the South side of Delmar, 4th house west of the intersection at Big Bend. We are across from Lewis Park. Our house faces a right hand turn lane onto Big Bend so you cannot park in front. Several options:

  1. Park in our driveway (we have room for about 8-10 cars). Enter the alley behind our house, off Big Bend. We are the 4th house down on your right. Garage door will be open – pull on through to the driveway
  2. Park across the street in front of Lewis Park and walk across.
  3. Park on Vassar – the small side street west of our house and walk down.
These announcements have been approved
by our Executive Committee.
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!

I am excited to announce that an intergenerational mission trip is in the works for summer 2022!! We will be heading to Hinton Rural Life Center in Haysville, NC. I have been blessed to have participated in mission trips at Hinton both as a youth and an adult and am very excited to share the experience with my FCC family! This is a truly all ages mission trip! All children under 12 must be accompanied by their parents or a guardian but Hinton welcomes all ages to come and learn and participate in mission.  

Hinton is in the heart of the Appalachians and serves two counties in North Carolina and one county in Georgia. The poverty rate in this area is 18% so the region has plenty of need for external support. The wonderful aspect of Hinton is that they are just as focused on the relationships you make with those you are helping as with the physical work you are doing.  

I am so excited to share this opportunity with you and encourage you to keep your eye out for more information coming in the next month! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  
THE ZOOM WHERE IT HAPPENED
September 2021 Council Meeting Reflection
The church council met on Zoom on September 15. Linda Morice, council member at large, wrote a reflection on the meeting from her perspective. You can read it HERE.
OPENING CHURCH NURSERY
We are re-opening our church nursery on Sundays and we have a need for volunteers. Would you like to help take care of the youngest members of our community? Sign up online HERE, and check out the other opportunities for Sunday morning leadership as well! A background check will be required for all volunteers who work with our children, as well as face masks.
"MAMA CAT": WORK IN PROGRESS
On display September 3-25, The May Gallery
Photographer Theo Welling has been documenting the humanitarian and activist, Dr. Cathy Daniels, and her work with the PotBangerz. A sampling of his work will be on display at The May Gallery (Sverdrup Building, 8300 Big Bend Blvd.) September 3-25 with a talk by Mr. Welling at 3:00 PM on Friday September 24.
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.
RADICAL INCLUSION ADULT FORMATION SERIES
We have an exciting new adult formation series that will run through the rest of this year and into 2022! Some will be only online and others will be hybrid. Here are the upcoming opportunities:

Sun. Sept. 26, 11:20 AM on Zoom Coffee Hour
Sneak Peak: "Congregationalism Comes to the West" - Bert Merrell

Sun. Oct. 3, 11:20 AM in person & on Zoom
"Congregationalism Comes to the West" - Bert Merrell

Sun. Oct. 31, 11:20 AM on Zoom Coffee Hour
"Being a Black Man in a White Church" - Damien Richardson

And more to come!
CONGREGATIONALISM COMES TO THE WEST:
Radical Inclusion Adult Formation Series
Sneak Peak: Sunday September 26, 11:20 AM on Zoom Coffee Hour
Sunday October 3, 11:20 AM in person & on Zoom
Congregationalism Comes to The West: Why was the First Trinitarian Congregational Church the first of its kind in the West? What was the "Plan of Union"? How did a Preacher from Vermont end up Minister of a church 1500 miles away? Join us for a sneak peak during Zoom Coffee Hour on Sunday the 26th of September and come back in person or on Zoom on October 3rd to get the answers to these questions and many more!
GATEWAY ONA DRAG BINGO FUNDRAISER
October 2, 6:30 PM
Registration is open!

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. A free will offering will be taken for the Open & Affirming Coalition of the UCC and the AllianceQ of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ. Registration is $25 and includes 5 bingo cards via email. Register by September 28 at www.gatewayona.com/bingo-fundraiser-2021.html. For additional information, contact Melissa at mhattman@att.net or call 314-443-4277.
Y'ALL COME CHOIR
Sunday October 3, 9:00 AM
Do you want to sing in the choir but can't commit to weekly rehearsals? Y'all Come Choir is for you! Come to choir rehearsal at 9:00 AM in the sanctuary on October 3rd, and we'll learn a piece for the service.
FOOD OUTREACH MISSION OPPORTUNITY
Saturday October 2, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
FCC has signed up to package meals at Food Outreach, one of our mission partners, on Saturday October 2nd, from 8am to 12pm. We have committed to provide 12 volunteers, but can add more. Food Outreach requests that everyone complete a personal profile and sign up online. You can do so HERE. When you go to the site, you will find a page for First Congregational; sign up there. Should you have questions you can contact Alyssa Hildebrand at Food Outreach, 314-652-3663.
SHED FALL WORK DAY
Saturday Oct. 9 & Sunday Oct. 10, 9am-1pm
Volunteers are needed for SHED's annual Fall Work Days! Assist older residents, people with disabilities, and veterans with exterior home maintenance. All skill levels welcome. Contact: info@shedstl.org, 314-782-SHED (7433).
EARLY MUSIC @ 1ST
Early Music @ 1st - FCC's concert series resumes this year! 

October 10, 3p 17th-C Lute Music from France & Scotland
November 7, 3p 19th-C Chamber Music for Violin, Cello & Guitar
December 12, 3p 17th-C German Music of the Season for Soprano
February 6, 3p Music of Colonial New England for Voice and Viola da Gamba
March 13, 3p Gaelic Song and Dance 
April 24, 3p Music for Viola d’Amore by Haydn, Stamitz & Others
SHARE YOUR HERITAGE
On kick-off Sunday we were able to hear from several people about their heritage. Everyone has an interesting story to tell! If you'd like to share your heritage with the congregation, please send a short story to Hannah (hrice@firstcongregational.org). We will share one story each month here in the eBulletin.
Sheena Richardson has shared with us her unique heritage. You can read about her heritage and get to know her background HERE.
UPDATE CONTACT INFORMATION
Hannah is updating our records for our church member directory. If any of your contact information has changed since January 2021, please contact Hannah (hrice@firstcongregational.org). Thank you!
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.
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST APPEAL: SEVERE STORMS 2021
The UCC has launched a ‘Severe Storms 2021’ appeal to take donations for Hurricane Ida relief. Gifts can be made online using this page at the UCC website.

“As damage reports and assessments continue to come in, may we pause to hold the people affected by Hurricane Ida in our prayers for their safety, health, and comfort,” said Josh Baird, Global H.O.P.E. team leader. “While the urge on our part to rush to offer help is normal given the destruction we are witnessing, unsolicited aid at this time often increases the burden on impacted communities. Material goods should only be sent when specifically requested by an organization and volunteers should never self-deploy.”
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