Ministry Headlines

First Congregational Church in Winchester, UCC
Lent & Easter 2019 Vol. 66, No. 2
In This Issue
Spiritual Reflections
Why the Seven Deadly Sins?
Seasons of the Spirit: A Lenten Reflection

Holy Week & Easter Services

Ministry Updates
Leadership Team
Ministry Team
Music and Worship Arts
Green Congregation Task Force
Health Ministry
Ruth Group

Opportunities to Serve

Lent & Easter Events at a Glance
Spiritual Reflections
Why the Seven Deadly Sins?
Our Lenten Worship Series from Sunday March 10 through Palm Sunday, April 14 is based upon the Seven Deadly Sins. Not only will Judy and I preach on the sins and their corresponding virtues, but the choir will sing on them as well. Wait 'til you hear, for instance, the choir’s musical take on sloth, lust and wrath! Read more...
A Lenten Reflection
During Lent we are invited to ponder our “missing the mark” in the things we do and have done, as well as the things we have left undone, recognizing the realities that keep us distant from the transforming power of God’s forgiveness and love.  Read more...
Holy Week & Easter Services
Palm Sunday, April 14
Blessing of the Palms on the Common 9:30 AM
Palm Sunday Worship 10:00 AM

Maundy Thursday, April 18
Maundy Thursday Service 7:30 PM
Overnight Vigil Begins 9 PM

Good Friday, April 19
Vigil Closing Service 12 PM

April 20
Bagels & Bunnies Egg Hunt 9:30 AM

Easter Sunday, April 21
Sunrise Yoga in the Barn at Wright-Locke Farm 5:15 AM
Sunrise Service at Wright-Locke Farm 5:45 AM
Worship in the Sanctuary 9:00 & 11:00 AM

Easter Flowers
You are invited to donate a chancel Easter plant as a memorial or as a gift. Plants will be distributed to our shut-ins following the worship service on Easter Sunday, April 21. The cost of plants is $20.00 each. All orders are due by Palm Sunday, April 14. Please fill out this form to order.
Ministry Updates
Leadership Team March Update
Greetings from the Leadership Team (LT)! We’d like you to know what we’ve been working on, and as always, we invite you to share your ideas, concerns, or questions with us. Learn about the 2019 budget, our beautiful steeple, and new focus areas. Read more...
Troubling the Waters for the Healing of the World 
In April, Judy will be attending the "Troubling the Waters" conference. The gathering takes its title from scripture: John 5:1-9 and Isaiah 43:1-9 along with other texts that tell our story of protest and resistance.  Read more…
The Immigrant Experience
Sunday, March 24, 4 PM
St. Mary’s Church, 158 Washington St, Winchester
Please join our choir, in collaboration with local congregations, in a special performance of words and music in honor of  The Immigrant Experience, a cantata by local composer John Kramer. Read more...
Get to Know Kathleen!
Our ministry team does a great job getting to know the congregation, but how well do we know our ministers? The Personnel Team will be interviewing a different member of the staff in each edition of The Spire so we can learn more about what inspires them to serve and how they recharge their batteries. First up, Minister of Congregational Health and Wellness, Kathleen Zagata! Read more...
Can FCCW Become an Energy as well as Spiritual Powerhouse?
For the past months, representatives from Facilities as well as the Green Congregation Taskforce, have been researching and discussing the benefits of equipping FCC with solar panels to generate its own electrical power. Read more…
Contemplative Retreat in Nature
Friday, May 17 & Saturday, May 18
Registration due April 17
As the woods awaken from the winter slumber, you are invited to retreat in nature. Take time to slow your pace, immerse in the sights and sounds of the woods, and through prayer and spiritual practices experience the natural world as a gateway to a deeper relationship with God. Read more…
Seven Deadly Sins on the Path to Wholeness 
In past years as Lent approached, Kathleen Zagata wrote about “taking up” a Lenten health practice. This Lent she writes to bring attention to a specific opportunity that awaits us, namely the Sunday Worship Seven Deadly Sins Series. Read more…
outdoor church
The Outdoor Church Serving Opportunity
March 31
March has five Sundays in it, which means an opportunity to help the Outdoor Church! There are many ways you can make a difference! On March 31, we will receive donated ingredients, make sandwiches and send them with 2 or 3 church members to Cambridge. Read more... and sign up here!
March April, and May Book Selections
March 17, April 14, & May 19, 7-9 PM
Please join us as we discuss three books this spring. All women of the church are welcome!

March 17
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Hosted by Sarah Gallop

April 14
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
Host: Karen Roberts; Facilitator: Teresa Cader

May 19
Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
Hosted by Mike Redding & Laurie Roby

If in need of a ride, please contact Maryann McCall-Taylor or Kaye Nash.
Opportunities to Serve
Lent & Easter Events at a Glance
What's Your Team Up To?

The Spire is published seasonally, six times per year: Fall (Sept-Nov), Advent/Christmas (Dec), Winter (Jan-Feb), Lent/Easter (Mar-Apr), Spring (May-June) and Summer (July-Aug).  Due dates for submissions can be found here.

The Spire features ministries updates and seasonal spiritual content. Please send your team updates to  Nancy Kneiss . Please note that content may be gently edited for length and clarity, and will appear on our website. Upcoming events and weekly email blast requests should be sent to  Sarah Marino , our Office Manager, at by Thursday at 9:00 AM. Thank you!

-Nancy Kneiss, Editor