FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH UCC
A N N O U N C E M E N T S
NOTE ON TODAY'S WORSHIP VIDEO

We film our worship videos on Thursday mornings, and so they do not reflect current events that have happened between Thursday and Sunday. Also, because of the rapidly increasing COVID19 numbers in our community, we will include as few people in our videos as possible for awhile, which will often only be Karla and Mark. Lastly, here is a link to the anthem "Lord, Make Me An Instrument of Thy Peace" by Jody Lindh, written in honor Abe Graham:

OUTSIDE SERVICE OF MORNING PRAYER
WILL NOT MEET IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY

Due to the cold weather and the extremely high COVID numbers, we will not gather in our Outdoor Worship Service in January and February, but will instead be having a Service of Morning Prayer each Sunday at 11 a.m. on Zoom (see below).

SERVICE OF MORNING PRAYER
TODAY, SUNDAY, AT 11:00 AM
ON ZOOM

You can also join the Service by calling on a phone:
646-876-9923
Meeting ID:: 827 0630 4319

Join us for a wonderful time of scripture, prayers, meditation, and sharing.


ZOOM TRAINING

Anyone can join a Zoom meeting by phone or computer.
If you would like to have a one-to-one training session on Zoom, or even a refresher course, please email your church administrator, Sheryl, to schedule an appointment.

COVID 19 AND OUR CHURCH

Because Covid-19 numbers are rising exponentially in our state and country, we want to do all that we can to avoid person-to-person interactions at the church. You will notice, for instance, that our Sunday worship videos will have limited participation with Mark and Karla only so that no additional persons are put at risk. However, if you need anything, or if there is any way in which your church can help you, please know that your staff are always eager to help:

During these Winter months and in this time in which all of us must be especially careful to avoid unnecessary contact, we encourage you to join us on Zoom for our 11:00 a.m. Sunday Gathering (the link is provided in the email each Sunday morning), or to be a part of one of the book groups that will be beginning in February. All of these events are good ways to stay in touch with your church family. And again, know that your staff are available to help you in any way.
CHURCH BUDGET PLEDGE CARDS

We are still receiving pledge cards towards our 2021 budget. Your participation is important to our church. If you have questions or concerns, please contact:

Rev. Karla Miller (karla@fcchenderonville.org) or
Ron Miller, church treasurer (ronmiller1958@yahoo.com)
CHURCH COUNCIL MEETS THIS WEDNESDAY

The January Church Council meeting will be this Wednesday, January 13, at 10 a.m. Anyone is welcome to attend as a guest. If you would like to attend, please email Phil Taylor, moderator, at pntaylor1234@yahoo.com to receive the Zoom link.
NEW BOOK GROUP BEGINS

A new group to study the book "Journey to Freedom" by Scott Reall, and will be led by Mark Acker. This book is loosely based on concepts from the twelve step movement, and it includes daily readings and questions. Each week, we will gather on Zoom on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. to discuss the readings and to share how the readings and questions spoke to us. Persons who are willing to be vulnerable and to dig deep into their own challenges will get the most from this group. This group will meet for seven weeks, and will begin Thursday, February 4, at 1:00 p.m. To sign up, or for more information, please contact Mark Acker at mark@fcchendersonville.org.
CASTE: THE ORIGIN OF OUR DISCONTENTS by Isabel Wilkerson beginning Tuesday, February 9th @ 2pm. (we will meet for 6 weeks)
Led by John Ariatti and Karla Miller

A book study on Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson’s new book which points to our entire social structure as an unrecognized caste system. Wilkerson notes that we tend to refer to slavery as a “sad, dark chapter” in America when in fact it lasted for hundreds of years—but in order to maintain a social order and an “economy whose bottom gear was torture” it was necessary to give blacks the lowest possible status. Whites in turn got top status. In between came the middle castes of “Asians, Latinos, indigenous people, and immigrants of African descent” to fill out the originally bipolar hierarchy. As Wilkerson develops her argument, she brings in historical figures like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Satchel Paige. She even looks at the Nazis, who turned to us when they were seeking ways to institutionalize racism in the Third Reich.. — Chris Schluep, Amazon

To sign up or for more information, please contact John Ariatti, jja28739@gmail.com
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN A MONTHLY BOOK GROUP?
If you are interested in being a part of a group that gets together on Zoom each month to discuss a non-religious book, please contact Mark at mark@fcchendersonville.org.
Look for the February issue of the Chronicle newsletter on February 10th.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GIFTS AND TITHES
Thank you for your faithfulness in supporting our church financially. Your gifts help our church continue to financially support many non-profits in our community that serve those in need, as well as supporting our staff and keeping our building functioning. You can mail your gifts to First Congregational Church, 1735 5th Avenue West, Hendersonville, NC 28739 or connect to our PayPal account on the church website (click here) or through your own online banking. Thank you for your generosity.
IF YOUR CHURCH CAN HELP YOU IN ANY WAY,
whether through providing a listening ear or picking up a prescription,
we are here for you. 
Please contact Mark Acker (mark@fcchendersonville.org) or
Karla Miller (karla@fcchendersonville.org)
Congratulations to those
celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this week
BIRTHDAYS
10: Emery Gill
13: Robert Palmer
13: Bev Ward
16: Larry Anderson
16: Mark Acker
No Anniversaries This Week

For additions or deletions to our prayer list,
please contact sheryl@fcchendersonville.org
Please add the following to your prayers this week:

Richard Tyler
David Vandre
Cathy Smith and Joanne Shenk (friends of Al & Joan Diaz)
Norma Daly (friend of Anne Cain)
Ed & Romella O'Keefe
 Al & Joan Diaz
Trisha LaGrange
Betsey Parker
Cindy Royce and spouse Barb Gingrich (friends of Ann Twiggs)
Nancy Colvin (friend of Ann Twiggs)
Joseph Orost (son of Jean Glasgow-Hawkins)
Esther Jillson (friend of Becky Rowland)
Betty Gilliam (sister of Frances Yoder)
Joy Greenfield (friend of Trisha LaGrange)
Eve Teerlinck
MJ Heubach (friend of Jace Kahn, Jr.)
Sue Eastin (friend of Becky Rowland)
Carol Inman
Yvonne Kyker
Margel Young (mother-in-law of Steve and Martha Hogenboom's son)
Bea Miller (friend of Catherine Lynch)
Josh Bledsoe
Ann Twiggs
Roger Bohn (father of Diane Bohn Rose)
Family of BJ Tyler (beloved dog of Richard & Dona Tyler)


And for those being impacted in any way by this pandemic that we hold in our hearts as a church community
CHURCH CONTACTS

Pastor
Rev. Karla Miller
781-835-6893
 
Pastoral Associate and Minister of Music
Mark Acker
615-430-3506
 
Church Administrator
Sheryl Tellier
 
Church Moderator
Phil Taylor
484-505-9626