No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!
This Sunday, August 8, 2021
Worship at 10:00 AM, In Person & Livestreamed

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

Scripture - John 6:35, 41-51

Greeter: Bert Merrell
Liturgist: Ann Kittlaus
Music Ministry: Amy Camie, Megan Glass,
Andrew Ruben, Leila Sadat

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.


As we are nearing the close of our summer worship experience, Sarah Bereza is exploring and discerning what her call to ministry is at this present time and in the future. She will be bringing the sermon this Sunday.
Our guest musician on Sunday is
Amy Camie, a certified clinical musician, professional harpist, holistic research developer, speaker, recording artist, composer, and author. Her music is used throughout the country in hospitals, cancer centers and hospices as well as for general relaxation and stress reduction. Her inspired music relaxes the body, calms the mind, and gently touches the soul. For more information, visit: www.AmyCamie.com.
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.
MASK WEARING REQUIREMENT REINSTATED AT FCC
Effective immediately and until further notice, all people age 5 and over will be required to wear masks while indoors at First Congregational Church, and strongly advised to do so when outdoors in group settings. This policy is in accord with St. Louis County directives issued Monday, July 26th.
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.
CONFERRAL OF JIM MORICE'S HONORARY DEGREE
& RECOGNITION OF THE SERVICE OF OUR MEMBERS
Sunday August 15, 10 AM Worship
Eden Theological Seminary is honoring First Congregational Church member, Jim Morice, with the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters. On August 15 we will be joined in worship by Deborah Krause (President of Eden Theological Seminary), David Greenhaw (President Emeritus of Eden and FCC member), and David Luckes (Vice Chairperson of the Eden Board of Trustees), who will officially confer this degree upon Jim.
 
As we recognize and celebrate Jim's contributions to our community and the world, we will also recognize the work all of our members are doing for our church and in the wider community. So we want to hear from you - Tell us where and how you serve in the community! Reply to this email to let us know.
CHILD PROTECTION & PERMANENCY UNIT (TRUANCY INITIATIVE) SUPPLY DRIVE
Join us in supporting St. Louis City's Child Protection and Permanency Unit (formerly named the Truancy Unit Initiative) as the new school year approaches. Joli Baker and her team are helping families and foster children prepare for 2021-2022 and could use the donations listed below. Please sign up here and plan to drop off your items at the church between 10:45-11:45 am on August 15th.

$50 gifts cards to WalMart (goal: 15)
Deodorant (goal: 30)
Laundry detergent (goal: 15)
Small hand sanitizers (appropriate for carrying in a backpack or storing in a school desk) (goal: 30)

The Unit is still determining if in-person tutoring offsite will be possible. If you would be interested in volunteering as a tutor with Joli's team, please let Robyn Wiens (robyn.viloria@gmail.com) know and she will pass your name along to Joli.
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS OF FCC HAPPY HOUR
August 19, 5:00 PM at Hwy 61 Roadhouse
All young professionals at First Congregational are invited to join in a happy hour from 5-6:30 PM at Hwy 61 Roadhouse (34 S Old Orchard Ave, Webster Groves) on August 19. If you have questions, contact Lydia Aiken.
FAITH IN AN ANXIOUS WORLD INFORMATIONAL MEETING
August 19, 7PM on Zoom
Parents of 6th-12th graders are invited to an online informational meeting about the upcoming program for youth - Faith in an Anxious World. Non-members are welcome. The meeting will be on Zoom on August 19 at 7:00. RSVP for the meeting to Emily Stokes and she'll send you the Zoom link.
The St. Louis PrideFest is back! The event this year is being held downtown at Ballpark Village August 27-29 with food, fun, and live entertainment. Learn more at pridestl.org/prideisalive. The local Open & Affirming congregations of the UCC will have a presence at Pride on August 28 and 29, sharing the message of welcome on behalf of the United Church of Christ. You can volunteer to help staff the tent and greet Pride attendees by clicking HERE.
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.
CRAYON COLLECTION FOR ISAIAH 58
To take advantage of before-school sales, Isaiah 58 is asking FCC to contribute 500 boxes of 24-count crayons for next year's Back-to-School Fair. Target currently has a great sale going through September 11! Bring your donations to church by Sunday August 22 so they can be taken over to Isaiah 58 that week. Contact Jim Hartley (314-832-2723) if you have questions. Update: So far we have received 102 boxes of crayons. That leaves 398 to go!
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE BALLPARK
Friday September 3, 6:45 PM
All FCC families are invited to a night at a Gateway Grizzlies game on September 3rd. Tickets are $11/person and will be purchased in advance. Please RSVP to Emily Stokes and turn in your payment to the church office by August 15th.
SAVE THE DATE FOR PASTOR MIA'S INSTALLATION SERVICE
Sunday September 12, 3:00 PM
Please plan to join us for Pastor Mia's installation service on September 12! It will be a day full of celebration, both at our 10:00 AM worship service and at the installation at 3:00 PM. Karen Moeschberger will be morning worship's guest preacher. The preacher for the installation service will be Rev. Dr. Larry Pickens, the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Council of Churches.
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).
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: Usually Mondays and Saturdays
(This week Hannah will work on Monday and be off on Tuesday)

(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