No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.

The certainty of God's love. The promise of God's forgiveness. Under this umbrella of grace and hope our congregation gathers every week to worship and work. The welcome that God gives to each one of us is reflected in the warm fellowship, friendly smiles, and open hospitality of our congregation. Whether we are breaking bread together at the communion table or sharing a meal at a pot-luck supper, we are called to live out the invitation that Jesus first gave to us.

We come together to form the East Woodstock Congregational Church. We pledge to share the warmth and welcome of our loving God so that the Good News of Jesus Christ can be passed along, near and far. As a church we come together and answer the call to serve God's children through our ministries of worship, education, music, outreach, and fellowship. We endeavor to share the love that is first given to us. Come and join us! You will find a welcome here.

Please join us for worship services;

Every Sunday Morning
10:00 am Worship and Sunday School (Sunday school departs for class before Sermon)
11:30 am Coffee Hour and Fellowship Time

"An Open and Affirming congregation
of the United Church of Christ."

EWCC is a safe haven and sanctuary for all who come to us seeking the comfort and care of God, the truth of His holy gospel and the faith we proclaim in Christ Jesus.

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Combined Summer Worship Services

Regular services will resume on September 7th.

A Note from Our Sabbatical Preacher

I am very honored that the East Woodstock Congregational Church has asked me to serve as interim while your pastor, Sue Foster, is on sabbatical. I recently retired as pastor at the Hampton Congregational Church where I served for fifteen years. I have also served churches in Scotland and West Hartford, Connecticut. Currently I am a professor at the University of Hartford where I have taught English for - hard to believe - about thirty years. I live in Hartford with two cats, Mary Augusta and Beatrice Louise, neither of whom will be travelling with me to East Woodstock. I look forward to getting to know as many people as possible during the three months I am with you and working with you in sharing the good news of Christ's church.

Yours in Christ,

Howard Mayer

Director of Youth Ministries

We are seeking an inspirational, passionate, and creative part-time Director of Youth Ministries (DYM) to lead two thriving, progressive, and "Open and Affirming" churches in a combined youth ministry. The DYM works with youth outside of the Christian education program with a primary focus on high school students. The candidate will continue to foster and grow a community of faith, guidance, community involvement and spiritual activism.

The DYM must have a passion for working with youth, experience facilitating youth development, performing and organizing community outreach, developing and participating in mission work and ministering to the youth and their supporting adults. The DYM will encourage youth participation in local, state and national UCC youth events. S/he will work closely with the pastors and staff and will have a presence in both congregations.

Candidates interested in becoming part of a team of two dynamic growing churches should send a letter of interest, resume and three professional references via email only to Woodstock DYM Search Committee. Visit our websites for more information about our congregations: East Woodstock Congregational Church and First Congregational Church of Woodstock.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Please no phone calls.

Confirmation Class Begins on Sept. 7th

Attention 8th graders and their parents! Please join us for breakfast on Sunday, September 7th at 9:00 am. There will be a table set aside for confirmands. You will receive the schedule for the year and have a chance to ask questions. Then plan on staying after worship for your very first class, which will last until 12:30 p.m. Questions? Please contact Pastor Sue.

Sunday Day School - Rally Sunday

Join us on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. for a continental breakfast hosted by the Christian Education Committee. We will be registering children (Pre-k through 7th grade) for our new program (Hands-On Bible Curriculum) and learning more about the events planned for the year. Registration forms will be available on Rally Day.

Sanctuary Singers

First Rehearsal: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 7-9 p.m. (New Day!)

Please let Kristen know before attending this rehearsal so she may prepare a folder for you!

Gloria Dei Ringers (Youth Bell Choir)

First Rehearsal: Thursday, September 11, 2014 5:00- 6:00 p.m. (11 spots only). This choir is open to our youth who are interested in ringing bells Grades 5-12.

There will be a 6 week ringing course for anyone interested in ringing for the year. You do not need to read music or know how to ring!

Please let Kristen know right away if you are interested in ringing!

Te Dingum Ringers

First Rehearsal: Thursday, September 11, 2014 7-9 p.m. (New Day!)

Cantabile Singers (Youth Choir)

First Rehearsal: Friday, September 12, 2014 3:00-3:45 p.m., For our young singers Grades 5 and up.

Please let Kristen know before attending this rehearsal so she may prepare a folder for you!

Joyful Noise (Youth Choir)

First Rehearsal: Friday, September 12, 2014 4:00-4:30 p.m. This choir is for our youth Grades 1-4.

Ladies' Benevolent Society

Come and join us for a Pot Luck Luncheon in Fellowship Hall at 12 noon on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

Please bring appetizer, salad, casserole, or dessert. After the short business meeting, we will do some cleaning. Contact Lynda Higgins or Nancy Young if you have any questions. New members always welcome!

Women's Retreat

Many of us have made the choice to walk as disciples of Christ in this world. Yet in 2014, we may sometimes feel like fish out of water: the world challenges us in ways that lead us to moments of self-doubt and wondering if God is with us. Come and be with sisters who know those feelings. Come, let us strengthen the gift of our ?day-by-day? conversations with others who know the journey, and the gift of prayer and meditation practices with God, so that we can regain our centeredness and deepen our faith and love. Come, let us strengthen the shining of our lights so that we can return to our congregations and help strengthen the shining of the light of Christ in the world.

Deadline for applications is September 19th. Fill out the registration form in the Trumpet or contact the church office.

September 27, 2014 - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Where: First Congregational Church of Portland, CT, Cost: $35, includes lunch

SPONSORED BY CT WOMEN OF THE UCC - Retreat Leader: Rev. Lee Ireland

Holly Fair

It's September and plans are in motion for our Saturday, November 8th Holly Fair! Of the ten festive tables that will line the Chapel, Fellowship Hall, the All-Purpose Rooms, and the School House, the following tables need you to please start NOW on your donations:

  1. Jelly, Jam and Relish Cupboard
  2. Craft Department
  3. Jewelry Counter
  4. Silent Auction
  5. New and Like-New Tables
  6. Plants & Harvest Items Table

The October Trumpet will list more of the Holly Fair needs. As always, thank you for your generosity and cooperation.

Ramp Up Our Welcome - Capital Campaign 2013

Have you given your gift yet? As the membership call is beginning to wrap up we are still in need of your gift pledge. If you have not yet offered your gift to the campaign take a moment and look at the wonderful projects we have are working on. Every gift counts, so please consider giving. You can find out more here.

If you are one of the very many people to have contributed, Thank you.

EWCC Music Program

If you are interested in participating in the music program, please speak with Kristen Wedegis after church, e-mail her at , or call her at church 860-928-7449.