The First Congregational Church of Hadley is a community guided by love, hope and Christian tradition. Our purpose is to help transform the lives of individuals through the power of Jesus Christ, so that together we might transform the world. Inspired by Jesus’ example, we recognize that every individual comes to our table with a unique set of needs, talents, and experiences, and that everyone has value to our mission.
We therefore declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming community of Christian faith. We warmly welcome all to engage with us in our mission, regardless of age, economic status, ethnicity, family structure, gender identity or expression, marital standing, national origin, physical and mental health status, race, sexual orientation, or any other label that would seek to divide rather than to unite. With God’s grace, we invite all to share in the life and leadership, ministry and fellowship, worship and sacraments, responsibilities and blessings of our church.
UPCOMING WORSHIP IN FEBRUARY
February 4 – Fifth Sunday of Epiphany & Communion Sunday, 10 a.m.
Secrets, secrets, secrets. As we continue our study of the first chapter of Mark, we will ponder what it means to live in secret. Mark 1:29-39.
February 11 – Transfiguration Sunday, 10 a.m.
Jesus is exposed! We can never fully know the mystery of Jesus, but we can be transformed by him and participate in his revelation to the world by becoming beacons of light. Mark 9:2-9.
LENT BEGINS - Our theme this Lenten season will be covenant—trusting in God’s everlasting covenant with us. The deepest and most eternal trust that undergirds our souls comes from our relationship with God, who has given all to be with us and keeps not only God's promises but ours as well, in an unbreakable love known as covenant.
February 14 – Ash Wednesday Service, 7 p.m.
Yes, it is Valentine’s Day, but it is also Ash Wednesday. So come, bring your loved ones and join us in this quiet and reflective service as we listen deeply to God so that we may reorient our lives toward God.
February 18– First Sunday of Lent, 10 a.m.
A Global Guarantee. After the flood, God made the biggest promise of all—to humanity, to every earthly creature, and to the earth itself: “I will never destroy you again.” Can we make the same promise to God? Rev. Christina will preach on Genesis 9:8-17
February 25 – Second Sunday of Lent, 10 a.m.
Promises We Can’t Keep. God's covenant with Abram and Sarai is based not on faithfulness but need. Abraham and Sarah have not always been faithful, but God is drawn to them nonetheless because of their barrenness and emptiness. Rev. Christina will preach on Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16.
CALL TO THE 2017 ANNUAL MEETING
In accordance with the By-Laws of the First Congregational Church of Hadley, Massachusetts, the annual business meeting of the church will be held on Sunday, February 25, 2018, at 12p.m. for the purpose of hearing the 2017 reports and the transaction of any other business that may come before the meeting. Posted by the Clerk, Debbie Ward.
Everyone is invited to a Pot Luck Lunch at 11 a.m. in the Dining Room following the Worship Service.
UCC Women’s Celebration X April 6-8, 2018 in Portland Maine - Please consider signing up for this event held every four years! It is a wonderful time of worship, fellowship, great speakers and workshops! It is a wonderful way to connect with other women around New England.
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