Born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey, John Rogers is passionate about social justice, community, and spiritual development. John graduated from Montclair High School in 2007 where he played baseball, participated in student government, and performed in the School of Visual and Performing Arts. At Davidson College, John was a History Major with a concentration in Ethnic Relations. Volunteering for Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Belize after graduation, however, changed his plans to become a documentary filmmaker. In Belize, John led Spirituality Retreats for teachers in the district’s thirty schools and worked to bring greater exposure to indigenous music by forming choirs, organizing community music gatherings, and producing a Q’eqchi’ Maya music CD. Union Theological Seminary in NYC was the next step after this transformative experience. At Union, John is currently in the Masters of Divinity program as he discerns between a call in Parish ministry and working towards a PhD. This fall, John will be presenting at the American Academy of Religion in San Diego on the Sermon On the Mount as a text of resistance for the Q’eqchi’ Maya in a neocolonial environment. John’s greatest joy since returning from Belize has been the opportunity to work with the sages, future leaders, and overall great people in the FCC High School Youth Group. He feels honored to be a part of an innovative, kind, and radically inclusive community like First Congregational Church.
Sunday October 15th, 2017The Stake
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Upcoming at FCC!The Labyrinth Walks are open every Wednesday (except holidays) from 6-8pm. These weekly walks are open and unstructured time for meditation and prayerful walking on this ancient path and practice. All are welcome -- no experience necessary! See "Going Deeper" page for more info.
Bible Study, Sunday mornings 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. in the church library.
Worship Service, Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome.
New Members’ Inquiry Classes, Oct 22, 29 and Nov 5, after worship. If you’ve been attending at FCC and feel we may be your spiritual home please join us for our New Members’ classes this fall. (New members will be received in worship on November 19.) Child care is available upon request.
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Halloween Costume Party (fundraiser)! Saturday October 28, 7:30pm. Family Fun!! Dress in Costumes ...Dancing in the Guild Room ...Silent Movie with the Organ in the Sanctuary. Fundraiser for FCC Youth Group. Tickets: adult $15; kids $10; couple $25; family fun pack $40.
FCC Book Club Discussion Nov 3, 7:30 in the Guild Room. The first read of the new FCC Book Club is a searing and profound Southern odyssey by Jesmyn Ward called "Sing, Unburied, Sing." See calendar link below for details.
Help Serve Local Homeless Families Through IHN November 7, 9 & 11 at Union Congregational Church - 176 Cooper Avenue, Upper Montclair. Sign up to volunteer by going to: www.tinyurl.com/nov2IHN!
See FCC Calendar link below for more details and additional events!
Still Speaking Lecture Series
(Child care is available).
Sunday morning Bible Study will be held in the church library from 9:15 to 10:15 am.
Coffee Hour after service (in the Guild Room).
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Wednesday Eve Labyrinth Walks
Open labyrinth walk in Sanctuary 6:00-8:00pm Wednesday evenings (closed on holidays) . See "Going Deeper" page for more info.