Ministries of FCC

The members  of First Congregational Church are truly the ministers of the church.  It is through their hearts and hands that the work of the church is done.  There are many ways to serve at FCC, both inside and outside the church.  Below are our key ministries.

Ministry of Children & Youth: is responsible for creating a fun and engaging environment for our children as they grow in faith.  With the support of Mattie Johnson, our Director of Christian Education, the ministry:

  • helps set the direction for our Sunday School and Youth Ministry
  • plan social, spiritual, and educational events for families
  • explore kid-friendly opportunities for service and “faith in action” projects
  • create and sustain our Sunday School space

Our program is young and growing by leaps and bounds so there is a place for everyone who would like to serve! Please contact ministry chair Phyllis Stone, phyllis.stone@nyu.edu or committee members Ali Campbell, alicam43@gmail.com and Kathy Reany,  kreany08@gmail.com for more information.

Ministry of Church Resources:  oversees the management of our financial and physical property resources.  It consists of:

  • the Stewardship Ministry which organizes our annual pledge drive as well as regular annual offerings to the wider United Church of Christ;
  • the Physical Properties Ministry which, with the support of Jay Richardson our Property Manager, handles the maintenance of our building and grounds as well as our rental tenants;
  • and monitors our financial resources through our investments.

If you have skills in fundraising, construction, maintenance, landscaping or financial investment, this is the ministry for you.  Please contact Dick Thomas, FCC treasurer and MCR chair rthomas14@comcast.net .

Ministry of Congregational Life: is designed to serve those in our church community who are in need of care and support. We do this through providing:

  • a friendly visit to homebound members
  •  transportation for frail elderly
  •  a hot meal to folks recovering from illness
  • a thoughtful card or a phone call to someone in need of cheer.

There are many ways to serve and all gifts are welcome! Please Contact ministry chair Julie Matz-Rees at juliemarie.matz@gmail.com to learn more and/or to contribute.                                                                                                          

Ministry of Hospitality:  welcomes all people into our community to find their place in God’s family.  Hospitality folks are those who first greet and welcome our visitors and there are many ways to serve:

  • as ushers during worship
  • as coffee hour hosts on Sunday morning
  • organizing and serving at special fellowship events (church picnic, pot-luck suppers, movie nights, etc) throughout the year
  • promoting our FCC message through social media, our website, press releases, and special events.

If you like to cook, host, or meet new people, this is the ministry for you!  Contact ministry chair Lisa Marie Bronson lisamariebb@gmail.com for further details.

Faith in Action:  shows our love of God through our love of our neighbor.  We serve on many outreach projects such as:

  • Bridges Outreach for the Homeless
  •  Interfaith Hospitality Network
  •  Broadway House for Continuing Care (HIV/AIDS nursing home),
  •  Seventh Day Adventist Soup Kitchen
  • Kidsave Adoption program
  • Turkey Drive for the Community Food Bank of NJ, Giving Tree and CropWalk for the hungry.

  Many of these projects are served during our “Jesus Has Left the Building…And We Followed” service weekends.  In addition, P&J houses our Fair Trade Ministry which promotes global economic justice through selling fairly traded products, creating awareness through hosting lectures and documentary films and working to develop sustainable practices in our church and community.  For more information, contact ministry chair Jack Cuffari jack@cuffari.com.

  Ministry of Spirituality and Worship: With the support of Rev. Ann Ralosky and Julie Morgan (Director of the Music Ministry), the Ministry of S&W:

  • gathers monthly to share ideas, inspirations and logistics for the many events of the liturgical year including Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week and Easter.
  • support the Wednesday labyrinth walks
  •  and develops spiritual and educational small group experiences offered throughout the year.  Interested? Please contact ministry chair Elaine Wells monster1.wells@yahoo.com .

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