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Thoughts, Prayers and Ministries from FCCW:
July 6, 2018 Edition
“On the morning of Sunday, June 24 I drove to our church, the First Congregational Church of Wilmot, UCC, as usual to lead worship. When I got to the parking lot next to church I saw a member, Doug MacDonald, at the front door scrubbing at something. My son Zeph and I wandered up and discovered to our horror that the front door had been vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti. Hateful symbols and words were written in permanent marker. Unable to remove them in any other way, Doug painted over these words so that people coming to our morning service would not have to see these disturbing images. But in worship just minutes later, we mourned together those brutal words, and prayed that love might overcome the hate here displayed.
After the service, as the week went on, I sensed a growing need to have a space and time to show, publicly, in our own small way, that truth; that love will, and must, overcome hate. And so in a church meeting on July 1 we decided to have a community gathering for unity and love, so that we might respond to this incident of hate in a positive, life-giving way. So, along with other faith groups, individuals and organizations we will come together, in front of that same door, on Sunday, July 8 at 2:00 here at the First Congregational Church, UCC. This is our opportunity to gather in solidarity, to share words of hope and love, to listen to one another, and to lift our prayers that love will always triumph over hate.
Sunday, July 8 at 2 p.m. A community gathering of unity and love will take place at our church in response to the vandalism from two weeks ago. All are welcome.
Sunday, July 15 – Rev. Bonnie Stagg will lead our worship while Rev. Sara is away. Rev. Les Norman will provide spiritual care.
Interfaith Prayer Vigils
for Immigrant Justice
Yard Sale donations
July Food Pantry request
Our church is asked to bring canned fruit during July. The basket is at the back of the sanctuary.
Ten new hymnals have been ordered for use in the pews. If you would like to dedicate one in someone’s honor or memory, forms are on the table in the back of the sanctuary. The cost is $28/hymnal. Checks should be made out to the church with “hymnal” in the memo.