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NEW! Book Study
As we have been away for so long, we invite you to come together beginning Oct. 4th, as we are having a 12-week book study from 11:45-12:30 every Sunday. We will be meeting in Fellowship Hall and practicing our social distancing to stay safe, as we study Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur. Contact the office to purchase a book, by Monday September 28. All are welcome!
We are meeting for Sunday Services in our Sanctuary at 11:00 am! For those of you who still wish to view the service from your home, please join us for our online services every Sunday at 11:00 am.
Our services are posted to our Church website, our new YouTube Channel search ‘First Congregational Church of Greenville Michigan’ and on our Facebook page ‘First Congregational Church of Greenville.’
Join us in the Sanctuary!
We are so glad to have you all come back and join us! As we continue to meet for church services, we will be following guidelines suggested by our Legislature. If you are sick, have been exposed to Covid-19, or are a high-risk patient, please stay home for now and watch services online. We will continue to live stream the worship service on Facebook and the church website.
A few things we’ll be doing to be sure our congregation stays safe . . .
- Greeters at front and back doors will help you with new procedures (wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, have your temp taken). Remember, no handshaking, hugging or touching the door.
- Ushers will seat you in the sanctuary, so we maintain at least six feet of social distance in the pews.
- Ushers will wear gloves to hand out bulletins.
- The Order of Worship has been streamlined and there will be less singing and speaking by the congregation for a while.
- The offering will be collected by the ushers at the end of the service as you exit the sanctuary.
- There will be no nursery, Sunday School, or coffee hour right now.
- If you borrow a washable mask or use a disposable mask for services today, leave it at the door as you leave. There will be a receptacle available for that purpose.
- Take everything with you when you leave your seat in the pew – bulletin, other papers, trash, etc. and either deposit in a waste can or take home with you.
- If you come down with COVID-19 within a couple of weeks of attending services here at the church, call the church office and let us know.
These procedures have been developed with great concern and consideration for the health and safety of all who attend our services. We know there may need to be changes as we proceed, and the Church Council will be carefully monitoring the Coronavirus situation within and around Montcalm County. In the event of a significant uptick in reported cases in our area, we may need to consider closing again for a while. If you have any questions, please reach out to our Committee Members: Larry Alman, Deb Dieckman, Kirk Faber, Don & Fran Gibbs, Candy Outman & Patrice Fulton-Peacock. Thank you!
Church Council News
We want to thank everyone for continuing to contribute and tithe with us! If you would like to send in a donation or info on how to tithe with us, please call the church office. Your continued support is greatly appreciated!
New Office Hours:
Effective February 1, 2020, the office will be open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with lunch from 2:00 to 2:30pm. The door is locked; If you need assistance, please call ahead. *Please update your contact info with the church office to receive mailings on upcoming events!
Our team is here for your spiritual & emotional care! To schedule an appointment or visit, please call the church office at 754-3445.
We have resumed meetings as a board and are looking forward to seeing you in church! While things may look a bit different with hand sanitizing stations and masks, our sanctuary is ready to worship the Lord! There is no coffee hour and we have shortened the service to limit the time of exposure to each other.
- Recent Technology improvements – with thanks to Larry Alman, Tim Schmidt, and Bruce Beauvais for all the hard work in making our Services available online for those who are still home bound.
- We are adding a Music Committee that will be a subcommittee of the Deacons.
Registration Packets are still available for Fall 2020!. If you or someone you know is interested in sending their little one to a wonderful, fun & loving Christian based school, please call the church office and a packet can be mailed to you. For questions or more information please visit our Preschool Facebook page at “FCC Preschool” or call 754-3445.
Click on the link to upload a packet: Preschool Packet 2020
We recently held a popcorn fundraiser from the Goodies Factory based out of Holland, Michigan. Thank you to everyone who ordered! Orders will be in soon! *If you did place an order and have not paid, please contact the church office.
Christian Ed News
- Children Pre-K through 9th grade are welcome! We are practicing 6-ft social distancing and wearing masks in our classrooms. Call the office if you are interested in volunteering be a Sunday School Teacher!
Women’s Fellowship News
- Circle groups will meet in October. *Please contact your group leader to confirm the date and time of your meeting. There will be no rummage sale, bazaar, or Terri Lynn Nut sale this fall.
We will be singing October 18th! We are still looking for anyone wanting to join our group to sing, so please consider joining the Chancel Choir this year! No audition is necessary! Rehearsals will begin promptly at 9:30am prior to the Sunday service in which we will sing. If interested in joining us, please contact the church office.
PF Youth News
- Our Group meets on the first and third Sunday of the month after service.
- If you have any questions about the group or would like to join one of our events, contact Claude Johnson or the church office.
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