Sunday, December 10, 2023
Service at 9:30A
Sunday School starts at 9:15A
COVID UPDATE 3/16/2022
The Standing Committee has determined the wearing of masks is optional.
Updates will be posted as circumstances warrant.
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THIS WEEK AT PRESTON CITY
|Bell Choir Rehearsal||6:00 PM|
|Tuesday December 5||
|Wednesday December 6||Pageant Rehearsal||5:30 PM|
Wednesday December 6
|Thursday December 7||
|Saturday December 9||Women's Fellowship||9:00 AM|
2nd Sunday in Advent
|Christmas Organ Concert||4:00 PM|
VISION AND MISSION STATEMENTS proposed by the Pastoral Search Committee and recommended by the Standing Committee were adopted at the Church Meeting Sunday September 10, 2023.
In this sacred place, as Congregationalists we welcome all on their spiritual journey to grow their faith in God, discover their purpose, and make a difference through service and fellowship.
The mission of the Preston City Congregational Church is to welcome all who are seeking a Christ-centered church home. This happens through inspiring worship services, thought-provoking Bible study, continual fellowship, close ties with the local community, and foundational Sunday School programs. Our daily goal is to share a church life that encompasses the Preston City Congregational Church motto of “Where Friends Become Family.”
ANNUAL MEETING UPDATE
At our Annual Meeting on February 12, 2023, church members voted that Rev. Dr. Mark Porizky and Rev. Stanley White, Minister Emeritus, serve as Interim Co-Ministers.
Members voted to change the alternate weather-related day of the Annual Meeting to the following Sunday, instead of Tuesday evening.
It was also voted to eliminate the April Semi-Annual meeting; the Standing Committee will meet the third Wednesday in April.
We will continue with one service at 9:30A beginning in September.
The 2023 budget passed and nominees were elected to various boards and committees.
A Pastoral Search Committee is being established by the Standing Committee.
PROCEDURE FOR FLOWERS IN CHURCH
To place flowers in church on Sunday morning, please call the office to see if your date is available. Your information will be taken to be included in the worship folder and a Flower Committee representative will be contacted to ensure your flowers are on the altar for Sunday morning. Floral arrangements are $50, and payment (cash or check payable to PCCC) is due in the office as soon as possible after you make your request.
You may also supply your own arrangement. We have vases which may be borrowed for you to fill!
Please remember that flowers are always welcome!
NEED TO REACH US?
OFFICE: 860.887.4647 or 860.886.7200
Open 9 A.M. — Noon Monday - Friday;
Leave a message at anytime
Rev. Mark is available for appointments on Wednesday evenings. Please call or email him to make an appointment.
PASTOR'S ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
LISA VAN ALST
Do you need any help?
In trying times like these, often the best is brought out in people and so it is at Preston City Congregational Church. Some of our congregation have been in touch, offering to pick up groceries and deliver them, or perhaps, make a meal if needed for our shut-ins and/or elderly.
You may call Sandy at the church office from 9 AM - noon, Monday-Friday if you could use this help and we'll do our best to accommodate you.
You're in the thoughts and prayers of your church at this time.
We must remember "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands."
- The Food Pantry is open the third Wednesday of each month, 10A - noon, except when noted.
- The Pantry is open for church family following services on the fourth Sunday of the month.
The Clothing Shed in the lower parking lot is open!
Please place donations in bags and tie them.
We accept all soft goods: clothing, shoes, blankets, curtains, towels, stuffed animals, etc.
A Book Bin has been added to the lower parking lot next to the clothing bin. Bay State Books recycles your book contributions through donation programs, book sales, and recycling programs. Their aim is to get books into the hands that need them and to reduce waste. On November 15, 2023, the six-month trial period was extended by the Standing Committee.
Welcome to the Preston City Congregational Church's home on the web. We're so glad you stopped by to visit us.
The present House of worship is the fourth building in the church's
325-year history, being built in 1886. The church, formerly named The First Congregational Church is the town's first church.
If you are seeking a church home, we invite you to consider uniting with us in worship. A pamphlet explaining the various programs and activities of the church may be found in the Information Center (mid-level) or by calling the church office.
WHO ARE WE? We are Congregationalists. The Congregational Church began with the landing of the Pilgrims in 1620. We are often referred to as "The Church of the Pilgrims." WHAT DO WE BELIEVE? We believe that Jesus Christ is the Head of this church, and that each individual is free to follow Him according to his/her conscience. Each church is self-governing in all matters; there is no hierarchy. Each church, while autonomous, may choose to be part of a fellowship of churches. We belong to the Fellowship of Northeast Congregational Christian Churches and The National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC.org). Please visit these websites to learn more.
WE ARE CELEBRATING OUR
1698 - 2023
The memorial in the garden at the annex was dedicated on November 12th and
the winning slogan was announced:
"Gathering in Faith since 1698".
Join us as we celebrate throughout the coming year!
Our next event is a CHRISTMAS ORGAN CONCERT,
Sunday, December 10th at 4P. This is a family-oriented event, and will include a carol sing-along. Refreshments will follow.
Members & Friends:
A COAT DRIVE is being held through January 1st. All sizes are welcome for men, women and children. Boots, hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves are also needed.
The Clothing Shed is open.
Please place donations in bags and tie them.
We accept all soft goods: clothing, shoes, blankets, curtains, towels, etc.
BRICK ORDERS are being taken for the area located in the lower parking lot beside the walkway.
You can purchase a brick in honor of, in celebration of, or in memory of someone. Perhaps a holiday gift? Or to celebrate our 325 years as a church? Call the office for information.
The Food Pantry is open Wednesday, December 20
INCLEMENT WEATHER CANCELLATIONS
TUNE IN to Television Channel 3 (WFSB) or you may check our Facebook page or this
website, or call the office
(860 887-4647). A message
will be announced on the answering machine.
When Sunday School is
cancelled, church is NOT CANCELLED unless specifically
announced. We have been assured that when we post on Channel 3, they notify all the local radio stations.
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Preston City Congregational Church
321 Route 164
Preston, CT 06365
Office: (860) 886-7200
Phone: (860) 887-4647
Fax: (860) 887-4647
Office hours are 9A -12P, M-F
Sunday Worship: 9:30A
We are handicap accessible.
Click on the icon above for live webstreaming of our worship service and a viewable archive of past services!