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United Church of Christ
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Welcome to First Congregational Church in Melrose, United Church of Christ!

Ours is a church where you are welcome as you are for who you are and for who can become. Here you will find judgement left at the door as we celebrate the diversity of God's creation in the many paths that intersect in our sanctuary each Sunday morning. First Congregational Church is a congregation of over 275 members and we take seriously our call to bring the richness of our Protestant tradition to modern times through innovation and creativity.

Along with our vibrant Church School, two youth groups and dynamic music program, there are a myriad of ministries which are available to you as a means of activating your faith and making your discipleship tangible. We are also eager to hear how God is working in your life and what new ministry you are being called to begin in our midst.

In this world of great challenge and anxiety, I welcome you to a true wellspring of the spirit where together we embody the living Christ in a community of healing and empowerment.

See you in church,

Rev. Dominic Taranowski
Pastor

First Congregational Church in Melrose is a member of the Metropolitan Boston Association in the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ.


What's New?
Saturday, June 27, 2015 - Marriage Equality Cause for Great Celebration!

The Supreme Court's decision to legalize same gender marriage in all 50 states is a victory for equality and democracy of huge proportions!  Whether one is gay or straight, this decision makes our country far more inclusive and is another expression of the equal rights that are at the heart of the American experience.


It is a source of pride to many that actualizing marriage equality began in our own state of Massachusetts over a decade ago (2004) when the first same sex marriages began to legally take place.  It is also worth noting that the movement for equal social standing for gay and lesbian people extends much farther back in the United Church of Christ.  Rev. William Johnson, the first openly gay person to be ordained in a mainline Protestant denomination, was ordained in the UCC in 1972.  This is in keeping with other "firsts" in the UCC including the first African American to be ordained (Rev. Lemuel Haynes in 1785) and the first woman to be ordained (Rev. Antoinette Brown in 1853).  These are examples of the ways in which our United Church of Christ has played an important role in bringing about many important improvements to our society.

This decision brings to 20 the number of countries around the world where gay marriage is now legal.  There are, of course, many other countries where it is still illegal and, sadly, where simply being gay is a crime.  Religiously, there are yet many religions faiths and many Christian denominations where gay and lesbian people are systematically excluded.  Consequently, while we celebrate this decision for marriage equality we continue will continue to work for equality for all people wherever they may be.

--Rev. Dominic
 
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - Charleston Shootings
Our hearts are filled with sorrow, bewilderment, frustration and commitment following the senseless killings of nine innocent people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.  This tragedy is an example of the ways in which racism, hatred, and evil can enter into a place that we consider sanctified and safe; a local church.  We pray for those who were gunned down as they studied the Bible on a typical Wednesday evening.  We have every confidence that they have entered into God's light of peace and ultimate love.  We pray for the families of those who were killed knowing that their shock and grief is unspeakable.  We surround them with God's light of healing and join millions who offer their support.  And we pray for the perpetrator of this unspeakable crime that his heart may be turned from darkness to light and that the Holy Spirit might claim him from a life of anger and hatred to one of renewal and hope.  With Christians and people of all faiths throughout the world, we commit to looking at this horrific event and not turning away.  We commit to living our lives and shaping our ministries to even more dramatically reflect Christ's love and justice in a world so in need of reconciliation, compassion and peace.
 
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - Rev. Dominic's E-Mail Address
A reminder that Rev. Dominic's e-mail address is 
revdominic121@gmail.com. His previous address, 
pastor@fccmelrose.org, is no longer a working address.

 
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Church Activities
7/4/2015 9:00 AM AA
7/6/2015 6:30 PM SARP
7/7/2015 6:30 PM SARP
7/8/2015 7:30 PM AA
7/11/2015 9:00 AM AA
7/13/2015 6:30 PM SARP
7/14/2015 6:30 PM SARP
1968 drawing of FCC Melrose
121 West Foster StreetMelrose, Massachusetts 02176
Phone: 781-665-2111Fax: 781-665-8824

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