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Welcome to the Roxbury Congregational Church, UCC website. We hope this site will help you learn more about us and our witness for Christ. We strive to recognize and nurture the Christ in ourselves and each person that we encounter along the way.
Our church is a thriving community of believers, and lovers of the message found in the word of God.
The Roxbury Congregational Church has a long tradition of outreach and service to its members and the wider community.
We hope you will join us for service on Sunday to experience for yourself the fellowship of Christ. Come, be our guest!
"We are a Community Seeking to Share God's Love"
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News and Happenings
(For upcoming Events click on the Events tab above.)
Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 10:30 a.m.
We welcome Kelsey Cameron
of the United Church of Christ's Global Ministries
to worship and speak about how they help us
to extend our reach to those near and far.
Join us for worship and discussion afterwards with refreshments
Global Ministries is the shared witness of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The mission of Global Ministries is to receive and share the Good News of Jesus Christ by joining with global and local partners to work for justice, reconciliation, and peace.
Kelsey Cameron is a Program Associate for Resource Development with Global Ministries. She has been working for Global Ministries in this role for the past two years. Kelsey works with congregations and individuals to share opportunities to engage in global mission through special giving. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Biblical Studies and a Master’s degree in Public Affairs.
TOGETHER, AS ONE
CT, MA, & RI Conferences of the UCC propose merger
On January 21, 2017, following a year of discernment, the Boards of Directors of the Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island conferences unanimously approved a Resolution to form a new Conference. Our own David Lincicome is a member of the CT Conference Board of Directors.
On June 16 - 17, 2017, at a joint Annual Meeting, delegates from the three conferences will be asked to endorse that resolution, and to authorize the development of a detailed proposal for the new Conference, which would come back to the annual meetings for approval in 2018.
More information can be found on the Ct. Conference, UCC's Web page - HERE
Chili Cook off & Dinner
On Saturday evening, March 25, 2017 the Church sponsored a freindly competition and held a Chili Cook Off and Dinner. Over 100 people attended and sampled 9 different styles of chili, both meat and vegetarian style.
The Over all winner was David Lincicome with his vegetarian chili with local caterer Marianne DaSilva taking home the meat chili honors. The church raised over $1300 for its ministries in the community. A great time was had by all. Thanks to the organizers, Robin Montesti, Charlie Stauffacher and Steve Ross. Our chefs included local resteraunts and individuals including: Roxbury Market, Barbara Cover, Mamie's, Jeanne Steers, Bridgewater Store, Laura Montesi Miller from the Olive Oil Factory, Julie Whitney, Marianne DaSilva and David Lincicome.
2016 Mission Trip!
The 2016 Mission Trip to the
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota
was held July 2 - 9, 2016.
We once again worked with Simply Smiles,
with whom we have a long relationship with here in Roxbury.
We have posted pictures on the right side bar.
Welcome New Members!
Recently, we welcomed new members to Church.
February 20, 2016:
Barbara Mousted and Bill and Danielle Fredericks
Our Conference Minister, the Rev. Kent Siladi
visited us on April 17, 2016
and preached during the morning service.
His sermon can be heard here: LINK
CASH FOR CAUSES
Purchase Cash Cards for
Big Y, Stop & Shop or ShopRite, and Major Retailers
AND Support Your Church!
Do you shop at these stores? Have you ever purchased their gift cards? As a church, we can earn “cash back” from these stores. Stop & Shop will give us 5% of all gift cards we sell, while Big Y offers 2% - (6% for October and April!) This is how it works: as a non-profit organization, we can purchase the cards at a discount and sell them to you at face value. The difference is our profit. It may not seem like much but it will add up quickly if we make these purchases as a group. Example: A $100 purchase from Stop & Shop, will give the church $5. Many of us easily spend that much in a week.
Just bring a check to the church office – payable to RCC - in the amount you wish to purchase (your cost is the face value of the card) and let us know which store you would like. There are also forms and envelopes on the Opportunity Table in Fellowship Hall and they can be placed in the offering plate on Sunday.
In 2013, the “Cash Back” program offered by these stores, have benefitted our ministries over $1200.! Please consider using this program to pay for your groceries whenever you shop. The percentage may not seem like much, but it will add up quickly if we make these purchases as a group. You do not have to be a congregation member to participate. It’s a great way to support the church by doing what you do anyways.
For more information, contact Heidi Neff 860-354-3177 for questions or cards.
AND now... more options for places to purchase!!
Roxbury Congregational Church has enrolled in "Scrip Fundraising", an on-line program offering over 300 gift cards for purchase (similar to the gift card kiosk at grocery stores & pharmacies). Scrip is another way to pay for everyday purchases using gift cards in place of cash, checks, and credit cards. Due to its' success, I will also continue the Stop & Shop, ShopRite and Big Y "Cash For Causes" program.
The concept is the same: You order gift cards at face value, the church purchases them at a discounted price and the difference is an instant rebate for the church. Each store/restaurant/gas station on the program has a separate cash back percentage.
A complete listing of participating retailers will be posted in Fellowship Hall, or can be found on Scrip's website: shopwithscrip.com. If you would like to create an account to place orders online, please use Enrollment Code 8F15BD7143454 to link the account to RCC. For payment, you have the option to sign up for PrestoPay (similar to PayPal), or write a check to RCC.
Here is a sampling of the retailers in the area that are on the program along
with its' cash back:
LL Bean's 16%
Land's End: 16%
Shell Gas 2.5%
Panera Bread 9%
Gulf Oil 1.5%
Orders will be placed each Monday and the cards will be available for distribution the following Sunday. Orders must be prepaid.
As always, feel free to contact Heidi at 860-354-3177 or email@example.com, with any questions you may have.
When there is a significant snowstorm, our ordinary practice will be to proceed with worship as scheduled, unless an official emergency is declared or other factors make it prudent to cancel services. In the rare instance in which it is necessary to cancel worship, notification will be made via announcements on the church website, an email broadcast, and on telephone answering message, as well as on local TV stations. Notice of cancellation or postponement of programs, meetings, and other church events will be made by the leaders of those events via telephone or email.
Above all, safety and common sense drive our routine, and we want those same guidelines to drive your own decisions about coming to church during bad weather!