Be the change you seek...
Please join us for these special services and events!
Worship, Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM
New England Supper and Trivia Challenge
Saturday, October 13th @ 6:00 PM in the vestry
Our Ham and Bean Supper has become a tradition here at First Church., Natick. We can’t resist putting a modern spin on the traditional New England Ham & Bean Supper of old. Chef Bob Seiche mined his family archives for time-tested recipes for three kinds of baked beans and the famous New England brown bread cooked in cans. And the dinner is definitely family-friendly with kid-safe mac and cheese. ...And what better way to top off a delicious meal than with our very own trivia meister, Lane McDonough, leading us in an excellent trivia challenge!
Hope you can join us for a fun night. No big agenda - just a good time with old friends and with new. We will pass the hat to cover expenses. Sign-up on Sunday or contact the church office to make your reservation.
Short Stories by Jesus
Sunday mornings @ 9:00 AM
Six-week sessions beginning October 14th with Jonathan Guest
The New Testament scholar, Amy-Jill Levine writes that Jesus told parables because they serve as keys that can unlock the mysteries we face by helping us ask the right questions: how to live in community; how to determine what ultimately matters; how to live the life that God wants us to live. They are remembered because they continue to provoke, challenge and inspire. This Bible study will show us how to listen to the parables in a new way to capture the enigmatic and provocative messages of Jesus. Over a six-week stretch, we will reconsider six familiar parables of Jesus. Join us in Room 117 (off the Vestry) on Sunday mornings this fall. The cost of the book is $11.
What Is Happening at the Border?
Special Luncheon Presentation, Sunday, October 14th @ 12:00 PM in the vestry
You are invited to join us for a light lunch on Sunday, October 14th following worship to hear the deeply moving stories of real lives caught up in the immigration crisis on our southern border.
Two of our members, Myriam Jennings and Marge Roberson, will share during worship, their experience of traveling to the US/Mexico border in August as part of the "Faithful Witness AT the Border", called together by UCC congregations in the Southwest who have been responding to the growing crisis of deaths and detentions and family separations as migrants struggle to find safety from the violence that they have fled.
Marge and Myriam joined over 100 United Church of Christ members for five difficult days and observed the “streamlining” process that rapidly deports those apprehended and how it criminalizes those seeking asylum. They visited the Samaritans program in a local congregation, which supplies water stations for those making the desert crossing. They met with those offering meals, lodging, and medical care to migrants, partici- pated in a border wall communion service, and walked along routes taken by migrants through the desert in 100 degree heat. Marge and Myriam have a compelling story we all need to hear about what has been happening on our border and figure out how we might be called to respond to this crisis.
Please sign up on Sunday,or contact the church office so that we can save a place at the table for you.
Fall Family Hike
Sunday, October 14th, 2:00 PM @ Elm Bank
Ahhh, fall in New England! Join us for the First Church Natick Annual Family Hike on October 14th at Elm Bank in South Natick. We will meet at 2:00 PM at the parking lot closest to the carriage house. After our hike along the Charles River, we will meet back at our cars to enjoy a taste of fall in the form of cider and doughnuts!
Dialogues on the Immigration and Refugee Crisis
Tuesday evenings, 7:00 - 8:30 PM on Tuesdays, October 16, 23 & 30
It’s not news to anyone that we are living in a time of con- flict, division and disagreement. We are becoming a nation who can’t seem to find our way out of the “us vs. them” pit of divisiveness. Now more than ever we are called to bring healing, hope and wholeness to a hurting world.
Join us for these three sessions to learn the background of the immigration and refugee crisis, to explore ways to engage in meaningful conversation about the issues and to find ways to take action in our area as individuals and as an immigrant welcoming congregation. It is time to offer an alternative to conflict and division. It begins by hearing the stories of the real lives that have been caught up in the crisis.
Join us for an “Ecclesiastical Council” on October 24th at 7:00 PM
First Church Natick is blessed with many individuals over the years who have heard a call to ordained ministry. Now another member has reached the conclusion of the discernment process and on Wednesday, October 24th, our congregation will host a gathering of ordained and lay delegates from churches in the Central Association of the United Church of Christ to hear Bill Ladd present his ordination paper and respond to questions from those representatives as they prepare to vote on whether to approve him for ordination, pending a call to serve in chaplaincy or local church ministry.
An Ecclesiastical Council is also a fascinating conversation about topics that we don’t often have a chance to consider. What is the meaning of the death of Jesus? What is eternal life? What is the role of the church in the 21st century? What about sin? How do we understand God’s desire for us? Come and support and engage in the conversation about faith and life and meaning.
Natick Open Studios
October 20 from 11 to 5 PM & October 21 from 12 to 5 PM
Now in its 18th year, Natick Artists Open Studios is comprised of over 70 artists who live, work or show in Natick, as well as guest artists. Open Studios is committed to bringing art to the local community by opening up studios and welcoming conversations about the experience of creating art. It offers the opportunity to see art, learn about how it is made, and buy local art directly from the artists. Participants include painters, photographers, creators of jewelry, ceramicists, sculptors, woodworkers as well as paper, fabric, glass and garden artists. On October 21 and 22, you can enjoy the exhibits of many of these talented artists both in our vestry as well as traveling around town to the many locations were artists are exhibiting their work!
Sunday, October 28th @ 5:30 PM in the vestry
Dinner Church is an approach to gathering for worship that was origninated with Jesus himself. He used the dinner table to draw friends and strangers together to talk about the Kingdom of God. There is something very powerful that occurs when people are invited to a table, because Jesus still likes having dinner with all kinds of people. He just needs his followers to set the table. The Rev. Matt Carriker, who is the the Pastor and Spiritual Director of Agape Spiritual Community, a new church start in Waltham and who grew up at First Church Natick, will join us in the vestry to help us explore this alternative worship experience where we will gather around tables instead of in pews to share a common meal. There is something for all ages and stages! Sign up in the vestry during coffeehour or contact the church office to make your reservation.