December 4th, 2022

SERMON FOR DECEMBER 4, 2022 -- “A New Hope”



Christian Education oversees the religious education programming of the church.


A.M. Deacons visit and send cards to the shut-ins, and take care of Communion.


Music & Worship works on these portions of church worship. 


Treasurer – we are looking for a person to fill this position.


Please contact Alan Hawkins to discuss serving.





Please feel free to do so by going to: www.firstuccspringfield.com/






We have a sign-up sheet on the table in the hallway if you and your spouse or your friends would like to be in charge of the AWC some Sunday following the 10:00 a.m. service.  If you have not done AWC before, please contact Pat Fruchtl who will help you, or call the office.

CHOIR PRACTICE – will be held at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, December 4, December 11, December 18, 2022.  Choir will sing on December 18 and December 24. 






December 10     Neal Calderon and Rianne Hawkins



December 1        Elizabeth James

December 1        Katherine James

December 15      Tomas Schaver

December 17      Amy Norton

December 21      Rick Millard

December 25      Mary Moreland

December 30      Julie Boots

December 31      John Johnson


This Week:

Let us continue to remember these members, families, and friends in prayer and ask for God’s healing presence and comfort in their lives:


Those in the Armed Forces

  1. Lt. Jay Davis

  2. Staff Sgt. Anthony Miller – Illinois Army National Guard

  3. Brett Dickson – Air National Guard


In Care Facilities


  1. Violet Dickson – Concordia Village

  2. Judy Harman – The Estates Senior Living

  3. Diana Smith –  Lewis Memorial Christian Village

  4. Tony Telford – Concordia Village


Members, Families, and Friends


  1. Trenton Barisano – Great-grandson of Lois & Joe Hassler

  2. Michelle Scotto, mother of Matthew Dickson’s widow Brittany, is not responding to treatment as hoped and is in need of more prayers.

  3. Mary Ann Risser – health concerns

  4. Andrew Stocker – grandson of Vi Dickson – health concerns


Coming Soon!

December 11, 2022

10 am service

The Nativity Story

as retold by The Sunday School Kids

of First Congregational UCC

and a special friend

One performance only, so be sure to be there!



It is time to roll out the rolling pins, bring out the baking sheets, and review recipe cards!  Yes, it is time to start preparing for First Congregational Christmas Cookie Sale on Saturday, December 10, from 9 am to 11 am.  Kindly ask the members of our church to do what they do so well and that is to give of themselves. As many of you know, I was attracted to the church’s website when looking for a new church when we moved back and because you held a Cookie Walk for many years it’s as if it was meant to be that we become members of this church home.  Humor aside, as the Chairperson for this event I hope you will assist me in this new endeavor here.  I have overseen 20-plus years of cookie sales at other churches in New York so; I do know how to work my way around a kitchen.  As they say, “the more you bake, the more we make”. So, once again, I am relying on all the good people of our church to come together in making one of the most fun events even more fun and profitable.  Sign-up sheets are available near the front door of the church for volunteers, and bakers to help with this fun day.  I will be giving updates during announcements at the end of service during the time leading up to the sale and keeping all abreast of the activity involved.  Questions or concerns can be sent to me via email: at jerryjamm256@gmail.com or by calling me at 716.327.2230.




As we prepare for the upcoming Holiday Season of Hope and Giving, let us be reminded of those who are less fortunate and have a difficult time providing for their families. 

As stewards of God’s Church, let us step forward with our kindness and charity and assist those in need.

In many years past, First Congregational UCC has sponsored a “White Gift Sunday” in which tissue wrapped gifts are brought forward during the morning service to be distributed to families in need.  This year “White Gift Sunday” will be held on December 11, at the 10am service.  On the tree outside the sanctuary will be the names and ages with gift ideas for those participants.  You are kindly asked to take a name or two (or three) from the tree and return to church in white tissue paper with the card and name of the recipient attached.  This will ensure that the gifts are given to the correct child/adult.  Gifts will be sorted out after service and will be picked up by the family or MERCY Communities, Inc. at a later date.  Please remember that gifts are due by December 11

Your continued interest and support to this endeavor is most appreciated and will brighten Christmas morning for many children and parents.  As we are forever grateful with our blessings let us strive to share those same blessings with others.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: Jerry Morrison, 716.327.2230 or jerryjamm256@gmail.com.  Thank you and Merry Christmas.



December 4, 2022 –

8:00 a.m. Worship service – Conference Room

10:00 a.m. – Service in Sanctuary – with Communion

Sunday School following the worship service


December 5, 2022 –

            8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Red Cross Boot Camp

            7:00 p.m. - AA


December 6, 2022 –

            5:30 p.m. - Deacons


December 8, 2022 –

            1:00 p.m. - Stepping Up

            8:00 p.m. – AA


December 10, 2022 – COOKIE WALK

            9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  


December 11, 2022 –

            8:00 a.m. – Worship Service in Conference Room

10:00 a.m. service – White Gifts - Hot Dog luncheon to follow


December 12, 2022

            7:00 p.m. – AA


December 13, 2022

            5:30 p.m. – Trustees


December 15, 2022

1:00 p.m. - Stepping Up

            8:00 p.m. – AA


December 18, 2022 –

8:00 a.m. Worship in Conference Room

10:00 a.m. – Worship Service - Sunday School to follow

11:00 a.m. – Music Committee


December 19, 3022 –

            7:00 p.m. – AA


December 20, 2022 –

            Finance / Stewardship – time TBD


December 22, 2022 –

            4:00 p.m. – Church and Ministry

            8:00 p.m. – AA


December 24, 2022 –

            6:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Service – Note time change


December 25, 2022 –

            Christmas Morning Service – 10:00 a.m.  --  No Sunday School will be held.


December 26, 2022 -       

            7:00 p.m. – AA


December 27, 2022 -

            4:00 p.m. – Church Council


December 29, 2022 –

            8:00 p.m. - AA



Linda Apenbrink

Fred Baskett

Tonia Bogener

Kathleen Campbell

Nancy Clements & John Johnson

Michelle Curby

Brenda Davis

Leslie & Mike Dickson

June Eagan

Tom Faller & Jill Hardy

Bob & Karen Ford

Jan Fouts

Pat Fruchtl

Kathy Handy & John Fisherkeller

Alan & D. J. Hawkins

Eva D. Saunders Hunter

John & Gloria Jordan

Linda K. Kohl

Aimee & Eric Mayland

Michelle & Joey McLaughlin

Rick Millard

Jerry Morrison & Rod Nash

Mike Nuding

Allen & Joyce Oertel

Rev. Jean Eyrich Pennell & Rev. Mike Pennell

Barbara Peterson

Ada Lynn Shrewsbury

Rev. Mary Alice Suter

Janet Ulm

Anne Woomer