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Highland Highlights



January 15, 2019
 
First Congregational Church * United Church of Christ 
309 Highland Road, Ithaca NY 14850  607.257.6033 
Office Hours:  M-F  9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  office@fccithaca.org
Make a Difference

This time of year is especially uncomfortable for people experiencing homelessness and who are in need of warm clothing. Starting on Sunday February 2, 2020 the Outreach Committee will be collecting socks and gloves for the clients and daily visitors at St. John's Community Center, formerly the Rescue Mission, on State St. in Ithaca. Larger sizes for both men and women are especially needed. Donation containers for the socks and gloves will be available in the narthex throughout February. Financial contributions are also welcome.
 
In addition to emergency sheltering services for individuals and families, the Community Center also provides a friendship center for daily drop-ins, and emergency food services to those in need.
Spirited Conversations
 
Women’s Book Group
We will be meeting on Monday's at 10:30 a.m. In the library.
We are currently reading  Holy Envy. Please join us!
 


 
"Faith for Today"
An adult bible study group is forming to explore, learn, and apply the essentials of following Christ. We plan to dig deep into the Bible using study guides and other resources to help us grow and strengthen our faith through discussion and sharing. Our goal is to build faith that is alive, growing, and relevant in our daily lives. We're going to start with the Nooma video series. Here's an explanation of this series from the publisher: "Jesus lived with the awareness that God is doing something, right here, right now, and anybody can be a part of it. He encouraged his listeners to search, to question, to wrestle with the implications of what he was saying and doing. He inspired, challenged, provoked, comforted, and invited people to be open to God's work in this world. Wherever he went, whatever he did, Jesus started discussions about what matters most, because for Jesus, God is always inviting us to open our eyes and join in."
 
The group meets Sunday mornings at 9:00 am. Child care will be provided. If you are interested, please sign up. Please see Richard and Melissa Stup if you have any questions. 
 
 

Children & Youth Spotlight!


 

In some of our Sunday morning gatherings, we've been using skits and improvisation to explore Bible stories. Notice the hula hoop "halo" in this picture! If this sounds like fun and you'd like to help, email AnnaSannes@fccithaca.org or sign up at https://tinyurl.com/fcciteachers.  

You're invited! Please join us on Sunday, February 9th from 3:00-4:30 pm for a special gathering of all our teachers and volunteers. We'll celebrate the contributions our volunteers make, share our experiences with one another, and work together to continue to improve our ministries to children and youth. RSVP to AnnaSannes@fccithaca.org. Light refreshments and child care provided. 

Friends of all ages are invited to join us at our "Crafternoon" (Craft-afternoon) on Saturday, February 8th from 2-4 pm. We'll gather together at Kendal (2230 N Triphammer Rd) in the craft room to make love-themed crafts to share with our neighbors. We'll also decorate Valentine's cookies and drink hot chocolate. This is a fun way to make service and sharing God's love a part of your weekend.
 
Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, February 26th. If you have any favorite Lenten practices, please share them with AnnaSannes@fccithaca.org. We'll share a Lent Toolbox at the beginning of February that you can use to consider different ways to connect with God during this special season. 
Upcoming

FCCI Against Hate Action
Introduction to NonViolent Communication (NVC) Workshop sponsored by FCCI's Against Hate Action group, Saturday January 18, 2:00- 4:30 pm in the FCCI chapel

Through awareness and curiosity, unpack habitual ways of communication and learn to shift your focus from what’s wrong to what matters. Facilitated by communication trainer and life coach Corirose Benitez Anjali, this engaging introductory workshop will give participants the opportunity to practice communication skills that build connection in our lives and empower our impact in the world. We will share the key elements of communicating through the lens of Nonviolent Communication (NVC).  Tap into the bedrock of our shared humanity. Explore the mechanics of empathy for ourselves and others. Develop self-expression that promotes connection. Practicing NVC/Compassionate Communication helps people to:
  • Speak in a way that inspires compassion and understanding.
  • Listen with an increased awareness of what matters most to others.
  • Initiate difficult conversations with more ease and confidence.
  • Translate criticism, judgments and blame into life-serving messages.
  • Resolve long-standing conflicts and heal painful relationship
  • Support group visioning and decision making 
  • Strengthen relationships by expressing and receiving gratitude.
Nonviolent Communication (NVC) helps people to create a quality of connection with others so that compassion can flow more readily in relationships of all kinds.  NVC was developed by the American psychologist and international peacemaker, Dr. Marshall Rosenberg who led trainings in forty countries and five continents from 1965-2010.  Dr. Rosenberg founded the Center for Nonviolent Communication in 1985 to promote the sharing of this body of work internationally.  Everyone is welcome - this workshop is accessible to people with all levels of experience. 
 
Yarn Group
 Will be gathering every two weeks on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm. Our yarn group welcomes all to join in. We knit and crochet prayer shawls and work on all sorts of things together, for a  joy filled time. Lovely yarn and instructions are in the church library. Please help yourself. If you are in need of a shawl for love and comfort for yourself or another, please let Susan Fast or myself know. We have plenty at church.

Next Yarn group  will be at 7:00 p.m. on January 21 at Cathy Dawson's home 256 Renwick Dr. Ithaca, NY. Be sure to look for a celebration of our shawl ministry during worship on February 2nd. Any questions? Please e-mail Linda Yannone (lmy1@cornell.edu)
 
Interfaith Opportunities
 
 "WHEN it is HARD to be Human – Lessons from the Rescuers in the Holocaust”.  Will be on February 2 at 3;00 p.m. at Ithaca College's Whalen Center for Music Presser Room.  Presented by many local ecumenical organizations. Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry and survivor of the Holocaust will be speaking. Eva Fogelman, who compiles stories of those who were rescuers, will also speak. Free and open to the public.
 
An Evening of Jewish Stories, Poetry and Music on February 8  at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth El Social Hall.  All are welcome!
 
FCC Needs Your Support
 
 An increase in time, talent, and treasure is needed from everyone in 2020 to continue our outstanding programs, provide for a talented staff, and maintain our facilities to extend to all our extravagant welcome. We are $30,000 short of our  pared-down stewardship goal and down by 12 pledgers from last year. If you have misplaced your pledge card or did not get one, extras  are on the table in the Narthex.
 
If you have already made a pledge for 2020 prayerfully consider increasing the amount (as a few have already done). Help us continue sailing on God’s wind as a technicolor beacon of faith, hope, and love in the world.

Please Note


 
2019 year-end giving statements are now ready. Please pick up your statement from the table outside the church library-- we love saving on postage! A huge thank-you to all who supported our mission and programs in 2019!
 
David's Office Hours during the week are typically Tuesday-Friday,
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
He is often in and out, though, so setting up an appointment is best Davidkaden@fccithaca.org.

 
   Volunteer Opportunities

Many hands make light work!

 FCC’s wonderful services and programs are made possible by member volunteers. We encourage every member to support our congregation through your participation in one or more capacities. Please sign up to help with our services and other church activities on a regular basis.  
Sign-Up Here
 

Sunday January 19, 2020
Acolytes: Gigi Weislogel
Liturgist: Paul Viscuso 
Offering Counters(Finance Committee):  Eugene Yarussi, Laura Andolina
Reader: Pam Hanna

Ushers: (4 needed)
Greeters: (2 needed)
Coffee Servers: (2 needed)
Snacks:(1 needed)

Pew Supplies Re-Stocker : (1 needed)
 

Sunday January 26, 2020
Acolytes: Sammy Sternberg
Liturgist: (1 needed)
Offering Counters(Finance Committee): Laura Andolina, Eugene Yarussi
Reader: John Zollweg

Ushers: (4 needed)
Greeters: (2 needed)
Coffee Servers: (2 needed)
Snacks:(1 needed)
Flowers: Misao & Len Johnson

Pew Supplies Re-Stocker : (1 needed)
 

Sunday February 2, 2020
Acolytes: Brittany Sternberg 
Liturgist: (1 needed)
Offering Counters(Finance Committee): (2 needed)
Communion Servers: (4 needed)
Reader: FCCI Youth & Children 

Ushers: FCCI Youth & Children 
Greeters: FCCI Youth & Children 
Coffee Servers: (2 needed)
Pew Supplies Re-Stocker : (1 needed)
 

Sunday February 9, 2020
Acolytes:  Melody Sternberg 
Liturgist: (1 needed)
Offering Counters(Finance Committee): (2 needed)
Reader: Scout Sunday 

Ushers: Scout Sunday 
Greeters: Scout Sunday
Coffee Servers: (2 needed)
Pew Supplies Re-Stocker : (1 needed)
 

Sunday February 16, 2020
Acolytes: (1 needed)
Liturgist: (1 needed)
Offering Counters(Finance Committee): (2 needed)
Reader: Paul Viscuso 

Ushers: (4 needed)
Greeters: (2 needed)
Coffee Servers: (2 needed)
Pew Supplies Re-Stocker: (1 needed)
 

Sunday February 23, 2020
Acolytes: (1 needed)
Liturgist: (1 needed)
Offering Counters(Finance Committee): (2 needed)
Reader:(1 needed)

Ushers: (4 needed)
Greeters: (2 needed)
Coffee Servers: (2 needed)
Pew Supplies Re-Stocker: (1 needed)
Calendar
Thursday, January 16
6:00 p.m.                   Handbells
6:30 p.m.                   Popcorn & Pajama Party  (RM1/2)
7:15 p.m.                   Choir Rehearsal
Saturday, January 18
2:00 p.m.                  Non- Violent Communication (Chapel, Parlor)
Sunday, January 19
 9:00 a.m.                 Adult Bible Study (Chapel)
 10:00 a.m.               Worship 
 11:15 a.m.               Coffee & Fellowship
 11:20 a.m.               AfterWords: Suicide Prevention with
                                 Lee-Ellen Marvin (Chapel)
 11:30 a.m.               New Members Meeting (Library)
 11:30 a.m.               Pentecost Singers (Choir Area)
 11:30 a.m.               Junior Chimes Choir (RM 1-2)
 12:30 p.m.               Lunch Bunch (Ramada In)
 1:00 p.m.                 Confirmation Session #7  (RM 10-11)

Monday , January 20
10:30 a.m.                 Women's Book Group
Tuesday, January 21
11:30 a.m.                  PEO (RM10-11)
 6:00 p.m.                  Church Council Meeting (Narthex)
7:00 p.m.                   Yarn Group (Cathy Dawson's Home)
Thursday, January 23
6:00 p.m.                   Handbells
7:15 p.m.                   Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, January 26
 9:00 a.m.                 Adult Bible Study (Chapel)
 10:00 a.m.               Worship 
 11:15 a.m.               Coffee & Fellowship
 11:30 a.m.               Junior Chimes Choir (RM 1-2)
 12:00 p.m.               Pentecost Singers (Choir Area)
  TBA                        Annual Meeting
Monday , January 27

10:30 a.m.                 Women's Book Group
Thursday, January 30
6:00 p.m.                   Handbells
7:15 p.m.                   Choir Rehearsal
 
309 Highland Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Phone: 607-257-6033
E-mail: Office@fccithaca.org
Website: www.fccithaca.org
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