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Highland Highlights

February 12, 2020

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.

FCCI is pleased to welcome Rev. Dr. Carrie Call as a guest preacher on Sunday, February 16. 
Carrie serves as the Conference Minister of the UCC's Penn Central Conference. Prior to serving in this role, she was the Executive Director of Development and Communication at Lancaster Theological Seminary, and she has served as Associate Conference Minister of the UCC's Indiana-Kentucky Conference. Carrie has taught at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and served as pastor of Old First Church, Middletown, N.J.
Carrie holds three degrees from Cornell University: B.S. in Rural Sociology (1986), M.S. in Development Sociology (2000), and Ph.D. in Education (2004). She received a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Systematic Theology from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School in 1990, and was ordained as a minister with full standing in the United Church of Christ in 1994. She currently serves the denomination in a variety of ways: On the United Church Board (where she is chair of the Task Force on Clergy Financial Wellness), on the UCC Historical Council; and a co-facilitator of the UCC History and Polity Teachers Network. She is author of 
Spiritually Healthy Divorce: Navigating Disruption with Insight & Hope (Skylight Paths Publishing, 2010). Carrie lives in Lancaster with her husband Randall, who is Professor Emeritus of Reformation Studies at the University of Notre Dame as well as an adjunct faculty member in Church History at Lancaster Theological Seminary.  Carrie is also the sister of our own Laura Andolina.  We are delighted to welcome her again to preach at FCCI!

      Sanctuary Ministry AfterWords
Join us on on February 16th for an informative and current update of our Sanctuary Ministry presented by our members. The breadth of the ecumenical and community wide support, what has been going on, where your skills can be shared will all be presented. We welcome community and congregation inputs.
AfterWords Video
 During the AfterWords on February 23  in the FCCI Chapel, Esther Riley, a member of United Church of Christ Palestine Israel Network , will be showing a 42-minute video, "How are the Children?," that focuses on Palestinian children in Israeli military detention. The film includes an embedded film featuring interviews with Palestinian children who have experienced Israeli military detention. The program will begin 10 minutes after the postlude and last an hour.
(Note: because o f the some graphic scenes, this film is not suitable for children to watch unless they are upper-level high school students.) This film is a powerful reminder that the UCC is committed to justice for all, especially children.

Watch the trailer for the film here. Learn about  H.R. 2407, Rep. Betty McCollum's bill on behalf of Palestinian children, at the program.

Interfaith Dinner 
Sponsored by Al Huda Islamic Center Thursday, February 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Fellowship Hall, First Congregational Church. Bring a vegetarian / dairy dish to share, with a list of ingredients.

Dish-to-Pass meals for March 1 and April 5  will be SOUPER EVENTS !!! During the season of Lent, we'll forego traditional casserole dishes, Bring your crackpot, tureen, kettle  filled with soup, chowder, stew, bisque, etc. 
Breads, rolls, crackers are welcome too.  And we won't turn down cookies.
Introduction to NonViolent Communication Workshop
Sponsored (together) by FCCI and the Interfaith Center for Action and Healing, Saturday March 7th, 2:00-4:30 pm in the FCCI chapel. This workshop is accessible to adults and high school aged teens. All levels of communication experience are welcome! *Child care provided.Through awareness and curiosity unpack habitual ways of communication and learn to shift your focus from what’s wrong to what matters. Join us for this experiential workshop to learn about 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:
·       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.
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.
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.  

*To sign-up for this workshop please see the sign-up sheet located in the Narthex.
*For child care please check the box in the sign-up sheet located in the Narthex.

   Interfaith Center for Action & Healing

Did you know that the Interfaith Center for Action & Healing is now at FCCI ? The ICAH was formerly in Lansing but has since moved its headquarters to our church!  Rev. Dr. Barbara Blom, the Center's Director, is a UCC Minister and a member of FCCI, and she is scheduled to preach in our church on February 23. She will talk about the Center's various initiatives in our area and their plans for doing interfaith work in our church. We are delighted to welcome the ICAH into our space. Their commitment to healing interfaith relationships is very much in line with our church's commitment to welcoming interfaith groups like congregation Tikkun v'Or for their High Holy days this past fall and Al-Huda Islamic Center to pray daily in our chapel. Welcoming these groups is how we FCC-ers are loving our neighbors! 
Children & Youth Spotlight!

On Saturday, we met in the Kendal craft room for our first-ever Crafternoon. We had a great time working on door decorations for our neighbors and cards for the caring committee. With finishing touches from our YACs on Sunday morning, we made more than 90 decorations. Special thanks to Rachel Eichman, Cindy Marschner, and Chris Xenakis for help setting up, to Alice Colby-Hall for reserving the space, and to Becky Holland and Jennifer Wansink for finishing these with the YACs!  

We're excited to welcome Taneha Sierra to our staff as our new childcare provider! Say hello to her during before-the-service child care or after she finishes teaching in our Frolic rooms on Sundays. 

We are planning a fun-packed Vacation Bible School for August 31st -September 4th, the last week of summer before school starts. This summer's theme is "To Mars and Beyond: Explore Where God's Power Can Take You!" Email if you would like to help! 

Putting the FUN in FUNdraising;

We Need You!

The recently passed church budget for 2020 included a $5000 income line item under the heading of "Fundraiser" with no further explanation. That's because the Finance Committee didn't have a concrete plan at the time, but they were convinced that the congregation had so much pent up creative talent for such things that with a little nudge, we could make it happen and enjoy doing so. If you're one of those many who have had anything to do with fundraisers and can make time to share your experiences with the rest of us, please let us know who you are so we can begin to schedule a brainstorming session or two and then move ahead. Leave your name and contact info either with the main office staff or with one of the self-appointed co-chairs below or drop a note in the offering plate. Sooner is better than later. We'd really like to get this ball rolling!!!  Thanks.
George Hudler,
Spirited Conversations
Women’s Book Group
We meet on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. in the library.
We are currently reading  Holy Envy. Please join us!

"Faith for Today"
 "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." (From the publisher of Nooma series)
The group meets Sunday mornings at 9:00 am. Please see Richard and Melissa Stup if you have any questions. 
Make a Difference

The Outreach collection of adult socks and gloves for St. John's Community Center will continue throughout the month of February, in the bins in the lower narthex. Larger sizes for both men and women are especially needed.
Outreach would like to emphasize that the needs at St. John's are ongoing, and we are also collecting financial contributions. Even as little as $2, $5 and  $10 can make a difference for their clients. Donations may be placed in the collection plates or given to the church office.
Outreach will continue to sell Ithaca is Local coupon books to benefit Feed My Starving Children until the books are gone. You may purchase them on Sundays after church in the lower narthex by the front door. They are $15 each and will pay for themselves quickly if coupons are used! They also support many local businesses.

Beyond the Plate- An evening of local cuisine in support of Feed My Starving Children. On Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 5:00-9:00 p.m. St. Catherine of Siena Parish Center 309 Siena Drive, Ithaca NY 14850. If you would like to attend the event please order your tickets at Tickets: $100 per person. Each person must register individually. Seating is limited. Please come and joins us!
Security System Update

Starting on February 24th, CNS’s side door will be locked throughout the day, except for limited child drop-off and pick-up times.

Committee chairs and group leaders will continue to have key access to the front door, unlocking the front door prior to their meeting time and locking up again once everyone has arrived.

To ensure that members can access the church for unscheduled visits, we suggest calling ahead; the doorbell works only if someone is in the office at that time.

Please Note

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
   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 February 16, 2020
Acolytes: Andrew Breen  
Offering Counters(Finance Committee): Eugene Yarussi (1needed)
Reader: Paul Viscuso 

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

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

Ushers: (4 needed)
Greeters: (2 needed)
Coffee Servers: (2 needed)
Flowers: Holly & Michael Kazarinoff


Ash Wednesday
February 26, 2020

Reader: (3 needed)
Ushers: (1 needed)

Sunday March 1, 2020
Acolytes: (1 needed)
Liturgist: (1 needed)
Offering Counters(Finance Committee): (2 needed)
Communion Servers: (4 needed)
Reader: (1 needed)

Ushers: (4 needed)
Greeters: (2 needed)

Sunday March 8, 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)
Flowers: Gene & Jeanne Yarussi

Sunday March 15, 2020
Acolytes: (1 needed)
Liturgist: (1 needed)
Offering Counters(Finance Committee): (2 needed)
Reader: Ellie Kraft Sanders 

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

Sunday March 22, 2020
Acolytes: (1 needed)
Liturgist: (1 needed)
Offering Counters(Finance Committee): (2 needed)
Reader: FCCI Youth & Children 

Ushers: FCCI Youth & Children 
Greeters: FCCI Youth & Children 
Coffee Servers: (2 needed)

Sunday March 29, 2020
Acolytes: (1 needed)
Liturgist: (1 needed)
Offering Counters(Finance Committee): (2 needed)
Reader: Charles LoCasto

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

Holy Thursday
Thursday April 9, 2020

Reader: (8 needed)
Communion Servers: (3 needed)

Ushers: (4 needed)

Good Friday
Friday April 10, 2020

Ushers: (1 needed)

Wednesday, February 12
5:30 p.m.                   Tai-Chi (RM10-11)
Thursday, February 13
3:00 p.m.                   Kendal Service (Kendal)
6:00 p.m.                   Handbells
7:15 p.m.                   Choir Rehearsal
Friday, February 14

Sunday, February 16
  9:00 a.m.                Adult Bible Study (Chapel)
 10:00 a.m.               Worship 
 11:15 a.m.               Coffee & Fellowship
 11:30 a.m.               Sanctuary Ministry AfterWords
 11:30 a.m.               Junior Handbells Choir (Sanctuary)
 12:30 p.m.               Lunch Bunch (Ramada Inn)
   3:00 p.m.               Cub Scout Blue & Gold (FH)
Monday, February 17

10:30 a.m.                Women's Book Group
Wednesday, February 19
5:30 p.m.                  Tai-Chi (RM10-11)
Thursday, February 20
6:00 p.m.                  Handbells
7:15 p.m.                  Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, February 23

  9:00 a.m.                Adult Bible Study (Chapel)
 10:00 a.m.               Worship 
 11:15 a.m.               Coffee & Fellowship
 11:30 a.m.               AfterWords:Video (Chapel)
   3:00 p.m.               Cub Scout Blue & Gold (FH)
Monday, February 24
10:30 a.m.                Women's Book Group
Tuesday, February 25
 6:00 p.m.                 Church Council Meeting (Narthex)
Wednesday, February 26
7:00 p.m.                  Ash Wednesday Service
5:30 p.m.                  Tai-Chi (RM10-11)
Thursday, February 27
6:00 p.m.                  Al-Huda Interfaith Dinner (FH)
6:00 p.m.                  Handbells (Sanctuary)
7:15 p.m.                  Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary)
309 Highland Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Phone: 607-257-6033
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