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Highland Highlights

March 18, 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.

Interested in a virtual group during this time of social distancing?

Rev. Felicity Wright, an FCCI member, has some thoughts.  If you're interested or have other ideas, please contact the church office (  
  • Watching and discussing the Living the Questions series (I own the DVD’s and led a group study of it years ago)
  • Reading and discussing Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design — this is Barb’s suggestion and she’s really enjoying it.  
  • Reading and discussing Carl Jung’s Answer to Job — similar to #3 in that it explores God’s role in human tragedy.  I just ordered this based on recommendations from a friend, and I’m really excited to get into it. 

Prayers Update

Susan Fast will be sending out brief prayer care updates nearly every day. 
If anyone would like a prayer or cheerful message included in that, they can email it to me at

Need Help with Errands?

If any church members need help with grocery shopping or other errands, a few of our members have volunteered their time and energy. Just leave a list, and they can drop things at the door. Please email Susan Fast or Anna Sannes.
Email or to be put in touch!

All AfterWords will be postponed. Please check our website for more information and updates.Thank you!

Pancake breakfast has been postponedPlease check our website for more updates.Thank you!

Islamophobia:The Dynamics of Hate in the Present Time -Has been postponed. Please check our website updates. Thank you!

Village Elections which were to be held at FCCI on March 18th have been postponed until April 28th.
Children & Youth Spotlight!


Starting on Sunday, our youth (grades 7-12) have been meeting on a daily Zoom call at 4:00 pm. Each day, we check in, play games, share prayers, and encourage one another.Can't meet at that time but want to join? We can schedule future sessions based on what works best for you !
Email if you have not received the link or if you would like to help out as an adult facilitator! 

The children's and youth committees are meeting over Zoom at 7:30 pm this evening to finalize some future projects and opportunities to connect with and support each other. All are welcome to join: 
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Join us on Saturday, March 28th from 3:30-5:00 via Zoom for a Lenten Story Adventure. You'll meet characters from Jesus' life that will help us enter the time before Easter and work together on projects together. Email to act as a character or help facilitate this event. 
Do you have a favorite prayer or story that you might want to share with some of our congregation? Let know! We have some future projects in the works! 

One of our high school youth created a series of challenges for anyone looking to try something new over the next month. If you'd like to see it, email

One of our families is offering toddler-preschool books and toys after doing some cleaning and organizing.
AnnaSannes@ by 3/23 to claim, or they will be donated to Catholic Charities.

This spring, the Children's and Youth Committees are having a flower sale to raise money for summer work trips for the youth of our church. There are several varieties of hanging baskets that we are selling, and we are buying them from Oliver Paine Greenhouses, which is located in Fulton, NY. Hanging basket orders and money are due on Friday, May 1, and they will be delivered to church for pick up on Wednesday, May 20. We will have a table set up in the Fellowship Hall during the Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, March 29, as well as in the narthex beginning on Sunday, April 5. Come see us then, or preview the options here
This Spring’s FCCI fund-raiser:

On-line auction – We need you!

Thanks and wanted: Hard assets, great skills and people who like to have fun! As you know, FCCI will hold its first on-line auction April 24, midnight to 11:59 p.m.  (As an FYI, Cornell United Way recently held an on-line auction and raised $8K-plus in a few hours, thanks to lots of stuff on the e-block.)
Auction contribution : Lunch for 4 at Frank & Lorrie Phillips’ lake camp.
Thanks to all who have been early contributors to this fun event, with items including behind-the-scene tours at local landmarks, a night at the Cornell Club in NYC, including transportation for two on the Cornell campus-to-campus bus, special dinners, Spanish lessons, help with gardening and carpentry hockey tickets, an Auburn Doubledays baseball game with FCCI’s number one baseball fan David Kaden, golf outings, and two 45-minute lessons, piano or vocal, with Donna Bloom!

Want to make your bid to help raise funds for FCCI? We need you and your creative contributions soon!
Contact and thanks so much!
Make a Difference

March is Blanket Month! Will you make a generous donation to Church World Service Blankets? Blankets cost $10 each and are distributed across the globe to those affected by homelessness, natural disaster, war, environmental effects of climate change  reminding families and individuals they are not alone. We can be our kindest and most Christ - like when we are connected.
Online FCCI Directory
Remember to sign-up for access to our online FCCI Directory. You can update your own information as well as having member contact information at your finger tips. If you have any question please email the office at 
Click: Directory Access Instructions


Sunday, March 22
10:00 a.m.               Worship (Online Live Streaming)
Saturday, March 28 
3:30 p.m.                 Lenten Story Adventure (Online Zoom Meeting)
309 Highland Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Phone: 607-257-6033
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