Almost every Sunday we speak a version of the UCC's Be The Churchcharge, and we exhort each other to love our neighbors and our planet, and to live more fully into the image of God. But to be the church is also to remember that together we are the church.Together we contribute to making First Congregational Church of Ithaca a vibrant, meaningful place.This fall, as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the building of our church in Cayuga Heights, a small group of our members, with Council's blessing, has begun to look at the overall landscape of our church community, to learn from you the things that you value most about FCCI. To help us in our work, we would like you to reflect on two questions and then submit your answers. You can fill out a paper form and place it in the offering plate or put it in the box on the front table or you can fill out the form on our websitewww.fccithaca.org (click on Congregational Questions). Here are the questions we would like you to think about and answer: What do you value personally at FCCI? What makes this place special to you? Your answers will help our leadership continue to craft an experience of church that brings blessing to your life. Thank you!
High Holy Days at
First Congregational Church
We are welcome to attend any of Tikkun v'Or High Holy Days services, although our TVO friends recommend the following:
Rosh Hashanah evening on September 29, 7:00 p.m. [Jewish New Year]
Yom Kippur Kol Nidre on October 8, 6:45 p.m. [Day of atonement, creating
wholeness in the human family and with God]
Isaiah Challenge on October 9, 3:00-4:15 p.m. [ a conversation among faith leaders - Jewish, Baptist, UCC, and Islam - on living into Isaiah’s directive “to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and let the oppressed go free.”]
The Interfaith Community of the greater Lansing-Ithaca area and local Community Members invite you to an Interfaith Community Dish-to-Pass,
Thursday, September 26th from 6:00pm-8:00pm.Dinner will be hosted byLansing United Methodist Church 32 Brickyard Road, Lansing NY 14882
Sophia Bosworth Viscuso Recital Sophia Bosworth Viscuso will be giving a violin recital at FCCI on Sunday, September 29, at 2:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Musical selections from Borowski, Monti, and Bartok, among others, will be on the program. Everyone is invited to come and join us.
Women’s Book Group We will be meeting on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Ithaca Bakery located on Triphammer Rd. We are currently reading The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu & MPHO Tutu. Please join us!
Bible-Side Chats (a.k.a Bible Study) Bible Study will meeting at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in the parlor. We read and interpret the week’s lectionary texts as a group; we pray and we laugh together. Absolutely no prior knowledge of the Bible is required! Bring your lunch and we'll provide the Bibles. All are welcome!
Yarn Group Will be meeting on Tuesday's at 7:00 p.m. at Lauren Cowdery's home at 108 Brandywine Drive, Ithaca, NY. Everyone is invited; feel free to bring any kind of project. We also cheer people who are just learning to knit or crochet! For any question please call Lauren Cowdery at 257-2539.
Sanctuary Ministries: Blessing the
New Sanctuary Guest Space
On October 17th at 6:00p.m. we will be blessing the new sanctuary guest space in the youth room. This will be an opportunity for our church to thank our many members who have been involved in the Sanctuary Ministries, the faith institutions who belong to the Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance and individuals who have contributed funds or time to the project.
The shower/bathroom is progressing quickly, with drywall finishing and painting happening this week. Please come up to the youth room and have a look the next time you are at church. A special thank you to the Tompkins-Cortland County Habitat for Humanity who brought their Women's Build crew, led by Sue Cosentini, on Saturday to FCCI to hang the drywall. If you would like to volunteer to paint, hang trim, install a floor, etc.
Please contact Kristen Brennan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Making a Difference
Ithaca Mobile Pack
Will take place September 25-29, 2019, at St. Catherine of Siena Parish Center (309 Siena Drive, Ithaca) –Our goal is to pack 349,920 meals over the course of these 5 days, which will surpass one million meals packed at St. Catherine’s (2017, 2018 and 2019 combined)! Volunteers participate in 2-hour shifts (no experience necessary) to pack food with others from all over the community in a lively setting filled with music, camaraderie and joyful energy. They also learn more about the life-saving work of Feed My Starving Children. There are seated jobs for those who cannot stand for long periods of time.
If you have not yet had a chance to sign up to come pack with us, it’s not too late! Please go towww.ithacamobilepack.org and click on “Registration is now OPEN. Register NOW”. We would love to have you join us.
The cost of each meal is 24 cents. To achieve our goal of packing 349,920 life-saving meals, the total amount needed is $83,980.80. Due to amazing generosity through events such as Beyond the Plate, we are close but still short of our fundraising goal!
If you are able to give a financial contribution at this time please go to:https://ithacamobilepack.org/index.php/donations/to see methods of payment (including by check or credit card). The average volunteer packs $50 worth of food, and $88 feeds one child for year.
For the first time in years, FMSC is not able to accept food aid applications from new partners. It is critical that we meet the goals we have set for this year’s pack, and greatly appreciate any help you can give.
Hub Helpers Needed
Don't let your veggies grow up to be compost, bring your out of control zucchini to the food hub. Through the summer the cooler will be out for your veggies or extra eggs.
This means we need HUB HELPERS!
Please help us with set up or tear down by signing up on the table in the Fellowship Hall. This takes about 10 minutes either before church or after, it's a great job to do as a family, activities are appropriate for those as young as 3! Questions find a member of Outreach.
The Salvation Army Auxiliary Needs Volunteers To provide financial and volunteer support for the Salvation Army projects. With Heart to God and Hand to Mankind, we work together to do the most good for as many people as possible. For more information please contact Gale Austen at 273-3517.
The Sanctuary Team
Security Install-Thank you to members of Living Hope Fellowship and the Ithaca Baha'i community who brought 6 volunteers last Saturday to help install wiring ahead of Ace Security. With Danny and Kristen the crew put in over 30 hours of work, which will reduce the labor costs for the system. Volunteer Herb Susmann will be working alongside the contractor's crew all week.
Mexican Consulate-The Cornell Farmworker Program will be hosting the Mexican Consulate for three days, October 16, 17, and 18th, in Geneva, NY. They are looking for volunteers to help with child care, food, translation and transportation. If you would like to volunteer any of the above services, please contact Amy Saz at email@example.com or Mary Jo Dudley at firstname.lastname@example.org
FCCI Sanctuary Ministries Benefit #1-On September 28th St. Paul’s United Methodist Church will be celebrating their 200th anniversary with a concert “A place to call home” at 7:00 p.m. All proceeds will benefit FCCI’S Sanctuary Ministries.
FCCI Sanctuary Ministries Benefit # 2-On November 16ththere will be a cabaret & dinner that the Ithaca College theater students will be featuring at First Baptist Church. All Proceeds will benefit FCCI Sanctuary Ministries.
Sanctuary Ministries Support The Sanctuary Ministries team is conducting a campaign to raise money for the new security system and bathroom addition. If the church's Sanctuary work and advocacy for immigrants is one of the reasons that you like coming to church at FCCI, please help us.
How you can provide financial support:
Write a check to FCC with “Sanctuary Ministries in the memo line
Please use your network of friends, both in person and on social media, to help us reach people who are not currently church members, but feel strongly about this issue. People are eager to feel that there is some way to help locally and this is a good opportunity. The sanctuary team is committed to making sure that fundraising for sanctuary ministries does not take away from current church operating budgets and projects. So please help us reach out to the broader Ithaca community (and beyond!). This is an opportunity to bring in new members and let people know about some of the fantastic things that happen here at First Congregational Church.
David's Office Hours- If you would like to meet with David, his 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 (email@example.com).
More Giving Options- You can now support FCCI through on-line giving at https://fccithaca.org/donate/ or click on the link on our home page. Check it out!
Volunteer Opportunities Many hands make light work! We need volunteers every week. Please sign up in the narthex or here: