RECENT HAPPENINGS
September 2nd - White Water Rafting 
Kids and grownups alike said it was wet and wild - and lots of fun!
All agreed, this was the 'First Annual' White Water Rafting event!
The Crew ... on dry land
Church Family Picnic
Sunday August 20th 
at River Edge Swim Club

Everyone had a great time!
July 23rd - Christmas In July Fellowship Time
Did you see and taste our great
Christmas In July Fellowship Time!   
And the same day, we raised $1,785 for the Christmas Fund!
Saturday, June 10th - Progressive Dinner
May 25th - Bells & Whistles XVII
Bells rang, people sang (even the audience rang and sang!) and everyone had a great time!

Above, the Pilgrim Ringers perform. 

Left, Bert (Schmitt) Stratford sings a solo.


March 17th - Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner
A big success - Good food and good fun and good entertainment by the Irish dancers. 
Three generations of a family and friends having a great time together!
Enjoying the company (and the Irish Soda Bread) and waiting for that Corned Beef and Cabbage.
The Irish Dancers perform
Saturday, February 25th
Spaghetti Dinner
Benefit for   Haiti Hurricane Matthew Relief 
raised over $1,500!!!
The servers figure it out
Waiting for that first course
Sunday, January 22, 2017  
Winter Land - Church Picnic
Everyone, young and not-so-young, had a great family fellowship time 
and won some prizes as well!
November 12th - Hockey Outing 
A group of our church's NJ Devils fans had a great time cheering their Devils on to a win over the  Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden on November 12th - A great fellowship event, and a chance to honor our veterans as well!
October 30th
The Great Pumpkin Community Carving Caper
The Kids - of all ages - had a great time and created amazing pumpkin heads!
September 30th - Fish and Chips Dinner
French Fries are Dee-licious! 
...and I have a mustache just like you, dad!
The Fish Runners who helped with bringing the fish from the cooking area to the serving area
 - and mustaches are the order of the evening!
August 25th - Concert "With Joy!"
If you missed it, you really missed a wonderful time!
OVER $2,300 RAISED!!!!

Our own Joy Lynn Jacobs gave an amazing, laughter-filled concert, with music ranging from Broadway tunes, to Motown to almost everything! A Bergenfield resident -- and church member -- Joy has performed on Broadway, national Broadway tours and as a soloist for symphonies in the US and around the world. She also appeared for many years as a guest star on the "Love Boats" of Princess Cruises.
Joy leads church choir members in soaring song
Joy and fellow choir member and soloist Signe Myhrens sing a duet
Audience recruit (and church member) Ron Phillips receives instructions on his role in "Steam Heat."  He rang the cow bell to simulate the clank of pipes, while the rest of the audience, in the role of steam,  hissed at the appropriate times. 
June 18th - Progressive Dinner

All 28 members of the church who joined the Progressive Dinner agreed - great fellowship, delicious food, warmth and laughter - a wonderful event! Thanks to all who hosted!
May 3rd - Women's Fellowship Sponsored Program on Decluttering  - "Keep This, Toss That" by author Jamie Novak
May 1st - Hike and Bike for Family Promise
The team was small, the day was drizzly - but thanks to you, the First Congregational Flyers raised  $1,620 for Family Promise, our outreach to provide emergency housing for working families with children.  This pays the rent for one family for one month in the transitional housing ("New Leaf") program.
Warm thanks to everyone who donated!
February 28th 
Church School Outing to the Ice Rink!
Twenty people of all ages went skating at the Ice House.  Grandparents and parents who had skated for years helped learners of all ages.  People started out unsteadily and gained skill during the afternoon.  Everyone had a wonderful time and plan another outing soon.
Shawl Ministry Sunday - January 10th
Shawls made during the year by members of the Shawl Ministry are dedicated on January 10th, 2016

Saturday, July 11th - Baseball Game Outing

Members of the church enjoyed an outing to see the Trois-Rivieres Aigles at Rockland Boulders

Provident Bank Park, Pomona, NY - Everyone had a great time!

May 17th- Church School Sunday
In celebration of the Church school year, the May 17th Church School Sunday service included music, readings and skits by our Church School children . 

The Church School Children and Youth presented a musical selection.
For the Bell Anthem, the Journey Ringers put on their white gloves and presented "Jesus Loves Me", with the congregation singing along during part of the performance.
Reception of New Members - January 4, 2015
New Members were received into the life and fellowship of the First Congregational Church on January 4th, 2015
 The small fingers that pre-tested the decorations along the bottom  of the cake were just part of the warm welcome to the family of the First Congregational Church.