We are facing times that are challenging us every day. The coronavirus threat has changed our lives and is causing us to change our daily routines in order to ensure that we keep ourselves and our families safe. Fear, divisiveness, misinformation, and so many other obstacles fill our days. The church has a responsibility to lead the way to ensure that we our “Being the Church” by keeping our neighbors safe. This has caused us to temporarily put a halt to live worship. Take solace in this, the church is not closed. We may be doing worship in a new way reaching you all virtually, but our doors are still open and will remain open through these tough days.
Please be assured that I am there for each of you if you need to talk. We may not be able to get together in person, but we can talk on the phone, pray through the phone, and care for each other. You can call me at any time that you need to talk.
The church has also put together emergency packs that can be used in case you have to quarantine or need items during this shelter in place. Please contact the church at 413-592-0396 if you need anything. The food pantry is also stocked, and we can provide emergency food stuffs. If you know of anyone that needs help, please let us know. They do not need to be members of the church.
Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” We need to help those that are in need no matter who they may be. Know that there are many right now that feel abandoned. The homeless, the elderly, those in need, see others being helped but do not know how or have the resources to reach out. Let’s make sure that we keep all our neighbors safe.
In closing I will continue to hold you all in my heart and pray for each of you and ask that you please do the same for me. Also look for an email that will tell you how we can come together Thursday evenings at 7 P.M. in community, virtually, and enjoy each other’s fellowship. I miss you all and remember, wash your hands every time you get the chance.
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Gary Grimes
First Congregational Church of Chicopee
If you need help during this crisis please contact us. The church is not closed even if we are not having live worship. If you need food, clothing, help of any kind call 413-592-0396.
Sunday November 29nd Church Service will be a virtual service. We will live stream the service on our facebook page.
Sunday December 20th our church will be holding a grab and go meal outside of the church between 5-6:30pm. We will have one table set up outside the main door for pick up meals.
Our food pantry will also be open. We will have a another table set up for the pantry at the rear of the church.
There will be no service at this time
Please remember one person at the table at a time. We will practice social distance
Everyone must wear a face mask.
We look forward to serving and seeing you and lets try to keep everyone safe.
THANKSGIVING CALENDAR FOODDRIVE
The First Congregational Church of Chicopee along with Trinity Episcopal Church of Chicopee will be joining in our first ever food drive.
WITH YOUR SUPPORT, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR FAMILIES IN NEED.
Place a food item in a box each day:
- OCTOBER 25- INSTANT POTATOES
- OCTOBER 26- PUDDING
- OCTOBER 27 BOX BISCUIT MIX
- OCTOBER 28 CANNED/JAR GRAVY
- OCTOBER 29 CANNED CRANBERRY SAUCE
- OCTOBER 30 BOXED MUFFIN MIX
- OCTOBER 31 GRAHAM CRACKER PIE CRUST
- NOVEMBER 1 CANNED PIE FILLING
- NOVEMBER 2 POWDERD MILK
- NOVEMBER 3 LARGE BOTTLE JUICE
- NOVEMBER 4 BROWNIES
- NOVEMBER 5 KRAFT MAC & CHEESE
- NOVEMBER 6 BOX OR BAG STUFFING
- NOVEMBER 7 CANNED OLIVES
- NOVEMBER 8 FROZEN TURKEY
- NOVEMBER 9 CANNED CORN
- NOVEMBER 10 BOXED INSTANT RICE
- NOVEMBER 11 CAKE MIX
- NOVEMBER 12 FROSTING
- NOVEMBER 13 CANNED FRUIT
- NOVEMBER 14 COFFEE/TEA
- NOVEMBER 15 INST. HOT CHOCOLATE
- NOVEMBER 16 CANNED GREEN BEAN
- NOVEMBER 17 CANNED YAM
- NOVEMBER 18 JELLO
- NOVEMBER 19 BUTTER
NOVEMBER 20th DROP OFF BOX @ THE CHURCH 4-6:30
NOVEMBER 21st DROP OFF BOX @ THE CHURCH 9-12
FRIST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 306 CHICOPEE STREET, CHICOPEE
ITEMS COLLECTED WILL BE DONATED NOVEMBER 21st