First Congregational Church
Spencer, U.C.C.
207 Main Street
PO Box 187
Spencer, Massachusetts 01562
Worship 10:00 A.M.
Rev. Dianne C. Dugan, Interim Pastor
E-mail pastordianne.fccs@gmail.com
For emergencies after office hours,
please call (H) 508-885-5863 any time
or (C) 774-275-7861 until 9 PM


                                                               Easter 2018


Dear Friends and Members of First Congregational Church of Spencer,

“Do not be alarmed: you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look there is the place where they laid him.”Mark 16:6b,c

What does Jesus’ empty tomb mean to us? How is the resurrected Jesus changing our lives, the way we understand important issues that face us daily? Jesus showed us a path of humility, sacrifice, and resurrection. How has your life changed because of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection?

This year we have been stretching our understanding of what it means to be church; moving from what we do and how we do it to the WHY we do what we do. That is the testament to our faith: with God’s help puzzling through our own thoughts on Jesus’ life and ministry; listening to God’s Holy Spirit to determine who God envisions you to become. How do we witness to kindness, generosity, and relevance in a world that has changed vastly over the past 25 years? Our nation NEEDS the gospel!  It IS still relevant - to social and economic justice, by standing up for the oppressed, tending our environment, and welcoming the stranger.

I’m sure you may remember how difficult it can be to enter a new church. Next time you come to church, before you enter, look up at the grandeur of this building and appreciate how intimidating the building can be for others. Make sure to welcome everyone, make sure they know where the bathrooms are, sit with strangers.

Invite your friends to Easter.  God may have been preparing their hearts for your invitation.  Offer someone a ride; tell them about your faith and your church.  Research tells us that a personal invitation increases the likelihood that someone will come to church.   What was obvious in our workshop with Reverend Gallagher was the love people have for this church and church family.  Spread the Good News!    

Easter is an opportunity for each of us to heed God’s call to heal this broken world. How is God calling you to renewal?

Faithfully yours,  

Pastor Dianne



Our next regular meeting will be on April 11th at 5 PM.  This is a special meeting with Rev. Jonathan New.  He will be here to discuss regulations for the church Treasurer and church committees treasurers.  We are also combining the meetings of March 21st (which was canceled) and April meeting.



Stove and ventilation hood – We are still waiting for Gillette’s quote on the ventilation hood.  Also waiting on approval of the plans that were submitted from the building inspector.



 We are in the process of up-grading the sanctuary. Some pews have been removed to make areas available for people with walkers or wheelchairs.  The wallpaper around the organ pipes is being covered and the walls will be painted. The pew cushions will also be replaced in the near future.  This is part of our up-grade for the up-coming 275th Anniversary in May of 2019.


The following committees have the following positions open; Church & Community (1)un-expired two year term; Church & Ed (1) un-expired one year term;   Diaconate (2) Deacons unfilled unexpired two year terms:   Stewardship (1) three year term (1) un-expired two year term.

Just remember if you do join a committee it is a commitment to all the works of that committee.  As a member it is your responsibility to give your full cooperation and assistance.  If you have any questions regarding a certain committee, please see one of the committee chairpersons, Church & Community-Pat Stark, Church & Education-Lisa Brown, Diaconate-Judy Chicoine, ,and Stewardship –Sue Provo.


If interested in filling one of the positions, please contact a member of the nominating committee: Claire Harding or Don Irish.  



Administration Committee  


Spencer Pride Day will be held on April 28, 2018 from 9 AM to 12:00 PM.  T-Shirts, gloves and trash bags will be available when volunteers register at the church at 9 AM.  If you have a T-Shirt from last year, please consider using it.  We will be serving a hot dog lunch for the volunteers who participated in the cleanup from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

We are looking for volunteers to bake cookies, squares, etc. or if anyone would like to donate one of the following: 1-lb. of Kayem skinless hot dogs,  1-Pint of Sherbet, 1-dozen hot dog rolls, 1-can of Hawaiian Punch and 1-2 lt. bottle of Ginger Ale.    

There is a sign-up sheet under the clock on the bulletin board in the Mary Porter Hall.   



This Committee met on March 18, 2018.  The next meeting is scheduled for April 8, 2018.   We discussed Vacation Bible School, Children’s Sunday, Youth Group, and rug for Youth Lounge.


Lisa Brown, Church School Superintendent, 2018


Planning for Children’s Sunday on June 10, 2018.  No church school on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018.  Lessons are going well with new Deep Blue Kids Bible.  Practice for Children’s Sunday will be on May 27 and June 3.

Lisa Brown, Church School Superintendent, 2018


The Deacons met on March 11, 2018.    

The Deacon of the month is Phil Harding

Communion Sunday, April 1, 2018

Our next meeting is April 8, 2018 following worship service.

If you have any questions contact one of the Deacons.

God Bless,

Judy Chicoine, and all the members of the Diaconate.


We are in need of clothing markers. If you can volunteer just one day a week or one day a month it would   


Thank you to all those that purchased Easter flowers to brighten the Sanctuary on Easter,

Your Flower Committee,

Hazel Ahlquist, Judy Chicoine & Barbara Jette



Our Roast Beef supper meeting was on Tuesday, March 13th.  it was changed from the original date of March 20th at 6:30 PM. The change was due to the Church Cluster meeting that was being held on the same date.  Thanks you to Ken Landine and crew for the delicious meal.

The Mother Daughter Banquet is Saturday, May 5th at 6:30 PM.  The Men’s League prepares and serves the meal.

Father & Son Banquet on June 9th at 6:30 PM. The Women’s Fellowship does the cooking and serving for this meal.

Please mark your calendar our Mother & Daughter and Father and Son Banquet which will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Tickets will go on sale in May.

Evening Men’s League  will meet for a Pot Luck supper at 6:30 at the home of Ken Landine 42 Lake Rd., Brookfield. All men of the church are welcome to attend

Philip Harding, President                  


UPDATE :We would like to give an update on the Pastoral Search Committee.  We have met with the Churches Alive Leadership Team and we were given their information and insights from WHO ARE WE? and WHO IS OUR NEIGHBOR?. We would like to thank them for their time, dedication and hard work that has helped us to begin the third and final phase of the process – WHO IS GOD CALLING US TO BECOME?.

We are working on the UCC Local Church Profile.  It will reflect valuable data, assess ministry, clarify change, and help advance the calling of the congregation.  Also, we are working on finding our Why.  It’s not about What we do or How we do it but Why we do it.  The Why shapes our identity and purpose.

Finally we would like to thank Pastor Dianne for her knowledge, for always leading us in the direction we need to go and for her patience.

Please feel free to contact any Search Committee member with any questions.  We will keep you updated as time goes on.


Pastoral Search Committee:

Susan Babineau, LouAnn Bean, Lisa Brown, Barbara Coutu, Kimberly Desrosiers, Phil Olivo, and Susan Provo


UCC Dues Thank you to all those members who have graciously sent in their UCC dues.  It is greatly appreciated. If there is anyone else who would like to contribute dues it is approximately $22 per member.


The Stewardship Committee


Women’s Fellowship Executive Board meeting will be held on Monday, April 2, 2018. All the women of the church are welcome to attend.

Bay Path Luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24th.  We will meet at the church at 10 A.M. and “car pool” to Bay Path for 11 A.M. seating.  Husbands and friends are invited, but please sign up on the list located in the Mary Porter hall on the bulletin board under the clock.   You need to sign-up by Sunday, April 22nd.  We need to call in our reservations on Monday, April 23rd.

Evening Women’s Fellowship  The fellowship will meet on Monday, April 2nd will meet at the home of Sue Provo, 7 Crestwood Ave.,  Spencer at 7 PM.  All women of the church are welcome to attend.


275th Church Anniversary  On Sunday April 22nd there will be a meeting following the worship service to begin the planning for the 275TH Anniversary celebration in 2019.  We will discussing ideas, thoughts, and more at this time.  Please plan to join us.

LouAnn Bean

Church Historian/Coordinator 275th Anniversary

Scholarship Applications are available to all college students, during all four years of school.  Applications are available from the church office and are due on or before June 10, 2018 for consideration.  Applications may be picked up Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to noon. From the office

Spaghetti Supper sponsored by the Worcester County 4-H Teen Club will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018– 5 to 7 PM at the First Congregational Church. Adults $10.00 – Kids (10 and under) $5.00. For tickets contact Nancy Andrews 508-885-3748 or Pat Stark 508-885-513

Lay Reading dates available for April & May


Looking for a simple and fun way to take part in the Sunday worship service? Sign up to be a Lay Reader. The Lay Reader leads the congregation in the Call to Worship and reads the scripture lesson for the day. No previous experience is necessary, and it’s a great way to share in our Sunday service. A sign-up sheet is posted in front of the church office. Please feel free to pick a date or two and sign up. You can also call the office at 508-885-2149 and ask us to put your name down as well.

Hearing Assist Devices are Available...Feel like you're missing some of what is going on during our service? We have hearing assist devices available to help you enjoy our worship service. These small, comfortable and convenient devices are connected directly to the sound system of the church via FM radio signals. Every sound spoken into any microphone in the church will be transmitted to the devise. Why miss out when you can hear every word crystal clear?  Please see one of the ushers for assistance. They will be happy to assist you.

Know Somebody in the Hospital? Please let us know…

Do you know of someone from the church who is in the hospital or at some other health care facility?    Please let us know at the church office. Due to the Federal Health Insurance Privacy Protection Act (HIPPA), hospitals and health care facilities can no longer tell us if anyone from the church is there, even if they have made their church membership known to them.  In other words, we have no other way of knowing if someone is in the hospital other than word of mouth.  Please let us know the full name that they were admitted by, what the facility name is, and if possible, what their room number is. Thank you so much for your help with the visitation ministry of the church


Apr.1st – 30th   Office hours are 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.     

Apr. 1st Easter  & Communion Sunday. Sunrise Service Howe Park 6:30 AM and 10 AM regular service at the church..

Easter Breakfast 7 AM following Sunrise service

Apr. 2nd   Women’s Fellowship Executive Board meeting 9 AM

Evening Women’s Fellowship will meet at the home of Sue Provo, 7 Crestwood Ave., at 7 PM.  All women of the church are welcome to attend.

Apr. 3rd Prayer Team meeting 11 AM

Apr. 8th  Church & Ed meeting following worship service 

Diaconate will meet following worship service.

Apr. 9th Evening Men’s League will meet at 6:30 at the home of Ken Landine 42 Lake Rd., Brookfield.

Apr. 11th Special Administration meeting 5 PM. This will take the place of our April 21st meeting.

Apr. 15th  Mother & Daughter Banquet tickets go on sale.

Mason Sunday the members of Hayden Lodge will be worshiping with us on this date.

Apr. 19th Tie Notices are due for the month of May.

Apr. 28th Spencer Pride Day 9AM to 1 PM

4-H Spaghetti Supper 5 to 7 PM



May 5th Mother & Daughter Banquet 6:30 PM

June 9th Father & Son Banquet 6:30 PM

June 10th  Children’s Sunday 10 AM

Scholarship Applications last day for receiving the applications.



Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon and Al-A-Teen meet every Monday at 7:00 PM.


 Deacon of the Month for the month of April is Phil Harding   

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