Sunday Mornings at 10 am
• Coffee hour after each worship.
• Communion the first Sunday of the month ~ the first Sunday is also FAMILY Sunday.
* During the cold months, worship is in the Chapel,
By God's Grace, West Parish Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, is committed to nurturing and celebrating God's love in our lives, in the Church family, the community and in the world.
Pastor Tim's first Sunday with us!
Mahoosuc Community Band Concert @ WPCC ~ 7 P.M. MONDAY, MAY 9
*Check out Jane's incredible photos of WPCC LIFE: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/sredir?uname=103492811860763079395&target=ALBUM&id=6057576616211211617&authkey=Gv1sRgCKGx4J3TpqrLeg&feat=email
*Also West Parish Congregational Church, UCC is on facebook ~ we're easy to reach!
Happy Spring! It is indeed looking and feeling more spring-like despite the brief return to winter earlier this week. I have recently returned from vacation following the Installation service on April 17th. After traveling the mean highways of New Jersey and Connecticut, it was so good to return home to Bethel. The Installation was a very special day and a great celebration. It was very meaningful, as well, to have my parents and two of my siblings here to be part of it.
So now it's official. I have been installed as Pastor and Teacher of WPCC. What does that mean and how does it change things? The most important thing is that we have established a covenant together. A covenant is based on the covenant made between God and the Israelites that is described in the Pentateuch (or Torah), the first five books of the Bible. A covenant is an agreement that defines a relationship and describes how each party will engage with one another. A covenant is based in God's first entering into relationship with all of us.
Covenants are very important in our denomination, the United Church of Christ. We are not a hierarchal, "topdown" kind of denomination in which commands are handed down from above and churches have to follow them. Instead, local churches, Associations (regional), Conferences (state), and the National body covenant with one another to consider and discuss matters that impact all settings of the church.
At the Installation, we, as pastor and congregation, entered into a covenant and made promises to one another. These included promises about preaching and worship, pastoral care, administrative duties, Christian Education, and the balance of church and family responsibilities. The covenant also states this: "Our life together will be marked by open communication, mutual respect, shared vision, and God's gracious love." That's big and I will do my best to honor that commitment. I (and we) may sometimes fall short of this...but it's a great goal and important to have before us in our journey together.
With that in mind, please feel free to share with me--or the Pastor-Parish Committee if that feels more comfortable--any issues or concerns that you may have (That committee meets quarterly and the next meeting is Tuesday, May 3rd). And please let me know if you or a member of your family is in the hospital or would appreciate a pastoral visit for any reason. My office door is open, I am here, but I'm not a mind reader (They didn't teach that in seminary)! Open communication is so important--it's right there in the Covenant! Blessings to you and your family and see you in church, Tim
Church Office Hours:
Thurs. & Fri., 9:30 - 4:30
Summer Hours: Thurs. 9:30 - 3:30
We are a church dedicated to extending Jesus' welcome to every person. Our mood is hopeful, our spirit is uplifting. As we gather to sing hymns from our rich heritage, to pray for healing of people and the earth, and to hear an inspiring message from our pastor, we are thankful for our legacy and for Christ's call to lovingly serve God and neighbor. In response to that call, we cheerfully support both global and local outreach to people in need.
West Parish Congregational Church was organized in 1796, and is the oldest continuing institution in the Town of Bethel, after the town itself. The current historic meetinghouse building on Church Street was originally built in 1847.
Reverend Dr. Tim LeConey, Minister
207-824-2688 Pastor's Office
Associate Pastor of Outreach ~ Rev. Robert Ross Ph.D., M.Div.
Grace-Street Ministry, Portland, Maine
207-824-2689 Church Office