December 17, 2017

RUTHERFORD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

251 UNION AVE

RUTHERFORD, NJ 07070-1415

201-438-6324 

  

 

WORSHIP HOURS

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

  

RCC COME MY PEOPLE

Welcome video for the church

 

ADVENT

RCC SINGERS/CHOIR

"Return My People" 

" Prepare the Way O Zion"

EMANUEL J. MELI

"Comfort Ye" and "Every Valley" 

 

STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY

"Pockets" by Gail King

 

RCC CHURCH SCHOOL KIDS

"We Are Here" 

"Miriam's Song" 

"I Am the Church"

"My God Is So Great" 

 

NEW MEMBER SUNDAY

 Photographs of our new members

 RCC SINGERS 

"I'm Gonna Live So God Can Use Me"

  

FALL SERVICE MUSIC

 RCC SINGERS/CHOIR

"Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness" 

"Abide With Me" 

 "My Faith Is Like An Oaken Staff"

 "There Is A Wideness In God's Mercy"

 "Lead Me, Guide Me" 

 ANDREA LONG

"Softly and Tenderly" 

EMANUEL J. MELI

"Panis Angelicus" 

 

SUMMER SERVICE MUSIC

Fred Dammers 

"Nobody's Fault But Mine"

 Dammers-Desmond Trio

Ron Verblaauw

"Come My People"

Fred Dammers 

"Well Well Well"

 

 

CONFIRMATION SUNDAY

 PHOTOS

 

NEW FOR CHURCH SCHOOL SUNDAY 

MUSIC SELECTIONS 

 

 

NEW FOR PENTECOST 

SIGHTS & SOUND OF PENTECOST

"Every Time I Feel the Spirit"

The RCC  Singers

 

Video of Scripture Reading

 

Photos

 

 WOMEN'S RETREAT 2017

 LINK TO RETREAT PHOTOS

 

   

CHURCH HISTORY

 The Centennial Moments

 

 Open and Affirming

Read the Rutherford Congregational Church Open and Affirming Statement

 

Our Mission Statement

Read the RCC Mission Statement

 

Sanctuary Usage

Read about use of our facility and planning for weddings and funerals under the Home Tab

 

What's Up? 

Come to the News Section to see our Newsletter The Voice .

 

What is UCC?

Find out about the United Church of Christ and the history of this wonderful organization on our What is UCC page. 

 

 

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Mission

 The Mission Board shall plan and initiate action and education projects and recommend to the Council involvement in world and community ministries. It shall recommend to the Council programs and methods for the raising of benevolent funds and the disbursement of all monies collected as benevolence to such arms of the church as the ‘Association’ Conference and United Church of Christ. It will administer the Student Loan Fund and Special Assistance Fund. 

  

"Being in the mission board is very rewarding because we perform helpful duties that show those we help how Jesus works in our lives." 

 -  Mission Board Member

  

MISSION BOARD PROJECTS:

 

Buddies of New Jersey“Buddies” is a nonprofit, community-based organization offering support and resources for people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Services include substance abuse treatment and counseling, housing assistance, dental services, support groups, transportation, and a food bank. Every Christmas, RCC donates gift bags of toiletries to Buddies.

 

Change for Charisse RCC sponsors a young girl, Charisse, who lives in the Philippines. Members donate change (and bills) to cover our pledge of $30/month.

 

  

 

 

Christmas Caroling – During the Advent Season, members and friends of the church sing to shut-ins. For a small fee which goes towards Family Promise

(the homeless shelter in Hackensack), the singers will also perform

at Christmas parties, businesses, and family get-togethers.

 

 

  

Coins for a Cause – In partnership with the Boiling Springs Savings Bank, church members collected donations from bank customers using the coin machine and used those funds to support the Rutherford Food Pantry and the UCC Disaster Relief Fund.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Promise – Volunteers from the church help prepare and serve meals to the homeless at the Hackensack Shelter. In addition, the church regularly contributes to the support of the shelter. Funds from the church’s annual Christmas Caroling Mission are earmarked for this mission.

 

Fish Sale – Thanks to a generous church member and Down East Seafood, the Mission Board sponsors a fish sale throughout the year as a fundraiser.  Money raised through this sale is used to support the church’s meals at the Hackensack homeless shelter.

 

Habitat for HumanityRCC donates regularly to Habitat for Humanity in Paterson and in Newark.

 

Kip Center – RCC supports the Rutherford Senior Citizen Center (Kip Center) and periodically volunteers to serve lunches at  the Center. 

 

 

Mission 4/1 Earth – This UCC initiative helped us to examine and change our patterns of behavior and to deepen our understanding and engagement of earth care and environmental justice. Members of the congregation participated in three ways:

1.         Engaging in “earth care” that included volunteering at the Rutherford community garden, learning about the water crisis in both in the U.S. and throughout the world, and supporting recycling.

2.         Planting trees and flowers to help beautify our Earth,

3.         Writing and sending advocacy letters on environmental concerns to elected officials.

 

 

 

 

Neighbors in Need is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministries. Two-thirds of the funds are used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects.

 

Our Churches Wider Mission – This annual special offering of the United Church of Christ collects donations to be used for local church ministries, wider church ministries throughout the world, and justice and witness ministries, such as the Justice and Peace Action Network and the UCC Environmental Justice Center.

 

One Great Hour of Sharing – This special mission offering of the United Church of Christ collects donations to be used for disaster relief, refugee/immigration, and development ministries throughout the world. Donations are used both for immediate response to disasters, as well as long-term recovery. UCC programs supported by this collections include health care, education, agriculture, food sustainability, micro-financing, and women’s empowerment.

 

Reading Changes Lives -  The focus of this UCC national initiative is to raise awareness of the literacy crisis and the impact the ability to read has on the quality of life. Our Mission Board bulletin board in the community room includes information to raise this awareness.  Did you know that:

•           One in 5 adults lack basic reading skills beyond a 4th grade level?

•           75% of all jobs require a 9th grade reading level?

•           85% of all young people in the juvenile court system are illiterate?

•           More than 60% of all adult inmates in the US prison system are illiterate?

We have raised money for this initiative by selling used books. Everyone is invited to donate books and/or take a book. We ask for $1 donation for each book taken. Funds raised through this project have gone to support training for the GREs, as well as other mission projects.

 

Rutherford Community Food Pantry - The church’s donations help the Rutherford Food Pantry to keep the shelves stocked. Food and monetary donations are collected throughout the year. Shop Rite and Stop & Shop gift cards are also donated to the pantry. During our special “Christmas in July” campaign, $250 worth of gift cards were given to the pantry, as well as bags of food.

   

 

SERRV sale – The Mission Board holds an annual sale of SERRV merchandise to raise money for mission projects. SERRV is a nonprofit organization with a mission to eradicate poverty throughout the world by providing opportunity and support to artisans and farmers worldwide. By selling handcrafted, fair trade items, SERRV helps artisans and farmers focus on women’s empowerment, educational support, and skill training to enable families to break the cycle of poverty. Recently, funds from the SERRV sale have been donated to Habitat for Humanity and Doctors without Borders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNICEF – Every Halloween, members of the church school collect for UNICEF.

 

 

 

 

Walks – As part of its “Jesus Has Left the Building…. And We Followed Him”, the church community and friends participate in walks to raise money for select nonprofits. Most recently members of the congregation participated in the NJ Aids Walk and the Huntington Disease Walk.

 

We reach out to our community by providing meeting space to:

Alcoholics Anonymous

Board of Elections

Boy Scouts

Girl Scouts

Nar-Anon

Well Spouse Association