Upcoming Events

This Sunday, Jan. 14, we will have a Council meeting. All are welcome to attend, and Council members are urged to do so.

Next Sunday, Jan. 21, we will have a pot-luck lunch followed by a video hosted by the ONA Team. It is about 90 minutes long and is called The Bible Tells Me So. It features several religious families dealing with a family member coming out as gay. It is a thoughtful film offering various perspectives. We hope it will be helpful as we explore whether this church is called to declare itself Open and Affirming (more about what that means in the Feb/March newsletter). I strongly urge everyone to attend this gathering. This Sunday there will be a sign up sheet for pot-luck contributions. If you can’t be here to sign up, please touch base with me if you plan to bring something on the 21st. In case of inclement weather, this event will be rescheduled for Jan. 28.

The Old Testament Video Series continues beginning Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. It requires no previous participation, so all are invited.

FOOD PANTRY: For January, we are requesting donations of toiletries (soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste/brush, feminine hygiene). No set goal, but these types of items are especially appreciated by the Food Pantry since they cannot be purchased as part of the significant discount they get on food items.

Christmas Eve Worship

Please join us in ushering in the Christ child once more. There will be a worship service with a Pick-Up Pageant at 10:00 a.m., and the traditional Lessons & Carols Candle-light Service at 5:00 p.m. Hope to see you there! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


Video Series

The Old Testament Video Series

The Monday night Bible study group will be hosting a video series on the Old Testament. Presenter, Amy-Jill Levine, PH.D of Vanderbilt University thoughtfully explores selected passages from the Old Testament. She provides clear examples of how various approaches to biblical research and interpretation can enrich your understanding of this inexhaustibly fruitful and powerful text. Reviewers of the course say Levine is dynamic, exciting to listen to and her knowledge of her subject is organized and well conveyed.

Join us on Monday nights, beginning September 18th at 7:00 p.m. We will meet in Russell Hall and view the series on the wonderful new large screen TV, provided by our trustees. No commitment is necessary. Attend any Monday that you are able. Bring friends. We serve snacks!

SOUPer Bowl Tuesdays Video

Holy Week – 2017

Holy Week

SOUPer Bowl Tuesdays

SOUPer Bowl Tuesdays

March 7th to April 11th 


Please come and join us for soup lunches

Tuesdays 11:30 to 1 in Russell Hall.

All our welcome!!

This is about being good neighbors

Reaching out and making friends with those who work and live around our community.

The lunches are free, your friendship is priceless. Soup

Ash Wednesday Services

Ash Wednesday


March 1, 2017 at 7 PM


This service of reflection

will include

Ashes and Communion

Christmas Services

Christmas Eve Service will be held on Saturday December 24, 2016 at 11 p.m. 

Please join our worship of lessons and carols and the lighting of candles  


Christmas Day Service, Sunday December 25th, will be held at 10 AM

Merry Christmas

Love and Peace to All





Christmas Cantata

Leicester to host
‘Christmas on the

LEICESTER — Leicester’s 20th annual Christmas on the Common will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3rd.
The Tree Lighting at the Bandstand will start at 6 p.m. with some caroling at the band- stand to be continued inside the historic First Unitarian Church on the Common.
At 7 p.m. a free Christmas Concert will begin at the First Congregational Church, also on the Common. The concert program features the choral cantata “Christmas is Forever” a Christmas musical presented by the Christian Community Choir. A collation follows by the Women’s Association of the Church.
This is the 20th year of celebrating Christmas on the Common. It is a collaboration of the Bandstand Committee, the Leicester Historical Society, and the Music Committee of the First Congregational Church on the Common. It is always held on the first Saturday in December — a kickoff to the holiday season.
The Bandstand Committee and members of the Summer Concert Series Committee team up to spruce up the Bandstand, making sure all lights are work- ing, etc., and set up a tree and get it wired with lights for the evening.
The 7 p.m. performance at the First Congregational Church will feature more than 50 vocalists from 16 local churches. They represent choirs from St. Aloysius-St. Jude Parish, Covenant Evangelical Church, Journey Community Church, St. Joseph’s Parish, Brookfield Congregational Church, Mary, Queen of the Rosary Church, St. John the Baptist, East Brookfield Baptist Church, Epworth United Methodist Church, First Congregational Church of Leicester, Lowell Assembly of God, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, St. Anne’s, First United Methodist Church of Spencer, North Brookfield Congregational, First Congregation Church of Spencer.

The Strawberry Hill Fair

The Strawberry Hill Fair


Nov 12, 2016
9 to 2

Start your Christmas shopping at the

Strawberry Hill Fair