Philly Association/UCC Turns 50 (party at Old First this Sunday, 10.28)

Philly Association/UCC Turns 50 (party at Old First this Sunday, 10.28)

Ever wonder about this thing called the UCC? What’s the “wider church” really like?

It’s coming to Old First, this Sunday afternoon, Oct. 28 @ 3 p.m., when we host the celebration for the 50th anniversary of the Association’s founding (as it was “founded” after the merger of the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Churches that formed the United Church of Christ in 1957.)

It makes sense that we’re the host– as we were where it all began 50 years ago. Not to mention the oldest congregation in the Association.

Come and here Rev. Bob Strommen talk about the mission of the association “back in the days” (Bob was the Metropolitan Missioner whose office was at Old First.) And hear the Rev. Ann-Therese Ortiz, associate pastor at Chestnut Hill United Church, offer a perspective on mission today. And meet other UCCers from around the area. And learn about our sister congregations.

And help us host the party. We need Old Firsters to welcome and greet. To make sure our guests get a feel for our church… You all could be great ambassadors!

We’re also looking for appetizers! There will be a reception afterward– all decorated and sort of swishy. Rumor has it table decorations will even include tree branches painted gold for the 50th anniversary.

But we want to offer homemade finger foods for hungry long-Sunday church-goers. You can bring your contribution to church in the morning, or before the Association’s 3 pm worship and meeting. The reception will follow that, but Adam Sherr has promised “to man” the kitchen. He’ll be there to receive your contribution, follow any directions on last minute reheating… he’ll even plate and serve our the hor ‘dourves.

If you have any questions, please speak to Mindy in the office.