Easter and Holy Week Worship Services & Easter Mission and Flower Offering

A Journey from Palm Sunday to Easter!
at First Congregational Church UCC of Burlington

Palm Sunday Worship Services: March 25 at 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.  Palm Sunday Worship will feature our Children’s, Sanctuary and Austin Chimers Ball Choirs. Beautiful fair trade “Eco-Palms” will be distributed.  Both services will include scripture readings that detail the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem, to the cheers and jeers from the crowd, and will continue with a theme of “Passion Week” telling the story of Jesus as the week unfolds leading up to the Last Supper. A “Palm Sunday” themed Church School program for grades K thru 5 gathering will start after the Word of God for All Ages.  There will be childcare available in the Nursery/Preschool Room during the 10 a.m. worship.

Maundy Thursday Dinner & Tenebrae Worship: March 29 at 6:30 p.m.
All are encouraged to gather on Maundy Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for Communion, followed by a simple dinner and a Tenebrae Worship Service with music and readings lead by Rev. Carrie Bail.  Those interested in serving as readers during the Tenebrae Service are encouraged to contact Carrie ([email protected]). Dinner reservations are appreciated. RSVP by email ([email protected]) or phone (862-5010) to the Church Office.RSVP’s are requested but are not necessary through the Church Office, (802.862.5010).

Good Friday Evening Meditation: March 30 at 6:00 p.m.
The early evening meditation for Good Friday will be led by Community Ministries Coordinator, Ava Kelly.  This contemporary, participatory gathering will be in the Chapel and will include music, time for prayer and reflection.


Easter Sunday Worship: April 1 at 10 a.m.
Worship with all ages on Easter morning in this celebratory service that will feature an inspiring message from Rev. Carrie Bail in a beautiful setting with gifted musical support from the Austin Chimers Bell Choir, the Children’s Choir and the Sanctuary Choir with festive brass accompaniment. The worship service will be multi-generational and will include Communion for all ages. A special reception for all will follow Easter Worship. The reception will include a fun “Easter Photo Booth,” created by our Family Ministries leaders for all to enjoy. All are welcome! Please do invite your friends and neighbors!

Link to Easter and Holy Week Worship Schedule and Invitation on Facebook – HERE.

Easter Mission & Easter Flower Offering Information:

Our Mission Committee is inviting Easter donations in support of the work of Vermont’s Salvation Farms and the Vermont Ibutwa Initiative. The missions of these two organizations represent important efforts to assist marginalized people in our wider Vermont community and in the South Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Salvation Farms engages Vermont volunteers in gleaning food from Vermont farms to distribute through local food shelves and the Vermont Food Bank. Thousands of pounds of useful, healthy food are made available to vulnerable Vermonters through the mission of Salvation Farms.

The Vermont Ibutwa Initiative works with impoverished women and children in the D.R. Congo helping them with education, sustainable livelihood projects and community support.

Our Flower Committee invites all to donate funds for the purchase of flowers to decorate our Sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 1. Many of the Easter flowers will later be delivered to our home-bound members.

Donation forms are available at Church or you can use the online form linked HERE.  If you use the online form – please print and complete the form – drop it by, or mail to the Church Office (First Congregational Church, 38 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington, VT 05401 – or scan and email to [email protected].  Thank you.

Easter donations for flowers and/or the Mission Easter Offering may be given “to honor” or “in memory of” someone special to you. Online gifts are welcome at firstchurchburlington.org – LINK HERE.

Checks can be written to First Congregational Church, MEMO: Easter Mission or Easter Flowers.

Please write separate checks for each offering as it is much more efficient for the Church Office. If you give to either offering online – please indicate so below. Thank you!




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