Weekly UPDATES

Tickets are available for purchase in the Church Office, Monday through Friday, from 8 am. to Noon. Tickets must be purchased by March 11, 2021.

You may also purchase tickets online via PayPal by clicking on the following links: FOR TICKETS WITH A PICKUP TIME BETWEEN 4:30 AND 5:30 PM – or – FOR TICKETS WITH A PICKUP TIME BETWEEN 5:30 PM AND 6:30 PM.

If your phone accepts QR Codes, you may also purchase tickets via PayPal by using the codes below:

Snowflake Tree Mission 2020: Pastor Sabina’s Christmas Requests

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Pastor Sabina Terrades, Minister at The First United Methodist Church in Southbridge, has been spearheading wonderfully caring outreach for our neighbors experiencing homelessness. For this Christmas season, she has engaged our church community in the following project:

To fill 40 brown paper goodie bags: 20 for adult men and women, and 20 for elementary school age boys & girls. We are being gifted with the opportunity to purchase gifts for these recipients. Please imagine being homeless, and consider what you might like to have in hand if living on the street, as it were…

Requested for these goodie bags:

• A Christmas card with a caring, handwritten note: Pastor request we write: “God loves you” on the card. Please add a similar, loving, brief Christmas message
• Hand warmers
• Suggested personal care items: soap, washcloth, travel-size shampoo, conditioner, nail file, hair clips/elastics, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, small comb, small hairbrusg, chapstick, small hand or body lotions, band-aids, tissues, small sanitizer, face mask, scarf
• Stocking stuffer size, gender & age-appropriate toys, small games, deck of cards, colored pencils, crayons, pads for drawing/writing, pens, small puzzles, small puzzle books and other treats
• To be included as well (already obtained): A Christmas devotional booklet for each adult, gloves or mittens, knitted caps, socks, a food item will also be added before sealing the bags

Please deliver your gifts to the church by Sunday, December 13. Bring to the office or place in the bin in the parlor. Any questions, please call Holice Turnbow (508) 347-3428 or Suzie Schwartz (508) 347-9626.

God bless you.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE ON SFC YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Here is a video of the service that was originally live-streamed on Facebook Live on Sunday, September 6, 2020. You may watch it here or click through to watch it on YouTube. Please note that you may add closed captioning (subtitles) by clicking on the CC button at the bottom right of the video screen.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30 SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE ON SFC YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Here is a video of the service that was originally live-streamed on Facebook Live on Sunday, August 30, 2020. You may watch it here or click through to watch it on YouTube. Please note that you may add closed captioning (subtitles) by clicking on the CC button at the bottom right of the video screen.

Thank you, and farewell to Ms. Jeanne!

At tomorrow’s 9:30 a.m. service, we will be celebrating our Director of Religious Education, Jeanne Westcott as she departs the Federated Church of Sturbridge and Fiskdale. The service will be live-streamed here on our Facebook page for those who are unable to attend in person, and will later be posted on the church website. In the meantime, please enjoy this video thanking Ms. Jeanne for her time and talents, and all she has contributed to the youth of our church community!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 23 SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE ON SFC YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Here is a video of the service that was originally live-streamed on Facebook Live on Sunday, August 23, 2020. You may watch it here or click through to watch it on YouTube. Please note that you may add closed captioning (subtitles) by clicking on the CC button at the bottom right of the video screen.

Here is a video of the service that was originally live-streamed on Facebook Live on Sunday, August 16, 2020. You may watch it here or click through to watch it on YouTube. Please note that you may add closed captioning (subtitles) by clicking on the CC button at the bottom right of the video screen.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 9 SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE ON SFC YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Here is a video of the service that was originally live-streamed on Facebook Live on Sunday, August 9, 2020. You may watch it here or click through to watch it on YouTube. Please note that you may add closed captioning (subtitles) by clicking on the CC button at the bottom right of the video screen.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2 SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE ON SFC YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Here is a video of the service that was originally live-streamed on Facebook Live on Sunday, August 2, 2020. You may watch it here or click through to watch it on YouTube. Please note that you may add closed captioning (subtitles) by clicking on the CC button at the bottom right of the video screen.

Register for the Federated Church of Sturbridge & Fiskdale Virtual Vacation Bible School by Wednesday, July 28

The Federated Church of Sturbridge & Fiskdale has announced that it will introduce a new, Virtual Vacation Bible School experience for the whole family on August 3, 2020, according to Director of Religious Education, Jeanne Westcott, with guidelines and ideas inspired by Illustrated Ministry.

“While this pandemic has made it impossible to have VBS in person this year,” says Westcott, “we can still do some really great activities and learn some awesome ways to practice compassion and kindness toward others.This virtual program proves to be both fun and timely in consideration of the recent events of our world. What a great opportunity to practice Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself.”

Virtual VBS: Compassion Camp is designed for families to engage in story, art, movement, song, and games together. Select Bible Stories and concepts will be offered via pre-recorded videos uploaded to Google drive with the link shared to participants. The program includes pre-made kits, a song CD, and additional resources with a focus on building and practicing acceptance, tolerance, and understanding. If your family is interested in participating, simply agree to pick up the kits, and learn together at your leisure. 

Supplies and informational materials will be available for pick-up by registrants outside the Church doors at 8 Maple Street, Sturbridge on Monday, August 3 and Wednesday, August 5. Daily videos will also be available via Google Drive, and links will appear in the program packets.  

You do not have to be a Member of Sturbridge Federated Church to participate, but you do have to enroll by Wednesday, July 28. Please use the registration form below to enroll your family in Compassion Camp. For additional information, email Jeanne Westcott at sundayschool@sturfed.org or contact the Church office at (508) 347-3915. 

Virtual VBS Registration Form
August 3-7, 2020

Welcome to Sturbridge Federated Church Virtual VBS! Our guidelines and ideas are generated and inspired by Illustrated Ministry. Check out their website here: https://www.illustratedministry.com
By registering for this experience, you are agreeing to pick up pre-made packets that will allow you and your family to engage in story, art, movement, song, and games. The packets will be available Monday August 3, and Wednesday August 5. The packets will be left outside the church after noon on each of these days. Select Bible Stories and concepts will be offered via video that will be prerecorded and uploaded to Google drive with the link shared to participants. There is no fee for this week of fun and learning but a donation to the church is always welcome.
This proves to be both fun and timely in consideration of the recent events of our world. What a great opportunity to practice Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself.

Please fill out the registration form and a confirmation will come via email.

Compassion Camp: Building Acceptance, Tolerance and Understanding

SUNDAY, JULY 19 SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE ON SFC YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Here is a video of the service that was originally live-streamed on Facebook Live on Sunday, July 19, 2020. The video has been edited to remove the interruption in the livestream feed that interfered with the service. You may watch it here or click through to watch it on YouTube. Please note that you may add closed captioning (subtitles) by clicking on the CC button at the bottom right of the video screen.

SUNDAY, JULY 12 SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE ON SFC YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Here is a video of the service that was originally live-streamed on Facebook Live on Sunday, July 12, 2020. The video has been edited to remove the interruption in the livestream feed that interfered with the service. You may watch it here or click through to watch it on YouTube. Please note that you may add closed captioning (subtitles) by clicking on the CC button at the bottom right of the video screen.

NEWS FLASH: 2020 Church Auction Canceled. (click here for full details)

SUNDAY, JULY 5 CHILDREN’S SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

Here is a video of the children’s service that was originally live-streamed on Facebook Live on Sunday, July 5, 2020.. You may watch it here or click through to watch it on YouTube. Please note that you may add closed captioning (subtitles) by clicking on the CC button at the bottom right of the video screen.

SUNDAY, JUNE 28 SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

Here is a video of the service that was originally live-streamed on Facebook Live on Sunday, June 28, 2020, with Guest Celebrant Rev. David Cote. You may watch it here or click through to watch it on YouTube. Please note that you may add closed captioning (subtitles) by clicking on the CC button at the bottom right of the video screen.

SUNDAY, JUNE 21 SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

Here is a video of the service that was originally live-streamed on Facebook Live on Sunday, June 21, 2020. You may watch it here or click through to watch it on YouTube. Please note that you may add closed captioning (subtitles) by clicking on the CC button at the bottom right of the video screen.

SUNDAY, JUNE 14 SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

Here is a video of the service that was originally live-streamed on Facebook Live on Sunday, June 14, 2020. You may watch it here or click through to watch it on YouTube. Please note that you may add closed captioning (subtitles) by clicking on the CC button at the bottom right of the video screen.

SUNDAY, JUNE 7 SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

Here is a video of the service that was originally live-streamed on Facebook Live on Sunday, June 7, 2020. You may watch it here or click through to watch it on YouTube. Please note that you may add closed captioning (subtitles) by clicking on the CC button at the bottom right of the video screen.

SUNDAY, MAY 31 SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

Here is a video of the service that was originally live-streamed on Facebook Live on Sunday, May 31, 2020. You may watch it here or click through to watch it on YouTube. Please note that you may add closed captioning (subtitles) by clicking on the CC button at the bottom right of the video screen.

SUNDAY, MAY 24 SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

Here is a video of the service that was originally live-streamed on Facebook Live on Sunday, May 24, 2020. You may watch it here or click through to watch it on YouTube. Please note that you may add closed captioning (subtitles) by clicking on the CC button at the bottom right of the video screen.

SUNDAY, MAY 17 SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

Here is a video of the service that was originally live-streamed on Facebook Live on Sunday, May 17, 2020. You may watch it here or click through to watch it on YouTube. Please note that you may add closed captioning (subtitles) by clicking on the CC button at the bottom right of the video screen.

SUNDAY, MAY 10 SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

Here is a video of the service that was originally live-streamed on Facebook Live on Sunday, May 10, 2020. You may watch it here or click through to watch it on YouTube. Please note that you may add closed captioning (subtitles) by clicking on the CC button at the bottom right of the video screen.

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTERTIDE SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

Here is a video of the Fourth Sunday of Eastertide service that was originally live-streamed on Facebook Live on Sunday, May 3, 2020. You may watch it here or click through to watch it on YouTube. Please note that you may add closed captioning (subtitles) by clicking on the CC button at the bottom right of the video screen.

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTERTIDE SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

Here is a video of the Third Sunday of Eastertide service that was originally live-streamed on Facebook Live on Sunday, April 26, 2020. You may watch it here or click through to watch it on YouTube. Please note that you may add closed captioning (subtitles) by clicking on the CC button at the bottom right of the video screen.

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTERTIDE SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

Here is a video of the Second Sunday of Eastertide service that was originally live-streamed on Facebook Live on Sunday, April 19, 2020. You may watch it here or click through to watch it on YouTube. Please note that you may add closed captioning (subtitles) by clicking on the CC button at the bottom right of the video screen.

EASTER SUNDAY SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

Here is a video of the Easter Sunday service that was originally live-streamed on Facebook Live on Sunday, April 12, 2020. You may watch it here or click through to watch it on YouTube. Please note that you may add closed captioning (subtitles) by clicking on the CC button at the bottom right of the video screen.

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

Here is a video of the Good Friday service that was originally live-streamed on Facebook Live on Friday, April 10, 2020. You may watch it here or click through to watch it on YouTube. Please note that you may add closed captioning (subtitles) by clicking on the CC button at the bottom right of the video screen.

MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

Here is a video of the Maundy Thursday service that was originally live-streamed on Facebook Live on Thursday, April 9, 2020. You may watch it here or click through to watch it on YouTube. Please note that you may add closed captioning (subtitles) by clicking on the CC button at the bottom right of the video screen.

PALM SUNDAY SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE
Here is the video broadcast of our Palm Sunday Service, originally broadcast live on FacebookLIVE.

To “attend” Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services, please join us on the Federated Church of Sturbridge and Fiskdale Facebook page. These special evening services will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.

While the service is in progress, you will be able to follow along using the Order of Service link published in the comments. You will also be able to actively participate, if you wish, by typing a message in the comment section.

After the initial service is live-streamed, it will remain available here and on the Federated Church YouTube Channel for later viewing, including all comments posted during the service.

OUR MARCH 29 ONLINE SERVICE IS AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

This Sunday, we conducted our first experiment with broadcasting an online service using Facebook LIVE. For our first time out, we know that sound was a problem so volume has been adjusted in the YouTube posting above.

To “attend” future services, please join us on the Federated Church of Sturbridge and Fiskdale Facebook page at our usual service time of Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

While the service is in progress, you will be able to follow along using the Order of Service provided below. You will also be able to actively participate, if you wish, by typing a message in the comment section.

After the initial service is live-streamed, it will remain available here for later viewing, including all comments posted during the service.

We hope you will join us and encourage you to share this information with family and friends so they may join us as well.

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