Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. and day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. 
The Acts of the Apostles.

August Greetings,

It is challenging to be a Christian in this day and age. Trying to discern and then practice God's will is ......difficult. Biblical interpretations are all over the place, so it is much harder to know what God's will for us really is. Moreover, there exists the problem of actually getting people to attend worship. If only we could fill the church pews like the secular world fills the sports stadiums or the concert halls. If we could do that, it would be totally AWESOME! 
I pray that those of you who do attend worship and also those who strive to deepen their knowledge and understanding of God, know how chosen and how special you really are. Yes, special! It was the French monastic Bernard of Clairvaux, who insisted that 'those who seek God are sought by God' Although following Christ---understanding God's will for us, is by no means easy at times, the journey towards God is rich and life-serving and well worth the time and investment.
The reason for attending church collectively, is to be reminded that we are brothers and sisters in Christ, that we are marvelously made------ and that we are God's own. And we support church because church is THE place where we are reminded of how much we are loved by a God, who loves us so much that he made sure that we could have a place in his kingdom. 
Spiritual writer and theologian, Henri J. M. Nouwen once wrote that: "every time you do something for the glory of God, you will know God's peace in your heart and find rest there." 
I know how much I love church and how much I find my place within its care each and every day. I bid you also to reclaim your true Christian self, not as a false prophet does and not as someone who claims to to have primacy of faith, but as someone who loves gluttonously and lives to the glory of God.
As we, as a church community move towards the future, let us not forget that our future lies with God. That is the future that we are all moving towards, and that together, with a certain faith, we will rise to challenges that are placed in our path and we will triumph. 

Summer Blessings
Rev. Janet
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It is a wonderful thing to belong to a community of faith. It is even better belonging to this ONE. First Congregational Church welcomes you! If you are interested in learning more about our faith community or if you are interested in seeking membership, please contact either the church office at 978-464-2837 or Rev Janet Skagerlind at 978-350-3463. Come and be part of the Spirit!

A Road Trip is Planned for October to
Pickity Place in Mason, NH


Pickity Place offers a  five course creative herbal cuisine that draws guests from all over New England and beyond thyme after thyme. From start to finish their luncheon courses feature fresh herbs and edible flowers harvested daily from their very own culinary garden.

We need to select a date. Please let us know which will work for you:
Tuesday October 22 or Thursday October 24.
      You can email the Church -
       By phone: 978-464-2837
       Sign up at Church

The cost will be $31 per person which includes the tip. Pickity Place requires a $15 deposit with the reservation.

The October Menu is:
Dip - Danish Lemon Dill
Soup - Smoky Butternut with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Salad - Autumn Cobb with Cranberry Vinaigrette
Bread -French Baguette Rolls
Entree - Pork Tenderloin Scallopini with Lemon Twist Salt
Entree - Root Vegetable Sweet Potato Souffle
Desert - Bourbon Maple Pecan Pie


Many thanks to everyone who donated money towards our summer music. Our summer organists are not covered by our church budget, but because of your generosity, we now have the funds to pay for our very talented guest artists for the whole summer. Thank you once again for your support of this faith community. It is because of you that this church is able to provide so many good and wonderful things. Please continue to spread the word that First Church Princeton is the place to be. Come and be part of the Spirit! 


Office hours this summer will be Tuesday through Friday from 9am-1pm. The church office will be closed on Mondays beginning June 17 through Labor Day.


Calling All Online Shoppers!


Did you know that you can support your church every time you make a purchase online? Our church is listed on the website iGive. All you need to do is enroll at, and select the First Congregational Church of Princeton as the nonprofit you would like to support. You can then install a small button that will appear in the upper right corner of your browser. If you click on the button while online shopping, the store will donate a percentage of the sale to the church. Happy shopping everyone, and thanks for your support!


Summer Organist
We are delighted to welcome Malcolm Halliday to the First Congregational Church of Princeton as our summer organist. Mr. Halliday comes with a extensive background in performing, composing and conducting and will be sharing his gifts with us for the months of July, August and the beginning of September 2019.

Celebration Sunday - September 15
Andrea Canfield - 8/1
Brenna Harding -  8/2
Daniel Cariglia -    8/5
Sheila Goodnow -  8/5
Andrew Boudreau-Ball - 8/9
Annie Charrette -  8/13
Dale Stafford -     8/16
Kim Goodnow -    8/17
Mari Boudreau-Ball - 8/19
Ethan Yazdanpanah - 8/20
Vicki Whiting -   8/26
Coco Lindberg -  8/27
Robert Tobin -    8/29

Annette & Bob Markel - 8/6
Dave & Chris Nichols -  8/21
Ted & Kim Goodnow - 8/28
Christopher & Trina Harding - 8/29
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Let the office know of your special dates so that they will appear in the Spire!
The First Congregational Church of Princeton, United Church of Christ, is a Welcoming, Open and Affirming church. We believe that all people are precious children of God, equal and loved by God. Here you will find acceptance of all people of all races, ages, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, previous religious affiliations, professions, nationalities, mental conditions and physical capabilities. You will be warmly welcomed and you will find the freedom to worship with caring people who take joy in both our shared commonalities and our differences.
The First Congregational Church of Princeton
United Church of Christ
Organized 1764, present building erected 1838
Reverend Janet Sandquist-Skagerlind
Music Director: Faith Pistrang
Administrative Assistant John Mims

Office Hours: 9AM-1PM, Monday - Friday
Office closed Mondays June, July & August

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