Sunday, February 25 – Second Sunday in Lent: 10:00 am
Sunday, March 4 – Third Sunday in Lent: 10:00 am

Adult Studies “Great Decisions”
Mondays, February 5, 12, 19 and 26

7:30-9:00 pm in Patton Auditorium
“Great Decisions” is a video and discussion based educational series developed by the Foreign Policy Association. During these weeks, we will explore topics of significant current importance both nationally and internationally, with commentary from notable political, academic and media figures.  February 19 Topic: Global Health Issues.

“Four Accounts of Jesus' Resurrection”
Tuesdays, February 20 and 27; March 6, and 20  7:30-8:30 pm in Chapel Lounge

Jesus’ burial and resurrection are found in all four of the Gospels as well as the letters of Paul. All of them affirm His resurrection, but differ in various ways. What do Christians believe about the differences, and what do we mean when we affirm that Jesus rose from the dead? We will examine the diversity of the accounts and discuss what it means for our own Lenten journey and Easter celebrations.

Save the Date! - Souper Sunday Returns February 25 
Please join the Board of Outreach Ministries for what promises to be another interesting “lunch & learn” opportunity on Sunday, February 25 immediately following a brief coffee hour. This year we are pleased to welcome two speakers, Maria Del Cid and Sheila Moreira, Esq. who will speak on the topics of DACA and immigration. As per tradition, a variety of tasty soups, salad, bread, dessert, and beverages will be provided. Lunch is free however donations will be accepted to support the Del Cid Dreamers Scholarship administered by the Union County College Foundation. Feel free to invite your friends as the event is open to the community. Please RSVP to the Church Office (908-233-2494 or uccfcc@verizon.net) by Thursday, February 22 to give us an estimated headcount.

Women’s Fellowship - Readers and Riders  Tea, Cookies, Fun and Games: White Elephant Bingo Bring a surprise prize; something free that you don’t need/want in your house; it will be a Bingo prize, and we can trade prizes). Thursday March 1 at 1:00 pm in Patton. Park on street in front of the church. Bring quarters for the meters. (6 quarters for 2 hours) Call Laura 908-232-6516 if you’d like a ride.

Spaghetti Dinner and Talent Show – Save the Date!  An evening of good food, great entertainment and wonderful fellowship! The Annual FCC Spaghetti Dinner and Talent Show fundraiser for the Summer Mission Trip will be held on Saturday, March 3. The dinner is at 6pm and the Talent Show starts at 7:30pm. The entire event will be held in the newly renovated Patton Auditorium. The cost is $14 for adults, $10 for children ages 6 to 12, $5 for children ages 4 to 5. Children age 3 and under are free. All proceeds go to help support the Mission Trip to work with UCC Missions at the Johns River Valley Camp in North Carolina this July. In order to help keep the costs of the dinner down, we are seeking donations of #8 spaghetti, marinara spaghetti sauce and beverages. Please leave all donations at the Church Office between 9am and 3pm or with Rev. Mounts. Thanks!

THE OPERA IS BACK!! This year's annual outing to the Metropolitan Opera will be on Monday, April 30, with attendance at one of my all-time favorite operas, Puccini's Tosca. The all-star cast is headed by the fabulous Anna Netrebko, one of the most famous sopranos of our time. Combine her voice and star quality with Puccini's gorgeous melodies, and you have a once-in-a-lifetime experience! We will meet at a restaurant in New York for dinner at 5:30, then walk over to Lincoln Center for the 7:30 performance. The running time of the opera, including intermissions, is just under 3 hours, so we will be out by 10:30. As always, I suggest you buy your own tickets on the Met's website, Metopera.org., so you can pick tickets that suit your budget. I have checked and see that it is selling out quickly, so if you want to go, make a commitment now and buy the tickets ASAP before they're all gone. Let me know if you are planning to attend – Bctbct@aol.com. I can't wait to see this one!
Barbara Thomson

Calling Interested Adults To Sign Up For The Spring 2018 FCC Adult Retreat! Another exciting Adult Retreat is in the works, and we are encouraging anyone who is interested to sign up now and reserve your spot. We identified a new facility this year to accommodate a larger group, and we are excited to be back in Ocean Grove in what looks to be a beautiful retreat facility, located only a few blocks from the beach.
Retreat Theme: Christian Soup – What do we Gather from our Spiritual Garden?
Dates: Friday, April 27 (evening) - Saturday, April 28 (late afternoon
) 2018
Location: Grove Hall Christian Conference & Retreat Center, Ocean Grove, NJ https://www.oceangrove.org/grove-hall
Who: Open to FCC adults of all ages, friends, and family members
Cost: Cost is $150 per person $50 deposit is requested to reserve your spot by Feb 15. Rooms can accommodate 1 or 2 people, depending on your need/interest.
Feedback on previous years’ retreats has been very positive, and those who attend typically feel very enlightened, relaxed, and refreshed afterwards. This is a great opportunity to step away from your daily routine and spend some quality time with others from our FCC community. The schedule will be flexible, and you can participate in as much or little of the structured program as you wish. The activities are being designed around the theme of “Christian Soup – What do we Gather From our Spiritual Garden?” Come join us for good music, activities, reflections, food, and worship. Sign up by contacting Ruth Indelicato at ruth566@live.com or Lyn Kelman at lynkelman@gmail.com . We look forward to seeing you there!        The FCC Adult Retreat Planning Team