In-person worship services in our sanctuary are postponed indefinitely, contingent on pandemic levels within Alpena county. The session met on April 6 and decided to delay resumption of in-person worship. This situation will be reviewed when the session meets on April 20.
We will continue with online services.
When in-person worship resumes, we will follow "safe services" protocols: social distancing, wearing masks, fist/elbow bumps instead of handshakes and hugs, etc.
Links to our most recent services--on YouTube--from 2021 can be found under "Recent Services" on this page.
Links to all 2021 services and printed sermons (when available) can be found by using the SERMONS 2021 tab above.
Links to printed sermons as well as services on YouTube from 2020 can be found by using the SERMONS 2020 tab under the MORE... heading above.
Select the SAFE SERVICE PROCEDURE tab above for additional details regarding our plans to continue to be safe.
Folks needing access can call the church office (989.354.3381) during business hours (M/W/TH 9AM-1PM) to make arrangements.
Anyone entering the building MUST be wearing a mask, and is expected to sign in, either at the kiosk in the narthex or in the rack near the north door.
Recent Services . . .
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April 11 - Second Sunday of Easter
In today's sermon, based on John 20:19-31, Rev. Rayment discusses the reaction of the disciples in the locked room when Jesus comes to see them after the Crucifixion. This is a seminal moment in the life of the church. The words of Jesus speak to the nature of discipleship and what we are called to do. Click HERE to see this complete service on YouTube.
EASTER, April 4
This service features many Easter hymns and the flute of Mary Ann Hubbard. Based on John 20:1-18, Reverend Rayment discusses the Love of God for humanity and for us as individuals. We will celebrate communion near the end of the service.
The complete service is available on YouTube by clicking HERE.
GOOD FRIDAY, April 2
This Good Friday service explores the crucifixion and death of Jesus and what that means for the world and for our individual lives. This is a joint service with both the UCC and the Presbyterian churches in Alpena participating. Rev. Harold Case speaks on Galatians 6:14-18. His sermon is titled, "New Creation: Breaking all the Barriers". Rev. Rayment's text is John 19:28-37 with the message "The End of the Beginning". Please click HERE to join us for this solemn and thoughtful service.
MAUNDY THURSDAY, April 1
Click HERE for the joint service, with The Rev. Dr. Robert Case (First Congregational UCC) and The Rev. William Rayment (First Presbyterian Church) participating.
Worship (Before the pandemic)
Regular Sunday morning worship services are held at 10:30 AM, year round. Each service lasts about an hour. These services are led by the pastor, who is assisted by a lay liturgist, a member of the congregation.
The sacrament of holy communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month, served by deacons and elders.
Church seasons and holidays are observed as part of regular worship: Advent, Christmas, Lent, Palm Sunday, Easter, Pentecost.
Regular worship services may include such special events as ordination and installation of elders and deacons, baptisms, reception of new members, and special recognition of members and friends.
The "Care Candle" provides worshipers with the opportunity to share joys, sorrows, or concerns publicly during prayer.
We welcome all who have gathered to worship. The entire main floor--including restrooms--is wheelchair accessible. We provide the SoundMate Personal Listening System. Large print bulletins--including hymns--are available.
Staying in Touch (Before and during the pandemic)
The March, February, and January issues of our newsletter, The Tartan, are available online from the NEWSLETTER tab above in the drop down menu under "MORE...." at the top of this page.
A few copies of the current month's edition are available at the church.
Ecumenical Events (Before the pandemic)
During the season of Lent, we are part of an ecumenical series of simple soup and bread suppers followed by a worship service.
Each Wednesday we join with several other local churches (Trinity Episcopal, Grace Lutheran, St. Paul Lutheran, First Congregational UCC, First United Methodist, and the Catholic community) for supper at 6 PM and worship at 7 PM. Each church takes a turn at hosting the event, supplying the meal, preparing the bulletin, and providing the pastor.
During Holy Week, we gather at Trinity Episcopal on Maundy Thursday for the soup and bread supper and worship.
An ecumenical Tre Ore service is held on Good Friday between noon and 3 PM.
In July, we join with the same Protestant congregations to offer a week-long Vacation Bible School for children ages 5-12.
Let us not become weary in doing good,
We will reap a good harvest if we do not give up. --Galatians 6:9
Our entire building is wheelchair accessible.
Telex "Sound Mate' Personal
Listening system is available in the sanctuary.
Special Events (Before the pandemic)
During the year, the congregation also enjoys several special worship services or other events, including our Kirkin' o' the Tartan followed by a special Scottish tea, a planned potluck Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas Eve worship, our annual strawberry social, and a Red Letter Day during the summer.
The Bible study group is not currently meeting Contact Sue Asher at for more information. Her phone number can be found in the Church directory.
Rev. Rayment, preaching