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But as for me, I will look to the Lord.
                                         - Micah 7.7

One Worthen St.
Chelmsford, MA 01824
(978) 256-5931

Lunch with Pastor Rich: Tuesdays at noon! 

"Lunch with Pastor Rich" is held every Tuesday at noon. Bring a lunch and join us for an hour of fellowship and conversation.

Installation of Dr. Rev. Rich Knight: Sunday, November 13  

Rev. Dr. Rich Knight was officially installed as pastor of Central Congregational Church on Sunday, November 13 at 3:00 pm. Rev. Knight began his ministry at the church on July 1 of this year. 

The Service of Installation included a message from Rev. Linda Hirst, a former colleague of Rev. Knight at First Parish Church in York, Maine. Music was provided by the church choir, directed by Francisco Fernandez, accompanied by his wife, professional cellist Taide Prieto. Rev. Wendy Vander Hart, Associate Conference Minister of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ, lead the installation.

Pastor Rich most recently served for six years at Trinitarian Congregational Church of North Andover, previously serving 14 years at First Parish Church in York, Maine, and 13 years at Ridge Valley UCC in Sellersville, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Muhlenberg College; Princeton Theological Seminary, where he earned his Master of Divinity; and Eastern University, where he earned his Doctor of Ministry in Marriage and Family Ministry. 

In more than 33 years of ministry, Pastor Rich has demonstrated a profound commitment to mission. He has led more than 500 youth in week-long mission trips and joined CCC’s mission to Downeast Maine in August, making homes warm, safe, and dry for those less fortunate. A certified “End of Life Coach” for the dying and grieving, Rev. Knight also loves to lead support groups, meditation groups, Bible studies and book clubs throughout the year.  

We are incredibly blessed to welcome Pastor Rich into our faith community. He brings many gifts to our church as a leader, counselor, preacher, and a Christian who lives and shares his faith deeply. 

“It’s a wonderful congregation," says Pastor Rich, “filled with faith-filled folks who never stop trying to make a difference in this world!” 
The Service of Installation for the Rev. Dr. Rich Knight (front, second from right) was held on Sunday, November 13. Leading the service were (pictured in front row) Rev. Wendy Vander Hart, Area Conference Minister, MA Conference, UCC; Rev. Laura Gronberg, Moderator of the Northeast Association UCC; and Rev. Linda Hirst, pastor of the Federated Church of South Berwick, ME.  
Get Your West Virginia Workcamp Shares! 

For your convenience you can now get your West Virginia Workcamp shares online. Please share with friends and family. Contact Bryan Norman with any questions. Each year on Father's Day, a group of teens and adults from Chelmsford arrives in Salt Rock, West Virginia for a week of mission and fellowship with friends old and new from all over the Eastern United States. They spend the week working on homes, learning from each other, and sharing their faith. This is a trip that profoundly changes the lives of everyone involved. Please help support our Mission! Thank you!
Congratulations to our 2017 Confirmands! 
Duo of Hope "Musical Storytelling"

The fabulous Fernandez-Prieto Duo - consisting of CCC Director of Music and pianist Francisco Fernandez and his wife, renowned cellist Taide Prieto - treated an appreciative crowd to an afternoon of beautiful music on Sunday, May 21. 

The concert, entitled "Musical Storytelling," included Schubert's "Arpeggione Sonata," Liszt's "After Reading Dante," and Shostakovich's "Cello Sonata." Following the concert, guests enjoyed a lovely social hour and an opportunity to meet the performers in CCC's Fellowship Hall. 

Thank you to these world-class performers for generously sharing their talents with us!  
Youth Sunday and All-Church Picnic: Sunday, June 11

On Sunday, June 11, we will hold our Youth Sunday worship service, followed by the All-Church Picnic. Come and celebrate our children and support them as they share what they have learned about worship. Then join us for our annual All-Church Picnic directly after worship. Sign-ups for the picnic begin May 14 in coffee hour.
A Gathering to Remember: Tuesday, May 23

With Mother's Day and Memorial Day and Father's Day just around the corner, May can be a difficult and emotional month for those who have lost loved ones. May helps us face our losses, do some of the work of grief, and stay connected to our loved ones who have passed.If you've lost a loved one and would like some support and a way to honor your loved one's memory, Pastor Rich invites you to join him for “A Gathering to Remember: A Time for Mutual Support and Honoring our Loved Ones" on Tuesday, May 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the church parlor.  Please speak to Pastor Rich for more information.