Welcome to the Garden City Community Church

Welcome to the Garden City Community Church,
an “Open & Affirming” congregation 
of the United Church of Christ.

No matter who you are, 
or where you are on life’s journey,
you are welcome here.



Urgent Need at Local Food Pantries  

Every week we collect food and school supplies for the LICC Food Pantry located in Freeport.
The INN is asking for plastic bags. Please put them in the INN bin.
Donations can be left in the food bins at the Whitehall and Kensington doors.


Forum Schedule: Please join us on the following Sundays at 9:15 am in the Parlor.

October 5:        Mr. Robert McMillan - History and Future of Immigration

October 12:      Ms. Lana Noone - “Children of the April Rain”

October 19:      Ms Judith Toner - The Ongoing Ministry Work in the “La Laguna & El Paraido” on Pijol                         Maintain of Yoro.

October 26:      Ms. Bea Tusiani & Ms. Paula Tusiani-Eng - “Remnants of a Life on Paper”

November 2:    Rev. Geoffrey Black, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ

November 9:    Mr. Chris Dieguez

November 16:  Youth, Andy Morreale and other Youth Leaders - Mission Trip to Belle Meade, Lexington, SC

November 23:  Alice Brown - Facilitating a Discussion of Patriotism


Church School News:

Registration is ongoing – from a safe Church policy it is important that all students attending Church School have a completed registration form.  Please contact Christine or Peter if you need a form.

We are still in need of a few volunteers to teach.  Teachers are encouraged to teach once or twice a month on Sunday mornings following a prepared curriculum.  High school students are encouraged to come and assist in the classroom.  Please contact Christine if you ahve any questions.


Neighbors In Need Offering – October 5, 2014

The Neighbors in Need offering, which our congregation will receive on October 5, 2014, supports the UCC’s ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries to fund a wide array of local and national justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects.  Through UCCTakeAction.org, our national Justice and Witness Ministries office offers resources, news updates, and action alerts on a broad spectrum of justice issues. Working with members of the UCC Justice and Peace Action Network (a network of thousands of UCC justice and peace advocates), Justice and Witness continues its strong policy advocacy work on issues such as the federal budget, voting rights, immigration, health care, hate crimes, civil liberties, and environmental justice. Neighbors in Need also supports our American Indian neighbors in the UCC. One-third of the offering supports the UCC’s Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM). Historically, forebears of the UCC established churches and worked with Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arickara, and Hocak in North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, and northern Nebraska. Today there are 20 UCC congregations on reservations and one urban, multi-tribal UCC congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. These churches and their pastors are supported by CAIM. CAIM is also an invaluable resource for more than 1,000 individuals from dozens of other tribes and nations who are members of other UCC congregations in the U.S.

Neighbors in Need helps make another world possible. It needs and values your support.   Special collection envelopes are enclosed in this Church Newsletter.  We will also have special offering envelopes available at church services on Sunday October 5th.   

Please give generously. And remember, contributions to Neighbors in Need can also be made online at anytime: http://ucc.org/nin/


Rev. Marian Shearer To Lead “Reader's Workshop” and Preach On Ocotober 19

UCC Associate Conference Minister, Marian Shearer will be our guest preacher at the 10:30 worship service on Sunday, October 19.  Rev. Shearer has been with us before both to preach and to offer a leadership event for our congregation.  In addition to preaching on this visit with us she will also lead a very interesting and useful workshop for those who would like to receive training in the finer points of reading aloud in public worship.  This topic is of special interest to the Deacons of our church since they are usually the first to be called on to read prayers and scripture for special worship services, and whenever one of our ministers is out of town.  However, this workshop is open to anyone who wishes to attend, especially to anyone who would like to be considered as a lay reader of scripture in the future.  The clergy and Deacons encourage teen participants and readers of all ages to attend.  A light lunch will be served for participants at noon followed by a two hour workshop.  Please contact the church office to reserve a place for this event.   


Chrysanthemum Lunch and Bridge, October 20 at 12:00 pm

New this year!  Sandwiches and dessert will be served for lunch.

Contact the church office for additional information.


Honor a Special Person or Event: Host a Fellowship Hour

Our Sunday Fellowship Hours are sponsored by church members. You pick your Sunday, bring in a treat to share and we provide the coffee and other beverages. You could also make a $30.00 donation instead of bringing in the treat. You will receive a reminder call the week before your date. Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board behind the Whitehall desk.