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.

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:  TBA

November 30:  No Forum Advent Sunday

December 7:    TBA

December 14:  Minister George Bashian - History and Meaning of Sabbath

December 21:  No Forum

December 28:  No Forum Christmas Break


"Children's Sabbath" Celebration - November 2nd 

Community Church will join with many different faith communities again this year in the “National Observance of Children’s Sabbath” with a special worship service on Sunday, November 2nd.  “Children’s Sabbath” is an inter-faith project sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund with participants from over 200 different religious organizations, faiths and denominations.  This year we are honored and privileged to have as our guest preacher UCC General Minister and President, The Rev. Geoffrey Black, who will speak on the plight of Children at risk around the world.  Rev. Black will also be our Forum speaker at 9:15 in the Parlor.  His topic there will be about our United Church of Christ mission efforts locally and around the world.  A special UCC Global Ministries offering will be taken on this day for ministries that help meet the needs of children everywhere.  An offering envelope for this purpose is included in this mailing.  Please plan to join us on November 2nd, and please be generous with you gifts for our special offering.


Apple Peeling - Sunday, November 2

Come to the Fellowship Hour (in Gardner Hall) sponsored by Kimberly Pauley featuring her home baked goodies. Stay 20 minutes and peel 8-10 apples! Bring a peeler, paring knife and cutting board.  Kimberly will bake the apples into GCCC’s delicious pies to be sold at the Fair.


Americana Fair --Saturday, November 15

DONATIONS: Please begin to save the following: We accept odds and ends for Grandma’s Attic; jewelry; user-friendly books; china; crystal; silver; linens and lamps; frames and pictures; holiday items; new, unloved items for the Boutique; and toys. Collectibles for the Silent Auction and gently-used furs, jewelry and fine items would be appreciated by Arlyn Rath.

Drop-off dates and times:

Sat., Nov. 8th         10:00 AM –4:00 PM

Sun., Nov. 9th        11:30 AM – 9:00 PM 

Mon., Nov. 10th     7:00 AM – 5:00 PM; 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Tues. – Nov 11th (Veteran’s Day) – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Wed. - Thurs., Nov. 12th - 13th - 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM; 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

PLEASE bring all donations to Gardner Hall. BOOKS go to Kensington Room.

VOLUNTEERS:  Come anytime during those hours to help sort. An hour or more will be a tremendous contribution!

GIFT BASKETS: Donate new items for gift baskets or create a theme basket. Donate cash to purchase an Apple Gift Card for the Grand Gift Basket. Deliver items to the box at the top of the stairs near the church office. Cash/checks can be given to church staff during office hours.

GOURMET SHOP: We welcome any delicacies you can prepare. If you want to prepare early and freeze or need freezer space, Melva can provide one or two of her freezers to pack with your donations…pies, cookies, breads, soups, casseroles, stews, quiches, sauces, snacks, cakes, and anything you enjoy cooking. Please list all ingredients (for allergy reasons). Deliver to Gardner Hall on Friday, November 14, or leave in Gardner Hall kitchen refrigerator clearly marked “for fair Gourmet sale.”  You can also deliver before 10 AM on Fair day. Contact Melva Victorino at melva130@optonline.net  or call Peg Mainusch at 742-3874. 


Thanksgiving Eve Service, Wednesday, November 26 at 8:00 PM in the Sanctuary

Please join us in a service of Thanksgiving.

Come and hear church members speak from their hearts.


You are Invited to Attend Caribbean Night on November 18 in the Parlor from 6-8 PM

Hosted by Personal Escape Travel Inc. and Sandals/Beaches Resorts.  We will have a short presentation on the resorts, refreshments, door prizes and booking bonuses for those in attendance.  A $200.00 donation per room will be donated by Personal Escape Travel and Sandals Corporation for any qualified booking made as a result of this event. 

Please RSVP no later than Nov.11 to Sue Blume, CTC SBlume@PersonalEscapeTravel.com or 516 352-5402.



High School Youth Event - Sunday, Novmeber 23:

The November event will be a Zip lining / Ropes Course at http://longislandadventurepark.org/ in Wheatley Heights Cost: $33 per person if we have 10 (including leaders) / $49 per person if we do not have 10.  The course is 3 hours long so we would aim to leave after the 10:30 service to start at 1 PM and returning to the church by 5 PM.  RSVP to Andrew and Katie at youthprograms@gardencitycommunitychurch.com by Sunday, November 9th.


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.