Welcome

traditional worship          progressive theology          welcoming community

Faithful Service to God and Community

WHO WE ARE

THE FIRST CHURCH IN JAFFREY

          … formed in 1780, a church for ALL SEASONS in the 21st century 

We covenant with one another and with God, as members and friends of The First Church in Jaffrey, to unite in Christian fellowship, worship, and service exemplifying the teachings of Jesus Christ.

We covenant to communicate openly and respectfully, seeking a vision for our church in the world.

Like our forebears, we depend on the Grace of God and the Holy Spirit to lead, inspire, and empower us to love one another and to seek peace and justice.

All who wish to be in covenant with us are welcome regardless of age, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual or gender identity or expression, physical or mental ability, education, immigration status or economic status.

The First Church in Jaffrey is a member of the United Church of Christ and as such, shares a common goal to be in covenant with the church universal and all of God’s creation.

Sunday Worship at 10:30 a.m.
This week’s bulletin

Click on Bulletin to view

Friday Pie Sales Are Back!

FCiJ bakes pies on Thursday and Friday  mornings again this year. They are available for sale ON FRIDAYS between 2 and 4 pm, although mostly all pies are sold within the first hour. The mouth-watering selection varies but typically includes fruit pies, such as blueberry and strawberry or whatever is ‘in season’. Other offerings tend to be Mile High Monadnock Pie, pecan pies, a cheesecake pie, quiches, a Tourtiere Meat Pie and even a Whoopie Pie-Pie. Pies prices are: $20, except for specialty pies which are $24. Proceeds from sale of the pies are shared with community organizations, as are proceeds from our FAIR, this year on Wednesday, Aug 3, between 1 and 4.

If you want to order a pie ahead of time, call – 603-263-4743.
If you can help in any way, we would love to hear from you. You can suggest the name of someone who might help or make a donation for ingredients. Any is welcome to come by Thursday mornings after 9. We will be mixing, baking, and folding boxes in the Parish House at First Church in Jaffrey. With two new ovens, we can bake 3 or 4 at a time, and it should be a quicker process. Join with us and share the fun of contributing to the wider Jaffrey Community in this way.

COVID Protocols ‒ Mask and Distance, Please

First Church’s COVID protocols respond to COVID rates in our area and the nature of the gathering. The Executive Circle examines the status of COVID each month and adjusts its policies as needed.

We will continue to hold worship in the spacious sanctuary at 10:30 on Sundays, but with current COVID precautions. The Covid statistics change constantly, and many areas are experiencing an upsurge.

We ask everyone to wear a mask and distance. We will resume outside coffee hour after worship on July 17. Memorial service receptions held in May and June went smoothly. Families and groups using the church facilities will determine their own COVID protocols and sign a waiver for First Church.

Because many in our congregation are 60 or older, vaccinations and booster shots are still recommended to protect our community and keep vaccinated individuals who do contract the virus from becoming seriously ill.

Rev. Steve Miller
And Wife Dr. Jill Tyler

The Rev. Steve G. Miller started his ministry at The First Church in Jaffrey in January 2022, after a unanimous vote of approval by the congregation in October of 2021 when he visited and conducted worship. His wife, Dr. Jill Tyler, will join him in the First Church parsonage after she retires in May as professor and chair of the University of South Dakota (USD) Communications Department. Currently Leah and Luke Summit (Steve and Jill’s daughter and son-in-law) and the Summit’s two boys are staying with Miller while the young family looks for a house in the greater Boston area.

“I am very excited about getting to know all the people in Jaffrey, the church and the wider Jaffrey community!  I’ve met neighbors walking my dog and playing in front of the parsonage with my two grandsons, who are ages 2-1/2 and nine months.”  Miller confessed: “I’m a bit of a schmoozer.”

For the past 26 years Miller was the senior pastor at the United Church of Christ-Congregational in Vermillion SD.  Originally a New Englander, Miller grew up in  Worcester, MA, in what is now the United Congregational Church.  Miller shared, in his first Sunday leading worship at First Church: “I used to come up here to climb Monadnock as a kid.  It’s like returning home.  I love the mountains, the trees, the ponds and rivers – it’s beautiful here.”

A man of many interests, Miller spent five years studying Lakota spirit, language and music. He invited the Lakota community to hold sacred ceremonies at the UCC church. Speaking for the Lakota community during a farewell gathering honoring Miller, one participant observed that he and Steve have been friends for years and call each other “Kola,” the Lakota term for brother.

At this same event Miller was honored by the Vermillion Community Theatre with a poster of six photos of him in community theater productions that was headlined “Actor, Playwright, Songwriter, Musician, Director of Spirit” in appreciation of his and the church’s support in helping the theater build a center for performing arts at the Vermillion high school.  A devoted baseball fan, Miller was a leader of the Vermillion Youth Baseball Association for players 5 to 12 for many years.

The title of teacher also belongs in Miller’s repertoire, as demonstrated by his popular “World Religions” course at the University of SD.   The University’s provost Kurt Hackemer observed that an important Miller offering was titled “The Pipe and the Cross,” about the intersection of Christianity and native spirituality. “So many students considered this THE great class, the best class that they ever had at USD,” the provost added.

Steve Miller graduated from Springfield College in 1981. He began studying at Yale Divinity School and transferred to the Pacific School of Religion, where he received his Master of Divinity degree in 1987.  He served churches in Bethlehem, CT and Gilman, IA before going to Vermillion in 1995. Rev. Miller has also been involved with Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality in Oak Park, IL for more 30 years through retreats, conferences, and classes.

Please come to First Church in Jaffrey at 10:30 on Sundays and meet Steve Miller!

Gene Faxon
Minster of Music

Gene brings his experience with teaching music and his expertise on the organ, piano, and harpsichord. He leads the choir as well as organizes special musical worship and other church events. Gene is also an accomplished recorder player.  During the pandemic Gene and three ladies have become a harmonious quartet.  We enjoy their offerings on multiple occasions during our services.  The congregation joins this group in singing Taize chants and hymns selected from the Pilgrim Hymnal and the New Century Hymnal.

Judy Lessard
Administrative Assistant

Judy brings her corporate experience. Working with our pastor and music minister, she creates the worship bulletins, sends out e-blasts, and monitors phone calls and church email. Working with our treasurer, she maintains the QuickBooks database and generates financial reports. Working with the communications team, she creates, prints, and distributes the church newsletter.

Officers

In late January 2022, First Church heartily welcomed (bottom row)  Roy Lake, Pam Hill,  David Bliss and Janet Grant as new Trustees.  Nancy Elder-Wilfrid is the new Clerk and in the top row is Ann St. Cyr Gordon (Treasurer) and Sam Greene Moderator.

Officers:

Sam Greene, Moderator
Ann Gordon, Treasurer
Nancy Elder-Wilfrid, Clerk

 
Trustees:

David Bliss
Janet Grant
Pam Hill
Roy Lake
Tom Warren
Dan Wilfrid