At Federated Church of Martha's Vineyard, we believe a healthy community is an active community. Take a look at our many opportunities to volunteer, to participate in social events and to take part in learning and growing together.
Vassar Haiti Project Popup Benefit Sale!
Call 508-274-1104 for more info!
A special pop-up sale to benefit the Vassar Haiti Project will be held in collaboration with island-based Haiti PeaceQuilts economic development organization, hosted at the Federation Church in the Parish House.
Thursday, August 18 – 6pm-8pm
Friday, August 19 – 10am-3pm
Saturday, August 20 – 11am-3pm
Sunday, August 21 – 9am-1pm
An exclusive cocktail reception for Vassar College alums, family and friends will take place on Saturday, August 21 – 5pm-7pm. Contact Lila at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The sale features original Haitian paintings and handcrafts, as well as gorgeous one-of-a-kind folk art quilts. Sale proceeds will fund education in Chermaitre, Haiti, benefitting 300 children in the village’s K-6 primary school and funding a scholarship program for primary school graduates to attend secondary school. At the same time, items sold will provide vital income to the artists and artisans who produced the paintings, quilts, and handmade goods.
Rev. Dr. Sheila Harvey To Guest Preach on Messages of Hope
Sunday, August 21, 9:30am
Rev. Dr. Sheila Harvey, full-time pastor of Union Congregational Church in West Palm Beach, Florida, will be a special guest preacher, speaking on her recently published book, "Messages of Hope: Preaching Peace and Justice for All." Dr. Sheila also serves on the Board of the Council of Health and Human Services Ministry (CHHSM), and is the chair of the UCC's Just Peace Steering Committee. In addition, she served as the Regional Youth Minister for the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ for nearly a decade. Prior to her joining Union Congregational, Dr. Sheila was a Hospice Chaplain for several years with VITAS Healthcare. She also served as Interim Pastor at Christ Congregational UCC in Palmetto Bay, Florida, and for several years she was the Associate Minister of Christian Education and Youth at the First Church of Suffield Congregational UCC in Suffield, Connecticut. Dr. Sheila began her ministry as a Youth Pastor at Mount Moriah Progressive National Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Dr. Sheila also holds several degrees; Bachelor of Science from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, Master of Divinity from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and her Doctor of Divinity from Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut. Dr. Sheila has also successfully completed two UCC affiliated continuing education leadership institutes, and certification leadership courses on entrepreneurship and community health at Harvard University’s HarvardX online.
David Berube, with service dog Vegas, spoke on PTSD and challenges veterans face
Sunday, August 7
On Sunday August 7, David Berube, former Pastor of the Federated Church, spoke about the value of service dogs to military veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Injury/PTSD. David is a retired US Air Force & Massachusetts Air National Guard Chaplain who served 21 years, attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel. He was joined by his service dog, Vegas, and shared the qualities, tasks, trainings & experiences by which a service dog relationship helps a veteran heal as they live with PTSI/PTSD, as well as his own personal journey.
Frederick Douglass Historic Speech Live Reading
July 2 - 11 am
The live reading of the speech by Frederick Douglass, took place on July 2 at the Federated Church Meetinghouse. Douglass, an escaped slave, became one of the most powerful speakers in the abolitionist movement. You can watch the recording on our homepage in 'archived service."
Douglass's powerful speech “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” was first presented to the women of the Rochester Anti-Slavery Sewing Society on July 5, 1852 at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, New York.
Read the article in the The Vineyard Gazette! CLICK HERE
Support for this program was provided by The Federated Church of Martha’s Vineyard and the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library. This program is dedicated to all those who are still slaves.
Former Oak Bluffs police chief and Federated Church member Joe Carter
Gretchen Regan, Federated Church Moderator
Cookies for Ukraine Fundraising Sale a great success!
It was a gray and rainy day on Saturday, March 12, but that didn't dampen the spirits of the 'cookie crew' as they worked together to raise funds for Ukrainian refugee relief!
Members of the Federated Church baked and sold over 2000 homemade cookies at Cronig’s Market to raise emergency funds for Ukrainian refugee relief. Joining in on this effort were friends from the community, and together there were 28 bakers, 6 cookie sorters and packers, 6 sellers, 1 sign maker, and a lot of cookie buyers, raising almost $8000 through donations and purchases, and selling out in just 3 hours!
UCC Ukraine Emergency Appeal will provide shelter, food and other care to war refugees and internally displaced people. It also will help refugees and asylum seekers from African, Middle Eastern and other countries who had sought refuge in Ukraine and now are twice displaced, as well as other citizens of more than 125 countries living in Ukraine.
A huge thank you to Mary Gentle and all the volunteers. And a special thanks to Cronig's Market for their hospitality!
Didn't get to the sale but still want to help?
The church youth is meeting regularly, doing all sorts of fun and engaging activities. Beach clean-up, paddle boarding, pizza-making, and more. Join in. Bring your friends! For more info, email Betsy at email@example.com
Virtual Community Dinner Fundraiser
Our last one was such a smash success, we're hoping to have another! Goldie's Rotisserie Food Truck provided a fabulous take-out dinner, followed by a Zoom gathering featuring a fascinating presentation by Minister of Music Peter Boak. Proceeds benefitted Island Food Pantry. Stay tuned for the next one!