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We hope that your visit here will give you a taste of what we are about and that you will feel personally invited to come and worship with us on Sunday morning at 10:00 AM.
We are a congregation who actively seeks to incorporate the gospel message of love, compassion and hope into our daily lives. We are diverse in our thinking, yet bound by our desire to become more faithful disciples of Jesus and bring his message of inclusivity and joy to God’s creation. There are no creeds you must adhere to in order to feel at home here.
At FCC, we approach faith with an open heart and mind believing that God is, as the UCC motto proclaims, “still speaking,” in ways that make a very ancient faith vibrant and relevant for living in today’s world. We look forward to seeing you soon and greeting you in person!
Rev. Bonnie Steinroeder
Clock Restoration Article
By Anamika Roy/Daily News Staff
June 16. 2015 8:21PM
Holliston church clock gets facelift, 100 years later
HOLLISTON - The landmark First Congregational Church is putting on a few face.
For the last few years, the church has been restoring the mechanical clock in the tower. The clock has not been repaired in 100 years.
Last winter, David Hochstrasser of David’s Clock Shop in Hanover took out the clock’s gears, cleaned and repaired and brought them back to the tower. The parts were brought back and reassembled three weeks ago.
“It’s had a lot of wear and tear,” said John Roll, a longtime congregant and clock enthusiast.
The clock was made by the E. Howard Company, which was founded in 1842 and is based in Waltham. There are at least 10,000 E. Howard clocks in existence. The one atop the Holliston church is No. 2220.
The church is trying to raise $15,000 to pay for the repairs. The group is raising money until the end of the month.
The biggest battle for Roll was to convince congregants to keep the mechanical clock instead of switching to electric.
“That just desecrates the work that was put into it,” said Roll. “This is a work of art.”
Contrary to popular belief, mechanical clocks are fairly easy to maintain, Roll said.
“The biggest maintenance is making sure nobody touches it,” said Roll. The church sexton, Barry Durette, has to climb up the steeple once a week and wind the clock.
The big advantage of a mechanical clock is that it lasts a long time.
“This is as good as new for 100 years,” said Roll.
Centuries-old instructions mounted on the wall next to the clock’s brass hears say the parts should be oiled. However, oil collects dust so that practice was stopped, said Roll.
The next step will be to repair the clock’s three faces, which will be repaired on-site this summer. The face and numbers will be repainted and rebuilt. Gold-leaf paint will be used on the hands and numbers, said Roll.
“In the meantime, we have a working masterpiece.”
People interested in donating to the restoration can do so at www.hollistonucc.org.
Anamika Roy can be reached at 508-626-3957 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @anamikaroy.
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Church Office Starts Summer Hours
Starting the week of June 15th, the church office will be on its summer hours. Paula will be in the office on Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Karen Putvinski will be in the office on Wednesdays. Both will check their emails throughout the week.
Reverend Beth’s Summer Schedule
Rev. Beth will be on vacation June 28th - July 1st and July 17th - 20th. Her office hours will be by appointment only during the summer. Please contact
her on her cell phone at 508-657-1997. Contact Bert Cote or Deb Zaino during her vacation time for pastoral care.
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