Some of you have perhaps heard of the rather important, extremely significant city known as Squiggly-Wiggly-Ville. Unfortunately, however, there was a time when the outstanding citizens of Squiggly-Wiggly-Ville got a bad rap. People said that they were dirty, that the only time they would take a shower was when it rained and they went outside. People said that they were disgusting, that they would eat anything. (more…)
New Testament Reading—Matthew 9: 9-13
Who was Myles Horton? He was a white Southerner from the Appalachian mountains. He was born in Savannah, Tennessee in 1905. To get by, his parents did everything from sharecropping to working in a canning factory. By their actions, his parents taught him the value of service to others and of education as a means to that end. His mother would sometimes go to a cotton mill town nearby where poverty, illiteracy, and illness ran high. She would bring food and hold a Bible class. On those days, supper in the Horton household would be light, but Myles never resented it. He knew how much helping others meant to his mother.
In the late 1990s, the hate-based attempted murders of two Mexican workers catapulted a Long Island town into national headlines, unmasking a new front line in the border wars: suburbia. For nearly a year, filmmakers Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini lived and worked in Farmingville, N.Y., documenting the stories of residents, day laborers and activists battling one another. From this, the critically acclaimed film "Farmingville" was born. The film won a Sundance Special Jury Prize in 2004. First Congregational UCC will be showing the film following our church service on June 22nd. Lunch and popcorn will be provided. We expect to begin around 11:15 am.