Mid-December Connection

Greetings!  Christmas is just around the corner!  As you plan these busy days, here are the things to have in mind that are happening at church:

This Sunday is the Third Advent Sunday.  We will be singing beautiful carols that we typically only get to sing once a year, the Advent candle will be lit, our choir is preparing special music, Pastor Kevin will share an encouraging message and we will spend time sharing our prayer needs.  Kids Connection is in place for the younger ones.  Coffee time in Veno Hall follows worship.  Please spend part of your Christmas days with your church family!

Sunday is the final day to place an order for a poinsettia.  The cost is $12.00.  If you are unable to be at church on Sunday, feel free to give me a call in the office or send an email with your info/details.

Monday evening at 7:00, the Church Council meets in the Council Room next to the office.

Our Open Door meal on December 20th will be a Ham Dinner for our guests. These are the needed items:
30 pounds of potatoes
3 large bags of mixed vegetables
5 packages of dinner rolls
Please see the sign-up sheets outside of the kitchen if you are able to help out and/or speak to Georgia or Marie.  Thanks for helping out!


December 24th  –   Sunday worship for Christmas is at 10:00am for our Family Worship Gathering and our Candlelight Christmas Eve service will be at 10:00pm. Please plan to be here for one or both of these services as we welcome Christmas! Stay tuned for upcoming posts!

Sunday Soup and Study for the Ages!

A new Bible study on the Old Testament prophet Daniel starts on January 7th.  Lots of great and encouraging teachings in the Book of Daniel that every Christian needs to know.  We are going to meet at 5pm on Sunday evenings for sixty to seventy-five minutes.  Dinner (hot soup and bread) will be served as we dig deep into the Word of God.

Serving on Sunday:
Greeter:  Dottie Cotter
Ushers:  Bev Alty, Marie Pierre-Louis
Kids: Shannon, Barbara, Sharon
Coffee Set-up:  Preliminary will be done on Friday
Snacks:  Linda C., Janna, Shannon
Coffee Clean-up:  Tim Nelson

That’s all for now – hope to see you Sunday!
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Second December Connection

Hi everyone,  Hope you are having a great day!  As the days tick down to Christmas please keep these things in mind when you are planning your time.

Saturday (December 9th) – The Women’s Book Study is postponed due to weather.  Stay tuned for when the study will pick back up!

December 10th  is the Second Sunday of Advent.  We had a wonderful service last Sunday, as we entered the Advent season looking forward to Christmas and our Savior’s birth.  Great music from our choir, lighting of the Advent candle and an seasonal message from Pastor Kevin.  Kids Connection is in place and coffee time follows in Veno Hall.  It would be good to see you at worship on Sunday!

The Young Adult discussion group meets this Sunday during coffee time.  This is the final session of their current series.

Sunday afternoon at 3:00 in Veno Hall, we are happy to welcome our Spanish speaking neighbors here  for an afternoon of music!  I suspect some of us will be interested in stopping by – that is great and you are welcome too!

Please remember to order your poinsettias.  Cost is $12.00.  Order forms are in your Sunday bulletin.  If you are not going to be here and still want to order a plant or two, be in touch with me here in the office please.

The Administrative Team meets on Monday evening at 7:00 in Sharon.

Back by popular demand…the bulletin board in the Welcome Center is the place to post your Christmas card for your church friends!

NEW Our Daily Bread devotionals for December – February  are available at the various resource spaces throughout the church.  We have  lots of good reads, articles and seasonal items available in those spaces too.  Take advantage of those!

Seasonal calendars for 2018 are also available at the church.

Check out the Open Door menus outside of the kitchen and see if there is a way you can help out with a needed meal item.

DECEMBER 24th – Family Worship at 10:00am and Traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 10:00pm

Serving on Sunday:
Ushers:  Russ & Donna Wood
Kids:  Meg, Deb B., Roger
Coffee Set-up:  Please stop by early before the service to ensure everything for coffee time is prepared and ready to go!
Snacks: Please Consider bringing a goodie to share!
Coffee Clean-up: Tim Nelson

That’s all we have for you right now – thank you for supporting and being a part of our church family here at UCN, hope to see you on Sunday!
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First December Connection

Hi everyone,  Hope you are having a good week.  It certainly is busy around our church!

The Christmas Fair is upon us! I hope to see you on Saturday, Dec 2nd.  Even if you haven’t signed up, we can find you a place on Saturday – working together as a family is what makes the Fair fun for all. We want to share the joy of Christ with all who enter. And if you are unable to help, feel free to come by and shop, visit, and enjoy some of Sharon’s famous turkey soup for lunch!  There will also be a bridal & formal wear bargain basement sale by Thistle Rose Bridal on our lower level! Spread the word!

I don’t think Barbara would mind if I mentioned that there is still plenty to be done Saturday to get things cleaned up set up after the Fair.  If you have time on your hands  – feel free to stop by the church at 3pm. There will be plenty to do!

Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent and a Communion Sunday.  Being with your church family is a wonderful way to begin the Christmas season.  It is easy to get overwhelmed when there are so many demands on your schedule, but time spent in worship is time well spent!  Great singing, music from our choir, Advent readings and an encouraging message from Pastor await you.  Kids Connection and coffee are both in place.  Hope to see you!

Young Life meets on Monday evening at 7:27 on the top floor.

Look for the insert in your bulletin on Sunday regarding poinsettias for the sanctuary.  The cost remains the same as previous years.  $12.00.  Poinsettias will arrive at the church on December 22nd.  If someone is available to deliver  them to some of our homebound friends, please give the office a call  We would like to get them delivered BEFORE Christmas.  Thanks.

LOOKING AHEAD…we are excited that our sanctuary will be welcoming a Latino Community Music Event on December 10th.  3:00-4:30.  Omar Medina has met with the Church Council and is excited about reaching out to our Norwood community in this way!  I have already heard that some of our congregation will be coming too – please feel free to join us!

The “Under 40” discussion group meets on Sunday, December 10th during coffee time.  This is the final meeting of this group.

Marion Rich requests are due in the church office by December 10th please.

December 6th Open Door meal needs:   Check out the menu on the board outside the kitchen please if you want to help contribute.

Serving Sunday:
Greeters/Ushers:  Bev A., Steve C., Georgia, Marie P-L.
Kids:  Marie, Melanie, Janna
Coffee Set-up: Please take a moment to stop by before worship to ensure everything is set and ready to go!  Much will likely be done during fair clean-up.
Coffee Snacks: We might have leftover goodies for sale left from the fair, but please bring by a treat to share!
Coffee Clean-up: Please consider staying for a few moments to help clean-up after coffee time!

That is all we have for you – hope to see you at the Fair and again on Sunday!
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End of November Connection

Hello everyone, I am sure you are having a busy week!  Be sure and take some time to slow down and think about the many things to be thankful for this year!  It is easy to lose focus and think about what makes us unhappy but we are abundantly blessed regardless of our individual circumstances and it is good to consider that.

Sunday worship begins at 10:00 in our sanctuary.  Great music from our choir, singing, prayer time and an encouraging message from Pastor Kevin.  Kids Connection is in place for the younger ones.  Coffee time follows in Veno Hall.  As we approach this wonderful yet hectic time of year, please be sure and take time to come to worship and be with your church family.  This will help you prepare for the Advent season in a meaningful way.  The first Sunday of Advent is a week from Sunday, December 3rd.

The Church Council meets on Monday evening at 7:00 in the Council Room.

Young Life meets on Monday evening at 7:27 on the top floor.

Moms & Tots will meet on Thursday the 30th at Chick Fil A in Dedham for food and play at 11am.

The next and final session of the Young Adult Discussion Group will meet Sunday December 10th at 11:15 am

Christmas Fair is coming Dec 2rd: We have a special need of strong people after church Sunday to set up tables in the Welcome Center. Please see Barbara Sweeny after church – and THANK YOU. Remember to sign-up if you haven’t already. Remember we need help in setting up and cleaning up as well as during the Fair itself. I hope the bakers are busy, the basket fillers are bustling, and the cleaners are clearing out their excess belongings for the Treasures room! We can take books, household items, extra Christmas decorations and more – but no TVs, computers, microwaves or clothing please! You can bring your items down Sunday and leave them in the Welcome Center, or check with the church office during the week. Please be in touch with me if you have suggestions, ideas, or questions ~ Barbara Sweeny

Another successful year with Operation Christmas Child 🙂   Thank you to Russ & Donna for dropping off about 50 shoe boxes last Sunday and thanks to everyone who participated!  Remember to pray for the children who will receive these boxes.  There are bookmarks in the resource spaces as a reminder.  Help yourself!

Have you missed seeing someone on Sunday morning?  Either one of our home bound or seniors or someone else?  Why not give them a call and let them know they are missed?

You should have received 3 different mailings from the church in the past week or so.  Be sure and read those letters!

Thanks to those who indicated an interest in helping out with some type of service/program for the Sunrise Center.  We will be in touch with Sunrise in the next week to firm things up a bit.  We would welcome a few other people to help out.  Again, this is a commitment of about 30-40 minutes a month.

Open Door needs for 11/29 meal – BREAKFAST FOR DINNER.  Please sign your name next to any item you are available to provide OR speak with Georgia or Marie S.
140 Brown & Serve Sausages (approximate amount; based on packaging may be more or less)
6 dozen eggs
2 gallons of regular milk
2 gallons of different types juices (orange and apple would be good)

Serving on Sunday – November 26th
Greeters:  George & Buki
Ushers:  Dot C., Steve C.
Kids:  Meg & Silpa
Coffee Set-up:  Please stop by early before worship to help get everything set up!
Snacks:  Linda C. , Please bring a treat to share
Coffee Clean-up:  Deb Eagles

Enjoy your weekend,  Happy Thanksgiving from the church staff!
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Mid November Connection

Hi everyone, It has certainly been a busy week!  As we head into the holiday season, we have lots of opportunities for you to be involved here.  I am going to give you want you need to stay in the know here at UCN!

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who helped out with our Open Door Thanksgiving meal Wednesday evening!  We were blessed to serve 60 people a wonderful turkey dinner with all the fixins’.  It is so encouraging to see people work together as a church family and offer a hot meal, a safe space and good conversation to folks!  Thank you again to everyone who contributed a food item, volunteered to serve or cook, baked, and spent their day here to make this happen.  You made all the difference!

Last call for Pie Day orders!  Please let the office know if you are interested in purchasing a Thanksgiving pie.  $12.00 spent here saves you baking time during Thanksgiving week!  The WISH ladies will be baking up a storm on Saturday at church 🙂  Pies will be available for pick up on Sunday during coffee time.

Sunday worship begins at 10:00.  This is Thanksgiving Sunday – wonderful seasonal music, great message from Pastor Kevin and a time to share our prayer needs and praises.  What are you thankful for this year?  Perhaps there is something you can share on Sunday that you are especially grateful for.  Kids Connection and coffee time are both in place.  The “Mary” study meets during coffee time.

Don’t forget to bring your Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes back this Sunday.  The boxes must be delivered to Sharon on Sunday afternoon.  Can you help out with this?  Please let the office or Pastor Kevin know.  THANK YOU!

A wonderful opportunity has been brought to our attention.  Sunrise Center in Norwood would like our help in providing some sort of spiritual time for some of the Alzheimer’s patients.  This is exciting as these patients have requested this time.  Can you help out?  This would be a monthly time for about a half hour.  We have one person who is interested in playing some hymns and other music.  We need about 3 more people.  Perhaps one to “greet” the residents, one to give a brief devotional (about 5 minutes) and someone else as needed.  Please pray about this – can you be involved?   Again, this is less than an hour commitment each month.  Thank you!

Christmas Fair update:  Please SIGN UP to help – we need lots of people to make the Fair a success! Many hands make for joyous labor. In addition to signing up to work, there are other ways to help: Pick up items for a themed raffle basket. Plan your holiday baking to include baked goods and candy for the bake table. And clean out your space for the holidays by donating your gently used items to the Treasures room! [No electronics, TVs, microwaves, or clothing]. You can bring your items down Sunday and leave them in the Welcome Center, or check with the church office during the week. If you have any questions, please be in touch: barbrialan@yahoo.com.  Any and all suggestions are welcome. ~ Barbara Sweeny

Sign-up sheet in Veno Hall for luncheon supplies need for the Christmas Fair.  This year we are asking for donations for the food items needed for the luncheon served at the Fair.  We’d appreciate your help!

Young Life meets on Monday evening at 7:27 on the top floor of the church.

The Administrative Team meets on Monday evening at 7:30 at Janna’s home.

Serving on Sunday:
Greeter:  Marie S.
Ushers:  Bev A. & Marie P-L
Kids:  Meg, Sharon, Barbara
Coffee Set-up:  preliminary work will already be done
Snacks: Marie C., Janna,
Coffee Clean-up:  Barbara Sweeny

Thanks for reading your connection and being a part of our church family!  See you on Sunday!


First November Connection!

Hello everyone, I guess it was bound to happen – that cold air has arrived.  We have lots of activities to keep you moving around so please read through your connection!

Moms & Tots will be meeting Saturday at 11am here in the Church nursery space.  Bring a snack to share and items for an indoor picnic!

The Women’s Study also meets Saturday morning at 9:00 in the Ruth Room across from the office.

Sunday is a full day with worship beginning at 10:00 in the sanctuary.  Saturday is Veteran’s Day and we will be having a time to honor our veterans at the beginning of worship.  This is our first collection Sunday for the shoeboxes.  Next Sunday, the 19th, is our final Sunday.  Both the Mary Study and the Under 40 group meet during coffee time this Sunday.  Details in the Sunday bulletin.

There will be an important meeting of the Church Council this Sunday, November 12th.  Please gather in the Welcome Center following worship.

Young Life meets on Monday evening at 7:27 – open to all high schoolers.

Fair Meeting is Tuesday evening at 7:30 at Janna’s home in Sharon.  Please speak to Barbara Sweeny with any questions.

Our Open Door volunteers will be serving a full Thanksgiving dinner next Wednesday evening.  Thank you to everyone who is contributing needed food!  The only items that are still needed are:
5 pounds of butternut squash (I think the preference is the type that is already peeled)
frozen peas – 2 of the very large bags (available at Shaws)  or 8 of the regular size bags.

Please let Georgia or Marie know if you are able to supply either of these items.  OR see the sign-up outside of the kitchen.

PIE DAY is just around the corner.  Look for the sign-up sheet on Sunday morning.  I am not sure where it will be located but keep an eye out or see Cindy Rudolph.  Pies will be made here on the 18th and will be available on the 19th for pick-up during coffee time.

The Christmas Fair is coming Dec 2nd – It is a great way to get to know one another and to reach out to our community as the body of Christ.  Please look for the sign-up table on Sunday in the Welcome Center to sign up to help, to make a raffle basket, or to bake.  There are lots of ways you can be a blessing!  You can bless your home and the church by getting rid of clean used items for the treasures room.  We can take books, household items, toys, extra Christmas decorations and more – but no TV’s, computers, microwaves or clothing please!  We would appreciate your holding onto your collections until the week before the Fair.  Please be in touch with me if you have suggestions, ideas or questions (barbrialan@yahoo.com) ~ Barbara Sweeny

If you can help out with delivering the Christmas shoeboxes to Sharon next Sunday afternoon (the 19th), please speak to Janna or give the office a call.  They get dropped off at a church near the center of town.

Our Young Adult Discussion Group will be meeting at 11:15 am after worship with part 3 of our study!  Even if you’ve missed the first two, you’ll be able to jump right in, so come join us, it’s been a great study so far.

Each year, our Kids raise money through an offering collection, and this year we’ll be collecting to buy a share of a sewing machine for a woman in need in a developing nation.  You can read more about it on our Kids Connection Blog: unitedkidsconnection.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/our-2017-2018-kids-offering-cause/

Serving Sunday:
Greeter:  Barbara Sulfaro
Ushers:  Donna & Russ Wood
Kids:  Meg, Deb B., Melanie
Coffee Set-up: Laurie A.
Snacks:  Elsa, Janna,
Coffee Clean-up:  Tim Nelson

I think that is plenty for now – looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!
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Last October Connection

Hello everyone, As October tumbles into November, please keep these things in mind as you plan your time.


We are excited that the Teen Challenge Women from Providence will be with us for Sunday morning worship at 10:00. This has become an annual event that we look forward to each year. The girls will have a display table in Veno Hall during coffee time where the jewelry they make is available for purchase. There will also be an opportunity for you to contribute to a love offering for Teen Challenge Women. Look for that in Veno Hall on Sunday. Kids Connection is in place as usual for Sunday.

The new study on “Mary” will meet for an abbreviated time this Sunday during coffee time in the Welcome Center. Keep an eye out for Pastor Kevin – he will mention when that study is going to begin. There will still be time for you to visit with the Teen Challenge girls and get your coffee and…cake 🙂

Sunday, we will have our Young Adult (Under 40) Discussion Group following worship at 11:15am in the council room. Grab your snacks and coffee and head on down! Kids are welcome to tag along, we can bring toys over from the kids spaces for them!

Young Life meets on Monday evening at 7:27 on the top floor. This is for all high school age kids.

Be sure and STOP in the Welcome Center on Sunday morning to pick up your supplies for Operation Christmas Child! Fill a shoe box for a child who will delight in getting a Christmas gift! For many kids, this is the first Christmas gift they have ever received. There is lots of good information on the display table – be sure and take a look! Our collection Sundays are November 12th and 19th. We will be looking for a volunteer to drop off the boxes on November 19th at the area distribution spot in Sharon. Let me know please, if that is something you can do.

November 1st Open Door Meal – Pastor Kevin’s Special Stoup!
These are the items needed:
8 boxes of chicken stock
1 large bunch of celery
Please sign your name on the meal board outside of the kitchen OR speak to Marie S. or Georgia THANK YOU for your support!

Thanks for all your support, we hope to see you Sunday!

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Late October Connection

Hello everyone,  Hope you are enjoying these beautiful autumn days!  Take a few minutes to read through this weekly connection so you can stay in touch with all that is happening here at UCN!

It’s official!  United Church of Norwood was voted into the EFCA this past Tuesday.  Pastor Kevin was at the conference and will be sharing more of that in the coming days.  We are excited about this affiliation and look forward to many good things coming as an outgrowth of this.  Stay tuned!

Do you remember Ben Ruhl?  Ben and his wife Olivia  were with us earlier this year when Pastor Kevin was away.  Ben shared the message during our worship service.  Ben is now the Lead Pastor at the EFCA in Alton, NH.  Ben & Olivia are both 2017 graduates of Gordon Conwell Seminary.

The EFCA sends out a bi-weekly round-up of news, stories, events and resources – always great info.  efcaupdate@efca.org takes you there – sign up now to stay in the loop !

WISH Gathering is Saturday morning at 9:00 in Veno Hall.  All women are invited and encouraged to join us!  Check your email for any details from Cindy.

Council members are reminded of the meeting on Monday evening at 7:00 in the Council Room.

The “Mary Study” begins on Sunday, October 29th following worship.  This study will run for about 45 minutes to an hour.    Who is the Virgin Mary?  Why does she matter?  Find the answers to these and other questions!

Moms and Tots on Thursday the 26th will meet at Chick-Fil-A in Dedham 11am to enjoy snacks and the play space!

Our Under 40″ Young Adult Discussion Group will have part 2 of their fall series on Sunday the 29th at 11:15 am.  Kids are welcome to tag along!


The Christmas Fair is coming.  Hard to believe but true! The Fair this year will be held Dec 2rd 9:00-3:00pm. It is a very busy time but is also a lot of fun as many hands make light work. If you want to help out, please email me at barbrialan@yahoo.com.  Ahead of the day, you can set aside gently used items for the Treasures table, think about what you can make for the Bake Table, and gather items to make a basket for the Raffle table. Details will be coming as we get closer to the date. The Fair planning team will be meeting Tuesday, Oct 24th, at 7:30pm at Janna Peterson’s home (Contact the church office for directions).  Please feel free to join us!  ~ Barbara Sweeny

SHOE BOX COLLECTION WEEK IS NOVEMBER 13- 20.  Start picking up your items now.  I expect all the materials to arrive any day – in the meantime, I do have shoe boxes here in the office.  I just saw a great idea posted online  – Walmart has marked down all their kids water bottles to 85 cents!  Several people suggested filling those bottles with small items and placing in the shoe box.  I stopped by Walmart yesterday and they do have plenty of those bottles, so consider doing that 🙂

Just a reminder that donating the altar flowers for Sunday worship is a wonderful way to honor a loved one or celebrate a milestone.  The cost is $30 which can be left at the church office or placed in the offering plate.  That’s it – we do the rest!

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to fill a spot for Sunday coffee time.  Please keep it up!


Sunday worship is at 10:00 in the sanctuary.  Hope to see you there!  Life gets busy but Sunday morning is THE TIME to refresh your spirit, be encouraged and spend time with your church family.  Kids Connection is in place for the younger ones.  Coffee time follows in Veno Hall.

Sunday afternoon is the Steward Hospice Service of Remembrance at 2:00 here in the sanctuary.  Our WISH group has a great connection to Steward Hospice as we provide them with prayer shawls for those in hospice.

Serving on Sunday:
Greeter:  Barbara Sulfaro
Ushers:  Bev A., Marie P-L.
Kids:  Marie, Sharon, Barbara
Coffee Set-up:  Please come by before the service starts
              to ensure everything’s ready to go!
Snacks:  Linda C., Marie C.
Coffee Clean-up:  Barbara Sweeny

Thanks for being faithful to our church.  That’s all for now – see you on Sunday!


Mid-October Connection

Hello everyone,  Despite the summer warmth a few days ago, the beautiful autumn days are here again!   Please keep these things in mind as you plan your time over these next days and months.

Moms & Tots playgroup will meet Saturday 11am here in the Nursery Space.  Bring snacks to share and feel free to pack a lunch for an indoor picnic!  

The NEW Women’s Study begins on Saturday morning at 9:00 in the Ruth Room across from the office.  In this Bible Study we will be looking at Galatians and Ephesians.  There are some questions for you to consider before this first study.  You nay have gotten them on Sunday from Sharon.  Feel free to email the church office for an attachment with the questions! Check them out please – all women are invited to join.  Feel free to bring your coffee!

Sunday morning worship begins at 10 in the sanctuary.  Hope to see you there as we begin our week together!  Great singing, uplifting music from our choir, a time for your prayers & praises, Kids Connection and an encouraging message from Pastor Kevin – all we need is you!  Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Monday evening the 16th, the Administrative Team meets at 7:00 at Janna’s home in Sharon.

Young Life meets on Monday evening at 7:27 on the top floor of the church.  Do you know a high schooler looking for a place to belong?  This could be the place!  See Meg with any questions or for more info.


There will be a meeting here Tuesday evening October 17th, 7pm in the Church Welcome Center for anyone who is interested in learning more about Young Life’s ministry to teen moms, so it might be able to launch here in the Norwood area.  If you can’t make it, but want more info, please contact Meg Nelson: faithfulmeg@yahoo.com. 

The New England District (that’s what we are a part of) of the Evangelical Free Church annual conference is Tuesday and Wednesday, October 17th and 18th at the Westfield Free Church.  We are hoping to have a good representation from our church.  We must know by Sunday if you are interested in going out on Tuesday afternoon – leaving the church here at about 1:30 and returning home in the mid-evening.  Our church will be officially welcomed into the EFCA sometime between 4-5pm that day.   


Ladies – check your email about our next WISH Gathering on Saturday, October 21st.  LOTS of things to go over that day.  Please plan on being here if you are available.

It is almost Shoebox time!  Supplies have been ordered and should arrive in the next week.  For those of you who may not be aware, each year we have the opportunity to pack a simple shoebox with items for a child.  We have boxes and guidelines for packing the boxes.  You can choose the age of the child and whether a girl or boy.  Last year we received 58 boxes which are sent on to regional areas before being shipped to a main location for shipping.  Last year over 11 million boxes were shipped!  Many of the children then enroll in local churches for a 12 lesson discipleship course called The Greatest Journey which teaches them about God’s love for them and how to be a follower of Christ.

Operation Christmas Child changes for this year:  Due to custom regulations in other countries, please do not include any toothpaste or candy when you pack your shoe box.  Also, the shipping charge is $ 90.00 per box.  All the details are on the packing slips which will be out in the next week or so.  Yes, I know it does seem early but our collection week is November 13-20.  Suggestion:  check out party supplies in the store.  They have some very affordable packages with multiple items in them.  If you pick up something like that and cannot use all the items feel free to drop those small items in the office – I will have a box here and perhaps we can share them that way.  I already have some pairs of girls socks and small change purses for a little girl.  If you can use them for your box, swing by the office

These are needed food items for the October 18th Open Door meal:
2 boxes of chicken broth
3 large cans of diced tomatoes
3 large cans of navy or cannellini beans
1 bunch of celery
2 large onions
3 zucchini
1 bag of chopped spinach

Please check out the menus posted outside of the kitchen and place your name next to any item you can provide.  Thank you!

It is always an uplifting time when the Teen Challenge women from Providence are with us.  Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 29th at 10:00.  The ladies will be with us for the morning service and then afterwards at coffee time.  Several people in our church regularly  sponsor one of these gals – this is a great opportunity to see and hear about lives changed through the power of Christ.  Plan on being here!

MANY THANKS to everyone who supported Meetinghouse Concerts this year.  Last Sunday was the last concert of the season.  The Lesters sent us out in style!  An energetic and exciting group that brought the house down!  We already have the calendar marked for next year’s concerts.  Thanks again to everyone who worked to make these concerts a blessing to many!

We are getting quite an assortment of dishes collecting in the kitchen – if you are missing something, take a look in the kitchen.


Steward Hospice Remembrance Service on Sunday, October 22nd at 2:00pm in the sanctuary

Serving Sunday:
Greeter:  Deb Eagles
Kids:  Meg, Deb B., Melanie
Coffee Set-up:  Joanna & Elsa
Snacks:  Joy C., Roger, Joanna
Coffee Clean-up:  Roger

Thanks for reading through your weekly connection!

First October Connection

Hello everyone, Time for your mid-week update on all things UCN!  Thanks for taking the time to read through and make note of what pertains to you.

Sunday morning worship begins at 10:00 in the sanctuary.  Looking forward to that time as we come apart from our everyday busyness and come together as our church family.  Great music from our choir, prayers and praises time, Kids Connection, encouraging words from Pastor Kevin and coffee time to follow.  Please plan on being here!

Sunday evening is the final Meetinghouse Concert of the season featuring long-time favorites The Lesters.  Tickets are available at the door.  This is an opportunity to hear great music that will encourage you through the week!

October 11th Open Door Dinner being served is Hot Dogs & Beans.  
These are the needed items:

about 96 all-beef hot dogs; about 96 hot dog rolls; 8 large cans of Bush or B&M baked beans; 4 large bags of cole slaw mix; 2 jars of Marie’s Cole Slaw Dressing; 6 Family Size bags of potato chips.  Please see the sign-up sheet outside of the kitchen and sign your name next to an item you are willing to contribute.  Thank you – every donation is appreciated greatly!

It’s not too soon to start collecting items for Operation Christmas Child.  Shoe box Collection Week is November 13-20th.  That week always seems to creep up on us!    Why not start now and pick up items to fill your box?!  I have boxes available here in the office.  Stop by and get yours.

As you start thinking about Christmas, there is always one person (or more) that is a challenge to purchase something special for.  We have started to receive catalogs  with some GREAT ideas on how you can give a gift in someone’s name that will make quite a difference in the life of someone in need.  Additionally some of the gifts have retailers and manufacturers match the donation which makes even more of an impact.  Example:  a $75 gift becomes $600 worth of clothing, shoes and more for a child here in America.  Look at the Resource spots for information from World Vision, Heifer and Samaritans Purse.

Put on your walking shoes!  The annual Community Food Pantry Walk is planned for Saturday, October 14 at 9:00am.  This walk helps to feed those in need of food in Westwood and Norwood.  Check the board near the Welcome Center for details and sponsor sheets.

We received a note of thanks from Compassion International for our participation in Compassion Sunday.  Take a look at the note posted on the board at the Nahatan Street entrance.  We have quite a few folks here that regularly support a child and 3 people began support following Compassion Sunday.  We’re thrilled that three child sponsorship packets were picked up from our Compassion Sunday table.  We have two of those accounted for, but are unsure of who took the third packet.  It was for a little boy named Roger from the Philippines.  If you have this packet, please let the office know so we can send the right info back to Compassion International! Your faithfulness makes a difference – Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the hurricane relief effort.  We received in excess of $1300 and those funds were sent to the EFCA this week for distribution.  Nationwide the EFCA has received $1,035,248.00 from churches and donors.  What a blessing to be part of this great effort in assisting those uprooted by the recent hurricanes

LOST & FOUND: If you are looking for a Tupperware cake carrier, please check the kitchen.  It may have had an item in it for the WISH Bake Sale.


Tuesday, October 17th is a big day in the life of our church.  Our affiliation with the Evangelical Free Church of America will be made official at the annual district meeting in Westfield Massachusetts and we are looking for some folks from our church to trip down to Westfield… celebrate and make a good impression!  The plan is to car-pool (so you don’t have to worry about driving) – leaving Norwood at about 1:30 in the afternoon of the 17th, for the welcome ceremony… meet some folks from other Evangelical Free Churches in New England and then drive home.  Look for the sign-up sheet in Veno Hall to indicate your interest.

A Short-Course on the Virgin Mary
At this time of year, as we approach the celebration of the birth of the Messiah, we begin to hear from the Scripture of the young peasant girl from Nazareth.  Who was Mary?  Why is she so important to understanding Jesus?  What of the rest of the “stuff” that is said about Mary?  

Our short – course will be held on Sunday mornings, beginning on October 29th.  Join us as we meet in the Welcome Center immediately following worship

We had a great first start to our new series with the Under 40 Discussion Group!  Our next session will be October 29th after worship.

Moms & Tots will next meet October 14th here at the church.

YOUNG LIFE UPDATES:  We are extremely grateful for the wonderful way this church has allowed this ministry to area teens to use our top floor space on Monday nights.  High School Club for the semester has started back up again meeting at 7:27 on Monday evenings.   The annual fundraising 5K Walk-a-thon is coming up Sunday afternoon October 22 at Adams Farm in Walpole.  Interested in walking?  Interested in Sponsoring someone who is walking?  Let Meg Nelson know!  Young Life currently serves middle school (Wyld Life), high school , and teens with disabilities (Capernaum).  They are also working towards launching a ministry to teen moms called Young Lives.  This ministry needs people to serve in a variety of support roles.  The next info meeting will be Tuesday October 17th at 7pm here in the church Welcome Center.  Please continue to pray for this crucial ministry in our area!

Kids Connection Updates can be found on our Kids Connection Blog with reminders about this year’s kids offering giving project, as well as upcoming even dates!  Take a look at what we have for our families and little ones! Kids Connection October Updates!

Greeter:  Marie Schuhmacher
Ushers:  Bev Alty, Marie Pierre-Louis
Kids:  Meg, Shannon, Janna, Roger
Coffee Set-up:  Laurie A.
Snacks: Lauire A., Janna
Coffee Clean-up: Please take some time to help the clean-up crew

That’s it for now- see everyone Sunday!