October 1 (yikes!) Weekly Connection

Welcome to our first Weekly Connection Post on our new UCN Connections Blog.  This is how you can stay up to date on all that’s taking place here in our church community.  Many thanks to Janna who does the hard work of putting this together for us all each week!  

Hello,  Hope you are enjoying the week!  Here are the things to keep in mind for the next several days:

~Tomorrow evening (Friday, October 2nd) is another opportunity to connect with families you know  by inviting them to our free movie night, here at the church beginning at 6:30pm.  Popcorn and Ice Cream will be provided.  Kids are encouraged to bring pillows, sleeping bags and/or blankets to sit on while enjoying the movie!

~Saturday is the Annual Walk for the Food Pantry.  This is a 3 mile walk to benefit the Norwood Food Pantry.  Registration begins at 8:30 and the walk starts at 9:00.  Please call the office if you would like more information.  100% of the funds raised benefits the food pantry.

~Sunday is another full day!  Life gets busy and it is sometimes tempting to skip church and “catch up” on those things nagging for your attention.  Try not to do that 🙂   This Sunday Pastor continues his excellent series on “What the Church Believes.”  Communion will be offered – this is also the Sunday  that we receive our Helping Hands offering.  The envelope will be in your Sunday bulletin.  Our choir will be in place – we are so thankful for Steve and Chris and the outstanding job they do!  Their commitment to excellence is obvious.  Rachel and the Praise Team will be here to lead worship.  Kids Connection is up and running! Coffee time follows worship and the Sunday Bible Study will also meet in the parlor.  This study is an opportunity to dig a bit deeper into the Sunday message and ask your own questions.  You can see that you really don’t want to miss church – a great way to start your week!

~It was wonderful to see so many step up to join the Hospitality Committee!  My understanding is that they will be organizing the coffee time.  Until they are up and running, we need about 4 or 5 people to bring a food item each week for coffee time.  If you can help out with that for this Sunday, please let the office know.  Also, if you are willing to come a bit early and turn on the coffee and set-up the table, that would be helpful. We are so grateful that Dick & Joan handled this for so many years.

~Our regular Wednesday evening ministries are in placeOpen Door dinners begin at 5:30 and everyone is invited to come and enjoy a hot meal or help out in a variety of ways.    The evening Bible Study begins at 6:30 and Choir rehearsal at 7:15.  Thanks to everyone who participates!

~Be sure and visit the display in the fellowship hall for details on the Rescue 3 Compassion program.  Cindy Rudolph will be sharing more on this during the Sunday service.  A great opportunity to make a difference!

~Our Blessing Bag ministry continues to grow and there are a few supplies needed to complete more of the back packs.  If you can help out, please leave your donation in the bins under the display table in the Welcome Center.  These are the needed items:

20 packages of peanut butter crackers,20 packages of gum, 1 case of ramen noodles, 1 case of 16oz. water bottles, 14 hair brushes and 20 emery boards.

~The large print editions of Our Daily Bread are available on the Resource Tables.  The regular edition is there as well.

~Each month we receive the Voice of the Martyr magazine.  With all of the upheaval in the world around us, this is a great magazine to read through. Some amazing stories of people sharing their faith despite troubling and dangerous living conditions.  Check it out  on the Resource Table in the Welcome Center.

~The second annual Young Life 5K Walkathon is coming up October 17.  Last year we had two members from our church participate in this great event.  Would you consider walking, or sponsoring someone who is walking?  Young Life is a global ministry reaching teenagers with the love of Christ.  The Boston South-West chapter serves our area, hosting their high school club nights on our third floor space in the fall and spring.  That is one of many components of this ministry.  There is also a ministry for teens with special needs, and there will be a re-launch of their ministry to middle school students in the coming months!  For more info about this ministry and to get involved in supporting the walkathon, contact Meg Nelson, or visit this link Boston-South-West Young Life Walk-a-thon


Sunday, October 11th – Meetinghouse Concert at Victory Church

October 17th – WISH Gathering

Serving on Sunday:

Ushers/Communion – Rich Carter, Steve Carter, Sandy Habib, Georgia Shaw

Greeter:  Bob Russell

Kids and Nursery:  Meg Nelson, Scott & Angela Chadwick

I think that is all for now.  Thank you for being an important part of our church.  Your faithfulness is noticed and appreciated!