MLK Weekend Updates

Hi everyone,  Please take a look at this week’s connection and plug in to stay aware of what is going on here at church.  There are lots of little things to make note of.

Remember to take advantage of the opportunity for prayer on Sunday mornings at about 8:45 prior to worship.  Stop by the church parlor and spend some time praying for the needs of the church.  Come and go as you need to.  Worship follows at 10:00.   There are many reasons to be here for worship each week, but I hear that this Sunday you DO NOT WANT TO MISS the choir music!  I don’t know what’s up but I am looking forward to it!   Pastor’s series from The Story continues.  Please read pages 129-133 OR Chapter 3 of First Samuel in preparation.  It is a great help to spend some time reading before Sunday’s message.  Kids Connection, Nursery care, coffee and conversation continue as usual.  Hope to see you here!

Offering envelopes are available on the table in the Welcome Center.  Financial statements for 2016 are prepared for you as well.  Look for Georgia and Elsa on Sunday  – they should have them for you.

Please keep  remember that we have several homebound friends and others who are unable to be with us on a regular basis.  I know a call or card would brighten their days.  Please give me a call in the office if you need contact information and I can help you with that.

We keep prayer request cards in the pews – please use them if you have a request.  Sometimes it is difficult to hear on Sunday mornings.  Or maybe you don’t feel comfortable speaking out.  That is fine 🙂  Jot down your request and place in the offering plate.  We can add it to the prayer list that goes out weekly or if you prefer, we do not include it.

As we’ve entered that dreaded season, here’s a reminder about where to get information in case we cancel programs or services due to weather.  We will post closures on Channel 5 WCVB, the facebook page, and will send an email to the church mailing list. There will also be a message on the church phone (781.762.2589).  If Norwood Schools are closed on a Wednesday, there will be no Open Door Supper.

Our Under 40 Discussion Group will be meeting after church on Sunday the 22nd.  We’ll continue with the video series “All the Places to Go”.  Grab some coffee and treats at coffee time and come on down to the conference room on the first floor for a great time together!  If you’ve missed the first two- no worries! If you want to catch up, all the material is available for viewing through our Right Now Media access!

In this cold season of the year, don’t forget that we have a wonderful resource for everyone in the church to get connected to Christian study and learning material. Your access to Right Now Media allows you to find all sorts of video content from Bible Studies, keynote sessions from major conferences, youth devotionals, and all sorts of Kids programming!  You can watch on your computer, with a ROKU device on your TV, or with their mobile device application! This is also a great resource to share with your friends beyond the church!  Simply share their email address with Meg, faithfulmeg@yahoo.com.  Also, if you need a new activation email for yourself- let Meg know!  Don’t miss out on this great gift the church has invested in for you!

The Ministry Boards will be put back up in Veno Hall in the next few weeks.  This is a good place to get current information on each of the teams.  Ministry Team leaders are asked to please give some thought and planning and update your board with exciting, eye-catching new items!

A group of us will be getting together to chat about how we might better present our church to the community in a way that will bring people in the door.  Interested?  See Pastor Kevin or Silpa.

Our Open Door continues to meet a real need in our community.  The meals for the next several weeks are posted on the board outside of the kitchen.  Please take a look and if there is a food item you would like to contribute towards a meal, jot your name down and then speak to Georgia or Marie.  They can fill you in on the details.

Don’t forget:  Moms and Tots meets on Thursday the 19th at 11:00 in the Nursery.  Meg would love to see lots of Moms and little ones join her!

WISH Gathering is on Saturday the 21st at 9:00 in Veno Hall.  We will be enjoying a winter theme with hot cocoa and snacks, working on our Prayer Shawls and chatting about the WISH table Fair results.  All women welcome!

Council members are reminded that there will be a meeting following worship on the 22nd to approve the 2017 budget.

Serving Sunday:
Greeter – Sandy H.
Ushers – Bev A., Marie
Kids:  Marie, Angela, Scott, Jenna, Silpa
Coffee:  Help is ALWAYS needed.  Especially for clean-up and set-up.  Please take a look at the sign-up sheets near the kitchen.

And that is all for now.  I think. Enjoy your weekend, and may we remember the great example of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as he followed God’s call on his life to spread a message of Christ’s peace, hope, and reminding us that every human being is created in the image of the Lord, our Creator.  Consider how you might be able to contribute to this legacy through random acts of kindness and service in the days ahead!

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