End of April Connection

Hope you are having a great week!  Rumor has it the rain is behind us and a warm weekend is just around the corner!  Please plan on putting Sunday worship into your plans – we’d love to see you!

Sunday worship begins at 10:00 in the sanctuary.   Pastor Kevin will be sharing his message, the choir will be singing, Chris will be back at the piano and you can participate in singing and sharing of praises and prayers.  Kids Connection and Nursery care are in place. Coffee time follows in Veno Hall.

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

We need a volunteer to write to our Compassion Child, Kevin.  We have a volunteer writing to him via email but would love to have someone send him letters via regular mail as well.  This involves about 5 minutes of your time every month. Please give this some thought and if you can help out, that would be great!  Give the office a call for more details.

Thanks to everyone who helped out and supported the Meetinghouse Concert on Sunday evening! It was a great night of wonderful music, the church was full, blessings abounded!  The next concert is May 21st featuring Tribute Quartet.

Please contact the church office if you have any updates to your contact information.  There are also forms you may use on the Resource Table in the Welcome Center.

 
Have you ever considered what role you can play in impacting the lives of the younger generations in our church?  Below are a few ways you can help: Contact Meg at faithfulmeg@yahoo.com with any questions you might have!
*Kids Connection Leader/Helper:  We are looking for 3 people who can be part of our rotation, Curious about what it looks like? Take a week to check it out this spring before you make a decision!
*Nursery Care Volunteers: We could use 4 more people to add to our nursery rotation on Sunday mornings.  Again, if it’s something you’re curious about, check it out for a week before you decide!

*Care Buddies: We have been hoping to launch a program where kids have healthy connections to other caring adults in the church through prayer, notes, and other encouragement!

COMING SOON:
Mother’s Day WISH Bake Sale during coffee time on May 14th
Administrative Team Meeting on May 15th

Serving Sunday:
Greeters:  Buki & George
Ushers:  Donna & Russ
Kids:  Meg, Debby S., Sharon
Coffee Set-up:  Consider stopping by early to help with set-up!
Coffee Clean-up:  Cindy R.
Snacks:  Janna- consider bringing something to share as well!

Short and sweet and to the point this week 🙂  Hope to see you on Sunday. Thanks for taking the time to read thought this.  And thank you for your ongoing support of this church community.
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Mid-April Connection

Hi everyone, After a very busy week, things are a bit quieter here.  These are the things that you need to have in mind over the next days and weeks.

Saturday morning at 9:30 is the next meeting of the Women’s Book Study.  Please read Chapter #5 in preparation.  We will meet in the Ruth Room across from the office.

Worship begins at 10:00 on Sunday.  Great music, time for prayers and praises, a wonderful message from Pastor Kevin and opportunities for the little ones.  We hope to see you!  Coffee time follows in Veno Hall.

The “Under 40” discussion group HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL APRIL 30 to accommodate other meeting taking place following worship.

Sunday evening at 6:00 is the first Meetinghouse Concert featuring “the Dixie Echoes.”  This is going to be a GREAT evening of wonderful uplifting music.  What a perfect way to end one week and begin another!  Tickets are available at the door.  Check out the bulletin board in the Welcome Center for details!

Church Council meets Monday evening at 7:00 in the Council Room.  Any reports you have must be top Barbara Sweeny by Sunday.  Thanks!

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

Moms & Tots will meet next Thursday at 11:00am at the Walpole Mall.  See Meg if you have any questions.

From time to time, I like to ask people to please update their contact information.  Please let me know if you have any changes.  There are forms available on the Resource tables and in the hanging racks as well.  You can also give me a call in the office or speak to me.

Serving on Sunday:
Greeter:  Barbara Sulfaro
Ushers:  Debbie Bayha, Dottie Cotter
Kids:  Meg, Shannon, Janna
Coffee time: Please consider coming in a bit early to help set-up, bringing a treat to share, or staying after to help clean up!

That’s all for now!  Don’t hesitate to contact the church office if you have any questions!

Holy Week at United Church of Norwood

Here’s a schedule and descriptions of the services we’ll be offering during Holy Week!

Palm Sunday Worship, 10am:

Celebrate the Triumphal Entry of Jesus with Palms, prayer, a baptism, and encouraging message, as well as lots of wonderful music!  There will be plenty of congregational singing, as well as a lively choir offering, and a special music offertory.  Nursery Care and Kids Connection will take place during the second half of the service.

Palm Sunday

Maundy Thursday Service 7pm:

Come together with our church community as we honor the last hours of the life of Jesus leading up to the Cross.  We will hear passages about the Last Supper, and the Cross, experience reflective music, share communion, and pray together.

Maundy Thursday

Good Friday Reflection 6-7:30pm: 

Our Sanctuary will be open for a time of quiet guided reflection and prayer led by our Pastor.  Come for any part of this time for as long or a briefly as you’d like.

Good Friday

Easter Sunrise Celebration & Breakfast 6:30am: 

We will be hosting a sunrise celebration on the Norwood Town Common at 6:30am Easter Morning.  This service will include music, and a proclamation of the Resurrection.  a free pancake breakfast in the United Church of Norwood’s Veno Fellowship Hall will take place following the service.

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Resurrection Sunday Worship 10am: 

Celebrate the hope of a new life that comes from Christ’s Resurrection!  We will celebrate with plenty of musical offerings and congregational singing, and an encouraging message from our pastor.  There will be Nursery Care and Kids Activities during the second half of the worship service.

Easter

 

 

Early April Connection

Good Morning,  Hope you are having a good week!  Here are some of the things to keep in mind over the next days.  As we enter Holy Week, there are additional services to be aware of.  Make special note of those.

Moms and Tots Saturday group will meet at Meg’s home in Foxboro at 11am, pack a lunch, and bring a snack to share! There’s a change in the April Calendar (Meg’s whoopsie!) the Thursday Moms & Tots will be the 27th, not the 20th as printed in the church calendar.

Young Life Capernaum is Young Life’s ministry to teens with disabilities, and it will be sponsoring its annual Talent Night here at the church this Saturday, April 8th. The goal is to raise money for the camp scholarship fund for teens with disabilities and their high school peer mentors/buddies to go to summer camp in Virginia. Tickets are $5.  This is a fun night where our typical Young Life High School teens, Capernaum teens, Wyld Life Middle Schoolers, and Young Life leaders all come together for a great celebration, it would be great to see our church well represented as a host location!

As we enter Holy Week, we have several opportunities for you to take part in.  The first is this Sunday which is Palm Sunday.  A wonderful service is being planned – be sure to be here!  Wonderful singing, special music from our choir, Meg & Rachel singing at the offertory, message from Pastor Kevin, handing out of palms, Kids Connection and coffee time.  There is also a little one being baptized on Sunday.  Sounds like a full morning!  Please note that Communion will not be offered this Sunday but will be served at the Maundy Thursday service which is on April 13th at 7:00 in the sanctuary.  This is a quieter meaningful time when we remember the last Passover which Christ had with the disciples.  I have heard many comments that this Maundy Thursday Service is one of the most meaningful times in our church.  Set aside this evening to be here. The sanctuary will be open from 6:00-7:30pm on Good Friday evening for a time of prayer.  This is another time to spend in a quiet place and reflect upon the events leading up to Easter.

Don’t forget…look for the Easter plant donation insert in your bulletin this Sunday!  Plants are $12.00 and can be given in memory or honor of a loved one.

Young Life meets on Monday evening at 7:27 on the top floor.  Meg has videos of Young Life activities on the  church FB page – check them out!

Kids Connection Palm Sunday & Easter:  We will be offering Kids Connection and Nursery care on our holiday/summer timeline, where kids and little ones may be dismissed to the kids space during the hymn before the sermon, and picked up there immediately following the end of the service.  We want families to celebrate these special days in the life of the church together, and will also have special story and craft time for our elementary aged kids each week!

Looking ahead a bit…

WISH Gathering – we are looking forward to the ladies helping out with doing some of the set-up for the Easter Sunrise Breakfast!   We may also lend a hand with the decorations for Easter Sunday in the sanctuary.

APRIL 16th  – EASTER SUNDAY begins at 6:30am with our Sunrise Service across from the church on the town Common.  This is a casual (and often cold time 🙂 when we recall the empty tomb and resurrection of Christ.  Come dressed warm and comfortably!  Following the Sunrise Service we will be heading to the Fellowship Hall here to enjoy a hot pancake breakfast!  This is a great time to invite your friends!  Meg prepared wonderful handouts that were in last Sunday’s bulletin.  Look for them this week as well…don’t keep them though, hand out to your family and friends!  Breakfast should finish up by about 8:15 leaving you plenty of time to get home and freshen up before Easter worship at 10:00.  Be sure and STOP by the table in the narthex and sign-up for where you might be able to help out with breakfast!

Check out the bulletin board in the Welcome Center for details on the Meetinghouse Concerts beginning here later this month.  First up is The Dixie Echoes on April 23rd at 6:00pm.

I hope you have noticed the sprucing up of many of the church areas!  A LOT of painting is being done.  Take a walk down towards the offices.  Things are looking much brighter!  As we get rooms and spaces freshened up, please do your part and keep those areas neat!  Sometimes an empty clean space seems like a good spot to leave things – please don’t do that!  If you are involved in a ministry and use an area, please be sure it is left clean and neatened up for the next person who goes in there!  Thanks for your help.  Also, another reminder to not leave any unopened foods anywhere in the church.  There are plastic containers in the kitchen that can be used as needed.

SERVING SUNDAY:
Greeter:  Dottie Cotter
Ushers: Rich Carter & Steve Carter
Kids:  Meg, Deb B., Carolyn, Melanie

Coffee Time: Please Consider coming b a bit early to help set up, bringing a snack with you to share, or staying after to help clean up!

 

Here’s a link to a video of the new worship song we’ll be singing on Sunday, give it a listen so you’re ready to sing along with a heart of praise! Hosanna- Praise is Rising

 

That is all for now – looking forward to seeing you on Sunday morning!