End of May Connection!

Hi everyone, Hope you are having a good day, despite the rain!  Here are some things to keep in mind over the coming days.  I try to keep you very aware of activities that are planned so you can participate in our church community.

For those ladies involved in the Women’s Book Study…the final get-together is this Saturday morning at 9:30 at Joanna Stranahan’s home for brunch.  Please check your email later today for info regarding this.  Sharon wants to get a handle on who is bringing what for food 🙂

Sunday worship is at 10:00 – I realize this is a holiday weekend but if you are home, please plan on being here!  We have a wonderful service planned to encourage you and build your faith.  Meg has Kid’s Connection in place with volunteers to help out with the younger ones.  Coffee time follows in Veno Hall. Hope to see you!

Renovation Celebration! Sunday June 4th after worship – a special coffee hour celebrating the Veno Hall renovations done over the last nine months in memory of Pastor Bill Christensen.  And a special thanks to those kind folks whose generosity made the renovations possible.

Moving Forward with the Evangelical Free Church
June 4th is a busy day!  As well as the special coffee hour to celebrate the renovation of Veno Hall there will also be a question / discussion time for the proposed affiliation with the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA).  Share your thoughts, ask a question… its all casual and open.  Don’t miss the opportunity to have your voice heard.

On June 11th there will be a full-fledged all church meeting after worship to vote on the motion to approve (or not approve) affiliating with the EFCA.

Family Sunday will be June 11.  We’ll be honoring kids moving into elementary school, high school, and our graduates!  We’d love to have our kids participate in creative ways, so contact Meg if your family will be here that Sunday so she can find a way for kids to plug in!  faithfulmeg@yahoo.com

This week’s kids blog has some updates with offerings for our middle school students!! United Kids Connection! 

Looking ahead:
June 10th – Moms and Tots in Foxboro at Founders Day parade
June 10th – Women’s Project Day – bring whatever “project” you are working on, spread out in Veno Hall and spend time doing it!
June 11th – Family Sunday  (see Meg’s note above)

Serving Sunday:
Greeter:  Georgia Shaw
Ushers:  Steve Carter, Dottie Cotter
Kids:  Meg, Sharon and Janna
Coffee Set-up:  Shannon
Coffee Clean-up:  Roger
Snacks:  Roger, Janna,

We think that is all for now.  Thank you for your faithfulness to our church family.

Mid-May Connection

Greetings from the nice cool church office!  Here are some things to keep you in the loop of what is happening at UCN.

Our next WISH Gathering will be this Saturday at 9:00 in Veno Hall.  All ladies are invited – check your email for an update from Cindy.  Deb Baya will be talking about the exciting business adventure she has taken on!  Feel free to bring a snack to share – coffee will be ready 🙂

Sunday worship begins at 10:00.   Great music from our choir, singing, prayer and praise opportunities and Pastor Kevin preaching.  Kids Connection and Nursery are in place too.  Only thing missing is you – we would love to see you!

Our Under 40 Group will be meeting following worship this Sunday the 21st! Grab coffee and a snack and head down to the nursery for our second to last session of our study!

Sunday evening is the next Meetinghouse Concert – 6:00pm with Tribute Quartet.  A fun and energetic group that you don’t want to miss!  Tickets are available at the door.

We were blessed to have John Papirio, the Young Life Area Director as our guest preacher last week.  He mentioned the need for teens from Norwood to have access to scholarships to be able to come to summer camp, as the cost is $725, which includes transportation, meals, lodging, and an amazing array of activities at Saranac Village Young Life Camp.  Teens have what’s known as “the best week of your life” where all of the wild fun is wrapped up in the love of Christ as they build friendships with their peers, and stronger mentoring relationships with their area leaders.  Thousands of kids have started a relationship with Jesus while at Young Life camp.  If you wish to donate, checks can be made to the church with “Young Life Camp” in the memo.  Thanks for your prayer and support for this important mission to area teens!  For a glimpse of what a week of camp is like- check out this video! Young Life Saranac Village Promo For more into about the mission of Young Life, feel free to get in touch with Meg Nelson faithfulmeg@yahoo.com!

A reminder that all Kids Connection Volunteers need to have their responses for next year’s involvement by Sunday the 21st by handing in the form you received, calling, or emailing Meg. We’re so grateful for this important service to help our families grow in their faith!  If you’re curious about helping out, don’t hesitate to contact Meg!

This week’s Family Connection Notes are focused on helping families find ways to integrate faith into everyday life with practical tips and a great digital resource for parents! Even if you don’t have young ones at home anymore, check this out so you know how to support and encourage our families! United Kids Connection!

Your help is needed in a few areas:

Dot Cook schedules the ushers and greeters for each Sunday.  We need some additional volunteers to fill in some of the empty spaces.  This is an easy and yet important way you can get involved. Also, a good way to put names to faces!   Please give the office a call or speak to Janna for details.  Commitment time:  15-20 minutes on a Sunday morning

We could use one person to write to our Compassion Child via regular mail.  Commitment time:  about 10 minutes a month

Coffee time set-up:  Commitment time:  about a half hour on Sunday morning
Coffee time snacks:  Commitment time:  pick up something at the store when you are already doing your shopping 🙂 and drop off in the church kitchen

Coffee time clean-up: Commitment time:  about a half hour after coffee time

How can you help?  These are all very doable task that we really need help with.


On Sunday, June 4th we will be recognizing all the kind gifts that have been offered toward the renovation of Veno Hall in memoriam of Pastor Bill.  A special coffee time is being planned.

Casual question and discussion time  regarding affiliation with the EFCA will also be on Sunday, June 4th later during coffee time.

June 11th – Children’s Sunday: We’ll be recognizing our kids as they move up into new phases of school! Moving into elementary, into high school, and our graduates!

Serving on Sunday:
Greeters:  Bob & Mary
Ushers:  Marie P., Bev A
Kids:  Shannon, Meg, Barbara, Roger
Coffee Set-up:  Laurie A.
Snacks:  Please considering bringing something to share!
Clean-up: Please consider taking a few moments to help in the clean-up after coffee time!

 We think that is all for now.  Please be in touch with any need that we can help you with!

Pre-Mothers’ Day Connection

Hi everyone, hope you are having a great week!  Here are the things to keep in mind over the next days and weeks.

Moms & Tots – Saturday at 11am at Meg’s Home in Foxboro, bring a snack to share and feel free to pack a lunch!

Sunday is Mother’s Day!  Be sure and remember those special ladies in your life in some way – they will certainly appreciate it 🙂   Sunday worship begins at 10.  We would love to see you!  Pastor Kevin will be here but John Papirio, the Young Life Director for this area will be speaking.  Young Life meets here on Monday evenings – so this is a great opportunity to put a face to a name!  Great music, a time for prayers and praises, terrific music from our choir and fellowship with your church family and friends.  Kids Connection and Nursery are both in place for the young ones.

During coffee time, the WISH group will continue their tradition of our Mother’s Day Bake Sale.  The WISH group will be offering an array of  delicious treats for purchase.  Maybe take some home with you as well?  The Bake Sale is offered in lieu of our regular snacks.  Beverages will be available as usual.    Please come prepared to support this fundraising activity!  All proceeds will benefit our church ministries.

Did you notice the new window treatments in Veno Hall?  Be sure and take a look!  You should also see we have new bulletin boards as well.  MINISTRY TEAMS are reminded to update your boards soon.  Check out the WISH board from Cindy Rudolph for inspiration!

Reminder to all Kids Connection & Nursery Volunteers:  Please RSVP for the team lunch-date on Saturday the 20th by Wednesday the 17th.  Also, a reminder that filled out response forms for next year’s ministry team roster need to be returned to Meg by next Sunday the 21st.  If you’re interested in helping out during the 2017-2018 school year, contact Meg as well by leaving a message in the church office or emailing faithfulmeg@yahoo.com.

This week’s family connection update is this month’s tip on engaging kids in church, as well as links to two articles.  One is an encouragement to parents of little ones as they bring their kids to church, and the other shares some practical tips on how to help kids of all ages.  Even if you don’t have little ones of your own, take a look so you know how to best support our young families here at church! United Kids Connection! 


Young Life meets on Monday evening at 7:27 on the top floor.  Meg frequently posts videos during this time. Check them out on FB – good to see a large crowd of kids!

Serving Sunday:
Kids:  Meg, Silpa, Melanie
Coffee Set-up (beverages only) – I can get this started tomorrow
Coffee Clean-up: Please consider taking some time to help the clean up crew!
Snacks:  Remember to come prepared to support the WISH Bake Sale which will be available during coffee time!