End of June Connection

Hello everyone, What a beautiful week!  Hope you are finding some time to get outside and admire some of God’s beautiful creation we are blessed with!    Here are some of the things to keep in mind as you plan your time

Sunday worship begins at 10:00.  Please come to church if you are home!   Great music, uplifting message from Pastor Kevin, Kids Connection, a time for you to share your prayers and praises, time to connect with your friends and coffee to follow.  Hope to see you!

Council members are reminded of the Council meeting on Monday evening at 7:00.  Please check your email for a note from Shannon.

Regarding desperately needed back packs for the Blessing Bag ministry...check out yard sales!  As the school year ends, many backpacks are discarded to be replaced in the fall.  One woman stopped by church last week with 4 backpacks she found at yard sales.  Additionally, when she told the homeowner what they were being used for, she told her just to take them.  And that homeowner happens to do a lot of business travel and then gave a bag of small size toiletries that she had accumulated from her travels!  Great suggestion – check those yard sales!   And there is an ongoing need for chapsticks, hair brushes, trial size toiletries, wash cloths and blank note cards.

If you were here last Sunday you were treated to THREE wonderful selections from our choir.  What a blessing!  Thank you to all of the choir members, Chris and Steve for a great year!  Our choir is a huge part of Sunday worship and we so appreciate all of the hard work that is done each week to provide our service with exciting faith-filled music!

Ladies!  You are invited to a Summer Tea on Saturday, July 15th from 10-Noon here in Veno Hall to benefit BLOOM – a Place for Girls in Crisis.  BLOOM is a branch of Teen Challenge Ministries that we have had a connection to for many years.  Tickets are $10 and are available from Barbara Sweeny or any WISH member.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door.  Please consider supporting this excellent cause – bring a friend, sister, co-worker, daughter…it’s going to be a great and inspiring morning!  We have details posted on all the bulletin boards at church and Meg has done a great job of sharing this on our FB page and web site.  Check  it out!

After another GREAT year of serving meals each Wednesday evening, our Open Doorvolunteers will be taking the months of July and August off for a well-deserved break.  We will end the season with a cookout next Wednesday evening at 5:30 followed by a “debriefing” to review the past year and look ahead to the fall start-up.  Everyone is welcome to the cookout.  Give some thought to joining the great team of volunteers that we have – your help is needed!

From Pastor Kevin: I hope that you are getting excited about our summer / fall study on Islam.  
– This study has three goals: 1) To give you the background on Islam so that you can share the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively to a Muslim; 2) Answer the question, “Is Islam truly a religion of peace?” 3) To learn more about the great salvation that believers have in Christ Jesus by contrasting faith in Jesus with the Muslim faith.
– See you on Monday, July 10th in the downstairs council room.  And yes there is air conditioning!
– And don’t forget to pick up your pre-study read, “I Dared to Call Him Father.”  We have copies at the church or you can find your copy of this wonderful account of a Pakistani woman’s journey to faith through discovering the fatherhood of God. It can be purchased at Amazon or Christianbook.com in paperback or e-book.

Would you like to become a member of the United Church?  Pastor Kevin is thinking of inducting new members on Sunday, August 13th.  Please speak to Pastor Kevin if you are interested or have any questions.

Family Ministries Update:
As we celebrate another great school year with kids connection and family activities, let’s look ahead to making sure this is able to continue strong in the year to come! Here’s the volunteer slots we still have to fill:  2 people for the nursery rotation, 2 people to be Kids Connection guides, as well as 4 people to be care buddies who provide prayer, cards, and encouragement for a specific family.  Please contact Meg if you want to help us continue to pass on the legacy of our faith and church to the younger generations! You can email faithfulmeg@yahoo.com or leave a message in the church office.
This week’s Kids Connection Blog shares some digital resource tips for parents, grandparents, and all caretakers!  United Kids Connection!

Serving on Sunday:

Greeters/Ushers: Dottie Cotter, Barbara Sweeny

Kids:  Meg, Sharon, Melanie

Coffee Time set up, snacks & clean-up:

Please consider stopping in early to set up, bringing a goodie to share, or staying after to help clean-up! Sign ups for summer coffee time volunteers will be available on the snack table this coming Sunday for all to find a way to help!

That’s all for now – enjoy your week!
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Mid June Connection

Hi everyone,  Hope you are enjoying the week! Please keep these things in mind as you plan your time.

Saturday morning at 9:00am is the next WISH gathering.  All ladies are welcome!  We will be spending some time making plans for the BLOOM Tea on July 15th.  Please speak to Cindy Rudolph if you would like to be included on the email list for WISH – that helps keep you in the loop!

Sunday worship begins at 10:00.  Great music, message from Pastor Kevin, prayers and praises are all part of our service.  Our choir will be singing several times during worship before they take a well-deserved break for the summer!  Kids Connection is in place for the younger ones.  Coffee time follows in Veno Hall.  Don’t forget that Sunday is Father’s Day!

Sunday evening at 6:00 is the next Meetinghouse Concert featuring The Down East Boys.  Tickets are available at the door.  The concert is a great way to end your weekend and start the week ahead – join us, you’ll be glad you did!

NEW Summer/Fall Study Info
 
What do Muslims actually believe?  What are Sunni and Shia and Sufi?  Is Islam a “religion of peace?”   What are the roots of Islamic fundamentalism? What do we as Christians need to know about Islam in order to effectively present the gospel of Jesus Christ to a Muslim? These questions and more will be discussed and answered at a Summer and early Fall study that begins on Monday July 10th at 7 pm. We will be meeting at the church in the council room (1st floor near the church office) for seven individual one hour sessions.  The sessions will be held approximately every other week through July, August and September.  There is a student workbook / guide that was written by Dr. Timothy Tennent.  Tennent is an evangelical who teaches at Asbury Theological Seminary.

* And there’s homework before our first session… it’s fun… don’t stress!  There is a wonderful little book titled “I Dared to Call Him Father,” that I’d like you to read.  We have eight copies available at the church or you can easily get it as an e-book.  This book tells the story of a Pakistani Muslim woman’s journey to the faith in Christ by discovering the fatherhood of God in the Bible.

Thank you to everyone who helped out with the needed supplies for the backpack Blessing Bags.  We have an ongoing need for these items too – chapstick, hair brushes and blank note cards.  And also, since it is the end of the year, talk with your friends or kids or kid’s friends and see if they might be done with their school backpacks.  We need adult size in good usable condition.

A reminder that our kids connection schedule shifts a bit as we enter into the summer season.  We’ll continue to offer nursery care following the time of greeting.  Kids Connection will be offered for ages 4-7 starting after the time of prayer.  There will be kids activity bulletins available for ages 7 and up in the rear of the sanctuary where the coloring sheets are also found.  This summer schedule is a great opportunity for parents, grandparents and all caretakers to put into practice the tips for engaging kids in worship that we’ve shared in our monthly family newsletters this year!  

Speaking of our monthly newsletter- This week’s post in the Kids Connection Blog focuses on how to incorporate faith into our lives outside of church, and how to help engage our kids of all ages in the worship service!  United Kids Connection!

From time to time we like to ask…do you have a favorite hymn or song that we haven’t sung in a while?  An old favorite hymn or a newer praise song?  Let Rachel know and we can add it in to the Sunday music!

Serving Sunday:
Greeter:  Dottie Cotter
Ushers:  Bev Alty, Marie Pierre-Louis
Kids:  Shannon, Roger, Janna
Coffee Set-up:  Please stop by the kitchen before worship to make sure everything is ready to go for after the service!
Snacks:  Consider bringing something to share!
 Coffee Clean-up:  Please remember to take some time to help clean up and put things away at the end of coffee time!  It’s a team effort!

That is enough for now.  Hope to see you on Sunday!

Family Weekend Connection

Hope you are having a good week! These are some of the things to keep in mind as you plan your time over the next days and weeks.

Saturday:

Moms & Tots meets on Saturday morning.  Families can meet at Meg’s home in Foxboro at around 9:30 and then head over to the town center to watch the Foxboro Founders Day Parade.  Pack a lunch and snacks to share.

Norwood Art Association “Art in the Park”  also on Saturday at 10:00 on the Norwood Common.  Showcasing local talented artists.  Perhaps our very own Cindy Rudolph will have some of her beautiful work available!  This is a nice time to support a good cause and see some inspiring art!

Craft Day in Veno Hall – a time to bring your projects that you are working on, spread out on the tables and make some good progress on those things that you never seem to find time to do!  Come and go as you need to.

Sunday:  Worship begins at 10:00 in the sanctuary.

Family Sunday:  We look forward to celebrating Family Sunday this week to honor our graduates, our kids, our families raising little ones in the church, and the role we all have in passing on the legacy of faith to new generations!  Part of the celebration will include praising God with songs many of us learned as young people ourselves. We look forward to having you join us!

Don’t forget that this Sunday we will be voting on affiliating with the Evangelical Free Church of America.  Last Sunday we had a good and lengthy discussion time where questions were asked and everyone had the opportunity to share their thoughts.  Voting will happen during/following coffee time on Sunday.  You will have plenty of time to get your coffee and snack and find a seat before the meeting begins.  We need a quorum of 25 members to conduct business.  Voting to affiliate is an important moment in our church and we trust that you will be here.  Realizing that this is a very busy time of year, we are aware that there are members who cannot be here.  To that end, if you are a member and know that you are unable to be here but still would like your vote to count and your voice heard, please contact the church office by 9:00 Sunday morning and let me know of your vote.  That will be recorded on the church membership list and presented on Sunday to be included in the votes.  However, that  absentee vote does not count towards the needed quorum so you are encouraged to be here if possible.  Please continue to pray about this decision and to ask for God’s wisdom and  will.

A cause for celebration!  Last evening’s Open Door dinner was very well attended with 49 guests being served a delicious chicken pie dinner!  How grateful we are for the volunteers who spend hours of their time creating a space that is warm and inviting for our guests and provides good food and conversation.  Please hold this ministry in prayer as we continue to reach out to our community.

Ways you can help out:

Blessing Bag Ministry:  We have a request for 20 backpacks and these are the items we need to help us fill the backpacks.  We need:  20 packs of peanut butter crackers, 20 packs of gum, hard candy and bite size candy, 15 hair brushes and 20 combs. We also have a need for 20 cards of encouragement. If someone would like to do them Donna will be happy to supply the cards.  If you have any questions or can supply one of these needs, please speak to Donna Wood.

Don’t forget to take a look each week at our Kids Connection Blog, even if you aren’t a caretaker for little ones, we’re all part of raising up the next generation in the faith! This week we have links to great articles about passing down our faith and making summer memories! United Kids Connection Blog!  

Just around the corner:
June 15th – Kids Team Dessert Nite
June 17th – WISH Gathering
June 18th – Meetinghouse Concert featuring The Down East Boys

 
Serving on Sunday:
Greeters and Ushers:  David, Shawn, Alicia  with Georgia
Kids:  Meg, Debby S., Barbara
Coffee Set-up:  Elsa & Joanna
Snacks:  Janna
Coffee Clean-up:
Please remember to take some time to help with clean-up before you leave!

Thanks for taking the time to read and make note of what pertains to you!

Pentecost Weekend Connection

Hello everyone,  hope you are having a good day and enjoying the sun!  We have had quite a bit of rain which is evidenced by mowing our lawns quite regularly this year!   But how good to be blessed with green grass, budding trees and colorful flowers.   Here are the things to have in mind as you plan your time:

Sunday worship is at 10:00 in the sanctuary.  Great music from both our choir and the congregation, a time for your prayers and praises, timely message from Pastor Kevin and Kids Connection for the little ones.  Following worship, we have 2 important events happening in Veno Hall.

The first is…

Renovation Celebration!  Recognizing the work done in Veno Hall through generous donations given in memory of Pastor Bill.  Painting, windows, shades, bulletin boards – lots of things to brighten the space!

The second is… also during coffee time,  an informational conversation regarding our affiliating with the Evangelical Free Church of America.  http://www.efca.org/ (this is the EFCA site) or http://www.efcneda.org/ (this is the EFCA site specifically for the New England district)  will help you connect!  Check out that site and come prepared to ask questions, share your thoughts and  add some helpful comments to our discussion!

In light of these 2 things happening, we expect to have more folks than usual in attendance.  To that end, it would be wonderful to have some special snacks for this special day!  There will be 2 tables set-up to accommodate the additional foods that we hope you will be bringing!

Young Life happens on Monday evening at 7:27 on the top floor. Young Life will also meet on June 12th before ending for the season.

Ladies, if you have unfinished projects you need to complete, mark your calendar for June 10th for a time to work on them. Veno Hall will be available for you to spread out and work on your UFO’s (UnFinished Objects 🙂 for the day.

Moms & Tots will meet on Saturday, June 10th at 9:30 at Meg’s home in Foxboro.  This will be great viewing for the Foxboro Founder’s Day parade.

Looking ahead:  June 11th will be the vote regarding affiliation with EFCA.  A quorum of 25 people is required for this meeting.

 June 11th is also Family Sunday where we will be honoring our children and our high school graduates.  More details to follow!

What do Muslims actually believe?  What are Sunni and Shia and Sufi?  Is Islam a “religion of peace?”  What are the roots of Islamic fundamentalism?  And most importantly, what do we as Christians need to know about Islam in order to effectively present the gospel of Jesus Christ to a Muslim? These questions and more will be discussed and answered at a Summer and early Fall study that begins on Monday July 10th at 7 pm.  We will be meeting at the church in the council room (1st floor near the church office) for seven individual one hour sessions.  The sessions will be held approximately every other week through July, August and September.  There is a student workbook/guide that was written by Dr. Timothy Tennent.  Tennent is an evangelical who teaches at Asbury Theological Seminary.  See you there!  Pastor Kevin

Ever wonder about the daily life of our Compassion Child, Kevin?  Here is an opportunity that you might want to consider.  The  Compassion experience let’s people walk through a day in the life of a child in struggling parts of the world.  See Meg for details and check out this link.   https://cts.compassion.com/events/724

As we enter the month of June, here’s a link to updates for all that’s going on for Kids and Families this month!  United Kids Connection! 

Serving on Sunday:
Greeters:  Bob & Mary
Ushers:  Dottie Cotter, Georgia Shaw, Buki Chukwurah, Steve Carter
Kids:  Shannon, Marie, Meg, Silpa, Deb B.
Coffee Time set-Up:  Please stop by before worship to lend a hand! 
Coffee Time clean-up:  Cindy R.

Snacks:  Please see note above regarding snacks

 
Thanks for reading through your connection!  See you Sunday!