End of July Connection

Hello everyone,  Hope you are enjoying your day!   We want to mention a few things to keep in mind as you plan your days.

Do you know we have some very gifted people in our church family?  We do!!  As I become aware, I like to spread the word so that we can support each other.  We have 2 opportunities to indulge your sweet tooth!  The first is with Silpa.  I learned this morning that Silpa is at the Walpole Farmers Market on Saturdays through October 7th from 9-1.  Silpa is offering her cupcakes and cake slices for sale. The Farmer’s Market is off of Route 27 not too far from the Blessed Sacrament School.  Why not stop by?  The second reminder is that Rachel’s Cake & Confections page can be found on facebook.  We have all enjoyed Rachel’s desserts here at church and Rachel specializes in cakes and all things dessert.  Check out her FB page.  If you would prefer to indulge a different sense, be sure and stop by the Westwood Library in the next few days and see Cindy Rudolph’s artwork on display. Cindy’s beautiful work has been on display for the month of July, so you’ll have to hurry as this month is coming to a close.  Cindy is also teaching a Greeting Card Workshop on Wednesday, August 9th at Morrill Library here in Norwood.  Check out the bulletin boards for flyers with the details.  We are so blessed to have these ladies as part of our church family!

Did you know we have a church marketing group?  Did you know that they meet weekly?  Did you know you are welcome to be a part of this?  “Prepare for Harvest”  meets each Wednesday evening at 7:30 in the Council Room next to the office. Please keep this group in prayer as they strategize how to reach out to the Norwood community. Questions?  Speak to Silpa or Pastor Kevin

As we have been mentioning, new members will be welcomed into the church on August 13th. Perhaps  you are someone who has been active and attending here for a long time and yet, becoming an “official” church member slipped past you.  Don’t be embarrassed or uncomfortable – it is an easy and painless process 🙂  Speak to Pastor Kevin for more information.

Believe it or not we are gearing up for the re-opening of our Open Door meal ministry!  There will be a BIG cleaning of the kitchen on Wednesday, August 23rd at 10:00am.  There is lots to be done so all extra hands are needed.  Start thinking and praying now about how you might be more involved with this ministry.  We are now the only meal ministry offering dinners on Wednesday evenings.  We will be needing additional help in a variety of ways – donations of food for meals, baked desserts etc.  There will be more details in the coming weeks, but perhaps you can give this some thought and see how you can help out.

Sunday worship begins at 10:00!  Wonderful music, raising our prayers and praises, uplifting message and Kids Connection are all ready!  We just need you – plan now to be here!  Coffee time follows in the fellowship hall.  Don’t forget to stop and sign up to help out at coffee time.  Look for the sign-up sheets on the snack table.

The Islam Study will not meet on Monday evening.  Our next meeting will be Monday, August 7th at 7:00.

Serving Sunday:
Kids:  Marie, Deb, Carolyn
Ushers:  Bob and Mary
Coffee-time set-up:  Joanna & Elsa
Coffee-time snacks: Marie
Coffee-time clean-up:  Tim

That’s all we have for you today.  Please be in touch with any need that we can help with.

Mid-July Connection

Good afternoon everyone,  no need to tell you how hot these past days have been.  Look forward to church in a lovely air conditioned space on Sunday morning!  Please keep these things in mind as you plan your time over the next days.

Sunday worship begins at 10:00.  Great singing, uplifting words from Pastor Kevin,  a time for praises and concerns to be shared and special music from Rachel and Steve round out our time together.  Meg has Kids Connection in full swing for the younger ones.  Coffee and time to chat follows in the fellowship hall.  Hope to see you!

For those of you who have been at the Islam Study in Monday evenings, you can attest to what a really interesting and informative time this is.  It is not too late to join this study – 7:00 in the Council Room next to the office.  We’ll save a seat for you 🙂

Thank you to everyone who made a special financial gift to help with medical care for the Compassion child who was severely burned.  We have received about $450.  Elsa will be sending those funds out to Compassion in the next week or so.  If you would still like to contribute, please make your check out to UCN and make a note for Compassion burn victim.

Don’t forget to stop by the Westwood Library during the month of July.  Cindy Rudolph is displaying her artwork there for the month.

The BLOOM Summer Tea tour stopped here last Saturday.  We were blessed to have about 60 women attend!  It was a wonderful morning of fellowship, food and encouraging words as we heard about the great work that BLOOM is doing to help young girls at risk.  We were able to offer a great deal of financial support as well as donations of needed supplies for the BLOOM home.  Thank you to everyone who participated in any way to make this such a successful event!  A special thank you to Cindy Rudolph who as always keeps the WISH ministry  on target and focused when we are planning these activities!

Are you interested in becoming a member of our church here?  New members will be welcomed on August 13th.  Please speak to Pastor Kevin if you are interested in taking this next faith step…

Thank you for being a part of our church community.  We are truly thankful for each one of you..  As you relax and enjoy some well deserved vacation time during the summer months, please remember that the financial needs of the church continue.  Your financial faithfulness is appreciated.

Serving Sunday:
Greeter:  Barbara Sulfaro
Ushers:  Marie Schuhmacher, Barbara Sweeny
Kids:  Meg, Sharon, Melanie
Coffeetime set-up:  Please take time to stop by early to ensure that everything is ready!
Snacks:  Steve Carter (donuts)
Coffee clean-up:  Cindy Rudolph

Enjoy the rest of the week and hope to see you on Sunday!

Early July Connection

The summer is in full swing here at United!  Please keep these activities in mind as you plan your time:

Sunday morning worship begins at 10:00.  Great singing, music from our choir, a relevant message from Pastor Kevin, a time for your prayers and praises, and Kids Connection are all in place.  Communion will also be offered this Sunday.   Our Helping Hands offering is received on Communion Sundays.  Those funds are used at Pastor’s discretion to assist those within our church family as well as the Norwood community.  Look for an envelope in your Sunday  bulletin if you would like to contribute.

Coffee time follows in the fellowship hall.  There are sign-up sheets posted outside of the kitchen.  We need volunteers to set-up, clean-up, or provide a snack.  Please take a look and see if there is a place where you can help out.  Thank you!

ISLAM STUDY begins on Monday, July 10th in the Council Room next to the church office.

*  Write down 3 questions you have relating to Islam

*  Bring a Bible!

If you have some free time and would like to help out…next Wednesday morning (July 12th) at 10:00 the Open Door volunteers will be doing a thorough kitchen cleaning.  all help is appreciated!  Feel free to stop by and help out.

Saturday, July 15th at 10:00 is the Summer Tea which you have been hearing so much about!  WISH is sponsoring this tea which benefits BLOOM – an arm of Teen Challenge.  Check the bulletin boards for more information.  Your Sunday bulletin insert has all the details as well.  Or feel free to call the office with any questions.

Please speak to Pastor Kevin by July 23rd  if you are interested in becoming a church member.  New members will be welcomed on Sunday, August 13th.

On Wednesday July 19, we’ll be getting a group together to meet up at Patriot Place in Foxboro for their free outdoor movie event.  Festivities begin there at 6pm.  Please RSVP to Meg by July 17. faithfulmeg@yahoo.com

We are looking for two more people to fill out a rotation of Sunday morning visual technology volunteers.  No experience needed, we are glad to let anyone shadow for a few times to learn how to set up and run the projection during Sunday morning worship.  You can email Meg faithfulmeg@yahoo.com if you want to learn more.

We have a new post up on our Kids Blog: “Four Smartphone Apps We Love” These are tips for parents, grandparents, and caregivers to use their tablets and smartphones in positive, faith-building ways.  You can check it our here: United Kids Connection!  Don’t hesitate to ask for help in learning how to utilize these great resources!  Meg is always willing to help.  You can reach her at faithfulmeg@yahoo.com

Serving on Sunday:
Greeter:  Marie Schuhmacher
Ushers/Communion:  Steve Carter, Dottie Cotter, Georgia Shaw
Kids:  Meg, Silpa, Barbara
Coffee Set-up:  Barbara Sweeny
Snacks: We need one person to pick up muffins or bagels!
Coffee Clean-up:  Tim Nelson

Thanks, see everyone Sunday!

Pre- Independence Day Connection

 Hello,  Hope you are enjoying your day as we approach this first weekend of summer!   These are the things to keep in mind over the next days and weeks.

Sunday morning worship begins at 10:00 with great singing, a time to share your prayer needs and praises, an uplifting message from Pastor Kevin and Kids Connection for the little ones.  Coffee time follows in the Fellowship Hall.   Hope that if you are home this weekend, you will be here.  We look forward to seeing you!

Changes to coffee time for the summer months:

In an effort to streamline coffee time and make it a bit easier for the summer months, we are going to be making one change.  Beginning on July 9th ( a week from this Sunday) we are asking for the snack donation to be just one item.  Perhaps bagels, munchkins, cookies etc.  The new sign-up outside of the kitchen reflects that change.  We are asking for one person to volunteer to bring one item to share.  Thanks for your help!

YOUR HELPING HANDS OFFERING AT WORK:  We recently heard from Compassion International about a horrific tragedy that occurred with one of the Compassion children in Ecuador.  An 11 year old heading home after church was captured, bound, covered in gasoline and set on fire.  He was able to run to a nearby river and douse the flames but he is suffering greatly with burns over 65 % of his body. A group has brought  him to the USA where he is being given state of the art care to assist him.  He is in critical condition.   A contribution has been made in the name of the United Church of Norwood from our Helping Hands fund. If you feel moved to make an additional contribution, donations will be received next Sunday.  If you write a check, please write “Compassion Child” in the memo line.


The Summer/Fall Bible study on Islam begins on Monday, July 10th at  7:00pm in the Church Council Room (next to the church office).  It has been great to see so much interest in this topic.  We have a few copies of the pre-study book, “I Dare to Call Him Father” available.  Check with Pastor Kevin if you would like one.    Please keep Pastor in prayer as this is a spiritually difficult  topic to prepare for.

Have you seen all the publicity surrounding the WISH sponsored Summer Tea on July 15th at 10:00.  This will benefit “BLOOM – A Place for Girls in Crisis.”  Tickets for this worthwhile cause are $10.00 and are available at the door or from any WISH member or Barbara Sweeny.   Check your bulletin on Sunday for a flyer with all the details.

Summer Office hours begin next week.  The office will be open  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.  As always if there is something needed that cannot be accommodated during those hours, please contact the office and we can make arrangements.  I am able to check both phone messages and email from home and that is done on a regular basis.

News from our church family:

Cindy Rudolph is showing her artwork at the Westwood Library during the month of July. Be sure and stop in! 

LARGE print editions of Our Daily Bread are available in the Resource Areas.   This edition covers July – September.

EFCA Corner:  In an effort to help you become familiar with the Evangelical Free Church of America, I am going to be including the EFCA Corner in our Weekly Connection.  Check out these links:  https://go.efca.org helps you learn more of the EFCA history, missions and statement of faith.  If you want to learn more about the New England District of the EFCA, take a look at www.efcneda.org  That will also link you to the national EFCA site.

Our Open Door closed out another wonderful season last evening serving 54 guests!  A HUGE THANK YOU to all who volunteer year round in this ministry.  Our Open Door will take a well-deserved break for the summer, reopening on Wednesday, September 6th.  Please pray about how you might be a part of this tremendous outreach.  On Wednesday, July 12th at 10:00, you are welcome to come by the church and help do a thorough cleaning of the kitchen, fridge, freezers and Open Door supply closet to get things ready for the fall.

Serving on Sunday:
Greeter:  Barbara Sulfaro
Ushers: Bob & Mary
Kids:  Marie, Deb, Carolyn
Coffee Time: Don’t forget to take some time before and after worship to help with coffee time set-up and clean-up!

That is all for now – hope to see you on Sunday!