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: 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  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!

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