Late August Connection

Good Morning,  Hope you are looking forward to the weekend!  As summer winds down, things are starting to gear up for autumn here at your church.  Please make note of what pertains to you.  There are plenty of ways for you to be involved!

Our back-pack collection is growing!  We have been getting a great response to our publicity!  As we prepare to distribute the filled backpacks, these are the items that are needed:  trial size deodorant, chap stick, hair brushes, sturdy combs, washcloths or hand towels (gently used or new) , trial size Kleenex, small notebooks and bottles of water.  Please keep in mind that all items must be able to fit into a backpack.  Thanks for your help!  Donna Wood is the one to speak to with any questions.

After a well-deserved break, our volunteers will be back for our Open Door ministry September opening.    Be sure and read your bulletin insert on Sunday to see the ways that you can be a part of this great outreach.  Also, next Wednesday, August 23rd is the BIG cleaning day for the kitchen.  This is the time when everything is given a thorough cleaning, items are reorganized and things are readied for the Open Door opening on September 6th.  If you are free around 10:00 on the 23rd, your help is greatly needed!  Speak to Georgia or Marie with any questions.

Sunday evening at 6:00 is the next Meetinghouse Concert.  Have you been to any of them?  Have you left humming a new tune?  These are great evenings!  The Perrys will be the featured group this time.  Tickets are available at the door.  Hope to see you there!

Back to Church Sunday, September 17, is coming fast!  It’s a great time to start thinking about our fall routine, and how we can encourage our families, friends, neighbors, and coworkers to join in the great things going on here at our church.

As we look to the kick off of the fall season, there’s some ministry needs that are crucial to ensure we can continue to offer a great Sunday morning experience for regular members and visitors alike.  Don’t be intimidated if it’s something new- there are plenty of people to help walk you through the learning process!

We need:
2 people to help with our Kids Connection offerings once a month.
1 person to join our monthly nursery rotation
2 people to join a monthly rotation to help with the projection screens.
People who can serve as greeters and ushers.
People who can assist with coffee time- setting up, providing food, and clean up.

Everyone’s help is greatly appreciated.  The church office can help you connect with ministry team leaders to get you plugged in!

Back by popular demand…the WISH Bake Sale!  WISH will be sponsoring an Autumn Bake Sale on Sunday, September 17th during coffee time.  Typically the Bake Sale has happened on Mother’s Day but the response was so great, the WISH group is happy to offer it again!

Sunday worship begins at 10:00.  Let our time of worship together set the tone for the week ahead!  We have an uplifting  service planned with music, message, prayers and praises.  Coffee time follows in Veno Hall.  As mentioned above the Meetinghouse Concert begins at 6:00pm.

The Islam Study meets on Monday evening at 7:00 in the Council Room.

The Administrative Team will meet on Wednesday evening at 7:00 at Janna’s home.

Serving on Sunday:
Greeter:  Barbara Sulfaro
Ushers:  Bob Russell, Mary Buresh
Kids:  Meg, Sharon, Melanie,
Coffee Set-up:  the basics are already done, but please consider checking in Sunday   morning to finish the set up!
Snacks: Please bring a snack to share!
Coffee Clean-up:  Barbara Sweeny

Hope to see you Sunday!  We’l leave you with an image from this week’s outing to see a movie under the stars at Patriot Place!
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Mid-August Connection

And it’s that time of the week again…please make note of the things to have in mind as you plan your time!

Sunday is a full day!  Worship begins at 10:00.  Always a great way to start your weekend! Kids Connection is in place for the younger ones.  New members will be welcomed into the church during the worship service. Coffee time follows in Veno Hall.  Church members are reminded of the meeting that will be held during coffee time in Veno Hall.  This is to vote on proposed by law changes for our EFCA affiliation.  Hope to see you there!

Be sure and take a look at the table in the church entry on your way into church.  We have a few Bibles – some new and some gently used – help yourself!  There are a few copies of The Story and also a few soft-covered New Testaments.  All those are yours for the taking.  Be sure and take a look at the Resource Table and the racks in the Welcome  Center and  Veno Hall.  We try to keep those full of encouraging relevant reading materials for you to take along.

The Islam Study will meet on Monday evening (August 14th) in the Council Room at 7:00.

As the start of the school year draws near, there are a few needs that must be filled in order to ensure we can continue to offer Kids Connection on Sunday mornings throughout the school year.  We need two people to join our team of volunteers to work with our elementary aged kids one Sunday a month.  We’ll provide training and a time of shadowing other volunteers to help ease into the role!  We also need one more person to join our rotation of nursery volunteers who provide care and activity for our toddlers on a once a month basis.  This ministry is crucial to helping shine the light of God’s love to our kids and families!  Contact Meg if you want to learn more!

 Since the July trip to an outdoor movie was such a blast, we’re going to be doing it again in August!  Wednesday August 16th we’ll be meeting up as a group to enjoy the festivities at Patriot Place for another family movie night under the stars!  Festivities begin around 6pm.  Getting there by 7pm will ensure we can get seats in a good spot. The movie usually starts around 8pm.  Pack some snacks and a lawn chair.  Please RSVP to Meg by August 14. faithfulmeg@yahoo.com

Our very own Chris Marinuzzi was featured this week on the new Boston NBC affiliate www.nbcboston.com.   There was a video segment “The Cup is the Canvas at Ogawa Coffee in Boston”  and yes indeed it features Chris as the latte artist.  Be sure and check it out!

COMING SOON:  

August 20th – After a July break, our next Meetinghouse Concert will be on the 20th featuring The Perrys.   A great and FUN evening of wonderful music.  Tickets are available at the door for $20.  The evening begins at 6:00

August 23rd – The Open Door will be reopening on September 6th.  In order to be ready…there will be a BIG kitchen clean-up done on Wednesday the 23rd at 10:00.  Your help is needed to get things cleaned up and organized prior to the start of the Open Door.

August 27th – Nursery and Kids Team Rally on the 27th, following worship, from 11:30-1:30.  This is for all those involved with Kids Connection ministries.  Questions ? Please see Meg

Serving on Sunday
Greeter:  Elsa Johnson
Ushers: Bev Alty, Marie Pierre-Louis
Kids:  Shannon, Roger, Janna
Coffee Set-up on Sunday morning:  (basics are already done)
Snacks:  CAKE and ?
Coffee Clean-up:  Deb E. & Lorena

Thanks for being a part of our church family here.  Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!
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First August Connection!

Hello everyone,  Summer is flying right on by and here comes August!  Hope you are finding time for some well deserved R&R.  Plenty of things  are happening here at UCN too!

Sunday worship begins at 10:00.  Many thanks to Meg for handling all of last Sunday’s responsibilities while Pastor Kevin was away.  Pastor and Sharon will be back with us this Sunday.  Communion will be offered, our Helping Hands offering will be received, the choir will be singing and there will be a time for prayers, praises, singing and coffee time.  Kids Connection is in place for the younger ones.  Coffee time follows in Veno Hall – is there a time when you can help out with coffee time?  Check the sign-up sheets please!

Council Members are reminded of the quick meeting following worship on Sunday in the Welcome Center.  Having said that,  this meeting may have to be changed, so keep an eye on your email for an update.

It’s not too late to become an “official”  church member!  There will be a brief meeting of those interested in taking this next faith step on Sunday following worship in the Welcome Center.  Can’t be here?  Please speak to Pastor Kevin or give the office a call at 781.762.2589.  New members will be welcomed on August 13th during the morning worship service. )

The Islam Study will meet on Monday evening at 7:00 in the Council Room next to the church offices.  It has been great to see so many participants – please feel free to join us!

Since the July trip to an outdoor movie was such a blast, we’re going to be doing it again in August!  Wednesday August 16th we’ll be meeting up as a group to enjoy the festivities at Patriot Place for another family movie night under the stars!  Festivities begin around 6pm.  Getting there by 7pm will ensure we can get seats in a good spot. The movie usually starts around 8pm.  Pack some snacks and a lawn chair.  Please RSVP to Meg by August 14. faithfulmeg@yahoo.com

We have an all-church meeting planned for Sunday,  August 13th at coffee time.  The purpose of the meeting is to vote on proposed by-law changes in regards to our affiliation with the EFCA.  Please plan on being here for this important meeting.    And because we will also be welcoming new members that Sunday… I hear there will be cake 🙂

After a break during July, we are looking forward to the next Meetinghouse Concert on Sunday, August 20th at 6pm here in our air-conditioned sanctuary!  The Perrys will be the featured group that evening.  “Experience the joy of Southern Gospel music:  Harmony! Energy! Personality! Message!”  Tickets are available at the door.  This is always a great evening – plan to be here!

Did you see the sign on the front lawn of the church?  We are looking for those used backpacks to continue the Blessing Bag ministry.  With kids getting ready to go back to school, this is a great time to keep an eye out at yard sales or check with your friends and family.  This is a continual need  – thanks to everyone who has helped out!

The Open Door has been on their well-deserved summer break but we are starting to gear up for reopening on September 6th.  Due to some changes in other meal ministries around the area, we are expecting a larger turnout each Wednesday.  Be sure and read the insert in your Sunday bulletin for all the details for how you can be involved.  We will be looking for additional help to prepare food, serve meals and clean up.  The menus will be posted outside of the kitchen so that we can have volunteers to help with food donations as well.  Please note that if you are able to donate a food item for the meal, those donations MUST be at the church on the Sunday prior to the meal.  Please think about how you can be involved in this great outreach ministry!  Georgia or Marie will be happy to answer your questions 🙂

WISH ladies!  We received a beautiful note from BLOOM today!  I am posting it on the WISH board in Veno Hall.  Be sure and stop by and read it!

Serving on Sunday:
Greeters & Ushers:  Marie Schuhmacher. Dot Cotter, Georgia Shaw
Kids:  Meg, SIlpa, Barbara Sweeny
Coffee Set-up:  Please consider coming in a bit early to check-in on set up! 
Snacks – Elsa’s bringing bagels! – THANKS!  We’d love if someone else could bring a little something as well!  
Coffee Clean-up:  Please take time to help with our clean-up crew Sunday! 

We think that is enough for now.  Thanks you for being an important part of our church family!