Last September Connection

 

Time for the mid-week update for Kids Connection Blog! everyone! Please read through your weekly connection and make note of what pertains to you!

Sunday morning worship begins at 10:00 in the sanctuary. Communion will be offered. Our Helping Hands offering is also received on Communion Sundays. Those funds are used at Pastor Kevin’s discretion to help those in financial need both within our church community and the greater Norwood community. Look for the envelope in your bulletin on Sunday if you typically participate in this. Kids Connection is in place. Coffee follows in Veno Hall. The “Under 40” discussion group also meets. See details below from Meg.

Young Life meets on Monday evening at 7:27 on the top floor spaces.

Menus for the next several weeks Open Door dinners are posted outside of the kitchen. Again, please take a look and see what item you could pick up when you are doing your own shopping. Every little bit that is donated is a huge help to all our volunteers.
The meal for next Wednesday, October 4th is Pulled Chicken. These are the items needed for that meal:
6 large bottles Honey BBQ Sauce
4 large bags of Cole Slaw mix
2 bottles Marie’s Cole Slaw Dressing
60 soft bulky rolls
6 Family Size bags of potato chips

 

The last Meetinghouse Concert of the season will be on Sunday. October 8 at 6:00pm. The featured guests are The Lesters – long time favorites of our Meetinghouse Concerts. I believe The Lesters were one of the original groups that began the concerts. Tickets are available at the door and also prior to the evening. Please call the church office if you are interested in tickets. I can give you the details.

 

Tuesday, October 17th is a big day in the life of our church. Our affiliation with the Evangelical Free Church of America will be made official at the annual district meeting in Westfield Massachusetts and we are looking for some folks from our church to trip down to Westfield… celebrate and make a good impression! The plan is to car-pool (so you don’t have to worry about driving) – leaving Norwood at about 1:30 in the afternoon of the 17th, for the welcome ceremony… meet some folks from other Evangelical Free Churches in New England and then drive home. Look for a sign-up sheet in Veno Hall to indicate your interest.

 
We are extremely grateful that 4 child sponsorship packets were taken in response to Compassion Sunday. This is especially incredible when we consider how many people in our church are already active in sponsoring children around the world! If you did take one of those packets, please communicate this with the church office if you haven’t already. We want to make sure we know where all our packets went as we communicate back with Compassion International. Remember all packets need to be filled out and received by Compassion International by October 24th at the latest. Thanks for this beautiful generosity!

 

Our Under 40 Discussion Group will be starting back up with a new series after church this Sunday, and we’d love anyone to come join us! We can make accommodations for anyone who might have little ones in tow with them. Contact Meg at faithfulmeg@yahoo.com or 978-979-8486 if you have any questions!

 

We continue to share info for our families each week on the kids connection blog. This week we have a tip for engaging faith at home as well as a link to processing the start of the school year with your families! Check out United Kids Connection! to take a look!

 

Barbara Sweeny did some straightening out and reorganizing of the Coffee Hour closet. We are in need of regular size hot cups for Sunday coffee hour. If a few people could pick those up when you are doing your grocery shopping, that would be very helpful! The coffee hour closet is designated to hold supplies for coffee time and church functions that require paper goods. Please do not use it for storage of other items. Also, the sign-up sheets for coffee time are now located on a table at the end of the Sunday snack tables – please take a look at where you can help out.

 

We are still in need of a couple volunteers to clean the candlelighters used on Sunday mornings. Please speak to Pastor or call the office for details. We also need some one to clean the candle holders that are on the altar. Over time they collect wax drippings etc and they are due for a good cleaning. Same thing – please see Pastor or call the office.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the EFCA Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts. We will be sending our contribution later this week. There is still time for you to make a donation if you are interested – please call the office and let us know. To date the EFCA has received $920,157 which has been contributed by 2147 churches and donors. What a blessing this will be to our sister churches in Texas! Thank you for your support.

 

Serving Sunday:
Ushers/Greeters: Georgia Shaw, Dot Cotter, Steve Carter
Kids: Meg, Silpa, Deb E.
Coffee Set-up: preliminary work is done on Friday, but someone needs to get things together on Sunday morning
Snacks: Elsa, Gene, Joyce
Coffee Clean-up: Deb Eagles.

 

 

I think that is all for now – looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!

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Mid September Connection

My, what a windy day!  This is just the remnant of one of the hurricanes that has caused such destruction. Please continue to remember all those that have lost so much and or are displaced.  See below for details on how you can be a part of relief efforts.

Sunday worship begins at 10:00 in the sanctuary – our services are designed to be a time of encouragement for the week ahead!  Please be here if you are in the area.  Kids Connection is in place for the little ones.  Coffee time follows in Veno Hall.

COMING THIS WEEK:
Monday evening – Church Council meeting at 7:00pm
Tuesday evening – Fair planning meeting at 7:30pm – location to be determined
Wednesday evening – Open Door at 5:30pm and Choir Rehearsal at 7:15pm
Thursday morning- Moms and Tots – 11:00am at Bird Park

 

Many thanks to those who have contributed to the Hurricane Relief effort.  There is still time to donate through the end of September.  The funds we receive will be sent to the EFCA has set an initial goal of raising one million dollars to assist with the needs of the EFCA churches.  To date, $735,584 has been received from 1941 churches or donors.

Thanks to everyone for their great support of our Blessing Bag ministry.  When you are out and about, watch for sales on the back packs.  Now that Back-to-School is behind us, the backpacks are available quite reasonably.  Also, these are the items that are needed to have on hand:  trial size deodorants, granola bars, bottles of water and facecloths.

The candle lighters that we use on Sunday mornings prior to worship to light the altar candles get a lot of candle wax buildup and are in need of some TLC!  We have 3 that need some cleaning and polishing.  Can you help out?    You can take one home with you and do it there or you can come by the church and work in the kitchen.  Please give the office a call or speak to Pastor Kevin for details.   We also need someone to clean the candle holders that are on the altar.  These need to be done every few months to keep them clean and to keep the wax drippings from building up.  Again, please call the office or speak with Pastor Kevin.  These are simple tasks but having them taken care of would be a great help!

Thanks to all who made Back to Church Compassion Sunday such a lovely day!  It was great to see the many ways people contributed to making this a great day.  It was wonderful to highlight the impact that so many in our church have through the journey of child sponsorship!  We know that in addition to the child sponsored by our church, we know many families are also on the journey of child sponsorship!  We want to celebrate that!  If you want to sponsor a child, we will have the Compassion International Info Table up for one more week, where we have 12 child sponsorship packets available.  Remaining packets will be mailed back on Wednesday September 27.

Our Under 40 Discussion Group will be starting a new 4 session study Sunday October 1.  We’re excited to go through the series “Unstuck: Moving From the Mundane to the Meaningful”.  The group will meet in the first floor council room at 11:15am on the following Sundays: October 1, October 29, November 12, and December 10.  You can take a peek at the trailer for the study content here:Unstuck Study Intro

Our Kids Connection Blog has info about upcoming opportunities for families, as well as the family Bible focus for September and October! September Family Connection Part 1

The Open Door meal for September 27th is Barbecued Chicken.  These are the needed items:

4 large boxes of Goya yellow rice

8 large bags of frozen peas & carrots

6 dozen dinner rolls

1 pound of butter

Other needed items have already been donated.  We have people who regularly make desserts, but new volunteers for that are always appreciated

Questions??  See Georgia or Marie

 

New copies of Our Daily Bread are available in the Resource spaces.  Large print copies that start with October are also available.

Serving on Sunday:

Greeters:  Buki & George

Ushers:  Bev Alty, Marie Pierre-Louis

Coffee set-up: Please stop by a little early to see what help might be needed

Snacks:  Janna, please feel free to bring a treat to share!

Clean-up:  Laurie & Tim

Thanks for being part of our church community. See you on Sunday!

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Back to Church & More Connection

Autumn in New England!  Haven’t these past few days been picture perfect?  As you plan your time, we have lots of things happening at UCN, so please plan to join in!

The WISH Gathering for this Saturday has been cancelled.  It seems to be a very busy weekend as there were many of the ladies who were unable to attend.  The October date for WISH is October 21st.

 

National Back to Church/COMPASSION Sunday is upon us! We will be featuring our church’s partnership with Compassion International, where there will be the opportunity for people to consider starting their own journey of child sponsorship.  Don’t forget to remind those you have invited to join you, if you haven’t invited anyone yet, it’s not too late!  We’re looking forward to a great day with uplifting music, gift books for each household, an inspiring message from our pastor, and enjoying great company with great treats during a special coffee time!

Monday evening at 7:00, the Islam Study meets in the Council Room next to the office.  This is the final meeting of this study.  Among other things we will be looking at how we, as Christians living in America, should consider the influx of Muslims into America.

As we get back into the school year routine, our Family News & Notes is back!  It’s important for our whole church family to know about the exciting things going on with our Kids Connection ministry.  This week’s blog post shares about Sunday morning Kids Connection & Nursery Details, as well as provides a link to a great article about facing the back to school season!  Visit United Kids Connection! to check it out! (https://unitedkidsconnection.wordpress.com)

OPEN DOOR MEAL FOR September 20th is Meatballs, sauce and pasta.
These are the items needed:
6 large bags of frozen meatballs
4 bags of Romaine heads of lettuce
2 large creamy Caesar dressing
*Any donated items need to be at the church by Sunday.  Thanks for your help!
*Menus for the Open Door are posted outside of the kitchen.  Please take a look and see if there is an item that you can contribute towards a meal.

Reminders…

Donations for Hurricane Relief efforts through the EFCA will be accepted through the end of September.  Please make your checks out to UCN with a note on the memo line.  The church will then send one check to the EFCA.
Please remember that our choir is welcoming new members!  If you are interested in being a part of this vital ministry, please speak to Steve Rudolph.

Young Lives (a branch of Young Life) is a new ministry for teen moms that  Meg is launching.  There was an info meeting here last Monday evening.  Please speak to Meg for additional information.

There is a table in the church narthex that has plenty of good resources for you – Bibles, devotionals, etc.  Please help yourself.  Those are there for you to take and use.
We have new sign-up sheets for coffee time.  3 areas that need volunteers:  set-up, clean-up and snacks.   The sheets will be at the end of the snack area this Sunday.  Please stop and take a look at where you can help out.  We all enjoy this time and we really need some people to step forward and help.

Check out the new window treatments in the Kids Connection spaces – they look great and have really brightened the areas!

Thanks for reading through your weekly connection!  See you at Back-to-Church Sunday!

September Start-Up Connection

Hi everyone, Summer is in the rear view window and September is here!   As we get back into our normal routine, please keep these upcoming activities in mind as you plan your time.

Tonight (Wednesday) marks the re-opening of our Open Door meal ministry AND the first choir rehearsal of the season.

Our Open Door dinner is served at 5:30 and finishes up about 6:30.  Everyone is always welcome to come by and enjoy dinner here!  There are volunteer opportunities as well.  Additionally, the meals for each week are posted outside of the kitchen.  There are always food items needed for each meal.  Check out the meals and see if you can provide any items for a meal.  All donations MUST be in the kitchen on the Sunday prior to a meal.  I will also list here in the Weekly Connection the meal for the following week so you can have it in mind as you do your own grocery shopping.

The meal for NEXT Wednesday, September 13th is Chicken Cacciatore.
 
The needed items are:
6 large jars of spaghetti sauce (like Ragu or Prego)
8 green peppers
12 colored peppers
5 pounds of mushrooms
1   5 pound bag of sweet onions
 If you are able to provide any of these, please speak to Marie Schuhmacher or Georgia Shaw OR sign your name to the menu list on the bulletin board outside of the kitchen.

 

Choir rehearsal also starts up this evening at 7:15!  We are so blessed to have a wonderful choir as part of worship each Sunday.  Following a well-deserved summer break, our choir will be back with us beginning this Sunday.  If you would like to be a part of this important ministry, Steve Rudolph would love to speak with you!  If you can sing in tune and have a desire to serve the Lord through music, this is the opportunity for you!    Many thanks go to Steve and Chris for their faithfulness, their talent and their willingness to be used by God to bless us so richly.  We are looking forward to Sunday!

Saturday is our all church Work Day.  Come by anytime between 9:00 and Noon and we will have a task just for you.  We will have some cleaning supplies available but feel free to bring your own favorites along!  Thank you for your help in being a good steward of the building God has entrusted to us.

Moms & Tots will also meet on Saturday at 11:00 at Ward’s Farm in Sharon.  Check with Meg for more details and with any questions.

Sunday worship begins at 10:00.  Our regular schedule will be in place with Kids Connection up and running!  Worship with music from our choir, a time for your praises and concerns and an encouraging message from Pastor. Communion will be offered on Sunday and our Helping Hands offering will be received.  As a reminder, our Helping Hands offering is used at Pastor’s discretion to help those in our church and community with financial needs they may have.

Coffee hour follows worship.  We will have our usual selection of beverages available but in place of regular snacks, our WISH group is sponsoring an Autumn Bake Sale.  Delicious home baked goods and other treats will be offered for you to purchase.   Please bring a couple extra dollars to buy snacks to enjoy at coffee time and to take home too!  All proceeds benefit our church here!

The Islam Study will meet on Monday evening, September 11th at 7:00 in the Council Room.  Have you ever wondered what’s up with Sunnis and Shias and the civil war between the 2 groups?  No need to have come to other studies – feel free to join us!  Very interesting conversation with lots of info!

Be sure and check out the flyer on the bulletin board near the Welcome Center about an upcoming speaker at the Westwood Library.  Jennifer Lin will discuss her family memoir, “Shanghai Faithful:  Betrayal and Forgiveness in a Chinese Christian Family.”  Lin’s great-uncle was Watchman Nee, considered to be one of the most influential Chines leaders of the 20th century.   Sounds like a fascinating evening –  Thursday, September 14th at 7:00pm

MANY MANY thanks to everyone that is helping out with our Blessing Bag ministry.  Our front lawn sign has generated a lot of action!  Just today a gal stopped by with 2 backpacks and was so happy to hear how they are being used.  Another woman stopped by yesterday with 8 that she saw on sale and thought we could use.  A few weeks back, someone had seen the sign, called the church and then  purchased 75  for use here.  Donna Wood works tirelessly to coordinate everything so the right supplies go to the right people.  We have people donating supplies, helping out financially, writing encouraging cards to be included in the packs.  The list goes an and on.  Please keep it up!  What a difference you are making in someone’s life.  THANK YOU!

 

KIds Connection will get back to normal this week, with kids Pre K – Grade 6 heading down during the time of greeting for a time of interactive learning and worship.  Nursery care continues to be offered for little ones up to age 3.

Back to Church Sunday is getting closer!  September 17th is National Back to Church Sunday. We will be highlighting our partnership with Compassion International, with time to learn about the ways child sponsorship has made such a huge difference, and an opportunity for YOU to begin the amazing journey of sponsoring a child.  It’s not too soon to think of who you will invite to join you.  We will be having a special coffee time to celebrate the new season of ministry in the life of the church.  Here are some items we need, please reply if you can bring any of these things for coffee time that day:
– Small fruit tray/fruit salad
– 1 tray of cookies/dessert bars

Thanks in advance!

It’s been exciting to partner with our local chapter of Young Life as it connects area teens with the love of Christ.  A new way this ministry hopes to make an impact on our region is through launching ministry to teenage mothers and their children through a ministry called Young Lives.  You’ll be hearing info in the weeks to come about how you might be able to get involved.  There will be an info meeting here in the Church Welcome Center on Monday September 11th, at 7pm if you’re curious and want to learn more.  Feel free to contact Meg faithfulmeg@yahoo.com if you are curious and want more information.

Serving on Sunday:
Ushers/Greeters:
Steve Carter, Dottie Cotter, Georgia Shaw, Marie Schuhmacher
Kids:  Shannon
Nursery: Barbara, Roger
Coffee Set-up:  Sharon
Snacks – WISH Bake Sale
Coffee clean-up: ?

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday as we gear up for the Fall season.

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Labor Day Weekend Connection

Hi everyone,  And just like that it’s Labor Day Weekend!  Hope that if you aren’t escaping for a last summer fling, we’ll see you in church on Sunday.  As your schedule for fall starts filling up, please keep these things in mind too.

Sunday worship begins at 10:00.  Great music, encouraging words from Pastor Kevin, a time for you to share your prayers and praises, and care for the little ones.  As has been our tradition over the past few years, this weekend being Labor Day, we will NOT be having a coffee time following worship.  The following Sunday is September 10th and our WISH group is sponsoring a Bake Sale during coffee time, so no snacks are needed on that Sunday.  BUT please bring a few extra dollars on the 10th and support the Bake Sale.  All proceeds benefit the church ministries.

Our fall schedule resumes on Wednesday evening.  Our Open Door meal ministry will serve dinner at 5:30.  In an effort to get more folks involved and because we expect an increase in numbers, we will be asking for your help in providing some of the food items for the meals.  We will post the menus on the bulletin board outside the kitchen and we will also list the the items needed.  If you are able to provide an item, sign your name so we can be aware. Please note that all donations MUST be at the church on the Sunday prior to the meal being served.

The meal for Wednesday September 6th is all taken care of.

The meal for Wednesday, September 13th is Chicken Cacciatore:  Needed items for the dinner include:  6 large jars of spaghetti sauce, 8 green peppers, 12 colored peppers(red, yellow, green) 5 pounds of mushrooms, 1 5 pound bag of sweet onions, dessert items.

Wednesday evening at 7:15 is also the first choir rehearsal of the Fall season.  We are so very blessed to have an exciting and vibrant choir under Steve Rudolph’s leadership,as part of our worship here.  Please be sure and read the insert in your bulletin on Sunday. Steve is happy to welcome new faces to the choir!

Saturday, September 9th  from 9:00- Noon – all church work day!  Come for an hour or come for the morning!  We will have a list of projects and some cleaning supplies, but feel free to bring your favorites!  Make note that this day is also Norwood Day.  We are not involved with that this year, but Washington Street will be closed off.  Please use the back roads to park in the church lot when you come to Work Day.

Also on Saturday, September 9th – Moms & Tots meets at Wards Farm in Sharon.  Please see Meg for details.

Sunday, September 10th – We will be having our Communion Service and  our Helping Hands offerings will be received.  Also, WISH will be sponsoring a Bake Sale during coffee time.  Please be sure and bring a few dollars to make a purchase and support the church ministries.  Look for the bulletin insert with all the details on Sunday.

Monday, September 11th – Islam Study resumes.  No need to have attended other studies – this will be an interesting evening.  Come to the Council Room next to the office at 7:00.

As we are all aware, Hurricane Harvey caused a tremendous amount of damage and heartbreak in Texas.  Several people have asked about helping out in some way.  Stay tuned for info in the coming weeks on how you can help alleviate some of the suffering.

Back to Church Sunday is getting closer!  September 17th is National Back to Church Sunday. We will be highlighting our partnership with Compassion International, with time to learn about the ways child sponsorship has made such a huge difference, and an opportunity for YOU to begin the amazing journey of sponsoring a child.  It’s not too soon to think of who you will invite to join you.  We will be having a special coffee time to celebrate the new season of ministry in the life of the church.  Here are some items we need, please reply if you can bring any of these things for coffee time that day:
– Small veggie tray
– Small fruit tray/fruit salad
– Small cheese & cracker tray
– 2 trays of cookies/dessert bars
Thanks in advance!

It’s been exciting to partner with our local chapter of Young Life as it connects area teens with the love of Christ.  A new way this ministry hopes to make an impact on our region is through launching ministry to teenage mothers and their children through a ministry calledYoung Lives.  You’ll be hearing info in the weeks to come about how you might be able to get involved.  There will be an info meeting here in the church Welcome Center on Monday September 11th, at 7pm if you’re curious and want to learn more.  Feel free to contact Meg faithfulmeg@yahoo.com if you are curious and want more information.

If you are interested…check out the Nahatan Street bulletin board for details about a concert at St. Johns in Westwood.  A vocal ensemble from Russia, “Lyra”,  will be performing on Friday September 15th at 7:00

Serving on Sunday:
Greeter:  Dottie Cotter
Ushers:  Russ & Donna
Kids:  Meg & Silpa
NO COFFEE this Sunday

Thanks for taking the time to read through your connection – See you Sunday!

 

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