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 if you are curious and want more information.

Serving on Sunday:
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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