Late October Connection

Hello everyone,  Hope you are enjoying these beautiful autumn days!  Take a few minutes to read through this weekly connection so you can stay in touch with all that is happening here at UCN!

It’s official!  United Church of Norwood was voted into the EFCA this past Tuesday.  Pastor Kevin was at the conference and will be sharing more of that in the coming days.  We are excited about this affiliation and look forward to many good things coming as an outgrowth of this.  Stay tuned!

Do you remember Ben Ruhl?  Ben and his wife Olivia  were with us earlier this year when Pastor Kevin was away.  Ben shared the message during our worship service.  Ben is now the Lead Pastor at the EFCA in Alton, NH.  Ben & Olivia are both 2017 graduates of Gordon Conwell Seminary.

The EFCA sends out a bi-weekly round-up of news, stories, events and resources – always great info.  efcaupdate@efca.org takes you there – sign up now to stay in the loop !

WISH Gathering is Saturday morning at 9:00 in Veno Hall.  All women are invited and encouraged to join us!  Check your email for any details from Cindy.

Council members are reminded of the meeting on Monday evening at 7:00 in the Council Room.

The “Mary Study” begins on Sunday, October 29th following worship.  This study will run for about 45 minutes to an hour.    Who is the Virgin Mary?  Why does she matter?  Find the answers to these and other questions!

Moms and Tots on Thursday the 26th will meet at Chick-Fil-A in Dedham 11am to enjoy snacks and the play space!

Our Under 40″ Young Adult Discussion Group will have part 2 of their fall series on Sunday the 29th at 11:15 am.  Kids are welcome to tag along!

 

The Christmas Fair is coming.  Hard to believe but true! The Fair this year will be held Dec 2rd 9:00-3:00pm. It is a very busy time but is also a lot of fun as many hands make light work. If you want to help out, please email me at barbrialan@yahoo.com.  Ahead of the day, you can set aside gently used items for the Treasures table, think about what you can make for the Bake Table, and gather items to make a basket for the Raffle table. Details will be coming as we get closer to the date. The Fair planning team will be meeting Tuesday, Oct 24th, at 7:30pm at Janna Peterson’s home (Contact the church office for directions).  Please feel free to join us!  ~ Barbara Sweeny

SHOE BOX COLLECTION WEEK IS NOVEMBER 13- 20.  Start picking up your items now.  I expect all the materials to arrive any day – in the meantime, I do have shoe boxes here in the office.  I just saw a great idea posted online  – Walmart has marked down all their kids water bottles to 85 cents!  Several people suggested filling those bottles with small items and placing in the shoe box.  I stopped by Walmart yesterday and they do have plenty of those bottles, so consider doing that 🙂

Just a reminder that donating the altar flowers for Sunday worship is a wonderful way to honor a loved one or celebrate a milestone.  The cost is $30 which can be left at the church office or placed in the offering plate.  That’s it – we do the rest!

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to fill a spot for Sunday coffee time.  Please keep it up!

 

Sunday worship is at 10:00 in the sanctuary.  Hope to see you there!  Life gets busy but Sunday morning is THE TIME to refresh your spirit, be encouraged and spend time with your church family.  Kids Connection is in place for the younger ones.  Coffee time follows in Veno Hall.

Sunday afternoon is the Steward Hospice Service of Remembrance at 2:00 here in the sanctuary.  Our WISH group has a great connection to Steward Hospice as we provide them with prayer shawls for those in hospice.

Serving on Sunday:
Greeter:  Barbara Sulfaro
Ushers:  Bev A., Marie P-L.
Kids:  Marie, Sharon, Barbara
Coffee Set-up:  Please come by before the service starts
              to ensure everything’s ready to go!
Snacks:  Linda C., Marie C.
Coffee Clean-up:  Barbara Sweeny

Thanks for being faithful to our church.  That’s all for now – see you on Sunday!

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Mid-October Connection

Hello everyone,  Despite the summer warmth a few days ago, the beautiful autumn days are here again!   Please keep these things in mind as you plan your time over these next days and months.

Moms & Tots playgroup will meet Saturday 11am here in the Nursery Space.  Bring snacks to share and feel free to pack a lunch for an indoor picnic!  

The NEW Women’s Study begins on Saturday morning at 9:00 in the Ruth Room across from the office.  In this Bible Study we will be looking at Galatians and Ephesians.  There are some questions for you to consider before this first study.  You nay have gotten them on Sunday from Sharon.  Feel free to email the church office for an attachment with the questions! Check them out please – all women are invited to join.  Feel free to bring your coffee!

Sunday morning worship begins at 10 in the sanctuary.  Hope to see you there as we begin our week together!  Great singing, uplifting music from our choir, a time for your prayers & praises, Kids Connection and an encouraging message from Pastor Kevin – all we need is you!  Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Monday evening the 16th, the Administrative Team meets at 7:00 at Janna’s home in Sharon.

Young Life meets on Monday evening at 7:27 on the top floor of the church.  Do you know a high schooler looking for a place to belong?  This could be the place!  See Meg with any questions or for more info.

 

There will be a meeting here Tuesday evening October 17th, 7pm in the Church Welcome Center for anyone who is interested in learning more about Young Life’s ministry to teen moms, so it might be able to launch here in the Norwood area.  If you can’t make it, but want more info, please contact Meg Nelson: faithfulmeg@yahoo.com. 

The New England District (that’s what we are a part of) of the Evangelical Free Church annual conference is Tuesday and Wednesday, October 17th and 18th at the Westfield Free Church.  We are hoping to have a good representation from our church.  We must know by Sunday if you are interested in going out on Tuesday afternoon – leaving the church here at about 1:30 and returning home in the mid-evening.  Our church will be officially welcomed into the EFCA sometime between 4-5pm that day.   

 

Ladies – check your email about our next WISH Gathering on Saturday, October 21st.  LOTS of things to go over that day.  Please plan on being here if you are available.

It is almost Shoebox time!  Supplies have been ordered and should arrive in the next week.  For those of you who may not be aware, each year we have the opportunity to pack a simple shoebox with items for a child.  We have boxes and guidelines for packing the boxes.  You can choose the age of the child and whether a girl or boy.  Last year we received 58 boxes which are sent on to regional areas before being shipped to a main location for shipping.  Last year over 11 million boxes were shipped!  Many of the children then enroll in local churches for a 12 lesson discipleship course called The Greatest Journey which teaches them about God’s love for them and how to be a follower of Christ.

Operation Christmas Child changes for this year:  Due to custom regulations in other countries, please do not include any toothpaste or candy when you pack your shoe box.  Also, the shipping charge is $ 90.00 per box.  All the details are on the packing slips which will be out in the next week or so.  Yes, I know it does seem early but our collection week is November 13-20.  Suggestion:  check out party supplies in the store.  They have some very affordable packages with multiple items in them.  If you pick up something like that and cannot use all the items feel free to drop those small items in the office – I will have a box here and perhaps we can share them that way.  I already have some pairs of girls socks and small change purses for a little girl.  If you can use them for your box, swing by the office

These are needed food items for the October 18th Open Door meal:
2 boxes of chicken broth
3 large cans of diced tomatoes
3 large cans of navy or cannellini beans
1 bunch of celery
2 large onions
3 zucchini
1 bag of chopped spinach

Please check out the menus posted outside of the kitchen and place your name next to any item you can provide.  Thank you!

It is always an uplifting time when the Teen Challenge women from Providence are with us.  Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 29th at 10:00.  The ladies will be with us for the morning service and then afterwards at coffee time.  Several people in our church regularly  sponsor one of these gals – this is a great opportunity to see and hear about lives changed through the power of Christ.  Plan on being here!

MANY THANKS to everyone who supported Meetinghouse Concerts this year.  Last Sunday was the last concert of the season.  The Lesters sent us out in style!  An energetic and exciting group that brought the house down!  We already have the calendar marked for next year’s concerts.  Thanks again to everyone who worked to make these concerts a blessing to many!

We are getting quite an assortment of dishes collecting in the kitchen – if you are missing something, take a look in the kitchen.

Upcoming:

Steward Hospice Remembrance Service on Sunday, October 22nd at 2:00pm in the sanctuary

Serving Sunday:
Greeter:  Deb Eagles
Kids:  Meg, Deb B., Melanie
Coffee Set-up:  Joanna & Elsa
Snacks:  Joy C., Roger, Joanna
Coffee Clean-up:  Roger

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First October Connection

Hello everyone, Time for your mid-week update on all things UCN!  Thanks for taking the time to read through and make note of what pertains to you.

Sunday morning worship begins at 10:00 in the sanctuary.  Looking forward to that time as we come apart from our everyday busyness and come together as our church family.  Great music from our choir, prayers and praises time, Kids Connection, encouraging words from Pastor Kevin and coffee time to follow.  Please plan on being here!

Sunday evening is the final Meetinghouse Concert of the season featuring long-time favorites The Lesters.  Tickets are available at the door.  This is an opportunity to hear great music that will encourage you through the week!

October 11th Open Door Dinner being served is Hot Dogs & Beans.  
These are the needed items:

about 96 all-beef hot dogs; about 96 hot dog rolls; 8 large cans of Bush or B&M baked beans; 4 large bags of cole slaw mix; 2 jars of Marie’s Cole Slaw Dressing; 6 Family Size bags of potato chips.  Please see the sign-up sheet outside of the kitchen and sign your name next to an item you are willing to contribute.  Thank you – every donation is appreciated greatly!

It’s not too soon to start collecting items for Operation Christmas Child.  Shoe box Collection Week is November 13-20th.  That week always seems to creep up on us!    Why not start now and pick up items to fill your box?!  I have boxes available here in the office.  Stop by and get yours.

As you start thinking about Christmas, there is always one person (or more) that is a challenge to purchase something special for.  We have started to receive catalogs  with some GREAT ideas on how you can give a gift in someone’s name that will make quite a difference in the life of someone in need.  Additionally some of the gifts have retailers and manufacturers match the donation which makes even more of an impact.  Example:  a $75 gift becomes $600 worth of clothing, shoes and more for a child here in America.  Look at the Resource spots for information from World Vision, Heifer and Samaritans Purse.

Put on your walking shoes!  The annual Community Food Pantry Walk is planned for Saturday, October 14 at 9:00am.  This walk helps to feed those in need of food in Westwood and Norwood.  Check the board near the Welcome Center for details and sponsor sheets.

We received a note of thanks from Compassion International for our participation in Compassion Sunday.  Take a look at the note posted on the board at the Nahatan Street entrance.  We have quite a few folks here that regularly support a child and 3 people began support following Compassion Sunday.  We’re thrilled that three child sponsorship packets were picked up from our Compassion Sunday table.  We have two of those accounted for, but are unsure of who took the third packet.  It was for a little boy named Roger from the Philippines.  If you have this packet, please let the office know so we can send the right info back to Compassion International! Your faithfulness makes a difference – Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the hurricane relief effort.  We received in excess of $1300 and those funds were sent to the EFCA this week for distribution.  Nationwide the EFCA has received $1,035,248.00 from churches and donors.  What a blessing to be part of this great effort in assisting those uprooted by the recent hurricanes

LOST & FOUND: If you are looking for a Tupperware cake carrier, please check the kitchen.  It may have had an item in it for the WISH Bake Sale.

 

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 the sign-up sheet in Veno Hall to indicate your interest.

A Short-Course on the Virgin Mary
At this time of year, as we approach the celebration of the birth of the Messiah, we begin to hear from the Scripture of the young peasant girl from Nazareth.  Who was Mary?  Why is she so important to understanding Jesus?  What of the rest of the “stuff” that is said about Mary?  

Our short – course will be held on Sunday mornings, beginning on October 29th.  Join us as we meet in the Welcome Center immediately following worship

We had a great first start to our new series with the Under 40 Discussion Group!  Our next session will be October 29th after worship.

Moms & Tots will next meet October 14th here at the church.

YOUNG LIFE UPDATES:  We are extremely grateful for the wonderful way this church has allowed this ministry to area teens to use our top floor space on Monday nights.  High School Club for the semester has started back up again meeting at 7:27 on Monday evenings.   The annual fundraising 5K Walk-a-thon is coming up Sunday afternoon October 22 at Adams Farm in Walpole.  Interested in walking?  Interested in Sponsoring someone who is walking?  Let Meg Nelson know!  Young Life currently serves middle school (Wyld Life), high school , and teens with disabilities (Capernaum).  They are also working towards launching a ministry to teen moms called Young Lives.  This ministry needs people to serve in a variety of support roles.  The next info meeting will be Tuesday October 17th at 7pm here in the church Welcome Center.  Please continue to pray for this crucial ministry in our area!

Kids Connection Updates can be found on our Kids Connection Blog with reminders about this year’s kids offering giving project, as well as upcoming even dates!  Take a look at what we have for our families and little ones! Kids Connection October Updates!

Greeter:  Marie Schuhmacher
Ushers:  Bev Alty, Marie Pierre-Louis
Kids:  Meg, Shannon, Janna, Roger
Coffee Set-up:  Laurie A.
Snacks: Lauire A., Janna
Coffee Clean-up: Please take some time to help the clean-up crew

That’s it for now- see everyone Sunday!
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