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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