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.


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

Thanks for reading through your weekly connection!

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