End of November Connection

Hello everyone, I am sure you are having a busy week!  Be sure and take some time to slow down and think about the many things to be thankful for this year!  It is easy to lose focus and think about what makes us unhappy but we are abundantly blessed regardless of our individual circumstances and it is good to consider that.

Sunday worship begins at 10:00 in our sanctuary.  Great music from our choir, singing, prayer time and an encouraging message from Pastor Kevin.  Kids Connection is in place for the younger ones.  Coffee time follows in Veno Hall.  As we approach this wonderful yet hectic time of year, please be sure and take time to come to worship and be with your church family.  This will help you prepare for the Advent season in a meaningful way.  The first Sunday of Advent is a week from Sunday, December 3rd.

The Church Council meets on Monday evening at 7:00 in the Council Room.

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

Moms & Tots will meet on Thursday the 30th at Chick Fil A in Dedham for food and play at 11am.

The next and final session of the Young Adult Discussion Group will meet Sunday December 10th at 11:15 am

Christmas Fair is coming Dec 2rd: We have a special need of strong people after church Sunday to set up tables in the Welcome Center. Please see Barbara Sweeny after church – and THANK YOU. Remember to sign-up if you haven’t already. Remember we need help in setting up and cleaning up as well as during the Fair itself. I hope the bakers are busy, the basket fillers are bustling, and the cleaners are clearing out their excess belongings for the Treasures room! We can take books, household items, extra Christmas decorations and more – but no TVs, computers, microwaves or clothing please! You can bring your items down Sunday and leave them in the Welcome Center, or check with the church office during the week. Please be in touch with me if you have suggestions, ideas, or questions ~ Barbara Sweeny

Another successful year with Operation Christmas Child 🙂   Thank you to Russ & Donna for dropping off about 50 shoe boxes last Sunday and thanks to everyone who participated!  Remember to pray for the children who will receive these boxes.  There are bookmarks in the resource spaces as a reminder.  Help yourself!

Have you missed seeing someone on Sunday morning?  Either one of our home bound or seniors or someone else?  Why not give them a call and let them know they are missed?

You should have received 3 different mailings from the church in the past week or so.  Be sure and read those letters!

Thanks to those who indicated an interest in helping out with some type of service/program for the Sunrise Center.  We will be in touch with Sunrise in the next week to firm things up a bit.  We would welcome a few other people to help out.  Again, this is a commitment of about 30-40 minutes a month.

Open Door needs for 11/29 meal – BREAKFAST FOR DINNER.  Please sign your name next to any item you are available to provide OR speak with Georgia or Marie S.
140 Brown & Serve Sausages (approximate amount; based on packaging may be more or less)
6 dozen eggs
2 gallons of regular milk
2 gallons of different types juices (orange and apple would be good)

Serving on Sunday – November 26th
Greeters:  George & Buki
Ushers:  Dot C., Steve C.
Kids:  Meg & Silpa
Coffee Set-up:  Please stop by early before worship to help get everything set up!
Snacks:  Linda C. , Please bring a treat to share
Coffee Clean-up:  Deb Eagles

Enjoy your weekend,  Happy Thanksgiving from the church staff!
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Mid November Connection

Hi everyone, It has certainly been a busy week!  As we head into the holiday season, we have lots of opportunities for you to be involved here.  I am going to give you want you need to stay in the know here at UCN!

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who helped out with our Open Door Thanksgiving meal Wednesday evening!  We were blessed to serve 60 people a wonderful turkey dinner with all the fixins’.  It is so encouraging to see people work together as a church family and offer a hot meal, a safe space and good conversation to folks!  Thank you again to everyone who contributed a food item, volunteered to serve or cook, baked, and spent their day here to make this happen.  You made all the difference!

Last call for Pie Day orders!  Please let the office know if you are interested in purchasing a Thanksgiving pie.  $12.00 spent here saves you baking time during Thanksgiving week!  The WISH ladies will be baking up a storm on Saturday at church 🙂  Pies will be available for pick up on Sunday during coffee time.

Sunday worship begins at 10:00.  This is Thanksgiving Sunday – wonderful seasonal music, great message from Pastor Kevin and a time to share our prayer needs and praises.  What are you thankful for this year?  Perhaps there is something you can share on Sunday that you are especially grateful for.  Kids Connection and coffee time are both in place.  The “Mary” study meets during coffee time.

Don’t forget to bring your Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes back this Sunday.  The boxes must be delivered to Sharon on Sunday afternoon.  Can you help out with this?  Please let the office or Pastor Kevin know.  THANK YOU!

A wonderful opportunity has been brought to our attention.  Sunrise Center in Norwood would like our help in providing some sort of spiritual time for some of the Alzheimer’s patients.  This is exciting as these patients have requested this time.  Can you help out?  This would be a monthly time for about a half hour.  We have one person who is interested in playing some hymns and other music.  We need about 3 more people.  Perhaps one to “greet” the residents, one to give a brief devotional (about 5 minutes) and someone else as needed.  Please pray about this – can you be involved?   Again, this is less than an hour commitment each month.  Thank you!

Christmas Fair update:  Please SIGN UP to help – we need lots of people to make the Fair a success! Many hands make for joyous labor. In addition to signing up to work, there are other ways to help: Pick up items for a themed raffle basket. Plan your holiday baking to include baked goods and candy for the bake table. And clean out your space for the holidays by donating your gently used items to the Treasures room! [No electronics, TVs, microwaves, or clothing]. You can bring your items down Sunday and leave them in the Welcome Center, or check with the church office during the week. If you have any questions, please be in touch: barbrialan@yahoo.com.  Any and all suggestions are welcome. ~ Barbara Sweeny

Sign-up sheet in Veno Hall for luncheon supplies need for the Christmas Fair.  This year we are asking for donations for the food items needed for the luncheon served at the Fair.  We’d appreciate your help!

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

The Administrative Team meets on Monday evening at 7:30 at Janna’s home.

Serving on Sunday:
Greeter:  Marie S.
Ushers:  Bev A. & Marie P-L
Kids:  Meg, Sharon, Barbara
Coffee Set-up:  preliminary work will already be done
Snacks: Marie C., Janna,
Coffee Clean-up:  Barbara Sweeny

Thanks for reading your connection and being a part of our church family!  See you on Sunday!

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First November Connection!

Hello everyone, I guess it was bound to happen – that cold air has arrived.  We have lots of activities to keep you moving around so please read through your connection!

Moms & Tots will be meeting Saturday at 11am here in the Church nursery space.  Bring a snack to share and items for an indoor picnic!

The Women’s Study also meets Saturday morning at 9:00 in the Ruth Room across from the office.

Sunday is a full day with worship beginning at 10:00 in the sanctuary.  Saturday is Veteran’s Day and we will be having a time to honor our veterans at the beginning of worship.  This is our first collection Sunday for the shoeboxes.  Next Sunday, the 19th, is our final Sunday.  Both the Mary Study and the Under 40 group meet during coffee time this Sunday.  Details in the Sunday bulletin.

There will be an important meeting of the Church Council this Sunday, November 12th.  Please gather in the Welcome Center following worship.

Young Life meets on Monday evening at 7:27 – open to all high schoolers.

Fair Meeting is Tuesday evening at 7:30 at Janna’s home in Sharon.  Please speak to Barbara Sweeny with any questions.

Our Open Door volunteers will be serving a full Thanksgiving dinner next Wednesday evening.  Thank you to everyone who is contributing needed food!  The only items that are still needed are:
5 pounds of butternut squash (I think the preference is the type that is already peeled)
frozen peas – 2 of the very large bags (available at Shaws)  or 8 of the regular size bags.

Please let Georgia or Marie know if you are able to supply either of these items.  OR see the sign-up outside of the kitchen.

PIE DAY is just around the corner.  Look for the sign-up sheet on Sunday morning.  I am not sure where it will be located but keep an eye out or see Cindy Rudolph.  Pies will be made here on the 18th and will be available on the 19th for pick-up during coffee time.

The Christmas Fair is coming Dec 2nd – It is a great way to get to know one another and to reach out to our community as the body of Christ.  Please look for the sign-up table on Sunday in the Welcome Center to sign up to help, to make a raffle basket, or to bake.  There are lots of ways you can be a blessing!  You can bless your home and the church by getting rid of clean used items for the treasures room.  We can take books, household items, toys, extra Christmas decorations and more – but no TV’s, computers, microwaves or clothing please!  We would appreciate your holding onto your collections until the week before the Fair.  Please be in touch with me if you have suggestions, ideas or questions (barbrialan@yahoo.com) ~ Barbara Sweeny

If you can help out with delivering the Christmas shoeboxes to Sharon next Sunday afternoon (the 19th), please speak to Janna or give the office a call.  They get dropped off at a church near the center of town.

Our Young Adult Discussion Group will be meeting at 11:15 am after worship with part 3 of our study!  Even if you’ve missed the first two, you’ll be able to jump right in, so come join us, it’s been a great study so far.

Each year, our Kids raise money through an offering collection, and this year we’ll be collecting to buy a share of a sewing machine for a woman in need in a developing nation.  You can read more about it on our Kids Connection Blog: unitedkidsconnection.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/our-2017-2018-kids-offering-cause/

Serving Sunday:
Greeter:  Barbara Sulfaro
Ushers:  Donna & Russ Wood
Kids:  Meg, Deb B., Melanie
Coffee Set-up: Laurie A.
Snacks:  Elsa, Janna,
Coffee Clean-up:  Tim Nelson

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