Pre- New Year’s Connection

Hello!  Well, the weather outside is certainly frosty!  Stay warm and read through your weekly connection 🙂    We hope you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Day and are looking forward to the New Year ahead!

Sunday worship is at 10:00 in the sanctuary and it will be great to be together to start the year ahead as a church family.  We will continue celebrating the Christmas season with carol singing, the sanctuary is full of beautiful poinsettias (still looking great despite the cold!), the Christ Candle will be lit and you can enjoy the warmth of worshipping together.

 We will also be having a special coffee time for the Nelson family as they end their time of ministry here.  Be sure and be here!

I want to mention that the side parking lot on Nahatan Street is quite slippery – that area seems to stay very cold with not a lot of sun.  And with this extreme cold, not a lot of melting is going on.  For Sunday morning, parking in the back of the church and or the municipal lot is a better choice as those areas seem less icy.    Walk carefully!

A brand new study on the Book of Daniel starts on Sunday, January 7th
The Book of Daniel has it all.
Prophecy and history…
Men of courage and foolish kings…
God’s sovereign power demonstrated…
Past, present and future…
An understanding of Daniel is absolutely for understanding the apocalyptic writings of the New Testament (for example the Book of Revelation).
We will meet on Sunday evenings (from 5 pm to about 6:15) at the church.  Homemade soup and bread will be served at every study.



Ladies!  Faith Seeds lessons will be available next week for pick -up.  I have quite a few so any and all help will be appreciated!

As was mentioned in church last Sunday, the Open Door volunteers served over 60 people last week!  What a blessing to be able to provide a hearty meal, good conversation and a warm space to those who attended!  As our numbers continue to grow, we are looking for more volunteers to help out both on Wednesday evening and with food donations for each week’s meals.  
Next Wednesday’s meal is:  Beef Stroganoff and these are the items needed for that meal:
12 boxes of bow tie pasta
10 pounds of ground beef
10 large cans of cream of mushroom soup
4 large containers of sour cream
6 heads Romaine lettuce
Dessert – Shannon, Marie, Elyse, Janna and Bev

Please take a look at the Resource Tables around the church.  There are many items that you may find interesting to read and pass along or keep and use for yourself.  Some very user friendly versions of the Bible, the new Daily Bread – regular and large print editions, magazines and newsletters and 2 different Christmas devotionals are there as well.  The message of these is timeless and these are certainly materials to use as you consider regular personal prayer and devotional times.  Something to think about as we turn the page to 2018.


The Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, February 11th during coffee time.  PLEASE PLAN NOW to attend this important meeting!  And if you are preparing a report…and I hope you are…those need to be in the office by February 2nd please.

Serving Sunday:
Greeters: George & Buki
Ushers:  Dot Cotter and ? 
Kids:  Meg 
Coffee Set-up: Preliminary will be done on Friday
Snacks: Please bring a snack to share
Coffee Clean-up: please take a moment before you leave to help the clean-up crew! 
That’s  all for now.  Looking forward to a great 2018 in our church family here.  Thank you for being a faithful part of our church!  Please be in touch with any need that we can help you with. Thanks!


Christmas Weekend Connection

Good Morning, At this busy time of year I just want to remind you of a few things to have in mind over the next days.  

Christmas Family worship begins at 10:00 on Sunday morning.  Please be with us as we sing carols, hear from our choir and celebrate Christmas as a church family.  Following worship, coffee and warm beverages will be available in the fellowship hall.

Sunday evening at 10:00 is our Candlelight Christmas Eve service.  This is always a beautiful service and we hope you will join us as we usher in Christmas Day.  Once again, Felice Pomeranz will be our guest harpist, our choir will be singing, readings of the Christmas story and of course, the congregation will light candles for the closing of the service and “Silent Night.”

We are in need of folks to help out after worship on Sunday with putting up the candelabras for the Christmas Eve service.  A few extra hands will make the task much faster and will be a huge help to Scott.  Gather at the front of the sanctuary following worship if you are able to help out.

Also, I was planning on asking for volunteers to deliver a few poinsettias Sunday after church, if someone would be willing to drop off a plant to some of the Norwood/Westwood folks.  See me on Sunday if you can help out with this.

Just in time…we received “The Hope of Christmas” today.  This little devotional offers 10 short passages on the Hope that Christ offers us.  Be sure and pick them up on Sunday from the Resource tables.  These are also great to hand out to others or include with a gift.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped out with Wednesday’s Open Dinner Christmas dinner.  More than 60 people were served a wonderful meal, had great conversation and received “The Hope of Christmas.”  Thank you to everyone who helped out in any way with the evening!

Please plan to be with us on December 31st.  In addition to starting off the New Year with your church family, we will be having a special coffee time to wish Meg, Tim and Colin all the best as they move on in their ministry.

Next week’s meal is Beef Stroganoff.  These are the items that are needed:
12 boxes egg noodles
10 pounds ground beef
10 large cans cream of mushroom soup
6 heads Romaine lettuce
Please sign up on the boards outside the kitchen if you are bale to provide any items.  Or…speak to Georgia or Marie on Sunday please.


Serving Sunday:
Greeter:  Marie Schuhmacher
Ushers:  Georgia Shaw, Bob Russell
Coffee time:  All set

That is all for now – We look forward to seeing you on Sunday morning!
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Mid-December Connection

Greetings!  Christmas is just around the corner!  As you plan these busy days, here are the things to have in mind that are happening at church:

This Sunday is the Third Advent Sunday.  We will be singing beautiful carols that we typically only get to sing once a year, the Advent candle will be lit, our choir is preparing special music, Pastor Kevin will share an encouraging message and we will spend time sharing our prayer needs.  Kids Connection is in place for the younger ones.  Coffee time in Veno Hall follows worship.  Please spend part of your Christmas days with your church family!

Sunday is the final day to place an order for a poinsettia.  The cost is $12.00.  If you are unable to be at church on Sunday, feel free to give me a call in the office or send an email with your info/details.

Monday evening at 7:00, the Church Council meets in the Council Room next to the office.

Our Open Door meal on December 20th will be a Ham Dinner for our guests. These are the needed items:
30 pounds of potatoes
3 large bags of mixed vegetables
5 packages of dinner rolls
Please see the sign-up sheets outside of the kitchen if you are able to help out and/or speak to Georgia or Marie.  Thanks for helping out!


December 24th  –   Sunday worship for Christmas is at 10:00am for our Family Worship Gathering and our Candlelight Christmas Eve service will be at 10:00pm. Please plan to be here for one or both of these services as we welcome Christmas! Stay tuned for upcoming posts!

Sunday Soup and Study for the Ages!

A new Bible study on the Old Testament prophet Daniel starts on January 7th.  Lots of great and encouraging teachings in the Book of Daniel that every Christian needs to know.  We are going to meet at 5pm on Sunday evenings for sixty to seventy-five minutes.  Dinner (hot soup and bread) will be served as we dig deep into the Word of God.

Serving on Sunday:
Greeter:  Dottie Cotter
Ushers:  Bev Alty, Marie Pierre-Louis
Kids: Shannon, Barbara, Sharon
Coffee Set-up:  Preliminary will be done on Friday
Snacks:  Linda C., Janna, Shannon
Coffee Clean-up:  Tim Nelson

That’s all for now – hope to see you Sunday!
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Second December Connection

Hi everyone,  Hope you are having a great day!  As the days tick down to Christmas please keep these things in mind when you are planning your time.

Saturday (December 9th) – The Women’s Book Study is postponed due to weather.  Stay tuned for when the study will pick back up!

December 10th  is the Second Sunday of Advent.  We had a wonderful service last Sunday, as we entered the Advent season looking forward to Christmas and our Savior’s birth.  Great music from our choir, lighting of the Advent candle and an seasonal message from Pastor Kevin.  Kids Connection is in place and coffee time follows in Veno Hall.  It would be good to see you at worship on Sunday!

The Young Adult discussion group meets this Sunday during coffee time.  This is the final session of their current series.

Sunday afternoon at 3:00 in Veno Hall, we are happy to welcome our Spanish speaking neighbors here  for an afternoon of music!  I suspect some of us will be interested in stopping by – that is great and you are welcome too!

Please remember to order your poinsettias.  Cost is $12.00.  Order forms are in your Sunday bulletin.  If you are not going to be here and still want to order a plant or two, be in touch with me here in the office please.

The Administrative Team meets on Monday evening at 7:00 in Sharon.

Back by popular demand…the bulletin board in the Welcome Center is the place to post your Christmas card for your church friends!

NEW Our Daily Bread devotionals for December – February  are available at the various resource spaces throughout the church.  We have  lots of good reads, articles and seasonal items available in those spaces too.  Take advantage of those!

Seasonal calendars for 2018 are also available at the church.

Check out the Open Door menus outside of the kitchen and see if there is a way you can help out with a needed meal item.

DECEMBER 24th – Family Worship at 10:00am and Traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 10:00pm

Serving on Sunday:
Ushers:  Russ & Donna Wood
Kids:  Meg, Deb B., Roger
Coffee Set-up:  Please stop by early before the service to ensure everything for coffee time is prepared and ready to go!
Snacks: Please Consider bringing a goodie to share!
Coffee Clean-up: Tim Nelson

That’s all we have for you right now – thank you for supporting and being a part of our church family here at UCN, hope to see you on Sunday!
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First December Connection

Hi everyone,  Hope you are having a good week.  It certainly is busy around our church!

The Christmas Fair is upon us! I hope to see you on Saturday, Dec 2nd.  Even if you haven’t signed up, we can find you a place on Saturday – working together as a family is what makes the Fair fun for all. We want to share the joy of Christ with all who enter. And if you are unable to help, feel free to come by and shop, visit, and enjoy some of Sharon’s famous turkey soup for lunch!  There will also be a bridal & formal wear bargain basement sale by Thistle Rose Bridal on our lower level! Spread the word!

I don’t think Barbara would mind if I mentioned that there is still plenty to be done Saturday to get things cleaned up set up after the Fair.  If you have time on your hands  – feel free to stop by the church at 3pm. There will be plenty to do!

Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent and a Communion Sunday.  Being with your church family is a wonderful way to begin the Christmas season.  It is easy to get overwhelmed when there are so many demands on your schedule, but time spent in worship is time well spent!  Great singing, music from our choir, Advent readings and an encouraging message from Pastor await you.  Kids Connection and coffee are both in place.  Hope to see you!

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

Look for the insert in your bulletin on Sunday regarding poinsettias for the sanctuary.  The cost remains the same as previous years.  $12.00.  Poinsettias will arrive at the church on December 22nd.  If someone is available to deliver  them to some of our homebound friends, please give the office a call  We would like to get them delivered BEFORE Christmas.  Thanks.

LOOKING AHEAD…we are excited that our sanctuary will be welcoming a Latino Community Music Event on December 10th.  3:00-4:30.  Omar Medina has met with the Church Council and is excited about reaching out to our Norwood community in this way!  I have already heard that some of our congregation will be coming too – please feel free to join us!

The “Under 40” discussion group meets on Sunday, December 10th during coffee time.  This is the final meeting of this group.

Marion Rich requests are due in the church office by December 10th please.

December 6th Open Door meal needs:   Check out the menu on the board outside the kitchen please if you want to help contribute.

Serving Sunday:
Greeters/Ushers:  Bev A., Steve C., Georgia, Marie P-L.
Kids:  Marie, Melanie, Janna
Coffee Set-up: Please take a moment to stop by before worship to ensure everything is set and ready to go!  Much will likely be done during fair clean-up.
Coffee Snacks: We might have leftover goodies for sale left from the fair, but please bring by a treat to share!
Coffee Clean-up: Please consider staying for a few moments to help clean-up after coffee time!

That is all we have for you – hope to see you at the Fair and again on Sunday!
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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:  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!


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 ( ~ 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:

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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Last October Connection

Hello everyone, As October tumbles into November, please keep these things in mind as you plan your time.


We are excited that the Teen Challenge Women from Providence will be with us for Sunday morning worship at 10:00. This has become an annual event that we look forward to each year. The girls will have a display table in Veno Hall during coffee time where the jewelry they make is available for purchase. There will also be an opportunity for you to contribute to a love offering for Teen Challenge Women. Look for that in Veno Hall on Sunday. Kids Connection is in place as usual for Sunday.

The new study on “Mary” will meet for an abbreviated time this Sunday during coffee time in the Welcome Center. Keep an eye out for Pastor Kevin – he will mention when that study is going to begin. There will still be time for you to visit with the Teen Challenge girls and get your coffee and…cake 🙂

Sunday, we will have our Young Adult (Under 40) Discussion Group following worship at 11:15am in the council room. Grab your snacks and coffee and head on down! Kids are welcome to tag along, we can bring toys over from the kids spaces for them!

Young Life meets on Monday evening at 7:27 on the top floor. This is for all high school age kids.

Be sure and STOP in the Welcome Center on Sunday morning to pick up your supplies for Operation Christmas Child! Fill a shoe box for a child who will delight in getting a Christmas gift! For many kids, this is the first Christmas gift they have ever received. There is lots of good information on the display table – be sure and take a look! Our collection Sundays are November 12th and 19th. We will be looking for a volunteer to drop off the boxes on November 19th at the area distribution spot in Sharon. Let me know please, if that is something you can do.

November 1st Open Door Meal – Pastor Kevin’s Special Stoup!
These are the items needed:
8 boxes of chicken stock
1 large bunch of celery
Please sign your name on the meal board outside of the kitchen OR speak to Marie S. or Georgia THANK YOU for your support!

Thanks for all your support, we hope to see you Sunday!

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