Early July Connection

The summer is in full swing here at United!  Please keep these activities in mind as you plan your time:

Sunday morning worship begins at 10:00.  Great singing, music from our choir, a relevant message from Pastor Kevin, a time for your prayers and praises, and Kids Connection are all in place.  Communion will also be offered this Sunday.   Our Helping Hands offering is received on Communion Sundays.  Those funds are used at Pastor’s discretion to assist those within our church family as well as the Norwood community.  Look for an envelope in your Sunday  bulletin if you would like to contribute.

Coffee time follows in the fellowship hall.  There are sign-up sheets posted outside of the kitchen.  We need volunteers to set-up, clean-up, or provide a snack.  Please take a look and see if there is a place where you can help out.  Thank you!

ISLAM STUDY begins on Monday, July 10th in the Council Room next to the church office.

*  Write down 3 questions you have relating to Islam

*  Bring a Bible!

If you have some free time and would like to help out…next Wednesday morning (July 12th) at 10:00 the Open Door volunteers will be doing a thorough kitchen cleaning.  all help is appreciated!  Feel free to stop by and help out.

Saturday, July 15th at 10:00 is the Summer Tea which you have been hearing so much about!  WISH is sponsoring this tea which benefits BLOOM – an arm of Teen Challenge.  Check the bulletin boards for more information.  Your Sunday bulletin insert has all the details as well.  Or feel free to call the office with any questions.

Please speak to Pastor Kevin by July 23rd  if you are interested in becoming a church member.  New members will be welcomed on Sunday, August 13th.

On Wednesday July 19, we’ll be getting a group together to meet up at Patriot Place in Foxboro for their free outdoor movie event.  Festivities begin there at 6pm.  Please RSVP to Meg by July 17. faithfulmeg@yahoo.com

We are looking for two more people to fill out a rotation of Sunday morning visual technology volunteers.  No experience needed, we are glad to let anyone shadow for a few times to learn how to set up and run the projection during Sunday morning worship.  You can email Meg faithfulmeg@yahoo.com if you want to learn more.

We have a new post up on our Kids Blog: “Four Smartphone Apps We Love” These are tips for parents, grandparents, and caregivers to use their tablets and smartphones in positive, faith-building ways.  You can check it our here: United Kids Connection!  Don’t hesitate to ask for help in learning how to utilize these great resources!  Meg is always willing to help.  You can reach her at faithfulmeg@yahoo.com

Serving on Sunday:
Greeter:  Marie Schuhmacher
Ushers/Communion:  Steve Carter, Dottie Cotter, Georgia Shaw
Kids:  Meg, Silpa, Barbara
Coffee Set-up:  Barbara Sweeny
Snacks: We need one person to pick up muffins or bagels!
Coffee Clean-up:  Tim Nelson

Thanks, see everyone Sunday!
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Pre- Independence Day Connection

 Hello,  Hope you are enjoying your day as we approach this first weekend of summer!   These are the things to keep in mind over the next days and weeks.

Sunday morning worship begins at 10:00 with great singing, a time to share your prayer needs and praises, an uplifting message from Pastor Kevin and Kids Connection for the little ones.  Coffee time follows in the Fellowship Hall.   Hope that if you are home this weekend, you will be here.  We look forward to seeing you!

 
Changes to coffee time for the summer months:

In an effort to streamline coffee time and make it a bit easier for the summer months, we are going to be making one change.  Beginning on July 9th ( a week from this Sunday) we are asking for the snack donation to be just one item.  Perhaps bagels, munchkins, cookies etc.  The new sign-up outside of the kitchen reflects that change.  We are asking for one person to volunteer to bring one item to share.  Thanks for your help!

YOUR HELPING HANDS OFFERING AT WORK:  We recently heard from Compassion International about a horrific tragedy that occurred with one of the Compassion children in Ecuador.  An 11 year old heading home after church was captured, bound, covered in gasoline and set on fire.  He was able to run to a nearby river and douse the flames but he is suffering greatly with burns over 65 % of his body. A group has brought  him to the USA where he is being given state of the art care to assist him.  He is in critical condition.   A contribution has been made in the name of the United Church of Norwood from our Helping Hands fund. If you feel moved to make an additional contribution, donations will be received next Sunday.  If you write a check, please write “Compassion Child” in the memo line.

 

The Summer/Fall Bible study on Islam begins on Monday, July 10th at  7:00pm in the Church Council Room (next to the church office).  It has been great to see so much interest in this topic.  We have a few copies of the pre-study book, “I Dare to Call Him Father” available.  Check with Pastor Kevin if you would like one.    Please keep Pastor in prayer as this is a spiritually difficult  topic to prepare for.

Have you seen all the publicity surrounding the WISH sponsored Summer Tea on July 15th at 10:00.  This will benefit “BLOOM – A Place for Girls in Crisis.”  Tickets for this worthwhile cause are $10.00 and are available at the door or from any WISH member or Barbara Sweeny.   Check your bulletin on Sunday for a flyer with all the details.

Summer Office hours begin next week.  The office will be open  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.  As always if there is something needed that cannot be accommodated during those hours, please contact the office and we can make arrangements.  I am able to check both phone messages and email from home and that is done on a regular basis.

News from our church family:

Cindy Rudolph is showing her artwork at the Westwood Library during the month of July. Be sure and stop in! 

LARGE print editions of Our Daily Bread are available in the Resource Areas.   This edition covers July – September.

EFCA Corner:  In an effort to help you become familiar with the Evangelical Free Church of America, I am going to be including the EFCA Corner in our Weekly Connection.  Check out these links:  https://go.efca.org helps you learn more of the EFCA history, missions and statement of faith.  If you want to learn more about the New England District of the EFCA, take a look at www.efcneda.org  That will also link you to the national EFCA site.

Our Open Door closed out another wonderful season last evening serving 54 guests!  A HUGE THANK YOU to all who volunteer year round in this ministry.  Our Open Door will take a well-deserved break for the summer, reopening on Wednesday, September 6th.  Please pray about how you might be a part of this tremendous outreach.  On Wednesday, July 12th at 10:00, you are welcome to come by the church and help do a thorough cleaning of the kitchen, fridge, freezers and Open Door supply closet to get things ready for the fall.

Serving on Sunday:
Greeter:  Barbara Sulfaro
Ushers: Bob & Mary
Kids:  Marie, Deb, Carolyn
Coffee Time: Don’t forget to take some time before and after worship to help with coffee time set-up and clean-up!

That is all for now – hope to see you on Sunday!

End of June Connection

Hello everyone, What a beautiful week!  Hope you are finding some time to get outside and admire some of God’s beautiful creation we are blessed with!    Here are some of the things to keep in mind as you plan your time

Sunday worship begins at 10:00.  Please come to church if you are home!   Great music, uplifting message from Pastor Kevin, Kids Connection, a time for you to share your prayers and praises, time to connect with your friends and coffee to follow.  Hope to see you!

Council members are reminded of the Council meeting on Monday evening at 7:00.  Please check your email for a note from Shannon.

Regarding desperately needed back packs for the Blessing Bag ministry...check out yard sales!  As the school year ends, many backpacks are discarded to be replaced in the fall.  One woman stopped by church last week with 4 backpacks she found at yard sales.  Additionally, when she told the homeowner what they were being used for, she told her just to take them.  And that homeowner happens to do a lot of business travel and then gave a bag of small size toiletries that she had accumulated from her travels!  Great suggestion – check those yard sales!   And there is an ongoing need for chapsticks, hair brushes, trial size toiletries, wash cloths and blank note cards.

If you were here last Sunday you were treated to THREE wonderful selections from our choir.  What a blessing!  Thank you to all of the choir members, Chris and Steve for a great year!  Our choir is a huge part of Sunday worship and we so appreciate all of the hard work that is done each week to provide our service with exciting faith-filled music!

Ladies!  You are invited to a Summer Tea on Saturday, July 15th from 10-Noon here in Veno Hall to benefit BLOOM – a Place for Girls in Crisis.  BLOOM is a branch of Teen Challenge Ministries that we have had a connection to for many years.  Tickets are $10 and are available from Barbara Sweeny or any WISH member.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door.  Please consider supporting this excellent cause – bring a friend, sister, co-worker, daughter…it’s going to be a great and inspiring morning!  We have details posted on all the bulletin boards at church and Meg has done a great job of sharing this on our FB page and web site.  Check  it out!

After another GREAT year of serving meals each Wednesday evening, our Open Doorvolunteers will be taking the months of July and August off for a well-deserved break.  We will end the season with a cookout next Wednesday evening at 5:30 followed by a “debriefing” to review the past year and look ahead to the fall start-up.  Everyone is welcome to the cookout.  Give some thought to joining the great team of volunteers that we have – your help is needed!

From Pastor Kevin: I hope that you are getting excited about our summer / fall study on Islam.  
– This study has three goals: 1) To give you the background on Islam so that you can share the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively to a Muslim; 2) Answer the question, “Is Islam truly a religion of peace?” 3) To learn more about the great salvation that believers have in Christ Jesus by contrasting faith in Jesus with the Muslim faith.
– See you on Monday, July 10th in the downstairs council room.  And yes there is air conditioning!
– And don’t forget to pick up your pre-study read, “I Dared to Call Him Father.”  We have copies at the church or you can find your copy of this wonderful account of a Pakistani woman’s journey to faith through discovering the fatherhood of God. It can be purchased at Amazon or Christianbook.com in paperback or e-book.

Would you like to become a member of the United Church?  Pastor Kevin is thinking of inducting new members on Sunday, August 13th.  Please speak to Pastor Kevin if you are interested or have any questions.

Family Ministries Update:
As we celebrate another great school year with kids connection and family activities, let’s look ahead to making sure this is able to continue strong in the year to come! Here’s the volunteer slots we still have to fill:  2 people for the nursery rotation, 2 people to be Kids Connection guides, as well as 4 people to be care buddies who provide prayer, cards, and encouragement for a specific family.  Please contact Meg if you want to help us continue to pass on the legacy of our faith and church to the younger generations! You can email faithfulmeg@yahoo.com or leave a message in the church office.
This week’s Kids Connection Blog shares some digital resource tips for parents, grandparents, and all caretakers!  United Kids Connection!

Serving on Sunday:

Greeters/Ushers: Dottie Cotter, Barbara Sweeny

Kids:  Meg, Sharon, Melanie

Coffee Time set up, snacks & clean-up:

Please consider stopping in early to set up, bringing a goodie to share, or staying after to help clean-up! Sign ups for summer coffee time volunteers will be available on the snack table this coming Sunday for all to find a way to help!

That’s all for now – enjoy your week!

Mid June Connection

Hi everyone,  Hope you are enjoying the week! Please keep these things in mind as you plan your time.

Saturday morning at 9:00am is the next WISH gathering.  All ladies are welcome!  We will be spending some time making plans for the BLOOM Tea on July 15th.  Please speak to Cindy Rudolph if you would like to be included on the email list for WISH – that helps keep you in the loop!

Sunday worship begins at 10:00.  Great music, message from Pastor Kevin, prayers and praises are all part of our service.  Our choir will be singing several times during worship before they take a well-deserved break for the summer!  Kids Connection is in place for the younger ones.  Coffee time follows in Veno Hall.  Don’t forget that Sunday is Father’s Day!

Sunday evening at 6:00 is the next Meetinghouse Concert featuring The Down East Boys.  Tickets are available at the door.  The concert is a great way to end your weekend and start the week ahead – join us, you’ll be glad you did!

NEW Summer/Fall Study Info
 
What do Muslims actually believe?  What are Sunni and Shia and Sufi?  Is Islam a “religion of peace?”   What are the roots of Islamic fundamentalism? What do we as Christians need to know about Islam in order to effectively present the gospel of Jesus Christ to a Muslim? These questions and more will be discussed and answered at a Summer and early Fall study that begins on Monday July 10th at 7 pm. We will be meeting at the church in the council room (1st floor near the church office) for seven individual one hour sessions.  The sessions will be held approximately every other week through July, August and September.  There is a student workbook / guide that was written by Dr. Timothy Tennent.  Tennent is an evangelical who teaches at Asbury Theological Seminary.

* And there’s homework before our first session… it’s fun… don’t stress!  There is a wonderful little book titled “I Dared to Call Him Father,” that I’d like you to read.  We have eight copies available at the church or you can easily get it as an e-book.  This book tells the story of a Pakistani Muslim woman’s journey to the faith in Christ by discovering the fatherhood of God in the Bible.

Thank you to everyone who helped out with the needed supplies for the backpack Blessing Bags.  We have an ongoing need for these items too – chapstick, hair brushes and blank note cards.  And also, since it is the end of the year, talk with your friends or kids or kid’s friends and see if they might be done with their school backpacks.  We need adult size in good usable condition.

A reminder that our kids connection schedule shifts a bit as we enter into the summer season.  We’ll continue to offer nursery care following the time of greeting.  Kids Connection will be offered for ages 4-7 starting after the time of prayer.  There will be kids activity bulletins available for ages 7 and up in the rear of the sanctuary where the coloring sheets are also found.  This summer schedule is a great opportunity for parents, grandparents and all caretakers to put into practice the tips for engaging kids in worship that we’ve shared in our monthly family newsletters this year!  

Speaking of our monthly newsletter- This week’s post in the Kids Connection Blog focuses on how to incorporate faith into our lives outside of church, and how to help engage our kids of all ages in the worship service!  United Kids Connection!

From time to time we like to ask…do you have a favorite hymn or song that we haven’t sung in a while?  An old favorite hymn or a newer praise song?  Let Rachel know and we can add it in to the Sunday music!

Serving Sunday:
Greeter:  Dottie Cotter
Ushers:  Bev Alty, Marie Pierre-Louis
Kids:  Shannon, Roger, Janna
Coffee Set-up:  Please stop by the kitchen before worship to make sure everything is ready to go for after the service!
Snacks:  Consider bringing something to share!
 Coffee Clean-up:  Please remember to take some time to help clean up and put things away at the end of coffee time!  It’s a team effort!

That is enough for now.  Hope to see you on Sunday!

Family Weekend Connection

Hope you are having a good week! These are some of the things to keep in mind as you plan your time over the next days and weeks.

Saturday:

Moms & Tots meets on Saturday morning.  Families can meet at Meg’s home in Foxboro at around 9:30 and then head over to the town center to watch the Foxboro Founders Day Parade.  Pack a lunch and snacks to share.

Norwood Art Association “Art in the Park”  also on Saturday at 10:00 on the Norwood Common.  Showcasing local talented artists.  Perhaps our very own Cindy Rudolph will have some of her beautiful work available!  This is a nice time to support a good cause and see some inspiring art!

Craft Day in Veno Hall – a time to bring your projects that you are working on, spread out on the tables and make some good progress on those things that you never seem to find time to do!  Come and go as you need to.

Sunday:  Worship begins at 10:00 in the sanctuary.

Family Sunday:  We look forward to celebrating Family Sunday this week to honor our graduates, our kids, our families raising little ones in the church, and the role we all have in passing on the legacy of faith to new generations!  Part of the celebration will include praising God with songs many of us learned as young people ourselves. We look forward to having you join us!

Don’t forget that this Sunday we will be voting on affiliating with the Evangelical Free Church of America.  Last Sunday we had a good and lengthy discussion time where questions were asked and everyone had the opportunity to share their thoughts.  Voting will happen during/following coffee time on Sunday.  You will have plenty of time to get your coffee and snack and find a seat before the meeting begins.  We need a quorum of 25 members to conduct business.  Voting to affiliate is an important moment in our church and we trust that you will be here.  Realizing that this is a very busy time of year, we are aware that there are members who cannot be here.  To that end, if you are a member and know that you are unable to be here but still would like your vote to count and your voice heard, please contact the church office by 9:00 Sunday morning and let me know of your vote.  That will be recorded on the church membership list and presented on Sunday to be included in the votes.  However, that  absentee vote does not count towards the needed quorum so you are encouraged to be here if possible.  Please continue to pray about this decision and to ask for God’s wisdom and  will.

A cause for celebration!  Last evening’s Open Door dinner was very well attended with 49 guests being served a delicious chicken pie dinner!  How grateful we are for the volunteers who spend hours of their time creating a space that is warm and inviting for our guests and provides good food and conversation.  Please hold this ministry in prayer as we continue to reach out to our community.

Ways you can help out:

Blessing Bag Ministry:  We have a request for 20 backpacks and these are the items we need to help us fill the backpacks.  We need:  20 packs of peanut butter crackers, 20 packs of gum, hard candy and bite size candy, 15 hair brushes and 20 combs. We also have a need for 20 cards of encouragement. If someone would like to do them Donna will be happy to supply the cards.  If you have any questions or can supply one of these needs, please speak to Donna Wood.

Don’t forget to take a look each week at our Kids Connection Blog, even if you aren’t a caretaker for little ones, we’re all part of raising up the next generation in the faith! This week we have links to great articles about passing down our faith and making summer memories! United Kids Connection Blog!  

Just around the corner:
June 15th – Kids Team Dessert Nite
June 17th – WISH Gathering
June 18th – Meetinghouse Concert featuring The Down East Boys

 
Serving on Sunday:
Greeters and Ushers:  David, Shawn, Alicia  with Georgia
Kids:  Meg, Debby S., Barbara
Coffee Set-up:  Elsa & Joanna
Snacks:  Janna
Coffee Clean-up:
Please remember to take some time to help with clean-up before you leave!

Thanks for taking the time to read and make note of what pertains to you!

Pentecost Weekend Connection

Hello everyone,  hope you are having a good day and enjoying the sun!  We have had quite a bit of rain which is evidenced by mowing our lawns quite regularly this year!   But how good to be blessed with green grass, budding trees and colorful flowers.   Here are the things to have in mind as you plan your time:

Sunday worship is at 10:00 in the sanctuary.  Great music from both our choir and the congregation, a time for your prayers and praises, timely message from Pastor Kevin and Kids Connection for the little ones.  Following worship, we have 2 important events happening in Veno Hall.

The first is…

Renovation Celebration!  Recognizing the work done in Veno Hall through generous donations given in memory of Pastor Bill.  Painting, windows, shades, bulletin boards – lots of things to brighten the space!

The second is… also during coffee time,  an informational conversation regarding our affiliating with the Evangelical Free Church of America.  http://www.efca.org/ (this is the EFCA site) or http://www.efcneda.org/ (this is the EFCA site specifically for the New England district)  will help you connect!  Check out that site and come prepared to ask questions, share your thoughts and  add some helpful comments to our discussion!

In light of these 2 things happening, we expect to have more folks than usual in attendance.  To that end, it would be wonderful to have some special snacks for this special day!  There will be 2 tables set-up to accommodate the additional foods that we hope you will be bringing!

Young Life happens on Monday evening at 7:27 on the top floor. Young Life will also meet on June 12th before ending for the season.

Ladies, if you have unfinished projects you need to complete, mark your calendar for June 10th for a time to work on them. Veno Hall will be available for you to spread out and work on your UFO’s (UnFinished Objects 🙂 for the day.

Moms & Tots will meet on Saturday, June 10th at 9:30 at Meg’s home in Foxboro.  This will be great viewing for the Foxboro Founder’s Day parade.

Looking ahead:  June 11th will be the vote regarding affiliation with EFCA.  A quorum of 25 people is required for this meeting.

 June 11th is also Family Sunday where we will be honoring our children and our high school graduates.  More details to follow!

What do Muslims actually believe?  What are Sunni and Shia and Sufi?  Is Islam a “religion of peace?”  What are the roots of Islamic fundamentalism?  And most importantly, what do we as Christians need to know about Islam in order to effectively present the gospel of Jesus Christ to a Muslim? These questions and more will be discussed and answered at a Summer and early Fall study that begins on Monday July 10th at 7 pm.  We will be meeting at the church in the council room (1st floor near the church office) for seven individual one hour sessions.  The sessions will be held approximately every other week through July, August and September.  There is a student workbook/guide that was written by Dr. Timothy Tennent.  Tennent is an evangelical who teaches at Asbury Theological Seminary.  See you there!  Pastor Kevin

Ever wonder about the daily life of our Compassion Child, Kevin?  Here is an opportunity that you might want to consider.  The  Compassion experience let’s people walk through a day in the life of a child in struggling parts of the world.  See Meg for details and check out this link.   https://cts.compassion.com/events/724

As we enter the month of June, here’s a link to updates for all that’s going on for Kids and Families this month!  United Kids Connection! 

Serving on Sunday:
Greeters:  Bob & Mary
Ushers:  Dottie Cotter, Georgia Shaw, Buki Chukwurah, Steve Carter
Kids:  Shannon, Marie, Meg, Silpa, Deb B.
Coffee Time set-Up:  Please stop by before worship to lend a hand! 
Coffee Time clean-up:  Cindy R.

Snacks:  Please see note above regarding snacks

 
Thanks for reading through your connection!  See you Sunday!

End of May Connection!

Hi everyone, Hope you are having a good day, despite the rain!  Here are some things to keep in mind over the coming days.  I try to keep you very aware of activities that are planned so you can participate in our church community.

For those ladies involved in the Women’s Book Study…the final get-together is this Saturday morning at 9:30 at Joanna Stranahan’s home for brunch.  Please check your email later today for info regarding this.  Sharon wants to get a handle on who is bringing what for food 🙂

Sunday worship is at 10:00 – I realize this is a holiday weekend but if you are home, please plan on being here!  We have a wonderful service planned to encourage you and build your faith.  Meg has Kid’s Connection in place with volunteers to help out with the younger ones.  Coffee time follows in Veno Hall. Hope to see you!

Renovation Celebration! Sunday June 4th after worship – a special coffee hour celebrating the Veno Hall renovations done over the last nine months in memory of Pastor Bill Christensen.  And a special thanks to those kind folks whose generosity made the renovations possible.

Moving Forward with the Evangelical Free Church
June 4th is a busy day!  As well as the special coffee hour to celebrate the renovation of Veno Hall there will also be a question / discussion time for the proposed affiliation with the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA).  Share your thoughts, ask a question… its all casual and open.  Don’t miss the opportunity to have your voice heard.

On June 11th there will be a full-fledged all church meeting after worship to vote on the motion to approve (or not approve) affiliating with the EFCA.

Family Sunday will be June 11.  We’ll be honoring kids moving into elementary school, high school, and our graduates!  We’d love to have our kids participate in creative ways, so contact Meg if your family will be here that Sunday so she can find a way for kids to plug in!  faithfulmeg@yahoo.com

This week’s kids blog has some updates with offerings for our middle school students!! United Kids Connection! 

 
Looking ahead:
June 10th – Moms and Tots in Foxboro at Founders Day parade
June 10th – Women’s Project Day – bring whatever “project” you are working on, spread out in Veno Hall and spend time doing it!
June 11th – Family Sunday  (see Meg’s note above)

Serving Sunday:
Greeter:  Georgia Shaw
Ushers:  Steve Carter, Dottie Cotter
Kids:  Meg, Sharon and Janna
Coffee Set-up:  Shannon
Coffee Clean-up:  Roger
Snacks:  Roger, Janna,

We think that is all for now.  Thank you for your faithfulness to our church family.

Mid-May Connection

Greetings from the nice cool church office!  Here are some things to keep you in the loop of what is happening at UCN.

Our next WISH Gathering will be this Saturday at 9:00 in Veno Hall.  All ladies are invited – check your email for an update from Cindy.  Deb Baya will be talking about the exciting business adventure she has taken on!  Feel free to bring a snack to share – coffee will be ready 🙂

Sunday worship begins at 10:00.   Great music from our choir, singing, prayer and praise opportunities and Pastor Kevin preaching.  Kids Connection and Nursery are in place too.  Only thing missing is you – we would love to see you!

Our Under 40 Group will be meeting following worship this Sunday the 21st! Grab coffee and a snack and head down to the nursery for our second to last session of our study!

Sunday evening is the next Meetinghouse Concert – 6:00pm with Tribute Quartet.  A fun and energetic group that you don’t want to miss!  Tickets are available at the door.

We were blessed to have John Papirio, the Young Life Area Director as our guest preacher last week.  He mentioned the need for teens from Norwood to have access to scholarships to be able to come to summer camp, as the cost is $725, which includes transportation, meals, lodging, and an amazing array of activities at Saranac Village Young Life Camp.  Teens have what’s known as “the best week of your life” where all of the wild fun is wrapped up in the love of Christ as they build friendships with their peers, and stronger mentoring relationships with their area leaders.  Thousands of kids have started a relationship with Jesus while at Young Life camp.  If you wish to donate, checks can be made to the church with “Young Life Camp” in the memo.  Thanks for your prayer and support for this important mission to area teens!  For a glimpse of what a week of camp is like- check out this video! Young Life Saranac Village Promo For more into about the mission of Young Life, feel free to get in touch with Meg Nelson faithfulmeg@yahoo.com!

A reminder that all Kids Connection Volunteers need to have their responses for next year’s involvement by Sunday the 21st by handing in the form you received, calling, or emailing Meg. We’re so grateful for this important service to help our families grow in their faith!  If you’re curious about helping out, don’t hesitate to contact Meg!

This week’s Family Connection Notes are focused on helping families find ways to integrate faith into everyday life with practical tips and a great digital resource for parents! Even if you don’t have young ones at home anymore, check this out so you know how to support and encourage our families! United Kids Connection!

Your help is needed in a few areas:

Dot Cook schedules the ushers and greeters for each Sunday.  We need some additional volunteers to fill in some of the empty spaces.  This is an easy and yet important way you can get involved. Also, a good way to put names to faces!   Please give the office a call or speak to Janna for details.  Commitment time:  15-20 minutes on a Sunday morning

We could use one person to write to our Compassion Child via regular mail.  Commitment time:  about 10 minutes a month

COFFEE TIME SUPPORT:
Coffee time set-up:  Commitment time:  about a half hour on Sunday morning
Coffee time snacks:  Commitment time:  pick up something at the store when you are already doing your shopping 🙂 and drop off in the church kitchen

Coffee time clean-up: Commitment time:  about a half hour after coffee time

How can you help?  These are all very doable task that we really need help with.

COMING SOON:

On Sunday, June 4th we will be recognizing all the kind gifts that have been offered toward the renovation of Veno Hall in memoriam of Pastor Bill.  A special coffee time is being planned.

Casual question and discussion time  regarding affiliation with the EFCA will also be on Sunday, June 4th later during coffee time.

June 11th – Children’s Sunday: We’ll be recognizing our kids as they move up into new phases of school! Moving into elementary, into high school, and our graduates!

Serving on Sunday:
Greeters:  Bob & Mary
Ushers:  Marie P., Bev A
Kids:  Shannon, Meg, Barbara, Roger
Coffee Set-up:  Laurie A.
Snacks:  Please considering bringing something to share!
Clean-up: Please consider taking a few moments to help in the clean-up after coffee time!

 
 We think that is all for now.  Please be in touch with any need that we can help you with!

Pre-Mothers’ Day Connection

Hi everyone, hope you are having a great week!  Here are the things to keep in mind over the next days and weeks.

Moms & Tots – Saturday at 11am at Meg’s Home in Foxboro, bring a snack to share and feel free to pack a lunch!

Sunday is Mother’s Day!  Be sure and remember those special ladies in your life in some way – they will certainly appreciate it 🙂   Sunday worship begins at 10.  We would love to see you!  Pastor Kevin will be here but John Papirio, the Young Life Director for this area will be speaking.  Young Life meets here on Monday evenings – so this is a great opportunity to put a face to a name!  Great music, a time for prayers and praises, terrific music from our choir and fellowship with your church family and friends.  Kids Connection and Nursery are both in place for the young ones.

During coffee time, the WISH group will continue their tradition of our Mother’s Day Bake Sale.  The WISH group will be offering an array of  delicious treats for purchase.  Maybe take some home with you as well?  The Bake Sale is offered in lieu of our regular snacks.  Beverages will be available as usual.    Please come prepared to support this fundraising activity!  All proceeds will benefit our church ministries.

Did you notice the new window treatments in Veno Hall?  Be sure and take a look!  You should also see we have new bulletin boards as well.  MINISTRY TEAMS are reminded to update your boards soon.  Check out the WISH board from Cindy Rudolph for inspiration!

Reminder to all Kids Connection & Nursery Volunteers:  Please RSVP for the team lunch-date on Saturday the 20th by Wednesday the 17th.  Also, a reminder that filled out response forms for next year’s ministry team roster need to be returned to Meg by next Sunday the 21st.  If you’re interested in helping out during the 2017-2018 school year, contact Meg as well by leaving a message in the church office or emailing faithfulmeg@yahoo.com.

This week’s family connection update is this month’s tip on engaging kids in church, as well as links to two articles.  One is an encouragement to parents of little ones as they bring their kids to church, and the other shares some practical tips on how to help kids of all ages.  Even if you don’t have little ones of your own, take a look so you know how to best support our young families here at church! United Kids Connection! 

 

Young Life meets on Monday evening at 7:27 on the top floor.  Meg frequently posts videos during this time. Check them out on FB – good to see a large crowd of kids!

Serving Sunday:
Kids:  Meg, Silpa, Melanie
Coffee Set-up (beverages only) – I can get this started tomorrow
Coffee Clean-up: Please consider taking some time to help the clean up crew!
Snacks:  Remember to come prepared to support the WISH Bake Sale which will be available during coffee time!

End of April Connection

Hope you are having a great week!  Rumor has it the rain is behind us and a warm weekend is just around the corner!  Please plan on putting Sunday worship into your plans – we’d love to see you!

Sunday worship begins at 10:00 in the sanctuary.   Pastor Kevin will be sharing his message, the choir will be singing, Chris will be back at the piano and you can participate in singing and sharing of praises and prayers.  Kids Connection and Nursery care are in place. Coffee time follows in Veno Hall.

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

We need a volunteer to write to our Compassion Child, Kevin.  We have a volunteer writing to him via email but would love to have someone send him letters via regular mail as well.  This involves about 5 minutes of your time every month. Please give this some thought and if you can help out, that would be great!  Give the office a call for more details.

Thanks to everyone who helped out and supported the Meetinghouse Concert on Sunday evening! It was a great night of wonderful music, the church was full, blessings abounded!  The next concert is May 21st featuring Tribute Quartet.

Please contact the church office if you have any updates to your contact information.  There are also forms you may use on the Resource Table in the Welcome Center.

 
Have you ever considered what role you can play in impacting the lives of the younger generations in our church?  Below are a few ways you can help: Contact Meg at faithfulmeg@yahoo.com with any questions you might have!
*Kids Connection Leader/Helper:  We are looking for 3 people who can be part of our rotation, Curious about what it looks like? Take a week to check it out this spring before you make a decision!
*Nursery Care Volunteers: We could use 4 more people to add to our nursery rotation on Sunday mornings.  Again, if it’s something you’re curious about, check it out for a week before you decide!

*Care Buddies: We have been hoping to launch a program where kids have healthy connections to other caring adults in the church through prayer, notes, and other encouragement!

COMING SOON:
Mother’s Day WISH Bake Sale during coffee time on May 14th
Administrative Team Meeting on May 15th

Serving Sunday:
Greeters:  Buki & George
Ushers:  Donna & Russ
Kids:  Meg, Debby S., Sharon
Coffee Set-up:  Consider stopping by early to help with set-up!
Coffee Clean-up:  Cindy R.
Snacks:  Janna- consider bringing something to share as well!

Short and sweet and to the point this week 🙂  Hope to see you on Sunday. Thanks for taking the time to read thought this.  And thank you for your ongoing support of this church community.