Early April Connection

Good Morning,  Hope you are having a good week!  Here are some of the things to keep in mind over the next days.  As we enter Holy Week, there are additional services to be aware of.  Make special note of those.

Moms and Tots Saturday group will meet at Meg’s home in Foxboro at 11am, pack a lunch, and bring a snack to share! There’s a change in the April Calendar (Meg’s whoopsie!) the Thursday Moms & Tots will be the 27th, not the 20th as printed in the church calendar.

Young Life Capernaum is Young Life’s ministry to teens with disabilities, and it will be sponsoring its annual Talent Night here at the church this Saturday, April 8th. The goal is to raise money for the camp scholarship fund for teens with disabilities and their high school peer mentors/buddies to go to summer camp in Virginia. Tickets are $5.  This is a fun night where our typical Young Life High School teens, Capernaum teens, Wyld Life Middle Schoolers, and Young Life leaders all come together for a great celebration, it would be great to see our church well represented as a host location!

As we enter Holy Week, we have several opportunities for you to take part in.  The first is this Sunday which is Palm Sunday.  A wonderful service is being planned – be sure to be here!  Wonderful singing, special music from our choir, Meg & Rachel singing at the offertory, message from Pastor Kevin, handing out of palms, Kids Connection and coffee time.  There is also a little one being baptized on Sunday.  Sounds like a full morning!  Please note that Communion will not be offered this Sunday but will be served at the Maundy Thursday service which is on April 13th at 7:00 in the sanctuary.  This is a quieter meaningful time when we remember the last Passover which Christ had with the disciples.  I have heard many comments that this Maundy Thursday Service is one of the most meaningful times in our church.  Set aside this evening to be here. The sanctuary will be open from 6:00-7:30pm on Good Friday evening for a time of prayer.  This is another time to spend in a quiet place and reflect upon the events leading up to Easter.

Don’t forget…look for the Easter plant donation insert in your bulletin this Sunday!  Plants are $12.00 and can be given in memory or honor of a loved one.

Young Life meets on Monday evening at 7:27 on the top floor.  Meg has videos of Young Life activities on the  church FB page – check them out!

Kids Connection Palm Sunday & Easter:  We will be offering Kids Connection and Nursery care on our holiday/summer timeline, where kids and little ones may be dismissed to the kids space during the hymn before the sermon, and picked up there immediately following the end of the service.  We want families to celebrate these special days in the life of the church together, and will also have special story and craft time for our elementary aged kids each week!

Looking ahead a bit…

WISH Gathering – we are looking forward to the ladies helping out with doing some of the set-up for the Easter Sunrise Breakfast!   We may also lend a hand with the decorations for Easter Sunday in the sanctuary.

APRIL 16th  – EASTER SUNDAY begins at 6:30am with our Sunrise Service across from the church on the town Common.  This is a casual (and often cold time 🙂 when we recall the empty tomb and resurrection of Christ.  Come dressed warm and comfortably!  Following the Sunrise Service we will be heading to the Fellowship Hall here to enjoy a hot pancake breakfast!  This is a great time to invite your friends!  Meg prepared wonderful handouts that were in last Sunday’s bulletin.  Look for them this week as well…don’t keep them though, hand out to your family and friends!  Breakfast should finish up by about 8:15 leaving you plenty of time to get home and freshen up before Easter worship at 10:00.  Be sure and STOP by the table in the narthex and sign-up for where you might be able to help out with breakfast!

Check out the bulletin board in the Welcome Center for details on the Meetinghouse Concerts beginning here later this month.  First up is The Dixie Echoes on April 23rd at 6:00pm.

I hope you have noticed the sprucing up of many of the church areas!  A LOT of painting is being done.  Take a walk down towards the offices.  Things are looking much brighter!  As we get rooms and spaces freshened up, please do your part and keep those areas neat!  Sometimes an empty clean space seems like a good spot to leave things – please don’t do that!  If you are involved in a ministry and use an area, please be sure it is left clean and neatened up for the next person who goes in there!  Thanks for your help.  Also, another reminder to not leave any unopened foods anywhere in the church.  There are plastic containers in the kitchen that can be used as needed.

SERVING SUNDAY:
Greeter:  Dottie Cotter
Ushers: Rich Carter & Steve Carter
Kids:  Meg, Deb B., Carolyn, Melanie

Coffee Time: Please Consider coming b a bit early to help set up, bringing a snack with you to share, or staying after to help clean up!

 

Here’s a link to a video of the new worship song we’ll be singing on Sunday, give it a listen so you’re ready to sing along with a heart of praise! Hosanna- Praise is Rising

 

That is all for now – looking forward to seeing you on Sunday morning!

Almost April Connection!

Hi everyone, So it doesn’t sound like “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb” is going to apply this year!  Stay safe and warm and wait for Red Sox Opening Day next week 🙂  In the meantime, please keep these things in mind.

Sunday worship begins at 10:00.  A wonderful time to put aside the cares of the week and find some rest and encouragement in worshipping together.  Uplifting music, encouraging message from Pastor Kevin and a time for prayers and praises.  Volunteers are in place for Kids Connection and Nursery Care.  Please note that Communion will not be offered this Sunday, April 2nd.  Communion will be served at our Maundy Thursday service on April 9th.

As Pastor mentioned last Sunday, we are having an Easter Sunrise service (April 16th) at 6:30am at the gazebo across from the church on the town common.  This will be followed by breakfast here at the church at 7:15am.  We hope you will want to be a part of this tremendous outreach to our friends and neighbors here in Norwood.  Please see the sign-up sheets on the table as you enter the sanctuary!  Join in and be a part of this time as we celebrate the empty tomb and our risen Lord.  We will also have our Easter Celebration worship service at the regular 10:00am time on Easter.

There will be 2 other opportunities during Holy Week.  A Maundy Thursday service at 7:00pm on April 13th and a time for Prayer and Reflection on Good Friday, April 14th from 6:00-7:00pm in the sanctuary.    It’s important to remember the days and events that lead up to Easter.  Please plan now to come to one or both of these services.

Young Life Capernaum is Young Life’s ministry to teens with disabilities, and it will be sponsoring its annual Talent Night here at the church Saturday April 8th. The goal is to raise money for the camp scholarship fund for teens with disabilities and their high school peer mentors/buddies to go to summer camp in Virginia. Tickets are $5.  This is a fun night where our typical Young Life High School teens, Capernaum teens, Wyld Life Middle Schoolers, and Young Life leaders all come together for a great celebration, it would be great to see our church well represented as a host location!

“Facing Darkness”, the movie is being shown tonight in Braintree and Framingham locations at 7:00pm  Facing Darkness – In Select Cinemas March 30 & April 10

We are very excited to once again be hosting Meetinghouse Concerts!  Please be sure and check out the bulletin board in the Welcome Center for all the details.  The first concert will be on Sunday, April 23rd at 6:00pm featuring The Dixie Echoes.  Experience the joy of these evenings and be blessed by the wonderful message and harmonies of these groups!

I know you are all familiar with our Faith Seeds ministry.  A word of CONGRATULATIONS  to Deb Eagles who has just completed correcting and commenting on her 500th lesson for Faith Seeds!  W O W!    Deb has done an outstanding job offering support and encouragement for these incarcerated women.  Deb also volunteered to send the certificates of completion to the women who have successfully completed an entire study.  Great job!

There will be an insert in your bulletin on Sunday if you are interested in contributing a plant for Easter Sunday.  Cost is $12.00 – details on the insert.

We are looking for  gently used adult backpacks for our Blessing Bags ministry, they can be dropped off in the Ruth Room on the lower level of the church.  These bags are filled with supplies and given to women in transitional housing situations.  This is a wonderful opportunity to share the love of Christ in a practical way!

Serving on Sunday:
Greeter:  Barbara Sulfaro
Ushers:  Dottie Cotter, Barbara Sweeny
Kids:  Marie, Meg, Barbara, Silpa,
Coffee Time:  Please consider stopping by a bit early, bringing a goodie to share, or staying after to help with clean up!

That is all for now – see everyone on Sunday!

End of March Connection

Hello! Hope you are looking forward to a restful weekend after a busy week.   Plan to include church in your weekend plans!  Please keep these things in mind over the coming days and weeks.

Saturday morning at 9:30 is the next Women’s Book Study meeting.  Gather in the Ruth Room across from the office.  Please read Chapter 4 in your book in preparation.

Sunday morning worship begins at 10:00.  Looking forward to seeing many of you at that time!  Last Sunday we were treated to wonderful, uplifting and sacred music from our choir and a special guest trumpet player.  What a blessing!  A special word of thanks to Steve for his leadership in the choir!    Sunday worship is a great jumping off point for the week ahead.  Please  be here as we spend time together in prayer, praise, music and hear an encouraging message from Pastor Kevin.  Kids Connection and Nursery are both in place for the little ones.  Coffee time follows in Veno Hall.  We will be looking for you 🙂

Council members are reminded of the meeting on Monday evening at 7:00 in the Council Room.

Young Life also meets on Monday evening at 7:27.  Meg has been posting some great videos of Young Life fun times from Monday’s get-togethers!  Check with Meg on how you can see those.

Thank you to those who have dropped off grocery gift cards in the past few weeks.  This is an ongoing need.  If you are interested in helping out with this, $25.00 gift cards to Shaws or Big Y are appreciated.

 

Young Life Capernaum is Young Life’s ministry to teens with disabilities, and it will be sponsoring its annual Talent Night here at the church Saturday April 8th. The goal is to raise money for the camp scholarship fund for teens with disabilities and their high school peer mentors/buddies to go to summer camp in Virginia. Tickets are $5.  If you or someone you know might be interested in sponsoring the event through an advertisement in the event program, contact Meg Nelson at faithfulmeg@yahoo.com by March 26th.  There’s quarter page ads starting at $25, half page ads at $50, and full page ads for $100.   This is a fun night where our typical Young Life High School teens, Capernaum teens, Wyld Life Middle Schoolers, and Young Life leaders all come together for a great celebration, it would be great to see our church well represented as a host location!

Did you hear the news?  Did you get the word?  We will be sponsoring an Easter Sunrise Service on Easter morning (April 16th) at 6:30 right across from the church on the Norwood Common!  If you have never been to a Sunrise Service, you want to plan now on being there.  No need to get all dressed up in your Easter best!  Roll out of bed and come and share in this special time as we celebrate the empty tomb.  And to make it even better, we will be having breakfast here at the church!  Hot coffee, pancakes, eggs and I’m pretty sure bacon may be on the menu!  Yippee!    These activities don’t happen magically though – we need your help to make this a successful outreach to our community.  We will also need help with serving breakfast and with clean-up.   The ladies from WISH have volunteered to get the tables set, the day before.  THANK YOU!  Here is the time frame.  Sunrise Service at 6:30am; Breakfast begins at the church at about 7:15; Clean-up begins at about 8:15.  This leaves plenty of time to still be here for Easter Celebration worship at 10:00.  This is all going to be publicized in a variety of ways BUT the best publicity is you!  Mention this to your friends, people you work with or run into at the store.  Word of mouth is the best advertisement.  Look for the sign-up sheet  in the coming weeks.  I will leave it on the table in the narthex as you come into the sanctuary.  You can also contact the office if you have any questions or want to volunteer to help out.  THANK YOU!

We are looking forward to hosting the Southern Gospel Concerts this year!  The “go-to” spot for information will be the bulletin board in the Welcome Center.  The first concert is not until Sunday, April 23rd.  Concerts are at 6:00pm.  Tickets are available at the door and are also able to be purchased ahead of time.  Watch the bulletin board for details.

Look for an insert in next Sunday’s bulletin regarding Easter flowers for the sanctuary.

Serving on Sunday:
Greeters:  George & Buki
Ushers:  Bev A. & Marie P-L
Kids:  Meg, Angela, Sharon, Silpa
Coffee Set-up:  Laurie
Coffee Clean-up : Please consider taking a few moments  to help with clean-up!
Snacks:  Janna, Elyse

We think that is enough for now,  looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!

St. Patrick’s Day Connection

Hi everyone, Hope you are having a great week!  The “blizzard” was a little bit of a surprise but Spring is just about here.  And for those of you in the area, Bubbling Brook opens next week –  always a good sign!

Saturday morning at 9:00 is the next WISH Gathering.  Some business, some fun, some work! About a dozen of us went to the Chocolate Party fundraiser for BLOOM last Saturday – I expect some of our time will be chatting about that ministry.  WISH is always an enjoyable time for women of all ages.  Ladies, check your email for updates from Cindy.  Everyone welcome!

Sunday morning worship is at 10:00.  We hope that you can plan  now to set aside this time to be here with your church family.  Wasn’t the music last Sunday great!  It promises to be equally great this Sunday!  Our choir, led by Steve, will be singing twice with a guest trumpeter, Rachel leads our Praise Team and Chris’ piano and organ music is such a blessing!  A time for your prayer concerns and praises, Kids Connection and coffee to follow.

From Pastor Kevin:  What is a mystery? I don’t mean a mystery in the way of a mystery novel. Nor do I mean mystery in the sense in which a researcher looks for the causes of cancer. I mean mystery as in a mystery of faith. In the ninth chapter of the gospel of John – the Scripture for this Sunday’s sermon – the disciples ask Jesus to explain the blindness of a wretched beggar: “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind?” Hearing Jesus response allows us explore the meaning of faith mysteries in our own lives. See you on Sunday!

The Administrative Team will meet on Tuesday evening at 7:00.

Under 40 Discussion Group will meet this Sunday following worship at 11:30 in the nursery space so parents can come with their little ones.  We’ll have seating and an enhanced sound system for the video portion so we can hear over any noise of the little ones.  It’s great to connect together as friends and families on our faith journeys!

Moms and Tots will be meeting at the Walpole Mall Thursday the 23rd at the Barnes & Noble Cafe  to have some treats together, and then enjoy some time in the play area inside the mall.

A great chance to learn more about faith and family life is taking place at a neighboring church in Norfolk, with a great conference on Saturday March 25th, 9-12am, with childcare for kids ages 5 and younger.  Check out more into here: Faith at Home Weekend 2017 

Young Life Capernaum is Young Life’s ministry to teens with disabilities, and it will be sponsoring its annual Talent Night here at the church Saturday April 8th. The goal is to raise money for the camp scholarship fund for teens with disabilities and their high school peer mentors/buddies to go to summer camp in Virginia. Tickets are $5.  If you or someone you know might be interested in sponsoring the event through an advertisement in the event program, contact Meg Nelson at faithfulmeg@yahoo.com by March 26th.  There’s quarter page ads starting at $25, half page ads at $50, and full page ads for $100.   This is a fun night where our typical Young Life High School teens, Capernaum teens, Wyld Life Middle Schoolers, and Young Life leaders all come together for a great celebration, it would be great to see our church well represented as a host location!

Ladies involved in the Women’s Book Study are reminded of the next meeting on Saturday, March 25th at 9:30.  Please read Chapter #4 in preparation.

Local Operation Christmas Child volunteers will be hosting an “Afternoon of Celebration” to celebrate all that the Lord did through the ministry of Operation Christmas Child in 2016.  Learn how many shoeboxes were collected, locally, regionally and nationally and hear about other opportunities to serve!  This will be on Saturday, March 25th at 2:00pm at Heritage Park Baptist Church in Burlington.  I have more details in the office. Please see me with any questions. Sounds like a great afternoon!

Serving Sunday:
Greeters:  Bob, Linda
Ushers:  Barbara Sweeny, Dottie Cotter
Kids:  Meg, Shannon, Janna, Roger
Coffeetime:  Please consider coming early to set up, bringing a treat, or staying after to help clean up!

That’s about all we have for you today  – see you on Sunday!

Mid-March Connection

Here are some of the things to keep in mind as you move through the next days and weeks.

Saturday is a busy day!

Moms & Tots will be meeting at Meg’s house in Foxboro at 11am Saturday.  Pack a lunch, and bring a treat to share!

THE BLOOM Teen Challenge Chocolate Party Fundraiser begins at 2:00 in Wareham.  We have about a dozen women heading to this.  If you are interested in attending, give the office a call today and we can make those arrangements for you.  The cost is $25

Wyld Life middle school club will be meeting at 7pm Saturday at a family home in Walpole.  Contact Meg for info!

Don’t forget to Spring forward!  Change your clocks before you head to bed on Saturday night!

I am glad to say that Pastor Kevin and Sharon are home safe and sound!  It is good to have Pastor back in the office 🙂  Worship begins at 10:00 on Sunday.  I am sure Pastor is looking forward to seeing everyone.  Communion will be offered during worship.   This is also the Sunday that our Helping Hands collection is received.  You should remember that those funds are used at Pastor’s discretion to help those in need.  Look for the envelope in your Sunday bulletin.  Volunteers for Kids Connection and Nursery are in place for the little ones.

Council members are reminded of the important meeting this Sunday, March 12th, following worship.  Meet in the Welcome Center, please.

In the past weeks, I have mentioned the movie “Facing Darkness.”  This is the story of the Samaritan’s Purse associated physician who contracted Ebola while serving in Africa.  You may recall that God stepped in and performed a miracle and he was healed of this usual deadly virus.  The movie is being shown locally on March 30th.  Another theater has been added – and the movie will be shown at the Braintree Cinema at 7:00pm.  10 miles from church – this may make it easier for you.

Large print edition of Our Daily Bread have arrived.  This covers April – June.  If this is something you typically use, please pick up your copy on the Resource Tables.

There have been some changes in the Marion Rich Fund and how those funds will be dispersed.  For now, please have your requests for reimbursement into the office by Wednesday, March 15th.  I will keep you posted as I am aware.  Please plan on keeping to the same schedule as last year.  Request need to be in the office by March 15th, June 15th, September 15th and November 30th.

Ladies!  Please keep in mind that our next WISH Gathering will be on Saturday, March 18th at 9:00 in Veno Hall.  Check your email for details from Cindy!

 

As we continue our Kids Connection Offering Collection to raise money to get supplies for St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children; kids will be getting collection jars this Sunday to take home and use during the season of Lent and the early weeks of Eastertide to collect spare change each day, and return on April 30.  Can’t make it this week?  Feel free to decorate a jar of your own at home, or ask Meg to mail you some supplies to make one!

The next Under 40 Discussion Group will be March 19 following worship, in the nursery space, bring down your goodies from coffee time, we’ll have seating for the adults, enhanced sound for the video, all while in a kid-friendly space!

Please take notice of those who have been missing from church in the past weeks!  We have many that are going through various illnesses and other concerns.  A call or card would certainly brighten their days!

Serving on Sunday:
Greeter:  Barbara Sulfaro
Ushers:  Rich Carter, Steve Carter, Dottie Cotter
Kids:  Shannon, Meg, Marie, Scott, Jenna, Melanie
Coffee Set-up:  Joanna & Elsa
Coffee Clean-up: Cindy R.
Snacks:  Roger, Elyse

We think that is all for now – change those clocks and see you on Sunday!

Early March Connection

Greetings! We hope these updates find you well!  As always, if you need anything from the office, don’t hesitate to contact us!

For those of you who were here last Sunday, I am sure you were blessed by meeting Ben & Olivia Ruhl.  I hope you took the time to greet them during coffee.  Ben’s message was from 1 Thessalonians and focused on how we should live after meeting Christ.  This Sunday, Ben will be with us once again and continue that theme.  I hope you will be here!  Communion will not be offered this Sunday, but Communion Sunday will be next Sunday, the 12th. Kids Connection and our usual coffee time are both in place for this Sunday.

Young Life starts up again on Monday evening at 7:27 on the top floor.  Do you know of a high schooler who could benefit from some great friends and encouraging times?  .  Speak with Meg if you have any questions.

The BLOOM (Teen Challenge) fund raiser will be next Saturday, March 11th in Wareham.  We have quite a few ladies going to this.  We would love for you to join us!  Tickets are $25.00  Please give me a call in the office if you need details.

Also on March 11th...Moms and Tots at 11:00am at Meg’s home and  WYLD Life Middle School Club at 7:00 in Walpole.  See Meg for details on both of these times.

COUNCIL MEMBERS:  There will be a brief meeting of the Council, NEXT Sunday, March 12th following worship.  Get your coffee and meet in the Welcome Center.  This meeting is going to address the Easter Sunrise Service and breakfast on April 16th.

You may have noticed that we have had many folks laid aside in the past month or 2 for a variety of health concerns.  As a result, we are short on folks able to both greet or usher.  Dot Cook does the scheduling for this and would welcome some new volunteers!  You are already going to be here so please help out!  Only requirement is to be here about 15 minutes prior to worship and smile !  Contact the office if you can help.

As we enter this Lenten season and approach Easter, there are many great books, devotionals (kids and adults), music etc. availablehttp://www.christianbook.com/  has regular weekly specials that are worth taking a look at.  There are many other resources as well.  Give the office a call and we can point you in the right direction.

Janna just received information on a Max Lucado study that you might want to consider.  You may know that Max is a best-selling Christian author who is a favorite of many.  His simple, practical approach to faith makes him easy to follow and enjoy!  Take a look at his free Lenten/Easter study at  churchsource.com/hechosethenails.  Looks great!

As we’ve mentioned, we have many people sick with colds, flu and other ailments.  Please keep your church family in prayer!  And if you notice someone hasn’t been around, give them a call and let them know they are missed!

If you weren’t able to join us for our Ash Wednesday Reflection, here’s a link with material provided to help us center our hearts in Christ as we enter into the season leading up to Holy Week.  There’s Scripture, prayers, song lyrics, and links to music- You’ll have to provide your own silence!  You can go through this material in one longer sitting, or over a few days.  Here’s the link: Ash Wednesday Reflection

Serving on Sunday:
Ushers:  Bob Russell, Marie Schuhmacher
Greeter:
Kids:  Shannon, Meg, Deb B., Carolyn, Debbie S.
Coffee Set-up:  Laurie
Coffee Clean-up: Please consider staying for a few moments to help clean up!
Snacks:  Janna & others

I think that is all for now.  Hope you enjoy your day! See you on Sunday!

Ash Wednesday Reflection

For those of you who aren’t able to attend the Ash Wednesday Reflection Time, here’s the music, scripture, and prayers that we used if you want to have a reflection time of your own using this material over the next few days!

Genesis 3:19 You will have to work hard and sweat a lot  to produce the food you eat. You were made out of the ground. You will return to it when you die. You are dust,  and you will return to dust.”

“Come as You Are”

Come out of sadness from wherever you’ve been, Come broken-hearted let rescue begin Come find your mercy O sinner come kneel, Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can’t heal (So) Lay down your burdens lay down your shame All who are broken lift up your face O wanderer come home You’re not too far So lay down your hurt lay down your heart Come as you are There’s hope for the hopeless And all those who’ve strayed Come sit at the table come taste the grace There’s rest for the weary Rest that endures Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can’t cure Come as you are Fall in His arms Come as you are There’s joy for the morning O sinner be still Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can’t heal

Ben Glover | David Crowder | Matt Maher © 2014 9t One Songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Ariose Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Inot Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) sixsteps Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Valley Of Songs Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) worshiptogether.com songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

Psalm 103:13-18 A father is tender and kind to his children. In the same way, the Lord is tender and kind to those who have respect for him. He knows what we are made of. He remembers that we are dust.  The life of human beings is like grass. People grow like the flowers in the field. When the wind blows on them, they are gone. No one can tell that they had ever been there. But the Lord’s love for those who have respect for him  lasts for ever and ever.Their children’s children will know that he always does what is right. He always loves those who keep his covenant. He always does what is right for those who remember to obey his commands.

Ash Wednesday Litany:   Most holy and merciful Father: We confess to you and to one another, and to the whole communion of saints in heaven and on earth, that we have sinned by our own fault in thought, word, and deed; by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven. We have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us. We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved your Holy Spirit.

Have mercy on us, Lord.

We confess to you, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness: the pride, hypocrisy, and impatience of our lives, Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation of other people, Our anger at our own frustration, and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves, Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and our dishonesty in daily life and work, Our negligence in prayer and worship, and our failure to commend the faith that is in us,

We confess to you, Lord.

Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done: for our blindness to human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty, For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us, For our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us,

Accept our repentance, Lord.

Restore us, good Lord, and let your anger depart from us; Favorably hear us, for your mercy is great. Accomplish in us the work of your salvation, That we may show forth your glory in the world. By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord,

Bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection.

SELAH- A holy pause in silent reflection

“Lord I Need You”

Lord I come I confess Bowing here I find my rest And without You I fall apart You’re the one that guides my heart Lord I need You oh I need You Ev’ry hour I need You
My one defense my righteousness Oh God how I need You Where sin runs deep Your grace is more Where grace is found is where You are And where You are Lord I am free Holiness is Christ in me Where You are Lord I am free Holiness is Christ in me So teach my song to rise to You When temptation comes my way And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You Jesus You’re my hope and stay

Christy Nockels | Daniel Carson | Jesse Reeves | Kristian Stanfill | Matt Maher © 2011 sixsteps Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Sweater Weather Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing Valley Of Songs Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) worshiptogether.com songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)

Joel 2:12-13 The Lord announces to his people, “Return to me with all your heart There is still time. Do not eat any food Weep and mourn.” Don’t just tear your clothes to show how sad you are. Let your hearts be broken. Return to the Lord your God. He is gracious. He is tender and kind. He is slow to get angry. He is full of love. He won’t bring his judgment. He won’t destroy you.

Prayer for the Human Family: O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

SELAH- A holy pause in silent reflection

“Mercy”

My past embraced My sin forgiven I’m blameless in Your sight My history rewritten ‘Cause You delight in showing mercyAnd mercy triumphs over judgment Oh love great love fear cannot be found in You And there will never be a day You’re uncertain of the ones You choose So I will awake and spend my days Loving the one who has raised me up From death to life from wrong to right You’re making all things beautiful

Amanda Cook | Steffany Frizzell Gretzinger © 2015 Bethel Music Publishing

Matthew 5:1-19 One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, 2 and he began to teach them. “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses those who mourn,  for they will be comforted. God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth. God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied. God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way. “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.  I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved. So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Prayer of St. Francis: Lord, make us instruments of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let us sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is discord, union;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy.

Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand;

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

SELAH

“Unashamed”  

I have not much to offer You Not near what You deserve But still I come because Your cross Has placed in me my worth O Christ my King of sympathy Whose wounds secure my peace Your grace extends to call me friend Your mercy sets me free And (yeah) I know I’m weak I know I’m unworthy To call upon Your name But because of grace Because of Your mercy I stand here unashamed I can’t explain this kind of love I’m humbled and amazed That You’d come down from heaven’s heights And greet me face to face Here I am at Your feet In my brokenness complete At Your feet I’m complete

Doug McKelvey | Jon Neufeld | Tim Neufeld © 2006 Birdwing Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Fieldstar Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Songs Only Dogs Can Hear (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.) 

Romans 5:1-11 Christ our Lord has done for us.  Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.  And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.  Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

A Prayer of Self-Dedication: Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to thee, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly thine, utterly dedicated unto thee; and then use us, we pray thee, as thou wilt, and always to thy glory and the welfare of thy people;

through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

SELAH

“Beautiful Things”

All this pain I wonder if I’ll ever find my way I wonder if my life could really change At all. All this earth Could all that is lost ever be found, Could a garden come up from this ground At all? You make beautiful things You make beautiful things out of the dust You make beautiful things You make beautiful things out of us All around Hope is springing up from this old ground Out of chaos life is being found In You You make me new You are making me new

Lisa Gungor | Michael Gungor © 2009 worshiptogether.com songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) 

Deuteronomy 6:4-6 “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.

Numbers 6:24-26 ‘May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.’

“Sanctuary”

Lord Prepare Me, to be a Sanctuary

Pure and Holy, Tried and True

With Thanksgiving, I’ll be a Living

Sanctuary, for You.

John W. Thompson | Randy Scruggs © 1982 Full Armor Publishing Company (Admin. by Peermusic III, Ltd.) Whole Armor Publishing Company (Admin. by Peermusic III, Ltd.)

May you all be blessed as we enter into the season of preparing our hearts for the work of Christ through the events of his last days, and the joy of the resurrection! 

Vacation Week Connection

Well, well, well, isn’t this a beautiful day!  Do we dare hope that winter is behind us and we can enjoy a long Spring season?   That would be wonderful!  In the meantime, please read through this weekly connection and see what is happening here at your church.

Are you planning now to be at church on Sunday?  Plan now to be with us at 10:00 and get the week ahead started with your church family!  As you know, Pastor Kevin is away and Ben Ruhl will be speaking for the next 2 Sundays.  Here is a little bio for Ben and his wife, Olivia. 

 

Ben and Olivia Ruhl are both in their final year at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Ben is the pastoral intern at Pepperell Christian Fellowship in Pepperell, Massachusetts, and Olivia serves at CareNet Crisis Pregnancy Center in Nashua, New Hampshire. They are both excitedly approaching the end of their degrees and looking forward to seeing what is next on their journey together.

Kids Connection continues with caring volunteers in place to help out with the younger ones during worship on Sunday mornings. 

Also on Sunday, we will have our Under 40 group meet following worship in the Nursery.  We’ll have more chairs and better audio for the video portion so we can have a great conversation while keeping the little ones with us! 

Wednesday March 1: The Sanctuary will be open from 6-7 for quiet reflection as we enter into the season of Lent, a time we prepare our hearts and minds for the events of Christ’s last days. This day, referred to as Ash Wednesday begins the time when Christians around the world devote 6 weeks to fasting or taking on new spiritual practices in order to fully embrace the observances of The Last Supper, Good Friday, and Resurrection Sunday as they approach.  This quiet time of reflection will be marked by listening to music, scripture readings, prayers, and moments of silence.  Come for just a few moments, or stay for the whole hour.

Last week the WISH group had the delight of hearing all about BLOOM, the new Teen Challenge home for younger girls.  The work they do is amazing! Today Marie S. brought in a wonderful article about Teen Challenge that was in the Sunday Globe.  I have posted that on the bulletin board near the Welcome Center.  Take a minute and read it!  Also, posted there is a flyer regarding a fundraiser for BLOOM happening on March 11th from 2-4 at the Wareham Marriott.  This is a Chocolate Garden Party – tickets are $25.00.  We have several people already attending.  Let me know if you are interested and we can be sure that you are seated with the UCN table!

Young Life for all high schoolers will start up again on Monday evening, March 6th at 7:27 up on the top floor.  Please speak to Meg if you have any questions.

Don’t forget…if you want to honor a special person or occasion in your life, you can provide the altar flowers for $30.  See the sign-up outside of the kitchen.  Following worship, you are welcome to take the flowers with you or drop them off to someone who would welcome them.

Looking Ahead:
March 12th – Communion  Sunday and Council Meeting following worship
March 18th – WISH Work Bee

Please remember to keep our Easter Sunrise Service and Breakfast in your prayers over the next month or 2.  What an opportunity to meet some of our neighbors and share Easter together!  There will be more details on this in the coming weeks.  Plan now to help out!

I have received several emails reminding me of the persecution of Christians around the world.  Please take a look at the Voice of the Martyrs website or pick up one of their magazines from the Resource Table for some stories that should prompt you to remember these folks in prayer.

Pastor & Sharon are away on a well-deserved vacation.  Please remember to pray for them as they travel and get some time for rest and renewal.

Serving Sunday:
Greeters:  George & Buki
Ushers:
Kids:  Shannon, Meg, Barbara, Melanie
Coffeetime:  Please come by early to help set up, bring a treat to share, or stay following worship to help clean up! 

I think that is enough for now – please let the office know if there is something we can help you with! 

Post-Valentines Connection!

Hi everyone,  Hope you are having a good day!  We’ve had a little bit of everything this week, but I hear rumors of 50 degrees on Sunday!  On to SPRING! Here are the things to keep in mind over the next days and weeks.

 

Saturday morning at 9:00 is the annual waffle breakfast at our WISH Gathering.  All ladies are invited!  We will be enjoying breakfast together and then hearing from the director of BLOOM which is the new home for young girls in the Teen Challenge program.  We have a long history of support with Teen Challenge in Providence and we are looking forward to learning more about the BLOOM program.  If you regularly attend WISH, please check your email for updates from Cindy!  We would love to see some new faces so if you would like to enjoy a morning out with a great breakfast, come by Veno Hall around 9:00. And ladies, feel free to bring a friend!

 

As Pastor mentioned last Sunday, he will be away this Sunday and Sharon will be preaching.  Our worship service begins at 10:00am and I hope to see you there.  I have a preview of Sharon’s message and I think it is going to be a great message that will be an encouragement for all of us.  Please try and be here!  Support Pastor Kevin in his absence by coming to church and supporting Sharon!  Kids Connection and Nursery are in place.  Coffee time follows in Veno Hall.

NEWS FROM MEG!

Our annual Family Date Time will take place this Sunday February 19th.  We’ll meet for lunch at the Papa Gino’s in the Walpole Mall.  From there there’s fun for all ages in the mall via the arcade, play area, and sweet treats in the Barnes & Noble Cafe.  This is a great time for families to have their own special group date in honor of Valentine’s Day, to kick off school vacation week! Please RSVP to Meg’s email (faithfulmeg@yahoo.com) by the end of the night on Friday so we know who to expect! 

 

Our next Under 40 Discussion Group will meet Feb. 26 after church in the Nursery so parents can attend with their little ones! The experiment worked fairly well this past week, so with some minor tweaks, we’ll be trying again! 


Just a reminder about winter weather considerations: 
If there are any schedule changes, it will be communicated on WCVB channel 5, Facebook, email, and with a voice message recording if you call the church office.  If Norwood Public Schools are closed for weather on a Wednesday, the Open Door meal is canceled. 

You don’t have to worry about missing out on getting spiritually fed! Don’t forget that everyone at UCN can have access to thousands of Christian Bible Study, conference sessions, youth and kids material to warm your heart in the cold through our Right Now Media subscription! If you need help activating your account, Meg is more than glad to help (Faithfulmeg@yahoo.com

 

Moms & Tots will get together on February 23rd at 11:00am at Meg’s home in Foxboro.  Please speak to Meg if you have any questions.

 

Also, from time to time I like to remind everyone that we have a CARE Team and a caring Pastor who like to be aware of any one in the congregation who is ill or having a difficult time in any way.  We certainly try to be respectful of privacy but if there is something you feel the Pastor or office should be aware of, please be in touch.  We assure you that all matters will be kept confidential.  Thanks for your help with this matter.

 
Serving on Sunday:
Greeter:  Steve Carter
Ushers:  Russ & Donna Wood
Kids: Marie, Meg,Roger, Janna
Coffeetime:  Please consider coming by early to help set up, bringing a treat to share, or staying after for set-up! 

 
That is all for now – see you Sunday!  And ladies – see you at the breakfast 🙂

Pre-Valentine’s Connection!

Hi everyone, It seems like winter is finally catching up to us!  Don’t lose heart –  we have lots of things happening at church to keep your mind off the weather… and we do indeed change those clocks 4 weeks from Saturday!  In the meantime,. make note of the things below that pertain to you.

Saturday:The Women’s Book Study will be POSTPONED until a later date! 

Saturday: Moms & Tots will meet at Meg’s home at 11:00am – see details below

Saturday: WYLD Life Middle School Club meets at 7:00PM – see details below

Sunday morning worship begins at 10:00.  Great music, time for prayer and praises, an encouraging message from Pastor Kevin and a time for coffee to follow.  Meg has her Kids Connection volunteers in place for kids of all ages.  We will be looking for you!

The “Under 40” discussion group meets at 11:30 downstairs in the Council Room.  Pick up your coffee and snack on your way.

Don’t forget…Tuesday is Valentine’s Day!

LADIES!  Keep an eye on your email for updates from Cindy regarding the WISH Gathering on February 18th.  We will be enjoying our annual waffle breakfast and hearing from the director of BLOOM which is the new Teen Challenge residence for young girls.  Mark your calendar and plan to be here for this fun time!

This month’s Moms & Tots groups will be Feb 11th and 23rd 11am at Meg’s home in Foxboro.

Wyld Life Middle School Club:  This great gathering is taking place earlier in the month taking February Vacation into account.  It will be taking place Saturday Feb. 11 at 7pm at a family home in Walpole- contact Meg for additional info.  This is an awesome experience for all in grades 6-8 to have a “wyld” (The YL is for Young Life) night of fun and making new friends!

Our Under 40 Discussion Group will meet following worship on February 12th, this change reflected the schedules of many of the participants.  We’ll also try to meet again on the 26th.

Our annual Family Date Time will take place Sunday February 19th.  We’ll meet for lunch at the Papa Gino’s in the Walpole Mall.  From there there’s fun for all ages in the mall via the arcade, play area, and sweet treats in the Barnes & Noble Cafe.  This is a great time for families to have their own special group date in honor of Valentine’s Day, to kick off school vacation week!

The Kids Team has been working towards starting a program we’re calling “Care Buddies”, where one adult is paired as a buddy for one child who’s connected to our church.  We need 2-3 more people to finally get this program off the ground!

Adult Care buddies send holiday and birthday cards, as well as occasional notes if a family hasn’t been able to attend church for a number of weeks.  They would commit to praying regularly for their buddy, and check in with the family occasionally for prayer requests.  Lastly, one or two times a year they would try to attend a sporting event, concert, school/club presentation, church meal/event, or go on an outing with another care buddy pairing to get some face time together.

This concept is vital to helping kids and families stay connected to our church families through the busy seasons of life.  Please contact Meg faithfulmeg@yahoo.com if you’d be interested in helping with this important effort!

Serving on Sunday:
Greeter:  Bob Russell
Ushers:  Bev Alty, Marie Pierre-Louis
Kids:  Meg, Angela, Scott, Jenna
Coffee time: Please help out with set-up, snack & clean-up as you are able

I think that is all for now – please be in touch with the church office if you have any concerns or questions!