Weekly Announcements

Announcements for the week of August 31, 2014

Haydenville Congregational Church

News, Calendar and Weekly Announcements

1. Welcome Visitors!  If you are new to us, please fill out the colorful “strippy thing” tucked in your Bulletin to let us know you were here! These can be given to Pastors Andrea or Chris, placed in the offering plate. PLEASE CUT TO THE FRONT OF THE HUG LINE after Church.  We want to meet you, and the Hug Line can be over- whelming. Please come right up and cut in line and tell us who you are. Truly. We want to meet you!

2. Fellowship Hour Food Here is the lineup for folks to bring goodies for Coffee Hour. You only need to help set up the Coffee Hour goodies before Church and clean up (rinse dishes and fill the dishwasher, return dishes and glasses to cabinets and wipe down tables) at the end of Coffee Hour. Thank you!  Today: L, M; Next Week: N, O, P, Q, R (the fellowship calendar goes by last names.)

3. RALLY DAY is Next Sunday, Sept. 7th. A Sunday not to miss! Rally Day begins with a festive Continental Buffet Breakfast at 9 AM. Also from 9 AM to 10 AM we’ll be registering young ones for Children’s Church and Youth Group. Also, makes sure you pick up your New Directory — we have reserved a copy just for you.  Children’s Church classes begin and we launch the new Church year! We love Rally Day!!!!!!

4. Haydenville Congregational Church Sermons-to-Go!  Listen to the Good News from Haydenville Congregational Church UCC on your iPod, mp3 Player, or on your computer! Podcasts are free, downloadable audio recordings. New “episodes” are “posted” weekly. Presently, we are Podcasting our sermons, but future episodes could include other events. How Do I Listen? The Podcast episode can be downloaded to a portable mp3 player, or you can listen to it on your computer from the websites below. To find our Podcasts, you can go to http://haydenvilleucc.podbean.com/ or listen on our website: haydenvillechurch.org. If you use Apple’s iTunes music management program, open up the iTunes store and enter “Haydenville” in the search field. To download the iTunes program for free, visit: http://www.apple.com/itunes/. You can then “subscribe” to our Podcast, and episodes will be downloaded automatically! Contact Chris for more information!

5. Blue Moon Sunday is TODAY and our Church will be serving dinner at the Cathedral in the Night worship service. Cathedral in the Night is an ecumenical service held in front of First Churches on Main Street, Northampton every Sunday night. Many low-income, and homeless attend.Make sandwiches for the dinner following today’s worship service and join us for the Cathedral in the Night service at 5:00 in front of First Churches and help serve dinner afterwards.

Help finish a new accessible trail along the Fort River in Hadley. Join us TODAY to help with trail work for a new, handicapped-accessible trail that covers about 1.2 miles along the Fort River off Moody Bridge Road, winding through grasslands, wetlands, and forest. Meet during coffee hour or meet at the site, 69 Moody Bridge Road in Hadley. We’ll be working from 12:30 until 2:30. See Joanne Morgan for more information.

6. Come Get Blessed! Sunday, September 7-Rally Day!
Pastor Chris will be offering a special ‘Blessing of the Backpacks’ during our worship service! Students of any age are encouraged to bring objects that will help them transition into the new year–stuffed animals, blankets, journals, computers, and of course backpacks! Let’s start our school year with the power of God’s blessing!

7. PLAY PIANO NOW! Can you learn to play a famous melody on the piano in five minutes? Jeff Olmsted has several children and adults from our community taking piano classes with him. He will be giving a presentation about the Simply Music method after church on Rally Day (Sept. 7) and again on September 21 at noon in the sanctuary. The presentation lasts about 45 minutes, and is suitable for children and adults.

8. Read. Pray. Don’t Eat. Whoops! We announced that folks could bring a bag lunch and eat during our new Haydenville Church Book Group co-led by Pastor Andrea and Rev. Peter Ives, but that was a false rumor. We can read, meet, and pray, but we cannot eat! We’ll gather the first Wednesday of every month beginning September 3, 2014. The sessions will be held from 12:45 to 2 PM in the Watson Room, Forbes Library, Northampton. The first book we are reading is Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber. Need more information? See Andrea or Peter

9. Pastor Andrea’s New Office Hours! Pastor Andrea is holding “office hours” outside her office! Find her every Thursday in the café section of Sylvester’s Restaurant (come in main door, turn right). Pastor Andrea is there at a table from 9:30 to 11 AM every Thursday morning. Drop by to say hello, she’ll happily buy you a cup of coffee. And yes (if you want) we’ll even pray! See you at Sylvester’s!

10. Bible Study for Beginners! Pastor Andrea will hold a six-week Bible Study Course for those who scratch their heads with wonder when asked: who wrote the Bible and when? Why do we call the Old Testament the Hebrew Scriptures? What is the Apocrypha? What are the Epistles? If you find the Bible baffling, this course may be for you. We’ll look at the “sweep of the Bible” from Genesis to Revelation. All questions honored. Welcoming, basic and fun. The less you know, the more you’ll learn! Classes will be held Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:45 PM in the Church Dining Room beginning on September 10th.

11. BAPTISM BY IMMERSION~We are delighted to announce that Susan Sachs will be baptized by full immersion in the Mill River on Saturday, Sept. 6th at 10 AM. The congregation is not only invited but needed to stand on the banks and sing to Susan and bless her. (Wear bug repellant!) To find us: park on/near the corner of Washington St. and James Ave. (across from Autumn Inn, down the street) in Northampton. Walk down the path to the river that is right at that corner. We will have “greeters” to welcome you and point the way. (All ordained clergy in our Church are invited to wade into the water with Pastor Andrea and bless Susan when she rises from the third dunk!). Everyone is invited to a reception following the baptism at the home of Gloria Ayvazian, 3 James Ave.

12. Office hours for Margie Serkin, our Church Bookkeeper and Administrator, are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 1- 6:00 pm.

13. We have a bus for the People’s Climate Change March! We will depart from Northampton H.S. at 7:00 AM (lots of parking) and 7:30 from J.M. Greene Hall. We will return to those sites at 10:00 PM. We have 40 signed up with room for more. Price is $25 for a round trip ticket- $15 for low income. We will be in company with two other bus loads of people at those pick up sites – more fellowship and enthusiasm!

We are going to start our fun with a banner making party, here at the church. September 11 at 5:30 PM. Carol B. is getting that set up. A great chance to be God’s hands and feet! I’ll bet we even sing!

14. September Featured Climate Actions
Fall is a great time to make new beginnings. The suggestions below can get you re-focused on ways you can fight climate change! These featured actions are brought to you by the Climate Action Group of the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence and are also circulated at the Haydenville Congregational Church, the Co-op Power newsletter, and on the website of Climate Action Now, where an archive of past monthly actions is also available.

A. Personal: Set a specific goal to lower your electric bill next month. If you’re a National Grid customer, you receive a monthly report comparing your electric consumption to that of comparable neighbors. Try for a better ranking! Set a specific target for next month and work toward it by reducing your use.

B. Community: September would be a great time to try organizing carpools for getting the kids to school. Better yet, use the school bus if one is available! Motivate all parents to not idle their cars while waiting to pick up their children. Or bike to school together!

C. State/National/Global:Go to the People’s Climate March peoplesclimate.org in NYC on Sept. 21! Send to U.N leaders a strong message that there is vast public support for immediate and substantial measures to slow the disastrous trajectory we’re on. To sign up for one of several buses from the Pioneer Valley, go to www.gotoclimatemarch.org.  You can indicate which location you prefer to depart from and who you want to travel with. Train info will be coming soon on this site too.

D. Inform yourself: Read the compelling “Risky Business” report from June this year that tallies the economic impact of climate change in the US by economic sector and by region. Commissioned by influential business leaders and bipartisan former government officials, this economic analysis might have a chance to sway Congress to act on a carbon tax. Full Risky Business report: http://riskybusiness.org/

15. Youth Group Classroom Assistants~ Youth in Grades six and up are invited to help out as Classroom Assistants in Children’s Church on Sunday mornings. Families must sign their youth up with Joanne Morgan ahead of time to assure a spot as a Classroom Assistant. Contact Joanne at (857) 389-2859 or joannemorgan28@gmail.com or speak with her in Coffee Hour.

16. The A2A Committee thanks all who responded so generously to our call to re-stock the pantry. We still need canned fruit, breakfast foods and unscented soaps, shampoos and detergent. Also, REMEMBER there is a clipboard hanging on the side of the pantry shelves where you can write down what you need.

17. Jackie Cloonan will be holding Grounds Volunteer Hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2 – 6 pm. See Jackie for details.

18. Be sure to pick up or download your September copy of CrossCurrents. If you are new to us and would like to take a newsletter home, please see Pastor Andrea or Richard Spencer, we have one for you.

19. Grant us the Peace that we seek.

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