Announcements for the week of March 9, 2014
Haydenville Congregational Church
News, Calendar and Weekly Announcements
As a welcoming congregation, all are encouraged to wear nametags!
1. FELLOWSHIP HOUR FOOD~~The following is the line-up for folks to bring goodies for Coffee Hour. The calendar goes by last name. Thank you for contributing to our famous Coffee Hour after Church each Sunday. When it is your week to bring food, you also help set up and clean up. Thank you! Today: W, X, Y, Z, and A, B, C March 16: D, E, F
2. FABULOUS SIX-CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICE AT FIRST CHURCHES IN NORTHAMPTON ON MARCH 2! Many (we don’t know exactly how many!!) of you were there, some folks think maybe 80+ of you. Here are the numbers we do know for sure: 492 people in the Sanctuary; 71 people in the Choir; 76 children in Children’s Church; 9 robed clergy; $2,300 raised for the Interfaith Cot Shelter Program (during the Offering).
3. A Message from Barbara Dreyer~~We are cleaning out rooms upstairs to rent for the summer and have some things that might be of use to people in the church:
* tubular blue metal cot and mattress, low to the ground and most useful as a temporary bed/guest
* dog/large cat gate for hallway, stairs
* medicine ball 4lbs and blow up exercise ball—they have not been opened.
Please see Barbara if you can use any of these items!
4. Hello Everyone! I am organizing meals for Becky Dimino and Mary Kate Farley.
I think the best method for this might be to have people bring freezable, re-heatable meals to church on Sunday, and to have a volunteer from the South Hadley contingent drop them off at Becky and Mary Kate’s home. I think perhaps 3 meals/week would be good, considering the ability to freeze and reheat left overs. If you are willing to drive meals from church to Becky and Mary Kate, let me know. If enough folks volunteer it may be that a volunteer would only need to drive them once. Thank you! Karen Guiel
5. ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING~~the Special UCC Mission Offering collected every year during LENT will be gathered after Church on March 30, 2014. Through ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING, lives are transformed through support that provides clean water, food, medicines, shelters, healthcare, education and disaster relief in the US and internationally. In 2012, the OGHS offering reached $2,504,369. And an additional $935,161 was received to support specific disaster efforts with one third designated to the Hurricane Sandy relief fund. Please bring cash or a check (made payable to our church with “OGHS” in the memo line) on March 30th to support this important special mission fund. We thank you in advance, Pastors Andrea and Chris.
6. BIG NEWS!!! Margie Serkin from Gilford, VT (soon to be from MA) has been hired as our new bookkeeper and she is wonderful. Skilled, smart, warm and experienced working in and for churches, she was our top choice and she said YES!! You will meet her soon!
7. We want to share our “I am the church” video online and we need your permission! If you or your child was in the video and you DO NOT want to be included when we post the video on the church website, please email Toby (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 21. If we don’t hear from you, we will assume you are happy to be included.
Thanks from your Stewardship Committee
8. COVENANT TO PRAY AND TO ACT~~As a person of faith aware daily of the chasm between rich and poor in this country and trying to be aware of the toll that poverty extracts from children, women, and men individually and as families, I have been thinking hard about how I can take these free-floating concerns and move them into action during Lent this year. I have decided that during Lent I will pray for poor people locally and globally and for an end to poverty, AND I will do something concrete to confront or combat poverty each and every day during the 40 days. I know I can and will pray with focus and intention each day, but I do not yet know what 40 things I will DO to end poverty. I am working now to make of list of 40 positive things I can do during Lent.
YOU are invited to join me. I will be praying and acting each day during Lent on this issue of poverty. Should you want to join me for ONE DAY during Lent, please sign up in my LENTEN DISCIPLINE COVENANT TO PRAY AND TO ACT book which will be on the Altar every single Sunday during Lent.
Just pick a day—the pages are all numbered with a date on them—and sign up. You can write what you might do on that day, but you certainly do not have to. You can just sign your name. Then I know that someone, like a prayer chain, will be praying and acting with me that day to end poverty. The Lenten Discipline COVENANT TO PRAY AND TO ACT book is now on the Altar, so please sign up for any day during Lent should you want to be a part of this contemplative and action-oriented Lenten discipline. I welcome your engagement on this journey with me. Love from Pastor Andrea
9. NOT SAFE FOR CHURCH!! Our choir director Jeff Olmsted has written a lot of songs that are all wrong for Sunday morning. You can hear some of them on Sunday afternoon, March 16 at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, at 2 p.m. Jeff will be joined by Susan Farrell, Marcia Gomes and Julie Olmsted.
10. EXPLORING MEMBERSHIP~~New Class Series starting TODAY! Would you like to talk with others who are thinking of making a more formal commitment to the Haydenville Congregational Church? Join us as we talk and pray together! March 9, 16, 23 and 30 after worship. We’ll meet upstairs in Pastor Andrea’s office.
11. News from Youth Group~~The Dean’s Beans Coffee Sale is TODAY during Coffee Hour! All proceeds go to support the Youth Group!
12. MEN’S FELLOWSHIP meets Tuesday, March 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the dining room. The topic is “Out in the World: Challenges Facing Progressive Christians.” It will include a short video and discussion and is part of a series exploring new ways of interpreting and acting on the teachings of Jesus in the 21st century. Each session is independent, requires no preparation, and all men are invited to attend.
13. FORGIVENESS INITIATIVE: Art & Soul is embarking on a multi-month, multi-venue, multi arts public initiative on the theme of Forgiveness. If you would like to be a part of initially shaping the forms of this project, come join us for an idea-sharing session on Wednesday, March 12, from 5:30-6:45. For those who will go to choir afterwards, I will provide soup at the meeting so you can eat before rehearsal. Please Note: This meeting was originally scheduled for Monday, March 10 but has been changed to the 12th. If you cannot be at this meeting, but are interested in being a part of this project, please let Susannah know: 413-348-2385 or email@example.com.
14. Family Ministries Announcements
Today- Sunday, March 9
Group 1 - (4 year olds through kindergarten) Godly Play–Mystery of Easter
Group 2 – (first and second grades) – Holy Moly- Walking on Water
Group 3 – (4th and 5th grades) – Holy Moly- Walking on Water
15. SAVE THE DATE! ENTIRE CHURCH INVITED TO OUR THIRD ANNUAL PASSOVER SEDER!
On Friday evening, April 11 from 5:30-7:30 we will reenact the Passover with our Youth Group and kids from Children’s Church! Come for an evening of stories about slavery and liberation and share a Passover feast. Our own Kayla Gilman-Solomon will lead us through the evening and potluck. Start thinking now about your matzo ball soup and charoset recipes! Questions? Call Dawn Orluske at 320-1278
16. Be a Classroom Helper! Youth in 6th grade and up can sign up to be classroom helpers on Sunday mornings in our Baby/Toddler Church and Children’s Church classrooms. Please contact Joanne at firstname.lastname@example.org or 857.389.2859 to sign up!
17. Take Note all you hungry parishioners! Sam’s Café (about 40 steps from the church on Route 9) is now open for business and the food is GOOD. Sam says she might open on Sundays (in the future). Should you be at the Church during the week, go down and meet Sam and get a cup of coffee! Nice to have a café open again steps from our door!!
18. ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL meets every Sunday at 9:00 AM in the Church Dining Room. All welcome. Sunday School Leader: Pastor Andrea
19. The Hidden Danger of Fragrances~~Please know that our Church is continuing to work on our commitment to reduce fragrances in our Church so that we can be a safe, welcoming place to those with chemical sensitivities. We have literature about why this is important (on the welcome table in the Dining Room) and members of the A2A Committee (Accessible to All) would be happy to discuss this with you…see Toby Davis. Thank you!
Did you know that fragrances cause headaches, nausea, and dizziness to some members of our community? Here are 5 steps you can take to make our church more welcoming for those of us with chemical sensitivities.
1) Do not wear perfume or cologne
2) Use unscented shampoo and conditioner
3) Use unscented laundry detergent and fabric softener
4) Use unscented lotions/moisturizer/deodorant
5) Do not smoke cigarettes right before church
Thank you for helping to keep our faith community welcoming and safe!
Fridays at Four Writing Group meets every Friday 3:30 – 5 PM, Church Dining Room
Would you like a gift of a Bible? Help yourself to a Bible from the Bible Basket by the Sanctuary door to the Dining Room. A gift to you from Ladies Aid.
Pantry in Dining Room by Back Door~~Food in the pantry shelves by the back door is there for ANYONE to take home. You do not need to be a Church member or even a regular attender to help yourself to food on those shelves. Everyone is welcome…please fill a bag! The A2A committee has organized and labeled the pantry shelves. Please place your donations in the appropriate spot so as to make it easier for people to find what they need.PLEASE NOTE: There will be a clipboard next to the pantry for people to write down their requests and for others to read them and respond.
Would you like to be a Greeter some Sunday? Please contact Jen Griswold (413.695.5909). Like to be an Usher? Please contact Darien Gardner(413.586.7697). Like to Read Scripture? Please contact Ruthie Jacobson-Hardy (413.253.7959).
We welcome your leadership!
Also if you need to schedule the use of the Church Dining Room/Kitchen or Sanctuary, please contact Church Scheduler Sue Carbin (413.584.3314)
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 Pastor Andrea, placed in the Offering plate or be given to an Usher.) IF you are NOT a newcomer, please recycle your strippy thing by placing it in the basket by the door to the Dining Room.
A CHURCH TRANSFORMED~~Our former Yale Divinity School Intern Jeannine Oakes made a film of our church called “A Church Transformed.” We have DVDs of the film for you to borrow. If you would like to “sign out” a copy to watch at home, please see Pastor Andrea.