Announcements for the week of November 25, 2013
Church Gatherings Happening Every Week
Choir Rehearsal~~Occupy the Choir Loft! Interested in the Choir? Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7 PM. Questions? Contact Jeff, call: 413.586.0165, e-mail email@example.com
Fridays at Four Writing Group now meets every Friday 3:30 – 5 PM, Church Dining Room
As a welcoming congregation, all are encouraged to wear nametags!
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: S, U, V Dec. 1: W,X, Y, Z & A, B, C Dec. 8: D, E, F
“The Giving Tree” – - How You Can Help!
Sponsored by The Men’s Fellowship
We have receivers, now we need givers!
Over the past few weeks, we have received numerous requests from our extended church family in need of warm outerwear for the cold winter weather. These requests have now been placed on the “Giving Tree” located in the Fellowship Hall. Here’s what we need you to do:
1. Choose a request tag or two for requests that you can fulfill: new or gently used winter wear, gift cards, etc.
2. Obtain the requested item!
3. Return that item WITH THE REQUEST TAG ATTACHED to the collection bin by the Giving Tree by December 15, 2013.
4. Feel good about helping someone stay warm this winter!
A couple of things to know:
1. The Giving Tree does NOT replace The Mitten Tree, so keep knittin’ those mittens!
2. Gently used items are welcome, as long as they are wearable and stain free.
3. Use our Giving Tree like an alternative Christmas gift: fulfill a request in someone else’s name or in their honor, and pick up a special “Thank You” card to acknowledge the gift.
4. Questions? Contact Pastor Chris for more information, and thank you!
The Sunrise Foundation is very happy to announce we have met our $5000 matching grant, with the help of our wonderful HCC congregation! We have started feeding the 50 children in our Crecer program a nutritious lunch! We couldn’t have done it without your support.
Pat James, and Rachel Greenwood and Lisa Hall want to thank everyone at HCChurch, on behalf of the children and families in Nicaragua.
Sally Lemaire is looking for a ride from Agawam to Haydenville Church and back to Agawam every Sunday. Sally is hoping for 8 people to sign up, this way you would just be giving her a ride once every 2 months. She’s 5 minutes off of I-91 and it’s about 30 minutes from Agawam to HCC. Please call Sally at 413.786.0157.
Needed: Two Good People!! On Thanksgiving evening, Haydenville Congregational Church will be serving dinner to the guests at the Interfaith Cot Shelter. I need two people to help me serve, your commitment will be from 5:45-7:30 p.m. I also need people to provide salad and an appetizer for that night. Those items can be dropped off early. For more information, please contact Linda Ziegenbein (firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-461-1313).
The Family Ministries Committee is hosting an Alternative Gift Fair on Friday,December 6th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to benefit Church World Service. Gifts available through the CWS gift catalogue start as low as $10, and include items such as farm animals, blankets, mosquito nets, and many more, which will be sent by CWS to individuals and communities around the world. Come buy gifts in honor of your friends and family! And that’s not all! The night will also feature a pizza dinner provided by Family Ministries (bring side dishes and desserts, please!), and a
No Talent Show!! Everyone is invited to bring their No Talent to the show or be part of the audience! Participants will be given 2-3 minutes to display their No Talent, which might include magic, singing, pantomime, dance, karaoke, joke telling, or any other performance art, regardless of your level of talent. No Talent Needed! Please plan to join us! See the youth board in the dining room for more information, or speak with Joanne Morgan or Dawn Orluske.
Last Sunday, our Church collected $300 in a basket following worship to see to the Philippines for typhoon relief efforts. We asked Church member Jen Matias, who has family in the Philippines, to choose where we should send the funds. Jen chose to have the money divided between the two agencies listed below. Thank you one and all for your generosity.
International Rescue Committee (IRC), which is doing a $10 million campaign for the Philippines. The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.http://www.rescue.org/irc-a-
The Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC) is a non-government organization that pioneered and continues to promote community-based disaster management in the Philippines. CDRC operates nationwide through a network of regional centers affiliated with the Citizens’ Disaster Response Network and through people’s organizations. http://www.cdrc-phil.com/
GRASSHILL CHRISTMAS GALLERY 20th ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR~~Nov. 30th from 9 AM to 3 PM, Haydenville Church Dining Room. Local crafters offer high quality, original treasures, plus there are awesome baked goods and an incredible homemade lunch! Join us!
Would you like a loving, welcoming place to have Thanksgiving dinner? If you do not have a place to have your Thanksgiving dinner and would like an invitation from a member of your Church Family, let Pastor Andrea know. And if you have room and would like to welcome someone from the Church to your Thanksgiving table, please let Pastor Andrea know!
Exploring Membership Classes~~new class series beginning TODAY after our worship service. We’ll discuss the United Church of Christ, the history of this church, our own spiritual journeys, and why join!!?? All are welcome. Meet Pastor Andrea upstairs in her office.
DECEMBER NEWSLETTERS DONE! Ready for pick up in the Dining Room. Take YOURS HOME and save us a stamp. And wow, GREAT work Richard Spencer! Fabulous issue!
Would you like a gift of a Bible? In the Bible Basket by the Sanctuary door to the Dining Room. Help yourself! A gift to you from Ladies Aid.
NAME TAG NEWS FROM TRUSTEES! We have started a new system for name tag storage. Three magnetic white boards are set up in the Dining Room. Next to the boards is a basket of self-sticking magnetic strips. Peel off the white covering on the strip and stick it on the back of your plastic name tag cover. When you leave church place your name tag on any one of the white boards. When you arrive on Sunday scan the white boards until you spot your name. If you usually enter through the front door there is a colorful rack in the Narthex (on the left) for hanging your name tag if you prefer that method. If you are in the choir there is a small basket in the choir loft to store your name tag if you prefer that method.
Plants available for adoption. If you have a good home for some of my plants you may have them for free. They include plants ranging from 1 to 8 feet tall. For more details contact Kathleen Kent ASAP by phone or email or text. 413 email@example.com
Adult Sunday School~~Every Sunday morning from 8:45 to 9:45 AM~~Church Dining Room. Kids’ table with snacks and play things! No registration, just come! Led by Pastor Andrea. Adult Sunday School will end on December 8, then will begin again in January.
Welcome Visitors! If you are new to us, we would love to have you 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.
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. THE PANTRY CURRENTLY NEEDS HEARTY SOUPS, TUNA FISH, AND PEANUT BUTTER
Would you like to be a Greeter some Sunday? Please contact Kim Waddell(413.727.8606). 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 SchedulerSue Carbin (413.584.3314).
FIRST NIGHT! MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW~~December 31st in Northampton
PEACE IN THE VALLEY
our Church Choir led by Jeff O and including Pastor Andrea)
will perform at 2 PM~~St. John’s Episcopal Church
Wonderful music~~Upbeat and Celebratory! FIRST NIGHT BUTTON needed to get in.
Plan to come, bring friends!
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!
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.