Weekly Announcements

Announcements and Events for the week of October 19, 2014

Haydenville Congregational Church

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, or placed in the offering plate. Also, PLEASE CUT TO THE FRONT OF THE HANDSHAKE/HUG LINE after Church. We want to meet you, and our Hand Shake/Hug Line can be overwhelming. Please come right up, cut in line and tell us who you are. Truly. We want to meet you!
  2. Coffee Hour Food When it is your week to bring food, please arrive early to help set up before Church and help with the cleanup at the end of Coffee Hour. We count on your participation! Today’s volunteers: L, M; Next Week: N, O, P, Q, R (the Fellowship Calendar goes by last names). Your help is essential!
  3. Dear Pantry-fillers! A reminder! No open food packages or jars. All containers must be sealed and new. Also please do not put expired cans/food on pantry shelves. The bottom line for what to put on pantry shelves is this: would you buy and serve this to your family? That is a good rule of thumb for what should go on the pantry shelves. Thank you.
  4. The HCC Fair is Saturday, October 25th. Can you bake, make something for the craft table, or donate something to the tag sale? Can you help set up, staff a table, or help clean up afterwards? Call 413-585-0315 or Email hccladiesaid@gmail.comto let us know.
  5. Thanksgiving ~ if any member of our Church Family does not have a place to enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner, please tell Pastor Andrea. And if any member of our Church Family feels they have an extra place or two at their Thanksgiving table and would welcome a guest or two from the Church, please tell Pastor Andrea. Come November, Pastor Andrea will pair up those who would like a place to have Thanksgiving Dinner with those who want to offer hospitality. Thank you!
  6. ART & SOUL WANTS YOUR BROKEN THINGS… that’s right…your broken things.  Broken jewelry, broken plates and cups, broken picture frames, ripped photographs, watches, clocks, old sea glass, old stained glass, toy parts, anything on the smallish side that might work well for mosiac, you get the picture….Art & Soul needs them for its upcoming Healing Arts series. Please either bring them to church with you or contact me and I will come get them: Susannah Crolius, 413-348-2385 or scrolius@gmail.com.
  7. Dean’s Beans Coffee Sale ~  TODAY in coffee hour, the Youth Group will be selling Dean’s Beans Coffee by the pound. Regular and decaf, dark and medium roast. All proceeds go to benefit the Youth Group. Our next coffee sale will be in December. Please stop by our table to support the Youth Group!
  8. Sunrise is collecting eyeglasses for a Lions Club Eye Brigade coming to Camoapa. Last year, a group of Lions members from Buffalo NY provided eye exams, gave out glasses, treated eye conditions, and even did cataract surgeries for several thousand people in Camoapa, Nicaragua where Sunrise works. But there were many more people than they were able to serve. They will be returning again this February. Please bring in prescription glasses, sunglasses, “cheaters” (reading glasses), and especially glasses cases – they want to give them a case to safely store their glasses. I’ll send out whatever we collect on December 1st, in time for them to reach Camoapa in February. There will be a basket in the Dining Room to collect them.
  9. Generous and beloved Church Family. Two Sundays ago we collected funds for the United Church of Christ Special Mission Offering called Neighbors in Need (NIN).  The total that we are sending to NIN is $680 and we are all so grateful for your generosity. That is just fabulous.  Thank you one and all! They will use every penny wisely and worthwhile work will be done in our names!

EVENTS

  1. Thursdays from 9:30 to 11am • Pastor Andrea has weekly Café Office Hours at Sylvester’s Restaurant. Come see her at 111 Pleasant Street in Northampton and she’ll buy you a cup of coffee.
  2. First and Third Sundays in the Dining Room, 8:45am to 9:30am Join us for this new version of Adult Sunday School as we deepen our understanding of our faith. Pastor Chris will be leading a discussion of Paul’s letters to the Corinthian church (I and II Corinthians), reflecting on how this early Christian community struggled to understand this emerging faith and keep harmony amongst themselves. All are welcome!
  3. Family Ministries will be holding a Godly Play Training TODAY, October 19 from 12-2. The training will be in the sanctuary and all are welcome! Bring your coffee hour treats and hear about our fabulous curricula! Contact Dawn at dorluske@ants.edu if your child needs care.
  4. October 20, 27 and November 3 & 10“The Field Beyond Right and Wrong:  Exploring Forgiveness Through the Arts” is a four-Monday series drawing on a variety of creative expressions like writing “I Am” stories and Word Poems, creating personal altars, labyrinth walking, collage, etc. at the First Cong. Church in Montague. You do not have to be an artist or even creative to participate in this nurturing environment exploring the theme of forgiveness.  Week 1: Exploring Stories of Self; Week 2: The Box of Sorrows …. Exploring Emotions; Week 3: The Shape of Forgiveness …. Exploring Possibility and Choice; Week 4: Healing/Letting Go. Sliding fee scale. Questions or to sign up, contact Susannah Crolius, scrolius@gmail.com.
  5. October 25, 2014, • Super Saturday! Join members of the Massachusetts UCC 8:00 am-3:45 pm, Keefe Technical School, Framingham MA as we gather for our semi-annual Super Saturday of workshops, worship, and fellowship. Our keynote speaker will be Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo, Executive Minister of the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries. For information/registration, please visit macucc.org/supersaturday. before October 10th.
  6. October 26 • Children’s Church will be holding a fire drill upstairs. Teachers, Deacons and Trustees will be assisting the children down the fire escape and teaching them where to congregate in the event of a fire. The drill will occur at 11:10 am. Please direct any questions to Dawn Orluske dorluske@ants.edu
  7. October 26 • CROP Hunger Walk Sunday at the Worthington Congregational Church on Route 112. The goal is to “make a world of difference in the lives of refugees, displaced people and victims of natural disasters.” The Haydenville CC has been a generous supporter in past years and we hope to continue our support this year. Registration is at 1:00 p.m. and the walk will begin at 2:00 pm. Bob Varnon (413-244-4538; Email: nonrav@gmail.com) has additional information.
  8. October 26Every year on Shelter Sunday volunteers go door to door throughout Northampton, collecting donations to support local homeless shelters, and other survival services. Last year people generously donated over $40,000. Please consider taking a neighborhood walk with your family or friends and bring much needed sustenance to those in our community who are in need. To volunteer or for more information, email volunteer@northamptonsheltersunday.org or call Wendy at 413-582-9508.
  9. November 5 from 12:45 until 2 pm • Church Book Group ~ in the Watson Room of the Forbes Library in Northampton. Facilitated by Rev. Peter Ives and Pastor Andrea. Get your hands on Flunking Sainthood by Jana Riess and read pages 1 – 52 for the November meeting. We would love to welcome you to our circle!
  10. November 7Fall Concert to Benefit The Sunrise Foundation  The Haydenville Congregational Church is sponsoring a fall concert to benefit Sunrise on Friday, November 7th at 7:30PM. Peace in the Valley (our lively choir), The Wise Guys (Jeff O’s men’s a cappella group) and Susan Farrell (performing a set from Susan Sings the Sixties) are combining their efforts to create a wonderful program. Tickets are $10 (purchase from performers or at the door).  Refreshments will be served. Come for a wonderful night of music and support Sunrise!
  11. November 8 Family Ministries is delighted to announce a fundraiser to benefit Cathedral in the Night. Jen Clarson will be offering her professional photography services for holiday/New Year photos. Photos will be taken in the Dining Room Sat., Nov. 8th from 12-5 pm. Sign up starting this week in the dining room to reserve a time, and fees will be on a sliding scale. The money raised will be used to purchase warm socks for Cathedral in the Night guests. The children will be giving the socks out at one of the December Cathedral in the Night services.
  12. VALUES + SPIRITUALITY + MONEY = FAITHFUL.. Join The Stewardship Committee for two Sundays in November as we explore through conversation how our values, spiritual beliefs and choices about money influence and impact one another. Sunday, November 9:  Sharing our stories: the messages that shaped our feelings and experiences around money. Sunday, November 16: Faith and money: exploring religious word and wisdom on the subject of money and giving. Held from 12-1 each session upstairs in Children’s Church. Childcare will be available.
  13. November 16Want to read scripture during worship? How about lead the Invitation to the Offering? Sunday, November 16 from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm in the Sanctuary. Pastor Chris and Chip Roughton (our Scripture Reader coordinator) will be leading a brief introductory workshop on how to be a liturgist (fancy word for reader) in our worship service. No experience necessary – just a willingness to give it a try! We want you to join our Worship Leader team! Questions? Contact Pastor Chris or Chip.

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