Staying close to home this February school vacation week? Come join us on Wednesday, February 22 from 9:30 – 12 noon in the Harrop Center for our 8th annual – “SEW DAY”. Kids ages 3-90 welcome! Small children must have care giver with them. 2 sewing machines, fabric and basic sewing supplies will be available. More sewing adults with machines welcome and right handed fabric scissors needed. For more info contact Laurie Despres at 508-991-2028 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Come earn your Sewing Machine Safe Driver’s License.
What will offshore wind mean for southeastern Massachusetts’ employment and energy needs?
PLEASE NOTE PRESENTER CHANGE FROM ATTACHED POSTER: In order to accommodate one of our presenters, our February 8 presenter will be Paul Vigeant speaking on the implications of wind power for southeastern Massachusetts. Chad McGuire remains our March speaker. Please pass the word!
The Men’s Fellowship with the assistance of the Women’s Alliance and Social Justice Committee will again be hosting a soup luncheon on Soup-R-Bowl Sunday February 5 in the church Auditorium. Besides the good fellowship generated by spending time together, the event is slated to be a fundraiser. Men from the Men’s Fellowship will prepare a selection of soups with bread and P.B.+J sandwiches for the children. Salads, desserts and drinks will be provided by the Women’s Alliance. “Admission” to the luncheon will be a suggested donation of money or non-perishable boxed or (preferably) canned, high protein food (i.e., tuna, peanut butter, beans, pasta, pasta sauce, etc.) Please…no glass containers. The money collected will go to the Shepherd’s Pantry and other worthy causes as determined by the Men’s Fellowship. Food collected will go to the Shepherd’s Pantry. The “suggested donation” for money is $3.00 for children,$5.00 for adults or 10.00 per family.
Woman’s March participants and friends: Let’s keep the momentum going! The National Women’s March has launched a 100 day follow up action plan. The first action is a postcard writing campaign. We have had 100 postcards printed and will be having a POSTCARD PARTY after church today from noon to 12:45. We will gather in the dining room to complete our cards and chat about our experiences and ideas for moving forward. If you are not able to participate please feel free to pick up some postcards. If you were not able to march on January 21 but were with us in spirit, you are more than welcome to participate. The more, the merrier! We are hoping to schedule other follow up events as well, so stay tuned!
The RE Visioning Committee would like the entire congregation to join us for lunch on January 8, 2017, after the service, to continue our discussion about the posting for the new Director of Religious Education. We need to hear more from you before we finalize the job description, especially related to lifespan faith formation. The junior and senior youth groups are encouraged to attend. Childcare and lunch provided. We will have you done by 1:15. This process is vitally important to all members of the church, no matter your age. Please join us for food and conversation.
Wednesday, December 21 at 6pm: We each take a candle, walk the spiral, letting go of the attachments of the year. We light the candle from the chalice in the center of the spiral, then retrace our steps as we ponder the possibilities of a new year and find a spot to lay the candle along the spiral. After all candles are lit and placed, we experience the magic of light and possibility. If you wish to help build the spiral with us, bring your winter greens at 6 pm.
Friends, there is a TON happening around church right now. A couple things of note: coffee hour this Sunday will be the annual cookies and hot cocoa festivities sponsored by the women’s alliance, as our children trim our tree. To ensure that there is adequate time for coffee, conversation, and decorating (and please take lots of pics and don’t be shy about using our hashtags on instagram, FB, and Twitter–we are doing outreach for our beautiful church and our amazing programs for the larger south coast communities), our Roots & Wings deepening-into-covenant class will move to the parlor of Harrop Center, and will start at 12:15.
Calling All Holiday Elves!
It is time to kick off what has become a Holiday intergenerational project: a giving tradition for our congregation. On Sunday November 27 we will have gift tags made by our church school for our Holiday Tree of Hope. For almost ten years we have partnered with Child and Family in New Bedford to sponsor/adopt three families that are challenged in some way: some are dealing with homelessness, others with unemployment and/or health issues. All have been referred as needing a helping hand this Christmas and it is always humbling to see the wish list sheet for the family members submitted by their social workers. You will find profiles of this year’s families on a trifold display on the piano in The Parish House. So please, in the spirit of this Giving Season, open your hearts and select a gift tag (or two) as you are able from the Hope tree. Gifts should be wrapped and labeled with the original gift tag from the tree and another gift tag addressed to the person the gift is for, from “Santa’s Helpers”. Gift return dates are Sunday December 4, and Sunday December 11. We will remind you on SLACK and with email blasts. Stay posted. Please bear with us in terms of an online gift selection this year. We are new to this! We will try to have some gifts posted on SLACK for selection before Black Friday for those of you who have requested this.
Your Elves-In-Training, Laurie Despres and Shauna McLelland and many more….
December 11 at 4:30pm – Each year, our choir and music director offer us special readings and holiday music to get us in the spirit of the season. Bring your family and friends and children over 10 years of age to witness this special music and to join in singing carols with our choir.