Welcome Light, Service & Table Come join our faith community. We are an open and affirming church. This means we actively support diversity in all its forms. See Open and Affirming statement. We welcome everyone into the fellowship and service of our congregation. Our Sunday Worship and Sunday School is at 10:00 a.m. (9:30 a.m. during the summer months) Our mission is to grow in our relationships with God and those around us. We find God in the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Holy Scriptures, in service to others, and in the celebration and commemoration of the important milestones in the life of our families and communities. See our Beliefs. What’s the Buzz at FCC? September 14th, 2017 “Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!” WE HAVE BEEN SADDENED by the passing of Larry Snow on Monday, September 11th after a long battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held at the church on Wednesday, September 20th, at 11 am, followed by a collation in the Parish Hall. Larry and Freddie’s many friends and family are welcome. Boost P WE HAVE SUNDAY SCHOOL THIS SUNDAY AND EVERY SUNDAY! Children begin worship in the Sanctuary with their families. After their time with Pastor Carol, they will gather in the Parish Hall for a Sunday School Lesson. SUNDAY WORSHIP September 17 at 10 am Worship 10 am: Hymns: “Come, Christians, Join to Sing”, “Community of Christ”, “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me”; Choir anthem: “God Has Done Great Things For Me”, Jeanne Lucas, Choir Director; Margaret Clark, organist; Readings: The Epistles: James 2: 8 – 13, The Gospels: Mark 7: 24 – 30; Lay Reader: Bob MacKenzie; Sermon: “Let Mercy Triumph”, Pastor Carol preaching. CHRISTIAN EDUCATION UPDATE Attention FCC kids and youth : there’s a lot more PEACE and HAPPINESS to get around to ~ hope all children and youth will join us! We will meet in the library this week. All children will attend the beginning of the worship service then we will continue in the Library. This year our children and youth program will follow a 5-6 week rotation model. We will explore Bible stories and our church’s traditions through readings, skits and plays, crafts, music ~ and even some cooking! As we move forward, we hope all of your will find a way to participate by sharing your time and talents to build the faithful foundation of the children we are blessed to have among us The Cradle Room is available to our youngest ones. We are grateful to our cradle room moms for their loving care each week. Follow the signs to the lower classroom level. Please mark your calendars for September 24th, we will be meeting at 11:30 to learn more about the rotation model and how we can all get involved SUNDAY, SEPT. 17 – 4 pm SERVICE OF ORDINATION FOR BRENT GUNDLAH, RECEPTION AFTER IN THE PARISH HALL! Open choir rehearsal at 3:00. Please note the High St Parking lot will be closed from 9 am to 6 pm, except for the 14 spaces closest to the church. If you need to use those spaces, you are welcome to. If you are able, please park behind the store fronts on Billing’s St., the Police and Fire Museum on School St., on Main St., or High St. Please allow enough time for Parking. SIGN-UP TO LEAD A SUNDAY SCHOOL ROTATION! We are looking for adults (no age limits) who enjoy making crafts, cooking, telling stories, leading skits, writing poetry, singing songs, or putting together interesting science experiments to help with leading Sunday school rotations. You can do one Sunday, or one Sunday every few weeks. CE and Pastor Carol will choose themes and stories and help you come up with ways to use your skills and talents in ways that illuminate those stories for our children and youth. Please talk to Wendie Salisbury or Pastor Carol if you would like more information or to sign up! URGENT CALL FOR HYGIENE KITS! The United Church of Christ and Church World Service has put out an urgent call for hygiene kits to give out to people displaced by the past storms and the ones still coming. We can buy items in bulk and set up an assembly line in the Parish Hall, once everything comes in, for a cost of $10 per kit if we buy enough for 25 kits. Please think about making a donation of $10 in memory or honor of someone. Donations may be made by cash or check payable to FCC with kits on the memo line. Thank you! UPDATE: We have donations equaling 18 hygiene kits. There is still time to donate if you would like to. OUR FOOD PANTRY IS DEPLETED – NEEDED IMMEDIATELY IS: Milk that does not have to be refrigerated, spaghetti sauce, tuna, chicken, peanut butter and jelly, fruit, cereal. Think about what you buy every week at the store and each week by one extra item for our food pantry. Our Food Pantry is consistently used by people on fixed incomes, local families, and occasional drop ins. Our neighboring Pastors have also utilized the food pantry in urgent situations where someone was home sick and couldn’t shop, or had a job loss, or family emergency. Our Food Pantry serves as an important resource for the community. UPDATE: Our guests greatly appreciate the generously of the church. EVERY TUESDAY – We take Panera bread and fruits and vegetables to Ilse Marks food pantry. We still need someone to deliver on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 8:30am. WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH: DORCAS Group 13 at 12:30 pm in the Parlor – All are welcome. Bring a lunch, desert and tea will be provided. Board of Deacons meeting at 7 pm in the Parlor. EVERY THURSDAY – 1:30 – 3 pm. Prayer Shawl ministry continues! Please join us for this meaningful ministry. You don’t have to know how to knit to join, there are other tasks you can do along with good conversation. We have given out 4 shawls this summer. Join us for tea and good company! We are Looking for a Christian Education Coordinator: We are looking for a creative and energetic individual to help us revamp and update our Christian Ed. program. We are prepared to try new things to better engage our students in their faith exploration and inspire them in the development of their spiritual gifts. Our ideal candidate will be grounded in their faith and have experience working with children and youth of all ages. An Associates’ degree or beyond is preferred, but not required. We would like to see experience demonstrating strong organizational and communication skills and the ability to work with volunteers and church staff. Responsibilities include: -Being in attendance on Sundays -Teaching when needed -Preparing, providing, and/or collaborating on ideas for themes, -Bible stories, crafts, and other activities for the teaching volunteers -Working with and scheduling volunteers and class helpers —-Communicating with families -Planning one or two worship services each year, led by the students. i.e. leading a Christmas program and an end-of-year program. -Participation in Christian Ed. Committee meetings, and staff meetings when applicable. The job will be for 10 hours a week, Sept. through June. Salary commensurate with experience. If interested, please contact our Office Admin. at 781-784-2631, or email@example.com. Please share with family and friends.