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. “Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here! I M P O R TA N T A N N O U C E M E N T S Of the First Congregational Church of Sharon 29 N. Main St., PO Box 423, Sharon, MA 02067 Web: fccofsharon.org email: email@example.com phone: 781-784-2631 November 18, 2018 INGATHERING AND COMMITMENT SUNDAY Thank you to everyone who filled a bag and brought donations in for our Food Pantry and the Ilse Marks Food Pantry. Please consider regular donations of simple everyday items that you take for granted. Flour, Sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pepper, cinnamon, cooking oil, vanilla, Italian Seasoning, Garlic powder, Onion Powder, toilet paper, shampoo, bar soap, dish soap, shelf stable milk, baby wipes, instant coffee and coffee grounds, decaf and regular, tea, decaf and regular, juice, pancake mix, maple syrup, crackers, canned meats: Ham, Tuna, Salmon, Chicken, Chili, Hash, Beef Stew, mayo, and butter . Your help is greatly appreciated by the many who use our food pantry. Thank you to everyone who helped with the Thanksgiving Food Market and to Wendie Salisbury for organizing it! COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS! Today we are continuing our Stewardship Season! Our theme is “What Will You Offer?” This theme is inspired by our Interim work trying to identify our gifts and resources, and to identify the places in our community where our time, talents, and tithing are most needed. We will have Stewardship speakers each week to share why they are committed to this church and our shared work and ministry. Please give prayerful consideration to your pledging commitment. COME TUTOR YOUNG IMMIGRANTS IN ROSLINDALE! FCC volunteers with local high schoolers will be going every Saturday to tutor young immigrant children at the Immigrant Family Services Institute in Roslindale. You will find it very rewarding. We meet at FCC on Saturdays at 1:20 and return by 5:30 PM. This is a great way to help our neighbors. If you are interested, please contact Stuart Sears (firstname.lastname@example.org) For more information, visit the church website (http://fccofsharon.org/young-immigrant-tutoring/) CHRISTMAS TREES ON THE WAY! – THEY WILL BE HERE November 24th Please make sure Stuart Sears has your cell phone number. To sign up for a time slot, please go to: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094baca82fa6f94-christmas or speak with Stuart Sears email@example.com and he’ll be glad to add you in! This is an important fund raiser for the church! Please find the time to help make this a success. BAZAAR NEWS – SATURDAY DECEMBER 1st from 9 am to 2:30 pm There will be a Bazaar Meeting today following Worship! Do you have an area of the Bazaar that you would like to work in? Please speak with Pat Simmons or Carolyn Appelman. There is a job for everyone! *Start baking and freezing for Santa’s Kitchen. We especially need cookies! Please label all the ingredients ESPECIALLY NUTS. We always run out of cookies. Jams, Jellies, fudge, pies, cakes, candies are always welcome. Please bring in Items for the Bake Shop by Friday November 30th. Remember we are starting earlier this year! The best cheddar cheese and Pints and Quarts of Maple Syrup have been ordered. *Start telling family and friends about the best Bazaar around! Ask them to help! Invite them. Share on Facebook. *Finish up those crafts for the Knitting, Crafts, Ect Table! The knives have been ordered! *Start gathering your Boutique Items, Vintage Treasures and White Elephant donations. They may be left on the stage. Or brought in during Bazaar set up November 26 thru November 29th. *Chairing Rooms this year are: Louise Hall – Santa’s Kitchen Vintage Treasures – Faith Berkland, Cynthia Cash, Unique Boutique – Joy Titus – This room will be in the Parlor this year Silent Auction – Pat Simmons and Group 20 Greenery – Carolyn Appelman and Group 2 Crafts, Knits, ect – Helen Sands, Gift Baskets – Cathy Reed and Group 2 Vintage Jewelry – Carolyn Weeks Congo Christmas Café – Wendie Salisbury and Group 3 White Elephant – Marge Drake Children’s Craft Room – Jen Trethewey Children’s White Elephant, Toys and games – Sarah Moran Decorating – Cathy Reed Clean Up – Everything must go to Savers after the Bazaar. Per the Fire Department and the Administrative committee, we can not store things in the attic or the stage. * This is a wonderful event to invite family and friends to as well as ask them for their help for an hour or two! This is our biggest FUNdraiser and helps support the church and it’s missions. CHIME CHOIR THURSDAYS AT 5:30! All are welcome to give the chime choir a try. No experience required. Adults and Youth alike. Thursday will be our first rehearsal of the year and we will practice on Thursdays from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm and share our gifts with the church on special occasions. PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY Keep knitting Ladies and Gentlemen! We are returning to our regular schedule beginning Thursday September 6th at 1:30 pm. All are welcome. We have yarn, needles, instructions for crochet and knitting, and books. Everyone is welcome, even if you don’t want to knit. Come and enjoy the group and have some tea!