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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.


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What’s the  at FCC ?         December 8, 2016

 

CONTINUED PRAYERS FOR:

Sally Morandi – She has continues her treatments for cancer.

Christopher Alspach – He has come through his surgery in Portland Oregon for a collapsed lung and is continuing his recovery in Oregon at his home.

The Osborn Family, on the passing of Gordon “Brad” Osborn on December 6th. brad was the father of Becky Osborn Grey and grandfather of Savannah Gray.  Visiting Hours are from 2-6 pm on December 11th at the Pushard Family Funeral Home, 210 Sherman St, Canton.  Services will be at the funeral home on Monday December 12th at 9 am.

Praying for the Islamic Community in Sharon– in the peace and love of the Advent Season.

HIGHLIGHT FROM THE SUNDAY OF PEACE

“Expanding In Service, Light, And Table” WOW! 

Sarah Worton shared with those in attendance, her love of music, the hymns, and wonderful memories of a childhood filled with Christmas Music (although she, herself can not carry a tune).  Sarah’s prayer:  My prayer this holiday season is for true Peace on Earth, healing thoughts for those who are sick or hurting, and that we all can love and care for one another as we love and care for ourselves. I pray for those who serve our country to protect us both at home and abroad, as well as our emergency responders who keep us safe. Amen.  

 

Thank you to Reverend Stephen Accella who stepped in for Pastor Steve with a sermon of Peace.  The choir anthem:  (“The Cold Night Is Quiet”, Words by Mary Nelson Keithahn, Music by John Horman – plus Mindy will be singing “O Thou, That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion” from Handel’s Messiah as an Offertory) sung on the stairs of the altar was beautiful.  Communion Music provided by Chris & Kevin Fitzgerald on saxophone of “The Lord Is My Shepherd” was delightful!

 

THE TREES ARE HERE!!! THE TREES ARE HERE!!

Please make sure Stuart Sears knows he can call you to come help unload trees on Saturday,sdsears@localnet.com and PLEASE sign up to sell Christmas Trees by going to: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094baca92ea4f49-christmas1 – Men, women, families, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, everyone is welcome to sign up for a block or many more!

* * * We need people for Friday Night and all Saturday and Sunday shifts * * *
 

* THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT – LOVE FOR THE WORLD DECEMBER 11 at 10 am – Worship & Sunday School

Lighting of the Advent Candle:  Diane Blair, Helen Sands

Sacrament of Holy Baptism: Jonathan Alves

Choir Anthem: “We Wait for Thee” by Victor C. Johnson, with Marty MacMillin on cello. Special Offertory Music:  “Comfort Ye/Every Valley” from Messiah (Charlie Crooker, soloist; Margaret Clark, piano)

Scripture: Isaiah 35:1-10

Sunday School:   Children begin worship in the Sanctuary and then after a “Time for Children”, gather in the Parish Hall for Sunday School and Music.

Sermon:  Pastor Alspach, preaching

Friendship Hour Hosts:  The Harris Family: Phil, Janko, and Cari

 

Sunday School News:   Sunday School is all about pageantry business.

I’m working on a simple “instant” pageant for the entire congregation to be part of using masks, cue cards and some carols and songs in between. Last Sunday we are cut out the masks and learned our songs for our Instant Christmas Pageant!

 

WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH FOUR THINGS:

1) The biggest help you can offer is to come with your children for the next three Sundays – today, 12/4, 12/11 and 12/18 – but it is by no means a requirement to join us on Sunday, December 18th.

2) Review the songs with your kids – we will be sending an mp3, lyrics, etc. later this afternoon.

3) Invite family and friends to join us on 12/18 because” the more, the merrier!”

3) Participate in our instant pageant on Sunday, December 18th.                          Mindy Hinkel

 

 After church:

SHARON HIGH SCHOOL CHORUS CONCERT at 1 pm in the Parish Hall.  Light refreshments served.  All are welcome. Sponsored by the Sharon Historical Society.

ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING- SINGING AND CHEER at 6 pm.  We will begin in the Parish Hall and then go outside to light the tree.  After singing we will return to the parish Hall for more singing and hot chocolate!  All are welcome!  A great event to invite family and friends too!
  PANTRY SOUP

Monday December 12th choppers at 10 am, packers at 2:30 pm.

Donations of vegetables, broth, cookies, and corn bread are always welcomed.  I wish everyone could see the faces of the people at Ilse Marks Food Pantry, when we drive up with a load of soup, fresh vegetables and goodies!

 

WORLD FOOD AND MUSIC TOASTMASTERS CLUB

here at the church with meetings on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 7-9 pm The next meeting will be on Monday December 12th and Monday December 26th. Every ethnicity and religious back ground are welcome.  Please pick up a flyer and share with Family and Friends.   Please speak with Phil Harris if you would like more information- philip@pjkharris.com

   

SERVICE OF COMFORT AND PEACE,
Thursday December 15th  at 7 pm                
Come in from the cold and share the warmth of our beautiful sanctuary.  Enjoy a quiet meditative service to honor loved ones lost. Relish sometime of peace during a very busy time of year. Be refreshed and renewed!

 

*FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT – JOY FOR THE WORLD DECEMBER 18 at 10 am – Worship & Sunday School- Pageant Sunday Lighting of the Advent Candle:  Pastor Steve, Pat Simmons

Choir Anthem:  “O Come, Emmanuel”, 9th-century Latin text translated by John M. Neale, 13th-century Plainsong music arranged by John Jacob Niles.  Offertory Quartet: (Mike Edson, Charlie Crooker, Joy Titus, and Louise Hall) will be singing “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”

Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25

Sunday School:   The children with others will present a Christmas Pageant

 

AFTER CHURCH:

Sharon Community Chorus Presents:

50th Anniversary Holiday Concert

Sunday December 18th, 3:00 PM

Concert is FREE    Donations will be accepted for ‘Gifts of Hope’

Please join us for refreshments following the concert

For more information, go to scc@scc-ma.org

 

THE HAT AND MITTEN TREE is in the sanctuary, if you would like to make a donation.  Items will be sent to Main Spring House on December 21st.

 

POST BAZAAR! There are things this church does really well and one of them is our Annual Evergreen Bazaar! We grossed about $13,000 and oh the fun! (Exhausted but fun!)  It’s more than the money we make.  It’s about working together as a team, outreach to the community and rekindling friendships.

 

Heard Around the Rafters during Bazaar:

* I’ve lived right next door for years and I never think to come to the Bazaar.  I wish I had started coming when I first moved to Sharon!

* Everything looks so pretty!  Especially the sanctuary and the music made it really special!

* I had so much fun picking up gifts!

And the best one:

* That couldn’t have been the real Santa Claus.  He couldn’t remember my name!

 

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Saturday, December 24,  Christmas Eve Services 4:45 pm, 8:45 pm    Carols by members of the Sharon Community Orchestra  5 pm  Family Candlelight Service, Special Music, Christmas Story

 9 pm  Communion Candlelight Service, special music provided by our Choir,

All are always welcome at Jesus’ table.

Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day Service at 10 am