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. 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 March 26, 2017 ANNUAL SPRING RUMMAGE AND BRIC-A-BRAC SALE April 1, from 8 am to noon –to benefit our church. Please bring in your donations and put them on the stage. Please no computers, stereos, suit cases. Clothing, bedding, small household items are welcome. Thank you for your support! We need lots of help to set up at 10 am on Friday and lots of help throughout the day on Saturday. Please come for an hour or more! Remember money raised is going to help support he church. If you would like to help, please call the office 781-784-2631. Palm Sunday Brunch April 9th at 11:15 All are welcome, invite a friend to this wonderful annual event lovingly put on by Dorcas Group 20. Egg and Sausage Casserole, fresh fruit, breads, and lots of good conversation and fun! LILIES FOR EASTER – PLEASE ORDER BY MONDAY, APRIL 10TH This Easter season we have the opportunity to purchase a lily for the beauty of our Easter Worship Service. The cost is $17.00 per plant. As in the past they are being provided by Lyons Greenhouse in Foxboro. They’re Lillies are known for being three stocks, with 3 or more trumpets on each stock. If you plant them in your yard they will come up every year. If you wish to purchase a lily, please complete the form, attach your payment (made payable to FCC), and leave it in the door slot to the Church Office, or see a Deacon at Coffee Hour, or call the church Office at (781)784-2631 by Monday, April 10th . Thank you. MONDAY WORLD FOOD AND MUSIC TOASTMASTERS CLUB: March 27th at 7 pm. The next meeting is in the Parish Hall. As most of our members are new to Toastmasters, there’s no need to feel shy about taking on a role. Remember: we go to a Toastmasters, not because we are good at public speaking, but because we want to become good. For more information about the different roles please check out this link: https://www.toastmasters.org/Membership/Club-Meeting-Roles. Cheers, Philip Harris, President World Food and Music Toastmasters Club TUESDAY DELIVERY to Ilse Marks Food Pantry 8 am CRAFTY FOXES: Every Tuesday from 9 to noon in the church library to make crafts for the Bazaar! Get going on your Knitting, Crocheting, and Sewing! Our Craft Table would like donations of homemade items by church members or not. Do you have a friend with a special talent? Starting thinking about getting something for the Bazaar. If you cannot come on Tuesdays, speak with Cathy Reed, she would be glad to give you a project to work on! (email@example.com) OUR CHOIR at 7:15 pm for rehearsals, as well as on Sunday Mornings at 9:15 am. Looking ahead: April 2: “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”, Text by Isaac Watts, Music by Robert H. Young April 9 (Palm Sunday): “On the Road to Jerusalem” by Joseph Martin April 13 (Maundy Thursday): “Father, Forgive Them” by Pepper Choplin (with narration); Marty MacMillin cello solo April 16 (Easter): “The Day of Resurrection” (Text by John of Damascus, trans. by Joh M. Neale, Music by Johann Steurlein, Setting by S. Drummond Wolff); “Alleluia” by Ed Harris; FCC Band selection THURSDAY NEW – BIBLE STUDY CLASS at 10:30 am Hilda Porter will lead a group through reading, reflection, and discussion of the Psalms. “The Help” by Catharine Marshall is being used as a guide. Books are available from the office for $7.00. For more information please speak with Hilda Porter. PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY TEAM –at 1:30 pm. We will be meeting every week going forward. All are welcome to come and share a cup of tea. Meetings open with a prayer, then knit and help each other with projects, share a cup of tea and end with a prayer about 3 pm. Instructions in knitting and crocheting are available, as well as yarn and needles. Please speak with Diane Blair if you would like to learn more about the Prayer Shawl Ministry. FRIDAY RUMMAGE AND BRIC-A-BRAC SALE SET UP starting at 10 am SATURDAY RUMMAGE AND BRIC-A-BRAC SALE SET UP 8 am to noon – come and find a treasurer or two. Come to help espicially at clean up time! This is always a fun event that many on the community look forward too! TOWN W I D E Food Drive Every First Saturday of the month, from 9 am to noon! Our April Focus is: personal care items, canned fruit, meals in a can: hash, stews, – salt free, low salt. See you from 9 am to noon!!! Or bring your donation in on Communion Sunday, April 2nd . Thank you to the girl scouts of Sharon for helping out this month. (Will they be selling cookies too? – I don’t know, stop by and find out!) NEXT SUNDAY FORTH SUNDAY IN LENT – Communion and Covenanting Service – April 2 Choir practice 9:15, Worship 10 am Choir Anthem: “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”, Text by Isaac Watts, Music by Robert H. Young Organist: Margaret Clark This will be a special Communion service when we will enter into Covenant with Pastor Carol, our new Interim Pastor. Our Area Conference Minister, Rev. Don Remick, will be our guest preacher. Don will also do a short presentation with a time for Q&A on the goals and tasks of Interim Ministry during friendship hour. Friendship Hour Hosts: Dorcas Group 13, Flowers: The Hughs’ Family UP AND COMING PANTRY SOUP April 3rd and 10th: choppers at 10 am, packers at 2:30 pm. This will end our 5th season of soup and warming hearts. Our reputation is growing and people often come in now and ask for certain kinds of soup! Donations of vegetables, broth, cookies, and corn bread are always welcomed. SIMPLE SUPPER – April 6th at 5:30 pm All are welcome to come in the cold and share a warm meal with friends. Please bring your own plates, cups, utensils. THE 19TH ANNUAL 5K WALK FOR OLD COLONY HOSPICE will be on Sunday, April 30th at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton. Our “Mermaid Team” from the Water Exercise Class at the Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children (formerly Mass Hospital School) is planning to walk the distance. Team members from our congregation include Nancy Welch, Mildred Worthley and Cathy Reed with her beautiful dogs, Phoebe and Nellie. Donations to the Mermaid Team will benefit needy folks in Old Colony Hospice. CHURCH WORLD SERVICE POT LUCK DINNER On Monday May 1st, at 6 pm everyone is encouraged to bring in their mission kits and share a pot luck supper. Our guest speaker will be Susan Reed, who will speak about the Tea Party Museum and Ship. Everyone is invited to make a school or hygiene mission kit for Church World Service. Kits respond to manmade and natural disasters around the world. Kits have been distributed most recently in Illinois after the hurricanes and Louisiana after the recent flooding, as well as in Syria and many refugee camps. Perhaps you would like to make a donation for postage $2.00 or a blanket $10. Blankets are used for tents and warmth. Families, youth, adults, and children are all encouraged to participate in the annual event! Does FCC HAVE TALENT? ANNUAL TALENT SHOW AND POT LUCK SUPPER Friday, May 5th. Start getting your act together! Invite family, and friends! Please speak with Bob MacKenzie if you have any questions. Some people have already been asked! COMMUNITY YARD SALE – May 20, From 8 am to 2 pm $20 a table to benefit Heifer, all church table to benefit Pine Ridge Mission Trip III. Spread the word! IN OUR COMMUNITY America makes up 4.6% of the world’s population but are consuming 80% of the global opioid supply What can one person or one church do about this? Come and find out at: The Southeast Area Missions Committee’s Spring forum The Massachusetts Opioid Crisis: What Do We Know Now? What Do We Do Next? There will be a panel of people who will help us answer these questions including: State Representative Joan Meschino, Hingham School Superintendent Dr. Dorothy Galo, Hingham Police Chief Glenn Olsson, Paul Allen who works for the Methadone Project, A mother who will share her story regarding the struggles her son has had with addiction April 8, 2017 – 8:30a.m. – 9:00am –Registration – 9:00am – 1:00p.m. Program New North Church, 1 Lincoln Street, Hingham, MA You can just show up at the door, but for planning purposes email Marjie DiSalvio firstname.lastname@example.org June 9 and 10, – Sharon Community Chorus Annual POPS Concert ONGOING SOCKS FOR THE OGLALA- LAKOTA SIOUX – Outside the church office is a basket for Socks. We need all kinds of socks: Big socks, little socks, diabetic socks, wool socks, men’s socks, women’s socks, children’s socks, boot socks, ankle socks, knee socks. As the basket gets full we will send them of to Re-member, the organization we have been working with on our Mission Trips to Pine Ridge. Please help the Lakota-Oglala Sioux living on the Pine Ridge reservation, which is the poorest place in this country. They have 85% unemployment and no industry, little health care, and no running water. We have sent out FOUR boxes! Keep them coming! The Koinonia Church is helping too! ATTENTION: All women of the church The Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ – Pilgrim District (which Sharon is part of) invites you to their annual meeting on TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017 at the CHURCH OF THE PILGRIMAGE, UCC, 8 Town Square, Plymouth, MA 02360 A PROGRAM will be offered featuring, Karen Harvey, Minister of Music, Music Director, Musician, UCC Norwell Karen will inspire and entertain us with her wonderful talents on the organ/piano. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn what other churches are up to and meet other women in the Pilgrim District. Please call 781-784-2631 by April 18th if you would like to attend. Gathering: 9:30am Meeting: 10:00am – 1:00pm Luncheon – $5.00 plus a can for their food pantry.