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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 ?         January 12, 2017

 WE HAVE BEEN GREATLY SADDENED by the passing of two long time friends of the church:

Ruth Murray, passed away peacefully in her home on Monday January 29th after a long battle with cancer.  She became an ‘official’ member of the church in 1970, but began attending church shortly after moving to Sharon in 1957.  She has served on the Christian Education Committee and taught Sunday School.  Ruth has always been very involved in the Dorcas Society.  She LOVED the Bazaar, making many beautiful items for our Potpourri Table.   Ruth was a great supporter of our Food Pantry and Pantry Soup projects.  Her bright and ready smile, quick wit, sense of humor, strength and grace will be sorely missed!

All are invited to attend a Life Celebration on Friday January 13th from 4-8 pm in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole.  A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 14th at 11 am at the Funeral Home.  Interment will be private.  http://delaneyfuneral.tributes.com/obituary/show/Ruth-M.-Murray-104345006

Ruth Preus, passed away in Waterbury Center VT at the Woodbridge Nursing Home after a long illness. She moved to New Hampshire 10 years ago to be closer to her children.  Ruth was a kind, gentle woman who was a great supporter of the Dorcas Society and the Bazaar, sharing her fine artistic skills.  Ruth hand embroidered the communion cloth that we use every month.  Calling hours will be Friday, January 13th from 7 pm to 9 pm at Roberts and Sons Funeral home at 30 South Street Foxboro.  Funeral services will be Saturday January 14th at 11 am at the church.  Burial will be after the service at Rock Ridge Cemetery and then a collation will follow in the Parish Hall given by the Dorcas Society.  The Preus family would like to express their great appreciate to the church for the roll it has played in Ruth’s life and that they will be able to bring her “home”.

CHRISTMAS TREES STANDS TAKE DOWN!

Thank you to Dick Morse and Don Drake who cleaned up the tree stands and organized them.  All that’s left to do is take them down stairs.

 

SUNDAY

* January 15th at 10 amMartin Luther King, Jr. Sunday

Not to be missed!  Ralph Bledsoe will share with us the passionate “I Have a Dream” speech of Martin    Luther King, Jr. during worship again this year.  All are welcome. Following the speech he will share with the children the importance of this speech and the work of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Choir Anthem: “We Who Are Called” by Carolyn Hamlin; Our youth and choir will sing “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands” that was sung at the March in 1963 by Marian Anderson.

After Church:  BAZAAR DISBURSEMENT MEETING at 11:15 –  This is an important meeting to discuss how the funds raised will be disbursed to the church for the 2017 budget and local charities.  All are welcome.  We will have a Post Bazaar Review Meeting at another date.

 

*SHARON ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY

Monday, January 16, 10am – First Baptist Church – 2 S. Main St.

Sponsored by the Interfaith Sharon Clergy

Informed by the example and teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. our theme will be:  

“Working for Justice while Finding Common Ground ”. Key note speakers will include both clergy and laity. Let’s explore together how we can move towards a world free of racism. There will be special music and a chance for small group sharing.

  

* NATIVE AMERICAN DINNER Saturday January 28th  at 6 pm

We will have a dinner to support our Mission Team and Re-member, suggested donations for tickets are $30 each.  We will have a wonderful traditional Wampanoag dinner of Steamed Mussels, Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Walnuts, Venison Stew, Baked Haddock with cranberry cracker crumb, Wild Rice, Butternut Squash, Cider and Indian Pudding.

From 7:30-8:30 pm Ted Skantze, Director of Re-member will speak about the hope that Re-member offers, with a focus on their Capital Fund Campaign for upgrading their property on Feather II, which will enable the development of a Food Cooperative and many other affiliated projects to benefit the reservation.  Kristen Skantze will speak about her experience as a health professional on the Reservation. For those who cannot attend the dinner, we will offer dessert and refreshments for a free will offering at 7:15 pm to hear Ted and Kristen speak.  All are welcome! Please call the office (781-784-2631) or email fccofsharon@verizon.net for questions or to reserve your tickets.

 

THIS YEAR’S PINE RIDGE MISSION TRIP IS ON!!!!

We will be partnering with Re-member to build outhouses, skirt trailers, build ramps, build bunk beds, make bricks, and to learn about the history and culture of the Oglala Lakota on Pine Ridge.  Our week at Re-member is during the same time frame as past years, from July 29- August 4th with possibly 1-2 additional travel days.  With the help of fundraising from the congregation, we anticipate the cost as being about the same as last year, approximately $750 per person – which includes airfare, transportation, room and meals.  We have slots reserved for 10 people from our congregation. About that number has already expressed serious interest in the trip.  If you are planning to go we need you to make a deposit of $255 by NOW, check written out to the church.  If more slots are needed, now is the time for us to contact Re-member to ask for additional slots.  The next two deposits of $255 will be due on March 31 and May 30.

 

Please don’t miss Sunday,  January 15th  at 10 am 

There is a special guest in honor of Martin Luther King Day, Mr. Ralph Bledsoe, who will deliver his very moving and powerful presentation of Martin Luther King Jr.’s, “I Have a Dream Speech.” To hear Dr. King’s words spoken live in a community of people dedicated to peace in these, our own tumultuous times, will certainly be an experience neither you, or your children, will forget.  Mr. Bledsoe has offered to speak afterward in Sunday School about the speech itself to our combined ages and then lead discussion appropriate for our Middle School AND High School students on current events and how this speech resonates today.

This is the perfect Sunday to invite friends and family to join you so that they, too, may share in the experience! Go ahead and forward this message and talk to your friends. This is a learning community experience appropriate for all, housed within our service that is welcoming to all.

Ralph Bledsoe

Mr. Bledsoe is a physics and chemistry teacher at Andover High School. He has worked in Boston Public School system as well. For the past few years he has studied, memorized, and delivered live performances of Dr. King’s famous speech at public schools, for MLK day celebrations, and churches. We are very fortunate to have Mr. Bledsoe join us for worship on Sunday January 17th at 10 am.

 

Come as you are but if you are interested some enrichment prior, I’ve done some quick research for some resources that may be useful to you. There are many resources out there, these are just a few that I came across.

“One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Peace, Mindy

Sunday School Coordinator

FCC of Sharon   (617) 939-4604