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D o o r w a y s
N e w s l e t t e r
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF SHARON
29 North Main Street, P O Box 423, Sharon Ma 02067

Rev. Carol Steinbrecher, Interim Pastor Susanne Mullin, Adm. Asst
Email: pastorcarol@thumbdamp.com Office: 781-784-2631
Website: http://fccofsharon.org admin@fccofsharon.org
Office Hours: 10 am to 3 pm

VOLUME 57 November 2018 No. 3

George Plesko offered this excellent opening message for our Stewardship kick-off and we would like to share it with everyone!

My role here today is to begin our annual stewardship period as we lead up to consecration Sunday November 18. Let me begin with a thank you for your support of this church. Your being here is support. Giving your time to church activities, whatever they may be, is support. Your financial donations are support.
Over the next few weeks we will take time to remind ourselves of how our support for this church not only benefits us and those we see around us but also how our connection to and support of the church makes it possible to reach out and provide comfort and support for many outside our congregation.
It is unfortunate that we only explicitly talk about stewardship one time each year, when the needs of the church, and the work of the church, is year-round. And while what we do as a church is talked about year round, we don’t link those actions back to our stewardship commitments, and our pledges, on a regular basis.
This year, as we begin stewardship, we are asking you to think not only about the importance of your financial support – and I do not want to downplay how important that is – but also about how we can serve throughout the year. As a theme this year, what we would like you to reflect on, as individuals, and as a congregation, is the question of “What will you offer?” What will you offer as individuals to this church?, and, What will we offer as a church to the broader community? As individuals the conversation is often summarized by the three Ts: time, talent, and treasure.
Time refers to our church activities – soup, prayer shawls, trees, bazaars, missions, tutoring, and committees. Whether it’s committee meetings, clean-up, or outreach activities, these are necessary to our church because, quite simply, without the efforts of volunteers our church could not operate.
Talent is closely related. It refers to the unique skills every member has that benefits the church. The voices in the choir, the baking of pies, the maintenance of the building, making the coffee, or the balancing of a checkbook. All of these are important.
Treasure is what we focus on during stewardship. Without a sound financial foundation, we cannot address the daily needs of our building and ministry, let alone the broader work we want to accomplish.
What will you offer? What, as a church, will we offer to our congregation, and the greater community?
As a church, we are in the process of better understanding and articulating our mission and purpose. The Pastor Search Team is taking careful and deliberate steps to guide us in the search process, and, importantly, to help guide applicants to us. What we are as a church, what matters to us, and the resources we provide to support those goals, will all be important considerations of those applicants.
What we can offer the next pastor, and the community, is dependent on our human and financial contributions. At this point, from a stewardship point of view, we need to ask:
-What are we doing to maintain our church? and What are we doing to invest in the future?
Our budget situation remains extremely tight, with pledges still struggling to sustain our programs, and we have had to draw down our endowment’s principle to balance our budget. Two years ago when I last spoke during our stewardship period, I raised this concern because this is not sustainable. At this point it is even more important that we provide a financial foundation that will help our next pastor, and us, grow and serve our community, near and far.
So, in this period of the stewardship campaign, when we focus on the financial contributions to the church, this is the challenge: What will you offer? What will you give?
George Plesko, Chair, Executive Board

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER CALENDER AT A GLANCE

Sunday, Nov. 11 – 10 am Sunday Worship, Search Committee Presentation

Monday, Nov. 12 – Pantry Soup choppers at 10 am, packers at 2 pm

BOARD OF DEACONS TIME CHANGE: Wednesday November 14th at 7:30 pm-NO MEETING WED., NOV. 21.

Saturday, Nov. 17- Thanksgiving Day Farmers Market, FALL Cleanup 8 am, Tree Stands set up 9 am

Sunday, Nov. 18 – 10 am Worship, Communion Sunday, Ingathering and Pledging Sunday
7 – pm Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Tuesday, Nov. 20 – 7:30 pm Search team meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 21 – NO DEACONS MEETING

Thursday, Nov. 22 – THANKSGIVING DAY

Saturday, Nov. 24 – Christmas Trees Arrive, Milly Worthley’s 90th Birthday.

Sunday, Nov. 25 – 10 am Worship, Advent Wreath making, Congo Line

Monday, Nov. 26 – Setting up for the Bazaar begins!

Saturday, Dec. 1 – CHURCH BAZAAR!!!

EXEC. BOARD TIME CHANGE: TUESDAY, December 4 –at 7:30 pm – NO MEETING ON WED., NOV. 28.

Thursday, Dec. 6 – 6:30 pm Pastor Parish Relations Team

Sunday, Dec. 9 – 5:30 pm Potluck supper and Caroling on the lawn!

REGULARLY SCHEDULED GROUPS

**Robotics meets every Monday at 6 PM
**Toastmasters meets the second and fourth Monday each month at 7 PM
**Choir rehearsal is every Tues. at 6:30 pm, and Sun. at 9 am
**Sharon Community Chamber Orchestra meets every Tuesday at 7 pm
**AA meets every week on Wednesdays at 7 pm
**Prayer Shawl Ministry meets every Thursday at 1:30 pm
**Food Addicts in recovery meets every Thursday at 7 pm
**The Brazilian Church meets most Thurs, Fridays, and Sundays, at 7 pm
**The Chime Choir meets every Thursday at 5:30 pm

*Please note: Pastor Carol will be away Monday, November 12 to Saturday, Nov. 17 at a writer’s workshop. Rev. Mary Perry at the UCC in Stoughton is providing coverage for Pastoral Emergencies. Please contact Susanne or Pat Simmons in case of emergency.

UPCOMING CHURCH EVENTS

TREE STANDS SET UP

Bring your drills, hammers, saws, and help repair and set up the tree stans in anticipation of the Christmas Trees and Wreaths arriving on Saturday November 12th.

Grab a friend and come on down to lend a hand. There will be plenty to do!

HELP WANTED!

PLANNING AHEAD – HELP US SELL CHRISTMAS TREES

It’s fall and the FCC is back in business getting ready to sell trees. This is an important fundraiser for the church and you are the most important people in this fundraiser. We need everyone to take a moment and make a commitment to sell trees. The following is the link to the sign-up sheet with time slots. In the coming weeks, we will need to set up tree stands and unload trees. Thank you very much for your past support! If you have any questions or need more information, please let Stuart Sears know.

SIGN UP TO HELP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094baca82fa6f94-christmas

NOVEMBER 17TH at FCC! A special day at FCC
Fall Church Clean Up Day From 9 am to……..
Don’t point a finger, lend a hand! Bring tools and work gloves, buckets and spray bottles, rakes and garden tools. Let’s gussy this place up! They’ll be inside jobs and outside jobs. Something for ALL ages and skill levels! Come to do one task or many, come for an hour or all day. See a job that needs to be done, do it!

Thanksgiving Farmers Market – from 9 am to 1 pm
Yes – we will be having a Thanksgiving Farmers Market Saturday November 17th
How YOU can help
1. Attend Friday night pizza party to help weigh and price the produce
2. Help with selling Saturday morning between 10:00 and 1:00
3. Come buy your sweet potatoes, squash, onions, apples and more!
Proceeds will go to our Food Pantry and Pantry Soup funds
Sign up at Fellowship Hour or speak to the Christian Service Committee (Joy, Stuart, Carolyn W. Susanne, or Wendie) Spread the word and invite friends to come!
Show your support for local Food Pantries and get some shopping done! See you in the Horse Shoe Driveway!

SEARCH COMMITTEE UPDATE

Meeting twice a month, The Pastoral Search Team has been working hard on putting together a new church profile. Using a new format provided by the UCC, this process calls on the Search team to engage the entire congregation in answering three broad questions: “Who are we now,” “Who is our neighbor,” and “Who is God calling us to become.” Feel free to review new Local Church Profile workbook which can be found in the Parish Hall.
Who are we now: In early September the Team started gathering demographic information from friends and members of FCC through a survey, which also included a section about significant events in recent history of the church. On Sunday November 11 during Fellowship, the Team would like to present this data to the congregation, presenting it in context of the demographics of the greater Sharon community. So far we have collected information from 36 households, totaling 75 individuals. We would like to get more representation from the congregation before Nov 11. A copy of the survey is attached for anyone that needs to still complete one. Completed surveys can be emailed back to admin@fccofsharon.org, or dropped off at the church office.
Who is our neighbor: In order to identify the needs of our community Pastor Carol and the Search Team has asked the congregation to interview people in the community. Pastor Carol has received many good summaries of interviews. We would love to hear from more of you. A copy of Community Interview Guidelines is attached, and available in the Parish Hall. Marty McMillan

MUSIC NOTES!

We are so delighted with all the new faces who are getting involved with our music program! We would love to have you join us too!

Jump in and Sing! On Sundays after church, everyone is welcome to come to a group singing class. We have been learning basics, how to match pitch and sing a melody, how to read music, and how to use our whole bodies to sing well. If you love to sing or have always wanted to sing but aren’t sure you can, this group is for you! Open any Sunday to anyone!

Jump in Choir! On Sunday, Nov. 25 everyone is invited to come at 9:00 and sing in worship with the Jump in Choir! The song will be easy to learn and all are welcome.

Hand Chime Choir! We are meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays and learning to play hand chimes. Whether you have a music background or not, this is a great way to learn to read notes and enjoy making music in a group. Chimes will play in Sunday worship Nov. 4 and 25.

Chancel Choir will rehearse in November each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and sing each Sunday. We are preparing for Christmas and our annual cantata. If you have singing or musical experience and would like to join us, talk to Jeanne. Chancel choir will not rehearse on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6. Go Vote!

Schedule for calendar:

Nov. 4 – Choir at 9:00am. Hand Chimes at 9:30. Choir Rehearsal after church 11:30-12:30
Nov. 6 – No Choir Rehearsal
Nov. 8 – Hand Chime Rehearsal @ 5:30pm
Nov. 11 – Choir at 9:00. Jump in and Sing @ 11:30am.
Nov. 13 – Choir Rehearsal 6:30pm
Nov. 15 – Hand Chimes @ 5:30pm
Nov. 18 – Choir @ 9:00am. Chimes at 9:30. Jump in and Sing @ 11:30pm.
Interfaith Choir @ 6:00pm. Interfaith Thanksgiving Service @ 7:00pm
Nov. 20 – Choir Rehearsal 6:30pm
Nov. 25 – Jump in Choir@ 9:00am
Nov. 27 – Choir Rehearsal @ 6:30pm
Nov. 29 – Hand Chimes @ 5:30pm

COMMITTEE UPDATES

CHRISTIAN SERVICE COMMITTEE – Will be meeting November 9th at 11 am

We will be discussing the by-laws, the budget, ministry teams and a potential new ministry team. Anyone interested in Christian and a ministry team is welcome to attend.

OUR 73rd ANNUAL EVERGREEN BAZAAR WILL BE ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 1ST.
Please share the attached flyer with family and friends, neighbors! Invite them to come. Invite them to work for an hour or two. Invite them help with clean-up or set-up!

BAZZAR UPDATE

Don’t panic yet, BUT there are only 20 days until the Best Ever, Evergreen Bazaar! Do you have a job? Please invite family and friends to come and help! Please speak to Carolyn Appelman or Pat Simmons and they can put you to work, even if you can only give an hour or two.

Be sure to label all your bakery donations with the ingredients (especially nuts). Donations for Santa’s Kitchen can be brought in from November 28th to November 30th. Please remember we are starting at 9 am this year, so everything has to be up and running by them. Items for White Elephant and Vintage Treasures maybe left on the stage in the tables.

Time Table –
November 10th – Tree Stands Set up
November 24th – Trees Arrive and go on sale
November 25th – Congo line forms from the stage and attic to the various rooms
November 26th – White Elephant Room, Vintage Treasure Room, Children Crafts Room begin set
up, decorating starts
November 28th – Santa’s Kitchen begins set up – Please bring in your nativities for our annual display.
November 29th – Parish Hall gets set up – please bring in craft items, knitting, ornaments ect
November 30th – Finishing touches
December 1st – ALL HANDS ON DECK 8am – Coffee and Pastry available from the cafe
There is plenty to do to make the church’s largest fund raiser a success!

Please share the attached posters with family and friends and neighbors! Ask if they would like to come or help or donate. Additional Copies are available on the bulletin Boards and in the office!

Christian Service and Mission Teams Update

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY.

We continue to meet on Thursdays at 1:30 pm for tea and chat and knitting or crocheting. All are welcome,
even if can’t knit. This past month we gave out three prayer shawls!

OUR FOOD PANTRY IS EMPTY!

Needs diapers, and pull-ups Size 4,5,6 and wipes. Shelf stable milk in a can or carton. Flour, Sugar, baking powder, Baking Soda, Salt, Pepper, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Italian Seasoning, cooking oil, chili, beef stew, tuna, chicken, mayo, hash, and canned soups. Shampoo, laundry detergent, dish soap. Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness.

PANTRY SOUP: MONDAY, Nov. 12th
Choppers at 10 am. Packers at 2 pm. How can you help? Donations of fresh vegetables and broth are always welcome. As well as cornbread and homemade cookies. We never have enough packers. This time we will be making Mexican Chicken. Our first offerings of Beef Vegetable Soup was very well received: “Yay, its Soup Season again. I can’t believe you guys do that for us! It sure beats eating out of a can.”

PINE RIDGE NEWS
Now is the time to make your reservations for 2019 to work with Re-member on the Pine Ridge Indian
Reservation in South Dakota. If you are interest please speak with someone from Christian Service or
Brian Fitzgerald.

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 (sdsears83@gmail.com) For more information, visit the church website (http://fccofsharon.org/young-immigrant-tutoring/) Also Mike Edson has started up a robotics team with IFSI. Please speak with Mike if you would like more information mike.h.edson@gmail.com

“We invite all to walk with us in the ways of the Lord
asking you to join in the blessings and responsibilities of our faith community.”
From the FCC Welcome Statement

JOYS ABOUND

Rachel, Diane Blair’s beloved miniature poodle has found a new home! She and another rescue poodle are enjoying the good life in a nursing home as mascots. She is getting a lot of attention and is very happy with her new home and her new playmate.

Shirley Schofield, celebrated her 90th birthday and nearly 90 years of service, on October 27th.

Bettye Outlaw, will celebrate her 93rd Birthday on Sunday November 4th.

Milly Worthley, will celebrate her 90th birthday on November 24th.

HEARD AROUND THE RAFTERS:

“The first time my wife and I came to the church, was for the Bazaar, 20 years ago.
We knew then, that we wanted to be a part of FCC!”

FROM Russ White: Sunday November 25th, 2018 will be Edie’s and my 68th wedding anniversary. We were married Saturday afternoon of Thanksgiving weekend in the FCC by the Rev. Otto Jonas. We were members of the FCC for many years –our four children were christened there, etc. A lot of good memories.
Think of the FCC frequently – and still have some friends there – including Shirley Schofield. She and Edie went through school in Sharon together – and share birthdays. Both turned 90 this past October 25th.

IN OUR COMMUNITY

LABYRINTH CHOIR PRESENTS “WILD THINGS,” a program dedicated to our furry, feathered, and scaly friends with music by Eric Whitacre, Ivor Davies, G.F. Handel and also Sir Elton John. Sunday, Nov. 11 at 3:00 p.m. at St. John’s in Canton. Also Friday, Nov. 9 at Hancock Church in Lexington at 7:30. Tickets are $20 adult, $15 senior/student. Proceeds go to support The Shadow Fund which provides veterinary care for needy pets.

A JOYFUL NOYSE PRESENTS “CHRISTMAS – BANNED IN BOSTON!” a program of early American music from 1620-1868, emerging when Christmas celebrations were finally sanctioned in the colonies. Music by William Billings, Lowell Mason, William Knapp, and others performed by period instruments and vocalists. Sunday, November 18 at 2 p.m. at Hancock Church in Lexington, MA. Suggested donation $15 at the door.

TOWN OF SHARON INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 7 pm. This year Temple Sinai, 25 Canton St, Sharon, will be hosting. If you would like to be a part of a “pick up choir” at the service, come at 6 pm to learn the songs!) All are welcome. Music and prayers will be shared by the diverse religions of Sharon. Please also bring a donation to be collected for local food banks.

PRAYERS OF COMFORT AND PEACE

Our World:

We pray for the families of those who were shot and killed in Thousand Oaks, California this week. We pray for the people of The Tree of Life Synagogue, and our former seminarian, Rev. Liddy Barlow, as she participates in leading religious organizations in Pittsburg in healing. Those who work for Peace and Justice throughout the world with Heifer International and Church World Service. All those affected by political unrest, flooding and loss during the hurricane season. Our friends and neighbors in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover as they re-build. The refugees who are marching through Mexico seeking sanctuary from violence and war.

Our Community:

The people of Ilse Marks Food Pantry, and Father Bills/Main Spring House, first responders, disaster volunteers, and all who continue to do good works.

Our Home:

*The benefactors of our food pantry and those who give generously.
*Prayers for Helen Hogan, recovering from a hip replacement.
*Prayers for Linda Badoian and her husband Marty, who passed away October 27th.
*Prayers for Jason’s cousin, Holly
*Prayers for our new friend, Charles, who has been coming to church with Jason – his Mom is home from the hospital but needs additional care at home.
*Prayers for Liz Siemiatkaska
*Prayers for the Berglund family
*Prayers for Alba DeFazio Binney
*Edie White with health concerns.
*David Berkland, with health concerns.
*Prayers for the Family and friends of Barbara Ellis.
*Paul Ladd, Jessica’s Dad, and prayers for her Mom, Jackie.
*Kate Menees, Gail’s daughter with health concerns
*Lana Hoffman, Jamie Locke’s niece.
*Christina McLean, with health concerns
*Mark Hodgkins, Wendie’s brother with continuing health concerns.
*John Colaneri, with health concerns

Please send a note of thanksgiving, sympathy, cheer, or simply ‘thinking about you’ to people who are on our prayer list. This offers a way of reaching out to those who have been unable to join us in church. Cards and addresses are available by the church office and in the Parish Hall during Freindship Hour. Susanne would be glad to mail them for you.

Doorways
N e w s l e t t e r
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF SHARON
29 North Main Street P O Box 423, Sharon, MA 02067

Sharing God’s Abundance “This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes” Psalm 118:23