Weekly Announcements

Bulletin insert from Sunday, September 17, 2017

 TODAY

The flowers in the sanctuary are given by Coralie Hansen in memory of John Childs and Sherill Sanderson Smith.

The Gift of Hope food basket is given by Nancy Emery and Eric Schlepphorst.

 CHURCH CALENDAR

September 17 -23

Sun         Sept 17            10am                        Morning Worship

                                                                            Sacrament of Baptism

                                                                            Sunday School, Nursery Care

                                          11:30am                  Biloxi Information Meeting

                                                                             – Quilt Room

Tue         Sept 19            7pm                          Hand Bell Rehearsal

                                          7pm                          Prayer Shawl – D. Taylor’s home

Wed       Sept 20            6-9am                       Rotary Breakfast

                                          7:30pm                    Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Thu         Sept 21            9:30am                    Morning Book Group

 

September 24 – 30

Sun         Sept 24            10am                        Morning Worship

                                                                            Sacrament of Baptism

                                                                            Sunday School, Nursery Care

Mon        Sept 25            7-8:30pm                Women’s Bible Study

                                                                            (K. Dustin, K. Jorgensen)

Tue         Sept 26            5:30-6:30pm          Quit Room in Use

                                          7pm                          Hand Bell Choir Rehearsal

                                          7-8:30pm                Growing in Discernment

                                                                            (J. Howard)

Wed       Sept 27            6-9am                       Rotary Breakfast

                                          7:30pm                    Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Thu         Sept 28            9:30-11am              Morning Book Group

                                                                            (G. Crouch)

                                          6:30-8:30pm          Connections Training

                                                                            (G. Crouch)

Sat           Sept 30            9-11am                    Connections Training

                                                                            (G. Crouch)

October 1 – 6

Sun         Oct 1                10am                        Morning Worship

                                                                            Sacrament of Communion

                                                                            Sunday School, Nursery Care

                                          4-6pm                      Connections Training

                                                                            (G. Crouch)

Mon        Oct 2                7-8:30pm                Women’s Bible Study

                                                                            (K. Dustin, K. Jorgensen)

Tue         Oct 3                7pm                          Hand Bells Rehearsal

                                          7-8:30pm                Growing in Discernment

                                                                            (J. Howard)

Wed       Oct 4                6-9am                       Rotary Breakfast

                                          7:30pm                    Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Thu         Oct 5                9:30-11am              Morning Book Group

                                                                            (G. Crouch)

                                          7:30pm                    All Board Night

Sat           Oct 7                2pm                          Memorial Service for Doug Dartnell

October 8 – 14

Sun         Oct 8                10am                        Morning Worship

                                                                            Sunday School, Nursery Care

                                          11-12:30                 CRVNA Flu Clinic

Mon        Oct 9                                                  Holiday/Church Office Closed

                                          7-8:30pm                Women’s Bible Study

                                                                            (K. Dustin, K. Jorgensen)

Tue         Oct 10              7pm                          Hand Bell Choir Rehearsal

                                          7-8:30m                   Growing in Discernment

                                                                            (J. Howard)

Wed       Oct 11              6-9an                        Rotary Breakfast

                                          1-3pm                      UCC Pastors in Quilt Room

                                          7:30pm                    Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Thu         Oct 12              9:30am                    Morning Book Group

                                                                            (G. Crouch)

                                          7:15pm                    Church Council

 

 

The Upper Room for September/October is now available on the table in the narthex.  This is an outreach of the Diaconate and there is no change for the booklet.

  

WOMEN IN THE BIBLE

A Continuing Study

You probably haven’t thought much about the lives of ancient women. After all what do they have in common with our culture, stresses and issues. Except for Eve and Mary, the more than 169 women of the Bible are not often heard about in our churches. Studying these ancient women within the context of our contemporary culture shows us how God can work in our lives and how we can turn to him.

Come and join a wonderful, funny, thoughtful group of women to study these ancient lives that are not very different from our own. The study is led by Kris Jorgensen and Kathi Dustin. We meet on Monday nights, beginning Sept. 25 from 7 to 8:30 pm and continue for 8 weeks to Nov. 13. Some of you already have books, but you can join at any time and if you need a book, contact Kathi Dustin at dustin469@tds.net or call 746-2669.

 

THURSDAY MORNING BOOK GROUP

“The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”

The Thursday Morning Book Group meets every Thursday from 9:30-11:00am in the Great Hall.  Our first meeting will be September 14, and our first book will be “The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander.  Books will be available starting on September 6 in the church office.  Cost is $15. 

 

NEW – THE CONNECTIONS GROUP!

 Join a new initiative!  Members of the Connections Group will reach out to people in the First Church community for the purpose of building relationships.  The purpose of this outreach effort is to let people know they are cared about and to strengthen ties within First Church.  It is to “Reach Out in LOVE.”

All who are interested in being a part of the Connections Group are asked to attend one of the three information/training workshops being offered.  The three training workshops will take place Thursday evening, Sept. 28, from 6:30-8:30pm; Saturday morning, Sept. 30, from 9:00-11:00am; and Sunday afternoon, Oct. 1, from 4:00-6:00pm.

Please contact Rev. Crouch (revgordon@mcttelecom.com) to indicate your interest and if you are able to attend one of the training workshops.

 

NEW PASTORAL CARE COMMITTEE SEEKING VOLUNTEERS

 The new Pastoral Care Committee will be a group of volunteers, some of whom will visit parishioners who are in nursing homes or homebound, some of whom will visit parishioners who are going through difficult times, and some of whom will respond to parishioners’ needs as they arise.  Volunteers will help out in whatever caring capacity they feel comfortable, gifted, or called.

This group will meet five times throughout the year (every other month) at times determined by volunteers’ availability.  There will also be one training session at the start that will also be determined by volunteers’ availability.

If you are willing to offer your time and your compassion on our new Pastoral Care Committee, please contact Gordon Crouch at revgordon@mcttelecom.com.

 

GOD SPEAKING OR JUST INDIGESTION?

Rev. Jim Howard will be presenting an adult study beginning Tuesday, September 26th from 7-8:30pm in the Parish House titled “Growing in Dsicernment:  of God, Spirit, and Prupose.”  Jim would like to hear from you at jimh.nh@rcn.com if you are interested in participating

 

DO YOU HAVE TAPING AND EDITING EXPERIENCE?

We’d like to produce a short “Welcome” video about First Church for the website, and could use help!  If you have experience taping and editing and would be willing to help, please contact EllenGoldsberry at Goldsberry.Ellen@gmail.com

 

Don’t Forget – Unveiled:  A One Woman Play

Sunday, September 17, 2017 – 1:30pm

Capitol Center for the Arts, Tickets $10 

Presented by NH United Church of Christ (UCC Peace With Justice Advocates)

A 70-minute collection of five character studies of Muslim women in modern-day America.  Rohina Malik brings the five women to life as they serve tea and uncover what lies beneath the veil.

 

ARE THESE YOURS?

A blue camp chair and a pair of glasses were found at Gould Hill during clean-up after the picnic.  If they are yours, please claim them in the coat rack area of the Parish House.

 

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK

If you’re on Facebook, be sure to “like” First Congregational Church of Hopkinton NH, UCC.  The Facebook feed often has extracts from recent services as well as information about current and upcoming First Church events.  You can also visit the First Church website (firstchurchhopkinton.org) to keep trace of upcoming events.

 

OPEN DATE FOR FLOWER DONATION

Susanne Horner would like to hear from you if you would like to provide flowers for the sanctuary next Sunday, September 24th.  She can be reached at 746-5116.

 

                          Pastor and Teacher      The Rev. Gordon L. Crouch

                                       Ministers      The Congregation

                                 Pastoral Care      Bud Hancock

                                       Organist      Mary Dolch

                               Choir Directors      Missy Dustin and Melinda Wolfe

                  Hand Bell Choir Director      Melinda Wolfe

   CE and Youth Missions Coordinator      Trish Walton

            Sacred Dance Choir Director      Heather Oberheim

                  Administrative Assistant      Margaret Serzans

                           Newsletter Editor      Heather Mitchell

                                   Bookkeeper      Kathy Donohoe

                                          Sexton      Matt Angell

 

 SEPTEMBER WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Sermon Series: “The Art of Neighboring”

Based on the book The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon, this sermon series invites us to reflect on the question: What if Jesus meant that we should love our actual neighbors?  And if that’s what he meant, what might it look like for us to be more intentional about building relationships with our neighbors in the pew and in the wider community?

Sept. 10

      “The Art of Neighboring: Taking the Great Commandment Literally”

 Matthew 22:36-40

Jesus teaches us that love for God and love for people are inextricably linked.  To love our neighbor is to love God; and if we love God, we must love our neighbor.

Sept. 17 – “The Art of Neighboring: Not Who Should I Love, but How Should I Love?”
Luke 10:25-38

In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus is not answering the question, “What kind of neighbor am I obligated to love?”  Instead, he answers the question, “What kind of neighbor am I obligated to be?” 
Sacrament of Baptism

Sept. 24 – “The Art of Neighboring: Setting Aside Time… and Fear”

The two biggest barriers to loving our neighbor are time and fear.  In order to take the Great Commandment seriously, we must create space in our lives to build relationships with those who live near to us.  And we must summon the courage to step outside our comfort zones.
Sacrament of Baptism

Oct. 1 – “The Art of Neighboring: The Ripple Effect”

Ruth (selections)

In the Book of Ruth, we see that loving our neighbor increasingly brings together people who are not alike.  When this happens, more and more barriers are broken  down, and the kingdom of God comes among us.
World Communion Sunday

                                                                 

Welcome to Our 195th Year of Sunday School!

 OUR SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER HAS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OUR CE AND YOUTH PROGRAMS.  THIS IS JUST A QUICK LOOK TO START YOU OFF.

 WHAT WE ARE LEARNING THIS FALL:

Our preschool and elementary students study a curriculum that explores Bible stories and Christian values.  Our middle school students focus on preparation for Confirmation and putting Christian values into practice.  Here are the stories and values our younger students are studying.

 September 17:                                                    Story of Creation; Value of Wonder

September 24:                                                    Story of Creation; Value of Wonder

October 1:                                 Story of Abraham and Sarah; Value of Trust in God

October 8:                                 Story of Abraham and Sarah; Value of Trust in God

 Who Are Our Sunday School Teachers This Year:

PreK – 2nd Grade – Becky Levesque and Emily Van Hart

3rd Grade – 6th Grade – Carol Sabol

7th & 8th Grade – Jim Lewis

 Where Are Our Classrooms?

We will all be on the 2nd floor of the Parish House.  This year the nursery and two younger Sunday School classes will all be in the new part of the building, to the left at the top of the stairs.  7th & 8th grades will be in the Earl Rice Room, to the right at the top of the stairs.

 On–line Curriculum:  We have renewed our on-line subscription for teacher and parent use.  We invite you to use it to supplement your child’s experience in Sunday School.

www.kidssundayschool.com

Username:  CE Director

Password:  Sunday School

 Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions or concerns about the Sunday School program.

 Trish Walson  trishwalton65@gmail.com

CE and Your Mission Trips Coordinator

 

SAVE THE DATE

Our Annual CRVNA Seasonal Flu Immunization Clinic @ First Church

Sunday, October 8 from 11am – 12:30pm