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posted Oct 13, 2017, 5:51 AM by First Congregational Church United Church of Christ   [ updated Oct 13, 2017, 5:56 AM ]


Are you ready for Christmas?  It’s only September as I write this and, of course, the answer is no, no, no!!!  It’s too early to think of the holidays, isn’t it?  Well—actually, it’s not too early to plan your decorating for this holiday season.  Want to get new lights?  New bulbs?  New knickknacks and tchotchkes?  A new tree?  Gift wrap or ribbons and bows?  You get the idea.  Well, pack up those gently used items you don’t need or want anymore and bring them to church between now and November 20.  We will store them in the “dungeon” until we can take them to Harbor.  Our church will be setting up and staffing the “Christmas Shoppe” at Harbor Impact Ministries.  We would appreciate either donations of items or help setting up on November 20 or working Impact Day on November 21st.  Please sign up on the signup sheet if you are available to help either or both days!  We are going to have fun and make the holidays so much more bright and festive for our friends at Harbor!  Thank you.

Also, a huge thank you to Micki Baden, Caroline Schultz, Doreen Vernier, Ann Whittaker, and JoAn Kindsvater who worked so hard to make our September month at the Ecumenical Food Pantry so successful.  Thank you to the many men and women who worked on Tuesdays and Thursdays to distribute the food at the Pantry.  Also, kudos to Karen Galvin for her organizing of members to help Kids in Distress with their summer to winter changeover.  September was a busy month! 

Cathy Light is getting ready for organizing our Holiday projects for families.  We will get our assignment of designated families on October 23 at the Ecumenical Food Pantry volunteer dinner.  Cathy will have sign-up sheets for food items and donations for Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets.  Gifts for under the tree will be needed also.  What a joy to be able to help those in our community who need it most.

Please take the time to read the article about Neighbors in Need, a special UCC offering which will be collected in October. 

Our Mission and Ministry team meets on Wednesday, October 11 at 2:00 pm in the church lounge. Please consider joining us as we work to be involved in the mission activities of our congregation.  The rewards are just heavenly!

Your Mission Chair,

Mary Ann Martin