How Firm a Foundation

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Content: How Firm a Foundation Where should your sense of security and hope be invested? Do we put our hope in the government, or in the police force? Do you have a home security system? Is there a weapon that you can put your hands on, "just in case?" In the Bible, the people of ancient Israel constantly placed their hope and confidence in kings, in armies, in huge stone walls, in weapons of all kinds. Over and over again in the bible, God showed his people that God is their true source of security in this world and the next. The longer I live, the more I come to see that without a sense of God and God's purpose in my life, anything else I do to provide security is only a half measure. People should take steps to secure the safety of their family, of their home, of their communities, of their nation. If God is not interwoven with these efforts, all efforts to provide security can be a waste of time. A person can have all the weapons in the world, and all the money, and all the power, but if they don't have God they are like a ship which is set adrift on the sea with no rudder or no sail. Recently we have been making many improvements to the church structure. We've replaced most of the roof, which has been here at Pilgrim Church since 1872. We've replaced some of the doors to make it easier to come in to the building. We've painted the outside, so the building is more beautiful. We've taken steps to protect some of our Stained Glass windows so that they will be here for generations to come. There is an old hymn in our hymn book which is called "How Firm a Foundation." One of the stanzas of the hymn states, "Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed, for I am thy God, and will still give thee aid." This was true in 1787 when
From the Pastor The Rev. Dr. Keith C. Alderman these words were penned, and they still are true today. St. Paul tells us in Ephesians to "Therefore, put on every piece of God's armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm" (Ep. 6:13). I invite you today to remember someone who invited you to church or first took you to church. It might be a parent or a grandparent, an aunt or an uncle. They gave to you the gift of time and sometimes money so that you would have faith. In October and November, we begin to financially plan for Pilgrim Congregational Church for the next year. We will be inviting you to share your time, talent, and money. Please help us this year so that Pilgrim Church will continue to be here for you, for your children, and for your grandchildren and those whom you love. Sometime in your life, someone took the time to make a deep impression on you. We are asking you to help us to spread the message of God's love to this community and to help to keep Pilgrim Church strong. We cannot do it without you. We invite you to invest your sense of security in God and his church. Respond faithfully to the call to help the church. You'll breathe a lot easier, and sleep better, knowing you've given to something which is greater than yourself and will outlast both you and me, something which is both here on the earth, and eternal in the heavens. Faithfully, Rev. Keith
Moderator's Moment Grab your carving knife - Halloween is coming! Find the biggest pumpkin you can... carve out the mucky guts, eyes, nose, and scary eyebrows. Lots of fun, seeds and lots of mess! The pumpkin is finished, when the candle goes inside; the stem top is put back on the top, and it's outside on your front porch for everyone to enjoy! To make room for that candle though, you had to cut out a lot of mucky stuff, especially at the bottom. The more mucky stuff that comes out, the easier it was to make a place for the light you put inside, right? Glowing from the inside out, the pumpkin also illuminates and shines the art work you have made from it. How much mucky slimy stuff have you carved from your life to allow God's light to occupy your heart; showing beautiful artwork within you? Light is used in the Bible mostly to describe God's PRESENCE and direction - a very important thing to recognize, if you want your church to shine from the inside out. Sometimes it requires us to carve out the bad parts in all of us and make room for God's presence. The light, of course, is the evidence of God's occupancy here. Think of us as little pumpkins sitting in the pews, every Sunday morning carving out more muck and shining brighter. God, we ask you to show us what glowing from the inside out means. Show us what mucky stuff needs to be removed from our lives. We ask that you show us how to invite your presence into our lives and into our worship. Let us shine out of the darkness. 2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, (who) said, "Let light shine out of darkness," (also) made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. Faithfully, Janel Milner 2
Christian Education News
October 2012, Volume 2
A word from the director Wow, it is Fall already and PCC is in full swing. We started our year with a Pennies from Heaven Festival and Sandra DeRienzo has challenged us all to keep those pennies (and their friends) coming. We want to fill our jar by Nov. 18th for "Team H.E.A.L.S." All the monies collected will go to support research of childhood contracted brain tumors, such as the one Tommy Joffrion has. All of the classes are off to a great start. We have many new teachers and lots of great energy upstairs. Please contact me for ways to participate in our program. Bless you for finding the time to participate in our faith family.
Please Register Thank you to all that have already registered. If you haven't, please take a few minutes to register yourself and your children at pilgrimchurchucc.sparksundayschool.org. If you already have an account, just let me know that you have verified that is is up to date, or turn in a paper copy to the CE office. It is important that we update our files every year, especially for allergies and any changes in contact information. In order to have a safe church we need this information for every child who comes upstairs. So please turn it in ASAP. What is your talent? Volunteers are needed to assist with classes, workshops and events throughout the year. Please prayerfully consider how you can best share your blessings with the children and fill out a volunteer form and return it to the CE office.
New High School Group On the last Sunday of each month we will be offering a chance for all of our high school students to reconnect with each other and the PCC family of faith. Eva Kelly and I are really excited about this new group. Confirmation Class The confirmation class is once again selling "God's Creation" calendars. The calendars are $10 with profits going to defraying the cost of the confirmation retreat in March. As always the pictures are just stunning.
BIRTHDAYS
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Sarah Douglas Sally Brown Robin Gallagher Jill Clifford Elena Elliot Diane Dion Eva Kelly Janel Milner Penelope Munsey Charles Rooney William Cousins (Sr.) Alyssa Burgwinkel Lisa Schaffter Christine Sontag Murray Smith Sue Jeffers Ron Irvine Phyllis Foster Janice Yoder Tim Smith Benjamin Ortega
FOOD PANTRY During the month of October, our Food Pantry procurers are seeking donations of canned fruit and jars of peanut butter. Please remember that donations of food items, as well as monetary donations, are accepted at any time. October 7 - Communion Sunday. Deacon of the Week ­ Bonnie Clifton Serving communion that day will be Shaqim Walker, Charlie Milhans, Mike Palis and Karen McNall October 14 ­ Deacon of the Week Mary Mullahy Oct. 21 ­ Deacon of the Week Bonnie Hathaway Oct. 28 ­ Deacon of the Week Joe Banda COFFEE HOUR ­ OCTOBER During the month of October, members of the WORSHIP Committee will serve as hosts for our weekly Coffee Hours.
News from the Growth Committee ­ Progressive Dinner Was held on September 8th. Another great success. We had 30 participants. Thanks to all who attended, especially to Eric & Sue Kristoff, Karen McNall, Mary & Brian Mullahy and Natalie & Michael Stassen for being Host homes. The Committee is thinking of having another one in the Spring! We hope you can join us then. Growth Committee Rummage Sale Was held September 29th. We made a good profit and were able to have the families of MIHN come as our guests to chose items for their families. Growth Committee would like to thank all who either donated, helped with the sorting or sold the clothing. Many hands made light work. Save your clothes for next year's sale. ELECTION NIGHT DINNER November 6th 5 to 7:30 pm SAVE THIS DATE: Election Day, November 6, 2012. We will have our Election Night Dinner. This is a fundraising dinner and is planned for election night. Pilgrim is located near several polling places, making our facility a convenient place for warmth and nourishment of energized citizens. At $8.00 per person, we will be serving Swedish Meatballs, noodles, carrots, and tossed salad, with Apple Crisp for dessert. Take-Out will be available. If you are available to help out, please let one of us know. Much help will be needed to make this a financial success. Tell all your friends and citizens of Leominster to come. Growth Committee: (Penny Faul, Elaine Perreault, Rosemary Banda, Sally Hens, Natalie Stassen, Sue Kristoff, and Colette Vallee) Other Dates to Save: October 14th - Crop Walk December 2nd - Friendship Sunday December 2nd - Hanging of the Greens December 9th - Christmas Craft Fair December 16th - Cookie Walk
Stewardship Moment for October Newsletter October is a time for all of us to reflect and recommit to stewardship goals as we look toward our annual pledge commitment Sunday on Nov. 4th. While all are pulled in many directions these days, with family, jobs and other responsibilities, we must take time to reflect on what is important in our lives and commit our time, talents and resources accordingly. How do we define stewardship in terms of Christian Faith? In this context, a steward can be defined as a disciple of Jesus who "receives God's gifts gratefully, develops them responsibly, shares them lovingly and in harmony with others and returns them with increase to the Lord." Stewardship is a way of life that comes from seeing everything as a gift from God, changing the way we see things. The disciple is motivated by faith and a deep sense of gratitude, flowing from their faith, to a greater sharing of his/her time, talent and treasure with the Church and other worthy causes. Time, talent, and treasure are all shared as a gift, in A Planned, proportionate, thankful, and sacrificial manner. Our lives literally come from God. Our bodies, mind, talents, time on earth and our abilities to serve, work and share. All of these are a result of God's love and our response to that love. The bottom line regarding our individual stewardship is how willing we are to use our lives to lovingly serve God in ways the Holy Spirit leads us (and to listen to that little voice instead of always doing what we think we want). Christ's Blessing to you all this October, Lisa Schaffter, Chair of Stewardship Committee
daily bread HELP NEEDED As you may know, Our Daily Bread is an organization that uses our church facilities to serve breakfast on Saturdays to members of the local community in need. They come in each Saturday at 6:30 a.m. and prepare a delicious and filling breakfast for anyone who walks through our doors from 8 to 9 in the morning. As church members, we support this important ministry by overseeing the use of the facilities each week. We are currently looking for folks who have a key to the church to sign up for a Saturday to open up at 6:30 am and stay until about 9:00 am. You will be fed a tremendous breakfast and have an opportunity to see firsthand what this ministry is all about. If you can serve a Saturday in the next few months, please sign up on the opportunity table in Fellowship Hall. If you have any questions, please see Mary Mullahy. Thanks.
CHRISTMAS CANTATA REHEARSALS TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER The Christmas Cantata has been selected. It is called "A Blest Messiah Born" by Larry Shackley. We will begin rehearsals for it in October and would love additional members in all sections to perform this wonderful cantata about the birth of Jesus. The cantata will be performed on December 16th. More information will follow about the time of the rehearsals. If you are at all interested in joining our wonderful, fun-loving, and hard working choir, please contact Lucille Sampson at [email protected] or 978537-9278. MONTACHUSETT INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK (MIHN) MIHN (shelter for homeless families) ­ next hosting week starts Sunday, Oct. 14th and ends on Sunday, Oct. 21st. Check out the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall for non-perishable items that are needed. Take one of the tags, buy the item and return it to Fellowship Hall (large blue tub in coat rack area) by Sunday, Oct. 14th. A sign up sheet for volunteers for meals, evening hosting, and overnights is on the Opportunity Table in Fellowship Hall. If you have any questions regarding MIHN, speak with Bonnie Hathaway, Cherie Rivera or Karen McNall. MIHN is now in its 10th year of service. It has only been possible with the volunteers who generously give of their time, talent and money.
THANK YOUs FROM OUR MAIL BAG Keith and Penny, Thank you so much for presiding over the ceremony and helping to make it such a special day! Thanks for joining us and for all of your kind words. Jess and Tim Caouette
(Excerpts below from letter from Justice and Witness Ministries sent to Rev. Keith)
Dear Friends at Pilgrim Congregational Church United Church of Christ,
Thank you so much for your generous gift of $158 to NEIGHBORS IN NEED in 2011! Two-thirds of your NIN offering goes to support Justice and Witness Ministries and one-third to support the Council for American Indian Ministry. The Council for American Indian Ministries continues to support pastors and key programs crucial to the life of the United Church of Christ.
Remember ­ Oct. 7, 2012 is Neighbors in Need Sunday.
In Christ's Service,
The Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo Mr. Paul Osgood
Executive Minister
NIN Campaign Chair
feat few others have ever been able to do ­ you took me completely by surprise. Love and Gratitude, Sandra THANK YOU TO OUR SUMMER SOLOISTS What a wonderful group of volunteers we had this year who performed during the summer months. I would personally like to thank the following people for their wonderful music: The Teen Choir Ashley Keogh The Singletary Singers Olivia Wilson Caroline Raymond Caroline Rapagnola Natalie Stassen Bill Bergman Heather and Dave Lang The Partly Pilgrim Quartet (Evelyn Jimйnez, Janel Milner, Jon Carruth and Eric Kristoff) Wendy Arena and Beth Wilson Janel Milner Martha Crane Your selections added so much to the summer services. Thank you, Thank you! Musically yours, Lucille
Dear Keith and Deacons, You made Sunday a very special day I will remember always. The honor of being named a Deacon Emeritus is beyond anything I had hoped to achieve. I do not have words that I can express how much this means to me. It was a total surprise to me. I thought you were making a big deal about my birthday which confused me. You achieved a
A warm welcome to Ava Nicole Douglas LeBlanc, born on Aug. 28, 2012, weighing in at 9 lbs., 3 oz. and 22" long. Ava's proud parents are Laura Douglas and Brian LeBlanc. Proud grandparents are Ann and George Douglas.
Women's Book Bash October 28, 2012 Our book selection for October is a heartbreaking story that raises several thought-provoking questions. A life hangs in the balance ... a family is torn apart. bestselling author Jodi Picoult, who is one of our favorites, tells an unforgettable story about family secrets, love, and letting go. In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over; when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren't so lucky. As usual, Picoult probes intriguing matters of the heart while introducing readers to subjects they might not otherwise explore. We will meet at the home of Karen McNall, 267 Willard Street, Leominster, MA from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Karen's phone number is 978-537-6351. Come join us on Sunday, October 28, 2012 to share your thoughts and feelings with other women of the church. Call Beth Lyle at 978-537-6964 if you have any questions or need a ride. Lone Wolf By Jodi Picoult Edward Warren, 24, has been living in Thailand for five years, a prodigal son who left his family after an irreparable fight with his father, Luke. But he gets a frantic phone call: His dad lies comatose in a hospital, gravely injured in the same accident that also injured his younger sister, Cara. Cara, 17, still holds a grudge against her brother since his departure led to her parents' divorce. In the aftermath, she lived with her father ­ an animal conservationist who became famous after living with a wild wolf pack in the Canadian wild. It is impossible for her to reconcile the still, broken man in the hospital bed with her vibrant, dynamic father. With Luke's chances for recovery dwindling, Cara wants to wait for a miracle. But Edward wants to terminate life support and donate his father's organs. Is he motivated by altruism, or revenge? And to what lengths will his sister go to stop him from making an irrevocable decision? Lone Wolf looks at the intersection between medical science and moral choices. If we can keep people who have no hope for recovery alive artificially, should they also be allowed to die artificially? Does the potential to save someone else's life with a donated organ balance the act of hastening another's death? And finally, when a father's life hangs in the balance, which sibling should get to decide his fate? Woven into the human drama, the author's impressive research into wolf biology, hierarchy and pack mentality ultimately forms a plausible and highly informative story sure to inspire a lively discussion. Read Ahead: Dec 2: The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom Jan TBD: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
Inventory of Church Keys The Safe Church Committee is trying to compile an inventory of who has keys, alarm codes, etc for the church building. If you have a key currently, please complete the form below and drop it in the vice moderators mailbox in the church office or email it to Mary Mullahy at [email protected] Thanks so much. Name:_______________________________ Please check off all that apply _____ I have a key to the kitchen door _____ I have a key to the outside door on the library side _____ I have the alarm code and a key to the Office area _____ I have other church Keys ( Please list)
New Program for High School Students Youth Fellowship Calling all High Schools Students! Join us the last Sunday of each month for Youth Fellowship here at Pilgrim Congregational Church Interesting discussions Monthly activities Fun filled field trips community activities Snacks First Meeting: Sunday, September 30th at 9:30 here at PCC For more information of if you have any questions please contact: Eva Kelly: [email protected] : 978-870-6791 Natalie Stassen: [email protected] : 978-466-6253
True communion The Holy Supper is kept indeed In what we share with another's need; Not what we give, but what we share: For the gift without the giver is bare. Who gives himself with his alms feeds three: Himself, his hungering neighbor and Me. --James Russell Lowell, The Vision of Sir Launfal *** Surprising sainthood On October 28, the Christian Church traditionally commemorates two saints -- Simon and Jude. Simon is named in all four New Testament lists of Jesus' disciples. In two, he's called "the Zealot," indicating his affiliation with an extremist Jewish-nationalist sect that believed the Messiah would lead Jews to throw off Roman rule. The Zealots incited a Jewish uprising that ended with the Roman destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in 70 A.D. Jude is called Thaddeus in Matthew and Mark. Little is known of him because he's mentioned only in lists of the 12 disciples. Scholars don't believe he wrote the Letter of Jude. Jesus' choice of a rabble-rouser, and of someone with so little to distinguish him that we know nothing but his name, reminds us we're all chosen because of Christ's holiness, not our own. *** Can you top this? When my sister was about 3, my mom overheard her talking with a neighborhood friend. "My dad works for an insurance agency!" proclaimed the other girl. Clearly pleased with her status as a pastor's kid, my sister responded haughtily, "Well, my dad works for God!" --Heidi Mann *** Special dates · World Communion Sunday, October 7, 2012 · Columbus Day Observance, October 8, 2012
· Reformation Sunday, October 28, 2012 · Reformation Day, October 31, 2012 *** · "Almost everything that matters is difficult." --Rainer Maria Rilke · "Foolishness always results when the tongue outraces the brain." --Unknown *** Nothing but the truth Faithful Christian, seek the truth, hear the truth, learn the truth, love the truth, speak the truth, adhere to the truth, defend the truth to death; for truth will make you free from sin, the devil, the death of the soul and finally from eternal death. --John Hus (1369-1415) *** Living into faith Tony Campolo tells of two young men who wanted to participate in Urban Promise, his inner-city ministry. Yet they had a concern: "We don't believe in God. Can we still serve?" After pausing, Campolo answered: "Yes, you can serve with us, but you'll have to pretend you believe. You'll have to pray and worship with the group, go to Bible study, teach the kids about Jesus, go through the motions all summer long. If you'll do that, you may help." By summer's end, these young men were no longer pretending; they'd come to truly believe in Jesus. Furthermore, both went on to become priests in the Church of England. We often speak of "living out" our faith, but what about "living into" it? Sometimes belief leads to profound
experiences; other times, what we experience leads to profound belief. *** If money could talk At the end of their lives, a 100-dollar bill, a 20dollar bill and a one-dollar bill met at the shredder. The 100 said, "I've seen the whole world. Why, I've been on cruises in the Caribbean, safaris in Africa and vacations in Europe." The 20 said, "I haven't done quite as well, but I've been to Atlantic City, Disneyland and Starbucks." They both turned to the one-dollar bill and asked, "How about you?" Not wanting to be outdone, the one-dollar bill said, "I've seen the whole country, as well. I've been from church to church to church ... ." Then the 100 asked, "What's a church?" *** Don't fall out! When a mother asked her child how he'd fallen out of bed, he replied, "I guess I stayed too close to where I got in." When we Christians fail to grow in prayer and discernment, knowledge and understanding of Scripture, gener-osity and other fruits of the Spirit, it's as if we're balancing precariously at the edge of the bed. It's quite easy to fall out -- out of faith, out of church, out of active relationship with God. A good practice, for sleeping and for our Christian faith, is to be careful not to stay too close to where we got in! *** "God's Changeless Word" Feelings come and feelings go, And feelings are deceiving; My warrant is the Word of God -- Naught else is worth believing. Though all my heart should feel condemned For want of some sweet token, There is One greater than my heart Whose Word cannot be broken. I'll trust in God's unchanging Word Till soul and body sever, For though all things shall pass away, His Word shall stand forever!
--Martin Luther *** Back into action Four major spinal surgeries left Dr. Rob Traultoff permanently disabled, in pain and bedridden. He thought his medical career was over. To combat discouragement, Traultoff watched services at Saddleback Church via computer. Pastor Rick Warren's messages made Traultoff want to serve, so he asked God to use him. But he prayed, "You're gonna have to bring it to me 'cause I can't move." First, Traultoff hosted a small group online. Then, as part of Saddleback's P.E.A.C.E. Initiative, he began providing real-time virtual advice to doctors in Rwanda. Thanks to technology, Traultoff and other physicians offer immediate medical consultations about complicated cases. "God's given me a wonderful second chance to be able to share my faith and to help care for patients literally around the world," Traultoff says. "He's taken me off the shelf, dusted me off and put me right back into action." *** "October's Party" October gave a party; The leaves by hundreds came-- The Chestnuts, Oaks and Maples, And leaves of every name. The sunshine spread a carpet, And everything was grand, Miss Weather led the dancing, Professor Wind the band. --George Cooper *** The purpose of pain I went to the dentist, and I had Novocain and gas. I was in and out of consciousness. I suddenly realized that to be conscious is to be able to feel pain. God came as Jesus to feel pain. In this culture, we try to avoid pain at all costs; we have pills for every pain possible. For lepers the biggest problem is the loss of pain -- they have no warning system for breaks and disfigurement. Perhaps it's our soul's warning system too. Perhaps it's a good thing we're feeling pain in the church; if we deny it, it will become a leprous sore. But if we say, "Yes there is pain between the left and right," maybe we'll work toward the kind of reconciliation [that Christ wants for his people]. --Madeleine L'Engle
We welcome Rylee LeClair and her father, Ryan LeClair, into our church family this morning. Rylee is the daughter of Heather and Ryan LeClair, and was born Sept. 21, 2011. Ryan is the son of Brenda and Gregory LeClair. *** Let God choose After the sudden, tragic death of his son Christopher, Pastor Greg Laurie told of shopping with him in the late '70s. He told Christopher to pick out a Star Wars toy, and the boy chose a small Han Solo from the Bottom Shelf. Meanwhile, Laurie was looking up at the Millennium Falcon spacecraft. "Why don't we get this to go with your new figure?" he said. Christopher's eyes lit up as he hugged his dad. Laurie says, "Christopher eventually learned that when we were in a toy store and I asked what he wanted, his best bet was to say, `You choose, Dad!' And I'd always get him something better than he would've chosen for himself." Don't be afraid to let God "choose" for you, Laurie says. "God's plans for you will always be better than your plans for yourself." --Homiletics Bible Quiz Where was Daniel living when officials of King Darius conspired to have Daniel thrown into the lions' den? Why was Daniel living there? A. Egypt; he wanted to see the pyramids built by his ancestors, the Hebrew slaves B. Jerusalem; he was serving as a priest in the temple C. Samaria; he was visiting his friend Micah D. Babylon; he was one of the Israelites who'd been taken into exile there Answer: D (See Daniel 1:1-6 and 6:13.)
Altogether lovely C.I. Scofield (1843-1921), an evangelist known for his annotated Scofield Reference Bible, wrote that Christ exemplified perfect humanity, perfect compassion, perfect humility, perfect gentleness and perfect poise. "All other greatness has been marred by littleness; all other wisdom has been flawed by folly; all other goodness has been tainted by imperfection," he wrote. "Jesus Christ remains the only Being of whom, without gross flattery, it could be asserted, `He is altogether lovely'" (Song of Solomon 5:16, NIV). *** True joy There is something sad in anyone's running from church to church trying to get an injection of "the joy of the Lord." Joy is not found in singing a particular kind of music or getting with the right kind of group or even in exercising the charismatic gifts of the Spirit, good as all those may be. Joy is found in obedience. When the power that is in Jesus reaches into our work and play and redeems them, there will be joy where once there was mourning. To overlook that is to miss the meaning of the incarnation. --Richard J. Foster, Celebration of Discipline *** CHRISTIAN SYMBOL Open Book A book symbolizes the Bible, the written Word of God. When shown open, a book represents truth or revelation. Apostles and saints are often pictured holding an open book, understood as the New Testament writings of the early Christian church.
PROMOTE your business IN THE "MESSENGER" Pilgrim Congregational Church invites members and friends to advertise your business in our monthly newsletter. The cost is $25.00 per calendar quarter. Simply submit a business card or equivalent-size notice to the church office, along with payment, for however many quarters you'd like the ad to run. This is a wonderful opportunity to promote your business while contributing financially to the church's operations. We thank the following for advertising in the "Messenger": PIPER ELECTRICAL CO. Est. 1929 COMPLETE INDUSTRIAL SERVICE 186 Main St., P.O. Box 1246 Tel: (978)537-3520 Leominster, MA 01453 . Fax: (978) 840-1112 toll free: 1-800-498-3520 MA Lic. #A16512 NH Lic. #4330 ME Lic. #MS60018000 RICHARDSON MA Lic. #A16512 NH Lic. #4330 ME Lic. #MS60018000 FUNERAL HOME RICHARDSON 106 West Street LEOMINSTER, MASSACHUSETTS 01453 FUNERAL HOME 106 West S(9tre7e8t ) 534-9137 · FAX (978) 840-8937 LEOMINST[ [email protected] www.richardsonfuneralhome.net ERE, MrnASeSsAt CLH.URSEoToTnSe01v453 Funeral Director (978) 534-9137 · FAX (978) 840-8937 [email protected]
FELLOWSHIP HALL TO BE PAINTED As Jack Sampson announced on Sunday, Sept. 23rd, the Senior Choir is going to be undertaking the painting of the walls of Fellowship Hall. ADULT volunteers not in the choir are welcome to help. The painting will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20th and Saturday, Oct. 27th, right after Our Daily Bread finishes (approximately 9:00 a.m.). If you are unable to participate, but would like to provide financial assistance, Project Managers Jack Sampson and Janel Milner will be collecting monetary donations to pay for the paint and other needed supplies. Our thanks to the Senior Choir for undertaking this needed project! CONFIRMATION CLASS NEWS Every Sunday in October we will be selling God's Creation Calendars....in Fellowship Hall after the worship service. Sunday, October 14th we are cooking a meal for MIHN in the Kelly's kitchen, to be delivered to MIHN by us....I would like to start at 3:45 and leave the house right at 5:00. Parents can pick their children up at the MIHN Shelter Parking lot about 5:45. MIHN GRANT RECEIVED Sandra DeRienzo submitted a grant application to the Realtors Association for charitable grants. MIHN received a check for $2,000. It was presented to Bonnie Hathaway and others by Sandra DeRienzo during worship service on Sept. 23rd.
HANNAFORD/SCRIP ORDERS Orders will be collected on Sunday, Oct. 14th for our monthly order. Please leave your order form (blank ones can be found on the Opportunity Table) with Mary Mullahy or put in the Vice Moderator's mailbox in Penny's office.
COFFEE HOURS 2012-2013
At the September 2012 Council meeting, the following Coffee Hour committee hosts were decided:
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Diaconate Worship Missions Council Pastor/Parish and Council Trustees Growth Christian Education Diaconate Stewardship/Personnel Volunteers Volunteers
CROP WALK FOR HUNGER--Will be held Sunday, Oct. 14th. It is a 3 mile walk, starting and ending at Pilgrim Church. The walk begins at 1:00 p.m. If you would like to walk or sponsor someone, speak to someone on the Missions Committee. Thank you. Missions Committee The newly-formed High School Youth Group, under the leadership of Eva Kelly, will pick apples at Sholan Farms on Saturday, Oct. 6, 10:00 a.m. ­ 12:00 Noon. Contact Eva for more information.

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