“THE TIE”
First Congregational Church
of
Spencer, U.C.C.
207 Main Street
PO Box 187
Spencer, Massachusetts 01562
Worship 10:00 A.M.
 
Rev. Dianne C. Dugan, Interim Pastor
E-mail pastordianne.fccs@gmail.com
For emergencies after office hours,
please call (H) 508-885-5863 any time
or (C) 774-275-7861 until 9 PM
www.spencerchurch.org
OCTOBER

PASTOR’S MESSAGE



and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”                                                                   Micah 6:8b

 

We are in a time of turbulence – in the natural world and as humans. We are in a time of flood, earthquakes, not only literally, but figuratively.  Our nation is being confronted with hate, our poor are even more at risk, our prejudice is inflamed.  But God asks us to stand up for those marginalized, oppressed; to stand up for love. Is that how we approach our relationships, our faith, and our lives?

 

Sometimes we approach our faith as if God has equipped us to understand God’s intention for ourselves and our world.  When we do this, we close ourselves off to the gifts and wisdom God has given others.  God is now in a box and we’ve got it all figured out.  When we believe this, we miss God’s mystery in nature, in our surroundings, and to those serendipitous moments that surprise us. As we open ourselves to seeking “the facet of the face of God” found in others, our faith and growth abound.

 

Let us be surprised.  Let us seek God in others. Let us be alert for the still, quiet voice of God in our midst.  In the following passage, God is speaking to Elijah, who is fleeing for his life.

 

“Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.”

 

I Kings 19:11-13a

 

Blessings,

Pastor Dianne

 

Thank you!

 

Those who participated in the “Who Are We?” church meeting on September 17th did a great job! This process that will help us in determining the qualities we need in our settled pastor.  Yet, it is not just for churches looking for new pastors.

This process is vital in church growth and renewal. Thus, the Rev. Don Remick, Associate Conference Minister & leader of the Churches Alive! Program, hopes all settled churches will undergo this process every 3-5 years to determine its next steps.

ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE

Our next regular meeting will be October 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM.  

 

FINANCE & TECHNOLOGY

Stove and ventilation hood – We have received three quotes for a 10 burner stove from Alpha, Gillette and Westerman that we are thinking of purchasing, so that we will be in compliance with state regulations.  We are still waiting for Gillette’s quote on the ventilation hood.

 

PROPERTY

Contacted Sprint about repairing Stonewall by their equipment.  We are still waiting to hear from them regarding when they will begin repairs.

 

STAFF & NOMINATIONS

The following  committees have the following positions open; Administration  (2) 3 year terms,; Church & Community (1) 3 year term; Church & Education (1) un-filled 2 year term , (1) 3 year term;  Diaconate: (2) Deacons 3 year terms &  Deaconess (1) unexpired term, Stewardship Committee (2) 3 year term.  Please check out the different committees and what each of them do for the church on our web site, go to www.spencerchurch .org .  Please consider joining one of the committees.  We need fresh faces with fresh and insightful ideas. If interested in filling one of the positions, please contact a member of the nominating committee: Claire Harding or Don Irish   

 

Assistant Treasurer -We are looking for someone to be an assistant treasurer.  The person must be a covenant member as per the by-laws of our church.  Bookkeeping experience is necessary, including, banking, accounts payable, processing reports.  Computer knowledge is essential with Microsoft Office and an Accounting Program called QuickBooks.    

This is a new position that we believe is needed.  If you or someone you may know would be interested in this position, please see one of the administration committee members.

 

Respectfully,

Mark Provencher, for the entire Administration Committee  

  

CHURCH & EDUCATION COMMITTEE

The next meeting is scheduled for October 1, 2017.  We discussed ordering lessons for the Nursery for January.

 

Lisa Brown, Church School Superintendent, 2017

 

CHURCH SCHOOL

We had 10 students register for Sunday School.  I am looking for a school teacher for this year.  Anyone interested, please see Lisa Brown.  If you would like to fill in as teacher only once in awhile, just let me know.  The Advent Workshop will be December 3, 2017.  The Children’s Christmas Pageant will be on December 17, 2017.  Save the dates!

 

2018 Vacation Bible School - We will be collecting donations for next year’s Vacation Bible School projects. Collecting will be throughout the year. Please see the following list: Paper towels, Clorox wipes, square box of tissues, Windex (for Bus drivers),#2 Pencils, Pens: red, blue, black, glue sticks, paper clips sticky notes, erasers, highlighters and Expo markers (for teachers)  There will be a donation box in the hallway by the office.  We appreciate any and all donations.

Lisa Brown, Church School Superintendent, 2017

 

DIACONATE NEWS

The Deacons met after church on Sunday, September 10, 2017.  Judy Chicoine opened the meeting. The Secretary’s report was read and accepted.  Pastor Dianne gave the closing prayer

The Deacon of the month for October is Glen Stevens.

The ushers for Communion Sunday, October 1st are Linda Maher and Glen Stevens.   Hazel & Bob Ahlquist will set up communion.   

Pastor Dianne will be on vacation October 8th through October 16th.  If you are in need of assistance please contact me at 508-407-8669 or the church office.   On Sunday October 8th Shelley Ingalls & Judy Chicoine will be presiding over the service. On October 15th our guest minister will be Rev. Linda Michel.

On October 22nd Kelly Gallagher will be our guest speaker

Looking forward to December 24th Christmas Eve Sunday regular Sunday service at 10 AM.  There will not be a 4:30 PM service this year.  The traditional Christmas Eve service will be at 11 PM as is customary. 

Blue Christmas Service Thursday, December 14th at 7 PM

ATTENTION all Deacons: For Communion Sundays all Deacons should volunteer  at least twice a year to help usher and serve communion.  Also all Deacons who are present on communion Sundays should be helping the ushers clean-up the Sanctuary and put the plates away.  It is not just the ushers responsibility it is all the Deacons. Thank you all.

We will meet again on Sunday, October 8th.

God be with you.

Judy Chicoine, Chairperson

ECONOMY SHOP

We are in need of cashiers and clothing markers. If you can volunteer just one day a week or one day a month it would be greatly appreciated.  Please let office know.    

MEN’S LEAGUE

If you have not received your Community Birthday Calendar please call the church office.  Thank you

again for your support.

Our supper meeting will be held on November 14th in the church hall at 6:30 PM.  The meal will be Ken’s famous Lasagna   All the men of the church are invited to attend.

 

God bless,

Philip Harding, President                  

WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP

The Fellowship met on August 28th.  Our next meeting will be held on Monday, October 2, 2017

at 9 AM. 

Harvest Fair-2017 - The fair is almost here. The tables listed below need items and workers.  We will be setting up all the previous week, so there will be no Economy Shop.  Items can be brought in from 9 AM to 2 PM Monday through  any day that week.

The Holiday Table needs Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas items.

The Gift Table needs craft items, dish towels, aprons or any other item of interest,

The Plant Table can use all types of plants, arrangements  are also needed.

The Children’s Table need puzzles, games, dolls etc. (No toys with suspected lead paint will be accepted)

The Knitting  and Crochet Table need hats, gloves, baby outfits or any sewn items.

Gift Basket  If you are doing a Theme Basket for this year’s Basket Raffle please bring them in by Friday, October 20th.

The Bake Table we need you to bake your favorite goodies. Jams, jellies, etc are also good ideas.

The Book Nook will be open and a Jewelry Table will be available.

The Nostalgia Room needs doilies, antiques and collectibles.

The Raffle Table will have many interesting articles for $1.00 a ticket or 6 for $5.00.

The Dining Room will be open all day for “Coffee And” and lunch will be served from11:30 AM to 1 PM.

Floaters will be needed to fill in for coffee breaks and lunches for the table coordinators.

If you can give an hour or two, it would be greatly appreciated.

Please contact me at 508-885-5131 with your ideas and offers to help.

Everyone’s support is needed to make this a success.

Thanks,

Pat Stark and the Fair Committee

 

Evening Women’s Fellowshipwill meet on Monday, October 2nd   will meet at the Mexicali Grill, 117 Main St., Spencer at 6:30 PM, all the women of the church are invited to attend.

FYI

Neighbors In Needhelps make another world possible.  It needs your support. Neighbors in Need is the UCC’s annual offering to support ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. Contributions to Neighbors in Need are due by October 1st.

Bread for the World Sunday is scheduled for October 15, 2017Bread for the World Sunday is an opportunity for our church  to join with others — in thousands of churches across the country — in living out God's vision of a world without hunger. Through our prayers for an end to hunger, letters, and phone calls to our nation's leaders, and financial support to Bread of the World, our church can give bold witness to God's justice and mercy in the world. 

Envelopes will be distributed on Sunday, October 8th in the weekly bulletin. If would like more information go to www.bread.org/sunday.

Dismas House dinner Thursday, October 26th.  If you would like to help with the dinner please contact Sue Babineau at 508-885-0106.  We will meet on Thursday at 5 PM please note the time change and car pool to the Dimas house.

PUMPKINS, GET YOUR PUMPKINS HERE! The Pumpkin Patch

The First Congregational Church,128 Central Street, Auburn, MA 01501

Open daily 10:00 AM - until  dusk *September 30th through October 31st.

There will be gourds and pumpkins of all sizes and prices - one for every need; be it for your fall decor, carving, baking - you name it! Taking in the beautiful sight of the pumpkins in combinations with the changing leaves and the backdrop of the church steeple - makes it worth the trip! If you have any questions, feel free to call the church office at 508-832-2845. See you there!

Where do these pumpkins come from? The pumpkins are raised and harvested by the Navajo Indians on their reservation in New Mexico. The money they receive helps their schools and other programs and a percentage of the sales helps our church as well.

 

Lay Reading dates available for September & October

 

Looking for a simple and fun way to take part in the Sunday worship service? Sign up to be a Lay Reader. The Lay Reader leads the congregation in the Call to Worship and reads the scripture lesson for the day. No previous experience is necessary, and it’s a great way to share in our Sunday service. A sign-up sheet is posted in front of the church office. Please feel free to pick a date or two and sign up. You can also call the office at 508-885-2149 and ask us to put your name down as well.

Hearing Assist Devices are Available...Feel like you're missing some of what is going on during our service? We have hearing assist devices available to help you enjoy our worship service. These small, comfortable and convenient devices are connected directly to the sound system of the church via FM radio signals. Every sound spoken into any microphone in the church will be transmitted to the devise. Why miss out when you can hear every word crystal clear?  Please see one of the ushers for assistance. They will be happy to assist you.

Know Somebody in the Hospital? Please let us know…

Do you know of someone from the church who is in the hospital or at some other health care facility?    Please let us know at the church office. Due to the Federal Health Insurance Privacy Protection Act (HIPPA), hospitals and health care facilities can no longer tell us if anyone from the church is there, even if they have made their church membership known to them.  In other words, we have no other way of knowing if someone is in the hospital other than word of mouth.  Please let us know the full name that they were admitted by, what the facility name is, and if possible, what their room number is. Thank you so much for your help with the visitation ministry of the church

CALENDAR

October1st – 31st Office hours are 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.    

Oct. 1st            Church & Education Committee will meet following worship service.

                        Harvest Supper tickets on sale starting today. Adult’s $12 .00 - Children 2 to 10     years $5.00 each. You may purchase them before or after Sunday worship services.   You may also call 508-885-2149 the church office Monday through Friday 8 AM to 

                         Noon to reserve ticket.

Oct      2nd      Evening Women’s Fellowship will meet at the Mexicali Grill, 117 Main St.,                                  Spencer at 6:30 PM

                        Evening Men’s Group meeting place and time to be announced.

Oct. 8th           Diaconate will meet following worship service

Oct. 8th – Oct. 16th Vacation Pastor Dianne will be on vacation.  If you are in need of

                         assistance please  call the church office 508-885-2149 or Judy Chicoine

                         508-407-8669

Oct. 9th           Columbus Day office CLOSED

Oct. 17th         Bible Study “Exploring the Bible” The Dickinson Series. 6-8 PM

Oct. 18th -20th Economy Shop will be closed to set up for the Harvest Fair

Oct. 18th         Administration Meeting 7 PM

Oct. 19th         Tie notices are due in the office for November Tie

Oct. 21st          Harvest Fair 9 AM to 2 PM

Oct. 22nd         Church Council meeting following Worship Service

               Guest Speaker for our worship service will be Rev. Kelly Gallagher, Area Conference

               Minister.

Oct. 24th         Harvest Supper 6:30 PM. 

Oct. 31st          Bible Study “Exploring the Bible” The Dickinson Series. 6-8 PM

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LOOKING AHEAD

Nov. 19th         Ecumenical Thanksgiving service 4 PM.

Nov. 23rd & 24th Office Closed for Thanksgiving Day and also Friday.

Dec. 24th         Christmas Sunday 10 AM and Christmas Eve Traditional Christmas Eve Service 11 PM.

                         No 4:30  PM service this year.

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HELD AT THE CHURCH

Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon and Al-A-Teen meet every Monday at 7:00 PM.

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 Deacon of the Month for the month of October is Glen Stevens

 

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